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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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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 23:23

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Texas.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 23:19

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding beginning on May 26, 2016, and continuing.

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

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 14:15

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Disaster Recovery Center in Hammond (Tangipahoa Parish) will close on Friday, June 10 at 6 p.m.

The center is located at the following address:

 

Parish Planning Center

42271 S. Morrison Blvd.

Hammond, La.

 

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Monroe Disaster Recovery Center Transitions to SBA Loan Center for Louisiana Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 13:58

BATON ROUGE, La. – The disaster recovery center in Monroe (Ouachita Parish) will close on Friday, June 10 at 2 p.m., and transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) beginning Monday, June 13, at 8 a.m.

The DLOC will be in the same location as the disaster recovery center:

 

Richwood Multi-Purpose Center

2710 Martin Luther King Drive

Richwood, La.

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Texans Have 14 Days Left to Register for Disaster Assistance for April Storms

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 11:33

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.

Assistance 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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FEMA provides federal funds to help fight Akawana fire

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 13:46

SEATTLE – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Akawana fire burning in Jefferson County, Oregon.

FEMA Region X Deputy Regional Administrator Sharon Loper determined that the fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. Loper approved the state of Oregon’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) at 8:44 p.m. PDT on June 8, 2016.

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Disaster Recovery Center to Close June 10 at The Woodlands in Montgomery County

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 13:22

AUSTIN, Texas – The disaster recovery center in The Woodlands in Montgomery County will close at 6 p.m. on June 10.

Location:      
The Woodlands United Methodist Church
9201 Grogans Mill
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Closing:        
6 p.m. Friday, June 10

Disaster recovery centers are operated jointly by FEMA and the state. Visiting a disaster recovery center is not required to register for FEMA assistance.

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