RICHMOND—The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will begin closing and demobilizing state-managed shelters at 6 p.m. tonight as the need for hurricane shelters has diminished. Crews will close the shelter at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg at 6 p.m. tonight and will close the shelter at Christopher Newport University in Newport News at noon Sept. 15.
There are no current occupants at the William and Mary shelter. There are 28 occupants currently at the Christopher Newport shelter. At the peak occupancy, there were 52 residents in state-managed shelters. VDSS staff will work to ensure occupants of Christopher Newport shelter are relocated before the shelter closes tomorrow.
It will take 48 hours to demobilize the shelters. VDEM staff and the private contractors which have managed the shelters are communicating with officials in North and South Carolina to offer resources to assist their emergency managers with shelter needs due to the devastation of Hurricane Florence.
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Contact: Jeff Caldwell
Phone: (804) 897-9730
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