VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. —With the holiday spirit in the air, disaster survivors may be busy with their “to do” lists—shopping for gifts, going to parties and events, and getting together with friends and family.
To ensure that you receive all the disaster assistance for which you are eligible, you may want to add a visit to the Virginia Beach Disaster Recovery Center to your list.
At the recovery center, FEMA specialists are on hand to help you
- Appeal FEMA decisions
- Find rental resources
- Check the status of your submitted application
- Get answers to other questions about assistance
The U.S. Small Business Administration is at the recovery center to help homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes with applications for low interest recovery loans. The SBA is ready to talk with you about these loans and answer your questions. You can also sign the paperwork to complete your loan agreement or check the status of your submitted loan application.
The recovery center also offers information on modifications that can make your property more flood proof.
Virginia Beach Disaster Recovery Center
Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon.- Sat., until further notice
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Enter main door, turn right, near Cafe
You do not have to visit a recovery center to register for assistance from FEMA. Many of the services available at the recovery centers are also available on the FEMA Helpline). Call
800-621-3362, for voice, 711 or video relay services or 800-462-7585 for TTY users. The Helpline is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.
If you have any questions about your application or if you need to register for aid, the Helpline can assist you. You may also register with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov
or with the FEMA Mobile App.
Additional information about this disaster is available at www.fema.gov and www.vaemergency.gov. Virginians seeking information about disaster-related services and unmet needs should call Virginia 211, a statewide information and referral service. For free legal assistance call 800-552-7977, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the FEMA Mobile App, or by calling 800-621-3362.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay service). TTY users can call 800-462-7585.
The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding and recovery. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and can cover the cost of replacing losses of disaster-damaged real estate and personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
December 14, 2016
News Desk: 540-686-2972
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971