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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Orange County to Help Imelda Survivors

Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:44:25 +0000

AUSTIN, Texas – A joint state/federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be opening Monday, Oct. 14, in Orange County to help disaster survivors affected by Tropical Storm Imelda.

 

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Statement from FEMA Press Secretary Lizzie Litzow

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 20:59:40 +0000

WASHINGTON -- "Today, FEMA granted Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced’s request for an extension to fixed cost estimates under the Section 428 Alternative Procedures for permanent work caused by Hurricane Maria. FEMA acknowledges that additional time is needed to prepare and agree to fixed cost estimates for these critical projects, and that a new deadline must be established.  Due to the unprecedented and devastating impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the federal government continues to provide historic levels of funding to Puerto Rico.

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More Parishes Added to Louisiana Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance Following Hurricane Barry

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 19:51:56 +0000

BATON ROUGE, La. — At the request of the state of Louisiana, Cameron and St. Landry parishes have been added to the August 27 major disaster declaration for preparations and damages related to Hurricane Barry. Two other parishes, Pointe Coupee and St. Martin parishes are now eligible for permanent work. These two parishes were previously designated for emergency work only.

 

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FEMA Awards Seminole County Nearly $14.4 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 17:25:07 +0000

ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $14,384,335 for the State of Florida to help Seminole County defray the costs of responding to and cleaning up from Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

The grants consist of:

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FEMA Awards Town of Davie More Than $8.6 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 17:17:05 +0000

ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $8,616,591 for the State of Florida to help the Town of Davie defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

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FEMA Awards Fort Lauderdale Nearly $19 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 17:04:23 +0000

ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $18,709,392 for the State of Florida to help the City of Fort Lauderdale defray the costs of responding to and cleaning up from Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

The grants consist of:

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FEMA Awards Hillsborough County More Than $4.9 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:03:18 +0000

ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $4,903,124 for the State of Florida to help Hillsborough County defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

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FEMA Awards City of Miami Nearly $14 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:54:47 +0000

ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $13,926,444 for the State of Florida to help the City of Miami defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

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FEMA Awards Lee County Nearly $17 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:38:22 +0000

ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $16,972,431 for the State of Florida to help Lee County defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

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FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for Saddleridge Fire

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:30:28 +0000

Oakland, Calif. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of California in combatting the Saddleridge Fire burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

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After Applying for FEMA Assistance, It’s Important to Keep in Touch

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:08:57 +0000

JACKSON, Miss. – It’s important to keep in touch with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after you have registered for disaster assistance.

Many survivors of the storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding that hit parts of Mississippi this year may be transitioning from their damaged homes to temporary rentals or other temporary housing. If you change your address, telephone number or bank account information, update that information with FEMA immediately.

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FEMA Awards Collier County Nearly $1.3 Million for Emergency Generators at Park

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:08:23 +0000

ORLANDO, Fla. – Collier County will receive nearly $1.3 million in federal grant money to install three emergency generators at North Collier Regional Park in Naples, allowing the facility to serve as a shelter during emergencies. 

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Texas TS Imelda Survivors Can Expect to See FEMA Teams Visiting Their Neighborhoods

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 20:36:23 +0000

AUSTIN, Texas – Housing inspectors and Disaster Survivor Assistance teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have hit the streets in six Texas counties to help survivors of Tropical Storm Imelda get connected with potential assistance.

 

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Exploration Green prevents flooding, enhances Houston-area community

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 20:16:39 +0000

A former golf course is now an innovative park designed to hold 500 million gallons of stormwater

 

AUSTIN, Texas — Hurricane Harvey flooded thousands of Texas homes in August 2017, but about 150 in Clear Lake City stayed dry because of an innovative collaboration between the local water authority and the community.

 

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Hurricane Michael: Georgia One Year, $115.2 Million Later

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:09:02 +0000

ATLANTA – It’s been one year since Hurricane Michael plowed across the Florida/Georgia state line as a Category 3 hurricane, toppling trees and powerlines all the way through the Carolinas.

