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Survivors of August Floods May Register by Phone or Online

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 16:10

WARREN, Mich. – Michigan residents affected by flooding Aug. 11 through 13 may now call or go online to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to state and federal officials. Aid is available to eligible applicants in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

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FEMA Region III Promotes Action for America's PrepareAthon!

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:18

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region III office in Philadelphia is encouraging the whole community to take action to prepare! It’s the end of National Preparedness Month and time to move from awareness to action on National PrepareAthon! Day, September 30th.

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Federal Aid Programs for Kentucky Declaration

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 19:58

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 Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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

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President Declares Disaster for Kentucky

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 19:49

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 Commonwealth of Kentucky to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of August 18-23, 2014.

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Review, Update Your Insurance Policies

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:48

EATONTOWN, N.J. -- September is National Preparedness Month, and the latter half of the year is an ideal time for people to review their insurance policies. Understanding the details of what specific policies cover and what the policyholder is responsible for after a disaster is important as both clients’ needs and insurance companies’ rules change.

Insurers’ decisions and legislative changes have the biggest effect on changes in policies. Consumers should make themselves aware of possible changes in these areas and know what to look for while reviewing their policies.

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FEMA Encourages Communities to Participate in National PrepareAthon! Day

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 17:14

 America’s PrepareAthon! Campaign Offers Simple, Specific Actions Americans Should Know and Practice to Prepare For a Disaster in their Community

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Calling All Mayors: Reduce Your Town’s Flood Risk, Insurance Costs through FEMA’s Community Rating System

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 15:27

EATONTOWN, NJ -- Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy, communities around New Jersey are still recovering from the damages inflicted by that historic storm.

The cost of cleaning up debris, clearing waterways and roads, repairing damaged sewer systems and other critical infrastructure, and rebuilding homes and businesses assaulted by wind and water is well into the tens of billions of dollars.

The idea that a storm like Sandy could happen again isn’t one we want to contemplate. But the fact is, not only could it happen again, chances are good that it will.

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Know Your Neighbors, Get Involved In Community Preparedness

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 15:16

EATONTOWN, N.J. – Whether you just moved into your neighborhood a week ago or you’ve lived there for 25 years, getting to know your neighbors has always been an important part of a functioning society. It can also be helpful in a crisis, because after a disaster occurs, the people in closest proximity to you – and the people who will be able to help you most immediately – are your neighbors.

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FEMA Awards $11 Million to Increase Preparedness Through the Continuing Training Grants Program

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:25

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today awarded six training grants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Continuing Training Grant (CTG) program totaling $11 million. These awards will result in trained and certified members of the whole community to include first responders, emergency managers, technical specialists, community leaders, and tribal and local governments, and it will help prepare them for all types of disasters. The period of performance for the FY 2014 CTG program is 36 months. 

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Michigan Declaration

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:20

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 Michigan.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Michigan

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:14

WASHINGTON -- 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 Michigan and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding on August 11-13, 2014.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

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FEMA Unveils National Strategy to Strengthen Youth Preparedness

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:02

Ad Council, FEMA and Disney launch “Big Hero 6” PSAs to Encourage Emergency Preparedness for Kids

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Volunteer Fire Company in Rural NJ To Get New Turnout Gear

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:25

25 Firefighters on Duty 24/7 Year-Round in 50-Square-Mile District 

New York, NY -- “Eighty-four percent of our members have gear that is ten years old and the other 16 percent have no gear at all and are unable to receive training,” is the way Joseph Sterling, Captain of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company, described the condition of his department’s personal protective equipment.  

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Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas Receive More Than $1.6 Million in FEMA Preparedness Grants

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:57

DENTON, Texas — Emergency management agencies in five states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas – have been awarded more than $1.6 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

In Arkansas, the grants total $149,515 and cover:

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PRELIMINARY FLOOD MAPS RELEASED IN ARANSAS AND SAN PATRICIO COUNTIES IN TEXAS

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:50

DENTON, Texas – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Aransas and San Patricio counties in Texas are encouraged to look over newly-released preliminary flood maps in order to determine their flood risks and make informed decisions.

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Know Your Evacuation Routes For Emergency Departures

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 13:29

Eatontown, N.J.-- When an incident reaches the point that it’s unsafe for people to remain in the immediate area, getting everyone evacuated as safely and quickly as possible becomes crucial. One of the most – if not the most – important part of an evacuation is figuring out how to get out of the affected area.

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Grant to Secaucus, NJ Provides Town's Firefighters with Modern, Compliant Equipment

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:30

Federal Funding Also Offers Upgrades in Training

New York, NY -- An award from the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program will outfit 46 volunteer firefighters in Secaucus, New Jersey with personal protective equipment, in addition to funding advanced firefighter training. 

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FEMA Announces First Meeting of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:04

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that the first public meeting of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC) is scheduled for September 30 to October 1, 2014, at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Auditorium in Reston, Virginia. 

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FEMA Mitigation Experts Continue Outreach in Moses Lake and Yakima

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:04

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation experts will be available this week at home improvement stores in Moses Lake and next week in Yakima to provide information about ways to rebuild or remodel that can reduce the risk of damages from wildfire, flooding, flash flooding, and other disasters.

They will also be there to answer questions about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.

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Federal Assistance Expanded in Washington State to Kittitas County

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:59

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency  today announced it is expanding disaster assistance to Kittitas County.

The disaster aid helps the county pay for repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public facilities, roads and bridges, water facilities and other infrastructure damaged or destroyed by wildfires that occurred between July 9 and Aug. 5.

Kittitas County has been added to the major disaster declaration of Aug. 11, which provided assistance to Okanogan County and the Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation.

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