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Three-Step Process to FEMA Disaster Assistance

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 17:36

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Florida survivors who sustained property damage or loss from the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding should apply for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency — even if you have insurance or believe you won’t qualify for assistance.

Survivors in Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance that may include money to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs or other serious disaster-related expenses.

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Disaster Recovery Center Now Open for Survivors in Okaloosa and Walton Counties

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 17:33

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Additional disaster recovery centers are now open in Okaloosa and Walton counties to assist Florida Panhandle survivors affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

The disaster recovery centers will be open until 5 p.m. today, Saturday, May 17, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 18.

Beginning Monday, May 19, the centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays. The centers are located at:

 

Okaloosa County

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DR-4177-FL, Florida Disaster Assistance Reaches Nearly $28 Million in Two Weeks

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 17:25

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Just two weeks since the May 6 major disaster declaration for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in the Florida Panhandle, nearly $28 million in disaster assistance has been approved to help survivors and their communities recover.

The following is a summary of ongoing recovery efforts by the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to date:

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Beware Those Uninvited Guests at Picnics and Beach Excursions: Thunder and Lightning Can Be Dangerous

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 14:02

LINCROFT, N.J. – Beach, softball and picnic season offers lots of opportunities for outdoor fun.

Most of us look forward to these sunny day celebrations all year, but unfortunately Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate.

Most of us have had the experience of being outdoors when we feel the first few drops of rain on our shoulders, hear rumbles of thunder in the sky or spot a flash of lightning in the distance.

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Disaster Survivors Urged to Register with FEMA Even if They Have Insurance

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 13:21

JACKSON, Miss. – FEMA does not duplicate benefits that homeowner or renter insurance covers, but it may be able to provide disaster assistance when insurance coverage is not enough to cover the damage. The only way to obtain that potential benefit is to register now for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.

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FEMA Calls for Focus on Resilience and Risk during May Observance

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 08:48

LINCROFT, N.J. -- The New York and New Jersey Sandy Recovery field offices are supporting a national initiative to maximize resilience and minimize risk. FEMA is encouraging those rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy to join the agency in its recognition of the 34th annual Building Safety Month (BSM) to promote the importance of high building standards, protecting the environment and saving energy.

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MEMA, FEMA, Volunteers Working Together to Help Disaster Survivors Recover in Mississippi

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 16:00

JACKSON, Miss. – A cooperative effort involving the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), federal agencies including FEMA, local governments and volunteer groups is underway to help disaster survivors recover from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that swept across Mississippi between April 28 and May 3.

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Last Chance to Visit FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Pulaski County

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 13:00

Little Rock, Ark. – Survivors of the April 27 severe storms, tornadoes and floods in Pulaski County have until 7 pm on Saturday, May 24 to visit the Mobile Disaster Recovery Center at 27025 Kanis Rd. in Little Rock.

State and FEMA personnel closely monitor visitor traffic at all Arkansas disaster recovery centers. Traffic to this center has significantly decreased, indicating the information needs of survivors in the area have been met. 

Survivors can visit the remaining Disaster Recovery Centers at:

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Last Chance to Visit FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Pocahontas

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:58

Little Rock, Ark. – Survivors of the April 27 severe storms, tornadoes and floods in Randolph County have until 7 pm on Saturday, May 24 to visit the Disaster Recovery Center at 300 Geneva Dr. in Pocahontas.

State and FEMA personnel closely monitor visitor traffic at all Arkansas disaster recovery centers. Traffic to this center has significantly decreased, indicating the information needs of survivors in the area have been met. 

Survivors can visit the remaining Disaster Recovery Centers at:

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Last Chance to Visit FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Searcy

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:53

Little Rock, Ark. – Survivors of the April 27 severe storms, tornadoes and floods in White County have until 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22, to visit the Mobile Disaster Recovery Center at 4103 Highway 36 West in Searcy.

State and FEMA personnel closely monitor visitor traffic at all Arkansas disaster recovery centers. Traffic to this center has significantly decreased, indicating the information needs of survivors in the area have been met. 

Survivors can visit the remaining Disaster Recovery Centers at:

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Individual Assistance Tops $2 Million for Arkansas Tornado Survivors

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:29

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Less than three weeks after tornadoes, severe storms and flooding hit Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced that more than $2 million in Individual Assistance has been approved to help Arkansans recover.

“Two million is a great start,” said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell of ADEM. “But it’s just one component of a successful recovery.”

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Survivors Have Until Friday to Visit Disaster Recovery Centers in Itawamba and Rankin Counties

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:22

JACKSON, Miss. – Survivors have until 6 p.m. Friday, May 23, to visit the disaster recovery centers in Itawamba and Rankin counties. Mississippi disaster survivors can visit any of the disaster recovery centers open in the state. Survivors can also call the FEMA helpline for assistance at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585.) Locations can be found by visiting FEMA.gov/DRCLocator or by calling the FEMA helpline. New schedules for the remaining centers take effect Thursday, May 22.

 

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Non-U.S. Citizens May be Eligible for Disaster Assistance

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:10

Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas storm survivors who are in the United States legally, but who are not U.S. citizens, may be eligible for disaster assistance for damage from the tornadoes and severe storms that hit Arkansas on April 27, according to officials from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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DISCARDING YOUR SBA LOAN PACKET COULD BE LIKE THROWING AWAY MONEY

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:06

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Disaster recovery officials have a key message for homeowners, renters and business owners in the four Arkansas counties approved for individual assistance as a result of the April 27 severe storms: Complete your U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan application Discarding it could be like throwing away money!

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Renters May Be Eligible for Disaster Assistance

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 11:59

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas renters who lost their homes or personal property as a result of the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding on April 27 may be eligible for recovery aid from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other agencies.

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Nearly $7 Million Approved for Mississippi Disaster Survivors

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 18:21

JACKSON, Miss. Federal assistance approved for disaster survivors in 12 Mississippi counties has reached nearly $7 million.

All emergency shelters have closed and all disaster survivors are currently housed.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is leading a Long-Term Housing Task Force, which includes FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department, along with state and local officials to assess and provide assistance to families with housing needs.

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Spring Tornadoes Are an Important Reminder to Prepare

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 16:12

DENVER – A year ago Tuesday, on May 20, an EF5 tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 and leaving a 17-mile trail of destruction.

The anniversary is a poignant reminder of the importance of preparing for tornadoes, point out emergency managers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The United States gets 75 percent of the world’s tornadoes, on average more than 1,100 per year.

FEMA’s Ready.gov website (http://www.ready.gov/) provides these suggestions for what to do before, during and after a tornado:

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Spring Tornadoes Are an Important Reminder to Prepare

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 16:02

DENVER – A year ago Tuesday, on May 20, an EF5 tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 and leaving a 17-mile trail of destruction.

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Spring Tornadoes Are an Important Reminder to Prepare

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 15:58

DENVER – A year ago Tuesday, on May 20, an EF5 tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 and leaving a 17-mile trail of destruction.

Later this week, May 22, will be the sixth anniversary of the EF3 tornado in Windsor, Colorado, that killed one person, was on the ground for 39 miles and was up to a mile wide.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Now Open for Survivors in Okaloosa and Walton Counties

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 17:17

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Additional disaster recovery centers are now open in Okaloosa and Walton counties to assist Florida Panhandle survivors affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

The disaster recovery centers will be open until 5 p.m. today, Saturday, May 17, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 18.