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FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 15:58:51 +0000

FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA – The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a Biennial Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station. The exercise will occur during the week of March 1, 2021 to assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

“These drills are held every other year to evaluate government’s ability to protect public health and safety,” said Janice Barlow, Acting Regional Administrator for FEMA Region 3. “We assess state and local government emergency response capabilities within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Within 90 days, FEMA will send its evaluation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for use in licensing decisions.  The final report will be available to the public approximately 120 days after the exercise.

FEMA will present preliminary findings of the exercise during a public meeting at 10:00 a.m. on March 5, 2021.  Due to the Public Health Emergency the meeting will be conducted in a virtual format via Zoom.   Planned speakers include representatives from FEMA.

 Access to the public meeting is provided below:

Launch Meeting - Zoom (zoomgov.com)

Passcode – 858248

Meeting ID - 161 693 9695

 

At the public meeting, FEMA may request that questions or comments be submitted in writing for review and response. Written comments may also be submitted after the meeting by emailing FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov or by mail to:

 

Janice P. Barlow

Acting Regional Administrator

FEMA Region III

615 Chestnut Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19106

FEMA created the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program to (1) ensure the health and safety of citizens living around commercial nuclear power plants would be adequately protected in the event of a nuclear power plant accident and (2) inform and educate the public about radiological emergency preparedness.

REP Program responsibilities cover only “offsite” activities, that is, state and local government emergency planning and preparedness activities that take place beyond the nuclear power plant boundaries. Onsite activities continue to be the responsibility of the NRC.

Additional information on FEMA’s REP Program is available online at FEMA.gov/Radiological-Emergency-Preparedness-Program.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion3 and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/femaregion3

gabriel.lugoThu, 02/25/2021 - 15:58

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FEMA Region 3 Awards More Than $1.2B to Reimburse States for COVID-19 Costs

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 19:46:39 +0000

FEMA Region 3 Awards More Than $1.2B to Reimburse States for COVID-19 Costs

PHILADELPHIA – The COVID-19 virus has taken the entire nation into unprecedented territory. For the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region 3, the event has proven the largest response and recovery effort in the region’s history.

So far, FEMA Region 3 has obligated $1.29 billion to reimburse pandemic-related costs in its five states, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. That’s more than twice the combined totals for Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, Tropical Storm Lee and the 2016 winter storms in Region 3.

“Passing the $1 billion milestone is a major step for FEMA Region 3 and our state and district partners,” said Acting Regional Administrator Janice Barlow. “This is the first billion-dollar event in Region 3’s history, and that underscores the urgency, scope and complexity of this mission to save lives.”

The figure reflects some of the funds spent so far by Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s announcement is a snapshot in time and does not reflect where funding levels may be next week, or next month, as our partners submit more projects related to the COVID-19 mission.  

Work and projects covered by the funds include measures to keep people safe and well: non-congregate sheltering, feeding and food distribution operations, alternate care sites, testing (including community-based testing sites), medical care, personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves, and most recently, vaccination operations.

To date, FEMA Region 3 has released the following funding by state:

District of Columbia:  $149,893,486           

Delaware:                   $29,017,593

Maryland:                   $649,676,722

Pennsylvania:            $185,637,061

Virginia:                      $270,246,249

West Virginia:             $10,101,615

The funds come through FEMA’s Public Assistance program. Procedures vary from state to state in this ongoing collaborative effort; Region 3 works closely with every applicant to make sure all eligible expenses are covered so frontline workers can continue their life-saving efforts with federal support.    

“We are making sure our partners receive all the federal funds they are eligible for,” Barlow said. “We are proud to serve alongside them as we all continue to protect their residents and frontline workers in this unprecedented pandemic.”

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For media inquiries about FEMA or FEMA Region 3 support of its partners, please contact the FEMA Region 3 Office of External Affairs at femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov.  

FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.FEMA Region3sjurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Follow us on Twitter attwitter.com/femaregion3 and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/femaregion3

gabriel.lugoThu, 02/25/2021 - 19:46

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FEMA Expands its Reinsurance Program by Transferring $575 Million in Flood Risk to Capital Markets

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 20:11:57 +0000

FEMA Expands its Reinsurance Program by Transferring $575 Million in Flood Risk to Capital Markets

WASHINGTON -- FEMA continues to engage reinsurance markets to help strengthen the financial framework of the National Flood Insurance Program and promote private sector participation in flood-risk management. 

