RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – Governor McAuliffe announced that President Barack Obama has added Suffolk, Portsmouth and Hampton to the Individual Assistance (IA) disaster declaration to assist with damage sustained from Hurricane Matthew.
The additional localities were made eligible for IA programs at the Governor’s request after further information was provided. Governor McAuliffe released this statement:
“I am pleased that we were able work with President Obama to bring this funding back for the people of Virginia who need it. I thank the residents of Portsmouth, Hampton and Suffolk who provided a thorough accounting of the impacts to their community to help inform this decision and deliver the needed federal aid,” said Governor McAuliffe. “This additional funding will help to ensure the residents and businesses of these communities have access to the aid needed to support recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Matthew I encourage all Virginians in surrounding regions to continue submitting information as this process unfolds.”
Governor McAuliffe announced the day before that FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) aid would be made available for the cities of Franklin, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, and the counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton.
Residents must apply for aid directly with FEMA and report damages. There are three ways to apply now:
Local FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will also be established in Suffolk, Portsmouth, and Hampton to help residents register in person. Information on the locations of these centers will be made available soon.
For more information on the types of assistance available and to be connected with your local government emergency management, please call the 2-1-1 hotline. To learn more about the aid available in your locality and to apply for assistance visit FEMA’s website at: www.disasterassistance.gov.