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FEMA Awards $914,519 Grant to McHenry County: Hazard mitigation funds will be used to acquire and demolish 10 flood prone structures

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 15:48

CHICAGO –The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $914,519 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to McHenry County, Ill., for the acquisition and demolition of 10 residential structures in the Nippersink Creek floodplain. Following demolition, these properties will be maintained as permanent open space in the community.

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One Year Later: Rebuilding Better and Stronger

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:23

ANCHORAGE, ALASKAOne year has passed since the thunder of ballistic ice loomed over several Interior Alaskan communities that witnessed record-level floods in May 2013. Today, the sound of hammers, saws and power tools heralds in the start of construction season as volunteers and residents work to complete recovery efforts initiated last summer in Alakanuk, Circle, Emmonak and Galena.

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MEMA, FEMA to Reimburse Local Governments for Debris Pick-up until July 26

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:18

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency announce local governments in counties designated for federal disaster assistance have until July 26 to pick up eligible disaster-related debris, including stumps and root balls, from public rights-of-way.

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FEMA Continues to Monitor Midwest Severe Weather: Residents should remain vigilant as weather continues to move through the area

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:49

CHICAGO–As heavy rains, storms and flooding continue to impact several states throughout the Midwest, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region V office continues to monitor the situation and urges all residents to remain vigilant especially for potential power outages, rising flood waters and dangerous road conditions as a result of the severe weather.   

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FEMA, SBA Deadline Less Than Two Weeks Away

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 18:07

Jackson, Miss. – The deadline for Mississippi storm survivors to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is June 30.  

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FEMA Mitigation Specialists Available at Home Depot and Lowe’s

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 15:17

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Are you repairing or rebuilding damaged property? Have questions about flood insurance? Want to protect your property from potential loss or damage from future disasters?

Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation specialists will be available at three home improvement stores in the area to provide information on rebuilding safer and smarter. 

Specialists will be available at the following Home Depot stores through noon on June 26.

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Pensacola Recovery Center Transitions to SBA Loan Outreach Center on Monday

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 15:14

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The State/FEMA disaster recovery center located at the Brownsville Community Center is transitioning on Monday, June 23, to a U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan outreach center. Survivors will still be able to obtain disaster-related information after the center transitions.  

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Contact FEMA If Insurance for Tornado-Related Living Expenses Expires

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 17:25

JACKSON, Miss. – Disaster survivors whose additional living expenses (sometimes termed “loss of use”) from their insurance company are running out and who still have a temporary housing need should contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency helpline (800-621-3362) immediately if they have not registered for disaster assistance.

Those who have registered should fax or mail a letter to the address below, explain the situation, document the use and expiration of living expenses from insurance and update their permanent housing plan.

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Misconceptions May Hinder Survivor Recovery

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 09:44

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Some survivors of the recent Alabama storms may not have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance because of misconceptions or lack of accurate information. Here are some examples:

I didn't know there was assistance available.
FEMA tries to let everyone know about disaster assistance, but some people miss the message. Please be sure to spread the word among your co-workers, neighbors and friends.

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Alabamians Can Go To Home Depot, Lowes For FEMA Advice On Rebuilding Stronger

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 09:41

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – As recovery continues from the April 28 to May 5 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that hit Alabama, federal officials are offering help on how to rebuild “stronger and safer” for the next disaster.

Specialists with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be at Home Depot and Lowe’s home improvement stores around Alabama to offer residents information about rebuilding their flood- and wind-damaged homes to make them better able to withstand future disasters.

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FEMA Rebuilding Experts to Provide Advice in Laurel

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 15:22

JACKSON, Miss. – Residents in the Laurel area can learn how to build or rebuild to reduce the likelihood of damage the next time severe storms, tornadoes or floods hit. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mitigation specialists know how and they are sharing their knowledge.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be at Lowe’s in Laurel for five days this week to discuss specific methods with anyone who stops by. They will have free booklets and pamphlets with additional details.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Nebraska Declaration

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:25

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 Nebraska.

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

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Recovery Centers Have Closed but FEMA Still Here to Help Alabama

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:22

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Closure of the FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers in Alabama does not mean FEMA has left Alabama.

All the assistance services available at the Recovery Centers are easily accessible online and by phone.   There also is a FEMA representative at the SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers, many of which are in the same location of the Recovery Centers.

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President Declares Disaster for Nebraska

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:22

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 Nebraska to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of May 11-12, 2014.

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FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Pennsylvania and West Virginia

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:14
Emergency preparedness exercise scheduled for the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a Biennial Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station. The exercise will occur during the week of June 16th, 2014 to assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of West Virginia to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

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Two Weeks Left To Register For Disaster Assistance

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:03

Montgomery, Ala. – Alabamians who had damage from the April 28 to May 5 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding have just two more weeks to register for FEMA assistance.

The deadline to register with FEMA is Tuesday, July 1. To register:

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Six Weeks After Disaster, Federal Aid for Alabama Totals More Than $27 Million

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:45

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- More than $17 million has been approved through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved nearly $10 million through its low-interest disaster loan program.

The following numbers, compiled June 12, provide a snapshot of the Alabama/FEMA disaster recovery to date:

Funds approved

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Use Caution When Hiring A Contractor

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:42

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – For Alabama storm survivors, hiring the right rebuilding contractor is a key step down the road to recovery.

Consumers who need repair work done quickly following a natural disaster are sometimes targets of unscrupulous business practices.

“Homeowners should look for a contractor with a proven track record who readily offers client references. Most service providers in the building industry are honest, but it’s sad to say that disasters sometimes attract scam artists,” officials say.

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Two Disaster Recovery Centers Closing, But Assistance Is Still Available

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 13:51

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Survivors have until 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, to visit two joint state/federal disaster recovery centers in Okaloosa and Walton counties, but assistance is still available and only a phone call away.

It is not necessary for those affected by the disaster to visit a center in order to register for or receive disaster assistance. In fact, people with storm-related losses are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a center.

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FEMA Offers Rebuilding Advice at Area Home Improvement Stores

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:25

PENSACOLA, Fla. – People who are repairing or rebuilding damaged property can get advice from a Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation specialist at two Pensacola home improvement stores.

Hazard mitigation specialists who are knowledgeable about property cleanup and rebuilding safer and smarter will be offering advice and guidance Tuesday, June 17, through Thursday, June 26.

Specialists will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays at the following locations:

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