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 20, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- The Hurley Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is still in operation from at the Hurley Middle School on Route 643. Volunteer services such as emergency food and clothing distribution have moved to a warehouse building in Grundy, but the Center will remain in the Hurley Middle School. The Recovery Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.
May 20, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- The flooding that took place April 28 - May 3 left much debris in its wake. But before debris removal can begin on private property, residents must sign consent forms allowing cleanup crews on their property. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced two different cleanup operations:
May 18, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Tazewell will close Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. The center is located at the old County Administration Building and the hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through the closing date. Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta said, "The number of people coming to the Tazewell Recovery Center has decreased significantly. This is a positive sign that people have received important disaster assistance information and are moving ahead on the road to recovery."
May 18, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- State and federal officials announced today that travel trailers are being provided to meet the immediate housing needs for individuals who have been displaced as a result of the severe weather from April 28 through May 3. The first travel trailer arrived Friday, May 17 and placement is underway. Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with state and local representatives, have been making assessments of the rental housing resources in the affected counties and found a lack of available housing.
May 16, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- Individuals in Buchanan and Tazewell counties who suffered damages due to the late April and early May storms have a place to stop for information about disaster assistance programs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Commonwealth of Virginia have established Disaster Recovery Centers in Hurley and Tazewell. To date, more than 250 people have visited the centers.
May 15, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- Disaster assistance has been made available for six counties and one independent city in Virginia, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. The declaration covers tornadoes, severe storms, and flooding that occurred from April 28 through May 3. The areas included in the declaration are Bedford, Campbell, Cumberland, Greensville, Prince Edward and Shenandoah counties and the independent city of Bedford. All areas were designated for Individual Assistance, which provides aid to individuals, families and business owners.

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