Virginia Severe Storms and Tornado (DR-1411)

Incident period: April 28, 2002 to May 3, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 5, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 29, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- For Southwest Virginia flood victims there may be an invisible threat that is nearly as dangerous as the floodwaters. Standing water and waterlogged materials are a breeding ground for mold. Mold should be dealt with quickly in order to prevent illness, according to disaster recovery officials. When airborne mold spores are present in large numbers, they can trigger allergic reactions, asthma attacks, infections and other respiratory problems. In addition, exposure can cause development of an allergy to mold, resulting in long-term problems.
May 28, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- State and federal disaster recovery officials advise Virginia residents who have disaster-related damage to be careful when hiring unknown contractors to clean up and repair their homes and businesses. "It's unfortunate, but disasters often bring scam artists into the area to take advantage of the situation," said Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta. "Some scam artists claim to be 'FEMA certified.' The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) neither certifies nor endorses any private-sector contractor."
May 22, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- On May 15, the counties of Bedford, Campbell, Cumberland, Greensville, Prince Edward and Shenandoah and the independent city of Bedford were added to an earlier presidential disaster declaration because of damage from late April's strong winds and tornadoes. While 44 residents of those localities have applied for assistance thus far, it is important for the remainder of citizens affected by these storms to register as soon as possible.
May 22, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- People unable to work because of the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that occurred in Virginia from April 28 through May 3 may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. Self-employed and unemployed workers who live or work in the designated disaster areas and not covered by regular state unemployment insurance programs may be eligible for this assistance under the major disaster declaration by President Bush on May 5. This program may provide benefits of up to $368.00 per week to eligible individuals until they are able to return to work.
May 22, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- About 50 AmeriCorps National Civilian Conservation Corps (NCC) volunteers are here helping Hurley residents recover in the aftermath of the recent severe storms and flooding. AmeriCorps is a national service program of young men and women between the ages of 18 and 24 from all over the country. The members are given education awards in exchange for community service and work on everything from environmental projects to disaster relief.
May 21, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- Friday, May 24 is the last day the American Red Cross will provide hot meals from its feeding trucks in the Hurley area. Service will end following the midday meal. The agency, in association with Virginia Baptists Cooking Operations, has provided more than 21,000 meals to flood victims and those helping with the recovery since May 2, when flooding overwhelmed the community. The Red Cross is also closing its service center at Hurley High School on Wednesday, May 22 and moving operations to its site in Matewan, West Virginia.

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