Lynchburg, VA -- The first disaster assistance checks have been issued to victims of the winter storms and flooding that struck Virginia Feb. 15-28. The checks are for emergency housing expenses.
A total of $204,000 in housing aid to individuals and households has been sent.
"Damage assessment teams are continuing to survey areas of the state that may be eligible for assistance," said Federal Coordinating Officer Justo Hernandez. "Anyone who suffered damage should report their losses immediately. We don't want a single eligible person to miss out on assistance."
State Coordinating Officer Michael Cline said any additional storm assistance will be coordinated by the commonwealth of Virginia and FEMA.
"Help can include grants for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses," Cline said. "Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration can help cover home and business losses."
Residents who suffered storm losses should call the Federal Emergency Management Agency's toll-free line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with hearing or speech impairments can call TTY at 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.
President Bush issued a disaster declaration for a total of 22 localities in Virginia on March 27. The declaration provides several kinds of assistance to people and communities affected by the severe winter storm. Specific types of aid and eligible jurisdictions are:
- Individuals and households in the following jurisdictions may be eligible for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses: Buchanan, Dickenson, Montgomery, Russell, Tazewell and Wise counties and the cities of Norton, Roanoke and Salem.