RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe announced today that President Barack Obama has added Suffolk, Portsmouth and Hampton to the Individual Assistance (IA) disaster declaration to assist with damage sustained from Hurricane Matthew.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency had already approved IA to residents in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Newport News in its initial response. The additional localities were made eligible for IA programs at the Governor’s request after further information was provided
“This is fantastic news for the residents of Portsmouth, Hampton and Suffolk, whom have truly stepped up and provided a thorough accounting of the impacts to their community to inform this decision and deliver the needed federal aid,” said Governor McAuliffe. “I encourage all Virginians in surrounding regions to continue submitting information as this process unfolds.”
The Individual Assistance programs made available to communities through the disaster declaration provide several forms of recovery assistance for individuals and households. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
“These funds are much needed as Virginians in the impacted localities work to rebuild their lives and communities,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Brian Moran. “Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit and thank our Virginia Department of Emergency Management team and FEMA partners, for their round-the-clock work at the Joint Field Office in Virginia Beach.”
Residents must apply for aid directly with FEMA and report damages. There are three ways to apply now:
- Call toll-free at (800) 621-3362 or TTY (800) 462-7585
- Register on your computer at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/
- Register your smartphone at m.fema.gov
Local FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will also be established in Suffolk, Portsmouth, and Hampton to help residents register in person. Information on the locations of these centers will be made available soon.
For more information on the types of assistance available and to be connected with your local government emergency management, please call the 2-1-1 hotline. To learn more about the aid available in your locality and to apply for assistance visit FEMA’s website at: www.disasterassistance.gov.
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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