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Deadline is Friday to Submit Requests for Public Assistance following November Storm

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 18:47

 

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – State agencies – along with local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofit agencies – affected by the Nov. 17, 2015, severe storm in northern Idaho have until Friday to submit the paperwork needed to request reimbursement grants.

Submitting a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) with the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security (IBHS) is the first step in applying for funds under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program.

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Help Remains Available After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Lexington County

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 15:50

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A disaster recovery center in Lexington County will close Friday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m.:

  • Irmo Library, 6251 St. Andrews Road, Columbia

Many services available at disaster recovery centers are also available by calling the FEMA helpline. Survivors of Oct. 1-23 storms and flooding in Lexington County can get help by calling 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585; those who use 711/VRS can call 800-621-3362. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Survivors can use the helpline to:

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Temporary Housing Assistance Available for Displaced Survivors in Mississippi

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 14:14

OXFORD, Miss. – Are you still sleeping on your friend’s couch every night while you work on repairs to your storm-damaged house?

Are you and the kids crammed into your in-laws’ one bedroom, one bath because your home was destroyed by the December storms?

If you were displaced by the disaster and remain unable to return home or find a new dwelling, we may be able to help.

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Beware: Disaster Recovery is Fertile Ground for Fraud and Scam Artists

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 16:32

AUSTIN, Texas – State and federal recovery officials encourage Texas residents to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals who may try to prey on survivors vulnerable due to the October severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does not endorse any commercial businesses, products or services. FEMA encourages survivors to be especially vigilant for these common post-disaster fraud practices:

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Texas Storm Survivors Should ‘Stay in Touch’ with FEMA

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 10:32

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas homeowners and renters who have registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are encouraged by recovery officials to “stay in touch,” even after the Jan. 25 application deadline.

Applicants changing their addresses or phone numbers should update that information with FEMA. Missing or erroneous information could result in delays getting a home inspection or in receiving assistance.

FEMA has provided two ways for homeowners and renters to update their information:

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What’s Available at a Mississippi Disaster Recovery Center

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 18:53

OXFORD, Miss. – The Mississippi and federal emergency agencies are operating five disaster recovery centers in Mississippi to offer a number of services to individuals affected by the December storms. The centers, located in Benton, Coahoma, Marshall, Quitman and Tippah counties, are jointly operated by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with county and local agencies. They serve as one-stop-shops to provide community access to recovery services, referrals and information.

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Mississippi Disaster Recovery Centers Change Hours, Days

Sun, 01/17/2016 - 21:16

OXFORD, Miss. – The disaster recovery centers open in Benton, Coahoma, Marshall, Quitman and Tippah counties are changing their hours of operation, effective Monday, Jan. 18.

The centers will now be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday until further notice. The centers will be closed on Sundays.

Anyone who needs reasonable accommodations when visiting the centers may request them by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired and use a TTY should call 800-462-7585.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Michigan Emergency Declaration

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 17:43

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 Michigan.

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

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President Obama Signs Emergency Declaration for Michigan

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 17:40

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 Michigan to supplement state and local response efforts in the area affected by contaminated water beginning on April 25, 2014, and continuing.

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Additional Mississippi Counties Approved for Disaster Aid

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 00:26

OXFORD, Miss. – The state of Mississippi and local governments and certain private nonprofits in Coahoma, Panola and Quitman counties are now eligible to receive federal assistance to help cover expenses and repair damage associated with the tornadoes and severe weather in late December, according to state and federal officials.

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More Than $1.5 Million in Disaster Assistance Approved for Mississippi Storm Survivors

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 00:21

OXFORD, Miss. – Less than a month after severe storms, tornadoes and flooding swept across Mississippi, more than $1.5 million in state and federal disaster assistance has been approved to help those affected by the storms.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been contacted by 775 people for help or information regarding disaster assistance.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Washington Declaration

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 22:08

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 Washington.

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

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President Declares Disaster for Washington

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 22:03

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 Washington to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of November 12-21, 2015.

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National Disaster Recovery Group to Assess Lake County Fire-Related Needs

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 19:29

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In response to the unmet needs of survivors following the Valley Fire, a long term recovery committee (LTRC) has been established. This committee, Team Lake County (TLC), has requested the expertise of a national disaster recovery group to determine who in the community will need additional assistance from voluntary agencies to rebuild and recover from the fire.

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Help Remains Available After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Darlington

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 19:04

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A disaster recovery center in Darlington County will close Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 5 p.m.:

  • South Carolina National Guard Armory, 1764 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington

Many services available at disaster recovery centers are also available by calling the FEMA helpline. Survivors of Oct. 1-23 storms and flooding in Darlington County can get help by calling 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585; those who use 711/VRS can call 800-621-3362. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Tippah County

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 18:16

OXFORD, Miss. – A disaster recovery center is open in Tippah County to provide assistance to survivors of the December storms, tornadoes and floods that affected Mississippi.

The recovery center is run jointly by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and hosts representatives of federal and state agencies who can explain the various programs designed to help survivors recover.

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