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Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available Following Hurricane Laura

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:47:35 +0000

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available Following Hurricane Laura

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to certain workers who lost income as a direct result of Hurricane Laura in Louisiana.

The purpose of DUA is to help workers whose primary incomes are lost or interrupted by a federally declared disaster. It differs from regular state unemployment insurance because it also provides benefits to people who are self-employed, farmers, loggers and employees who work on commission.

DUA benefits apply to weeks of unemployment beginning Aug. 23, 2020 up to Feb. 27, 2021 if the individual’s unemployment continues to be a direct result of the disaster.

Affected workers in the 21 parishes designated for disaster assistance in Louisiana must first apply for regular unemployment insurance. The parishes are Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Caddo, Calcasieu, Cameron, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, La Salle, Lincoln, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Sabine, St. Landry, Union, Vermilion, Vernon and Winn.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission notifies claimants if they are eligible to file for disaster unemployment assistance.

Applicants can apply by visiting www.laworks.net, the Helping Individuals Reach Employment portal.

Claimants may also file by telephone by calling the Benefits Analysis Team at 866-783-5567 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Applicants in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vernon parishes must apply for disaster unemployment assistance by Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Applicants in Acadia, Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Sabine, Vermillion and Winn parishes must complete applications by Friday, Oct. 2.

Applicants in Morehouse and Union parishes must apply for disaster unemployment assistance by Monday, Oct. 12.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is also accepting applications for DUA from applicants in Caddo, La Salle and St. Landry parishes until Wednesday, Oct. 14.

For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4559 or follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6.

christopher.teedFri, 09/18/2020 - 11:47

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Photos of Whole-of-Government Sally, Wildfires Response

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:27:14 +0000

Photos of Whole-of-Government Sally, Wildfires Response

WASHINGTON — FEMA continues close coordination with our state, tribal and local governments for disaster response across the country. President Trump approved emergency declarations for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi to provide federal assistance for Hurricane Sally and for California and Oregon to support wildfire response.  FEMA teams and disaster recovery resources are on the ground assisting with state recovery efforts. Residents in affected states should continue paying attention to their local emergency managers for safety instructions.

Search and Rescue Team on Duty in Oregon

MARION COUNTY, Ore. (Sept. 16, 2020) – A search and rescue team from Massachusetts Task Force 1 searches homes in Marion County, Oregon, in response to the wildfires.

FEMA photo by Dominick Del Vecchio

Washington State Search & Rescue Team Scours Homes, Autos

BLUE RIVER, Ore. (Sept. 15, 2020) – Keith Davis searches homes with his canine, Asher, in Blue River, Oregon. They are part of Washington Task Force 1. The Holiday Farm Fire destroyed businesses, homes and vehicles in Blue River.

FEMA photo by David Yost

FEMA Leadership Team Coordinates Sally Response in the Gulf 

GULF SHORES, Ala. (Sept. 17, 2020) – FEMA’s Operations Section Chief for Incident Management Assistance Team 2 Steven Hynes (left), Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer Fred Choi (center) and Federal Coordinating Officer Allan Jarvis meet to discuss assessment and recovery strategy post Hurricane Sally landfall.

FEMA photo by Alexis Hall

FEMA Leaders Coordinate Hurricane Response with Alabama Emergency Management

GULF SHORES, Ala. (Sept. 17, 2020) – Federal Coordinating Officer Allan Jarvis (far left), Deputy FCO Fred Choi (center, left), and State Coordinating Officer for Response Eric Jones (center, right) discuss strategy and recovery efforts for Hurricane Sally with an Alabama Emergency Management representative at the agency.  

FEMA photo by Alexis Hall

luther.wills-dudichFri, 09/18/2020 - 12:27

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Disaster Recovery Center in Cedar Rapids to Close September 26

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 21:15:04 +0000

Disaster Recovery Center in Cedar Rapids to Close September 26

Help is still available for derecho survivors

DES MOINES, Iowa – A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will close in Linn County on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.  However, help for survivors of the August derecho is just a phone call, a mouse click or a tap on the FEMA app away.

Survivors do not have to visit a DRC to register or submit documents to FEMA. 

Applicants may register in the following ways:

  • Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Download the FEMA Mobile App for smartphones.
  • Call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CT, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

Documents also may be submitted in any of the following ways:

  • Mail to FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055. 
  • Fax to 800-827-8112.
  • Submit them via a FEMA online account. To set up an online account,  visit DisasterAssistance.gov, click on “Check Status” and follow the directions.

The DRC is located at:

The parking lot between Cedar Rapids Kernels Stadium and Kingston Stadium

950 Rockford Rd. SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

(Enter the parking lot from the corner of Veterans Memorial Drive and Kurt Warner Way).

Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time

Closed Sundays

Survivors in Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama counties have until October 19 to register for disaster assistance.

thomas.wiseFri, 09/18/2020 - 17:15

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FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Center Hours Change in Sonoma County

Sat, 19 Sep 2020 01:12:07 +0000

FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Center Hours Change in Sonoma County

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Center serving wildfire survivors in Sonoma County will operate 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday starting Sept. 21.

The center, which was previously open Sundays as well, is located at the Sonoma County Office of Education, 5340 Skylane Blvd. Santa Rosa CA 95403. .

The Mobile Registration Intake Center is part of ongoing response and recovery mission for FEMA and the State of California to support wildfire survivors affected by the August/September fire siege.

Survivors can also register with FEMA in one of three ways:

  • online at disasterassistance.gov;
  • by downloading the FEMA app to a smartphone or tablet;
  • or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) between 7 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Pacific. The helpline staff can also answer questions about applications already submitted.

U.S. Small Business Administration assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration has established a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center that is open to help homeowners and renters. Customer service representatives are available daily to assist business owners and individuals answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each person complete an electronic loan application.

Virtual Business Recovery Center and Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Mondays – Sundays

5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific

FOCWAssistance@sba.gov

800-659-2955

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bree-constance…Fri, 09/18/2020 - 21:12

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FEMA Response Update: Sally and Western Wildfires

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:36:27 +0000

FEMA Response Update: Sally and Western Wildfires

WASHINGTON - FEMA continues to support states impacted by Hurricane Sally with personnel and commodities in and near the areas of impact. Commodities are available to each affected state based on need and requests to FEMA for assistance. Shuttle drivers and trailers are onsite where these commodities are staged, ready to move assets to fulfill state requests.

  • Over 4 million liters of bottled water
  • 3.2 million meals
  • 289,000 blankets
  • 117,000 tarps
  • 52,500 blue roof sheeting
  • 6,500 cots
  • 23 generators

FEMA has six Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMATs) deployed in response to Hurricane Sally. Four teams are deployed to Louisiana, one to Alabama and one team is onsite in Florida. An additional IMAT is onsite at Mississippi’s Emergency Operations Center redeployed to Florida’s Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee yesterday. FEMA also deployed Mobile Emergency Operations Vehicles to Alabama, Florida and Mississippi to provide emergency communication capabilities for federal resources, if needed. Additionally, a FEMA liaison officer is in place at the Florida Emergency Operations Center. As of today, 372 FEMA responders have been deployed in support of Hurricane Sally:

  • Three National Guard Bureau teams are staged in Alabama.
  • In Mississippi, 60 people, 12 tactical vehicles, and six support Humvees are staged for high water rescue and recovery operations.
  • Three Disaster Medical Assistance Teams are available in Louisiana, and federal and state Ambulance Surge Units are on standby.
  • Two Urban Search and Rescue teams are staged in Hammond, Louisiana pending further coordination in repositioning with Region 4. Urban Search and Rescue team Tennessee Task Force One is staged in Meridian, Mississippi.
  • Personnel from the federal government, including the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, Health and Human Services, Department of Energy, DHS Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have been mission assigned to provide support to impacted states and tribes, as needed.
  • Department of Health and Human Services medical teams, incident management teams and logistics support are deployed to Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers from the Department of Defense are deployed in support of Florida.  

President Trump approved Emergency Declarations for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi to provide federal assistance and coordinate all disaster relief efforts in response to Hurricane Sally across the Gulf Coast.FEMA has nearly $7 billion available to pay flood claims and the authority to borrow another $10 billion for claims if necessary.Even after the storm has passed, we still ask everyone to stay focused on safety and encourage to practice the following:

  • State and local officials will have the most up-to-date information on evacuation orders and shelter locations.
  • Alabama residents should call or text 2-1-1 for evacuation, sheltering and resources for immediate needs.
  • The American Red Cross (ARC) is prepared to shelter and support families. For assistance, call 3-1-1 or visit the ARC website.
  • Individuals in Alabama and Mississippi impacted by Sally may register for the American Red Cross Safe and Well program at safeandwell.communityos.org.
  • Use extreme caution when operating heavy machinery, generators or while removing debris. Never use generators indoors and keep them away from windows, doors and vents.
  • If you have been evacuated do not return home until local officials tell you it is safe to do so.
  • Don’t drive or walk through flood waters. Be aware of downed power lines, standing water and other hidden hazards.
  • Stay off roads so that emergency workers are able to get through.
  • Wear sturdy shoes or boots when walking on, or near, debris. Wear long sleeves and gloves when handling debris.
  • When clearing debris from a property, make sure you know the location of all utilities, both underground and overhead to prevent personal injury. Do not place items in front of, around or on top of buried and above ground utilities.
  • Use caution around any buried utilities. Cutting vital communications assets such as fiber optic lines can cause a loss of cellular networks, including cell phone service or access to the internet. Residents in Alabama and Florida should call 8-1-1 before digging so utilities can be marked in advance.
  • Response is a whole community effort; if it’s safe to do so, check on your neighbors. You may be the help they need right now.
  • Remember to stay safe, whether you’re a responder or survivor. Wear a mask in public settings especially when social distancing is not possible, and follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • FEMA will conduct remote home inspections to expedite the delivery of recovery assistance to applicants based on their eligibility due to COVID-19 and the need to protect the safety and health of all Americans.

WILDFIRES IN THE WEST

FEMA has the following commodities staged near the areas of impact for wildfires in the West. These commodities are available to each affected state based on need and requests to FEMA for assistance.

  • 227,000 liters of bottled water
  • 208,896 meals
  • 54,735 blankets
  • 6,092 cots
  • Hygiene kits, commonly used shelter items and 27 generators are also staged at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington.

FEMA has obligated more than $1.2 million in mission assignments and is processing 46 active resource requests in support of Oregon. Two Incident Management Assistance Teams are deployed to Oregon to support state operations, and one team is deployed to California to support state operations. FEMA has also deployed Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) teams along with other specialized teams from federal partners to provide support. Two Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) units are deployed to Oregon, providing communications support for command and control of federal resources in support of the IST and US&R Teams. As of today, 478 FEMA responders have been deployed in support of western wildfires.

President Trump approved Major Disaster Declarations for California and Oregon to provide federal assistance and coordinate all disaster relief efforts in response to ongoing wildfires throughout the Western U.S. These declarations authorize FEMA to provide assistance, including direct federal assistance for emergency protective measures for:

  • Eight counties in Oregon are approved for Individual Assistance.
  • Twenty counties in Oregon are approved for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. Hazard mitigation is approved statewide.
  • Nine counties are approved for debris removal and 11 counties are approved for emergency protective measures.
  • Nine counties in California are approved for Individual Assistance.
  • Six counties in California are now eligible for permanent work assistance, including repairs done to roads, bridges, public buildings and utilities, water control facilities, and at parks or other recreational facilities
  • Eight counties in California are approved for debris removal.
  • Ten counties in California are approved for emergency protective measures.

Public safety is the No.1 priority: residents in at-risk areas should follow local officials’ instructions and be ready to take action.

  • An Oregon Wildfire Resource Website has been created to help Oregonians stay informed at wildfire.oregon.gov.
  • Know your evacuation levels! Level 1 - Be Ready. Level 2 - Be Set. Level 3 - Leave Immediately. DO NOT return to the fire area until officials give the OK.
  • If you are in an evacuation zone, heed warnings and follow local official recommendations without delay.
  • Local evacuation information can be found on the OEM Wildfire dashboard. Information is ever-changing, so continue to check back for updated content.
  • Check with your county office of emergency management to sign up for local emergency alerts.
  • If you are in a safe place, you can help by staying home and off the road.
  • The American Red Cross is operating several Temporary Evacuation Points where evacuees can go for information and assistance. Locations change with the need. Community members who need assistance can contact 2-1-1.
  • If you are affected by the Oregon wildfires, contact your insurance company as soon as possible to discuss homeowner insurance policies and wildfire coverage. The Oregon Insurance Commission has insurance resources available online.
  • Register for the Red Cross Safe and Well program at safeandwell.communityos.org.
  • Oregonians and others asking how to help, you can donate to response organizations. Visit ORVOAD.org.
  • Amid wildfire, smoke and erratic weather, the COVID-19 pandemic is still rampant. Face coverings are required in all parts of the state and Oregonians are reminded to maintain social distancing and wash hands frequently.