On Feb. 23, 2021 FEMA entered into the agency’s fourth, three-year reinsurance agreement with Hannover Re (Ireland) Designated Activity Company. In turn, Hannover transferred $575 million of the program’s financial flood risk to qualified investors of capital markets by sponsoring catastrophe bonds. 

As part of the agreement, FEMA will pay $79.44 million in premiums for the first year of reinsurance coverage. Additionally, the agreement will cover 12.5% of losses for any single flood event with losses between $6 billion and $7 billion, and 22.5% if that same flood event has losses that rise to $7 billion to $9 billion.  

"FEMA continues to view reinsurance as an integral tool in helping strengthen the fiscal structure of the NFIP,” said FEMA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation David Maurstad, the senior executive in charge of the National Flood Insurance Program.

“Accessing reinsurance from the capital and traditional markets spreads risk and thereby provides a more stable means to supplement the claims-paying capacity of the NFIP in the event of a devastating flood.  Utilizing all facets of the risk-transfer market also ensures that FEMA is positioned to manage cost as efficiently as possible across different phases of the financial and insurance markets so that we continue to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”             

This placement builds on the existing transfer of the program’s flood risk to capital markets investors since 2018. Each placement is a three-year term: 

  • $500 million in August 2018 
  • $300 million in April 2019 
  • $400 million in February 2020 

Combined with the previous three capital market placements and January 2021 traditional reinsurance placement, FEMA has transferred $2.928 billion of the program’s flood risk to the private sector ahead of the 2021 hurricane season, with $500 million in coverage expiring in August 2021.

Visit FEMA.gov for congressional authorities and more information about the reinsurance programs for the National Flood Insurance Program.

zella.campbellThu, 02/25/2021 - 20:11

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FEMA Provides $179 Million to Virginia for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 13:34:07 +0000

FEMA Provides $179 Million to Virginia for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region 3 has obligated more than $179 million to Virginia through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to aid vaccine distribution to combat COVID-19. This will assist the      Commonwealth of Virginia in their comprehensive planning effort to identify multiple locations across the Commonwealth capable of functioning as large community vaccination centers (CVC). The Commonwealth has been conducting site surveys and health equity studies to determine the best location for      the setup and operation of these CVCs, if needed.    

Items that are funded include:

  • Costs associated with Vaccine Administration.
  • Facility lease costs.
  • Communication materials that keep the public informed.
  • Training personnel on vaccine distribution and administration.

“FEMA continues to support the Commonwealth of Virginia in administering the vaccine to the public,” said Janice Barlow, acting Regional Administrator for FEMA Region 3. “Our onsite team is working closely with VDEM to determine needs and provide Virginia with the tools required to combat this virus.”

VDEM has identified potential sites across the Commonwealth with sufficient space for the administration of vaccines and ample parking to allow for safe traffic control. No new construction or ground disturbance will be performed to establish these CVCs. These sites will allow the Commonwealth to administer mass vaccination clinics initially to priority residents and then the general public.    

As of Feb. 22, 2021, FEMA has obligated $3.81 billion to our partners across the country at 100% federal cost share. This funding is for critical supplies and staffing that can help protect and save lives.

To register for a COVID-19 vaccination in Virginia go to http://www.vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN VA (1-877-829-4682), 8am – 8pm. Language translation available, TTY users dial 7-1-1.

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For any media questions about this news release, please contact femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov.  

FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion3 and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/femaregion3

gabriel.lugoThu, 02/25/2021 - 13:34

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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Oklahoma

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 14:11:41 +0000

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Oklahoma

WASHINGTON — FEMA announced federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Oklahoma to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe winter storms from Feb. 8-20, 2021.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Comanche, Cotton, Hughes, Jefferson, Le Flore, McIntosh, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Stephens, Tulsa and Wagoner counties.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.

Federal funding is also available to state, tribal, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, statewide.

Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Adam D. Burpee has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations for the affected area. Additional designations may be made later if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.

zella.campbellThu, 02/25/2021 - 14:11

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FEMA Awards Over $64 Million to Rhode Island for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 14:20:53 +0000

FEMA Awards Over $64 Million to Rhode Island for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

REGION 1 – The State of Rhode Island received a grant totaling more than $64 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), for costs associated with COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts. Since January of 2020, COVID-19 has created an immediate threat to the health and safety of the general public requiring emergency response and protective measures.

