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Spend Your FEMA Grant Wisely and Only on Disaster-Related Expenses

Fri, 20 May 2022 21:54:10 +0000

Spend Your FEMA Grant Wisely and Only on Disaster-Related Expenses

SANTA FE, N.M. – As New Mexico residents affected by the wildfires begin receiving their FEMA disaster funds, it is important to use the money for specified disaster-related expenses.

FEMA helps applicants keep their spending on track by sending a determination letter stating what the funds are for and listing the ways the money can be used. Disaster grants are not for regular living expenses.

Some examples of approved expenses include:

  • Home repairs (e.g., structure, water, septic and sewage systems)
  • Rental assistance for rent and/or deposit
  • Repair or replacement of an essential vehicle
  • Medical or dental care for an uninsured injury caused by the disaster
  • Necessary educational materials (e.g., computers, schoolbooks, supplies)
  • Moving and storage expenses related to the disaster
  • Replacement of essential personal property such as appliances or beds from an occupied bedroom
  • Increased childcare expenses

It’s important to read the determination letter carefully. Disaster funding may be subject to audits. Keep all receipts for at least three years. If grant payments are spent on anything other than its intended purpose, applicants may be denied disaster assistance in the future. In some cases, FEMA will ask that the money be returned.

In addition, it’s important for applicants to make sure that FEMA has their most up-to-date contact information, including addresses, phone numbers and bank accounts. If FEMA does not have the correct contact information, applicants may miss letters or phone calls about their application for assistance or payment status.

To address many of the common myths and rumors during the New Mexico wildfires, FEMA activated a rumor/myth webpage on the disaster homepage. Visit the FAQ/Rumor page at fema.gov/nm-rumors.

For any questions, call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

Carmen.CastroFri, 05/20/2022 - 21:54

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FEMA Provides $7.6 Million for Colorado COVID-19 Treatments

Wed, 18 May 2022 20:25:15 +0000

FEMA Provides $7.6 Million for Colorado COVID-19 Treatments

DENVER – FEMA has approved an additional $7.6 million in Public Assistance funding for theCOVID-19 response in Colorado. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued March 28, 2020. FEMA has now approved more than $1.7 billion in Public Assistance grant funds to Colorado for the COVID-19 response.

FEMA awarded the grant funds to reimburse the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for the cost of providing mobile monoclonal antibody treatments in the ongoing battle against COVID-19.  The grant covers the cost of additional clinical staffing to conduct the treatments at four facilities, and the cost to distribute monoclonal antibody therapy supplies to approved providers, including contractors, local public health agencies, urgent care centers, pharmacies, and clinics throughout the state. The FEMA grant covers work conducted by CDPHE from October 26, 2021, to March 31, 2022.

For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow state and local governments to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, tribal and local officials work to assist their communities during this response.

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/assistance/public.

Brian.HvindenWed, 05/18/2022 - 20:25

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Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Ellis County, Texas

Wed, 18 May 2022 20:19:44 +0000

Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Ellis County, Texas

DENTON, Texas – Preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps are available for review in Ellis County, Texas. Residents and business owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements.

The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the 90-day appeal and comment periods.

Appeals and comments may be submitted from May 18, 2022 through Aug. 16, 2022:

  • Appeals and comments for cities of Oak Leaf, Red Oak and Waxahachie; and the unincorporated areas of Ellis County
  • Comments only for the City of Palmer

Appeals and comments may be submitted from May 19, 2022 through Aug. 17, 2022:

  • Appeals and comments for cities of Cedar Hill, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Midlothian, Ovilla, Pecan Hill and Venus
  • Comments only for the City of Glenn Heights

Appeals and comments may be submitted from May 22, 2022 through Aug. 20, 2022:

  • Appeals and comments for the City of Ennis
  • Comments only for the City of Garrett

Residents may submit an appeal if they consider modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect.

  • An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim.
  • Appeals cannot be based on the effects of proposed projects or projects started after the study is in progress.
  • If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information — such as a missing or misspelled road name in the Special Flood Hazard Area or an incorrect corporate boundary — they can submit a written comment.

The next step in the mapping process is to resolve all comments and appeals. Once these are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.

To review the preliminary maps or submit appeals and comments, visit your local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can identify your community FPA. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.

The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:

For more information about the flood maps:

There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting https://www.floodsmart.gov.

Kurt.PickeringWed, 05/18/2022 - 20:19

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FEMA Approves Another $7.3 Million for COVID-19 Testing in Utah

Wed, 18 May 2022 20:00:19 +0000

FEMA Approves Another $7.3 Million for COVID-19 Testing in Utah

DENVER – FEMA has approved $7.3 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in Utah. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 4, 2020. FEMA has provided more than $274 million for the Utah COVID-19 response to date with this additional funding.

  • FEMA awarded $4.55 million to the Utah Department of Health to reimburse them for the cost of purchasing 605,365 COVID-19 rapid-test kits and distributing them to 213 locations across the state.  Recipients of the test kits included the Utah state lab, local health departments, mobile testing units, long-term care facilities and school districts who provided sample test collection.  The award covers test kits purchased between August 12 and December 27, 2021.
  • In addition, FEMA awarded $2.74 million in Public Assistance funds to Salt Lake County to provide COVID-19 community testing centers in the county from December 28, 2020, to May 15, 2021.  The grant covers the cost of additional staff for medical, logistical and security support along with tents, generators, heating, lighting and tarps to set up drive-through test centers at temporary sites and the personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies necessary to keep staff and the general public safe.

For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, local and tribal officials work to assist their communities during the ongoing response.

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/assistance/public.

Brian.HvindenWed, 05/18/2022 - 20:00

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Proposed Wheatland County Flood Maps Reflect Changes to Local Flood Risk

Tue, 17 May 2022 19:16:08 +0000

Proposed Wheatland County Flood Maps Reflect Changes to Local Flood Risk

DENVER – Updates to Wheatland County, Montana’s flood insurance rate maps are nearing completion. The new maps will provide portions of the Musselshell River and Antelope Creek in Wheatland County with more accurate flood risk information that can help local officials and residents make informed decisions about reducing flood risks and purchasing flood insurance.

The mapping project was initiated in 2014 and is a joint effort between counties and towns along the Musselshell River, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), and FEMA. It is part of a nationwide effort led by FEMA to increase local knowledge of flood risk and support actions to address and reduce that risk.

In Wheatland County, the project involved flood study work on 37 miles of the Musselshell River from the Golden Valley County boundary to approximately five miles west of Harlowton, and three miles of Antelope Creek. New and updated flood insurance rate maps were produced, indicating areas at risk of flooding in a one-percent annual chance flood event. The new floodplain maps will be used to replace existing floodplain maps from 1981 and portions of the Musselshell River around Shawmut that currently have no existing floodplain maps. 

The remainder of Wheatland County’s 1981 floodplain maps were not updated as part of the project.  

Updated flood insurance rate maps for Golden Valley County went into effect in 2021, and in Musselshell, Rosebud, and Petroleum Counties in 2019. 

Officials encourage residents and business owners to review the proposed maps to learn about the flood threat in their area, and potential future flood insurance purchase requirements.

Once preliminary maps are released, there is a 90-day appeal period during which community members can provide additional data for consideration before the maps are final. This appeal period ends on July 13, 2022. Appeal packages should address scientific or technical mistakes in the maps and must include supporting data or engineering documentation.

The proposed maps can be viewed online at http://www.floodplain.mt.gov/musselshell and at the county and city offices. 

If you have technical and scientific information, such as detailed hydraulic or hydrologic data, you may be able to appeal the flood risk information on the proposed maps during the 90-day appeal period. For further details on this process, visit http://www.floodplain.mt.gov/musselshell or contact Page Dringman, Wheatland County Floodplain Administrator at 406-932-5470, or Tiffany Lyden, DNRC Floodplain Outreach Specialist at 406-444-0599.  

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jamie.castertonTue, 05/17/2022 - 19:16

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Proposed Larimer County Flood Maps Reflect Changes to Local Flood Risk

Tue, 17 May 2022 22:25:09 +0000

Proposed Larimer County Flood Maps Reflect Changes to Local Flood Risk

DENVER – Updates to Larimer County, Colorado’s flood insurance rate maps are nearing completion. The new maps will provide Larimer County with more accurate flood risk information that can help local officials and residents make informed decisions about reducing flood risks and purchasing flood insurance.

The mapping project is a joint effort between Larimer County, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and FEMA. It is part of a nationwide effort led by FEMA to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce those risks.

Officials encourage residents and business owners to review the proposed flood insurance rate maps to learn about local flood risks, potential future flood insurance requirements, and any concerns or questions about the information provided.

Before the new flood insurance rate maps become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period during which local residents and business owners can provide additional data for consideration before the maps are final. This appeal period starts on May 18, 2022, and ends on August 16, 2022. Appeal packages should address scientific or technical mistakes in the maps, and must include supporting data or engineering documentation.

For further details on this process, visit https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/BFE_Status/bfe_main.asp. To view preliminary mapping, visit the Colorado Hazard Mapping Website (https://coloradohazardmapping.com), or contact your local floodplain administrator. Preliminary mapping also may be viewed on FEMA’s Map Service Center (https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/).

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jamie.castertonTue, 05/17/2022 - 22:25

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May 21 Resource Fair Open to Families Affected by the Tornadoes

Mon, 16 May 2022 16:27:50 +0000

May 21 Resource Fair Open to Families Affected by the Tornadoes

MAYFIELD, Ky. – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is bringing together federal and state agencies as well as legal aid services under one roof to offer their services and resources to families recovering from the Dec. 10-11 tornadoes. The Disaster Recovery Resource Fair will be held on May 21 from 10 a.m. CT to 4 p.m. CT at the high school gym in Mayfield.

The fair is a collaborative effort of local, state and federal resources to help answer survivors’ questions and provide resources as they rebuild and repair their homes and lives after the devastating tornadoes.

Subject matter experts will be on hand to discuss programs and resources that are available to survivors, including information on:

  • Housing
  • Homeowners insurance
  • Foreclosure prevention
  • Title issues/successions
  • Legal services
  • Disaster mitigation
  • Various types of loans
  • And more!

Sign language interpreters and Spanish language interpreters will be available at the event to assist disaster survivors. Survivors who have questions about the event can email the HUD Kentucky Field Office at ky_webmanager@hud.gov or call (502) 582-5251.

For information on Kentucky’s recovery from the tornadoes, visit fema.gov/disaster/4630. Follow FEMA on Twitter at FEMA Region 4 (@femaregion4) / Twitter and at facebook.com/fema.

neily.chapmanMon, 05/16/2022 - 16:27

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FEMA Awards More Than $2.1 Million To State Of Connecticut For COVID Testing Expenses

Mon, 16 May 2022 21:05:39 +0000

FEMA Awards More Than $2.1 Million To State Of Connecticut For COVID Testing Expenses

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $2.1 million to the State of Connecticut to reimburse the state for the costs of providing testing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health will receive a total of $2,149,305 in federal funding through FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program to reimburse it for the costs of providing approximately 28,462 tests for the public between July and December 2021.

The state used multiple contractors to set up and operate 17 testing sites at various locations around the state.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist the State of Connecticut with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

So far, FEMA has provided nearly $403 million in Public Assistance grants to Connecticut to reimburse the state for pandemic-related expenses.

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program is available at https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit. To learn more about the COVID-19 response in Connecticut, please visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4500.

adrien.urbaniMon, 05/16/2022 - 21:05

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FEMA Awards More Than $1 Million To Sacred Heart University For COVID Testing Expenses

Mon, 16 May 2022 21:07:46 +0000

FEMA Awards More Than $1 Million To Sacred Heart University For COVID Testing Expenses

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $1 million to the State of Connecticut to reimburse Sacred Heart University for the costs of providing testing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The private Catholic university in Fairfield will receive a total of $1,047,555 in federal funding through FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program to reimburse it for the costs of steps taken to operate safely between March and December 2020, including:

  • $1,000,031 for 6,109 diagnostic screening tests of students and staff for COVID-19; and
  • $47,524 for the cost of purchasing 436 rapid test kits

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist Sacred Heart University with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

So far, FEMA has provided nearly $403 million in Public Assistance grants to Connecticut to reimburse the state for pandemic-related expenses.

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program is available at https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit. To learn more about the COVID-19 response in Connecticut, please visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4500.

adrien.urbaniMon, 05/16/2022 - 21:07

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $33 Million in FEMA Funding Opportunities for Dam Safety, Applications Open May 16

Mon, 16 May 2022 17:28:52 +0000

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $33 Million in FEMA Funding Opportunities for Dam Safety, Applications Open May 16

New Grant Made Possible by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Provides Communitywide Resilience Investments to Protect Dams, Prevent Disaster Suffering

WASHINGTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell today announced the Biden Administration through FEMA will commit $33 million for two funding opportunities to enhance dam safety efforts across the nation, including $15 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The investments will help protect communities from flooding, avoid costs from future disaster and strengthen resilience to climate change. The Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams program is making $22 million available and another approximately $11 million available through the National Dam Safety State Assistance Grant Program.

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is providing $6.8 billion that FEMA will invest in communitywide resilience to reduce disaster suffering and avoid future disaster costs, including $733 million in dam safety grants over the next five years. 

“Aging and deteriorating dams in America cannot compete with the impacts of climate change,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.

“With the increase of both extreme storms and downstream populations, the safety of America’s dams is paramount to the resilience of our neighborhoods. FEMA is committed to providing funding dedicated to maintaining and strengthening dams that pose severe risks to vulnerable communities.”  

The application period for the fiscal year 2022 funding opportunities will open May 16. Non-federal governments and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to review the announcement on Grants.gov and apply by the July 15, 2022 deadline. These funding opportunities will help to ensure the safety of communities whose economic development and social welfare benefit from dams, many of which are aging and deteriorating.

Grants through the Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams program are available to non-federal governments and nonprofits for technical, planning, design and construction assistance to rehabilitate eligible high hazard potential dams.

Eligible non-federal dams are:

  • Located in a state or territory with a dam safety program
  • Classified as high hazard potential by the dam safety agency in the state or territory where the dam is located
  • With a current, approved emergency action plan by the state or territorial dam safety agency
  • Failing to meet minimum dam safety standards of the state or territory or poses an unacceptable risk to the public

The State Assistance Grant Program provides funds to establish and maintain effective state programs that ensure dam safety and protect human life and property.

In a state or territory with an enacted dam safety program, the state administrative agency or an equivalent state agency is eligible to apply. Each eligible state or territory may submit only one grant application.

For more information, visit FEMA's Dam Safety webpage.

mayshaunt.garyMon, 05/16/2022 - 17:28

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