RICHMOND – 12:00 Noon, October 12, 2016. In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, individuals, localities and the Commonwealth are beginning the process of recovery. State and local governments are working together to coordinate damage assessments to determine if the Commonwealth will be eligible for federal disaster assistance.
If your home was damaged by the storm, there are several actions you need to take as we begin to recover together.
- Beware of structural damage before re-entering your home.
- Ensure you take proper steps to clean up flood damage.
- If you are provided with a clean-up kit and are unable to use it to a disability or medical issue, contact your local government for assistance. Local contact numbers are provided below.
- Throw away food that has come in contact with floodwaters or food that has spoiled due to power loss.
- Prevent mold and remove wet contents immediately. Wet carpeting, furniture, bedding, and any other items holding moisture or water can develop mold within 24 to 48 hours.
- See here for additional flood information and guidance
If you have flood or renter’s insurance:
- File your flood insurance or renter’s insurance claim as soon as possible.
- If you are renter, also contact your landlord to report flooding or structural damage. Landlords are only responsible for the building, not personal belongings.
- Make sure to have your information ready when you call:
- The name of your insurance company;
- Your policy number;
- And a telephone number and/or email address where you can be reached.
- You do not need to wait for a Presidential (federal) emergency declaration to the file a claim. This step is always your first step even if you anticipate applying for federal assistance, should it become available.
- Take photos and make a list of damaged property and items. Include age and value if possible.
See more information about the National Flood Insurance Program, or call 1-800-621-3362.
Contact your local government to report your damage. Regardless of whether your loss is covered by insurance, you still need to notify your local government to report your damage. It is critical that you contact your local government to report your damage so that your home’s damage will be assessed and documented.
If your home or business was damaged during the storm, below are helpful hints and information to follow to protect yourself and your property from additional damage.
Below is the list of contact numbers and websites for information and to report damages:
Accomack (757) 787-3610
Chincoteague (757) 336-6519
Chesapeake (757) 382-2489
Franklin (757) 562-8680
Gloucester (804) 693-3000
Hampton (757) 727-8311
Isle of Wight (757) 365-6308
James City (757) 564-2140
Lancaster (804) 462-5129
Middlesex (804) 758-4715
Newport News Local 311
Norfolk (757) 664-6510
Northampton (757) 678-0442
Northumberland (804) 580-7666
Poquoson (757) 868-3000
Portsmouth (757) 393-8533 (Website Form)
Richmond County (804) 333-5089
Southampton (757) 562-8680
Suffolk (757) 923-2350
Surry (757) 294-5264
Virginia Beach (757) 385-3111
Westmoreland (804) 493-0130
Williamsburg (757) 220-6220
York (757) 890-3300
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