Virginia Hurricane Isabel (DR-1491)

Incident period: September 18, 2003 to October 1, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 18, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

December 4, 2003
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- Taking steps now can help prevent future devastation similar to that caused by Hurricane Isabel, according to officials from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). "The rebuilding and repairing phase of any disaster is an ideal time to consider effective ways to limit damage from these forces of nature," said Louis Botta, federal coordinating officer. "We call it hazard mitigation," Botta said.
December 4, 2003
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. - Measures undertaken now to strengthen a home against high winds and driving rain may reduce future Hurricane Isabel-like damages, according to federal and Commonwealth of Virginia officials. Rebuilding and repairing after a disaster like Isabel is an ideal time to take steps that may limit your damage in the future. The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) calls this preparation hazard mitigation.
December 3, 2003
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginians are taking advantage of disaster recovery opportunities offered by federal and commonwealth agencies, with disaster assistance reaching $ 180 million, according to disaster recovery officials. There is still time to register for assistance by calling the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. The deadline for applying for assistance is Dec. 8, 2003.
December 2, 2003
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Poquoson at City Hall, 500 City Hall Avenue in the City of Poquoson will close at 5 p.m. Saturday, December 6. Two other DRC's will remain open until further notice in the following locations:
December 1, 2003
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- Only one week remains until the registration deadline expires for individuals and business owners who were hard hit by Hurricane Isabel, according to federal and state officials. The registration deadline for disaster assistance is December 8, 2003.
November 25, 2003
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Yorktown, Poquoson, Gloucester and Portsmouth will be open for business on Wednesday, November 26, and open all day on Friday, November 28, federal and state officials have announced. The centers will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

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Photo of a damaged house. FEMA Federal Coordinating Office, David Fukutomi and Hampton Mayor, Mamie Locke help with the ice distribution at Hampton High School.
One of many houses destroyed from massive flooding caused by Hurricane Isabel along South River Road in the Western part of the state. Photo by Melissa Ann Janssen/FEMA FEMA Federal Coordinating Office, David Fukutomi and Hampton Mayor, Mamie Locke help with the ice distribution at Hampton High School. Photo by Andrea Booher/FEMA


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