FEMA assistance granted in wake of November's Nor'easter

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine announced today that President Obama has granted a request for federal assistance to state and local governments in the wake of November's Nor'easter.

The declaration makes FEMA's Public Assistance Program available to cover eligible government and certain non-profit costs for damage to critical infrastructure, debris removal and related emergency services.

Eligible localities are the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach, and the counties of Halifax, Isle of Wight, King and Queen, Northampton and Surry.

"This federal assistance comes at critical time as localities in Eastern Virginia continue to recover from last month's powerful storm," Kaine said. "I am very pleased the federal government is again proving to be a constructive partner in the recovery process."

In addition to the Public Assistance Program, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds were approved for the entire Commonwealth. The Hazard Mitigation program provides funds for government projects that help reduce disaster risks by protecting homes and businesses against future damage.

On Nov. 25, the U.S. Small Business Administration granted Gov. Kaine's request that low-interest loans be made available to homeowners, renters and business owners in the affected area.

Individuals and businesses may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Business loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.  Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Virginians may also apply for disaster loans from SBA's secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

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