President Approves Virginia Disaster Declaration

April 02, 2020 - 3:47 pm

Andy Doernen/Newsradio WRVA

Richmond, VA _  President Donald Trump Thursday approved Virginia’s request for a disaster declaration to help in the fight against COVID-19. 

The declaration orders federal assistance to supplement commonwealth, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing.

Federal funding is available to Commonwealth, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, for all areas in the Commonwealth of Virginia impacted by COVID-19.

Pete Gaynor, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named MaryAnn Tierney as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.