FEMA to close Suffolk center

Published 10:32 pm Monday, December 12, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will close its Suffolk disaster recovery center on Wednesday, according to a press release from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

Services available at the center, located at the East Suffolk Recreation Center, are also available by phone or online, according to the release.

About 235 people in Suffolk affected by Hurricane Matthew, which struck the state Oct. 8-9, have applied for assistance after the program was opened to Suffolk residents last month. The deadline is Jan. 3.

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Of the 235 people who have registered in Suffolk, about $367,250 in housing assistance has been tallied. About $24,353 in assistance for other needs has been applied for.

The Individual Assistance programs made available through FEMA to communities through the disaster declaration provide several forms of recovery assistance for individuals and households.

Assistance can include help with temporary housing, reimbursement of lodging assistance, and financial assistance for repair or replacement of their home.

Damage to an essential vehicle, moving and storage expenses, clean-up items, medical and child care expenses, and damage to essential household items, clothing, tools required for your job and necessary educational materials are all covered if related to the disaster, as are funeral expenses.

The disaster recovery center in Virginia Beach is still open for the time being from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is located at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.

The U.S. Small Business Administration also provides loans to help disaster survivors. The SBA helps homeowners and renters as well as businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations.

SBA loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies.

Residents must apply for aid directly with FEMA and report damages. There are three ways to apply now:

  • Call toll-free at (800) 621-3362 or TTY (800) 462-7585 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Register online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
  • Register on your smartphone at m.fema.gov.

Visit www.sba.gov for more information about Small Business Administration loans.