More Virginians are eligible for federal disaster aid to help them recover from the August earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced this week.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide help to six more localities affected by the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Aug. 23.
FEMA announced previously that residents of Louisa County, where the quake was centered, qualified for help under its Individual Assistance Program. Now that assistance is being extended to people in Fredericksburg and in Culpeper, Fluvanna, Goochland, Orange and Spotsylvania counties.
FEMA also agreed to help Northampton and Culpeper counties recover costs associated with emergency response and damage to critical infrastructure.
“State and federal officials have been assessing earthquake damage across the Commonwealth since August,” McDonnell said in a prepared statement. “I am pleased that FEMA has made this important assistance available to more of those who have suffered personal losses and have been working to recover for the past few months.”
FEMA did not approve McDonnell’s request to make Individual Assistance available in Albemarle and King George counties.
For information from the governor’s office about applying for FEMA aid, see below.
“The federal Individual Assistance Program provides disaster housing assistance, low-interest loans and grants. Individuals and families in need of earthquake recovery aid can register immediately by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585, or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week (The hotline will be closed Jan. 1 for the New Year’s holiday.) Online registration is available at any time. Those with smart phones or other mobile devices also can register at m.fema.gov.
Residents also can visit the Louisa County Disaster Recovery Center at Triangle Plaza, 502 E. Main St., Suite 6000 (former Video 2000 store), in Louisa, which will reopen at 10 a.m., Jan. 5. State and federal officials will open a Disaster Recovery Center in Spotsylvania in the coming days.
Business owners can apply to FEMA for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Those applying should be prepared to provide basic information about themselves (name, social security number, address and phone number), insurance coverage and information to help substantiate losses.”