SALEM, Mass. -- Qualified Virginia residents who suffered damages from Tropical Depression Jeanne have a month left to apply for assistance, state and federal disaster officials said today.
The deadline is Friday, Dec. 17.
Homeowners, renters and business owners in the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Giles, Montgomery, Floyd, Patrick and Roanoke, and the cities of Roanoke and Salem can still apply now by calling the special Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free application number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585. Both lines are open from 6 a.m. to midnight daily.
Those with Internet access can register at fema.gov.
The Disaster Recovery Center, at 2145 Apperson Drive in Salem, is open through Friday, Nov. 19. People with questions who wish to talk to a specialist face-to-face can do so at the center, but should first register with FEMA by phone or Web, said Marianne C. Jackson, FEMA’s federal coordinating officer.
“Even after the center closes, victims still have about a month to register,” said Jackson. “But if they want to talk directly to a specialist, time is short.”
After the recovery center closes Friday, individuals can check on the status of their applications by calling the FEMA Helpline at the same toll-free number, she said
“Recovery money is still available,” said Michael M. Cline, Virginia Department of Emergency Management coordinator. “But victims have to take the first step and make that call to FEMA.”
Farmers who had damage from Tropical Storm Jeanne to their primary residence should register with FEMA. If access to the primary residence is limited due to storm damage, they should also register with FEMA. For other agriculture damage, farmers should contact their Farm Service Agency office.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA’s continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages Citizen Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.