October 13, 2016
RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Virginia State Emergency Coordinator Jeff Stern and other Commonwealth public safety officials traveled to Hampton Roads today to receive a briefing on response efforts and assess the impacts of Hurricane Matthew in the region. They were joined by MaryAnn Tierney, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region III Director, and leaders and officials from several localities in the region that were impacted by the storm.
“I want to thank the men and women who continue to work tirelessly to keep Virginians safe and help communities recover from the significant damage that Hurricane Matthew brought to our Commonwealth, particularly in the Hampton Roads region,” said Governor McAuliffe. “I have directed my public safety team to stay in constant contact with officials in this region and to make every resource available to assist with recovery efforts.”
As Virginia moves to the recovery phase of its response to the impacts of Hurricane Matthew, the Commonwealth, localities, and non-profit organizations are actively working to assess the damage done by Hurricane Matthew and provide assistance to those affected by the storm. Recovery is a cooperative process involving state and local government agencies, voluntary agencies, and communities recovering together.
Throughout Hampton Roads, cleanup efforts are underway, schools have reopened, and power has been restored to most homes. Local governments are also providing assistance and information to impacted individuals with unmet needs and completing initial damage assessments. This damage assessment information will be used by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) to determine eligibility for federal assistance.
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