Federal Disaster Assistance Available

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

July 14, 2006

Federal Disaster Assistance Made Available to Fairfax County;
Decision on Federal Aid for Individuals Still Pending

Yesterday, President Bush granted a request by Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine for federal assistance to the Commonwealth of Virginia and nine Virginia jurisdictions in the wake of severe weather that began on June 23. The declaration includes Fairfax County, the City of Alexandria, and the counties of Alleghany, Arlington, Bath, Dickenson, Highland, King George and Rockbridge.

The declaration gives financial assistance to governments and certain nonprofit organizations for eligible costs for damage to critical infrastructure, debris removal and related emergency services. However, federal financial assistance is not yet available for individuals impacted by the severe weather, but is still under consideration by federal officials.

“The county is pleased that the federal Public Assistance Program will be available,” said Gerald E. Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. “We also remain optimistic that a declaration authorizing individual assistance will be forthcoming as well. Many of our residents, especially those in the Huntington community, are still recovering and are trying to put their lives back together, and the federal assistance we are seeking is an important piece in that road to recovery.”

Federal assistance from the Individual Assistance Program includes disaster housing assistance, low-interest loans and grants to meet necessary, unmet needs for eligible individuals and businesses.

Information about the assistance programs is available from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management at 804-897-6510 or online at www.vaemergency.com.

To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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