HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WVEC) -- President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Virginia, and has ordered federal aid to help the state and local recovery efforts for parts of the state that were affected by Hurricane Matthew.
The affected cities include Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach. The Presidents actions, Wednesday, will make federal funding available to those residents affected by Hurricane Matthew.
Residents assistance may include grants for temporary housing, home repairs, and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses. Individuals and business owners will also be able to apply for other programs to help them recover from the disaster.
According to FEMA, additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the commonwealth and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
If you are interested in applying for the assistance, you may apply beginning Thursday, November 3. Residents may apply online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech or hearing disability you may call 1-800-462-7585. Both numbers are toll free, and will operate from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. local time, seven days a week.
The City of Chesapeake will open a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) on Thursday, November 3, to provide access to locally-based services; however, when FEMA resources and personnel arrive in Chesapeake, they are expected to co-locate in the DRC. In the interim, DRC staff will be able to provide access to FEMA internet resources for those in need.
The DRC will be located in the Chesapeake Department of Human Services, 100 Outlaw Street. It will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on both Saturday, November 5, and Saturday, November 12. The hours for the DRC may change once FEMA is on-site, and a notification of such a change will be provided as soon as it is available.