11/22/2011 - August 23rd Earthquake-Individual Assistance Now Available

UPDATE AS OF FEBRUARY 13, 2012 RELATED TO THE DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS:

The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs)  in Spotsylvania and Louisa Counties CLOSED on February 11, 2012.  BUT, citizens may still register for possible individual assistance with FEMA, at 1-800-621-3362 -- through March 5, 2012.

 

BACKGROUND:

On December 29th, the Federal Emergency Management Agency added Spotsylvania County to the list of communities eligible for individual assistance.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Spotsylvania County on January 5th.  As noted above, the organizations have now CLOSED the Disaster Recovery Centers in Spotsylvania and Louisa Counties. 

SPOTSYLVANIA CITIZENS MAY STILL SEEK INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE FOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE SUSPECTED FROM THE EARTHQUAKE BY CALLING FEMA DIRECTLY AT 1-800-621-3362 -- BUT CALL BY OR BEFORE MARCH 5, 2012.

Please view the information in the link below to learn more about how you can seek possible federal assistance with suspected structural damages which resulted from the August 23, 2011 earthquake in Mineral, VA, through March 5, 2012.

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NOTE FOR FEMA REGISTRANTS WHO HAVE, FOLLOWING CONSULTATION, ALSO BEEN GIVEN SBA LOAN APPLICATIONS (would cover loans for repairs beyond the FEMA grant limits):

Anyone who has registered with FEMA for assistance for damage from the August earthquake and received an application from the Small Business Administration (SBA) should complete and return the application as soon as possible.  As of the close of business on January 29, 2012 SBA approved 146 loans to homeowners, renters and businesses for $3,317,700, overall, which includes all the localities listed for potential individual assistance from August 23rd earthquake damage.  SBA has also issued a total of 4,796 applications to residents and business owners in the Commonwealth of Virginia, however only a small percentage of these loan applications have been returned.  It is important for those seeking and qualified for this particular type of assistance to return paperwork as soon as possible. 

For more information, call the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955.

WONDERING ABOUT THE SAFETY OF YOUR WELL, FOLLOWING THE EARTHQUAKE? 
Visit this link for information from the Virginia Department of Health:

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmentalhealth/Onsite/earthquake.htm

Page last updated 2/13/12