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Newport News Now is a daily e-newsletter that launched in March 2016. Articles that ran in our newsletter between March 2016 and March 2018 are available on these pages. Newsletters produced beginning in April 2018 can be viewed on our new daily newsletter page.

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Nov 04

President Obama Approval of Federal Aid includes Newport News

Posted on November 4, 2016 at 8:27 AM by Communications Department

Residents Impacted by Hurricane Matthew Can Apply for Assistance

Governor Terry McAuliffe was notified on November 2 that the Commonwealth’s request for federal aid to help Virginians impacted by Hurricane Matthew has been approved for Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will distribute federal Individual Assistance aid to affected Newport News residents on a case-by-case basis. The following federal Individual Assistance programs are available in Newport News:
Housing Assistance includes temporary housing or lodging reimbursement for eligible applicants, as well as financial assistance to repair disaster-related damage in the home or replace home uninsured or underinsured home components.
Other Needs Assistance may help Virginians pay for disaster-related expenses that include dental and medical expenses, funeral expenses, child care, repair or replacement of personal property including vehicles, transportation costs and moving and storage expenses.

Residents must apply for aid directly with FEMA and report damages. Those Newport News residents impacted by Hurricane Matthew should register with FEMA as soon as possible. FEMA will use the information provided on your application to begin the process of determining which programs your household is eligible for.

There are a number of ways to register with FEMA to report damages:
• Register online at
• Register from your mobile device at
• Call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-621-3362.
• You can also report damages and apply for assistance by visiting a local Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in person. The Newport News DRC location and operating hours will be announced shortly.