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Register With FEMA Even If You Registered With Other Agencies

5 hours 5 min ago

AUSTIN, Texas – Reporting damage to a county emergency management agency or getting help from the American Red Cross is not the same as registering for federal disaster assistance with FEMA.

Many Texas residents affected by the May storms and flooding may have reported damage to their local, state or volunteer agencies. They may have even registered for assistance with those agencies. But that doesn’t mean they’ve applied for federal help.

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3 Disaster Recovery Centers to Close June 25 in Houston and Cypress (Harris County)

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:57

AUSTIN, Texas – Three disaster recovery centers will close at 2 p.m. on June 25 in Houston and Cypress, both in Harris County.

Harris County

Imperial 20 (Office Building)
16800 Imperial Valley Dr., Suite 108
Houston, TX 77060

Bayland Community Center
6400 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77074

Lone Star College – CyFair Library
9191 Barker Cypress Rd.
Cypress, TX 77433

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FEMA in Pearland (Harris County) and Columbus (Colorado County) With Advice on Lessening Storm Damage

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:53

AUSTIN, Texas – A team of specialists from FEMA will visit home improvement stores in Pearland and Columbus to offer tips and techniques to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damage.

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

Harris County

Location:      
Pearland Lumber ACE Hardware
2027 N. Main St.
Pearland, TX 77581 

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Texans Denied FEMA Aid Encouraged to Ask ‘Why?’

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:45

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans who get a letter from FEMA telling them they’re ineligible for disaster assistance should not give up—but should follow up instead.

Anyone who gets a letter from FEMA should read it carefully and call FEMA immediately if they disagree with it or have any questions. A simple error in a telephone number or a missing signature may be all that separates an applicant from federal assistance.

After registering with FEMA, applicants can expect a notice by mail about whether they qualify for federal disaster assistance:

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Severe Weather Wednesday: Get Ready Now

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:38

CHICAGO – With a threatening Wednesday forecast for most of the Great Lakes Region that includes severe storms, heavy rains, strong winds and the possibility of tornadoes, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V encourages everyone to get prepared.

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When there’s Lightning, Bolt to Safety Indoors

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:32

CHICAGO – It’s too easy to think we’re invincible when it comes to lightning storms—going outside, staying in the pool, or continuing a softball game as thunder sounds in the distance are not safe activities when lightning and thunder are in the area. Instead, move indoors when thunder roars—such a simple step could save more than 400 people from getting struck by lightning every year.

In recognition of Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 19 – 25, 2016, FEMA is encouraging everyone to get storm safety smart:

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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