FEMA: Register if you want help

LOUISA COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - FEMA crews are in Louisa ready to start helping families and businesses with disaster relief.

FEMA leaders say the only way residents and businesses in Louisa are going to get earthquake help, is if they register first.

The 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook up a lot of damage in Louisa County back on August 23rd - but it wasn't enough for FEMA to lend a helping hand the first time around.

A lot changed by the time Governor McDonnell appealed the decision.

"More aftershocks, more damage appeared, cracks got bigger," said Ted Stuckey from FEMA.

Stuckey said the added damage made for a better appeal.

"And that's a good thing for Louisa county residents," said Stuckey.

So here's how it's going to work: Once victims register online or by phone, a FEMA inspector will come out and take a look at the damage then determine the eligibility.

"It's all case by case, so we look at uninsured damages, unmet needs, we look at the living arrangements," said Stuckey.

The opportunity is great news for Kim Duke. She said her entire house shifted in the quake.

Contractors estimated $45,000 to fix it.

"Its hope that I need because after meeting with contractors, I didn't know whether or not my house would even be repaired," said Duke.

FEMA leaders say the incident period must be between August 23rd and October 25th. Anything else will be reviewed case by case.

Individuals and families in need of earthquake recovery aid can register immediately by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. – midnight Central time, 7 a.m. – 1 a.m. Eastern time, and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Eastern time.  People also can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.  Those with smart phones or other mobile devices also can register at m.fema.gov.

You can also check out the meeting held between Louisa County Officials and FEMA leaders by going to www.youtube.com/nbc12richmond.

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