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Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Opens

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 08:43

CHARLESTON, W.v. ­­­­– The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center will be opening to assist survivors affected by the West Virginia Flooding. Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are one-stop shops for eligible storm survivors to provide one-on-one, face-to-face help. The location is:

Greenbrier County

Emmanuel United Methodist Church

31 Tressel St

White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986

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Flooding in the State of West Virginia

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 15:23

PHILADELPHIA - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is continuing to support response and recovery efforts in West Virginia following the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides that have been affecting the state and its people. The National Weather Service has indicated that the floodwaters are receding in parts of West Virginia, but more heavy rain is expected in areas already hit hard by flooding. A flash flood watch for 22 counties has been issued until Monday evening. Heavy rains could cause some streams to breach their banks. 

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FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers Will Be Closed July 3-4

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 11:10

AUSTIN, Texas – Holiday hours for the state/federal disaster recovery centers assisting Texans affected by May’s storms and flooding have been announced by FEMA.

All disaster recovery centers in Texas will be closed Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. The centers will be open Saturday, July 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

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Low-interest Disaster Loans Help Fuel Texas Recovery

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 10:59

AUSTIN, Texas – Federal officials urge those with damage or losses from the May storms and floods to complete a no-obligation disaster loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help with their recovery.

Completing the application can open the door to all federal assistance, including possible additional grants from FEMA. If approved, and the loan is not accepted, survivors may find themselves ineligible for some forms of federal assistance.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of West Virginia

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 18:46

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 West Virginia.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Major Disaster for West Virginia

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 18:12

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of West Virginia to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides beginning on June 22, 2016, and continuing.

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Disaster Recovery Center to Close in Washington County

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 15:53

AUSTIN, Texas – The disaster recovery center in Brenham in Washington County will close on June 30.

Washington County

Location: Washington County Fairgrounds
1305 East Bluebell Rd.
Brenham TX 77833

Closing: 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30

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7 More Texas Counties Hit by May Floods Can Apply for Disaster Assistance

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 15:12

AUSTIN, Texas – Individuals and families in Bastrop, Burleson, Eastland, Lee, Liberty, Stephens and Tyler counties are now encouraged to register with FEMA for disaster assistance for the May floods.

With damage assessments completed, the state requested the seven counties be added to the June 11 disaster declaration, bringing to 19 the number of Texas counties designated for federal disaster assistance.

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FEMA In Close Coordination with the State of West Virginia As Severe Weather Continues

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 14:35

PHILADELPHIA – FEMA Region III is deploying an Incident Management Assistance Team and Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) teams to West Virginia to provide support and guidance on the Federal Disaster Declaration Process and PDAs in response to current flooding and severe weather.  

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High Water Mark Event Addresses Past, Future of Flood Risk

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 11:14

PHILADELPHIA – On Thursday, June 23, 2016 the City of Richmond, Virginia unveiled a High Water Mark at Pony Pasture Rapids Park. The marks, also established at Brown’s Island and Great Shiplock Park, show areas where flood water has risen in the past in an effort to raise awareness of flooding and encourage individuals to consider their risk.  

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City of Baltimore Enters Voluntary Floodplain Management Program

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 10:16

PHILADELPHIAResidents of the City of Baltimore, Maryland have received a reduction in their flood insurance premiums through implementation of floodplain management measures encouraged by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

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FEMA Offers Assistance for Renters, Too

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 12:50

AUSTIN, Texas – Renters displaced by the May storms and flooding may be eligible for federal disaster assistance, including grants from FEMA and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

FEMA offers eligible renters grants for rental assistance. These grants help pay for temporary housing while a damaged home or apartment is being repaired.

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Workshop for Businesses on Local, State and Federal Contracting Process

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 12:04

BATON ROUGE, La. – Businesses, trade associations and chambers of commerce learned about securing government contracts during a free workshop this week.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), the Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center (LA BEOC), FEMA and other state agencies spoke about how to increase local, state and federal contract opportunities.                                                                                                                    

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Register With FEMA Even If You Registered With Other Agencies

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 09:34

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

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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