The grant of $64,889,924 is given to the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency as the agency sets up and outfits various types of vaccine distribution sites, both state and individual municipality-run, throughout the state.  FEMA provides the funding directly to the State of Rhode Island for the period of January 21, 2021 to April 21, 2021.

Funds are awarded through FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program which reimburses communities for actions taken in the immediate response and recovery activities during a disaster. 

Eligible costs include, but are not limited to, personal protection equipment (PPE); supplies and equipment required for storing, handling, distributing/transporting and administering COVID-19 vaccines, such as coolers, freezers, temperature monitoring devices, and portable vaccine storage units for transportation.  This grant will also cover emergency medical supplies for emergency medical care needs that may arise in the administration of the vaccine, and equipment needed for medical waste. Transportation support includes refrigerated trucks and transport security; facility support costs such as leasing space for storage and/or administration of vaccines; utilities; maintenance and security; additional staff if necessary, including medical and support staff not paid for by another funding source; and opening a  call center for scheduling vaccine activity.

“We are pleased to provide funding to the State of Rhode Island to support their Vaccination program and meet the financial demands they are experiencing as a result of COVID-19.” said Acting Regional Administrator and Federal Coordinating Officer Paul Ford, who oversees FEMA’s operations in New England.  “We continue to work closely with the state in the efficient and safe distribution of the vaccine as part of our shared efforts to respond to this pandemic.”

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program is found at:

https://www.fema.gov/pubic-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit

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adrien.urbaniThu, 02/25/2021 - 14:20

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FEMA Obligations Promote Recovery of Natural Reserves

Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:08:00 +0000

FEMA Obligations Promote Recovery of Natural Reserves

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — After Hurricanes Irma and María, trees, endemic birds and other forms of wildlife lost their habitats, or their populations dwindled in various protected areas in Puerto Rico. To help the recovery of the different structures in these ecologically valuable areas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted over $2.2 million to the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA, for its Spanish acronym) and the Puerto Rico Conservation Trust, known as Para la Naturaleza.

These federal funds will be used to repair various structures in nine areas catalogued as nature reserves, refuges, protected areas or recreational sites in seven municipalities. They are home to local fauna and flora, some of which are endemic or protected, bodies of water and even particular geological features.

“The island's recovery encompasses aspects of infrastructure reconstruction and includes works to help renew our natural resources. These are part of the heritage for future generations to enjoy,” said Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, José Baquero Tirado.

One of the places that has been awarded funds is the Efraín Archilla Diez Nature Reserve in Humacao, for about $285,000. Here the most affected areas were the floating docks, pavilions, aquatic and terrestrial trails, and the loss of wildlife, flora and fauna, among others. The reserve, which before María received 12,000 visitors a year, is home to endemic species such as the leatherback sea turtle, the hawksbill sea turtle, the brown pelican, the Puerto Rican boa and the “palancú” crab. It also has six lagoons that help control the flow of water during heavy rainfall events, making it an important water retention center, according to data provided by Dr. Carlos Toledo Hernández, a FEMA environmental specialist with a doctorate in biology.

On the other hand, according to the reserve's management officer, Luis Encarnación Santiago, this space is a main point for local and international tourism and directly benefits various businesses in the town of Punta Santiago. “The floating docks, located in Laguna Santa Teresa and Lagunas Palma, are used for recreational fishing, aquatic bird watching, recreation and education,” said Encarnación. “They are also used for bird watching and to educate visiting school groups.”

For the DRNA, the federal funds represent support for its plans. In this regard, DRNA Secretary Rafael Machargo Maldonado said that since he took office in March 2020, this has been his priority. “We hope to soon reestablish each of the reserves, natural areas and forests under the jurisdiction of the DRNA, for the enjoyment of all our visitors and thus help promote the economic development of the regions where they are located, through green tourism,” he added.

Likewise, Cayo Ratones will benefit from an obligation of just over $650,000, as well as the Iris Alameda Wildlife Refuge with about $544,000, both located in Cabo Rojo and administered by the DRNA. Cayo Ratones, a small one-acre island a quarter mile offshore used for recreational purposes, will use the funds for repairs to the boat dock, covered pavilions and barbecue facilities. The Iris Alameda Refuge, which includes the Boquerón State Forest and has space for amateur and recreational fishing, will repair its docks, solar-powered fishing stations and bird-watching station.

