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January 27, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- Citizens whose businesses or homes and property were damaged by the severe storms and flooding of November 18-19, 2003, have less than two more weeks to apply for assistance, federal and state officials announced today.
January 19, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- In the wake of recent flooding in western Virginia, some people are surprised to find their insurance does not cover flood damage to their home, business or belongings. In the last four years the area has seen as many as six presidential disaster declarations, and four of those have been due to flooding. “Standard homeowner and renter insurance policies do not cover flood damage,” said Lou Botta, federal coordinating officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
January 12, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- Those who suffered losses or damages as a result of the November 18-19, 2003 severe storms and flooding and live or have a business in Bland, Buchanan, Giles, Smyth, or Tazewell counties and the independent city of Galax have less than one month left to apply for federal disaster assistance. The deadline for individuals and businesses to register for assistance is February 9, 2004.
January 8, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- Damages and losses due to the November 18-19, 2003 severe storms and flooding caused financial difficulty for many Virginians who lost their jobs or means of earning a living. The deadline to apply for disaster unemployment assistance is fast approaching. Those who live or work in the disaster-declared counties have until Thursday, January 15, 2004 to register for benefits.
January 5, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Bluefield, Virginia located in the Kroger Plaza on South College Avenue, will discontinue operation at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened the Disaster Recovery Center on Dec. 11 to assist victims of the Nov. 18-19, 2003 severe storms and flooding.
December 31, 2003
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- As Virginia flood victims turn their energy and resources to cleaning up, repairing, and replacing their damaged property, people with disrupted lives are an easy mark for con artists. A common scam occurs when a person poses as an inspector or loss verifier of flood-damaged property. Some of these “inspectors” charge a fee for what they do. Some may have official-looking identification that they use to get inside residents’ homes.
December 30, 2003
News Release
Richmond, Va. -- Individual taxpayers who experienced disaster-related losses of more than 10 percent of their adjusted gross income as a result of the November 18-19 severe storms and flooding, may be able to get tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers a variety of assistance to disaster survivors and may allow casualty losses that were suffered on real property, home personal property and household goods to be deducted on the income tax return if they are not covered by insurance.
December 30, 2003
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Bluefield, Virginia will have shortened hours during the New Year’s week, federal and state officials announced today.
December 29, 2003
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginians who have applied for disaster assistance can expect to have their homes inspected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA inspectors are verifying damages to homes affected by the Nov. 18-19 severe storms and flooding in Bland, Buchanan, Giles, Smyth and Tazewell counties, and in the independent city of Galax. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and insurance companies also have damage verifiers.
December 23, 2003
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia residents in Bland, Buchanan, Giles, Smyth or Tazewell counties and the city of Galax whose wells or septic systems were damaged as a result of the November 18-19 severe storms and floods, may be eligible for financial assistance from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to complete necessary repairs.

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