In that year, Georgia’s recovery has moved forward with more than $65.2 million distributed through federal programs to aid individuals and businesses. An additional $50 million has been provided to reimburse local governments for response actions in advance of Hurricane Michael, for debris removal and to repair or replace critical infrastructure.

As of October 4, 2019:

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Disaster Update DR-4455-WV, October 10, 2019

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:30:14 +0000

On Aug. 2, 2019, Federal disaster assistance was made available to the state of West Virginia to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides from June 29-30, 2019.

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Renters? Homeowners? Who Can Get Temporary Housing Assistance?

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:18:48 +0000

JACKSON, Miss. – If you have been displaced from your primary residence because of the storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes that hit Mississippi earlier this year, are uninsured or underinsured and have applied for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) you may be eligible to receive Temporary Housing Assistance.

Both homeowners and renters whose storm-damaged housing is in Clay, Humphreys, Issaquena, Lowndes, Monroe, Sharkey, Warren or Yazoo counties, may qualify.

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FEMA Awards $3.9 Million Grant To Help Salt Lake City Fix The Bricks

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 15:18:23 +0000

DENVER – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $3.9 million grant to the State of Utah. The grant will go toward structural retrofitting for 215 homes along the Wasatch Fault in the Salt Lake City area.

The Fix the Bricks program is a hazard mitigation program designed to assist owners of unreinforced masonry dwellings, or URMs, with structural improvements to reduce the risk of injury due to structural collapse in an earthquake.

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New Saturday Hours for State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers; Columbus and Vicksburg DRCs Will Be Open on Columbus Day

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:58:38 +0000

JACKSON, Miss. – The State of Mississippi/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Columbus and Vicksburg have announced shorter Saturday hours. Beginning Oct. 12, the DRCs will open at 10 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. on Saturdays only.

In addition, both DRCs will be open for the federal Columbus Day holiday on Monday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The disaster recovery centers are located at:

Lowndes County
East Columbus Gym
222 Lawrence Drive
Columbus, MS 39702

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Ready Campaign Promotes Disaster Preparedness with 'Zombieland: Double Tap'

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:52:29 +0000

WASHINGTON — FEMA’s Ready Campaign and the Ad Council joined with Sony Pictures on their upcoming film “Zombieland: Double Tap” to promote the critical message of emergency preparedness.

A decade after the first film, “Zombieland,” the lead cast and original writers and director have reunited for “Zombieland: Double Tap.” As part of the sequel’s release, Sony Pictures developed a Public Service Advertisement with original film footage for the Ready Campaign.

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Texas Floods Prompt Insurance Claims: What to Expect after Imelda

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 12:47:19 +0000

AUSTIN, Texas –– Texas residents with National Flood Insurance Program policies are beginning to file claims for damages caused by Tropical Storm Imelda. Statewide, residents have filed nearly 10,200 flood insurance claims since Sept. 17, the day the storm made landfall. Policy holders should follow these steps:

 

Immediately following flood damage:

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Federal Aid Programs for The State Of South Dakota

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 17:17:45 +0000

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump's disaster declaration issued for the state of South Dakota.

Assistance for State, Tribal and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for South Dakota

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 17:14:36 +0000

WASHINGTON – FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of South Dakota to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding beginning on June 30 to July 21, 2019.

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Hurricane Michael: One Year Later, Federal Aid for Panhandle Nears $1.9B

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 16:22:10 +0000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — One year has elapsed since Hurricane Michael pummeled the Florida Panhandle, packing 155 mph winds, torrential rain and high tides and displacing thousands of families amid structural damage that will cost billions to repair. 1408665201COUNT1408665201COUNT1408665201COUNT

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FEMA Determination Letter May Not Be Last Word on Disaster Assistance

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 12:21:45 +0000

JACKSON, Miss. – Storm and flood survivors who applied for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and received a letter or text message about the status of their application, should know this first communication may not be the last word.

It's important to read your determination letter carefully, all the way through, to clarify why your application was labeled “ineligible” or “incomplete.” Very often ineligibility can be resolved quickly. In fact, the most common reasons for this determination are:

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