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FEMA Outlines a Decade of Progress after Hurricane Katrina

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:59

WASHINGTON – August 2015 marks the tenth year since the devastating 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Katrina was one of the strongest storms to impact the coast of the United States, causing widespread devastation and affecting an estimated 90,000 square miles along the central Gulf Coast states. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita and then Hurricane Wilma in October made landfall compounding an already catastrophic situation.

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Federal Disaster Aid to Local Governments Helping Rebuild Arkansas Communities

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 09:51

NORTH LITTL ROCK Federal officials today estimated more than $6 million in disaster assistance will help fund local governments’ storm recovery from this spring’s severe weather.

That funding is in addition to nearly $2 million in federal disaster assistance to date that has helped individuals, families and businesses repair property and replace essential possessions.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Vermont Declaration

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 21:54

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 Vermont.

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

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President Declares Disaster for Vermont

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 21:49

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 Vermont to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe storm and flooding on June 9, 2015. 

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Advice on Preventing Damage from Future Storms Offered at Home Improvement Store in Bastrop County, Texas

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 15:42

AUSTIN, Texas – As Texans rebuild or repair their homes damaged by the May 4 through June 22 storms, 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 specialists will be on hand in Bastrop County at in-store information centers to answer questions and offer home improvement tips and proven methods to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. Most of the information is geared for do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

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FEMA Mitigation Teams to End Community Outreach

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 15:41

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – There are only a few days left to meet with FEMA specialsts at select home building supply stores and learn how to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damage.

The experts are available at the stores to talk to any Arkansas resident interested in building or remodeling their property to better withstand heavy rain, wind, and flooding.

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Disaster Recovery Center in Howard County to Close Aug. 5; Deadline to Register is Aug. 25

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:04

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The disaster recovery center in Howard County will close at the end of the business day on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015.

Located at the Carter Day Training Center, 200 Lake Nichols Drive in Nashville, the center was opened to provide help to those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms May 7 to June 15, 2015.

The center is open Monday through Friday,  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Aug. 5. After the center closes, help is still be available online or by a toll-free call.

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Disaster Recovery Center in Crawford County to Close Aug. 7; Deadline to Register is Aug. 25.

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:57

Disaster Recovery Center in Crawford County to Close Aug. 7; Deadline to Register is Aug. 25.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Hours at the disaster recovery center in Crawford County changed this week and officials announced the center will close at the end of the business day on Friday, Aug.  7.

Located at the Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Building, 615 E. Pointer Trail in Van Buren, the center provides help to those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe spring storms, May 7 to June 15, 2015.

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DHS Announces Grant Allocations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Preparedness Grants

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 14:16

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 for eight Fiscal Year 2015 DHS preparedness grant programs, including the Homeland Security Grant Program. These allocations total more than $1.6 billion to assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit agencies, and the private sector with their preparedness efforts.

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Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Have Options for Assistance

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:55

OKLAHOMA CITY – Farmers and ranchers affected by the May 5 to June 22 storms, tornadoes, flooding and straight-line winds could be eligible for assistance from several agencies.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency can assist survivors who are farmers and ranchers with some immediate needs including grants to pay for:
• Temporary housing and minor home repairs;
• Replacement of personal property, including clothing; and
• Serious immediate needs not covered by insurance.

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Businesses, Nonprofit Organizations Get Smart about Low-Interest Disaster Loans

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:14

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Businesses and nonprofit organizations are discovering a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration is smart business.

Disaster loans provide funding for private sector recovery and are being used to:

  • Repair or replace buildings and business assets, such as equipment and inventory;

  • Meet payroll and lease obligations during business downtime caused by the disaster;

  • Refinance existing liens; and

  • Make improvements to protect against future damage.

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FEMA Offers Resources for Property Owners Rebuilding After Disaster

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 10:07

NORTH LITTLE ROCK –  FEMA offers a wide range of free resources for Arkansas homeowners who are either rebuilding after the spring storms or preparing for the next time disaster strikes.

FEMA maintains an extensive online library, including bilingual and multimedia resources, which describe the measures contractors or do-it-yourselfers can take to reduce risks to property. FEMA publications can be viewed online and downloaded to any computer.

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Disaster Assistance for Oklahoma Storms Expands to Include 12 More Counties

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:59

OKLAHOMA CITY – Homeowners, renters and business owners in 12 more Oklahoma counties affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding starting on May 5 through June 22 can now apply for state and federal disaster assistance. Those counties include Adair, Cherokee, Coal, Delaware, Garvin, Hughes, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Murray, Ottawa and Pontotoc, which now brings the total to 45.

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Disaster Recovery Center to Relocate in Wimberley for Texas Flood Survivors

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:03

AUSTIN, Texas – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Wimberley (Hays County) will relocate on Thursday, July 30 for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 4 to June 22.

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FEMA, New York State & New York City Sign Off on 78 Hurricane Sandy Public Assistance Recovery Agreements

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:02

Agreements Total $9.9 Billion in Recovery Funding Since 2013; Funding Provided Under New Public Assistance Pilot Program

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Extensión del período de incidentes por la Declaración de desastre de Texas e incorporación del condado de Red River para Asistencia Individual

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 14:54

AUSTIN, Texas: Más residentes de Texas pueden ser elegibles para recibir asistencia por desastre debido a la noticia de una extensión del período de incidentes original y la incorporación de otro condado de Texas para recibir Asistencia Individual debido a una declaración de zona de desastre mayor con fecha 29 de mayo por fuertes tormentas, vientos en línea recta, tornados e inundaciones.

El nuevo período de incidentes abarca del 4 de mayo al 22 de junio. El nuevo condado incorporado es Red River.

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18 More Texas Counties Eligible for FEMA Public Assistance

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 14:44

AUSTIN, Texas – Eighteen more Texas counties are now eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster aid. The aid includes all categories of work, including debris removal, emergency protective measures and infrastructure repairs in the wake of severe storms, tornadoes, straight line winds and flooding in Texas from May 4 to June 22.

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FEMA Registration Deadline Now Just a Month Away

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:41

FEMA Registration Deadline Now Just a Month Away

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Residents of nine Arkansas counties who suffered damage from the severe storms of May 7 through June 15, 2015, have only about one month left to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The deadline to register for disaster assistance is Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015.

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California to receive FEMA funding to battle Wragg Fire Near Lake Berryessa in Napa, Yolo, and Solano Counties

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 15:32
FEMA Public Affairs (510) 627-7006

OAKLAND, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California combat the Wragg fire burning in Napa, Yolo and Solano Counties. 

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DRC in Jefferson County to Cut Hours, Then Close July 29

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 13:28

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The disaster recovery center in Jefferson County will be closed this weekend, July 25 and 26, 2015 and then close permanently at the end of the business day on Wednesday, July 29.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. After business hours and after the center closes, the toll-free Helpline, 1-800-621-3362, is still available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time).

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