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More Than $2.5 Million Approved for Earthquake Survivors

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November 16, 2011
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MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- In less than two weeks, more than $2.5 million in grants has been approved for individuals and households in Louisa County, officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today.

Grants approved for both Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance through Monday, November 14, total $2,549,630.

"The dollar value of grants approved is only going to grow as we continue to respond to the needs of those who suffered earthquake-related losses," said Federal Coordinating Officer Don Keldsen.

"It's also important to note that these dollars are in form of grants, not loans," Keldsen added. "Grants do not have to be repaid."

To qualify for a FEMA grant, disaster survivors first have to register 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.

Disaster survivors also can register:

  • Online at The screens will prompt you through the registration process.
  • With a web-enabled mobile device at
  • Via 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) by calling 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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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