Another area that has an allocation of just over $700,000 is the Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve, one of the island's main tourist attractions. Under the administration of Para la Naturaleza, this reserve is home to the Fajardo Lighthouse, the second oldest of Puerto Rico's lighthouse system and one of the three bodies of water on the island-and one of the few in the world-where bioluminescent microorganisms live. Also in Laguna Grande grows turtle grass that serves as a fish hatchery, an important resource for the local economy. The funds will be used to rebuild the lighthouse, visitor's pavilion and observation platform, among others.

Similarly, $17,000 was allocated to the Medio Mundo y Daguao Nature Reserve. This protected area between Ceiba and Naguabo contains the second largest mangrove forest on the island and is home to 26 species catalogued as rare, vulnerable or endangered, including the Puerto Rican yellow-shouldered blackbird and several species of turtles. The funds will be used to replace the facility’s contents and roof components.

Thanking FEMA for the allocation of funds, the executive director of the Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience of Puerto Rico, or COR3, engineer Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, emphasized the importance of moving forward with the development of these and other projects that protect the environment. “Our commitment is to continue joining efforts with the DNRA to guarantee the execution of projects for the recovery of nature reserves, refuges and protected areas, among others,” said Laboy.

[Video] To learn more about the recovery of the Efraín Archilla Diez Nature Reserve in Humacao, click here.

For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane María, visit fema.gov/disaster/4339 and recuperacion.pr. Follow us on our social networks at Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico, Facebook.com/COR3pr and Twitter @COR3pr.

HUMACAO, Puerto Rico (Feb. 16, 2021)–One of the places that has been awarded funds is the Efraín Archilla Diez Nature Reserve in Humacao, for about $285,000. The reserve is home to endemic species such as the leatherback sea turtle, the hawksbill sea turtle, the brown pelican, the Puerto Rican boa and the “palancú” crab. Photo FEMA/Eduardo Martínez

HUMACAO, Puerto Rico (Feb. 16, 2021)–The Efraín Archilla Diez Nature Reserve in Humacao has six lagoons that help control the flow of water during heavy rainfall events, making it an important water retention center. Photo/Eduardo Martínez

frances.acevedo-picoWed, 02/24/2021 - 12:08

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Help Texans Affected by Winter Storms: Donate Blood, Donate Money

Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:32:14 +0000

Help Texans Affected by Winter Storms: Donate Blood, Donate Money

DENTON, Texas – Last week’s winter storms wreaked havoc on communities across Texas. To make the most of your contributions, consider these tips for donating and volunteering responsibly.

Cash is the most efficient method of donating. Financial contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are the fastest, most flexible and most effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through businesses local to the disaster, which supports economic recovery.

Cash donations rather than unsolicited donated goods avoid the complicated, costly and time-consuming process of collecting, sorting, packing, transporting, and distributing the goods.

Volunteer with a recognized organization. There are many voluntary organizations with considerable experience in disaster relief in areas such as needs assessment, clean-up, mass feeding, mass sheltering, first aid, crisis counseling, home repair and many other areas.

To find a list of trusted organizations that can put your generous contributions of money, donations and time to the best possible use, visit National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

The severe cold, snow and ice canceled blood drives across the nation. Officials are encouraging eligible individuals to give blood to help restock the shelves — especially those with type O blood. To find out more about donating blood, visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/.

Full recovery takes time and requires support long after the storms have passed. A blood donation or cash contribution will make a difference in someone’s life and support those Texans in need.

thomas.wiseWed, 02/24/2021 - 17:32

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FEMA Responds to Severe Winter Weather

Wed, 24 Feb 2021 00:09:54 +0000

FEMA Responds to Severe Winter Weather

WASHINGTON -- Texas homeowners and renters in 31 additional counties can now apply for federal disaster assistance with FEMA. The additional counties were approved last night, paving the way for more individuals and families impacted by the winter storms to receive much needed grants that can be used for temporary housing and home repairs. Since the Texas major disaster declaration on Feb. 19, more than $2.8 million in grants has now been awarded to survivors in Texas.

If you received damages from the Texas storms and have insurance - file a claim. When you apply for FEMA disaster assistance, you will also need to provide your claim information. The Texas Department of Insurance can provide contact information for insurance companies and answer questions about how to file a claim. Call 800-252-3439 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday. Survivors can also view insurance company contact information online.

The quickest way to apply for disaster assistance is online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Additional food assistance is also available in Texas through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Recipients may apply for replacement benefits for food lost or destroyed by dialing 2-1-1.