For additional preparedness information on all types of disasters, visit Ready.gov and download the FEMA app.

luther.wills-dudichFri, 09/18/2020 - 10:36

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FEMA Response Update: Sally and Western Wildfires

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:50:06 +0000

FEMA Response Update: Sally and Western Wildfires

WASHINGTON - FEMA has commodities staged near the areas of impact from Hurricane Sally. These commodities are available to each affected state based on need and requests to FEMA for assistance. Shuttle drivers and trailers are onsite where these commodities are staged, ready to move assets to fulfill state requests.

  • Over 4 million liters of bottled water
  • 3.2 million meals
  • 289,000 blankets
  • 117,000 tarps
  • 52,500 blue roof sheeting
  • 6,500 cots
  • 23 generators

Additionally, FEMA deployed eight Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMATs) in response to Hurricane Sally. Five IMATs are deployed to Louisiana, one is onsite in Mississippi, an additional team is deployed to Alabama and one team is staged to deploy when needed.

Hurricane Sally made landfall on Tuesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 hurricane. Sally has weakened to a tropical depression and accelerating across Alabama to Georgia as heaviest rain gradually diminished overnight. Significant and widespread flooding is expected across inland portions of Alabama, central Georgia and upstate South Carolina, and widespread flooding is possible across western/central North Carolina and southeast Virginia.

President Trump approved Emergency Declarations for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi to provide federal assistance and coordinate all disaster relief efforts in response to Hurricane Sally across the Gulf Coast. These declarations authorize FEMA to provide assistance, including direct federal assistance for emergency protective measures for 30 parishes in Louisiana, 24 counties in Mississippi, 51 counties and one tribe in Alabama and seven counties in Florida.

The storm is forecast to bring a severe threat of inland flooding. Anyone in the forecast path of the storm should monitor their local news for updates and directions provided by their local officials and follow evacuation orders.

  • State and local officials will have the most up-to-date information on evacuation orders and shelter locations.
  • Alabama residents should call or text 2-1-1 for evacuation, sheltering and resources for immediate needs.
  • The American Red Cross (ARC) is prepared to shelter and support families. For assistance, call 3-1-1 or visit the ARC website.
  • Individuals in Alabama and Mississippi impacted by Sally may register for the American Red Cross Safe and Well program at safeandwell.communityos.org.
  • Use extreme caution when operating heavy machinery, generators or while removing debris. Never use generators indoors and keep them away from windows, doors and vents.
  • If you have been evacuated do not return home until local officials tell you it is safe to do so.
  • Don’t drive or walk through flood waters. Be aware of downed power lines, standing water and other hidden hazards.
  • Stay off roads so that emergency workers are able to get through.
  • Response is a whole community effort; if it’s safe to do so, check on your neighbors. You may be the help they need right now.
  • Remember to stay safe, whether you’re a responder or survivor. Wear a mask in public settings especially when social distancing is not possible, and follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • FEMA will conduct remote home inspections to expedite the delivery of recovery assistance to applicants based on their eligibility due to COVID-19 and the need to protect the safety and health of all Americans.
WILDFIRES IN THE WEST

President Trump approved Major Disaster Declarations for California and Oregon to provide federal assistance and coordinate all disaster relief efforts in response to ongoing wildfires throughout the Western U.S. FEMA has obligated more than $1.2 million in mission assignments and is processing 46 active resource requests in support of the state.

FEMA has the following commodities staged near the areas of impact for wildfires in the West. These commodities are available to each affected state based on need and requests to FEMA for assistance.

  • 227,000 liters of bottled water
  • 208,896 meals
  • 54,735 blankets
  • 6,092 cots

Hygiene kits, commonly used shelter items and 27 generators are also staged at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington. Three water tankers are en route from Texas to JBLM, and 1.4 million N-95 masks requested by the state to support emergency responders, sheltering operations and health care workers will be shipped from a FEMA Distribution Center directly to Oregon by next week.

Two IMATs are deployed to Oregon to support state operations, and FEMA has deployed five Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) teams along with other specialized teams from federal partners to provide support. Additionally, two Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) units are deployed to Oregon, providing communications support for command and control of federal resources in support of the IST and US&R Teams.

Public safety is the No.1 priority: residents in at-risk areas should follow local officials’ instructions and be ready to take action.

