RICHMOND (Nov. 11, 2016) – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) today provided federal officials with additional information to support the Commonwealth’s request for federal aid for five communities hit hard by Hurricane Matthew.
VDEM State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern submitted updated information to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on behalf of the cities of Hampton, Portsmouth, and Suffolk and Isle of Wight and York counties. Governor Terry McAuliffe initially requested a federal disaster declaration and Individual Assistance (IA) aid for these and four other localities on Oct. 20.
“The Commonwealth is still actively recovering from Hurricane Matthew, and Virginians in the Hampton Roads areas need more help to get back on their feet and back to their livelihoods,” Stern said. “We are working around the clock to foster and support this recovery and are asking the federal government for additional aid.”
The governor’s initial request contained information gathered during Preliminary Damage Assessments conducted jointly in early October by VDEM, FEMA, local governments and the Small Business Administration. Stern’s request today contains new information on damages since reported by homeowners in the affected localities.
FEMA previously approved the disaster declaration request and federal financial assistance for the cities of Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are currently open in the Hampton Roads area to help residents in these communities. Residents must apply for FEMA Individual Assistance aid by Jan. 3, 2017 in one of the following ways:
- Visiting disasterassistance.gov
- Visiting a DRC (locations and information available here)
- Calling 800-621-3362 (711-Relay, Video Relay). TTY users may call 800-462-7585.
Stern also requested Public Assistance aid on Nov. 2 for eight localities which sustained significant damage to public infrastructure during Hurricane Matthew: the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach, as well as Isle of Wight and Southampton counties. If granted, Public Assistance reimburses local and state governments on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of buildings and facilities damaged in a disaster.
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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