After a disaster, people want to know how to help. Cash donations to the non-profit of your choice is the best way to assist with recovery efforts. To find a list of trusted organizations that can put your generous contributions to the best possible use, visit National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

Texas Disaster Declaration

President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s major disaster declaration now provides assistance for disaster survivors in 108 counties. This assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of this storm.

Local resources and volunteers may be able to assist with needs not covered by insurance. Visit Texas 211 for a list of resources searchable by zip code or call 2-1-1.

Survivors who have underinsured or unsured losses in the counties approved for assistance may apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585).

Federal Assistance to Texas

FEMA has provided personnel, equipment and resources to the state to alleviate impacts from these storms. As of Feb. 22:  

  • FEMA provided 60 generators, 70,000 gallons of winterized diesel and 70,000 gallons of gasoline to support critical infrastructure over a seven-day period starting Feb. 20
  • FEMA has provided over 5.1 million liters of water, more than 126,900 blankets and more than 1.5 million meals.
  • Incident Management Assistance Teams are in Austin and Houston supporting response and recovery efforts.
  • FEMA has provided 50 ambulances through the National EMS contract.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to apply for replacement benefits for food lost or destroyed due to the severe winter weather by dialing 2-1-1. Recipients need to apply for replacement food benefits for regular SNAP allotments and SNAP emergency allotments that were provided in response to COVID-19.

To assist people in the impacted area in coping with the stress of the winter storms, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration activated the Disaster Distress Helpline. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support line provides immediate crisis counseling and support. Residents in affected areas may call or text 800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

Avoid Scams

The best information on legitimate sources of help in your area will come from local officials. Do not disclose information to any unsolicited telephone calls and e-mails. Do not trust anyone who offers financial help and then asks for money or personal information. The Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff never charge for disaster assistance.

Beware of visits, calls or emails from people claiming to be from FEMA asking for your social security number, bank account or other sensitive information. Giving out this type of information can lead to identify theft.

The Texas Department of Insurance is warning people to be aware of potential contracting scams as they begin making repairs. They are operating a help line to prevent contractor scams: 800-252-3439.

Donate Blood

The severe cold, snow and ice canceled blood drives across the nation. As weather improves, it’s vital that eligible individuals give blood to ensure patients have continued access to the treatments they need. Appointments can be made by contacting:

mayshaunt.garyWed, 02/24/2021 - 00:09

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Texas Winter Storm Survivors in 31 Additional Counties Can Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 01:43:34 +0000

Texas Winter Storm Survivors in 31 Additional Counties Can Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

DENTON, Texas – Texas homeowners and renters in 31 additional counties who suffered damage from the winter storm that recently struck Texas may now apply for disaster assistance with FEMA.

If you have insurance and are applying for disaster assistance, you must also file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If insurance does not cover all your damage, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov.

If it is not possible to register online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

The 31 additional counties are: Anderson, Austin, Bosque, Bowie, Burnet, Cherokee, Colorado, Erath, Fannin, Freestone, Gonzalez, Grayson, Gregg, Harrison, Hill, Houston, Hunt, Jackson, Jim Wells, Jones, Limestone, Lubbock, Medina, Milam, Navarro, Rusk, Taylor, Tom Green, Val Verde, Washington, and Wood.

When you apply for assistance, have the following information readily available:

  • A current phone number where you can be contacted
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying
  • Your Social Security number, if available
  • A general list of damage and losses
  • If insured, the insurance policy number, or the agent and company name

If it is safe to do so, start cleaning up now. Take photos to document damage and begin cleanup and repairs to prevent further damage. Remember to keep receipts from all purchases related to the cleanup and repair.

Disaster assistance may include financial assistance for temporary lodging and home repairs, low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

The additional counties join the 77 counties previously approved for disaster assistance. The counties are: Angelina, Aransas, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Brazoria, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Collin, Comal, Comanche, Cooke, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, DeWitt, Ellis, Falls, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gillespie, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hood, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Lavaca, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Maverick, McLennan, Montague, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Nueces, Orange, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parker, Polk, Rockwall, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Scurry, Shelby, Smith, Stephens, Tarrant, Travis, Tyler, Upshur, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton, Wichita, Williamson, Wilson, and Wise.

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to businesses, homeowners and renters. Call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 800-877-8339) or visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.

Carmen.CastroTue, 02/23/2021 - 01:43

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