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FEMA Mitigation Advisers Offer Guidance to Flood Survivors in Columbia, Summerville

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 13:23

COLUMBIA, S.C. – As South Carolinians rebuild and repair after the recent historic floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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Hurricane Wilma: Ten Years Later

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 15:55

ATLANTA -- Ten years ago October 24, Hurricane Wilma slammed ashore near Naples, Fla., as a Category 3 storm with a 50-mile-wide eye. Wilma was the most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin, with wind speeds reaching 175 mph over the Gulf of Mexico.

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Media Availability to tour FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 14:46

Installation of seven Manufactured Housing Units underway

Who: California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

What: Media members will have an opportunity to tour one of the manufactured housing units Cal OES and FEMA are installing in Calaveras and Lake counties to provide temporary housing for eligible survivors of the Butte and Valley wildfires. 

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Calhoun County to Help South Carolina Flood Survivors

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 12:19

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A disaster recovery center is open in St. Matthews to help South Carolina flood survivors. This Calhoun County center is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies are at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest loans. They can also help survivors apply for aid.

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Three Years after Sandy: New Jersey’s Private Sector Continues the Work of Recovery

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 11:00

EATONTOWN, N.J. -- The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy left survivors and businesses in New Jersey with large-scale recovery needs. In the three years since, the state’s private sector has made significant contributions to strengthen recovery efforts.

Immediately after Sandy struck, Private Sector specialists with FEMA’s External Affairs division deployed to New Jersey to work with chambers of commerce, industry associations, individual companies, colleges and universities, the medical industry and other organizations.

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FEMA aid reaches $16.9 billion for New York’s Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 10:44

NEW YORK – FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration have disbursed nearly $16.9 billion for New York’s recovery since Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast three years ago. This amount includes more than $1 billion paid directly to survivors for housing and other essential needs through the Individuals and Households Program which ended April 30, 2014.

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CNMI provides free fax options for Soudelor survivors

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 02:04

SAIPAN, CNMI – Typhoon Soudelor survivors on Saipan who need to get documents to the Federal Emergency Management Agency have several places where they can do so free of charge.

When the joint CNMI/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Susupe closed earlier this month, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands began arranging locations that would provide this service to survivors. That list currently stands at four:

Saipan Mayor’s Office

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FEMA Mitigation updates its Outreach schedule

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 00:04

SAIPAN, CNMI – FEMA Mitigation Outreach specialists are updating their schedule.

They are currently at Do-It-Best Hardware in Chalan Kiya, meeting with customers and providing booklets and pamphlets on how to build back stronger to be safer in the next storm. They are in the store from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, and will continue there through Friday, Oct. 23.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Washington Declaration

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 22:09

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, Tribal and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Washington

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 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 and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by wildfires and mudslides during the period of August 9 to September 10, 2015.

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California Disaster Recovery Centers change operational hours

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 18:11

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Cal OES are altering the schedules of Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Calaveras and Lake counties, with two Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers closing permanently.

Starting this weekend the DRC hours of operation will be:

Monday – Friday:                               8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday:                                             9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Gadsden to Help South Carolina Flood Survivors

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 14:41

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A new disaster recovery center is open in Gadsden to help South Carolina flood survivors. This Richland County center is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.

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FEMA to Assess Future Over-the-Air Broadcast Alerting Technology

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 09:56

WASHINGTON —The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Continuity Programs’ Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Division has begun to assess the feasibility of a public alert and warning capability that is being developed in the private sector.   

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CalOES and FEMA Serves the Whole Community: Assistance for Survivors with Disabilities

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 18:54

Sacramento, CA – The California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are continuing to encourage Lake and Calaveras county residents with disabilities, or any survivor with additional needs, who were affected by the recent wildfires, to utilize the many available accessible resources to register for assistance. 

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Williamsburg, Orangeburg Counties

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 10:38

COLUMBIA, S.C. – New disaster recovery centers are open in Livingston and Kingstree to help South Carolinians who experienced losses from the recent floods.

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the centers to discuss disaster-assistance programs and help survivors find resources for recovery.

Locations and hours of the new recovery centers:

Williamsburg County

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