Virginia Beach Receives Approval for Federal Disaster Declaration

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Today, the City of Virginia Beach learned that President Obama signed a disaster declaration that includes Virginia Beach. This Declaration makes federal funding available to residents of Virginia Beach affected by Hurricane Matthew.

"Thanks to Governor Terry McAuliffe, our state delegation, Senator Mark Warner and City staff for their diligence in working with FEMA officials to get this done," said Mayor Will Sessoms. "This assistance is critically important to the hundreds of Virginia Beach families and businesses working to put their lives back together in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. It's not an easy process to get this federal emergency declaration, however we kept pushing forward and now, our citizens will receive much-needed federal funding to repair, rebuild and recover from this tragic event."

To be considered for assistance, residents must register with the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Each individual application is unique and will be reviewed and handled on a case-by-case basis. Before applying, consider watching the FEMA Registration Intake Video and reviewing the list of documents and materials needed in order to successfully apply for financial assistance.

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 3, residents may apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov  or call 800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service). If you use TTY, call 800-462-7585.

While the application process can be done completely online, FEMA will establish a local Disaster Recovery Center. Residents will be able to go there in person to register for financial assistance, get answers to questions, and find out what resources are available to them. Representatives from local, state, and federal agencies, along with private partners, will staff the center. The location and operating hours of the Disaster Recovery Center will be announced in the next few days.

The City will continue to work with its federal, state and local partners to assist citizens as needed.

Additional resources that may be of assistance:

For more information, contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362.

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