News Releases

News Releases

News Releases

FEMA Grants $1.1 Million to Nevada for PPE

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:54:04 +0000

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved $1.1 million to reimburse the State of Nevada for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of state, county, and tribal personnel, healthcare facility workers, and first responders.

Funds covered the acquisition of more than two million pieces of PPE, including N95 and surgical masks, gloves, face shields, and hand sanitizer.

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Three More Counties Eligible for Public Assistance after Pearl River Flooding

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:38:02 +0000

Canton, MS – Three additional Mississippi counties are now eligible for federal disaster assistance under FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program.

A public notice is now available that addresses the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) intention to reimburse eligible applicants for costs to repair or replace facilities damaged by severe storms, flooding and mudslides occurring February 10, 2020 through February18, 2020 in Mississippi under disaster declaration DR-4538-MS.

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FEMA Approves Funds to Repair Town Squares in Puerto Rico

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 11:23:39 +0000

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – “Town squares are historic places and landmarks of the Puerto Rican culture. Being part of the repair of these spaces is what drives us to continue with our recovery efforts.” These words by the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Alex Amparo, describe FEMA’s funding obligation of about $579,000 for repairs to public town squares in 13 municipalities throughout the island.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Closed Friday for Fourth of July Holiday

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 03:11:46 +0000

• All Disaster Recovery Centers in Puerto Rico will be closed Friday in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.

• Centers will reopen Monday, July 6.

• Disaster Recovery Centers are open, with safety restrictions in place, in Ciales, Guánica, Guayanilla and Ponce. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.

• Disaster Recovery Centers are operating under COVID safety precautions. Masks are required, hand sanitizer is provided, and social distancing is maintained.

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Many Kinds of Disaster Help are Available

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 03:08:32 +0000

There are many kinds of assistance available to Puerto Rico residents after the earthquakes that continue to rattle southern municipalities.

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Five Ohioans join FEMA in Fight Against COVID-19

Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:54:13 +0000


CHICAGO –FEMA and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) announced today the appointment of five Ohioans to the FEMA workforce to support the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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FEMA Awards More Than $2.2 Million For Crisis Counseling Services in Illinois

Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:46:52 +0000

CHICAGO – FEMA has released today more than $2.2 million in grant funding to the state of Illinois for crisis counseling services to assist residents struggling with stress and anxiety as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  The assistance is being made available under the major disaster declaration for COVID-19 previously approved by President Trump on March 26, 2020.


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Department of Transportation Receives More Than $2.9 Million

Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:23:31 +0000

July 1, 2020

DR-4393-NC NR 218

Media Contact: 919-990-4090


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Department of Transportation Receives More Than $2.9 Million

Brings Total to more than $40 Million to NCDOT for Hurricane Florence Expenses

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Free Counseling Available for Flood Survivors in Umatilla County Oregon

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 21:11:59 +0000

Salem, Oregon – Residents of Umatilla County and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during February 5-9, 2020, are eligible to receive crisis counseling.

Community-based outreach and educational services can assist in recovering from the psychological effects of disasters. Crisis counseling is not always needed for natural disasters but has value in this instance.

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Recheck the Damage to Your Home Before FEMA Registration Ends July 2

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 19:59:06 +0000

PONCE, Puerto Rico – With seismic activity centered along Puerto Rico’s southern coast for the past six months, time is running out for people who may qualify for FEMA disaster assistance, since the deadline is July 2.

FEMA is encouraging residents to use these last few days to evaluate damage to your homes from the earthquakes that began Dec. 28.

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DHS Announces Grant Allocations for Fiscal Year 2020 Preparedness Grant

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 19:53:31 +0000

WASHINGTON — As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing efforts to support state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf today announced final allocations of $385 million for seven Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 DHS competitive preparedness grant programs.

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Including Children in Emergency Planning and Preparedness

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 18:43:48 +0000

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – Emergencies and disasters can be frightening for children. Being aware and included in preparedness plans can lessen their fear and anxiety.


It is helpful to:

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New England Regional Response Wrap-up

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 17:46:16 +0000

BOSTON, Mass.-- Three months after federal disaster declarations for COVID-19, New England States and Tribes are slowly emerging from an unprecedented public health crisis.

