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Louisiana Disaster Survivors May Find An SBA Loan Is the Key To Their Recovery

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 14:21

Louisiana Disaster Survivors May Find An SBA Loan Is the Key To Their Recovery

BATON ROUGE, La. – If you are one of the Louisiana flood and storm survivors referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), it’s important to complete and submit the loan application you receive to ensure that your disaster recovery process continues to move forward.

Homeowners and renters who submit an SBA application, but who are not offered a loan may be considered for other FEMA grants. 

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Speaking the Language of Louisiana Flood Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:26

Baton Rouge, La. – The population of Louisiana traces its origins back in many directions, with Spanish and French influences dominating. Along the coast, more recent arrivals may speak primarily Vietnamese or other languages.

In fact, it’s estimated that more than 70,000 residents of the 35 parishes designated for federal disaster assistance speak a language other than English. According to census data, the four most prevalent non-English languages spoken in parishes designated for federal assistance are Spanish, French, Chinese and Vietnamese.

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Free FEMA Advice Available at Local Home Improvement Stores

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:14
Free FEMA Advice Available at Local Home Improvement Stores

JACKSON, Miss. – Those whose homes were damaged during the storms and tornadoes beginning March 9 can get advice and pamphlets on how to make cost-effective repairs as well as information on how to make their homes stronger and safer at several local home improvement stores.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be available at booths to answer questions. Most of the information is geared toward do-it-yourself workers and general contractors.

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Digital Preliminary Flood Maps for Georgia Coast Ready for Public Viewing

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:57

ATLANTA, Ga. --Newly revised preliminary digital flood insurance rate maps for the Georgia coastal areas of Camden, Effingham, Glynn, and Long Counties will be available for residents to review at four public open houses the week of April 18-22. Flood maps show the extent to which areas are at risk for flooding, and when they become effective, updated maps will be used to help determine flood insurance and building requirements.

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Mississippi Storm Damage Assistance Tops $5.1 million

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 17:40

Mississippi Storm Damage Assistance Tops $5.1 million

JACKSON, Miss. – More than $5.1 million in state and federal disaster assistance has been disbursed to help those affected by the storms and flooding in Mississippi that began March 9, 2016.

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Keep Your Options Open by Submitting an SBA Application Today

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 16:45

Keep Your Options Open by Submitting an SBA Application Today

JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi storm and flood survivors who received a U.S. Small Business Administration loan application should keep their options open by completing the application and submitting it on or before May 24, 2016.

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FEMA, State Grants Will Not Affect Social Security Or Other Federal Benefits

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 14:22

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in March will not lose Social Security benefits, pay additional taxes, or give up income-based benefit programs if they accept federal or state disaster aid. This includes homeowners, renters and businesses in Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hood, Jasper, Limestone, Marion, Newton, Orange, Parker, Shelby and Tyler counties who register for disaster assistance.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open for Survivors in Forrest and Greene Counties

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 12:47

Disaster Recovery Centers Open for Survivors in Forrest and Greene Counties

PEARL, Miss. – Two additional Disaster Recovery Centers are now open in Mississippi  to provide assistance to survivors of the severe storms and flooding that began March 9, 2016.

Recovery centers are run jointly by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Representatives of state, federal and voluntary agencies are set up in the center to explain the various programs designed to help survivors recover.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Tunica County

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 12:39

 

PEARL, Miss. – A Disaster Recovery Center is now open in Tunica County to provide assistance to survivors of the severe storms and flooding that began March 9, 2016.

Recovery centers are run jointly by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Representatives of state, federal and voluntary agencies are available in the centers to explain the various programs designed to help survivors recover.

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Additional Virginia Counties and Independent Cities Approved For Disaster Aid

FEMA Region III News Releases - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:47
Additional Virginia Counties and Independent Cities Approved For Disaster Aid

Harrisburg, Pa. – The counties of Greene, Henrico, and Shenandoah and the independent cities of Fairfax and Fredericksburg are now eligible to receive federal assistance for some of their costs incurred during the Severe Winter Storms and Snowstorm occurring on January 22-23, 2016. This will allow for reimbursement for repairing infrastructure damage caused by the storms, as well as the cost of responding to them. In addition, Snow Assistance will be provided for a period of 48 hours.

