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Butts County Disaster Recovery Center to Open

Thu, 26 Jan 2023 21:48:13 +0000

Butts County Disaster Recovery Center to Open

ATLANTA – A FEMA disaster recovery center will open Friday, Jan.27 in Butts County to provide one-on-one assistance to people directly affected by the Jan. 12 severe storms, straight line winds and tornadoes.

Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications.

The disaster recovery center location is: 

Daughtry Park/Recreation Center

576 Earnest Biles Dr.

Jackson, GA 30233 

Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT – 7 days a week.

People directly affected by the severe storms may visit the recovery center, apply with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.

For needs directly related to the Jan.12 weather systems, FEMA may be able to provide Individual Assistance grant money that does not have to be repaid for:

  • Rental Assistance if you need to relocate because of storm-related damage
  • Personal Property that was damaged or destroyed by these weather events
  • Lodging Reimbursement if you had to stay in a hotel temporarily
  • Basic Home Repairs for homeowners whose primary residence was damaged by these weather events
  • Other Serious Needs caused by the recent storms.

In addition to the assistance listed, please note the following:

  • Only one application per household
  • FEMA does not pay for lost or spoiled food

By law, FEMA is not allowed to duplicate insurance payments or assistance provided by other sources.

As a result of registering with FEMA, you may be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for a disaster home loan.

Submitting the low-interest loan application is an important step in the recovery process. There is no obligation to take the loan, if offered. Residents who are not approved may be referred for additional grant consideration. 

Additional disaster recovery centers are expected to be announced soon. 

For information on Georgia’s disaster recovery visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4685. Follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/FEMAregion4.

felicia.jordanThu, 01/26/2023 - 21:48

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Coosa County

Thu, 26 Jan 2023 22:30:08 +0000

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Coosa County

CLANTON, AL – FEMA and the state of Alabama are opening a disaster recovery center in Coosa County to assist tornado survivors. The center will open at 1 p.m. local time, Jan. 27, and will provide one-on-one help to people affected by the Jan.12 severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes.

Recovery specialists from FEMA, state and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be available to provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications for assistance.

WHERE:

Coosa County

Rockford Baptist Church

9575 US Hwy. 231

Rockford, AL 35136

 

HOURS for the recovery center in Coosa County:

Open Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time; Sunday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. local time

The Coosa County center is open in addition to the following three recovery centers:

Autauga County

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief Center 

118 Jesse Samuel Hunt Blvd.

Prattville, AL 36066

 

Dallas County

Parking lot of Crosspoint Christian Church

1710 W. Dallas Ave.

Selma, AL 36701

 

Elmore County

Elmore County Court House

100 E. Commerce St.

Wetumpka, AL 36092

 

HOURS for the recovery centers in Autauga, Dallas and Elmore counties:

Open Monday to Sunday, seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time daily.

No appointment is necessary to visit a Disaster Recovery Center.

Survivors may also apply for assistance by going online to DisasterAssistance.gov, using the FEMA app for smartphones or calling 800-621-3362. The helpline is open, and help is available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.

For an accessible video on how to apply for assistance go to, youtube.com/watch?v= WZGpWI2RCNw.

For information on Alabama’s disaster recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4684. Follow FEMA on Twitter at FEMA Region 4 (@femaregion4) / Twitter and at facebook.com/fema.

felicia.jordanThu, 01/26/2023 - 22:30

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Nearly $422 Million from FEMA to Renovate Public Housing Complexes

Thu, 26 Jan 2023 16:09:07 +0000

Nearly $422 Million from FEMA to Renovate Public Housing Complexes

Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently approved about $422 million to restore and renovate 37 residential properties belonging to the Public Housing Administration (PHA) due to damage caused by Hurricane María. These works will benefit over 5,400 families throughout the island.

As part of the agency’s commitment to help Puerto Rico by mitigating future damage from other disasters, the funds include nearly $165.3 million for these measures that seek to strengthen the facilities.

“Funds obligated for these projects will have a direct effect on the families living in these complexes. This is not only about removing asbestos or repairing walls and ceilings to prevent water filtration in these homes; this is also about repairing basketball courts so that children and youths can enjoy themselves. This translates into a sustainable recovery for these communities,” explained the Deputy Federal Coordinator for Disaster Recovery, Andrés García.

The housing complexes are located in 20 municipalities: Aibonito, Aguadilla, Bayamón, Caguas, Camuy, Carolina, Cataño, Cidra, Fajardo, Guaynabo, Isabela, Mayagüez, Naguabo, Patillas, Ponce, Quebradillas, Río Grande, Salinas, San Juan and Trujillo Alto. 

Part of the renovations for these housing facilities include cleaning the area and removing asbestos, in an effort to have healthy living spaces. Electrical boxes and exterior lighting will also be replaced to provide common areas that are safe for the entire community. The budget also considers repairs for basketball courts, such as painting the floor and replacing the bird netting, drainage and lighting.

Public Housing Administrator Alejandro Salgado Colón highlighted the impact of these allocations for the short- and long-term reconstruction of communities and Puerto Rico.

“At the Public Housing Administration, we are committed to improving and transforming the infrastructure in the communities of our Island, focused on ensuring that each public housing family has a safe and resilient home to face any present and future atmospheric phenomenon. Hand in hand with FEMA, we are working to guarantee that these budget allocations reached for more than 40 projects run smoothly and in compliance with current regulations, so that damage mitigation and repair work can materialize as soon as possible for the benefit of Puerto Rico,” said Salgado Colón.

One of the housing facilities with recent allocations includes the Nemesio R. Canales public housing complex in San Juan, where over 900 families live. Nemesio R. Canales was assigned over $49 million to repair its 65-building structure, which includes the administration building and a basketball court. The mitigation measures for this complex are estimated at nearly $14.2 million and will focus on the roof, to prevent damage from wind and rain filtration.

To the south and to benefit nearly 500 families, the Arístides Chavier public housing complex in Ponce also stands out for the renovations to its administrative building and 49 residential buildings. Of the $22.5 million the facilities have available for renovation, over $10 million are earmarked for mitigation measures to improve the drainage and roof sealing systems. 

The funds to renovate these facilities are part of the agency’s recovery budget under FEMA’s Accelerated Award Strategy, known as FAASt. To date, over $446.3 million have been approved for 48 subprojects.

FEMA has allocated nearly $29.2 billion in Public Assistance program funds to more than 10,400 projects that will contribute to rebuilding Puerto Rico so it can become more resilient to future disasters.

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

 

frances.acevedo-picoThu, 01/26/2023 - 16:09

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Greene, Sumter and Tallapoosa Counties Eligible for FEMA Assistance

Fri, 27 Jan 2023 04:06:37 +0000

Greene, Sumter and Tallapoosa Counties Eligible for FEMA Assistance

CLANTON, Ala – Greene, Sumter and Tallapoosa counties are now eligible for FEMA assistance after the Jan. 12 severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes in Alabama.

Individuals and households in Greene, Sumter and Tallapoosa counties can apply for FEMA Individual Assistance, which may include temporary housing assistance, basic home repairs and certain other uninsured disaster-related needs.

These counties join Autauga, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, and Hale counties, which were previously approved for Individual Assistance.

Survivors can apply for disaster assistance at disasterassistance.gov, by using the FEMA mobile app, or by calling 800-621-3362. The helpline is open, and help is available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time in most languages. If you use a relay service such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

For information on Alabama’s disaster recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4684. Follow FEMA on Twitter at FEMA Region 4 (@femaregion4) / Twitter and at facebook.com/fema.

 

felicia.jordanFri, 01/27/2023 - 04:06

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Deadline Extended to Submit Responses to FEMA's Request for Information - Multifamily Lease and Repair

Thu, 26 Jan 2023 19:35:30 +0000

Deadline Extended to Submit Responses to FEMA's Request for Information - Multifamily Lease and Repair

LAKE MARY, Fla. – FEMA will extend the deadline for property owners to submit responses to FEMA’s Request for Information regarding the Multifamily Lease and Repair program.

Responses and comments are due as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 PM EST, Feb. 9, 2023, via email to the point of contact listed below.

Marvin Jennings, email: FEMA-DR4673FL-MLR@fema.dhs.gov. Phone calls will not be accepted or returned. Please include the following in the subject line of the email: RFI# 70FBR423I00000003 Response: MLR - DR-4673-FL.

FEMA is seeking multi-family rental properties (two or more units) in the counties of Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns and Volusia, or multi-family rental properties that were impacted by DR-4673-FL located in counties within thirty (30) to up to sixty (60) minutes commuting distance of the affected areas in the State of Florida.

FEMA is seeking owners of rental properties (apartment complexes primarily) that could be potentially repaired to local, state, and federal codes/standards and offered as temporary housing for FEMA applicants in a timely manner, for up to 18-months from the date of declaration, unless extended. The site must be repairable within a four-month period and cannot be located in a floodway. Within this program, there is no rental cost for the eligible applicant.

For more information visit: SAM.gov

For the latest information on Florida's recovery from Hurricanes Ian and Nicole, visit floridadisaster.org/info and fema.gov. Follow FEMA Region 4 (@femaregion4) / Twitter and at facebook.com/fema.

bree-constance…Thu, 01/26/2023 - 19:35

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Filing a Late Application for Federal Assistance

Thu, 26 Jan 2023 20:25:07 +0000

Filing a Late Application for Federal Assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C.- The deadline to apply for federal assistance has passed for homeowners and renters in Charleston, Georgetown and Horry counties who had damage to their property after Hurricane Ian. In rare cases, you may be eligible to submit a late application to FEMA.

ELIGIBILITY FOR LATE APPLICATION 

FEMA accepts late applications if extraordinary circumstances kept you from applying before the Jan. 23 deadline. Interested residents in one of the impacted counties who have not applied and can send the following documents can still apply:

  • A signed letter of explanation; AND
  • Supporting documentation clearly confirms why you could not apply during the application period. These include:
    • Record of hospitalization, illness, or disability of the applicant or an immediate family member;
    • Death of an immediate family member;
    • Proof of personal or business travel that kept the applicant out of the area for the full application period; OR,
    • Evidence of unique disaster-specific circumstances

LATE APPLICATION PROCESS

You have 60 days from Jan. 23, 2023, the FEMA application deadline, to complete a late application. There are several ways you can submit a late application for FEMA disaster assistance:

  • Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Download and use the FEMA mobile app to apply
  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 to apply
  • If you use a relay service, such as a video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other services, give FEMA the number for that service. The Helpline is open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Press 2 for Spanish or 3 for an interpreter who speaks your language.

MAIL, FAX OR UPLOAD YOUR LATE APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

You must submit suitable documentation to support and justify the reason for the delay within 60 days from the date the late application was due. Be sure to sign and date your documents. Include your nine-digit FEMA application number and the disaster number (DR-4677-SC) on all supporting documents.

  • Mail to: FEMA National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055; OR,
  • Fax: 800-827-8112, Attention: FEMA

Upload documents: An easy way to provide additional information is to set up an online account and upload documents there. To set up or upload documents, go to DisasterAssistance.gov, click “Check Your Application and Log In,” and follow the directions. Be sure to sign and date your appeal. Include your nine-digit FEMA application number, the disaster number (DR-4677-SC) and documents to support your appeal.

NON-FEDERAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

Local non-profit and private organizations may be able to offer additional assistance if you’re ineligible for federal assistance or if you didn’t receive enough assistance to cover your disaster-related expenses. The United Way Association of South Carolina helps connect survivors to resources that will help with the recovery process.

You can call 2-1-1 if you need help with

  • Childcare
  • Employment
  • Food
  • Healthcare
  • Housing
  • Insurance
  • Transportation, and
  • Other basic needs

For the latest information on South Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Ian, visit FEMA.gov/disaster/4677. You may also follow twitter.com/SCEMD; facebook.com/SCEMD/@FEMARegion4/Twitter and Facebook.com/FEMA.

luther.wills-dudichThu, 01/26/2023 - 20:25

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Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Process Public Comments Posted – What’s Next?

Wed, 25 Jan 2023 22:08:55 +0000

Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Process Public Comments Posted – What’s Next?

SANTA FE, NM – More than 300 comments about the interim rule were submitted online and at six public meetings during the 60-day public comment period which closed on Jan. 13. Your input is being used to shape the final regulations, but many activities remain underway to keep the claims process moving, and keep you informed along the way.

“I want to thank everyone who provided comments at the public meetings and online, including our Tribal Nations and state partners,” said Angela Gladwell, Director of the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Claims Office. “We are using your ideas and concerns to shape the final regulations and program implementation as we get ready to open offices.”

What to Expect Next

We are working to build out the Claims Office team and offices. Our team met with more than a hundred potential candidates at three hiring fairs and reviewed resumes submitted by email. The Office is working to review candidate qualifications and match skilled candidates with positions with the intent to fill as many positions with qualified New Mexicans from the impacted areas as possible. Hiring will be conducted in phases.

The Office expects to begin on boarding full-time, dedicated staff in February. Local claims offices in Mora, Las Vegas and Santa Fe are expected to open within the next two months. We will also announce schedules for mobile offices.

There are things you can do as we make final preparations to open the claims offices. The first step is filing a Notice of Loss form. Submitting this form means you would like to begin the claims process and that you are choosing to seek compensation for losses from the Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire through the Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Act.

You can also gather and prepare any paperwork related to your damaged property or claim for losses from the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire.

If you haven’t filled out a Notice of Loss form yet, visit fema.gov/disaster/current/hermits-peak#form for a link to download or print the form. For instructions on how to file, including where to submit your form by email or by mail, visit fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema.gov_hermits-peak-calf-canyon-fire_how-to-submit-notice-of-loss-form_20221114.pdf.

If you have already submitted a Notice of Loss: As our Claims offices begin to open, we will soon follow up with you to ensure the Notice of Loss is complete, and then we will formally acknowledge receipt of your form. Once the Office reviews your form, confirms it is complete and acknowledges it, the Claims Office will have 180 days to make a determination on the amount of payment to compensate you for your losses.

The Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Act provides compensation for those impacted by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon fire. Compensation may cover eligible losses, including personal injury, loss of property, business loss or financial loss. For more information, visit fema.gov/hermits-peak. For information in Spanish, visit fema.gov/es/hermits-peak.

luther.wills-dudichWed, 01/25/2023 - 22:08

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Autauga, Dallas and Elmore Counties

Wed, 25 Jan 2023 22:31:45 +0000

Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Autauga, Dallas and Elmore Counties

CLANTON, Ala. – FEMA and the state of Alabama are opening disaster recovery centers in Autauga, Dallas and Elmore counties to assist tornado survivors. The centers open at 1 p.m. Central Time, Jan. 26 and will provide one-on-one help to people affected by the Jan.12 severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes.

Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be available to provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications for assistance.

WHERE:

Autauga County

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief Center 

118 Jesse Samuel Hunt Blvd.

Prattville, AL 36066

 

Dallas County

Parking lot of Crosspoint Christian Church

1710 W. Dallas Ave.

Selma, AL 36701

 

Elmore County

Elmore County Court House

100 E. Commerce St.

Wetumpka, AL 36092

 

HOURS: Open Monday-Sunday, 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT daily

 

No appointment is necessary to visit a Disaster Recovery Center.

Survivors may also apply for assistance by going online to DisasterAssistance.gov, using the FEMA app for smartphones or calling 800-621-3362. The helpline is open, and help is available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.

For an accessible video on how to apply for assistance go to, youtube.com/watch?v= WZGpWI2RCNw.

For information on Alabama’s disaster recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4684. Follow FEMA on Twitter at FEMA Region 4 (@femaregion4) / Twitter and at facebook.com/fema.

felicia.jordanWed, 01/25/2023 - 22:31

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FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Colusa County, Colusa and Williams

Thu, 26 Jan 2023 15:20:33 +0000

FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Colusa County, Colusa and Williams

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has delivered preliminary flood maps for unincorporated Colusa County and the cities of Colusa and Williams. The maps identify revised flood hazards along the Sacramento River, Stone Corral Creek near Maxwell, Salt Creek at Williams, and two reaches of Elk Creek. The new maps will help building officials, contractors and homeowners make effective mitigation decisions, thereby contributing to safer and more disaster resilient communities.

Before the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period from Jan. 25, 2023 to Apr. 26, 2023. During that time, residents or businesses with supporting technical and scientific information, such as detailed hydraulic or hydrologic data, can appeal the flood risk information on the preliminary maps, which can be viewed at fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata.

Flood hazards are dynamic and change frequently for many reasons, including weather patterns, erosion and community development. Officials from FEMA, Colusa County and the cities of Colusa and Williams worked together to provide updated information that accurately reflects the flood risk. These changes may also affect future building standards or insurance requirements.

The local mapping project is part of a national effort led by FEMA to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. FEMA encourages residents to review the preliminary flood maps to learn about local flood risks, potential future flood insurance requirements and identify any concerns or questions about the information provided.

Risk of flooding affects almost every corner of the nation. In total, 98% of counties have experienced a flood event, which makes floods the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters.

For more information, contact Colusa County at (530) 458-0466 or Colusacountydpw@countyofcolusa.com. Other community information is available for the city of Colusa at (530) 458-4740 or citymanager@cityofcolusa.com, and Williams at (530) 235-3279 or kramsaur@cityofwilliams.org.

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robert.barkerThu, 01/26/2023 - 15:20

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FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Maricopa County and Buckeye, Gila Bend and Goodyear

Thu, 26 Jan 2023 15:24:44 +0000

FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Maricopa County and Buckeye, Gila Bend and Goodyear

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has delivered preliminary flood maps for unincorporated Maricopa County and the cities of Buckeye and Goodyear and the town of Gila Bend. The maps identify revised flood hazards along the Lower Gila River, Agua Fria River, Centennial Wash and nearby tributaries. The new maps will help building officials, contractors and homeowners make effective mitigation decisions, thereby contributing to safer and more disaster resilient communities.

Before the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period from Jan. 26, 2023 to Apr. 26, 2023. During that time, residents or businesses with supporting technical and scientific information, such as detailed hydraulic or hydrologic data, can appeal the flood risk information on the preliminary maps, which can be viewed at fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata.

Flood hazards are dynamic and change frequently for many reasons, including weather patterns, erosion and community development. Officials from FEMA, Maricopa County and the cities of Buckeye and Goodyear and the town of Gila Bend worked together to provide updated information that accurately reflects the flood risk. These changes may also affect future building standards or insurance requirements.

The local mapping project is part of a national effort led by FEMA to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. FEMA encourages residents to review the preliminary flood maps to learn about local flood risks, potential future flood insurance requirements and identify any concerns or questions about the information provided.

Risk of flooding affects almost every corner of the nation. In total, 98% of counties have experienced a flood event, which makes floods the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters.

For more information, contact Maricopa County at (602) 506-6762 or lisa.blyler@maricopa.gov. Other community information is available for the cities of Buckeye at (623) 349-6217 or szipprich@buckeyeaz.gov, Goodyear at (623) 882-3004 or stephen.scinto@goodyearaz.gov, and the town of Gila Bend at (928) 683-2255 or kvalenzuela@gilabendaz.gov.

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robert.barkerThu, 01/26/2023 - 15:24

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