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How to Help Those Affected by the Tornadoes in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. — In Virginia communities struggling to respond to and recover from the recent tornadoes, an influx of unexpected or unrequested volunteers and donations can make the process of recovery even more difficult. 

Financial support to voluntary agencies is often the best way to help. Cash is easier for organizations and agencies to manage; it can address a wide variety of needs, and can be quickly distributed to support those with critical needs. Cash also allows disaster agencies to purchase exactly what is needed.
The following voluntary organizations are currently supporting tornado relief in Virginia:

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (Virginia VOAD) does not promote one charity over another. Financial gifts made to voluntary organizations, funds and foundations are managed and allocated by those entities. Virginia VOAD and the Commonwealth of Virginia are not involved in how voluntary organizations, funds and foundations manage or distribute financial contributions.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund is a state-managed relief fund established to help Virginia residents who are impacted by disasters recover. This program is necessary because federal disaster is not a guarantee. Proceeds from the fund will be distributed as a grant to non-profits, faith-based organizations and local long-term recovery groups so those groups can aid individual households impacted by disasters.

Grants can be used for the following types of projects:

  • Repair or rebuilding of uninsured/underinsured and uninhabitable owner-occupied dwellings.
  • Assistance with transportation needs when a victim’s only vehicle was severely damaged or destroyed.
  • Assistance in replacing essential household items, such as appliances and furnishings.
  • Assistance for renters in establishing a new rental residence.
  • Assistance with temporary living expenses while residence is being repaired or new rental residence identified.

Individuals can donate to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund by submitting a check made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line. Checks should be sent to:

Comptroller’s Office
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971

Individuals with unmet needs should contact their local emergency manager for assistance.


Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces January Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Jasmine Harveyhas been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for January 2016. Ms. Harvey works in SVRMC’s Registration Department.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for January was commitment to coworkers.  Ms. Harvey’s nomination included the following statement: “Jasmine is a team player who is always willing to help the ED staff in any way possible. She is very supportive to all of the staff and committed to ensuring that everyone has what they need to get the job done. Not only is Jasmine committed to her co-workers, she is also committed to our patients. She is a great patient advocate and works with the ED staff to ensure patient satisfaction. She is a wonderful window to our front door.”

As SVRMC’s January Employee of the Month, Ms. Harvey received a certificate of recognition, balloons, cookies to share with her co-workers, and a cash prize.


Obituary-Deanna Maitland Roberts

Deanna Maitland Roberts, 70, of Emporia, VA passed away on February 28, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Maitland and Irene Maitland Gwaltney; husband, Floyd Roberts, Jr. and daughter, Penny Rae Roberts. She is survived by her sons, Walter Wingate Futrell, III and wife Pattie and David Lyn Futrell; sisters, Barbara M. Moore and Phyllis M. Capps and husband Jim; granddaughter, Lindsey Brooke Futrell; niece, Lauren Drummond and nephew, Shawn Allen. A visitation will be held 6-8pm, Thursday, March 3rd, at the home of Barbara M. Moore, 626 Madison Street, Emporia, VA. Condolences may be sent to

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