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FEMA to open Disaster Recovery Center in Suffolk

SUFFOLK, Va. – FEMA is opening a Disaster Recovery Center to assist residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The center will open on November 28 at the East Suffolk Recreation Center and will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Staff at the recovery centers can check on individual cases, answer questions about claims and review information needed to process claims.

Specialists from the U.S. Small Business Administration and Virginia Department of Emergency Management staff will be at each location.

The Individual Assistance programs made available to communities through the disaster declaration can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Even if damages have already been reported to Planning & Community Development, residents and businesses must apply for federal assistance aid directly with FEMA. People can register in person at the Disaster Recovery Center or:

  • Call toll-free at (800) 621-FEMA (3362) or TTY (800) 462-7585. The telephone lines are staffed daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT until further notice. Help is available in almost any language
  • Register on your computer at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/
  • Register your smartphone at m.fema.gov

To learn more about the aid available and to apply for assistance visit FEMA’s website at: www.disasterassistance.gov.