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FEMA Extends Disaster Assistance Deadline for Illinois Tornado Survivors: FEMA says let us know you need help

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:47

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — At the request of the state of Illinois, Nov. 17 tornado survivors now have until Monday, Feb. 3 to apply to FEMA for disaster assistance.

Registering is easy and usually takes no more than 20 minutes. There are three ways survivors can apply for assistance from FEMA:

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FEMA Provides $5 Million to North Dakota RECs for October Storm Repairs

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:02

DENVER — FEMA announced today that federal disaster aid totaling $3,965,356.40 has been made available to Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative and $1,240,902.86 has been made available to Slope Electric Cooperative.  The funds are being made available as part of the federal disaster declaration made by President Obama to assist North Dakota in dealing with the early October blizzard.

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Freestone County, Texas Added to Federal Declaration for Halloween Floods

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:02

AUSTIN, Texas – A Jan. 17, 2014 amendment to a federal disaster declaration for Texas following the severe storms and flooding that impacted central portions of the state on Oct. 30-31, 2013 now includes Freestone County.

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Crisis Counseling Available to Massac, Tazewell County Tornado Survivors

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 18:01

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – While Massac and Tazewell county residents are working to recover following the Nov. 17 tornadoes, many of them also need to recover emotionally.

Free help is available for tornado survivors who feel mentally overwhelmed, exhausted or unable to cope.

The Illinois Strong Crisis Counselor Program is a FEMA funded initiative that provides emotional support, recovery education, recovery resource information and coping tips for Massac and Tazewell county survivors.

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FEMA Disaster Assistance is Available for Illinois Tornado Survivors but Deadline to Register Less Than a Week Away

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 13:26

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Nov. 17 tornado survivors have less than a week to register for federal disaster assistance.

Survivors must register by Monday, Jan. 27, to be considered for FEMA grants and SBA low-interest disaster loans to help cover eligible disaster-related expenses, including:

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FEMA Seeks Applicants for Youth Preparedness Council

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:07

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council.

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Web Resources and Social Media Focus on Colorado Recovery

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:23

DENVER – Those following Colorado’s recovery from severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides can draw upon a variety of Web and social media resources from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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FEMA Provides Federal Funding to Combat Colby Fire in Los Angeles County, California

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 17:47

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 Colby Fire currently burning in Los Angeles County.

On January 16, 2014, the State of California submitted a request for a fire management assistance declaration for the Colby Fire.  The authorization makes FEMA funding available to reimburse up to 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire.

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Tornado Survivors Have Until Jan. 25 to Visit East Peoria Disaster Recovery Center: FEMA Helpline remains available seven days a week to assist survivors.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 16:57

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois tornado survivors have until 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, to visit the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the Festival of Lights Building on East Washington Street in East Peoria.  

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 Aid Programs for the State of Alaska Declaration

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 16:14

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 Alaska.

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

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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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