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The Most Important App You Can Download Today

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:20

ATLANTA, Ga. -- What’s the most important app you have on your phone—the one you can’t live without? Facebook? YouTube? Snapchat? Google Maps? All of them? What makes any of these apps so important to us is they provide content, connection, and capability. Some apps are fun, some are useful, and some help us get things done.

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FEMA Awards $11,447,584 grant to City of Des Plaines

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 10:48

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $11,447,584 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to Des Plaines, Ill., for the acquisition and demolition of 47 flood-prone homes.

 

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston and St. Landry Parishes

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:54

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Thursday, Aug. 25, in East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston and St. Landry parishes to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday until further notice.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

St. Louis King of France Catholic Church

2121 N. Sherwood Forest Dr.

Baton Rouge, La. 70815

Early Learning Center Gym

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Louisiana Survivors Can Get FEMA Rebuilding Advice at Area Home Improvement Stores

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:48

Baton Rouge, La. — As Louisianans repair or rebuild their homes damaged by August floods, FEMA and local hardware and home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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Replacing Lost or Damaged Documents in Louisiana

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:42

BATON ROUGE, La. - Disasters such as the recent floods and storms commonly result in the loss of important documents, but Louisiana residents have ways to replace them. Here is a list of useful websites and telephone numbers:

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Federal Support Continues for Survivors in Louisiana

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 17:20

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with other federal agencies, state and local governments, and volunteers from around the country, continues to support and assist flood survivors in Louisiana.

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Flood Survivors Urged to Avoid Fraud and Other Scams

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:09

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana recovery continues with the energy and work of businesses, voluntary, faith-based, and community-based organizations along with government agencies and committed citizens.

Unfortunately, disasters also bring out criminals looking to prey on survivors who appear to be rich targets for their fraudulent services.

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Take Extra Care with Hazardous Waste

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 17:46

BATON ROUGE, La. – If you are cleaning out your home and removing flood-damaged materials, be aware of potentially hazardous wastes and dispose of them properly.

Hazardous waste should always be separated from non-hazardous materials. Types of hazardous waste includes:

  • Cleaning products such as bleach, ammonia, and polishes

  • Pesticides and repellants

  • Automotive fluids

  • Paints, varnishes, and solvents

  • Batteries, fluorescent lightbulbs, and items containing mercury

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Get Local Permits Before You Rebuild; Repair Safer & Stronger

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 12:46

BATON ROUGE, La. – If you have property affected by the recent severe storms and flooding in Louisiana, you’re encouraged to get the necessary permits before starting new construction or repairs.

“The first step for any property owners in Louisiana who have damage to their homes or businesses should be to check with your local building official,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gerard M. Stolar. “That official can work with you or your contractor to ensure any permits are properly filed and necessary inspections are carried out.”

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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Lafayette Parish for Louisiana Survivors

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 11:49

BATON ROUGE, La. – A disaster recovery center is opening Sunday, August 28, in Lafayette Parish to assist Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.

The disaster recovery center is operating at the following address and hours:

Lafayette Parish

Location:  Lafayette Court (at University and Lee)

                  301 West University Avenue

                  Lafayette, LA 70506

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Mobile Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Pointe Coupee Parish for Louisiana Survivors

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 14:01

BATON ROUGE, La. – A mobile disaster recovery center is opening today, Saturday, August 27, in Pointe Coupee Parish to assist Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.

The mobile disaster recovery center is operating at the following address and hours:

Pointe Coupee Parish

Location:  False River Parking Lot

                  1200 Major Parkway

                  New Roads, LA 70760

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Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Declaration

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 20:28

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 Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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

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President Declares Disaster for Kentucky

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 20:20

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 Commonwealth of Kentucky to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of July 2-9, 2016.

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Louisiana renters with flood damage may be eligible for federal help

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 15:36

Baton Rouge, La. – Louisiana renters who experienced losses due to the severe storms and flooding beginning on Aug. 11, 2016, may be eligible for disaster recovery assistance from FEMA and the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA).

Renters may be eligible for grants from FEMA to help with such disaster-related expenses as:

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Three Disaster Recovery Centers to close; help is still available

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:40

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in White Sulphur Springs and Rainelle in Greenbrier County, and the Clendenin DRC in Kanawha County will close at      5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.

The two Greenbrier County DRCs are located at:

  • 65 West Main Street, White Sulphur Springs

  • 1233 Kanawha Ave., Rainelle

The Kanawha County DRC is located:

  • Across the street from Dollar General,

    120 Maywood Ave., Clendenin

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston and St. Landry Parishes

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 19:10

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Thursday, Aug. 25, in East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston and St. Landry parishes to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday until further notice.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

St. Louis King of France Catholic Church

2121 N. Sherwood Forest Dr.

Baton Rouge, La. 70815

Early Learning Center Gym

9414 Plank Rd.

Clinton, La. 70772

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Flood Insurance Workshop for residents to be hosted by FEMA and City of New Orleans

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 17:36

NEW ORLEANS, LA.— The City of New Orleans and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are set to host a flood insurance workshop for the public in September. Residents and other property owners are encouraged to attend to gain a better understanding of how recent flood map changes will affect their flood insurance. The Sept.15 workshop is free, but seating is limited, so attendees must register in advance. For more information and to register, visit www.OrleansParishFloodWorkshop.eventbrite.com.

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FEMA provides federal funds to help fight Henry’s Creek Fire

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 14:47

SEATTLE – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Henry’s Creek Fire burning in Bonneville County, Idaho.

FEMA Region X Regional Administrator, Kenneth D. Murphy determined that the fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. Murphy approved the state of Washington’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) at 10:10 p.m. PDT on August 24, 2016.

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Two weeks left for West Virginia survivors to apply to FEMA, SBA

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 14:05

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – There are only two weeks left to apply for disaster assistance grants from FEMA and to submit applications for physical disaster loans to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). West Virginia survivors eligible for federal assistance, because of the June 22-29 storms and flooding, have until Wednesday, Sept. 7 to file their applications.

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Louisiana, FEMA Provide Manufactured Housing Units to Some Survivors

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:39

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and FEMA are making manufactured housing units (MHUs) available to some survivors displaced by the recent severe storms and floods.

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