Wise, VA -- Inspectors for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are now visiting people who have filed applications for assistance to recover from the March floods in southwestern Virginia. In a joint statement, Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta and Virginia State Coordinating Officer Michael M. Cline said, "Residents who have applied for disaster assistance can expect to hear from inspectors who will schedule a visit to look at damaged property."
One or more inspectors from different agencies may look at damaged property. FEMA schedules inspections within seven days to verify losses. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) usually sends loss verifiers to inspect damaged property of those who have submitted completed loan applications. The American Red Cross may also send inspectors to meet with disaster victims and local building and safety inspectors may come to see if damaged structures are safe.
"We are advising applicants to ask for identification from everyone saying they are damage inspectors," Botta said. "All inspectors and verifiers carry official photo identification. If an inspector is not wearing an identification card or badge, ask to see it."
More than 700 residents have applied for aid by calling the toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-3362.