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2011-11-28 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Always ask for identification if someone approaches you about your personal or business disaster losses, officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Agency (VDEM) advise. If the person claims to be with a government agency, he or she will have an official government ID. It's very important not to give out personal or business information unless you are presented with an ID.

2011-11-21 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- FEMA Hazard Mitigation specialists will be providing free publications in several Louisa County locations, officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today. The specialists and publications will provide valuable information for homeowners and business owners regarding ways to rebuild or remodel properties that can reduce the risk of damages from future earthquakes and other disasters. 

2011-11-21 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Register, Register, Register! That is the message that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants everyone to understand. In preliminary damage assessments, there were more than 1,400 Louisa County homes inspected that showed damage associated with the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. Since the November 4 declaration, fewer than 600 of those residences have applied for assistance. Do you think you may have registered already? Double check by calling FEMA today, it will only take a few minutes for some peace of mind.

2011-11-18 05:00 - News Release

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

2011-11-18 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- New hours for the Louisa County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will go into effect Saturday, November 19, officials of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. The new hours for the DRC located at Triangle Plaza, 502 East Main Street, Louisa, are: Monday through Saturday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday - Closed The DRC also will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24.

2011-11-17 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Often earthquake damage can mimic plain old wear and tear or be so subtle it's hard to find, say officials of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Although a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Louisa County on August 23 and was followed by more than 40 subsequent aftershocks as large as magnitude 4.5, much of the damage is not easy to find. But find it we must because this "hidden" damage can present major safety or building hazards and needs to be detected and repaired.

2011-11-16 05:00 - News Release

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.

2011-11-12 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Public Assistance is now authorized for Louisa County, officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced. President Obama's November 4 declaration of a major disaster authorized Individual Assistance for residents of Louisa County who suffered earthquake-related losses. That declaration has now been amended to authorize Public Assistance as well.

2011-11-10 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Less than a week after federal disaster aid was made available to the Commonwealth of Virginia, more than $1 million in grants has been approved for households to help them recover from losses caused by the earthquake and aftershocks that occurred between August 23 and October 25, officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today.

2011-11-08 05:00 - News Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Louisa County residents who had damage from the Aug. 23 earthquake or its aftershocks now can register for federal disaster assistance. "Registering is a critical step in putting your life back together after the earthquake," said Federal Coordinating Officer Don Keldsen of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "Register even if you already reported your damage to your local emergency manager," said Virginia's State Coordinating Officer Michael Cline. "Registering with FEMA is the only way you'll be considered for federal disaster aid."