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Cal OES/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Middletown Changes Hours

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 20:04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Middletown, CA is changing its hours. The DRC is operated by the California Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the county and local agencies. 

DRC Location:

The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center in Middletown

21256 Washington St., Middletown, CA 95461

Hours of operation will be:

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of South Carolina

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 20:27

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 South Carolina.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for South Carolina

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 20:23

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 South Carolina to supplement state, local and tribal recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding on October 1, 2015 and continuing.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, and Williamsburg counties.

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Fire Prevention Week: Learn the Dos & Don’ts of House Fire Safety

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:53

CHICAGO –October 4 – 10, 2015 marks Fire Prevention Week, a commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 and an opportunity to emphasize fire safety and preparedness.

Remember these dos and don’ts to help you and your family protect against the dangers of a house fire:

• DO keep a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Half of home fire deaths happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Stay safe with smoke alarms outside of every bedroom and each separate sleeping area.

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Even if You Have Insurance, Register with FEMA

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:46

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – If you live in Calaveras or Lake counties and were affected by the recent wildfires and are insured, you may still be eligible for FEMA assistance.

By law, FEMA cannot duplicate insurance or other benefits. However, FEMA may be able to help survivors with uninsured or underinsured losses or if their insurance settlement is delayed. Applicants should notify FEMA of their situation and provide insurance company documentation.

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Chain of Wetlands Project Reduces Flood Risks in City of Dallas

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:31

FEMA and the state of Texas are highlighting Texas communities that have taken steps to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property.

DALLAS – After years of serious flooding, Dallas officials made a decision to reduce flood risk by redesigning an important ecosystem located in the heart of the city. The outcome not only solved a major problem, it resulted in a beautiful outdoor recreation area.

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Kentucky Storm Survivors Have One Week Left to Register With FEMA

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:31

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Survivors of Kentucky’s July storms have until Oct. 12, 2015, to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance.

Survivors who suffered losses during the severe storms in July in Breathitt, Carter, Fleming, Johnson, Leslie, Perry, Rowan and Trimble counties who have delayed registering for any reason should apply for potential assistance that could include:

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of South Carolina Emergency Declaration

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 17:21

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

Assistance for the State, Tribal, and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Obama Signs Emergency Declaration for South Carolina

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 17:14

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of South Carolina to supplement state, local, and tribal response efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding beginning on October 1, 2015, and continuing.

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New State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Lake County

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 16:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Clearlake is open to help survivors impacted by the Valley Fire. Disaster Recovery Centers are operated by the California Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the county and local agencies. 

DRC Location:

The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center in Clearlake

Old Apria Health Care

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FEMA Eligibility Letter May Not Be Last Word on Disaster Assistance

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 20:59

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – If you applied for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and received a letter or text message saying you were not eligible for disaster aid, you should know that the first communication may not be the last word.  While applicants may be ineligible for FEMA disaster grants, they may receive assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

And there may be an easy-to-resolve reason why some wildfire survivors received a notice stating that they are ineligible for assistance. 

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FEMA Awards More than $5.6 Million to Louisiana for Flooding and Wind Damage Protection Measures

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 12:56

DENTON, Texas – More than $5.6 million in federal funding was recently awarded to the state of Louisiana to fund wind damage and flood protection measures in Jefferson and Terrebonne parishes.

In Jefferson Parish, more than $2.8 million covers mitigation measures taken to protect government facilities such as fire headquarters and the police department from wind and debris damage. The measures include 571 impact-resistant screens and roll-down shutters.

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Wildfire Survivors Warned: Beware of Fraud

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 12:43

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As Californians work to recover from the wildfires, FEMA is warning of another danger: Fraudulent building contractors and other scam artists who often appear in communities recovering from a disaster.
Here are a few common post-disaster fraud practices:

Fraudulent phone calls or visits: Be wary of individuals claiming to be from FEMA without proper FEMA photo identification asking for survivor information.

Survivors will be asked to provide their Social Security number and banking information only when registering for FEMA assistance.

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Safe Room Program Offers Cooke County, Texas Residents Peace of Mind

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 11:33

COOKE COUNTY, Texas – Faced with a long local history of dangerous tornadoes, Cooke County officials wanted to help residents protect themselves. They achieved that goal by offering homeowners financial incentives to build tornado shelters and safe rooms. 

Established in May 2011 with the help of federal funds, the county’s Residential Safe Room Rebate Program reimburses homeowners for part of the cost of installing safe rooms and shelters on their property. The rebate covers 50 percent of the total cost, up to $3,000. To date, 365 residents have participated.

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Public Invited to Comment on San Patricio County, Texas Preliminary Flood Maps

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 10:24

DENTON, Texas– Months of teamwork by local officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have led to new preliminary flood maps in San Patricio County. The public is encouraged to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period about the maps. Anyone who wishes to file an appeal has until December 22, 2015 for submission.  

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Public Invited to Comment on Bernalillo County, New Mexico Preliminary Flood Maps

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 10:20

DENTON, Texas– Months of teamwork by local officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have led to new preliminary flood maps in Bernalillo County. The public is encouraged to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period about the maps. Anyone who wishes to file an appeal has until December 21, 2015 for submission  

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FEMA Ready to Review Your Sandy Flood Claim, Just Call and Ask

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:57

Two weeks remain for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) insurance policyholders to submit their Hurricane Sandy Claims for review by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The last day to submit claims is Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015.

NFIP-certified insurance adjusters are currently reviewing more than 15,000 Sandy flood claims, looking for any instance of underpayment. Where warranted by the review, additional payments are being made to policyholders who suffered losses from the storm.

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FEMA Assistance Will Not Change Social Security, Medicare Benefits

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:12

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance grants do not count as income. Survivors who receive federal disaster assistance as a result of the wildfires will not pay additional income taxes or see any reduction in their Social Security checks or any other federal benefits.

Grants for temporary housing, essential home repairs, replacement of personal property or other disaster-related needs do not count as income. Donations from charitable organizations will not affect Social Security payments or Medicare benefits.

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FEMA Phones and Help Available at Disaster Recovery Centers

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:09

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – Many survivors of the recent wildfires in Lake and Calaveras counties have lost both landline and cellular telephone service. The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants them to know that two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) have operational phone lines and are staffed with FEMA representatives who are ready to help residents register for disaster assistance.

Two DRCs are currently open in Calaveras and Lake counties:

The Calaveras County DRC in San Andreas:

891 Mountain Ranch Rd.

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Unique Wildfire Mitigation Efforts in Bastrop County Trim Risks

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 12:56

During September, National Preparedness Month, the Austin Joint Field Office is releasing a series of stories highlighting FEMA’s support of Texas communities as they take steps to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property.

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