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Discarding Your SBA Loan Packet Could be Like Throwing Away Money

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 12:42

BATON ROUGE, La. — Disaster recovery officials have a key message for homeowners, renters and business owners in the 20 Louisiana parishes approved for Individual Assistance as a result of the severe August storms and flooding. Complete your U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan application.

Discarding it could be like throwing away money.

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FEMA Closely Monitoring Hurricane Hermine

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 17:17

ATLANTA, Ga. -- FEMA, through its regional office in Atlanta, Georgia, continues to monitor Hurricane Hermine, expected to make landfall in Florida and sweep through parts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina over the next 48 hours.

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Update: Digital Preliminary Flood Maps for St. Johns County Ready for Public Viewing

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 17:10

Update: Due to Tropical Storm Hermine, the public open house at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall scheduled for 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 1 is postponed until further notice.

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Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 16:30

CHICAGO –September is National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages everyone to make disaster preparedness a priority.

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Want to Help Your Community Recover? Come Work for FEMA!

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 12:27

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana residents looking for temporary work have an opportunity to lead in their communities’ recovery process by working with the Federal Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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September is National Preparedness Month

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 11:54

As part of the national Ready Campaign, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Ad Council invite families to create emergency plans with new online videos and PSAs

WASHINGTON – As people increasingly seek information through their mobile devices, FEMA and the Ready Campaign are tapping into social media and other new ways to gain attention and help everyone to be prepared before emergencies occur.

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Survivors in St. James and West Baton Rouge Parishes May Receive FEMA Help, Urged to Register

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 11:00

BATON ROUGE, La. – Survivors in 22 Louisiana parishes may now be eligible for federal disaster assistance as a result of the continuing severe storms and floods that began Aug. 11.

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Mobile Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Livingston Parish for Louisiana Survivors

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 10:17

BATON ROUGE, La. – A mobile disaster recovery center is opening Friday, Sept. 2, in Livingston Parish to assist Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.

The mobile disaster recovery center is operating at the following address and hours:

Livingston Parish

Location:  Bass Pro Shops

175 Bass Pro Boulevard

Denham Springs, LA 70726

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FEMA provides federal funds to help fight Gold Canyon Fire

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 06:28

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

FEMA Region X Regional Administrator, Kenneth D. Murphy determined that the fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. Murphy approved the state of Oregon’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) at 11:17 p.m. PDT on August 30, 2016.

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Flood Insurance Settlements to Texans Top $1 Billion

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 15:38

AUSTIN, Texas—More than 22,000 Texans battered by flooding over the last two years settled claims with the National Flood Insurance Program for over $1 billion, disaster recovery officials said today.

Severe storms and flooding over the last two years resulted in six federal disaster declarations in Texas, affecting more than half of the state’s 254 counties, many on multiple occasions. Residents are still picking up the pieces from flood-related disaster declarations in March, April and May-June this year.

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Make Smart Decisions with Louisiana Flood Recovery Funds

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:16

BATON ROUGE, La. – With more than $202 million in Individual Assistance already in the hands of Louisiana flood survivors, state and federal officials have some advice: Resist the urge to splurge.

State and federal disaster assistance is meant to help people pay for necessities and start to get back on their feet.

Disaster assistance may include grants and loans to help pay for emergency repairs to damaged homes, temporary housing, or other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources.

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Louisiana Flood Survivors Can Get FEMA Rebuilding Advice in Gonzales

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:13

BATON ROUGE, La. — As Louisianans repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the August floods, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local hardware and home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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Free Legal Services Available To Disaster Survivors

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:02

BATON ROUGE, La. – Free disaster-related legal advice is available to low-income Louisiana flood survivors through a partnership among the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Civil Justice Center, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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One week left for West Virginia survivors to apply to FEMA, SBA

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 08:48

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – There is only one week left to apply for disaster assistance from FEMA and to submit applications for physical low-interest disaster loans to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). West Virginia survivors eligible for federal assistance, who were impacted by the June 22-29 storms, floods, landslides and mudslides, have until Wednesday, Sept. 7 to file their applications.

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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in East Baton Rouge Parish for Louisiana Survivors

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 16:05

BATON ROUGE, La. – A disaster recovery center is opening Wednesday, August 31, in East Baton Rouge Parish to assist Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.

The disaster recovery center is operating at the following address and hours:

East Baton Rouge Parish Location:

Celtic Studios

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FEMA provides federal funds to help fight Suncrest Fire

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:44

SEATTLE – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Suncrest Fire burning in Chelan County, Washington.

 

FEMA Region X Regional Administrator, Kenneth D. Murphy determined that the fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. Murphy approved the state of Washington’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) at 9:19 p.m. PDT on August 27, 2016.

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Don't Wait. Prepare for Emergencies Today.

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:43

ATLANTA, Ga. -- September is National Preparedness Month and as tropical storm activity increases this week, FEMA encourages residents in the Southeast to make disaster preparedness a priority.

“National Preparedness Month focuses on the need to be ready for disasters and emergencies,” said FEMA Region IV Regional Administrator Gracia Szczech. “September is also the peak of hurricane season, so preparing now is even more critical for families and businesses in the Southeast.”

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Where to go when FEMA cannot help: Fed and state governments top list

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:32

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — It has been just over two months since President Obama issued a major disaster declaration authorizing federal assistance for survivors of severe storms and flooding that hit southeastern West Virginia on June 22-29, 2016. The declaration, signed by the president on June 25, provides for assistance to individuals in these 12 counties: Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers, and Webster.

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The Most Important App You Can Download Today

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:20

ATLANTA, Ga. -- What’s the most important app you have on your phone—the one you can’t live without? Facebook? YouTube? Snapchat? Google Maps? All of them? What makes any of these apps so important to us is they provide content, connection, and capability. Some apps are fun, some are useful, and some help us get things done.

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FEMA Awards $11,447,584 grant to City of Des Plaines

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 10:48

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $11,447,584 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to Des Plaines, Ill., for the acquisition and demolition of 47 flood-prone homes.

 

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