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Help Remains for Louisiana Disaster Survivors after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Gonzales, Ascension Parish

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 09:08

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Gonzales disaster recovery center will close Friday, April 15, at 6 p.m.

The center is located at the following address:

Lamar Dixon Expo Center
9039 S. St. Landry Avenue
Gonzales, La.

Louisiana disaster survivors in Gonzales 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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Spend FEMA Grants Wisely

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:51

RIDGELAND, Miss. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has already put more than $5 million in federal disaster relief funds in the hands of Mississippians recovering from flooding and severe weather. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and FEMA want to remind those receiving grant payments to spend those funds wisely. Survivors should use Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance grants on housing repairs and other essential needs.

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A Disaster Recovery Center Is Scheduled To Close in Stephenville

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:56

AUSTIN, Texas - The disaster recovery center, located at Erath County Fire Station, 830 A East Road, Stephenville, will close at 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 16.

DRCs are operated jointly by FEMA and the state. After the center closes, Texans whose homes or businesses were affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred March 7-29, can still register for assistance, get questions answered and check on the status of their claim the following ways:

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Prevent Mold From Ruining Your Home and Your Health

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 14:16

JACKSON, Miss. – Floodwaters have receded from the severe storms that hit beginning March 9, but they are leaving behind the perfect damp environment for mold and mildew to thrive, advises state health officials.

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Help Remains After Greene County Recovery Center Closes

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 14:12

JACKSON, Miss. – The disaster recovery center operated by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Greene County will close permanently Saturday, April 16, at 6 p.m. However, disaster survivor assistance teams continue to canvass the area with information on available assistance. Survivors also may call the FEMA helpline listed below or visit the center in Forrest County.

The Forrest County disaster recovery center is open this week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Help Remains After Tunica Recovery Center Closes

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 13:57

JACKSON, Miss. – The disaster recovery center operated by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Tunica County will close permanently Saturday, April 16, at 6 p.m., and recovery center hours are changing at all other centers beginning Saturday, April 16.

Disaster survivor assistance teams continue to canvass flood-affected areas throughout Mississippi with information on available assistance. Area residents may still call the FEMA helpline listed below or visit nearby centers.

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Partnerships and Progress: Louisiana Flooding and Severe Storms 30 Days Later

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:54

BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 30 days ago, many witnessed Louisiana residents and emergency responders from all levels of government join forces with voluntary groups, faith and community-based organizations, and neighbors helping neighbors to face the unprecedented challenges brought on by historic flooding and severe storms that began March 8 in the Pelican State.
    

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Disaster Assistance Is for Texas Renters, Too

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:11

AUSTIN, Texas – Renters in Texas counties whose homes and property were damaged by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding may be eligible for federal disaster assistance. Aid is available to residents of Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hood, Jasper, Limestone, Marion, Newton, Orange, Parker, Shelby and Tyler counties.

Federal grants can help pay for temporary housing not covered by insurance. These rental grants are initially for two months.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Jonesboro, Jackson Parish and Greensburg, St. Helena Parish for Louisiana Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:04

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Wednesday, April 13, in Jonesboro, Jackson Parish and Greensburg, St. Helena Parish to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The Jonesboro center will be open six days only and will close on Monday, April 18.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Dr. Charles Garrett Community Center
182 Industrial Drive
Jonesboro, La.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Pineville, Rapides Parish and Many, Sabine Parish for Louisiana Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 14:48

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Wednesday, April 6, in Pineville, Rapides Parish and Many, Sabine Parish to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

 

The Old Cleco Bldg
201 Cleco Drive
Pineville, La.

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Flood insurance: The time to buy is while it’s dry

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 14:43

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Until it happens to them, most people don’t realize that even an inch or two of water can cause thousands of dollars in damage. During the recent floods in Missouri, thousands experienced the trauma of flooded homes and businesses. The toll not only includes the heartbreak of losing precious possessions, but financial hardship, especially for those who don’t have flood insurance.

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Coahoma County DRC to Temporarily Close for the Weekend

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 14:22

Coahoma County DRC to Temporarily Close for the Weekend

JACKSON, Miss. – The disaster recovery center in Coahoma County at the Clarksdale Civic Auditorium, 506 E. Second St. in Clarksdale, will temporarily close, at the request of local officials, on Saturday and Sunday April 16-17 to accommodate the large crowds expected for the Juke Joint Festival. The recovery center will reopen at 9 a.m. on Monday.

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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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