MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- With the holiday season fast approaching, officials of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) remind Louisa County residents that the deadline to register for earthquake disaster aid is January 3, 2012.
"It's important that those who may need to register for aid do so as soon as possible, said Federal Coordinating Officer Don Keldsen. "Registrations cannot be accepted after January 3."
"Registration keeps open the possibility of a wide range of assistance, Keldsen added. "If your insurance coverage comes up short, or other damage appears later, you need to be registered to keep the door open for help from various sources."
Tuesday, January 3, is also the deadline to complete and return an SBA low-interest disaster loan application. No one is obligated to take a loan, but completing the application is a necessary first step toward possibly receiving additional FEMA grants and other assistance if you do not qualify for a loan.
Housing Assistance grants may cover rental assistance, home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance.
Other Needs Assistance grants may be available to replace personal property and help meet disaster-related medical, dental, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable-aid programs.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans
SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for losses not covered by insurance.
The SBA may lend up to $200,000 to repair or replace homes and up to $40,000 to renters and homeowners to repair or replace personal property. Also, up to $2 million may be available for businesses for their uncompensated disaster losses.
Completing and returning the SBA application is an essential step in the process of being considered for other forms of disaster assistance.
Community as well as faith-based organizations can provide a broad range of assistance to Virginia earthquake survivors. The assistance includes such critical areas as shelter, food, clothing, and counseling as well as home repairs and reconstruction not covered by FEMA. By registering with FEMA, you make it possible for FEMA to identify your specific needs and provide linkages with voluntary organizations that can help meet those needs.
"The clock is ticking. Everyone with damage - no matter how minor they think it is - should register before January 3," said State Coordinating Officer Michael Cline. "A no-cost inspection by a FEMA contractor could reveal damage you're not aware of. You could be eligible for a range of financial and other assistance. Registering with FEMA is the only way to find out."
- By telephone: call FEMA's toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY/TDD
1-800-462-7585 for persons with speech or hearing disabilities between
7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Multi-lingual operators are available.
- Online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
- On a Web-enabled mobile device or smartphone at m.fema.gov.
- With 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) by calling 1-800-621-3362.
- By visiting the Disaster Recovery Center at the Triangle Plaza, 502 E. Main St., Suite 6000 (former Video 2000 store), in Louisa.
If you have a disability and need help registering, contact FEMA and ask for assistance.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nati...