By. John Haksch, Louisa County Field Officer
On November 4th Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced that President Obama, supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has reversed their previous decision to disqualify Louisa residents and businesses from receiving federal aid following the earthquake that rocked the county on August 23rd. The official request by the governor for assistance was made on September 20th, following thorough, weeks-long investigation by FEMA and both professional volunteers and county staff. The much-needed aid will be in the form of housing assistance, grants, and low-interest loans. A local FEMA office opens today (11/08) in the town of Louisa to handle requests for home and business owner assistance, located at 502 East Main St. (the Triangle Shopping Center). Along with phone registrations (see below) citizens can register for assistance on the government website at www.disasterassistance.gov or at m.fema.gov using smart phones or mobile devices.
Business owners (including those with rental properties) should apply to FEMA for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Anyone applying for assistance should be prepared with to provide basic information about themselves (name, Social Security number, address and phone number), and documentation of their losses, which might be from assessments, repair bills from contractors, or insurance information.
The Governor’s request for Public Assistance funding, used to repair damaged infrastructure such as school buildings, has yet to be addressed by FEMA.
Louis Office Hours
Monday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
FEMA Telephone Registration Hours
Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. EST
Saturday – Sunday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST