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What to Expect at the Norfolk, VA Military Circle Mall Vaccination Site

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 19:07:23 +0000

What to Expect at the Norfolk, VA Military Circle Mall Vaccination Site

Norfolk, Virginia — Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the FEMA supported Community Vaccination Center located at the Military Circle Mall is hassle free, quick and easy. Pre-registered residents and those who register onsite can expect a streamlined process that ensures equity and accessibility for all.

On the day of their appointment, residents need to bring documentation that provides proof of their name, which will be used to confirm their appointment.

Next, people move on to one of many vaccination pods where dedicated medical staff from the Department of Defense administer the lifesaving vaccine. After a brief waiting period, residents are free to go. They will be given a date for their second dose and will receive additional instructions from the Virginia Department of Health via email or phone call to confirm their second appointment.

“The line moved quickly and the whole process was seamless. I work in customer service and I recognize excellent client care when I see it. I was very pleasantly surprised,” said Janice Cirillo of Hampton.

Mr. Josh Brown of Norfolk also received his vaccine at the Military Circle Mall, watch more here: What to Expect at a Community Vaccination Center - YouTube

Social distancing measures are strictly enforced throughout the process and everyone entering the site must wear a face covering at all times.

All community members who have pre-registered or registered onsite are welcome at the vaccination center. Reasonable accommodation for people with access and functional needs is available as well as information and onsite interpretation in a variety of languages, including American Sign Language.

“We are committed to supporting the Commonwealth with its goal of vaccinating Virginians from all nearby communities. The center is conveniently located, and our teams are ready to assist as we continue this historic effort,” said FEMA Region 3 Regional Administrator (A) Janice Barlow.

The Community Vaccination Center serves residents by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Those interested in receiving their COVID-19 vaccine can register online at vaccinate.virginia.gov or they may call 1-877-829-4682.  They may also register at the center every day from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Same day appointments are limited.

To date, more than 12,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered at this FEMA-supported site.

For more on the ongoing vaccination efforts in Virginia, visit fema.gov/disaster/4512 or vaemergency.gov.

 

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gabriel.lugoFri, 04/09/2021 - 19:07

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Esperanza (Philadelphia) Vaccination Site Operating Details

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 19:45:45 +0000

Esperanza (Philadelphia) Vaccination Site Operating Details

On Saturday, April 10, 2021, the Esperanza Community Vaccination Center, Philadelphia’s second federally supported vaccination clinic, will open to the public in the Hunting Park neighborhood. The entrance to the Esperanza Community Vaccination Center is located along the south side of W. Bristol Street, at 61 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140.

The Esperanza Community Vaccination Center will be open six days a week, eight hours per day, for eight weeks. The hours of operation will be:

  • Monday and Tuesday 7AM-3PM
  • Wednesday and Thursday 12PM-8PM
  • Fridays - Closed
  • Saturday and Sunday 9AM-5PM

The site is designed to provide over 1,000 vaccines per day. The Esperanza Community Vaccination Center will initially administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The City will prioritize eligible Philadelphia residents who have signed up on the Philadelphia COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form. There will also be walk-up appointments at designated times at the Esperanza Community Vaccination Center. To check current vaccine eligibility, please visit the Philadelphia Department of Public Health website.  

This site is accessible by pedestrians, SEPTA public transit and Customized Community Transportation (CCT) services, rideshare, taxi, and personal vehicles. Parking facilities are available and drop-off and pick-up zones have been established.

This clinic will provide services for individuals with access and functional needs, including mobility assistance and language interpretation services in many different languages, including American Sign Language.

The Department of Homeland Security is committed to equal access to the COVID-19 vaccine. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not conduct immigration enforcement operations at or near this vaccine distribution site.

For more information on what to expect when getting vaccinated at the Esperanza Community Vaccination Center, please read here.

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For media inquiries, please contact FEMA Region 3 Office of External Affairs femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov.  Vaccination appointments cannot be scheduled or updated by FEMA. 

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.lugoFri, 04/09/2021 - 19:45

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Free COVID-19 Vaccines Available for Norfolk Residents Without an Appointment

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 23:22:22 +0000

Free COVID-19 Vaccines Available for Norfolk Residents Without an Appointment

Norfolk, Virginia — Norfolk residents can get their free COVID-19 vaccine this Saturday, April 10 at the Southside STEM Academy. No appointments are necessary to get the lifesaving shot and residents will be attended on a first come, first serve basis.

Those interested in receiving the vaccine may do so between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday at the following location:

Southside STEM Academy - 1106 Compostella Rd, Norfolk, VA 23523

Local, federal and volunteer staff will be on hand for visitors who may need assistance entering the site or moving throughout the 15-minute vaccination process. Wheelchairs are also available upon request.

For people whose first language is not English, on-site interpretation for commonly spoken languages will be available. A national Language Line is also set up to address any additional language needs. All forms and signage throughout the center are displayed in multiple languages to ensure all clients are well-informed

American Sign Language Interpreters are also available to help provide support to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Video Relay Interpretation is offered to anyone who requests the service.

Residents may also receive the vaccine at the FEMA-supported site located at the Military Circle Mall. Walk-ins are welcome every day of the week, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those interested in receiving their COVID-19 vaccine can now book their appointment directly on the City of Norfolk’s website (https://www.norfolk.gov/5023/COVID-Vaccine-Information). They may also register at the center every day from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Same day appointments are limited. 

The Virginia Department of Health has a COVID Vaccine Information Center to help Virginia residents get vaccine information. Call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA or visit vaccinate.virginia.gov for more information.  

To date, over 17,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered at this FEMA-supported site.  

For more on the ongoing vaccination efforts in Virginia, visit fema.gov/disaster/4512 or vaemergency.gov

gabriel.lugoFri, 04/09/2021 - 23:22

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FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Margo Fire

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 14:26:49 +0000

FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Margo Fire

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of Arizona in combating the Margo Fire burning in Pinal County.

On Apr. 8, 2021, the state of Arizona submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) for the Margo Fire. At the time of the request, the fire threatened approximately 400 homes in and around Dudleyville, with mandatory evacuations in place for around 500 people. The fire also threatened 20 buildings, community infrastructure, and power distribution and transmission lines.

The FEMA regional administrator approved the state’s request on Apr. 8, 2021, as the fire threatened to become a major incident.

FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides allowances for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause major disasters. Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.

For more information on FMAGs, visit fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. Follow FEMA Region 9 online at twitter.com/femaregion9.

robert.barkerFri, 04/09/2021 - 14:26

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Colorado Wildfire Recovery Webinars

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 18:11:55 +0000

Colorado Wildfire Recovery Webinars

DENVER – In response to Colorado’s devastating wildfires in 2020, FEMA and the State of Colorado are hosting a series of webinars to help residents understand increased threats to their homes, lives and property following the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires and prepare for the upcoming wildfire season. 

Discussion topics will include wildfire preparation and recovery, increased flood risk, agricultural recovery and understanding insurance options. Panelists will answer questions and provide informative resources to help residents with their recovery.

To participate please follow the link to register for a specific webinar session:

These presentations will be available in closed caption and ASL format. If you require an alternative format of available information, please submit your request to Region8AccommodationRequest@fema.dhs.gov.

Do you have a question about wildfire or flood risk? Email fema-r8-hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov 

 

minh.phanFri, 04/09/2021 - 18:11

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One Month Left to Register with FEMA, Apply for SBA Low-Interest Loans for Severe Winter Storms

Thu, 08 Apr 2021 14:08:43 +0000

One Month Left to Register with FEMA, Apply for SBA Low-Interest Loans for Severe Winter Storms

BATON ROUGE, La. – Survivors of the severe winter storms in Louisiana in February have one month left to register for a possible federal disaster assistance grant and to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The deadline for both is May 10.

FEMA urges everyone who sustained losses from the February winter storms to register. FEMA disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

Residents who were temporarily forced from their homes because of utility failures should also register with FEMA. Reimbursement for hotel or other temporary rental expenses may be possible.

To apply:

  • Visit www.disasterassistance.gov;
  • Call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. 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.
  • Download the FEMA Mobile App by texting ANDROID or APPLE to 43362

The 23 designated parishes declared by the President for disaster assistance are Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, Franklin, Grant, LaSalle, Madison, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Webster, West Carroll and Winn.

FEMA cannot duplicate insurance benefits, but you should still register as help may be available for under-insured or uninsured losses. Update FEMA once your insurance claim is settled.

After you register, you may be contacted by the SBA about a low-interest disaster loan. Complete the SBA application to keep the process moving.

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans are available for Louisiana disaster survivors.  

  • For businesses of any size and private nonprofit organizations: up to $2 million for property damage.  
  • For small businesses, smallbusinesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations: up to $2 million for working capital needs even if they had no property damage, with a $2 million maximum 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 canapply 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 Louisiana winter storms, visit Louisiana Severe Winter Storms (DR-4590-LA). Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6.

stuart.lewisThu, 04/08/2021 - 14:08

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Esperanza Community Vaccination Center Soft Opening Day in Philadelphia, PA

Thu, 08 Apr 2021 17:54:02 +0000

Esperanza Community Vaccination Center Soft Opening Day in Philadelphia, PA

Media Advisory

FEMA and the City of Philadelphia will host a press event to give an update on operations at the federally supported Esperanza Community Vaccination Center on Friday, April 9, 2021.

  • Members of the media, local elected officials and civic members are invited to a press event, which will include remarks from: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, 7th District Councilmember Maria Quiñones Sánchez, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, Esperanza President & CEO Reverend Luis Cortés, Jr., Brigadier General Edwards Little - Pennsylvania National Guard and Dual Status Commander of the Pennsylvania Vaccination Mission, and Acting FEMA Region 3 Administrator Janice Barlow
  • When: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10:00 – 10:30 am

  • Where: Esperanza, 4261 N 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140

  • Please park on the street and enter at the N 3rd Street and W Hunting Park Ave gated entrance. There will be no parking available in the Esperanza Parking Lot. Site security staff will escort media to and through the Media Entrance, at 3rd Street and Hunting Park and to the school facility adjoining the Esperanza Community Vaccination Site’s clinical operations area. Due ongoing clinical operations, media access to the vaccination area will be limited, but FEMA will share b-roll and still photos upon request.
  • COVID-19 Precautions: In accordance with local health and safety guidelines, members of the media should wear masks, observe social distancing, and bring distancing equipment (e.g., boom poles). Please pool resources where possible. 
  • Media wishing to attend must RSVP to Thom Wise at Thomas.Wise@fema.dhs.gov, no later than 6pm on Thursday April 8, 2021 in order to be added to the site access roster.

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For media inquiries, please contact FEMA Region 3 Office of External Affairs 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, 04/08/2021 - 17:54

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

Thu, 08 Apr 2021 18:48:45 +0000

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

WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Washington to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe winter storm, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides from Dec. 29, 2020 to Jan. 16, 2021.

The President's action makes federal funding available to the state, tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the winter storm in Clallam, Columbia, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane and Wahkiakum counties.

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

Timothy B. Manner has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

mayshaunt.garyThu, 04/08/2021 - 18:48

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FEMA Allocates Nearly $18.4 Million to Repair the Roberto Clemente Stadium

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 11:44:47 +0000

FEMA Allocates Nearly $18.4 Million to Repair the Roberto Clemente Stadium

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved an obligation of approximately $18.4 million to the Roberto Clemente Walker Stadium. These federal funds are earmarked for permanent repairs to this sports facility managed by the Municipality of Carolina.

Aside from its sociocultural importance, the home of professional baseball’s Carolina Giants team plays a very important role in Carolina’s economy. The stadium, named in honor of one of the glories of Puerto Rican baseball and built in 2001, has hosted important events such as two Caribbean Series (2003 and 2007), which generated an economic impact of over $2 million. They also hold the Little League Preparatory Tournament (with more than 100 teams) and carry out social work with Mano Amiga Gigante to receive and distribute donations for disasters. In addition, mass vaccinations and now COVID-19 tests have been carried out at the stadium.

“We recognize that sports are a fundamental tool to provide quality of life to our communities. We are pleased to contribute by allocating funds for the improvement of facilities such as this iconic stadium, in support of the sporting spirit of our people. This also contributes to help Puerto Rico host local and international events in different sports disciplines,” said the said the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico, José G. Baquero.

Repairing the stadium represents a great economic impact for local merchants and suppliers, as well as for the municipality, restaurants and surrounding businesses. It also impacts other industries such as transportation, hotels, logistics and event coordination.

“Seeing this stadium after the hurricane, all of it flooded, the artificial turf that we had just installed and had not yet used, and seeing the massive damage and destruction it suffered, was a shock of sadness for us. However, thanks to the help of FEMA and the money we have received, we are already over 90 percent of the total restoration of this iconic structure,” said Carolina’s mayor, José Aponte Dalmau.

For Aponte Dalmau, this stadium not only represents and distinguishes Carolina, but the entire island for bearing the name of Roberto Clemente, who’s legacy is an example of love for the service of others. “He gave his life in the best moment of his career to help others. And the stadium not only bears his name, I believe it also bears his soul. His soul as a humanist, his soul as a sportsman, his soul as a Carolinian,” said the municipal executive.

The repair work at the stadium includes the removal and replacement of seats, lighting, fences and safety nets, the scoreboard, the electrical system, the transformer, the clay areas at the baseball field, the stair railings, and the wooden benches. Of the funds allocated, close to $1.2 million is earmarked for hazard mitigation to prevent future damage, such as installing tempered glass and reinforcing the geotextile pavement, among others.

Roberto Clemente, born in the San Antón neighborhood in Carolina, was the first Latin American player to reach 3,000 hits. He also starred in the 1971 World Series, won 12 Gold Gloves, and in 1973 became the first Latino to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

For the executive director of the Puerto Rico Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (COR3), Eng. Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, this obligation will help rescue this significant sports facility and will allow families to enjoy sports in a much safer space. “Our commitment is to support the Municipality of Carolina in the process of rebuilding this important sports center,” said Laboy.

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.

CAROLINA, Puerto Rico (March 26, 2021) –FEMA approved an obligation of approximately $18.4 million to the Roberto Clemente Stadium for permanent repairs to this sports facility managed by the Municipality of Carolina. Photo FEMA/Eduardo Martínez

CAROLINA, Puerto Rico (March 26, 2021) – The Roberto Clemente Stadium, named in honor of one of the glories of Puerto Rican baseball and built in 2001, has hosted important events such as the Caribbean Series in 2003 and 2007. Photo FEMA/Eduardo Martínez 

frances.acevedo-picoWed, 04/07/2021 - 11:44

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FEMA COVID-19 Vaccinations Update

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 21:42:43 +0000

FEMA COVID-19 Vaccinations Update

WASHINGTON -- Today, federal pilot community vaccination centers opened in Gary, Indiana; Greenbelt, Maryland; St. Louis; Memphis, Tennessee and Milwaukee, with additional federal pilot community vaccination centers scheduled to open next week in Pueblo, Colorado; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Columbia, South Carolina.

FEMA mobile vaccination units are now operating in Nevada, Oregon, Connecticut and Maryland, bringing vaccinations to hard-to-reach and high-risk populations who cannot access services from fixed sites.

FEMA remains committed to the equitable distribution of vaccines. Using data from CDC’s social vulnerability index and population data from the census, the agency continues working with state partners to locate federal pilot community vaccination centers where they will be able to do the most good for the most vulnerable and historically underrepresented communities, to ensure everyone who wants a vaccine gets one.

Community vaccination centers are led by states, but may be supported by the federal government, including FEMA. Each state determines its own vaccination priority groups and procedures. FEMA continues working to speed up vaccinations by supporting states as they open community vaccine centers across the country and continues working with interagency partners to provide support to additional sites daily.

FEMA has now provided more than $4.5 billion for expenses related to COVID-19 vaccination at 100% federal cost share. These funds cover critical supplies, staffing, training and transportation needs that support increased vaccination efforts.

Find out where, when and how to get a vaccine in your community and get more information from your local health department and a list of places where adults can get a vaccine. Visit FEMA.gov for information on FEMA’s vaccination support efforts.

Walk-up Vaccination Center Opens in Yakima, Wash.

 

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A walk-up mobile vaccination center is set up in a grocery store parking lot.

FEMA photo by Jeff Markham

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Vaccine recipients begin the process at a walk-up vaccination center.

FEMA photo by Jeff Markham

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A vaccine recipient gets her first COVID-19 vaccine shot at the newly opened walk-up vaccination center.  

FEMA photo by Jeff Markham

mayshaunt.garyWed, 04/07/2021 - 21:42

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