Virginia Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1525)

Incident period: May 24, 2004 to June 26, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 15, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

July 2, 2004
News Release
LEBANON, Va. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Richlands, located in the Old Richlands Armory at 1851 Cranwell Drive, will close at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 10, announced Commonwealth and federal disaster recovery officials.
July 2, 2004
News Release
Disasters don’t take holidays, and neither do disaster recovery workers, Commonwealth and federal recovery officials said today. “While July 5 will be observed as a day-off by many, we will be open for business that day,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies of the Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “Monday may be a good day to make a visit to our Disaster Recovery Center in Richlands,” Davies said, “because so many others may be otherwise occupied.”
June 28, 2004
News Release
LEBANON, Va. -- Federal disaster assistance approved to temporarily house Southwest Virginians affected by severe storms, flooding and tornadoes starting May 24, 2004, has reach more than $500,000, commonwealth and federal recovery officials said today. "FEMA provides grants to the uninsured who should not or cannot live in their disaster damaged dwelling so they can obtain temporary housing," Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said.
June 26, 2004
News Release
LEBANON, Va. -- The Richlands Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will change its hours of operation effective Monday, June 29. The DRC, located in the Richlands Police Department building (the old Richlands Armory), 1851 Cranwell Drive, will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Friday, Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed on Sundays. The center will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the July 5 holiday.
June 25, 2004
News Release
LEBANON, Va. -- Federal and state disaster grants do not impact other types of assistance, such as Social Security payments or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, federal and state recovery officials said today. “Grants are tax-free and do not need to be reported as income,” said Tom Davies, federal coordinating officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
June 24, 2004
News Release
LEBANON,Va. -- Community relations officers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Commonwealth of Virginia are reaching out to individuals affected by the severe storms that began on May 24 in Lee, Russell and Tazewell counties. Team members are going door-to-door in those counties offering individuals and small business owners information about available disaster assistance programs. They also will meet with representatives of community-based agencies, community leaders and public officials.

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