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Additional Virginia Counties and Independent Cities Approved For Disaster Aid

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:47
Additional Virginia Counties and Independent Cities Approved For Disaster Aid

Harrisburg, Pa. – The counties of Greene, Henrico, and Shenandoah and the independent cities of Fairfax and Fredericksburg are now eligible to receive federal assistance for some of their costs incurred during the Severe Winter Storms and Snowstorm occurring on January 22-23, 2016. This will allow for reimbursement for repairing infrastructure damage caused by the storms, as well as the cost of responding to them. In addition, Snow Assistance will be provided for a period of 48 hours.

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FEMA offers free publications at libraries in Jefferson County, Missouri

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 09:55

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Free publications are available now in several Jefferson County libraries to help residents rebuild safer and stronger from the Missouri flooding. FEMA’s outreach teams created displays to provide information along with the publications.

Libraries in Arnold, Barnhart, Crystal City, DeSoto, Festus and High Ridge are providing the information to help Missourians learn more about damage from weather, prepare for disasters, rebuild safer and learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program.

Libraries providing the publications include:

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Winnsboro, Franklin Parish, for Louisiana Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 08:47

BATON ROUGE, La. – A disaster recovery center will open Tuesday, April 12, in Winnsboro, Franklin Parish, to help Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice.
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:

Franklin Parish Public Works Building
8327 Highway 17
Winnsboro, La.

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Registering with State, Volunteer Agencies Not the Same as FEMA

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:40

AUSTIN, Texas – Many Texas residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from March 7-March 29, may have registered for assistance with state or volunteer agencies. State and federal recovery officials want survivors to know this is not the same as registering for federal disaster aid with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

While FEMA, the Texas Division of Emergency Management and volunteer agencies often work together, their missions, programs and funding are not the same.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Kinder, Allen Parish for Louisiana Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:17

BATON ROUGE, La. – A mobile disaster recovery center will be available Saturday, April 9, in Kinder, Allen Parish, to help Louisiana flood survivors. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 10.

The mobile center will be parked at the following address:

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Help Remains for Louisiana Disaster Survivors after Disaster Recovery Centers Close in Grand Cane, Desoto Parish and Satsuma, Livingston Parish

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:08

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Grand Cane and Satsuma disaster recovery centers will close Monday, April 11, at 6 p.m.

The centers are located at the following addresses:

Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Center
120 Sprocket Lane
Grand Cane, La.

Satsuma Village Mall
28975 South Satsuma Road, Suite D
Satsuma, La.

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Help Remains for Louisiana Disaster Survivors after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Jena, LaSalle Parish

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:01

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Jena disaster recovery center will close Saturday, April 9, at 6 p.m.

The center is located at the following address:

East Jena Baptist Church
1220 Pepper Street
Jena, La.

Louisiana disaster survivors 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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Wildfire Recovery Assistance for Washington Reaches $3.5 Million from FEMA

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:59
DUPONT, Wash. – Federal grants to help Washington recover from the state’s worst wildfire season have topped $3.5 million, according to officials with the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “FEMA grants offer significant financial relief for hard-hit communities in Washington,” said State Coordinating Officer Kurt Hardin of EMD. Language English
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Be Aware and Beware of Disaster-Related Fraud and Scams

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:45

AUSTIN, Texas – State and federal recovery officials encourage Texans to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals. Also, be aware FEMA does not endorse any commercial businesses, products or services.

FEMA encourages survivors as well as local residents and businesses to be especially vigilant for these common post-disaster fraud practices:

Fraudulent building contractors. When hiring a contractor:

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Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Willacy and Cameron Counties in Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 15:49

DENTON, Texas– New preliminary flood maps for residents and business owners in Willacy and Cameron counties are now ready for residents 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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