MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Since the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Goochland, King George, 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 $39.3 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).
"FEMA has provided over $39 million in assistance to help Virginia residents and businesses recover from the earthquake. Virginia has made exceptional progress," said Federal Coordinating Officer Dan Alexander.
"Virginia's rebuilding process is well underway because of the financial aid received, and as the weather improves even greater numbers of Virginians will be able to start repairs on their homes and businesses," said State Coordinating Officer Michael Cline.
The rebuilding of Louisa County High School also took a giant step forward with a $19.1 million FEMA grant.? The balance of the anticipated $42.9 million project will be funded through insurance proceeds, the Commonwealth and local sources.
Below is the breakdown of federal aid for the nine areas affected by earthquake as of Thursday, February 23, 2012:
- Over 7200 households have registered for Individual Assistance.
- Over $12.9 million in grants have been approved through the FEMA Individuals and Household Program.
- Over $3.8 million in loans have been approved by the SBA for homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the earthquake.
- Over 7300 home inspections have been requested. Almost 5600 requests have been completed.
- Over 4300 people have visited the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Louisa and Spotsylvania Counties that closed on February 11.
- Over $22.6 million in grants have been obligated to the Commonwealth under FEMA 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.
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.