In March, COVID-19 arrived with a devastating impact to the residents, businesses and the collective health of New England. Thousands were left suddenly unemployed, hospitals were overwhelmed with critically ill patients, and businesses were forced to close with little notice.

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FEMA Urges Hawaii Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 17:17:36 +0000

HONOLULU, Hawaii — With hurricane season upon us, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) advise Hawaii residents to prepare now for hurricane-related storms and flooding.

The 2020 Central Pacific hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted up to six tropical storms and hurricanes in the central Pacific Ocean. But remember, it only takes one storm to cause significant structural damage to your home or property.

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FEMA Approves Over $108 Million For the Island’s Recovery Projects

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 22:04:39 +0000

The obligations include about $1.9 million for permanent work in Culebra

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FEMA Authorizes Fund To Help Fight Two Utah Fires

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 16:27:20 +0000

DENVER - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for two Utah fires, the Knolls Fire burning in Utah County near Lake Mountain and the Canal Fire burning in Millard County.

FEMA Regional Administrator Lee dePalo approved the state’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) after receiving the separate requests earlier today and determining that both fires threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.

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FEMA Awards Miami-Dade County More Than $1 Million to Retrofit Public Housing Site After Hurricane Irma

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 15:38:19 +0000

ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $1,052,372 for the State of Florida to help Miami-Dade County defray the costs of retrofitting the Palm Court public housing building to resist wind damage in future storms.

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FEMA approves $3.9 million in Hurricane Michael Public Assistance grants

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 15:35:50 +0000

PANAMA CITY, Fla. FEMA has approved three projects totaling more than $3.9 million for the State of Florida to reimburse two local governments and one state agency for Hurricane Michael recovery work.


These grants include:

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Do You Have Enough Insurance on Your Home?

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:54:43 +0000

NASHVILLE – You bought your home seven years ago and have paid your homeowners insurance premium each year. A tornado causes extensive damage and as you plan to make repairs you discover that your community has updated its building code requirements since you bought the home. Will your insurance policy cover the cost of meeting the new requirements?

You might be surprised.

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FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Poeville Road Fire

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:42:51 +0000

OAKLAND, Calif. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of Nevada in combating the Poeville Road Fire burning in Washoe County.

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FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Avondale Fire

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:34:11 +0000

OAKLAND, Calif. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of Arizona in combating the Avondale Fire burning in Maricopa County.

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FEMA Awards Nearly $2 Million to Help People Cope with COVID-19-Related Stress

Thu, 25 Jun 2020 19:40:30 +0000

FEMA Region 3 has awarded nearly $2 million to help fund crisis counseling services for people struggling with mental health issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic

As of June 25, these states had received crisis counseling service grants for a total of $1,991,704:

  • District of Columbia:  $350,507

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FEMA Obligates Millions to the Puerto Rico Department of Transportation and Public Works

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 17:30:21 +0000

A total of over $28 million has been awarded to DTOP to replace damaged road signs after Hurricane María across the island

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA announced today an obligation of over $9.5 million to the Puerto Rico Department of Transportation and Public Works, or DTOP. These funds will be used to replace signs on 238 roads covering approximately 496 miles in the Aguadilla, Arecibo and San Juan regions.

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Disaster Assistance for Earthquake Survivors Doesn’t Discriminate

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 15:45:28 +0000

Earthquakes don’t discriminate and neither does FEMA.

FEMA has a mission to ensure disaster assistance is made available to all people in the community. FEMA does not treat people differently because of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. That means reaching out to everyone.

Those protected classes of people are written into federal law as an equal rights statement of policy that guides FEMA’s approach to providing fully inclusive disaster recovery services.

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State, FEMA Continue Working on Tennessee Recovery from April Storms

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 15:13:10 +0000

NASHVILLE – The deadline for individuals and households to apply for FEMA disaster assistance has passed, but work continues on Tennessee’s recovery from the April 12-13 tornadoes.

Survivors in Bradley and Hamilton counties who registered with FEMA can check the status of their applications, ask questions and get information in several ways:

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