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West Virginia renters with flood damage may be eligible for federal help

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 16:34

CHARLESTON, W.Va.– West Virginia renters who experienced losses due to the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides beginning on June 22, 2016, may be eligible for disaster recovery assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA).

“The catastrophic weather that affected West Virginia did not discriminate between homeowners and renters and neither do we,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Albert Lewis, who leads FEMA’s mission in the Mountain State.

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Applying for Federal Assistance for the May Storms is a Two-Step Process

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 15:00

AUSTIN, Texas – Applying for federal disaster assistance for the May storms is a two-step process. Taking those two steps ensures consideration for all FEMA programs and the U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans.

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More Texans Eligible for Disaster Aid, More Time to Apply

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 14:09

AUSTIN, Texas – More Texans are eligible for federal disaster assistance for the April storms and many more have additional time to register with FEMA for aid.

FEMA extended the period during which those affected by the storms may be eligible for disaster assistance. To be eligible for FEMA help, damage must have occurred April 17-30.

At the request of the state, residents of Anderson, Cherokee, Smith and Wood counties are now eligible for disaster assistance and are encouraged to register with FEMA.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Clay and Nicholas Counties

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 11:44

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Two additional Disaster Recovery Centers in West Virginia have opened in Clay and Nicholas counties to provide recovery assistance to survivors of the June 22 severe storms, floods, mudslides and landslides.

The latest centers are:

Clay County

Clay County High School

1 Panther Dr.

Clay, WV 25043

 

Nicholas County

Nicholas County High School

30 Grizzley Ln.

Summersville, WV 26651

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Respuesta y recuperación para Virginia Occidental: por encima de las inundaciones

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 11:20

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Mientras que el cielo se despeja y las aguas de la inundación retroceden, los socorristas, voluntarios y equipos dedicados a ayudar a los residentes de Virginia Occidental devastados por las inundaciones han llegado para hacer la diferencia. Las Organizaciones Voluntarias Activas en Desastres de Virginia Occidental (WV VOAD, por sus siglas en inglés) han estado trabajando con los gerentes y funcionarios oficiales de emergencia locales y estatales para coordinar los recursos a través de las redes de las agencias de socorro por desastre.

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Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Working Across State

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 13:43

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Twelve teams of disaster survivor assistance (DSA) specialists are now working in affected areas across West Virginia, helping survivors of the devastating floods, mudslides and landslides that began June 22.

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Hood County Disaster Recovery Center in Granbury to Close July 9

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 12:46

AUSTIN, Texas – The Hood County disaster recovery center in Granbury will close at 2 p.m. on July 9.

Location:
Hood County Emergency Operations Center
401 Deputy Larry Miller Dr.
Granbury, TX 76048
Closing: 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9

Disaster recovery centers are operated jointly by FEMA and the state. Visiting a disaster recovery center is not required to register for FEMA assistance.

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FEMA offers Advice on Lessening Storm Damage in Harris and Fort Bend Counties

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 11:15

AUSTIN, Texas – A team of specialists from FEMA will visit three home improvement stores in Fort Bend and Harris counties to offer tips and techniques to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damage.

Locations and time follow:

Fort Bend County

Location:
Lowe’s, 16510 SW Freeway
Sugarland, TX 77479                      

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Webster County

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 17:21

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – A Disaster Recovery Center has opened in Webster County to provide recovery assistance to survivors of the June 22 severe storms, floods, mudslides and landslides.

The latest center to open is located in the City Council Room of the Webster Springs Municipal Building, 143 McGraw Ave., Webster Springs, WV 26288.

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What West Virginians Should Expect After FEMA Registration

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 19:14

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — After disaster survivors have registered for federal disaster assistance, FEMA will ask them to provide information on disaster damage, proof of identity and residence, insurance and other documentation, to determine eligibility.

A FEMA contracted housing inspector may contact you to make an appointment to view disaster damage. It is important to provide good contact information at the time of registration.

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Roane County Gets Disaster Recovery Center

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 17:50

CHARLESTON, W Va.—A new Disaster Recovery Center has opened in Roane County to help survivors affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that began June 22.

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Disaster Assistance Tops $10.4 Million for West Virginia Survivors

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 15:46

CHARLESTON, WV – One week after President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for West Virginia, more than $10.4 million has been approved for homeowners and renters affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that began June 22, 2016.  

That total includes more than $8.6 million in housing assistance and nearly $1.8 million in other needs assistance. More than 5,200 households and businesses have registered with FEMA to date.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Summers County

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 13:19

CHARLESTON, WV—A Disaster Recovery Center has opened in Summers County to help survivors affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that began June 22.

Disaster Recovery Centers serve as one-stop shops for eligible storm survivors seeking one-on-one help. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and various state agencies are at the centers to answer questions. Centers are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. All centers will be open July 4.

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Two West Virginia Counties Added to Federal Disaster Declaration

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 10:54

CHARLESTON, WV – At the request of the state of West Virginia, Jackson and Lincoln counties have now been added to the federal disaster declaration of June 25. They join the 10 counties already designated for both Individual Assistance and Public Assistance-Category B (emergency protective measures): Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers, and Webster.

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Additional West Virginia Counties Approved for Disaster Aid

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 11:16

CHARLESTON, W.va. - Pocahontas and Webster counties are now eligible to receive federal assistance. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.   

In addition, federal funding is available for state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures in Pocahontas and Webster counties.

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Beware of Disaster Related Fraud

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 11:09

CHARLESTON, W.va – West Virginians whose homes were damaged in the recent storms and flooding may encounter people attempting to cheat them by posing as inspectors, government officials, volunteers or contractors. These people may try to obtain personal information or collect payment for disaster assistance or repairs.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 10:56

CHARLESTON, W.va. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today Disaster Recovery Centers 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 to include the Small Business Administration (SBA). The locations are:

Disaster Recovery Center 2 Richwood City Hall

6 White Ave, Richwood, WV

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Ten Safety Tips for this 4th of July

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 09:31

CHICAGO –Ensure your Independence Day weekend is filled with celebration and not regret with these 10 fire safety tips, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V office in Chicago:

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FEMA Awards $1,071,593 Grant to Hubbard County

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 08:52

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $1,071,593 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to Hubbard County, Minn., for the construction of two safe rooms at Camp Wilderness Boy Scout camp.  

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DHS Announces Grant Allocations for Fiscal Year 2016 Preaparedness Grants

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 14:31

WASHINGTON— As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing efforts to support state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, Secretary Jeh Johnson today announced final allocations of $275 million for six Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 DHS competitive preparedness grant programs.

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