  • An Oregon Wildfire Resource Website has been created to help Oregonians stay informed at wildfire.oregon.gov.
  • Know your evacuation levels! Level 1 - Be Ready. Level 2 - Be Set. Level 3 - Leave Immediately. DO NOT return to the fire area until officials give the OK.
  • If you are in an evacuation zone, heed warnings and follow local official recommendations without delay.
  • Local evacuation information can be found on the OEM Wildfire dashboard. Information is ever-changing, so continue to check back for updated content.
  • Check with your county office of emergency management to sign up for local emergency alerts.
  • If you are in a safe place, you can help by staying home and off the road.
  • The American Red Cross is operating several Temporary Evacuation Points where evacuees can go for information and assistance. Locations change with the need. Community members who need assistance can contact 2-1-1.
  • If you are affected by the Oregon wildfires, contact your insurance company as soon as possible to discuss homeowner insurance policies and wildfire coverage. The Oregon Insurance Commission has insurance resources available online.
  • Register for the Red Cross Safe and Well program at safeandwell.communityos.org.
  • Oregonians and others asking how to help, you can donate to response organizations. Visit ORVOAD.org.
  • Amid wildfire, smoke and erratic weather, the COVID-19 pandemic is still rampant. Face coverings are required in all parts of the state and Oregonians are reminded to maintain social distancing and wash hands frequently.

For additional preparedness information on all types of disasters, visit Ready.gov and download the FEMA app

zella.campbellThu, 09/17/2020 - 10:50

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Private Nonprofit Houses of Worship in Louisiana May Be Eligible for FEMA Help to Cover Hurricane Laura Damage

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:27:27 +0000

Private Nonprofit Houses of Worship in Louisiana May Be Eligible for FEMA Help to Cover Hurricane Laura Damage

BATON ROUGE, La.— Qualifying private nonprofit houses of worship in Louisiana may be eligible for FEMA grants to cover Hurricane Laura-related expenses.

 

Grants through FEMA’s Public Assistance program may cover costs to repair or replace facilities damaged during the hurricane. The program is funded by FEMA and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

 

FEMA defines religious facilities as a church, synagogue, mosque, temple or other house of worship without regard to the religious character of the facility.  No religious facility or house of worship may be excluded from this definition because leadership or membership in the organization is limited to persons who share a religious faith or practice.

 

Help with repairs and replacement costs may be available to houses of worship in the following parishes: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vernon. 

 

To be an eligible applicant, a house of worship must:

 

  • Be owned or operated by a private nonprofit organization.
  • Have damage caused by Hurricane Laura from Aug. 22 to 27.
  • Have either not received funding or received insufficient funding after applying for a U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan to repair or replace a facility.
  • Provide a current ruling letter from the IRS granting tax exemption under Section 501 (c) (d) or (e) of the IRS Code of 1954, or provide documentation from the state substantiating it is a nonprofit.

 

Houses of worship may contact their parish emergency manager for details on how to apply for FEMA assistance. They may also get more information or submit their request for Public Assistance (RPA) online by visiting the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) Public Assistance site at louisianapa.com.

 

The SBA may lend private nonprofits up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring.

 

Apply online at www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance. For questions about SBA disaster loans, call 800-659-2955 or email FOCWAssistance@sba.gov.

 

To apply by mail, completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

 

For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4559 or follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6.

scott.reuterThu, 09/17/2020 - 11:27

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Photos of Whole-of-Government Sally and Wildfire Response

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:08:00 +0000

Photos of Whole-of-Government Sally and Wildfire Response

WASHINGTON—FEMA has staff and resources in the field to respond to Sally and wildfires in the West, and we continue our close partnership with state, local and federal partners to execute a unified response.

Hurricane Sally made landfall on Tuesday as a Category 2 hurricane. FEMA has 367 responders deployed to support response and recovery efforts with additional staff supporting operations remotely. The following commodities are staged near the impacted area and are available to each affected state based on need and requests to FEMA for assistance.

  • Over 4 million liters of bottled water
  • 3.2 million meals
  • 289,000 blankets
  • 117,000 tarps
  • 52,500 blue roof sheeting
  • 6,500 cots
  • 23 generators

FEMA is also on the ground supporting wildfires in the West. President Trump approved Major Disaster Declarations for California and Oregon to provide federal assistance and coordinate disaster relief efforts. FEMA has 467 responders deployed to support impacted states as well as five Urban Search and Rescue teams and other  specialized teams from federal partners.

Miss. Governor, FEMA and MEMA Meet Ahead of Hurricane Sally Landfall

 

PEARL, Miss. (Sept, 15, 2020) -- Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (head of table) meets with a Mississippi Emergency Management Agency official (right) and FEMA leadership in advance of then-Hurricane Sally landfall.

