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2011-12-19 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- At the request of State Coordinating Officer Michael Cline, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the deadline for renters, homeowners and business owners in Louisa County who suffered damage from the August 23 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks to register for state and federal disaster assistance. The new deadline is Monday March 5, 2012.

2011-12-16 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Help for Louisa County earthquake survivors continues to be available through the holiday period, say officials of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

2011-12-14 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Some individuals who registered for federal disaster assistance due to the August 23 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks may have been denied aid. However, an appeals process exists ensuring that those affected by the earthquake will receive all legally eligible benefits. "The recovery process doesn't necessarily end with the initial determination," said Federal Coordinating Officer Don Keldsen. "Sometimes ineligibility may just mean that more information is needed."

2011-12-08 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Virginians who apply for disaster grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) should understand there is a limit to what FEMA funds can do. Disaster grants can help make a home's essential living space safe, sanitary and secure and help pay for disaster-related losses of essential personal property, but it may not be enough to cover all disaster expenses.

2011-12-07 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today that the City of Fredericksburg has been approved for federal disaster assistance under the Public Assistance (PA) program for recovery from the August 23 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.

2011-12-06 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Louisa County will shut down temporarily during the holidays, officials of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. The DRC will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, and reopen at 10 a.m., Tuesday, January 5. Help will still be available on line and by telephone.

2011-12-05 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- One month after federal disaster aid was made available for Louisa County earthquake survivors, more than $5 million in grants has been approved, officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today. Additionally, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made financial assistance totaling more than $700,000 available in the form of low-interest disaster loans.

2011-12-02 05:00 - News Release

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."

2011-11-29 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Some Louisa County residents are reluctant to register with FEMA for earthquake assistance because they fear FEMA will condemn their homes and they'll have no place to live.  Many earthquake survivors have told Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) Community Relations teams, they have not registered because of this fear. "It's very important that everyone understands," Don Keldsen, Federal Coordinating Officer added, "FEMA does not condemn property."

2011-11-28 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- When fraud occurs during disaster recovery, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a responsibility to take action. People who intentionally try to defraud the government are taking money from all of us - taxpayer money authorized by the president and congress for disaster relief. FEMA is charged with ensuring disaster-relief dollars go only to people who incurred legitimate losses. This can include prosecuting anyone making a fraudulent claim.