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FEMA In Close Coordination with the State of West Virginia As Severe Weather Continues

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 14:35

PHILADELPHIA – FEMA Region III is deploying an Incident Management Assistance Team and Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) teams to West Virginia to provide support and guidance on the Federal Disaster Declaration Process and PDAs in response to current flooding and severe weather.  

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High Water Mark Event Addresses Past, Future of Flood Risk

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 11:14

PHILADELPHIA – On Thursday, June 23, 2016 the City of Richmond, Virginia unveiled a High Water Mark at Pony Pasture Rapids Park. The marks, also established at Brown’s Island and Great Shiplock Park, show areas where flood water has risen in the past in an effort to raise awareness of flooding and encourage individuals to consider their risk.  

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City of Baltimore Enters Voluntary Floodplain Management Program

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 10:16

PHILADELPHIAResidents of the City of Baltimore, Maryland have received a reduction in their flood insurance premiums through implementation of floodplain management measures encouraged by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

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FEMA Offers Assistance for Renters, Too

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 12:50

AUSTIN, Texas – Renters displaced by the May storms and flooding may be eligible for federal disaster assistance, including grants from FEMA and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

FEMA offers eligible renters grants for rental assistance. These grants help pay for temporary housing while a damaged home or apartment is being repaired.

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Workshop for Businesses on Local, State and Federal Contracting Process

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 12:04

BATON ROUGE, La. – Businesses, trade associations and chambers of commerce learned about securing government contracts during a free workshop this week.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), the Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center (LA BEOC), FEMA and other state agencies spoke about how to increase local, state and federal contract opportunities.                                                                                                                    

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Register With FEMA Even If You Registered With Other Agencies

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 09:34

AUSTIN, Texas – Reporting damage to a county emergency management agency or getting help from the American Red Cross is not the same as registering for federal disaster assistance with FEMA.

Many Texas residents affected by the May storms and flooding may have reported damage to their local, state or volunteer agencies. They may have even registered for assistance with those agencies. But that doesn’t mean they’ve applied for federal help.

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3 Disaster Recovery Centers to Close June 25 in Houston and Cypress (Harris County)

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:57

AUSTIN, Texas – Three disaster recovery centers will close at 2 p.m. on June 25 in Houston and Cypress, both in Harris County.

Harris County

Imperial 20 (Office Building)
16800 Imperial Valley Dr., Suite 108
Houston, TX 77060

Bayland Community Center
6400 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77074

Lone Star College – CyFair Library
9191 Barker Cypress Rd.
Cypress, TX 77433

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FEMA in Pearland (Harris County) and Columbus (Colorado County) With Advice on Lessening Storm Damage

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:53

AUSTIN, Texas – A team of specialists from FEMA will visit home improvement stores in Pearland and Columbus to offer tips and techniques to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damage.

Specialists will be available on the following dates, times and locations:

Harris County

Location:      
Pearland Lumber ACE Hardware
2027 N. Main St.
Pearland, TX 77581 

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Texans Denied FEMA Aid Encouraged to Ask ‘Why?’

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:45

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans who get a letter from FEMA telling them they’re ineligible for disaster assistance should not give up—but should follow up instead.

Anyone who gets a letter from FEMA should read it carefully and call FEMA immediately if they disagree with it or have any questions. A simple error in a telephone number or a missing signature may be all that separates an applicant from federal assistance.

After registering with FEMA, applicants can expect a notice by mail about whether they qualify for federal disaster assistance:

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Severe Weather Wednesday: Get Ready Now

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:38

CHICAGO – With a threatening Wednesday forecast for most of the Great Lakes Region that includes severe storms, heavy rains, strong winds and the possibility of tornadoes, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V encourages everyone to get prepared.

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When there’s Lightning, Bolt to Safety Indoors

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:32

CHICAGO – It’s too easy to think we’re invincible when it comes to lightning storms—going outside, staying in the pool, or continuing a softball game as thunder sounds in the distance are not safe activities when lightning and thunder are in the area. Instead, move indoors when thunder roars—such a simple step could save more than 400 people from getting struck by lightning every year.

