MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Since the counties of Culpeper, Fluvanna, Goochland, Louisa, Orange, Spotsylvania and the City of Fredericksburg have been eligible for Individual Assistance, significant amounts of federal aid have begun to flow into the affected areas.
Families, individuals, business owners, and local governments who suffered damage have been approved to receive over a combined $25.2 million in Individual Assistance and Public Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as well as loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
"We continue to make substantial progress in our efforts to assist Virginia residents and businesses recover from the earthquake," said Federal Coordinating Officer Don Keldsen.
"This financial aid will allow many residents and businesses to begin the rebuilding process," said State Coordinating Officer Michael Cline.
Below is the breakdown of federal aid for the seven areas affected by earthquake as of Wednesday, January 12, 2012:
- Almost 4,600 households have registered for Individual Assistance.
- Over $8.4 million in grants have been approved through the FEMA Individuals and Household Program.
- Over $2.3 million in loans have been approved by the SBA for homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the earthquake.
- Over 4100 home inspections have been requested. Almost 3900 requests have been completed. There are currently 9 inspectors in the field.
- Over 2600 people have visited the two Disaster Recovery Centers in Louisa and Spotsylvania Counties.
- Over $14.5 million in grants have been obligated to the Commonwealth under FEMA'S Public Assistance (PA) program, whose applicants include the Commonwealth and its agencies, local governments and certain non-profit organizations.
The registration deadline for FEMA and for returning your SBA application is Monday, March 5, 2012.
To register, call 800-621-FEMA (3362), if you use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585, if you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), Call 1-800-621-3362, or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. EST, seven days a week. Online registration is available at any time. Those with smart phones or other mobile devices also can register at m.fema.gov.
It helps to have the following information handy before registering:
- Social Security number.
- Current and pre-disaster address.
- Telephone number where you can be reached.
- Insurance information.
- Total household annual income.
- Routing and account number from your bank (if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account).
- Description of losses caused by the earthquake.
After registering, you will receive a FEMA application number. Write down this number and keep it for future reference.
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.