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FEMA application deadline nearing

BY PORTSIA SMITH

The deadline to register for state and federal assistance to help cover earthquake-related losses is two weeks away–Monday, March 5.

Counties designated for disaster assistance are Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Goochland, King George, Louisa, Orange and Spotsylvania, as well as the city of Fredericksburg.

Gilboa Christian Church in Louisa County suffered quake damage to the building, as well as cemetery headstones. /REZA MARVASHTI

Aid is available for renters, homeowners and business owners whose property was damaged in the magnitude-5.8 earthquake Aug. 23 and the subsequent aftershocks.

The financial assistance can include grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, essential home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses that aren’t covered by insurance or other sources.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $12.8 million in aid for 5,238 applicants as of Monday, according to the FEMA website.

Although the Disaster Recovery Centers in Louisa and Spotsylvania have closed, there is still help available.

The earthquake damaged homes throughout the region, like this one near the epicenter belonging to Karin Sewell. /REZA MARVASHTI

Louisa County residents and business owners can register for aid, get information about assistance programs and follow up on their applications by going online to disasterassistance.gov or calling 800/621-FEMA (or 800/462-7585 for those with speech or hearing impairments).

Telephone registration is available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Applicants are reminded to keep their FEMA information updated, but not to register twice. Duplicate registrations will delay processing.

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