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Spring Tornadoes Are an Important Reminder to Prepare

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 15:58

DENVER – A year ago Tuesday, on May 20, an EF5 tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 and leaving a 17-mile trail of destruction.

Later this week, May 22, will be the sixth anniversary of the EF3 tornado in Windsor, Colorado, that killed one person, was on the ground for 39 miles and was up to a mile wide.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Now Open for Survivors in Okaloosa and Walton Counties

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 17:17

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Additional disaster recovery centers are now open in Okaloosa and Walton counties to assist Florida Panhandle survivors affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

The disaster recovery centers will be open until 5 p.m. today, Saturday, May 17, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 18.

Beginning Monday, May 19, the centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays. The centers are located at:

Okaloosa County

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Be Aware of Scam Artists

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 15:43

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Floridians whose homes were damaged in the recent severe storms may encounter people posing as inspectors, government officials or contractors. These persons may try to obtain personal information or collect payment for disaster assistance or repairs.

FEMA employees DO NOT solicit or accept money from disaster survivors. Many legitimate disaster assistance employees may visit your property such as insurance agents, FEMA disaster survivor assistance teams and inspectors.

Please keep these things in mind:

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Non-U.S. Citizens May be Eligible for Disaster Assistance

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 17:01

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas storm survivors who are in the United States legally, but who are not U.S. citizens, may be eligible for disaster assistance for damage from the tornadoes and severe storms that hit Arkansas on April 27, according to officials from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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DISCARDING YOUR SBA LOAN PACKET COULD BE LIKE THROWING AWAY MONEY

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 16:55

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Disaster recovery officials have a key message for homeowners, renters and business owners in the four Arkansas counties approved for individual assistance as a result of the April 27 severe storms: Complete your U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan application Discarding it could be like throwing away money!

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Federal Disaster Aid To Alabama Nears $10 Million

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 16:49

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabamians are urged to file for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) if their homes were damaged during the storms, tornadoes and flooding between April 28 and May 5, 2014.

More than 6,600 residents’ registrations have been approved in the nine affected counties in the two weeks following the presidential disaster declaration.

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Five Months Remain Before Calhoun County, TX Flood Maps Become Final

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 16:27

DENTON, Texas ––In five months, new flood maps for Calhoun County, Texas will become effective.

Local, state and federal officials are encouraging everyone to view the maps before Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 in order to understand their flood risk and then consider buying flood insurance.

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Bellaire, Texas Celebrates a Safer Community

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 16:23

DENTON, Texas – Residents, business and residential renters, and business owners in Bellaire, Texas can now enjoy a 5 to 15 percent reduction in flood insurance premiums because of the city’s active participation in the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS).

This means those policyholders who reside in Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) will receive a 15 percent reduction on flood insurance premiums, and policyholders located outside the SFHA will enjoy a 5 percent discount.

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Disaster Assistance Tops $110 Million One Year after Oklahoma May Tornadoes

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 15:44

OKLAHOMA CITY – One year after severe storms and tornadoes, including an EF-5 tornado, devastated the central region of Oklahoma, progress continues to be made for survivors and communities affected.

Millions of dollars in state and federal assistance has helped in repairing and rebuilding homes, businesses and schools damaged by the storms.

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Agricultural and Aquaculture Businesses May Be Eligible for Disaster Aid

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 14:53

JACKSON, MS – Mississippians engaged in agriculture or aquaculture who sustained damage from recent tornadoes or storms might be eligible for financial assistance for damage or losses occurring during that period.

Along with residents of the 12 counties named in the presidential major disaster declaration for tornado and storm damage April 28 through May 3, they may be eligible for federal help to repair or replace their primary residence.

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Survivors have until 8 p.m. Friday to Visit the Canton Disaster Recovery Center

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 14:51

JACKSON, Miss. – The Canton Disaster Recovery Center in Madison County will be open until 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, to assist Mississippi residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 28 to May 3.

The center will be open at 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Friday at:

Madison County Road Department

3137 S. Liberty St.

Canton, MS 39046

After Friday, disaster survivors can still get help by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362

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Disaster Recovery Center Schedule Changes Begin Saturday, May 17

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 14:48

JACKSON, Miss. – Beginning Saturday, May 17, hours of operation of the eight Disaster Recovery Centers open in Mississippi will change. Survivors may visit any center for assistance. The new schedules are:

 

Itawamba County:

265 Tishtontee Dr., Mantachie, Miss.

8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.

 

Jones County:

1425 Ellisville Blvd., Laurel, Miss.

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (unchanged).

 

Lee County:

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FEMA Provides Federal Funding to Assist Cocos Firefighting Efforts in San Diego County, California

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 14:30

OAKLAND, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California combat the Cocos Fire burning in San Diego County, in the San Marcos community.

On May 14, 2014, the State of California submitted a request for a fire management assistance declaration for the Cocos Fire.  The authorization makes FEMA funding available to reimburse up to 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire.

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Remember Pets When Planning For Emergencies

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:54

LINCROFT, N.J. – For many households, there is an extra element to account for when making plans for disasters – the family pet.

Pets are an important part of many households and their unique needs should be taken into account, as they are particularly vulnerable when a disaster strikes, particularly one that requires evacuation or relocation. They are unlikely to survive on their own if left behind, and if they do, they could run away and be difficult to find afterwards.

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FEMA Provides Federal Funding to Combat Poinsettia Fire in San Diego County, California

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 19:36

OAKLAND, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California combat the Poinsettia Fire currently burning in Carlsbad, Calif.

On May 14, 2014, the State of California submitted a request for a fire management assistance declaration for the Poinsettia Fire.  The authorization makes FEMA funding available to reimburse up to 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire.

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FEMA Public Assistance Now Available in Four Florida Panhandle Counties

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 17:46

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Four Florida Panhandle counties are now eligible for additional disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The aid will help the state, local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofits cover disaster-related expenses and the repair or rebuilding of critical infrastructure.

Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties were added Wednesday to the May 6 major disaster declaration for the severe storms and flooding that overwhelmed parts of the Panhandle from April 28 through May 6.

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Don’t Be Victimized by Fraudulent Contractors or Disaster Workers

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 14:04

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

Please keep in mind that FEMA employees DO NOT solicit or accept money from disaster survivors. Many legitimate disaster assistance employees may visit your property such as insurance agents, FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams and inspectors.

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Completing SBA Disaster Loan Application Keeps the Recovery Process Moving

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 14:03

JACKSON, MS. — If disaster survivors in Mississippi apply for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and are referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 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.

FEMA and SBA encourage homeowners, renters and businesses to apply for low-interest disaster loans to help fund their losses:

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FEMA Public Assistance Extended in Nine Mississippi Counties Hit by Storms

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 14:01

JACKSON, MS – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended federal disaster aid in nine Mississippi counties to help the state, local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofits cover disaster-related expenses and the repair or rebuilding of critical infrastructure.

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Disaster Recovery Center Now Open in Jones County

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 13:59

RIDGELAND, Miss. – A disaster recovery center is now open in Jones County to assist Mississippi residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 28 to May 3.

The disaster recovery center will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice and is located at:

The Jones County 361 Saferoom

1425 Ellisville Blvd.

Laurel, MS 39440

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