MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Less than a week after federal disaster aid was made available to the Commonwealth of Virginia, more than $1 million in grants has been approved for households to help them recover from losses caused by the earthquake and aftershocks that occurred between August 23 and October 25, officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today.
"It's important to note that grants are a form of financial disaster-aid that does not have to be repaid," said Federal Coordinating Officer Don Keldsen of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The funds are the first to be made available to people found to be eligible for assistance in Louisa County.
While state and federal disaster recovery officials continue to respond to the serious needs of people and communities who suffered losses as a result of the earthquake and its aftershocks, they strongly urge everyone who suffered losses to register for help with FEMA.
To register for assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585. Register online at DisasterAssistance.gov; the screens will prompt you through the registration process. You can also apply with a web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), Call 1-800 621-3362. Operators are available to assist callers seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.