FEMA photo by Yvonne Smith

N.J. Firefighters Answer Call to Support California Wildfires

 

SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 12, 2020) – New Jersey firefighters unload equipment from a cargo plane before helping battle wildfires in California. The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services requested support to combat the wildfires, and the state of New Jersey responded. FEMA facilitated acquisition of the Antonov cargo plane to transport 10 New Jersey Forest Fire Service firefighters, three fire engines and one support vehicle to California.

FEMA photo by Robert Barker

FEMA Prepares to Deliver Supplies

 

SALEM, Ore. (Sept. 13, 2020) -- The Operations Staging Management Team receives instructions on how to check in a truck loaded with FEMA commodities, such as cots, blankets and bottles of water. The deliveries are forward-staged for distribution to evacuees affected by multiple wildfires burning around Oregon.  

FEMA photo by David Yost

 

zella.campbellThu, 09/17/2020 - 13:08

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Drive-thru Disaster Recovery Centers Opening in Sabine and Vernon Parishes

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:23:31 +0000

Drive-thru Disaster Recovery Centers Opening in Sabine and Vernon Parishes

BATON ROUGE, La.— Drive-thru Disaster Recovery Centers will open in Leesville and Many on Sunday, Sept. 20, to help Hurricane Laura survivors.

A new feature of the centers is an easy and COVID-safe way for Laura survivors to have documents scanned into their case file.

The drive-thru centers operate under strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure visitors are safe. Masks or face coverings are required for entry and service. Survivors remain in their cars. A specialist wearing a face mask will receive documents through the window and return them.

No appointments are necessary. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

The drive-thru centers will be located at:

Vernon Parish

Vernon Sheriff’s Office

203 Third St.

Leesville, LA 71446

Sabine Parish

Sabine Parish Courthouse

40 S. Capital

Many, LA 71449

Additional centers are already open in Louisiana. Survivors may visit any open center. To locate the closest center, call the FEMA Helpline, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator or download the FEMA Mobile App at fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/app.

Survivors do not need to visit a drive-thru center to apply or update their application. To ask individual questions or submit information:

U.S. Small Business Administration Hurricane Laura Disaster Loans are available for disaster survivors. For businesses of any size and private nonprofit organizations: up to $2 million for property damage.

For small businesses, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations: up to $2 million for disaster working capital needs even if they had no property damage. There is a $2 million maximum business loan for any combination of property damage and working capital needs.

For homeowners: up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. For homeowners and renters: up to $40,000 to replace personal property, including vehicles.

Businesses and residents can apply online at www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance. For questions and assistance completing an application, call 800-659-2955 or email FOCWAssistance@sba.gov.   

For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4559 or follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6.

christopher.teedThu, 09/17/2020 - 15:23

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Drive-thru Disaster Recovery Centers Opening in Sabine and Vernon Parishes

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:35:12 +0000

Drive-thru Disaster Recovery Centers Opening in Sabine and Vernon Parishes

BATON ROUGE, La.— Drive-thru Disaster Recovery Centers will open in Leesville and Many on Sunday, Sept. 20, to help Hurricane Laura survivors.

A new feature of the centers is an easy and COVID-safe way for Laura survivors to have documents scanned into their case file.

The drive-thru centers operate under strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure visitors are safe. Masks or face coverings are required for entry and service. Survivors remain in their cars. A specialist wearing a face mask will receive documents through the window and return them.

No appointments are necessary. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

The drive-thru centers will be located at:

Vernon Parish

Vernon Sheriff’s Office

203 Third St.

Leesville, LA 71446

Sabine Parish

Sabine Parish Courthouse

40 S. Capital

Many, LA 71449

Additional centers are already open in Louisiana. Survivors may visit any open center. To locate the closest center, call the FEMA Helpline, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator or download the FEMA Mobile App at fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/app.

Survivors do not need to visit a drive-thru center to apply or update their application. To ask individual questions or submit information:

U.S. Small Business Administration Hurricane Laura Disaster Loans are available for disaster survivors. For businesses of any size and private nonprofit organizations: up to $2 million for property damage.

For small businesses, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations: up to $2 million for disaster working capital needs even if they had no property damage. There is a $2 million maximum business loan for any combination of property damage and working capital needs.

For homeowners: up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. For homeowners and renters: up to $40,000 to replace personal property, including vehicles.

Businesses and residents can apply online at www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance. For questions and assistance completing an application, call 800-659-2955 or email FOCWAssistance@sba.gov.   

For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4559 or follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6.

christopher.teedThu, 09/17/2020 - 15:35

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