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Public Invited to Comment on Flood Maps for City of Llano and Llano County in Texas

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:03

DENTON, Texas – After working together for months to create new preliminary flood maps, officials from the city of Llano and Llano County, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now want to hear from the public.

Homeowners, renters and business owners in these three counties are encouraged to review the preliminary flood maps to understand where flood risks have been identified. Anyone who has comments or who would like to file an appeal has until Jan. 25, 2016, to submit them.

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Completing SBA Loan Application May Mean More Assistance for Some

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 18:37

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina storm and flood survivors are reminded to complete loan applications from the U.S. Small Business Administration even if they do not plan to accept a loan.

Survivors who receive notice to apply to the SBA are encouraged to complete the application as it may make them eligible for other assistance. Survivors should apply to SBA before insurance is settled.

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No flood insurance? Now is the time to buy

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 15:34

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It is time to buy flood insurance, if you don’t already have it. Available to everyone, businesses, homeowners and renters alike, it is the only insurance that will help you recover from flooding and mudflows.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Johns Island to Help South Carolina Flood Survivors

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 13:58

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A disaster recovery center is open in Johns Island to help South Carolina flood survivors. This Charleston County center is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice.

The disaster recovery center is located at:
Berkeley Electric Cooperative
3351 Maybank Highway, Johns Island

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

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 18:59

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

The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
Newberry County Sheriff’s Emergency Services Building
540 Wilson Road, Newberry.

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Rebuild with floods and fires in mind

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 16:01

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Pine Ridge Disaster Recovery Center to Close

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 20:18

PINE RIDGE, S.D. – The last Pine Ridge Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), located at the SuAnne Big Crow Center, is closing permanently at 5 p.m., MST, on Friday, November 6, 2015.

Oglala Sioux Tribal and federal officials have been paying close attention to how many applicants have been visiting the center. Over the past weeks, the number of individuals seeking help at the Pine Ridge Disaster Recovery Center has dropped, indicating that the information needs of survivors in the area who suffered damages during the May 8-29th event have mostly been met. 

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FEMA Specialists Blanketed Fire Ravaged Areas of California with Help

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 18:40

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The day after President Obama issued a major disaster declaration in Calaveras and Lake counties, Calif., FEMA teams were already on the ground and fanned out providing information and helping survivors register for assistance from the disastrous wildfires.

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South Carolina Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Bamberg and Eutawville

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 09:29

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two disaster recovery centers are open in Bamberg and Eutawville to help South Carolina flood survivors.

The centers will be open seven days a week, Monday through Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., until further notice.

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Alaska Declaration

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 20:50

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 and Affected Local and Tribal Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Alaska

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 20:46

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 to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe storm on August 27, 2015.

The President's action makes federal funding available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by a severe storm in the North Slope Borough.

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FEMA Hiring Local Employees for South Carolina Disaster Recovery Offices

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 16:38

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is hiring South Carolinians for full-time, temporary jobs at offices in Blythewood, Florence and North Charleston.

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce and FEMA are working together to advertise job opportunities. To apply for open positions, create an account on the jobs.scworks.org website.

The following positions are needed:

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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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