Fairfax County residents can now report damage from the recent derecho and other storms with a new online tool.
The county’s Office of Emergency Management launched a disaster reporting system after the June 29 derecho that killed 13 people Virginia, including four in Fairfax County. Falling trees from the storm damaged more than 100 area homes.
According to the county’s emergency blog, the system allows the county to share damage reports with Virginia state officials, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and/or the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The reports will allow authorities to determine whether the county can be declared a major disaster area and what assistance should be given to affected county residents.
Residents are urged to use the tool to report damage from the recent derecho, But, according to the blog, “[the Office of Emergency Management 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.”