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U.S. Citizens, ‘Qualified Aliens, Non-Citizen Nationals’ Should Register With FEMA for Disaster Help

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 17:03

AUSTIN, Texas – Survivors of the May floods may be eligible for disaster assistance if they have a Social Security number or permanent residency card (green card) or if a minor child who lives in the household has a Social Security number.

What this means: Parents or guardians of minors living in the household during the May storms are encouraged to register for assistance using the child’s Social Security number.

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FEMA awards Port of Brookings more than $400K for dredging

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:41

SALEM, OR – Boaters at Port of Brookings in Curry County will be navigating deeper waters thanks to a $416,250 disaster recovery grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Damage to the harbor, the busiest recreational port in Oregon, resulted from severe weather of December 10, 2015. Soaking rains triggered heavy silt deposits shed by floodwaters from stream tributaries and a failed culvert. Thousands of cubic yards of materials settled on the harbor floor restricting boat access to the Ice House pier service area.

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More than $2 million flows to Oregon for recovery projects

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:39

SALEM, Ore. –The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that it has awarded Oregon more than $2 million as a portion of the FEMA Public Assistance program allocation for recovery from the severe winter storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides and mudslides occurring December 6-23, 2015. This is one of several awards that are expected to be distributed as a result of the nearly month-long weather events.

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SBA Disaster Loan Application Deadlines Nears

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:37

AUSTIN, Texas – Two important deadlines are ahead for Texans who are considering a loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration for recovery from the April storms and flooding.

Most survivors who registered with FEMA for disaster assistance were contacted by the SBA with information on the agency’s loan-interest disaster loans, as well as instructions on how to complete the loan application.

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Disaster Recovery Centers to Close in Cleveland (Liberty County), Houston and Cypress (Harris County)

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:33

AUSTIN, Texas – The disaster recovery center in Cleveland (Liberty County) will close June 24 and three others in Houston and Cypress (Harris County) will close June 25.      

Liberty County

Location:      
Cleveland Civic Center
210 Peach Ave.
Cleveland, TX 77327

Closing:         
6 p.m. Friday, June 24

 

Harris County

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Berlin, NJ Firefighters to Receive New Personal Safety Equipment - Federal Grant will Fund Purchase

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 14:49

NEW YORK — The regional volunteer firefighting alliance in Berlin Borough and Berlin Township is currently operating with obsolete, 14-year-old safety equipment that is out of compliance with National Fire Protection Association standards. 

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FEMA ANNOUNCES 2016 YOUTH PREPAREDNESS COUNCIL MEMBERS

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 14:25

NEW YORK — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today the selectees for the 2016–2018 Youth Preparedness Council and two of them are from FEMA Region II, New Jersey. They are high school students Aahna Ghosh of Parsippany and Sam Kleinberg of East Brunswick.

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Aging Fire Hoses in Upstate New York Fire House Replaced By Federal Grant

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 14:07

NEW YORK — “We normally carry 1,000 feet of two and one-half-inch hose on each of our two engines and our ladder truck. But we are no longer able to do it and that’s not safe,” said Fire Chief Dan Smith of the Hornell, New York Fire Department.

“We used to have 3,250 feet of usable hose,” he said, “but we’re now down to 2,500 feet.  The trouble is that we bought this hose, which is expensive, in the 1960s.  It’s aging and it must comply with the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association or be taken out of service, Chief Smith explained.

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Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Fort Bend and Wharton Counties in Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 13:34

Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Fort Bend and Wharton Counties in Texas

DENTON, Texas– New preliminary flood maps in Fort Bend and Wharton counties are now ready for residents and business owners to review. The maps were produced by a team of local, state and FEMA floodplain officials.

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Protect Yourself from Disaster-Related Fraud and Scams

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 11:51

AUSTIN, Texas – As storms and flooding wreak havoc across Texas, FEMA officials are warning of another danger: scam artists and unscrupulous contractors out to fleece communities and survivors struggling to recover from disaster.

Be aware of these most common post-disaster scams:

Housing inspectors: If home damage is visible from the street, an owner/applicant may be vulnerable to those who pose as housing inspectors and claim to represent FEMA or the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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FEMA in Houston (Harris County) With Advice on Lessening Storm Damage

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 11:49

AUSTIN, Texas – A team of specialists from FEMA will visit a Lowe’s home improvement store in Houston to offer tips and techniques to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damage.

Specialists will be available on the following dates, times and location:

Harris County

Location:      
Lowe’s Southeast Houston, 1000 Gulfgate Center Mall, Houston, TX 77087      

Hours:           

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Texans Have One Week Left to Register for Disaster Assistance for April Storms

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 11:08

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans who suffered damage or loss from the April storms and flooding in 12 counties have only until Friday, June 24, to register for FEMA disaster assistance.

Aid can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property loss and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

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Federal Disaster Assistance Includes Right to Appeal

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 11:57

AUSTIN, Texas – Not every Texan who registered for federal disaster assistance following the April storms and flooding will qualify for aid. However, an appeal process can ensure those affected by the storms will receive all aid for which they are legally eligible.

People who live or work in the following 12 counties may be eligible for assistance for the April 17-24 storms: Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Parker, San Jacinto, Waller and Wharton.

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What Texans Should Expect after FEMA Registration

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 11:28

AUSTIN, Texas – When disaster survivors register for federal assistance, FEMA requires applicants to provide specific information to help determine eligibility.

When registering, all applicants will be asked for the following:

  • Social Security number

  • address of the damaged primary residence

  • description of the damage

  • information about insurance coverage

  • a current contact telephone number

  • an address where they can receive mail

  • annual gross household income

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Complete an SBA Loan Application to be Considered for Other Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:33

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans who suffered damage or loss from the May flooding and were referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration may lose income-based FEMA grants if they don’t complete and submit the SBA loan application.

Other Needs Assistance grants may cover uninsured losses for furniture, appliances and other personal property, even vehicles. Survivors will not be considered for this type of assistance unless they complete and return the SBA loan application.

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Partnerships and Progress: Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding 90 Days Later

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 17:37

BATON ROUGE, La. — Community members, volunteers and all levels of government continue developing solutions to move recovery forward following the severe storms and floods that occurred March 8 through April 8.

The collaboration includes neighbors, friends and family helping one another, identifying places to mobilize volunteers, and providing resources so disaster survivors can move back home. Governments are also collaborating to make communities better, stronger and safer so they will have enhanced protection from future disasters.

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Texans in 12 Counties Affected by May-June Flooding Can Register With FEMA for Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 16:45

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans who sustained damage or loss from the storms and flooding that began May 26 and continues can now register for disaster assistance with FEMA.

The presidential disaster declaration of June 11 makes federal assistance available to affected individuals and households in 12 Texas counties: Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Travis, Waller and Washington.

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FEMA and State Broadcasters, in Coordination with Emergency Managers, test the Emergency Alert System (EAS)

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 13:41

WASHINGTON — Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in coordination with state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers and state broadcasters’ associations, will conduct a [routine] test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) in nine states on Wednesday, June 15th at 2:20 PM MDT/1:20 PM PDT.

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More Than $22.7 Million in Federal Disaster Aid to Help Texas Communities Recover from the March Storm

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 17:44

AUSTIN, Texas – Federal officials estimate more than $22.7 million in disaster assistance will help fund local governments’ recovery from the March 7-29 tornadoes and flooding.

The presidential declaration on March 19 made federal assistance available to 13 Texas counties including Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hood, Jasper, Limestone, Marion, Newton, Orange, Parker, Shelby and Tyler

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Louisiana Disaster Survivors: You Owe It to Yourselves to Register by the June 13 Deadline

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 13:49

BATON ROUGE, La. – The people of Louisiana have had a rough time. Almost everyone knows someone who is still getting their life back on track after the March 8 through April 8 floods. You may be one yourself.

You owe it to yourself to see if you qualify for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency before the deadline to register expires Monday, June 13.

Don’t miss out. If you live in one of the 36 designated parishes and had disaster related damage or loss, here’s how you can find out what may be available. Be sure to do it by June 13:

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