FEMA Opens Two Local Disaster Recovery Centers

FEMA has opened two disaster centers in our area, one in Louisa and one in Spotsylvania, to assist area residents with eligible disaster claims.  See the press release below for more information about where those centers are located and what services they provide. 

January 3, 2012

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FEMA NEWSDESK: 804-639-8695

VDEM PIO Contact: 804-674-2400

SBA PIO Contact: 404-331-0333

TWO DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS FOR EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY TO OPEN IN VIRGINIA

MIDLOTHIAN, VA — 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.

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY DRC

Address: 8960 Courthouse Road

(The intersection of Courthouse and Crestar Roads, across from Courthouse Café) Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

LOUISA COUNTY DRC

Address: Triangle Plaza Shopping Center

(Old Video 2000 Store)

502 East Main Street

Louisa, VA 23093

Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

Disaster officials recommend that you register before visiting the DRC. If you have any questions about the application process they can be answered face to face. You may visit the DRC regardless of where you live or work.

"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.

The registration deadline is Mar. 5, 2012

In addition to Louisa County, the counties of Culpeper, Fluvanna, Goochland, Orange, Spotsylvania and the City of Fredericksburg are eligible for Individual Assistance.

To register for assistance, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly. Register online at DisasterAssistance.gov; the screens will prompt you through the registration process. You can also apply with a web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), Call 1-800 621-3362. Operators are available to assist callers seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

"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."

Some of the services that a DRC provides:

* Guidance regarding disaster recovery.

* Clarification of any written correspondence received.

* Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information.

* Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance.

* Status of applications being processed by FEMA.

* SBA program information.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Fredericksburg EDA looks to revive Main Street Program

At the recent quarterly meeting of the Fredericksburg EDA, Economic Development Manager Richard Tremblay discussed the City’s efforts to revive the Main Street program.  The Main Street program is a set of best practices and resources that help guide historic locales, like the City of Fredericksburg, through economic redevelopment while preserving historical significance.  There are many Main Street cities throughout the state, some shining examples of success and others still struggling to find what works.  The program does not include any hard dollars to carry out redevelopment and preservation, the City will have to decide how to pay for the program.  But the model is proven to be successful and it’s something that could be of great value to the City.  The EDA would like to have a Main Street program office set up by the end of the year. 

The City is also looking to launch a facade improvement program that will help property ownersHistoric Fred house update the look of their downtown buildings.  An architect has done a survey of over 200 downtown buildings to assess the needs of the City and has presented options for improvements consistent with the historic character of the City.  Many downtown business owners have expressed an interest in participating in the program. 

In other business news, a hotel at Eagle Village is moving forward.  The City Council has approved incentives for the project and the state has a new matching program that will be utilized.  The Kalahari water park project is still alive, but the financing remains elusive.  Finally, the City Council approved a contract to do a complete review of the current zoning maps and designations which haven’t had a comprehensive review since the 1980s.