In recognition of Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 19 – 25, 2016, FEMA is encouraging everyone to get storm safety smart:

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U.S. Citizens, ‘Qualified Aliens, Non-Citizen Nationals’ Should Register With FEMA for Disaster Help

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 17:03

AUSTIN, Texas – Survivors of the May floods may be eligible for disaster assistance if they have a Social Security number or permanent residency card (green card) or if a minor child who lives in the household has a Social Security number.

What this means: Parents or guardians of minors living in the household during the May storms are encouraged to register for assistance using the child’s Social Security number.

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FEMA awards Port of Brookings more than $400K for dredging

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:41

SALEM, OR – Boaters at Port of Brookings in Curry County will be navigating deeper waters thanks to a $416,250 disaster recovery grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Damage to the harbor, the busiest recreational port in Oregon, resulted from severe weather of December 10, 2015. Soaking rains triggered heavy silt deposits shed by floodwaters from stream tributaries and a failed culvert. Thousands of cubic yards of materials settled on the harbor floor restricting boat access to the Ice House pier service area.

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More than $2 million flows to Oregon for recovery projects

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:39

SALEM, Ore. –The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that it has awarded Oregon more than $2 million as a portion of the FEMA Public Assistance program allocation for recovery from the severe winter storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides and mudslides occurring December 6-23, 2015. This is one of several awards that are expected to be distributed as a result of the nearly month-long weather events.

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SBA Disaster Loan Application Deadlines Nears

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:37

AUSTIN, Texas – Two important deadlines are ahead for Texans who are considering a loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration for recovery from the April storms and flooding.

Most survivors who registered with FEMA for disaster assistance were contacted by the SBA with information on the agency’s loan-interest disaster loans, as well as instructions on how to complete the loan application.

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Disaster Recovery Centers to Close in Cleveland (Liberty County), Houston and Cypress (Harris County)

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:33

AUSTIN, Texas – The disaster recovery center in Cleveland (Liberty County) will close June 24 and three others in Houston and Cypress (Harris County) will close June 25.      

Liberty County

Location:      
Cleveland Civic Center
210 Peach Ave.
Cleveland, TX 77327

Closing:         
6 p.m. Friday, June 24

 

Harris County

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Berlin, NJ Firefighters to Receive New Personal Safety Equipment - Federal Grant will Fund Purchase

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 14:49

NEW YORK — The regional volunteer firefighting alliance in Berlin Borough and Berlin Township is currently operating with obsolete, 14-year-old safety equipment that is out of compliance with National Fire Protection Association standards. 

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FEMA ANNOUNCES 2016 YOUTH PREPAREDNESS COUNCIL MEMBERS

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 14:25

NEW YORK — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today the selectees for the 2016–2018 Youth Preparedness Council and two of them are from FEMA Region II, New Jersey. They are high school students Aahna Ghosh of Parsippany and Sam Kleinberg of East Brunswick.

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Aging Fire Hoses in Upstate New York Fire House Replaced By Federal Grant

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 14:07

NEW YORK — “We normally carry 1,000 feet of two and one-half-inch hose on each of our two engines and our ladder truck. But we are no longer able to do it and that’s not safe,” said Fire Chief Dan Smith of the Hornell, New York Fire Department.

“We used to have 3,250 feet of usable hose,” he said, “but we’re now down to 2,500 feet.  The trouble is that we bought this hose, which is expensive, in the 1960s.  It’s aging and it must comply with the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association or be taken out of service, Chief Smith explained.

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Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Fort Bend and Wharton Counties in Texas

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 13:34

Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Fort Bend and Wharton Counties in Texas

DENTON, Texas– New preliminary flood maps in Fort Bend and Wharton counties are now ready for residents and business owners to review. The maps were produced by a team of local, state and FEMA floodplain officials.

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