The Fredericksburg area has received a good portion of the more than $25 million in federal aid for the victims of the August earthquake.
Businesses, home owners and local governments in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Louisa, Orange, Culpeper, Fluvanna and Goochland have applied for FEMA financial aid to repair damages caused by the 5.9 magnitude earthquake. A total of $25.2 million has been approved to date. The U.S. Small Business Administration has also issued loans.
"We continue to make substantial progress in our efforts to assist Virginia residents and businesses recover from the earthquake," said Federal Coordinating Officer Don Keldsen in a prepared statement.
- Almost 4,600 households have registered for Individual Assistance.
- More than $8.4 million in grants have been approved through the FEMA Individuals and Household Program.
- More than $2.3 million in loans have been approved by the SBA for homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the earthquake.
- More than 4,100 home inspections have been requested. Almost 3900 requests have been completed. There are currently 9 inspectors in the field.
- More than 2,600 people have visited the two Disaster Recovery Centers in Louisa and Spotsylvania Counties.
- More than $14.5 million in grants have been obligated to the Commonwealth under FEMA'S Public Assistance program, whose applicants include the Commonwealth and its agencies, local governments and certain non-profit organizations.
Those who still want to register for assistance with FEMA must do so by March 5.
To register, call 800-621-FEMA (3362); if you use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585; if you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Service call 1-800-621-3362; or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. EST, seven days a week.
Before you begin the registration process, you will want to gather the following information:
- Social Security number.
- Current and pre-disaster address.
- Telephone number where you can be reached.
- Insurance information.
- Total household annual income.
- Routing and account number from your bank (if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account).
- Description of losses caused by the earthquake.