HAMPTON, Va. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at Newmarket Fair, 5200 West Mercury Blvd., Hampton, will close permanently at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Virginia Department of Emergency Services officials.
Since it opened in September, the center has been staffed with state, federal and voluntary agency representatives to provide counseling and assistance to Hurricane Dennis and Floyd victims. Officials say that more than 1,000 individuals have visited the Newmarket Fair center or a prior location at the Virginia National Guard Armory in Hampton. Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers served another 243 individuals during visits to Norfolk, Boykins, Stony Creek, Windsor, Saxis, Onancock and Williamsburg.
More than 2,000 people also have visited the Disaster Recovery Center at the National Guard Armory in Franklin. That center remains open.
"We believe that by now the majority of Virginia residents needing assistance have visited a center or have registered through the FEMA toll-free telephone line," said Eileen Taylor, director of human services for the Virginia recovery effort.
To register for disaster assistance, call FEMA at 1-800-462-9029 (or 1-800-462-7585 for TTY) to register for assistance.