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Hurricane Sandy

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available as a Result of Hurricane Sandy

Friday, January 4, 2013 - 10:30am
RICHMOND- Individuals unable to work as a direct result of the effects of Hurricane Sandy that occurred in Accomack County on October 26 through November 8, 2012, may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance.

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Governor McDonnell Announces Low-Interest Disaster Recovery Loans for Eastern Shore

Available to Help Residents Rebuild from Hurricane Sandy ~Loan Office to Open Tuesday in Melfa~

RICHMOND–In response to a request from Governor Bob McDonnell, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made low-interest disaster loans available to individuals, renters and businesses on Virginia’s Eastern Shore to help them recover from Hurricane Sandy.

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FEMA denies disaster assistance for Accomack County

RICHMOND, Va. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Virginia’s request for Individual Assistance to help property owners in Accomack County affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“I am disappointed that residents of Accomack County will not receive the federal disaster relief they desperately need in the wake of Hurricane Sandy,” said Governor Bob McDonnell. “I personally visited the county in the days after the storm and met individually with a number of citizens who suffered severe flooding and damage from the storm. They need federal help. Unfortunately, that help has not been approved. We will continue to look for all ways by which to help our fellow Virginians in need. One means is through donations to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund, and I encourage Virginians who want to help the residents of Accomack to use the fund to get involved and help out.”

The federal Individual Assistance Program would have made funding available to homeowners, renters and businesses in the form of low-interest loans and grants, unemployment assistance, disaster housing assistance and crisis counseling.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management will make a recommendation to Governor McDonnell on whether to appeal FEMA’s denial or to apply for disaster assistance from the Small Business Administration.

If a request for SBA assistance is approved, loans up to $200,000 would be available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters would be eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses and nonprofit organizations of any size could apply for loans up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.

Tax deductible donations to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund may be made at

Infographic: VDEM’s digital media impact during Hurricane Sandy. (October 26th - October 31st, 2012)

Infographic: VDEM’s digital media impact during Hurricane Sandy. (October 26th - October 31st, 2012)

Federal Disaster Assistance Approved to Aid State and Local Governments with Recovery Costs from Hurricane Sandy
Individual Assistance for those in Accomack County Remains under Consideration

RICHMOND–Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that his request for federal disaster assistance to help local and state governments recover from the impact of Hurricane Sandy has been approved by President Obama. Assistance for individuals in Accomack County also was requested by Governor McDonnell and is still under consideration.

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Governor McDonnell Requests Federal Disaster Assistance in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

RICHMOND— Governor Bob McDonnell today asked for federal disaster assistance to help 28 Virginia communities recover from the affects of Hurricane Sandy, an extremely large storm that brought high winds, heavy rains, coastal erosion and tidal flooding to the eastern portion of the Commonwealth and dropped significant snowfall in the west and southwest. Sandy caused three tragic deaths in Virginia.

The governor requested federal aid through FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program for Accomack County. If approved, the Individual Assistance Program makes funding available for homeowners and renters in the form of grants and low-interest loans as well as disaster housing assistance. The governor also requested disaster unemployment assistance and legal services.

“More than 240 homes were damaged in the Saxis, Sanford and Messongo areas of Accomack County, and most of the damage is not covered by insurance. That is a significant impact to the residents of those communities and federal assistance is critical in helping them recover,” said Governor Bob McDonnell. Read More.

Citizen Volunteer Technology for CrisisCamp Sandy

After a disaster some people want to do more than just send money, they want to share their time, knowledge and expertise to provide potentially far more valuable assistance than just $10. This weekend, volunteer hackers and technologists convened at CrisisCamps in over 10 cities and virtually online to assist in developing tools to assist the ongoing response and recovery for people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Driven by requests for help from citizens as well as traditional response organizations it is clear that there is a shift into new capabilities for remotely helping in disasters. Read More.

Virginia assists New York during recovery from Hurricane Sandy

Responders deployed to state Emergency Operations Center

A team of emergency management professionals from Virginia has departed on a two-week deployment to New York where they are working as planning staff in the New York State Emergency Operations Center. Planning staff gather and report situational data related to disaster response.

The team is comprised of two employees from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and two from the city of Alexandria. They are being sent in response to a specific request from New York received through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), an agreement among all states to share resources during governor-declared states of emergency.

EMAC is a coordinated response system that allows states to send personnel, equipment and commodities to help disaster relief in other states. As needs are identified by disaster-impacted states, notifications are sent to other states through EMAC and responding states match the request to their available resources.

For more information about how EMAC works, see

Governor Bob McDonnell Thanks Virginia Utilities and Emergency Crews as They Assist NY and NJ Storm Recovery

RICHMOND-Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that Virginia utility companies including Dominion Virginia Power, Appalachian Power and five Virginia electric cooperatives are sending more than 1,600 crewmembers and their equipment north to assist in the restoration of power and recovery efforts in New York and New Jersey. These crews join several employees of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management who have been deployed to assist in emergency operations centers in the storm-impacted areas. Read More.

Virginia Volunteer Pilots Group Flies First Mission, Responds to Hurricane Sandy

When a request came out for someone to fly an aerial survey of the town of Saxis on the Eastern Shore of Virginia after Hurricane Sandy, the newly formed Virginia Volunteer Pilots Group (VVPG) put out a notice to their members and three of them immediately responded to the call. Pilots for Christ, Virginia Chapter; Mercy Medical Airlift; and Pilots N Paws all volunteered for the mission.

Members of the VVPG are ready to assist the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) in times of crisis, such as with Hurricane Sandy, and the group is awaiting future calls requesting their services. It is anticipated that they may soon be transporting individuals who will work on reconstruction projects needed on Tangier Island which is only accessible by boat or aircraft. Read More.

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The Virginia Department of Emergency Management provides this information for safety and situational awareness. This is a synopsis of information taken from Virginia State and Local News Releases, State Agency partners, and the Governor's Office. Hurricane Sandy became Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy just before landfall near Atlantic City, N.J., at 20:00, according to the National Hurricane Center. You are encouraged to check/call your local NWS Forecast Office for more specific information and updates.  NWS Offices – Blacksburg VA; Morristown TN; Charleston WV; Sterling VA; Wakefield VA; National Hurricane Center


Governor McDonnell requested and Virginia has been awarded a federal disaster declaration to support emergency response efforts.  Specifically, FEMA is authorized to deploy federal resources if needed by local and state officials.

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