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Help Remains for Louisiana Disaster Survivors after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Jena, LaSalle Parish

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:01

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Jena disaster recovery center will close Saturday, April 9, at 6 p.m.

The center is located at the following address:

East Jena Baptist Church
1220 Pepper Street
Jena, La.

Louisiana disaster survivors may still visit other centers to meet with recovery officials. For other locations go to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or call 800-621-3362.

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Wildfire Recovery Assistance for Washington Reaches $3.5 Million from FEMA

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:59
DUPONT, Wash. – Federal grants to help Washington recover from the state’s worst wildfire season have topped $3.5 million, according to officials with the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “FEMA grants offer significant financial relief for hard-hit communities in Washington,” said State Coordinating Officer Kurt Hardin of EMD. Language English
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Be Aware and Beware of Disaster-Related Fraud and Scams

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:45

AUSTIN, Texas – State and federal recovery officials encourage Texans to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals. Also, be aware FEMA does not endorse any commercial businesses, products or services.

FEMA encourages survivors as well as local residents and businesses to be especially vigilant for these common post-disaster fraud practices:

Fraudulent building contractors. When hiring a contractor:

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Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Willacy and Cameron Counties in Texas

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 15:49

DENTON, Texas– New preliminary flood maps for residents and business owners in Willacy and Cameron counties are now ready for residents to review. Local, state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials teamed up to produce them.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to view the maps for a better understanding of their flood risks. This understanding will help make informed decisions about building plans. It will also help decide whether to purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program.

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Preliminary Flood Maps for Three Texas Counties Ready for Public View

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 15:36

DENTON, Texas – New preliminary flood maps for residents of Chambers, Liberty and San Jacinto counties area ready for residents to review. Communities affected by the maps include Liberty, Dayton, Dayton Lakes, and Mont Belvieu.

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Texas Receives $3.3 Million for Repairs to Roads in Hidalgo County

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 14:27

DENTON, Texas – The state of Texas has been awarded more than $3.3 million in federal disaster assistance for repairs to roads in Hidalgo County. Road damages were a result of the severe storms and flooding in May and June 2015.

The funding, which is made possible by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program, covers the cost to restore the roads to their pre-flood form and function. More than 10 miles of roadways in and around Mercedes and Edcouch will be repaired.

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More Louisiana Residents May Be Eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance, Urged to Register

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 14:16

Baton Rouge, La – Louisiana disaster survivors in Avoyelles Parish may now be eligible for federal disaster assistance.                  

Their first step is to register with FEMA.

Individuals in the 36 designated parishes who had storm damage may apply for federal disaster assistance three ways:

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News You Can Use: Make your home more flood resistant

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 13:05

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Mitigation experts at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) say there is no better time than now for Missouri homeowners to start thinking about how to prepare for the next flood.

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FEMA offers free publications in several Missouri libraries

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 12:14

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Free publications are available now in three library systems to help Missouri residents rebuild safer and stronger from the Missouri flooding. FEMA’s outreach teams created displays to provide information along with the publications.

Libraries in Cole, Camden and St. Louis counties are providing the information to help Missourians learn more about damage from weather, prepare for disasters, rebuild safer and learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program.

Libraries providing the publications include:

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Louisiana Disaster Survivors in Ouachita, Tangipahoa and Beauregard Parishes Can Get Rebuilding Tips at Local Home Improvement Stores

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 09:30

Baton Rouge, La. — Survivors from Ouachita, Tangipahoa and Beauregard parishes who are rebuilding after the March severe storms and floods can receive a free consultation with hazard mitigation advisers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The free mitigation stations will be open on a walk-in basis at Lowe’s in Monroe, Ouachita Parish; Lowe’s in Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish; and Stine Lumber-Building in DeRidder, Beauregard Parish, starting Friday, April 8, 2016.

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Louisiana Disaster Survivors May Find An SBA Loan Is the Key To Their Recovery

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 09:13

BATON ROUGE, La. –If you are one of the Louisiana flood and storm survivors referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), it’s important to complete and submit the loan application you receive to ensure that your disaster recovery process continues to move forward.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Roseland, Tangipahoa Parish, and Coushatta, Red River Parish for Louisiana Survivors

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 08:59

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Thursday, April 7, in Roseland, Tangipahoa Parish and Coushatta, Red River Parish to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

The National Guard Pavilion RSA
62589 Holloway Rd.
Roseland, La.

 

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Nearly $3.3 Million in Disaster Assistance Distributed to Mississippi Storm Survivors

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 16:46

PEARL, Miss. – Nearly $3.3 million in state and federal disaster assistance has been disbursed to help those affected by the storms and flooding in Mississippi that began March 9, 2016.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been contacted by nearly 2,200 people for help or information regarding disaster assistance.

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FEMA Launches New Preparedness Feature to Smartphone App

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 16:15

Push Notifications to Remind Users to Take Simple Steps to Prepare for Disasters, Provide Easy Access to Information on How to Be Ready for Fires, Severe Weather, and other Hazards

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Pineville, Rapides Parish and Many, Sabine Parish for Louisiana Survivors

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 15:28

 

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Wednesday, April 6, in Pineville, Rapides Parish and Many, Sabine Parish to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

The Old Cleco Bldg
201 Cleco Drive
Pineville, La.

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Mississippi Disaster Survivors: Don’t Be Victimized by Fraudulent Contractors or Disaster Workers

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:14

PEARL, Miss. – Mississippians whose homes were damaged in the recent storms and flooding may encounter people attempting to cheat them by posing as inspectors, government officials, volunteers or contractors. These people may try to obtain personal information or collect payment for disaster assistance or repairs.

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Four Additional Texas Counties May Now Apply for Disaster Assistance

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 11:08

AUSTIN, Texas – At the request of the state of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has added Henderson, Limestone, Shelby and Tyler to the federal disaster declaration of March 19. They join the nine counties already approved for both Individual Assistance and Public Assistance: Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Hood, Jasper, Marion, Newton, Orange and Parker.  

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Quitman County Disaster Recovery Center Opens for Disaster Survivors

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 17:23

PEARL, Miss. – A disaster recovery center is now open in Quitman County to provide assistance to survivors of the severe storms and flooding that began March 9, 2016.

Recovery centers are run jointly by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Representatives of state, federal and voluntary agencies are set up in the center to explain the various programs designed to help survivors recover.

The Quitman County center is located at the Marks Fire Department, 108 W. Main St,

Marks, MS 38646.

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Two Mississippi Counties Added to Federal Disaster Declaration for March Severe Storms and Floods

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 17:21

PEARL, Miss. – At the request of Governor Phil Bryant, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration for severe storms and flooding that began March 9, 2016. Survivors in George and Pearl River counties can now register with FEMA for disaster assistance through the Individual Assistance program.

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Volunteers Needed in Louisiana for Disaster Recovery

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 17:02

BATON ROUGE, La. – In the wake of a disaster, the people of Louisiana have always come together with compassion and courage to ask how they can help survivors.

Soon after a disaster people come forward to assist those in need. However, people often don’t realize there is still a great need a few weeks after the disaster. Currently, there is a shortage of volunteers, particularly in northern Louisiana.

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