August 24, 2011
Virginia has a new fund to help victims of disasters.
Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday that the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund will be made a permanent part of the state's disaster relief tools. Officials say it will serve as a "fund of last resort" if other state, federal and private aid is unavailable.
McDonnell asked for donations after requests and appeals for federal aid for April's tornado damage were denied. The funds will first be used for those victims but will be available for any disaster.
An additional $1.1 million in pledges and donations was announced Wednesday, $600,000 pledged by the governor is state aid from the state's 2011 surplus, about $111,500 in donations collected at Virginia ABC stores, and about $25,000 in funds collected from private sources.