More aid approved for Va. quake victims

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – There’s more help coming for victims affected by August’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved individual assistance to people who live in six localities including the city of Fredericksburg, and the counties of Louisa, Culpeper, Spotsylvania, Fluvanna, Goochland and Orange counties.

Culpeper and Northhampton Counties will also get help with damage to public property and the cost of the response.

Assistance to individuals in Albermarle and King George counties though was rejected.

Individuals and families in need of earthquake recovery aid can register immediately by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.

Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Online registration is available at any time. Those with smart phones or other mobile devices also can register using this link.

Residents also can visit the Louisa County Disaster Recovery Center at Triangle Plaza, 502 E. Main St., Suite 6000 in Louisa, which will reopen at 10 a.m., Jan. 5.

State and federal officials will open a Disaster Recovery Center in Spotsylvania in the coming days.

Businesses can apply for low interest loan from the Small Business Administration.

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