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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Gadsden to Help South Carolina Flood Survivors

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 14:41

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A new disaster recovery center is open in Gadsden to help South Carolina flood survivors. This Richland County center is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.

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FEMA to Assess Future Over-the-Air Broadcast Alerting Technology

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 09:56

WASHINGTON —The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Continuity Programs’ Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Division has begun to assess the feasibility of a public alert and warning capability that is being developed in the private sector.   

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CalOES and FEMA Serves the Whole Community: Assistance for Survivors with Disabilities

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 18:54

Sacramento, CA – The California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are continuing to encourage Lake and Calaveras county residents with disabilities, or any survivor with additional needs, who were affected by the recent wildfires, to utilize the many available accessible resources to register for assistance. 

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Williamsburg, Orangeburg Counties

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 10:38

COLUMBIA, S.C. – New disaster recovery centers are open in Livingston and Kingstree to help South Carolinians who experienced losses from the recent floods.

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the centers to discuss disaster-assistance programs and help survivors find resources for recovery.

Locations and hours of the new recovery centers:

Williamsburg County

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Disaster Recovery Centers in South Carolina Open in Charleston and Lee Counties

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 15:22

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two disaster recovery centers are open in Charleston and Lee counties to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Charleston County

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Clarendon, Orangeburg and Sumter Counties

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 09:39

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Three disaster recovery centers are open in Clarendon, Orangeburg and Sumter counties to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

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South Carolina Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Horry County

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 09:35

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two disaster recovery centers are now open in Horry County to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers’ hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

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Federal Aid Programs for State of Washington Disaster Recovery

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 21:35

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s major disaster declaration issued for Washington.

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

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President Declares Major Disaster for Washington

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 21:31

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 Washington to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the severe windstorm on August 29, 2015.

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FEMA Ineligibility Letters May Not Be the Last Word

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 17:01

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Some disaster survivors affected by the severe storms and flooding in South Carolina may receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency saying they are ineligible for disaster assistance.

If that happens, do not be alarmed or discouraged. It may mean that FEMA does not have all the information needed to make a decision regarding an applicant’s disaster assistance.

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South Carolina Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Darlington and Orangeburg Counties

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 16:10

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two disaster recovery centers are now open in Darlington and Orangeburg to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers’ hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

 

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Leading Cancer Center Weathers Storms in Multiple Ways

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 10:54

FEMA and the state of Texas are highlighting Texas communities that have taken steps to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property.

HOUSTON – For the last 25 years, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston has consistently ranked among the top two cancer care hospitals in the nation, according to a survey published by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital’s staff of more than 19,000 treat an average of 114,000 patients each year from around the world.

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Disaster Relief Trials Sweep Portland

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 17:24

This Saturday bicycle enthusiasts will test their resourcefulness at the Disaster Relief Trials (DRTs) in Oregon. The event is a competitive cargo bike disaster drill that encourages community preparedness.

Cargo bikes can haul loads weighing 200 pounds or more of food, water and medical supplies. In addition to hauling supplies, cargo bikes provide a transportation option that is more nimble than cars, especially in the aftermath of an earthquake when transportation and fuel infrastructure will be severely damaged. 

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Three Years after Sandy: Most of New Jersey’s Boardwalks Are Rebuilt

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 15:55

EATONTOWN, N.J. -- Hurricane Sandy struck a terrible blow to the Jersey Shore in 2012, Up and down the state’s 127 miles of coastline, boardwalks were driven off their foundations and transformed into pil

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Help is Still Available for Survivors of July’s Severe Storms

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 15:23

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Survivors in counties affected by the July severe storms, who registered with FEMA for aid and have questions, can call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585, Video Relay Service 800-621-3362) or go online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

The eight eligible counties were: Breathitt, Carter, Fleming, Johnson, Leslie, Perry, Rowan and Trimble, and the deadline to register with FEMA for assistance was Oct. 12, 2015.

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Survivors who are not U.S. Citizens may be eligible for FEMA Disaster Assistance

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 11:23

SACRAMENTO– Residents in Lake County affected by the Valley Fire, including those who are not U.S. citizens, may be eligible through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance. If you are unsure of your eligibility, FEMA will assist you through the process when you call 800-621-3362 and register.

The aid may be available to citizens, non-citizen nationals, and qualified aliens. Qualified aliens include those with legal permanent residence (shown by Green Cards). Their status will not be jeopardized by requesting disaster assistance.

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CNMI gets chance to show Soudelor preparedness lessons learned

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 03:00

Typhoons, as we witnessed with Soudelor, are a double threat. They can produce both dangerously high winds and widespread torrential rains.

Slow moving storms and tropical storms moving into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy rain. This not only damages or destroys homes directly with water and wind, but can also produce damages indirectly with landslides or mud slides. Flash flooding is also a possibility, and flooding near streams or low lying areas may persist for several days or more after a storm.

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FEMA Rebuilding Experts to Provide Advice in Saipan

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 01:23

SAIPAN, CNMI – Typhoon Soudelor survivors who want to build back better and stronger can learn how from experts for the next two weeks.

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency Mitigation specialists have been at Ace Hardware in Susupe, talking with customers and handing out free booklets and pamphlets. Their last day there is Sunday, October 18.

 

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Small Business Administration is Important to ALL Disaster Survivors

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 14:28

SACRAMENTO – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) plays a unique role in helping all disaster survivors recover. It provides low-interest recovery loans to businesses and residents, if they can afford to repay. By registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), most survivors are automatically referred to the SBA.

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Disaster Recovery Centers in South Carolina Open in Florence and Kershaw Counties

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 18:03

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two disaster recovery centers are open in Florence and Kershaw counties to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

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