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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Faulkner, Lee and Sevier Counties

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 17:59

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Joint federal/state disaster recovery centers are opening Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 in Faulkner, Lee and Sevier counties to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding Dec. 26, 2015 – Jan. 22, 2016.

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FEMA, State Grants Will Not Affect Social Security or Benefits

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 17:23

NORTH LITTLE ROCK –Arkansas residents rebuilding from the severe weather of late December 2015 through mid-January 2016, will not lose Social Security benefits, pay additional taxes, or give up income-based benefit programs if they accept federal or state disaster aid.

In most cases, the Social Security Administration does not count federal or state disaster aid as income, according to recovery officials from FEMA and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

FEMA/ADEM provided these answers to two common questions:

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Understanding the Letter You Receive from FEMA

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 16:31

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As you read through the paperwork related to disaster recovery, the last thing you may want to hear is that you will receive another letter. However, if you registered with FEMA for assistance, you will receive a determination letter from the agency’s Individuals and Households Program.

As you review this letter, it may bring you news explaining what types of disaster assistance you will receive. It may, instead, tell you that you are ineligible for assistance or that FEMA needs more information.

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Grant Parish, Louisiana, Flood Maps Become Final in June

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 15:17

DENTON, Texas ––New flood maps for Grant Parish will become effective June 16, 2016. Parish residents are encouraged to view the maps before the effective date to understand their flood risk.  

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Carroll, Crawford Counties, Arkansas

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 15:13

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Joint federal/state disaster recovery centers are open in Carroll and Crawford counties to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding Dec. 26, 2015 - Jan. 22, 2016.

Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies are at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The centers are located:

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Neosho Store Hosts Free FEMA Rebuilding Advice

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 18:16

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and another local home improvement store are teaming up to provide Joplin area residents with free information, tips and literature to prevent and lessen damage from disasters.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be available between Thursday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 23 at the Lowe’s store in Neosho to answer questions and offer home improvement tips on making homes stronger and safer. Most of the information is geared toward do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

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Republic Store Hosts Free FEMA Rebuilding Advice

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 18:14

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and another local home improvement store are teaming up to provide Springfield area residents with free information, tips and literature to prevent and lessen damage from disasters.  

FEMA mitigation specialists will be available at the Lowe’s store in Republic between Thursday, February 18 and Tuesday February 23 to answer questions and offer home improvement tips on making homes stronger and safer. Most of the information is geared toward do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

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Cape Girardeau Store Offers Free FEMA Rebuilding Advice

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 18:12

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and another local home improvement store are teaming up to provide Cape Girardeau area residents with free information, tips and literature to prevent and lessen damage from disasters.

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Free FEMA Advice Available at More St. Louis Area Stores

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 18:10

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Five more home improvement stores— in St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties — are teaming up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide local residents with free information, tips, flyers and brochures to prevent and lessen damage from disasters. 

FEMA mitigation specialists will be available over the next six days to answer questions and offer home improvement tips on making homes stronger and safer against disasters. Most of the information is geared toward do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

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FEMA Teams Visiting Arkansas Communities to Link Residents with Resources for Recovery

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 16:37

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The residents of 11 Arkansas counties included in a federal disaster declaration may see FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams in their communities, offering a personal link to the resources for recovery.

Using the latest mobile technology, DSA team members are there to help survivors register for disaster assistance; provide up-to-date information on applications; help determine ongoing needs; and make referrals to help fill any outstanding needs.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Oregon Declaration

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 23:39

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 Oregon.

Assistance for the State, Tribal, and eligible local governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for State of Oregon

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 23:37

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 Oregon to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe winter storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of December 6-23, 2015.

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FEMA, State Broadcasters, in Coordination with Emergency Managers Test the Emergency Alert System

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 16:13

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers and state broadcasters’ associations, will conduct a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) in twenty-two states, two territories, and the District of Columbia on Wednesday, February 24, at 2:20 p.m.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Alaska Declaration

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 15:44

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 Alaska.

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

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President Declares Disaster for State of Alaska

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 15:38

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 Alaska to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe storm during the period of December 12-15, 2015.

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Residents Urged to Register for Disaster Assistance, Report Damage

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 13:30

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansans in Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Faulkner, Jackson, Jefferson, Lee, Little River, Perry, Sebastian, and Sevier counties who sustained uninsured or underinsured damage by the late winter storms, winds, and flooding can now apply for assistance from the state of Arkansas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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FEMA: More than 50,500 Californians Protect Homes, Properties from increased El Niño Flood Risk

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 17:17

During historic 1998 El Niño season that created $550 million in damages, it was not until February that California experienced flooding damage that warranted a federal presidential declaration
 

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Digital Preliminary Flood Maps for Coastal Areas of Volusia County Ready for Public Viewing

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 17:03

ATLANTA -- Newly revised preliminary digital flood insurance rate maps for coastal areas of Volusia County, Fla., will be available for residents to review at a public open house at the Port Orange Regional Library on February 25, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Flood maps show the extent