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President Declares Disaster for Alaska

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 16:11

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 and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by flooding during the period of October 27-28, 2013.

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Many Good Reasons to Apply to SBA

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 13:01

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Nov. 17 tornado survivors who fail to return completed Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loan applications may be saying no to federal assistance.                         

Some survivors may be counting on a future insurance settlement to cover all the costs of rebuilding. Maybe they don’t want a disaster loan or fear they cannot afford one. Or maybe they need assistance completing the SBA disaster loan application.

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Grundy County Tornado Survivors Urged to Register with FEMA

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 16:20

SPRINGFIELD, IL – FEMA urges people in Grundy County who sustained damage during the Nov. 17 tornadoes to register for federal disaster assistance before the Jan. 27 deadline even if they have insurance coverage. Assistance will continue after Jan. 27, but applicants must register by that date to be considered.

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Tornado Survivors Have Until Saturday to Visit Brookport Disaster Recovery Center: FEMA Helpline remains available seven days a week to assist survivors.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 14:11

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois tornado survivors have until 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, to visit the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the Brookport Library on U.S. Hwy. 45 in Brookport.  

After that date, survivors of the Nov. 17 Illinois tornadoes can still get help by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Survivors who use TTY can call 800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

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Federal Disaster Aid for Colorado Flooding Tops $245 Million

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 13:08

Federal Disaster Aid for Colorado Flooding Tops $245 Million

(Editor: Cuts of disaster response and recovery are available at

www.flickr.com/photos/coemergency or www.go.usa.gov/DeK9.)

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FEMA Continues to Support Response Efforts in West Virginia

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 09:24

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on site in Charleston, W.Va., and through its regional office in Philadelphia, Pa., continues to work in close coordination with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to support state and local efforts to ensure public health and safety, in response to emergency conditions resulting from a chemical spill in Charleston on Thursday.

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Two Weeks Remain to Register for Federal Disaster Assistance

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 18:15

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – While nearly $12 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved for Nov. 17 Illinois tornado survivors, the deadline to register for help is approaching.

Survivors must register by Monday, Jan. 27 to be considered for federal disaster assistance.

No applications can be accepted after the deadline, but FEMA will continue to approve disaster assistance for eligible survivors who applied in time.

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FEMA Aids Mental Health Groups during Sandy

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 17:16

LINCROFT, N.J. -- When a disaster strikes, the damage is not limited to property and nature. The fallout from severe storms and flooding can cause significant emotional stress on top of the physical and financial demands of dealing with the aftermath. Since Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey in October 2013, the counselors and volunteers of New Jersey Hope and Healing have been helping affected residents cope.

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Nearly $12 Million Approved for Nov. 17 Tornado Survivors

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 11:12

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Less than two months after tornadoes swept across Illinois, nearly $12 million in federal disaster assistance from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration has been approved to help survivors recover.

The following is a snapshot of the disaster recovery effort as of Jan. 9:

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FEMA Continues to Support Response Efforts in West Virginia

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 08:14

CHARLESTON, Wv. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is on site in Charleston, W.Va., and through its regional office in Philadelphia, Pa., continues to work in close coordination with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to support state and local efforts to ensure public health and safety, in response to emergency conditions resulting from a chemical spill in Charleston on Thursday.

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FEMA Continues to Support Response Efforts in West Virginia Residents Urged to Continue Following Guidance from Local Officials

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 16:02

PHILADELPHIA – The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its regional office in Philadelphia, Pa. and on site in Charleston, W.Va., continues to work in close coordination with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to support state and local efforts to ensure public health and safety, in response to emergency conditions resulting from a chemical spill in Charleston on Thursday.

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FEMA Supporting West Virginia Response Efforts Urges Residents in Affected Area to Listen to Local Officials

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 19:23

PHILADELPHIA – The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its regional office in Philadelphia, Pa., continues to work in close coordination with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to support state and local efforts to ensure public health and safety, in response to emergency conditions resulting from a chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia on Thursday.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of West Virginia

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 08:48

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's emergency disaster declaration issued for the State of West Virginia.

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

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President Obama Signs West Virginia Emergency Declaration

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 08:45

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of West Virginia to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from a chemical spill on January 9, 2014, and continuing.

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FEMA Help Continues After Registration Deadline

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:35

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—  FEMA says Nov. 17 tornado survivors have until Monday Jan. 27 to register for possible disaster assistance, but that doesn’t mean help is ending.

Survivors who register by Jan. 27 may continue to receive federal disaster assistance after this date. The following assistance may be available:         

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Arkansas Declaration

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 19:47

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 Arkansas.

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

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President Declares Disaster for Arkansas

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 19:44

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 Arkansas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm during the period of December 5-6, 2013.

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FEMA Says Help Us Help You

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 14:45

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  – If you’re a survivor of the Nov. 17 Illinois tornadoes, FEMA says you deserve every eligible penny in federal disaster assistance. 

Don’t leave possible FEMA grants and SBA disaster loans on the table. Take the necessary steps to help FEMA help you.

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Take Extra Precautions as Temperatures Drop Below Freezing

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 09:50

CHICAGO – Dangerously low temperatures are in the forecast and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants individuals and families to be safe when faced with the hazards of cold temperatures. 

“Subfreezing temperatures can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people who don't take the proper precautions,” said Andrew Velasquez III, FEMA Regional Administrator. “It is important for everyone to monitor their local weather reports and take steps now to stay safe during times of extreme cold temperatures.”

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