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$2.2 Billion in FEMA Public Assistance Grants for Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 16:57

NEW YORK -- More than $2.2 billion in federal aid has been approved to reimburse state, local and tribal governments for Sandy-related response and recovery efforts to date in New York. This figure includes over $31 million for permanent work to protect against future disaster damage.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Texas Declaration

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 14:49

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 Texas.

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

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President Declares Disaster for Texas

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 14:46

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 Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of October 30-31, 2013.

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Colorado Flooding – 100 Days Later

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 12:14

(Editor: Cuts of disaster response and recovery are available at www.flickr.com/photos/coemergency or www.go.usa.gov/DeK9.)

DENVER – In the 100 days following the catastrophic floods that hit much of Colorado, more than $204 million has gone to individuals and households in recovery assistance, flood insurance payments and low-interest disaster loans.

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FEMA Pitches In To Collect Toys For Vermont Children

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 12:46

WILLISTON, Vt. – As the Federal Emergency Management Agency wraps up its mission in Vermont, its personnel are trying to leave behind some holiday cheer for the state’s less fortunate children.

As part of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, staffers at FEMA’s Joint Field Office in Williston have collected new toys to be distributed on Christmas to area children.

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Rantoul Recovery Center to Close Saturday: Holiday Hours for Brookport and East Peoria Centers

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 14:43

Springfield, Ill. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced the Rantoul Disaster Recovery Center at the Rantoul Recreation Building at 100 E. Flessner Ave. will close effective Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.

After that date, survivors of the Nov. 17 Illinois tornadoes can still get information by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362).

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CADDO PARISH, LOUISIANA FLOOD MAPS BECOME FINAL IN FIVE MONTHS

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 18:02

DENTON, Texas –– New flood maps for Caddo Parish, Louisiana will become effective five months from now, on Monday, May 19, 2014. Local and federal officials encourage everyone to view the maps to understand their flood risk and consider purchasing flood insurance before then.

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Seventeen New Jersey Communities are Recognized for Reducing their Flood Risk through the Community Rating System

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:47

LINCROFT, N.J. -- Seventeen New Jersey municipalities will be recognized for reducing their flood hazard risk through the Community Rating System in awards ceremonies today and Wednesday, Dec. 18.

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FEMA Seeking Local Hires to Assist in Disaster Recovery

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:16

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois residents will get the opportunity to assist with the state’s recovery from the Nov. 17 tornadoes while building their professional skills and drawing a paycheck. Temporary, full-time positions are available locally with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.                                                                

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Bayshore Sewerage Authority Mitigation Protects the Environment

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 13:25

BAYSHORE SEWERAGE AUTHORITY MITIGATION PROTECTS THE ENVIRONMENT

LINCROFT, N.J. -- The effect Superstorm Sandy had on the environment was greater than what could be seen with the naked eye. While flooding, storm surges and high winds felled trees, destroyed beaches and dunes, and left waterways filled with debris, the damage the storm did to man-made structures also impacted many already environmentally sensitive areas.

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FEMA Applicant Letters Not End of Line

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 18:16

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois tornado survivors who registered for federal disaster assistance may receive letters from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that say they’re ineligible for help.

They can, however, turn what appears to be a ‘no’ into a ‘yes’.

Survivors can ask FEMA to review their application again if they appeal the agency’s decision within 60 days of receiving their letters.

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FEMA Awards $1.6M to Montgomery Co., TX for Debris Removal from Hurricane Ike

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:28

DENTON, Texas – More than $1.6 million has been awarded to Montgomery County, Texas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for debris and sediment removal accumulated after Hurricane Ike.

The $1,631,996 payment is in addition to more than $14 million already awarded to the county for debris removal. FEMA reimbursed 100 percent of eligible debris removal costs under the Agency’s Public Assistance (PA) program.   

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Boulder Disaster Recovery Center to Close

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:51

DENVER – The last Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) for the September Colorado severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides is closing permanently at 3 p.m., MST, Saturday, Dec. 21.

BOULDER COUNTY

Premier Credit Union Building

5495 Arapahoe Ave.

Boulder, CO 80303

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MST

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Repair Tornado-Damaged Vehicles with Federal Help

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 08:52

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Anyone who had a car damaged or destroyed in counties affected by the Nov. 17 Illinois tornadoes may be eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance.

Those who may be eligible include not just residents of the designated counties, but also those who were working or visiting in areas and had damage to their vehicle during the tornadoes.

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Federal and State Infrastructure Aid For 2013 Flood Events Tops $18.6 Million

Sat, 12/14/2013 - 13:51

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and North Dakota Department of Emergency Services announced that federal and state assistance funding for public infrastructure repairs following the 2013 winter and spring floods has surpassed $18.6 million. 

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of California Declaration

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 19:08

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 California.

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

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President Declares Disaster for California

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 19:05

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 California to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the Rim Fire during the period of August 17 to October 24, 2013.

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FEMA Helps People with Disabilities Access Disaster Assistance

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 17:30

Springfield, Ill. –  To help entire communities recover from the Nov. 17 Illinois tornadoes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is working to make sure survivors with disabilities and those with functional needs have equal access to disaster assistance programs.

To achieve this goal, FEMA coordinates efforts with state and local agencies and volunteer organizations to identify needs and locate appropriate resources. FEMA has a Disability Integration Advisor on site in Illinois to coordinate the various elements of the program.

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SBA Loans Help Individuals & Businesses on the Road to Recovery

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 17:27

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials, along with partners from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are encouraging homeowners, renters and businesses to apply for low-interest disaster loans to help fund their losses.

If Illinois residents apply for assistance with FEMA and are referred to the SBA, it’s important for them to submit a loan application to assure that the federal disaster recovery process continues and they keep their options open:

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More than $1 Million in Federal Assistance Approved for Nov. 17 Storm Survivors in Illinois

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 17:43

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Less than a month after tornadoes swept across Illinois, more than $1 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency grant assistance has been approved to help those affected by the storms.

1,632 people have contacted FEMA for help or information regarding disaster assistance.

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