CHESAPEAKE – The City of Chesapeake has been included in a Federal Disaster Declaration following Hurricane Matthew. This action will now make available financial and other resource assistance for some residents and/or property owners impacted by the storm. Specifics regarding qualification for federal assistance programs will be determined on a case-by-case evaluation basis by FEMA and other federal agencies.
“In addition to City Council’s decision to provide limited but immediate help to those whose homes were either destroyed or majorly damaged, FEMA’s welcome designation will make more residents eligible for relief,” said Chesapeake Mayor Alan Krasnoff. “If ever there was a time when the health and wellbeing of Chesapeake needs this designation, this is certainly the time.”
While representatives from FEMA are not yet present in Chesapeake, residents wishing to begin the application process for assistance may do so starting Thursday, November 3, by either calling FEMA at (800)621-FEMA or (800)462-7585 (TTY) between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., or by logging on to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
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.
The Chesapeake DRC will provide referrals to select services. It will be staffed by City personnel, community representatives, and volunteers from private and/or non-profit agencies offering assistance in storm recovery activities.
The City is not accepting either monetary donations or physical donations of any sort. Those wishing to make donations should do so via their choice of the many agencies and organizations in the area who are equipped to handle these donations.
Residents having questions or needing assistance in reaching the Disaster Recovery Center should call 382-CITY (382-2489).