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SBA Disaster Loan May Help in Recovery Process

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 10:25

RIDGELAND, Miss. — Disaster survivors in Mississippi who apply for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and are referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration are advised to submit an SBA loan application to ensure that the disaster recovery process continues.

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FEMA Offers Free Resources for Property Owners Rebuilding After Disaster

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 13:38

AUSTIN, Texas – FEMA offers a wide range of free resources for Texas homeowners and businesses who are making repairs or rebuilding after a disaster.

FEMA maintains an extensive online library, including bilingual and multimedia resources, which describes the measures contractors or do-it-yourselfers can take to reduce risks to property. FEMA publications can be viewed online and downloaded to any computer.

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Help Remains for Louisiana Disaster Survivors after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Natchitoches Parish

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 17:00

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Natchitoches Parish Disaster Recovery Center will close on May 14 at 4:00 p.m.

The center is located at the following address:

Sheriff’s Office of Community Services

726 3rd Street

Natchitoches, La.

 

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Help Remains for Louisiana Disaster Survivors after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Natchitoches Parish

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 16:39

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Richland Parish Disaster Recovery Center in Rayville will close on Saturday, May 14 at 4 p.m.

The center is located at the following address:

Sheriff’s Annex
112 S. Eugene Street
Rayville, La.

Louisiana disaster survivors in Richland Parish may still visit centers in other parishes to meet with recovery officials. For other locations go to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or call 800-621-3362.

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Fill Out an SBA Loan Application or You Could be Leaving Money on the Table

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:58

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans who suffered damage or loss from the April flooding and were referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration could lose some income-based FEMA grants if they don’t complete and submit SBA’s loan application.

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FEMA Offers Advice for Texans on Lessening Storm Damage in Parker County

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:38

AUSTIN, Texas – A team of specialists from FEMA will visit Gibson's Ace Hardware and Simms Lumber Do-it-Best in Parker County to offer tips and techniques that can lessen the impact of disaster-related property damage.

Specialists will be available at the following locations:

Where:           Gibson’s Ace Hardware, 411 S. Main St., Weatherford, TX 76086

Hours:            8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 12-14

9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 15

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FEMA Offers Advice for Texans on Lessening Storm Damage in Hood County

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 13:15

AUSTIN, Texas – A team of specialists from FEMA will visit The Home Depot in Hood County to offer tips and techniques to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damage.

Specialists will be available at the following location:

Where:           The Home Depot, 415 E. Hwy 377, Granbury, TX 76048

Hours:            7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 12-14

8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15

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FEMA Offers Advice for Texans on Lessening Storm Damage in Hood County

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 13:15

AUSTIN, Texas – A team of specialists from FEMA will visit The Home Depot in Hood County to offer tips and techniques to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damage.

Specialists will be available at the following location:

Where:           The Home Depot, 415 E. Hwy 377, Granbury, TX 76048

Hours:            7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 12-14

8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15

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Partnerships and Progress: Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding 60 Days Later

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:38

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana is taking significant steps toward recovery following the severe storms and flooding that occurred March 8 through April 8.
Affected communities and disaster survivors are repairing and rebuilding better, stronger and safer with the help of neighbors, friends, family members, voluntary groups, faith and community-based organizations and local, parish, state and federal governments.

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FEMA Offers Advice for Texans on Lessening Storm Damage in Harris County at the Lowe’s in Baytown and at the North Loop West Home Depot in Houston

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:36

AUSTIN, Texas – A team of specialists from FEMA will visit Lowe’s and The Home Depot in Harris County to offer tips and techniques to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damage.

Specialists will be available at the following locations:

Where:           Lowe’s, 5002 Garth Road, Baytown, TX 77521

Hours:            7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday May 12-17

Where:           The Home Depot, 999 N. Loop W., Houston, TX 77008

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Deadline to Seek Federal Aid for Texas March Floods is May 18

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:55

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans who suffered damage or loss from the March tornadoes and flooding are running out of time to register with FEMA for federal disaster assistance.

Individuals who had disaster-related damage or losses living in the counties of Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hood, Jasper, Limestone, Marion, Newton, Orange, Parker, Shelby and Tyler only have until Wednesday, May 18, to register for FEMA assistance.

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Deadline to Seek Federal Aid for Texas March Floods is May 18

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:51

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans who suffered damage or loss from the March tornadoes and flooding are running out of time to register with FEMA for federal disaster assistance.     

Individuals who had disaster-related damage or losses living in the counties of Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hood, Jasper, Limestone, Marion, Newton, Orange, Parker, Shelby and Tyler only have until Wednesday, May 18, to register for FEMA assistance.

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Be On Alert for Disaster-Related Fraud and Scams

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:35

AUSTIN, Texas – State and federal recovery officials encourage Texans to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals. Also, FEMA does not endorse any commercial businesses, products or services.

FEMA encourages survivors as well as local residents and businesses to be especially vigilant for these common post-disaster fraud practices:

Fraudulent building contractors. When hiring a contractor:

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Residents of Four More Texas Counties Eligible to Apply for Disaster Assistance

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:21

AUSTIN, Texas – Individuals and families in Fort Bend, Liberty, Montgomery and San Jacinto counties can now register for assistance for the April floods after FEMA granted the state’s request to add them to the disaster declaration.

They join the eight counties already approved for individual assistance under the April 25 federal disaster declaration: Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Harris, Parker, Waller and Wharton counties.  

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Disaster Recovery Centers in West Carroll and Ouachita Parishes Will No Longer Be Open on Sundays

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 15:06

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers in Oak Grove (West Carroll Parish) and Monroe (Ouachita Parish) will no longer be open on Sundays. Effective Monday, May 9, all disaster recovery centers will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Louisiana disaster survivors.
                         
Survivors may visit FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or call 800-621-3362 to locate centers near them.

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Louisiana Disaster Survivors: Don’t Throw That SBA Loan Application Away!

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 15:53

BATON ROUGE, La. – If you’re a survivor of the Louisiana storms and flooding that struck the state March 8 through April 8 and you’ve received an application for a U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loan, you should complete and return it as soon as possible.

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FEMA, State Grants Will Not Affect Social Security or Other Federal Benefits

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:19

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans affected by the flooding in April will not lose Social Security benefits, pay additional taxes, or give up income-based benefit programs if they accept federal or state disaster aid.

This includes homeowners, renters and businesses in Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Parker, San Jacinto, Waller and Wharton counties who register for disaster assistance.

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FEMA’s ‘Help After a Disaster’ Guide Available in PDF in Many Languages

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:14

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans affected by the April storms and flooding can get their questions answered in many languages by accessing the FEMA booklet “Help After a Disaster: Applicant’s Guide to the Individuals & Households Program.”

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Livingston and Calcasieu Parish Disaster Survivors Can Get Rebuilding Tips at Local Home Improvement Centers

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 08:32


Baton Rouge, La. — Disaster survivors from Livingston and Calcasieu parishes who are rebuilding after the March 8 – April 8 severe storms and floods can receive free consultations with hazard mitigation advisors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The mitigation representatives will be available at The Home Depot in Denham Springs (Livingston Parish) and Lake Charles (Calcasieu Parish) from Monday, May 9 until Saturday, May 14.

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Clay County Arkansas Flood Maps Become Final

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 22:35

DENTON, Texas –– New flood maps become effective in Clay County on Aug. 3, 2016. Residents are encouraged to examine so they can determine the need to buy flood insurance. By knowing their risks, individuals and community leaders can make informed decisions about building and development.

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