ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska’s winters can bring deep cold, high winds, floods, avalanches and more. The key to surviving any unexpected weather hazard is preparation, according to state and federal emergency management officials.
“We urge all Alaskans to plan ahead for the dangerous threats our winters bring,” said State Coordinating Officer Bryan Fisher of the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “Advance preparation is key to remaining self-reliant and ensuring the safety of our families during hazardous situations.”Language English
DENVER –FEMA mitigation specialists will offer building tips at home improvement stores in Boulder, Estes Park, Greeley and Longmont on Thursday, Oct. 17 through Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Specialists have suggestions and publications to help homeowners, renters and business owners protect their properties and limit damages from future extreme weather events. Mitigation measures also may reduce mold and mildew, protect electrical systems, furnaces and appliances.
FEMA mitigation specialists will be at these four locations:
The Home DepotLanguage English
DENVER – As survivors of the Colorado floods continue to recover, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials warn of danger lurking around the corner. Disreputable contractors may try to take advantage of disaster survivors.
FEMA offers a few suggestions to protect against fraud when hiring a contractor:Language English
DENVER – Golden is the newest location for a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). It will open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., MDT, Monday, Oct. 14.
Colorado residents who suffered losses and damages as a result of the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides can get information about disaster assistance at this new DRC in Jefferson County.
Jefferson County Courthouse
100 Jefferson County Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., MDT, six days, Monday through Saturday.Language English
DENVER – The Nov. 14 deadline is approaching for survivors in nine designated Colorado counties to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance.
The Nov. 14 deadline affects survivors of severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in counties designated for individual assistance: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan and Weld.Language English
DENVER – Colorado residents who suffered losses and damage as a result of the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides can get information about disaster assistance at a new Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Fort Collins. This is the third DRC in Larimer County.
215 East Foothills Parkway
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., MDT, seven days. Closed on Sunday beginning Oct. 20.
All DRCs will be open on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 14.Language English
DENVER –In the month since heavy rains brought flooding, landslides and mudslides, Colorado survivors, armed with more than $60.7 million in state and federal assistance and low-interest loans, are cleaning up, rebuilding and planning for the future. Of this amount, more than $41.3 million in Individual Assistance (IA) helps Coloradans make repairs to primary homes and cover other disaster-related expenses such as medical or personal property loss.Language English
DENVER - More than $41 million in federal disaster relief already is in the hands of Colorado survivors rebuilding after recent severe weather. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reminds those receiving grant payments to spend wisely. Survivors should only use Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance grants to meet specific disaster-related needs.Language English
HUGHES, Alaska – On a late September afternoon sprinkled with snow flurries, eight young adults in mud-streaked protective bodysuits and breathing masks installed blankets of insulation to the underside of a weather-worn cabin in the Alaskan Bush.
Two of them partnered off to move 8-foot by 4-foot sheets of plywood from a nearby shed to the house, while five others dragged themselves through the soggy soil in a tiny crawl space to fasten thermal lining to the underbelly of the home.Language English
DENVER – Information on Colorado’s recovery from flooding, storms and mudslides is just a few keystrokes away. Coloradans have several ways to stay up-to-date digitally on the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) recovery operations.Language English
DENVER – To help limit damage from future severe weather, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation specialists will be stationed in Boulder, Firestone and two locations each in Ft. Collins and Loveland to provide free rebuilding information Thursday, Oct. 10 through Tuesday, Oct. 15.Language English
DENVER – In response to the severe storms, floods, mudslides and landslides in Colorado during September, 37 agencies collaborated to make the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Longmont, Colorado a one-stop shop for survivors. The DRC opened on Sept. 18 and had volunteers from the very beginning.Language English
DENVER – Due to a reduced number of applicants seeking help, two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) will close at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.
CLEAR CREEK COUNTY
Clear Creek County School District RE1 Office
320 Highway 103
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration & Training Building
1802 Bergen Parkway
Evergreen, CO 80439Language English
DENVER – It’s important to carefully read your determination letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). There may be an easy-to-resolve reason for being informed that you are ineligible for disaster assistance.
A common reason for initially being ineligible for housing assistance is that an applicant needs to provide FEMA with a copy of an insurance determination letter before a grant application can be processed.
Other reasons for a determination of ineligibility include:Language English
DENVER – All but one Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be closed on Sunday, beginning Oct. 13.
Remaining open on Sunday is the recently opened DRC in Lyons, Boulder County.
Survivors who suffered losses and damages as a result of the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides can get information about disaster assistance at any of the DRCs.Language English
LINCROFT, N.J. -- Superstorm Sandy survivors will have more time to file critical paperwork for their flood insurance settlements.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Oct. 1 that it has extended the deadline for filing proof-of-loss claims for a second time. The new deadline is April 28, 2014.Language English
DENVER – The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) makes flood insurance available to homeowners, business owners and renters in participating communities.
- NFIP has received 1,967 claims from Colorado residents affected by the September flooding and 446 claims have been paid amounting to $4.2 million.
Floods are the most common and costly natural disasters in the United States.Language English
LINCROFT, N.J. -- Disaster assistance to New Jersey survivors of Superstorm Sandy by the numbers as of October 7:
Total Federal Assistance: $5.6 billionLanguage English
DENVER – The third Disaster Recovery Center in Boulder County is open in Lyons. Survivors who suffered losses and damages as a result of the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides can get information about disaster assistance.
Lyons Elementary School Gym
338 High St.
Lyons, CO 80540
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., MDT, seven days a week
DENTON, Texas - Nearly six months after the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, local, state and federal personnel are working together to move the recovery efforts forward.
To date, federal disaster assistance for eligible survivors has topped $16 million. This includes more than $9 million in federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); nearly $840,000 in Individual Assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); and more than $6.2 million in FEMA Public Assistance funding.Language English