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Virginia Earthquake

LAST OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER FOR FEMA EARTHQUAKE AID

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) registration deadline for renters, homeowners and business owners in central Virginia who suffered damage from the August 23 earthquake is one week away. Counties designated for disaster assistance are Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Goochland, King George, Louisa, Orange and Spotsylvania as well as the City of Fredericksburg.


The deadline to register for disaster aid is Monday March 5, 2012.

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Louisa County High School Receives $19 Million from FEMA to Rebuild

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $19 million to rebuild the Louisa County High School, which was severely damaged during the Aug. 23 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.

“This news could not come at a better time.
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The deadline to register for disaster aid is Monday March 5, 2012.

FEMA DISASTER AID REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS TWO WEEKS AWAY
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) registration deadline for renters, homeowners and business owners in central Virginia who suffered damage from the August 23 earthquake is two weeks away. Counties designated for disaster assistance are Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Goochland, King George, Louisa, Orange and Spotsylvania as well as the City of Fredericksburg.

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King George County To Host An Informational Meeting With FEMA, VDEM And SBA

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. - King George County is hosting The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and The Small Business Administration (SBA) to an Informational Meeting to provide information to King George County residents who may have suffered damage from the August 23, 2011 earthquake.

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Albemarle County To Host An Informational Town Hall Meeting With FEMA, VDEM And SBA

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. - Albemarle County is hosting The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and The Small Business Administration (SBA) to a Town Hall Meeting to provide information to Albemarle County residents who may have suffered damage from the August 23, 2011 earthquake.


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LOUISA COUNTY’S THOMAS JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO RECEIVE OVER $3 MILLION IN FEMA ASSISTANCE TO REBUILD SCHOOL

MIDLOTHIAN, VA – Natural disasters disrupt the daily routine of survivors’ lives, and nowhere is a disrupted routine more evident than when a school is destroyed. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding approximately $3.25 million dollars to rebuild Louisa County Public Schools’ Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.

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Statement of Governor McDonnell After FEMA Awards $3.2 Million In Disaster Assistance To Replace Earthquake-Damaged Louisa Elementary School

~Grant will cover 75% of uninsured balance to completely replace facility~

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell released the following statement after learning that the Federal Department of Emergency Management (FEMA) has granted Louisa County $3.2 million to replace Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, which was severely damaged during the Aug. 23 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. The move comes after repair estimates said it could cost more than 50 percent of the estimated replacement cost to restore the school to pre-earthquake condition. The cost to replace the school is $13. 7 million. The anticipated insurance proceeds will be approximately $9.4 million, leaving an estimated balance of approximately $4.3 million, of which 75 percent will be eligible for FEMA coverage.

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FEMA Approves Earthquake Assistance for Albemarle and King George Counties

FEMA Approves Earthquake Assistance for Albemarle and King George Counties
~Deadline to Register is March 5~

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that individuals in Albemarle and King George are now eligible for federal disaster aid to help them recover from a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Virginia on Aug. 23 and led to more than 60 aftershocks.

FEMA denied Virginia’s original request for assistance for Albemarle and King George on Dec. 29, 2011. Governor McDonnell appealed and now the counties join Culpeper, Fluvanna, Goochland, Louisa, Orange and Spotsylvania counties and the city of Fredericksburg in eligibility for FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program. Read more…..

Disaster Recovery Centers In Louisa County And Spotsylvania County To Close

The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Louisa County at 520 E. Main St., Louisa, VA, and in Spotsylvania County at 8960 Courthouse Rd., Spotsylvania, VA, will close permanently at 6:00 PM, Saturday, February 11, state and federal officials have announced.
One-on-one assistance is still available.

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CHANGING WEATHER MAY REVEAL EARTHQUAKE CHIMNEY DAMAGE

Masonry chimneys and fireplaces are especially vulnerable to earthquake damage, and many Virginia residents experienced such damage firsthand. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) inspectors have visually inspected nearly 4400 homes and in nearly 30% of those visits, inspectors suspected chimney damage.
Chimney damage can be deadly and may continue to lurk in the homes of unsuspecting Virginians. Do not take a chance with the health of your household, and find a licensed inspector to assure the safety of your home.

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Learn about damage to water wells that has resulted from the August 2011 earthquake. If you think you have well damage, please call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA.

TWO DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS FOR EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY TO OPEN IN VIRGINIA

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) will open a new Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Spotsylvania County and reopen the Louisa County DRC.

The Louisa County DRC and the Spotsylvania DRC will open Thursday, Jan 5.

Disaster officials recommend that you register before visiting the DRC. 

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Disaster aid registration deadline for Louisa County extended to Monday March 5

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.

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Over $1 Million SBA Disaster Loans Approved in Virginia; SBA Deadline to Return Applications is January 3 

The U. S. Small Business Administration has approved over $1 million in Disaster Assistance Loans for residents and business owners in Virginia affected by the earthquake. The deadline to return applications for physical damage is January 3, 2012.

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SBA Adds the City of Fredericksburg to the Private Non-Profit Organizations Earthquake Declaration in Virginia

The U.S. Small Business Administration adds the City of Fredericksburg as an eligible area for disaster assistance and reminds eligible Private Non-Profit Organizations (PNPs) of the Jan. 9 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for physical damage in Virginia. These loans are available as a result of a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by the earthquake that occurred between Aug. 23, and Oct. 25, 2011.

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Summary: United States Geological Survey reports 5.8 magnitude earthquake impacted Virginia at 1351. Epicenter was located approximately 4 miles south-southeast of Louisa, VA; 4 miles southwest of Mineral, VA; 41 miles northwest of Richmond, VA; and 83 miles southwest of Washington, DC. Depth of earthquake is report at approximately .6 mile.

FEMA has approved federal disaster assistance for individuals, renters and business owners in Louisa County who experienced damage as a result of a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Virginia on Aug. 23 and caused more than 40 aftershocks. The governor appealed FEMA’s initial decision to deny federal disaster aid to Louisa County.

Since the original request was made Sept. 20, officials have found more extensive damage than what was originally reported in more than 1,400 homes. Some damage that was first categorized as minor has become worse as a result of more than 40 aftershocks. The appeal included a letter from Virginia’s entire congressional delegation supporting the request.

Individuals and families in need of earthquake recovery aid can register immediately by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) Monday –Friday from 6 a.m. – midnight Central time, 7 a.m. – 1 a.m. Eastern time, and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Eastern time. People also can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov . Those with smart phones or other mobile devices also can register at m.fema.gov.



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