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Texans in Five Additional Counties May Now Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 12:09

AUSTIN, Texas – The federal disaster declaration for Texas has been expanded to include Individual Assistance for five additional counties as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred between May 4 and June 19, according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The five Texas counties newly designated for Individual Assistance are:

Bowie, Brazoria, Cherokee, Ellis and Harrison.

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How to Handle the FEMA Flood Insurance Claims Process

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:43

OKLAHOMA CITY As the waters recede and Oklahomans begin to assess the damage caused by the severe storms and flooding that washed across the state this spring, questions start to arise about how and when those with National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies should file claims.

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State, Federal Disaster Assistance Still Available to All Eligible Oklahomans

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:40

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans, including those who are not U.S. citizens, may be eligible through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance if affected by the recent tornadoes, severe storms and flooding.

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STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTER OPENS IN MCCURTAIN COUNTY

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:44

OKLAHOMA CITY – A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be available in McCurtain County to help people in Oklahoma who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4.

The mobile DRC officially opens Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 7 a.m. at:

Bypass Church of Christ

120 West Lincoln Road

Idabel, OK 74745

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Closed July 3, July 4, July 5 for holiday weekend.)

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STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTERS TO CLOSE OVER JULY 4 WEEKEND

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:42

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) set up to help people who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4, will all be closed over the July 4th weekend.

All DRCs will be closed on Friday, July 3, Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5. They will reopen on Monday, July 6.

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STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTER OPENS IN CANADIAN COUNTY

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:36

OKLAHOMA CITY – A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be available in Canadian County to help people in Oklahoma who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4.

The mobile DRC officially opens Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 1 p.m. at:

Jenks Simmons Field House Annex

214 North Country Club Road,

El Reno, OK 73036

Hours:  Sunday, 1pm. To 5 p.m., Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

(This mobile DRC closes on Thursday, July 2 at 7 p.m.)

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STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTER TO CLOSE IN OKLAHOMA CITY

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:34

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Oklahoma City Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) set up to help people who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4, will close on Tuesday, June 30, at 7 p.m.

It is located at:

Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads (Formerly Crossroads Mall)

7000 Crossroads Blvd., Northwest Entrance, Suite 2042

Oklahoma City, OK 73149

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FEMA and SBA May Offer Texas Renters Disaster Assistance

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:10

Texas renters who were affected by the storms and flooding that occurred May 4 through June 19 may be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA). Assistance may include:

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Disaster Information Available for Texans During July 4 Holiday

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:27

AUSTIN, Texas. Texans affected by the May 4 through June 19 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding can call the FEMA Helpline to have their questions answered or check the status of their claims seven days a week, including the July 4 holiday weekend.

Although all State/Federal Disaster Recovery Centers in Texas will be closed Friday through Sunday, July 3-5, applicants can call the Helpline at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Multilingual phone operators are available.

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New Mexico Awarded More than $3 Million for Road Repairs in Lincoln County

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 17:25

DENTON, Texas – On Oct. 6, 2014, at the request of Governor Susana Martinez, President Obama declared a major disaster for the state of New Mexico. In June 2015, the state of New Mexico was awarded more than $3 million in federal disaster assistance for repairs to roads in Lincoln County following severe storms and flooding in July and August 2014. The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management continues to administer the funds and provide support to the county as it recovers.

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More than $137 Million Flows to Texas One Month Following Disaster

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 15:56

AUSTIN, Texas – State and federal dollars are flowing into Texas communities recovering from the May 4 through June 19 storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and floods.

To date, more than $137 million in state and federal grants, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans, and National Flood Insurance Program claims have been approved and/or paid to Texans.

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FEMA provides federal funds to help fight Sleepy Hollow Fire

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 17:14

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


FEMA Region X Regional Administrator, Kenneth D. Murphy determined that the Sleepy Hollow Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. Murphy approved the state’s request for federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) on June 28, 2015 at 10:45 p.m. PDT. This is the first FMAG approved in the state of Washington this fire season.

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FEMA Seeks Texans to Work at Disaster Recovery Offices

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 15:38

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans will have the opportunity to assist with the state’s disaster recovery from the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred from May 4 to June 19. Dozens of qualified Texans will be offered temporary jobs as local hires of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in its Austin, Denton, and Houston offices.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Disaster Assistance for Noncitizens

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 15:21

What is disaster assistance?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may provide grants to help pay for rent, emergency home repairs, personal property replacement, and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other sources.

Low-interest disaster recovery loans may be available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

 Who is eligible?

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Australia and United States Strengthen Emergency Management Partnership

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 10:35

Today, Australia and the United States renewed and strengthened an important and valuable partnership to improve our respective emergency management capabilities. 

Emergency Management Australia (EMA), within the Attorney-General’s Department, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security deepened their existing relationship through a renewed five-year Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation on Emergency Management 2015-2020. 

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SBA Provides Low-Interest Loans to Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 15:36

What is an SBA disaster loan?

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans are the primary source of federal long-term disaster recovery funds for disaster damages not fully covered by insurance or other compensation.

SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance is working in conjunction with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help business owners and residents recover, as much as possible, from this declared disaster.

Who is eligible for SBA low-interest loans?

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Arkansas Declaration

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 15:06

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 Arkansas.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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Frequently Asked Questions on Letter of Eligibility

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 15:04

Why did I get a letter stating I’m ineligible?

FEMA routinely corresponds with applicants to let them know if they qualify for federal disaster assistance. The most common reasons for receiving a determination of ineligibility are:

  • Adequate insurance coverage.
  • Insufficient storm-related damage.
  • Missing documentation needed to complete the assistance evaluation process.

What are examples of missing documentation?

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Letter on Eligibility May Not Be Last Word on Disaster Assistance for Texans Affected by Storms, Floods

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 14:59

AUSTIN, Texas – A letter stating a household is ineligible for disaster assistance may not be the final word on a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) application.

The most common reasons for receiving a determination of ineligibility are:

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President Declares Disaster for Arkansas

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 14:58

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Arkansas and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of May 7 to June 15, 2015.

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