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 9, 2002
Wise, VA -- Disaster assistance for Buchanan County has been expanded to include Emergency Food Stamps. The Virginia Department of Social Services received waivers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to issue the stamps to those whose homes or belongings were damaged or destroyed, or who lost income, food or money due to the floods.
May 9, 2002
Wise, VA -- The first checks went out to residents of Buchanan and Tazewell counties less than five days after the counties were designated eligible for federal disaster assistance. Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta said, "Twelve checks totaling $20,439 have already been issued, most for home repair costs. This assistance is an important step in the recovery process, and reflects our commitment to providing disaster aid as quickly as possible."
May 8, 2002
Wise, VA -- Disaster assistance for Tazewell and Buchanan counties has been expanded to include aid for local governments affected by the catastrophic floods in Virginia, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said the additional assistance was approved following a review of damage data gathered by federal and state disaster recovery officials. Under the original declaration issued by President Bush on May 5, the counties were designated for aid to individuals, families and business owners.
May 7, 2002
Wise, VA -- Inspectors are now visiting people who have registered for assistance to recover from the flooding and severe storms that hit Buchanan and Tazewell counties in late April and early May. The announcement from Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta and Virginia State Coordinating Officer Michael M. Cline comes just two days after President Bush issued the disaster declaration for the two counties.
May 6, 2002
Wise, VA -- Federal and state officials have established a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Buchanan County to assist victims of severe storms and flash flooding in late April and early May. The center will be located at Hurley Middle School, State Route 643 in Hurley and will open Tuesday, May 7, operating from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
May 5, 2002
Washington, DC -- Federal disaster aid has been made available to help families and businesses in Virginia recover from flooding rains and other violent weather that struck the state last week, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).