Hundreds of Hampton Roads residents apply for FEMA assistance

13News Now Steven Graves has the story

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WVEC) -- Hundreds of Hampton Roads residents have applied for federal assistance after Hurricane Matthew, according to a FEMA spokesperson.

As of Friday at noon, FEMA Media Relations Manager, Jim Homstead said there have been 790 registrations for disaster assistance in Virginia.

About 550 of those were in Virginia Beach, city officials said.

Resident Jack Mirabelli successfully redistered Thursday.

“It seems like [FEMA] is operational and working,” said Mirabelli. “But close to 500 means people either aren’t applying or they can’t figure out how to apply. I mean, I thought it was confusing.”

In the next few days, FEMA teams are making their way from Richmond into affected cities in Hampton Roads, Homstead said. They’ll be in town assessing damage and helping residents through the process.

Meanwhile, the City of Chesapeake is getting ready for federal officials to arrive.

A recovery center has been set up at 100 Outlaw Street for residents to take advantage of city services.
FEMA encourages residents to apply immediately at DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362 (FEMA).


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