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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Central Texas

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 10:17

AUSTIN, Texas – Three State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are now open in Bastrop and Travis Counties for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from Oct. 22 to Oct. 31.

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Renters with Storm Damage May Apply for Disaster Assistance

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:26

AUSTIN, Texas – Renters displaced from their homes or apartments by the October storms may be eligible for federal disaster assistance, which may include grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

FEMA grants for eligible renters may include funds to cover the cost of renting another place to live.

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FEMA Mitigation Advisers Offer Guidance to Flood Survivors in Columbia, Charleston, Lexington, North Myrtle Beach, Orangeburg and Summerville

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 15:43

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 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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Help Remains Available After Disaster Recovery Centers Close in Elgin, Huger and Newberry

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 01:00

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Three disaster recovery centers will close Saturday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m.:

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Long-Term Recovery Groups Provide Safety Net for Calaveras and Lake County Wildfire Survivors

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 19:30

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – To date, $27 million in total federal assistance has made a large impact on helping survivors of the Butte and Valley wildfires repair and rebuild. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) know it takes a whole community effort to recover.

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Return SBA Application Now Because Flood Damage May Show Up Later

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 17:09

COLUMBIA, S.C. –Expensive flood-related damage is not always evident immediately.

Survivors of South Carolina’s October heavy rains and severe floods may be unaware of issues that might show up in their homes or businesses in the weeks or months after the flood. These include:

  • Malfunctions to furnaces or other expensive appliances not in use during the flood

  • Home foundation settling

  • Unknown structure damage

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Preliminary Flood Maps in Tarrant County, Texas Ready for Public View

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 17:51

DENTON, Texas –Residents of Arlington, Grand Prairie and the rest of Tarrant County have new preliminary flood maps to review.

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FEMA Extends South Carolina’s Disaster Assistance Application Deadline

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 19:59

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The deadline for survivors of South Carolina’s historic floods to register for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance has been extended an additional 30 days to Jan. 3, 2016.

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What Texans Should Expect after FEMA Registration

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 19:13

AUSTIN, Texas—After disaster survivors have registered for federal disaster assistance, FEMA will ask them to provide information on disaster damage, proof of identity and residence, insurance and other documentation, to determine eligibility.

As a first step, a FEMA contract inspector will contact applicants to make an appointment to view disaster damage. It is important to provide good contact information at the time of registration and keep the appointment to keep the application moving forward.

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Storm Survivors in Texas Encouraged to Register for Disaster Assistance

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 13:20

AUSTIN, Texas—Texans who sustained damage or losses from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred Oct. 22 through Oct. 31 can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The presidential disaster declaration of Nov. 25 makes federal assistance available to eligible individuals and business owners in 15 counties: Bastrop, Brazoria, Caldwell, Comal, Galveston, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Liberty, Navarro, Travis, Willacy and Wilson.

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FEMA Mitigation Advisers Offer Guidance to Flood Survivors in Charleston, Darlington, Dorchester, Greenwood, Horry and Richland Counties

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 10:15

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 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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Deadline Approaching to Register for FEMA Assistance

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 06:36

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Just a little over a week remains for survivors of the Oct. 1-23 storms and flooding in South Carolina to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The deadline to register for federal disaster assistance is Friday, Dec. 4.

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Texas Receives Federal Disaster Declaration; Texans Urged to Apply for Disaster Aid

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 14:43

Texas Receives Federal Disaster Declaration; Texans Urged to Apply for Disaster Aid

DENTON, Texas – Texans affected by the recent severe storms should register now with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Federal aid programs for the state of Texas

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 13:58

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 State of Texas.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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President declares major disaster for Texas

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 13:54

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of October 22-31, 2015.

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Survivors Urged to Stay in Touch with FEMA

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 13:46

SACRAMENTO, Calif.The deadline for Calaveras and Lake county wildfire survivors to register with FEMA has passed, but various forms of disaster assistance remain available. Survivors who registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are urged to stay in touch with the agency.

“Even though the DRCs are closed, FEMA remains in California to work with the state and local governments to provide assistance with recovery,” said Tim Scranton, Federal Coordinating Official for this disaster. “FEMA will remain as long as needed.”

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FEMA Reminds Survivors: One Call Gets You In

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:39

COLUMBIA, S.C. Survivors of South Carolina flooding Oct. 1-23 can get help with one phone call.

Call the Federal Emergency Management Agency helpline at 800-621-3362 for information about many federal disaster assistance-related matters. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Survivors who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; those who use 711/VRS can call 800-621-3362. They can also visit www.disasterassistance.gov.

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Sumter Disaster Recovery Center Reopens at New Location on Tuesday

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 02:00

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The disaster recovery center formerly at the Sumter County Civic Center will reopen at the following location at 8 am. Tuesday, Nov. 24:

  • Central Carolina Technical College building located at 853 Broad St. in Sumter

The center will be open six days a week Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice. The center will be closed Thanksgiving Day.                                                                                                                

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Last day to register with FEMA and apply for SBA disaster loans

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 20:03

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today is the last day that wildfire survivors in Calaveras and Lake counties can register to receive housing or other needs assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and apply for disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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Include Your Pets in Disaster Preparedness Planning

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 19:59

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Many pets were left behind to fend for themselves during the wildfires in California’s Calaveras and Lake counties resulting in serious injuries, death or disappearance.

This occurred because the fire came so fast many survivors had no time to save the animals.

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