Update: Glade Spring Volunteers and Donations Information
UPDATE: May 16, 2011 11:15 a.m.
At the request of Washington County VA, People Inc is going door-to-door in tornado affected areas this week to help residents complete an Insurance Verification Survey. This info will help the County prove the need for federal assistance. Employees will have a People Inc ID and the survey with a County hotline number. If you have friends or family who were affected, please share this post to help spread the word.
UPDATE: May 15, 2011 3:30 p.m.
FEMA denial and appeal process
To move forward with FEMA’s denial of individual assistance, efforts continue by the County to identify any impacted area of the county that may not have been indentified during the initial damage assessment by FEMA and to identify those owner-occupied homes that were totally destroyed or sustained major damage that were uninsured and underinsured.
A hotline has been established for homeowners to call to report damage and insurance status. The numbers are (276) 525-1334 and (276) 525-1338. Teams are in the field going door-to-door to gather this information. Team members will have proper identification and will not be asking for social security numbers, insurance policy numbers, or bank account information. People are also encouraged to tell family, friends and neighbors about reporting insurance status of owner-occupied homes.
The hotline will remain active and fieldwork will continue until Friday, May 20, at 5:00 p.m.
Washington County Long Term Recovery Group (WCLTRG) begins accepting applications for tornado assistance
The Washington County Long Term Recovery Group (WCLTRG) is working to help the community recover from the tornadoes. The County and towns are committed to help citizens get back on their feet and begin to rebuild their lives. This disaster recovery taskforce includes county and town officials, community leaders and volunteers. The WCLTRG is a partnership between Washington County, Town of Glade Spring, United Way of Russell and Washington Counties, Washington County Department of Social Services, Washington County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, American Red Cross-Mountain Empire Chapter, Washington County Ecumenical Faith in Action, Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corp, VDOT-Bristol District, Southwestern Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster(VA VOAD), National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) – Adventist Community Services and several individuals that will serve as construction coordinators, volunteer coordinators, donations coordinators and case managers. Barbara Farmer, who is representing faith-based organizations in the area, will serve as the WCLTRG chairperson.
The Department of Social Services on behalf of the WCLTRG will begin taking applications for tornado disaster assistance on Monday, May 16. Applications will be accepted Monday, May 16 – Friday, May 20, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, at the Washington County Community Services Building, 15068, Bristol, VA 24202.
For those needing assistance that do not have transportation, a round-trip shuttle service will be provided from GLADE COMMUNITY FIRST CHURCH OF GOD on the following days and times:
MONDAY, MAY 16th:
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18th:
FRIDAY, MAY 20th:
The American Red Cross, Mountain Empire Chapter is currently helping to meet immediate needs of both individuals and families. Please call the Red Cross at 276-645-6650 for assistance.
Long term volunteer processing call center established. To volunteer or to request volunteer assistance please call (276) 628-2160.
The Washington County Long Term Recovery Group (WCLTRG) has partnered with United Way of Russell and Washington Counties to establish a long-term call center for continued volunteer and referral processing. Both individuals and groups wishing to volunteer need to register with the Volunteer Processing Call Center by calling (276) 628-2160.
Those seeking volunteer assistance for such tasks as yard clean up, debris clean up and simple household repair should also contact the Volunteer Processing Call Center. Registered volunteers are being assigned and matched to tasks and jobs that damage assessments and victim surveys have identified, as well as those received from individuals in the affected areas. Volunteer teams will also be assigned to larger rebuilding projects along with licensed contractors.
To volunteer or to request volunteer assistance please call (276) 628-2160. The Volunteer Processing Call Center hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Previous telephone numbers listed for volunteer registration are no longer active.
Donations continue to be accepted
The best way to help tornado victims is to donate money to established disaster relief organizations. The following organizations are actively collecting funds for those affected:
United Way of Russell and Washington Counties
1. Online – Financial donations can be made to the United Way Disaster Support Fund at www.rwcunitedway.or and by clicking on the GIVE tab.
2. Mail – Donations by check can be made out to the United Way Disaster Support Fund and mailed to United Way of Russell and Washington Counties, P.O. Box 644, Abingdon, VA 24212.
3. Mobile Giving – Make a $10 donation by texting SUPPORT to 27722. Standard text messaging rates do apply.
4. By Phone – Call (276) 628-2160. Questions about the fund can be directed to this number.
American Red Cross, Mountain Empire Chapter (276) 645-6650.
Distribution centers continue to operate and will distribute food and supplies as long as needed
The Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Center is now open in Glade Spring at Dunn Field Community Center located next to the ball fields at Stadium and Mesa Drive. The relief center will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. For information please call (276) 608-4675.
The Washington County Long Term Recovery Group (WCLTRG) is working with Ecumenical Faith in Action to establish longer-term distribution centers. Information about locations and times will be announced as each is open.
For more disaster recovery information please visit the Washington County website at www.washcova.com or the United Way website at www.rwcunitedway.org.