FEMA Approves Federal Disaster Aid for Four Hampton Roads Cities

November 3, 2016  //  

RICHMOND – Virginians in Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach are now eligible for federal Individual Assistance (IA) programs to assist with damage sustained from Hurricane Matthew.

The IA disaster declaration for these communities makes federal aid available through the Individuals and Households Program (IHP), which provides financial and/or direct assistance to Virginians with necessary disaster-related expenses and serious needs that are unmet through insurance or other means. The IHP consists of two provisions: Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance.

The following federal Individual Assistance programs are available in the declared cities listed above:

  • Housing Assistance includes temporary housing or lodging reimbursement for eligible applicants, as well as financial assistance to repair disaster-related damage in the home or replace home uninsured or underinsured home components.
  • Other Needs Assistance may help Virginians pay for disaster-related expenses that include dental and medical expenses, funeral expenses, child care, repair or replacement of personal property including vehicles, transportation costs and moving and storage expenses.

Residents must apply for aid directly with FEMA and report damages. FEMA will use the information provided on your application to begin the process of determining which programs your household is eligible for.

There are a number of ways to register with FEMA and to report damages:

  • Call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY (800) 462-7585
  • Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Register your mobile device at m.fema.gov
  • Report damages and apply for assistance in person by visiting a local FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Specific information on locations and operating hours for the DRCs in each community will be made available soon.

Residents should prepare to share records of insurance claims they have filed with FEMA, as well as documentation of damage they sustained and all expenses related to Hurricane Matthew.

Impacted residents in localities not eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance should call 2-1-1 to get connected with local government officials and voluntary agencies.


(804) 371-7215 or pio@vdem.virginia.gov


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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund