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Federal Officials Visit Texas Communities with Resources for Recovery

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 16:54

AUSTIN, Texas – Residents in each of the state’s disaster-affected counties can expect to see FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance teams in their communities, offering a personal link to the resources for recovery.

FEMA officials are in the counties to meet with residents who suffered damage from severe storms and flooding April 17-24.

Using the latest mobile technology, DSA team members help survivors register for disaster assistance, update information on applications, assist with determining ongoing needs and make referrals to whole community partners.

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National Exercise Program Capstone Exercise 2016

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 16:38

WASHINGTON – This week, federal departments and agencies from across the government began the National Exercise Program Capstone Exercise 2016. This event is a biennial, national-level exercise to test the federal government’s ability to protect the American public by preparing for, preventing, mitigating against, and responding to catastrophic incidents.

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Federal Officials Visit Texas Communities with Resources for Recovery

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:48

AUSTIN, Texas – Residents in each of the state’s disaster-affected counties can expect to see FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance teams in their communities, offering a personal link to the resources for recovery.

FEMA officials are in the counties to meet with residents who suffered damage from severe storms and flooding April 17-24.

Using the latest mobile technology, DSA team members help survivors register for disaster assistance, update information on applications, assist with determining ongoing needs and make referrals to whole community partners.

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Louisiana Disaster Survivors Have More Time to Register for Recovery Help

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:57

Baton Rouge, La. – Louisiana disaster survivors in 36 parishes have an extra 30 days – until June 13th – to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for recovery assistance.

The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) requested the extension to provide more time for Louisiana residents with disaster damage that occurred March 8 through April 8, to apply for assistance.

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FEMA Offers Advice for Texans on Lessening Storm Damage in Hood County

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 11:57

AUSTIN, Texas – A team of specialists from FEMA will visit The Home Depot in Hood County to offer tips and techniques to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damage.

Specialists will be available at the following location:

Where:          

The Home Depot, 415 E. Hwy 377, Granbury, TX 76408

Hours:           

7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday May 5-6;

8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday May 7-8; and

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FEMA Offers Advice for Texans on Lessening Storm Damage in Harrison County

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 11:45

AUSTIN, Texas – A team of specialists from FEMA will visit Lowe’s Home Improvement in Harrison County to offer tips and techniques to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damage.

Specialists will be available at the following location:

Where:          

Lowe’s Home Improvement, 910 E End Blvd N, Marshall, TX 75670

Hours:

7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday May 5-6;

8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday May 7-8; and

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All Louisiana Disaster Recovery Centers to Transition to Shorter Saturday Schedule

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:47

BATON ROUGE, La – Beginning May 7, all disaster recovery centers in Louisiana will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays for Louisiana disaster survivors.

Hours of operation at all centers remain 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Only the Monroe (Ouachita Parish) and Oak Grove (West Carroll Parish) centers will remain open noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays until further notice.

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Only Two Weeks Left to Register for March Storms Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 18:47

AUSTIN, Texas — Texans who suffered damage or losses from the March 7-29 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding only have until Wednesday, May 18, to register for FEMA assistance.

“We do not want to see anyone lose the opportunity to receive money that they are due,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin Hannes, who is in charge of FEMA’s operations in Texas. “But as we deal with multiple disasters here in Texas, FEMA must ask survivors to meet this deadline so that we can start the next steps in the recovery process.”

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Texans Urged to Apply for Low-Interest Disaster Loans to Aid Recovery

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 18:36

AUSTIN, Texas – Federal officials are urging applicants for federal assistance from the April 17-24 floods to complete a disaster loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration as part of their recovery process.

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and SBA said residents of eight counties – Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Harris, Parker, Waller and Wharton – who sustained damage or losses from the storms and flooding should complete the loan application even if they don’t want a loan.

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How to Appeal a FEMA Decision

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:11

RIDGELAND, Miss. – Some survivors, who registered for federal disaster assistance after the March storms and flooding, may have received a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that says they are ineligible. However, the reason for the decision may be something that can be easily fixed, such as providing insurance documents or new contact information.

Applicants can appeal any FEMA decision.

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Four More Texas Counties May Apply for Disaster Aid for April Storms

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 09:53

AUSTIN, Texas – Individuals and families in Austin, Colorado, Waller and Wharton counties can now register for assistance for the April 17-24 severe storms and floods after the Federal Emergency Management Agency granted the state’s request to add them to the disaster declaration.

They join the four counties already designated for FEMA’s individual assistance program under the April 25 federal disaster declaration: Fayette, Grimes, Harris and Parker counties.  

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Help Remains for Louisiana Disaster Survivors after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Roseland, Tangipahoa Parish

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 09:06

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Roseland (Tangipahoa Parish) disaster recovery center will close Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m.

The center is located at the following address:

National Guard Pavilion RSA
62589 Holloway Road
Roseland, La.

Louisiana disaster survivors in Roseland may still visit other centers to meet with recovery officials. For other locations go to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or call 800-621-3362.

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Help Remains for Louisiana Disaster Survivors after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 08:58

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Lake Providence (East Carroll Parish) disaster recovery center will close Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m.

The center is located at the following address:

Town of Lake Providence Community Center
1320 Sparrow St.
Lake Providence, La.

Louisiana disaster survivors in Lake Providence may still visit other centers to meet with recovery officials. For other locations go to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or call

800-621-3362.

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Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Jackson County, AR

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 16:42

DENTON, Texas– There are new, preliminary flood maps for residents and business owners in Jackson County to review. Local, state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials teamed up to produce them.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to view the maps for a better understanding of their flood risks. This understanding will help make informed decisions about building plans. It will also help decide whether to purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program.

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Help Remains for Louisiana Disaster Survivors after Disaster Recovery Centers Close in Columbia, Caldwell Parish and Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:24
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Columbia (Caldwell Parish) and Sicily Island (Catahoula Parish) disaster recovery centers will close Wednesday, May 4 at 6 p.m.

The centers are located at the following addresses:

Caldwell Parish Community Center
104 Henderson St.
Columbia, La.

Old Martin Junior High School
825 Highway 8
Sicily Island, La.

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Mobile Disaster Recovery Center in Oak Grove, West Carroll Parish Transitions to Fixed Location for Louisiana Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:16

BATON ROUGE, La. – The mobile disaster recovery center in Oak Grove (West Carroll Parish) will transition to a fixed location beginning Wednesday, May 4.

 

The mobile disaster recovery center will change locations on Tuesday, May 3 at 6 p.m. and then open at the following fixed address:

West Carroll Parish School Board Building
410 Willis St.
Oak Grove, La.                                                                                

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FEMA Helpline Can Assist Disaster Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 16:46

RIDGELAND, Miss.  – The disaster recovery centers operated jointly by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are closed, but help is still available for Mississippians affected by the March floods.

The FEMA helpline can assist with appeals, answer questions, provide the status of applications and discuss the documents needed to move an application forward.

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Kentucky Community Recognized for Reducing Flood Risks

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 13:45

ATLANTA --The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognized Louisville-Jefferson County, Ky as a premier participant in the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS). With additional steps the community has taken, Louisville-Jefferson County is now the first community in Kentucky, and only the second in the eastern US, to receive a CRS Class 3 rating.

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Storm Damage in March and April – Register Again with FEMA

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:12

AUSTIN, Texas – Residents in Parker County with losses or damage from the severe storms and flooding of April 17-24 should register for federal disaster assistance with FEMA, even if they registered with the agency following the March storms.

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St. Tammany and Calcasieu Parish Disaster Survivors Can Get Rebuilding Tips at Local Home Improvement Centers

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:19

Baton Rouge, La. — Disaster Survivors from Caddo, St. Tammany and Calcasieu parishes who are rebuilding after the March 8 – April 8 severe storms and floods can receive free consultations with hazard mitigation advisors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The mitigation representatives will be available at Lowe’s in Slidell and Lowe’s in Sulphur from Monday, May 2 until Saturday, May 7.

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