Report Derecho Storm Damage Online with New Disaster Database
The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has launched a new Disaster Damage Database reporting tool. The online tool is designed to allow county residents to report damage caused by emergencies like hurricanes, tropical storms, earthquakes, fires, snow or other disasters — even the derecho that struck Fairfax County and the region on Friday evening, June 29.
Fairfax County may share the disaster damage reports with the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and/or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to evaluate whether Fairfax County can be declared a major disaster area, on the state and/or federal level, and what kind of federal disaster assistance should be made available to county residents who have suffered losses.
Emergency Management officials encourage residents to begin using this reporting tool by submitting any damage suffered from the June 29 weather event. However, OEM stresses that submission of disaster damages is not a requirement to apply for federal disaster assistance nor is it a promise that federal disaster assistance will be provided to cover damages from the derecho, or any other disaster event when the online tool is used.
The online database is at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/disasterreport/.
For more information about the Disaster Damage Database, emergency management or how you and your family can better prepare for emergencies, email OEM or phone 571-350-1000, TTY 711.