Virginia Severe Storms And Flooding (DR-1502)

Incident period: November 18, 2003 to November 19, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on December 9, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

December 17, 2003
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered damage or loss from the severe storms and floods of November 18-19 are urged to take the time to register with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by calling the toll-free registration number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired. The lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays.
December 12, 2003
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opened in Bluefield, Virginia on Thursday, December 11, is a resource for people who have lost their homes, cars and personal belongings in the severe storms and flooding of November 18-19. It is important to note that a visit to a DRC is not a substitute for calling the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to register for disaster assistance programs. Telephone registration is essential to qualify for assistance.
December 11, 2003
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- State and federal officials announce the opening of a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Bluefield, Virginia to assist those who suffered losses and damages from severe storms that occurred November 18-19. The DRC, will open tomorrow December 11, at noon. The center will be located in the Kroger Plaza, Bldg. 713, S. College Avenue, Bluefield, Va. Hours of operation will be: Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.
December 11, 2003
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- The word is out that disaster assistance is only a phone call away, but some victims of the November 18-19 flooding in the western portions of the Commonwealth of Virginia are unaware of what happens after they call the toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY: 1-800-462-7585). “When applicants understand the process, they feel a lot more relaxed and able to start the recovery process,” said Lou Botta, federal coordinating officer for the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
December 10, 2003
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- A toll-free application telephone number is operational for those who suffered property damage or loss from the November 18-19 flooding in Bland, Buchanan, Giles, Smyth and Tazewell counties and the city of Galax in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
December 9, 2003
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal disaster aid has been made available for Virginia to help families and businesses in the southwestern part of the state recover from the effects of severe storms that struck the area last month, the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.

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