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Commonly Asked Questions on the Benefits of SBA Disaster Loans

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 12:28

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters. Survivors of the California wildfires may have questions about the SBA.

Below are the most common along with the answers:

What is an SBA disaster loan?

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Federal Assistance for California Wildfire Survivors Tops $20 Million

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 11:04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Since wildfires swept Lake and Calaveras counties, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) mission has been to help individuals, families and businesses recover from the disaster.

As of today, FEMA and the SBA have approved more than $20 million in federal disaster assistance for California survivors.

Here is a snapshot of the disaster-recovery effort as of Oct. 29, 2015:

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Three Counties Added to Washington Public Assistance Disaster Declaration for Windstorm

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 18:28

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended federal disaster aid under the Public Assistance program to three additional Washington counties affected by the Aug. 29, 2015, severe windstorm.  

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SCEMD and FEMA Encourage South Carolina Flood Survivors to Keep Information Updated

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 17:16

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Survivors of South Carolina’s recent floods who registered for disaster assistance are urged to keep their personal information updated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency throughout the recovery process.

Applicants should share any change of address, telephone and bank account numbers and insurance information with FEMA to avoid disaster assistance processing delays.

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Otero County, New Mexico Flood Maps Become Final

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 16:58

DENTON, Texas ––New flood maps for Otero County and the Village of Tularosa will become effective and will be used for rating flood insurance policies on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Flooding is the most frequent natural disaster in the U.S. and only flood insurance covers these unexpected, damaging and sometimes fatal events. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a voluntary protection program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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FEMA Mitigation Advisers Offer Guidance to Flood Survivors in Horry County

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 15:36

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.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand in Horry County to answer questions and offer home improvement tips to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. Most of the information is geared towards do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

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FEMA Mitigation Advisers Offer Guidance to Flood Survivors in Charleston County

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 15:29

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.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand in Charleston County to answer questions and offer home improvement tips to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. Most of the information is geared towards do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

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FEMA Mitigation Advisers Offer Guidance to Flood Survivors in Lexington, Richland, Sumter Counties

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 11:31

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.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand in Lexington, Richland and Sumter counties to answer questions and offer home improvement tips to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. Most of the information is geared towards do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

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Three Years after Sandy: Recovery by the numbers

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 10:51

Total Federal Assistance

  • Federal agencies have provided $6.8 billion in total funding to applicants in New Jersey

FEMA Individual Assistance

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Texas Panhandle Partnership Implements Regional Alert System

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 11:26

FEMA and the state of Texas are highlighting Texas communities that have taken steps to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property.

POTTER COUNTY, Texas – A multi-county initiative that began five years ago in the Texas panhandle provides residents an effective emergency alert system that helped save lives and property during the historic May 2015 floods.

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South Carolina Flood Survivors Have Many Ways to Get Help

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 15:46

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s historic floods affected people’s jobs, mental state or left them needing legal assistance. But help is still available. There are several programs to assist survivors with these issues as they work to recover from the floods:

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

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Three Years after Sandy: FEMA Funding for Recovery in New Jersey Exceeds $6.8 Billion

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 08:35

EATONTOWN, NJ. -- In the three years since Hurricane Sandy scored a direct hit on New Jersey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been actively engaged in the recovery effort, providing $6.8 billion to date to help the state recover and rebuild.

This money has helped to restore critical facilities, clear debris, replace boardwalks along the Jersey Shore, rebuild public infrastructure, and reimburse municipalities throughout the state for the enormous costs of clearing debris and restoring public safety in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Berkeley County to Help South Carolina Flood Survivors

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 17:22

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two disaster recovery centers are open in Berkeley County to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers, one in Goose Creek and the other in Huger, are open

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The new centers are located at 303 N. Goose Creek Blvd. in Goose Creek and at the Berkeley County Emergency Medical Services No. 7 at 1501 Recreation Road in Huger.

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Bridging a Link to History at Liberty State Park

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 12:30

Eatontown, N.J. -- When it comes to destruction, disasters like Superstorm Sandy don’t discriminate:  historic structures and environmentally sensitive areas that lie in the path of a storm are in just as much peril as less significant sites.

But when a historic structure or ecologically fragile area is damaged in a disaster, particular care must be taken to ensure that any repair or remediation that must take place is done in accordance with historic and environmental regulations.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Georgetown County to Help South Carolina Flood Survivors

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 08:17

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two disaster recovery centers are open in Georgetown County to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers - one in Andrews and the other in Georgetown - are open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The new centers are located at Potato Bed Ferry Community Center, 531 Big Dam Swamp Drive in Andrews and Beck Recreation Center at 2030 West Church St. in Georgetown.

They replace the center that closed on Friday at the Walmart parking lot at 1295 Frazier St. in Georgetown.

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South Carolina Disaster Recovery Center Changes Sunday Hours in Gadsden

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 13:20

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The disaster recovery center in Gadsden has new hours on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The center’s Monday-to-Saturday hours remain 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 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.

The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:

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Public Assistance Applicant Briefings in Lakeport and San Andreas

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 13:26

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services will conduct applicant briefings in Lakeport Monday and in San Andreas Wednesday to inform representatives of local government agencies and certain private nonprofits how to file requests for assistance with losses caused by the Butte and Valley fires in Lake and Calaveras counties.

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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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