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Pets displaced by disaster need forever homes

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:52

Charleston, W.Va. -- Some pets that were separated from their human families by the flooding this past June aren’t able to return home. Their owners were displaced by the disaster and can no longer care for them. These precious four-legged friends, now in area animal shelters, are eager to find new forever homes.

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Dangerous Heat Conditions are in the Forecast

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 16:23

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants individuals and families to be safe when faced with extended periods of high temperatures.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued excessive heat warnings and advisories in areas throughout the Midwest.  Heat indexes in excess of 100 degrees can be expected.  It is essential residents take necessary precautions to avoid the harmful impacts of the high temperatures.

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Don’t Wait for Insurance Settlement to Register with FEMA for Disaster-Related Damage

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 11:09

AUSTIN, Texas—Texas residents who filed their homeowner’s insurance claims for disaster-related damage are encouraged to register with FEMA even if they did not receive a final insurance settlement.

Disaster officials say survivors shouldn’t delay filing a FEMA grant application because they’re waiting for a decision from their insurance companies.

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Affected by April Storms? Register by July 29. Damage from May-June Floods? Register by Aug. 10

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:48

AUSTIN, Texas—Two deadlines are fast approaching for Texans affected by the April storms and those who had damage from flooding that began around Memorial Day weekend and stretched into June.

The deadline to apply for federal disaster assistance for the April 17-30 storms is July 29.

That deadline is for these 16 affected counties: Anderson, Austin, Cherokee, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Parker, San Jacinto, Smith, Waller, Wharton and Wood.

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Help Remains When DRCs Close

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:19

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Summers, Lincoln, Fayette and Pocahontas counties and one in Summersville in Nicholas County will close permanently Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m. But, as a survivor of the June disaster, you will still be able to get the help you need with just a phone call.

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FEMA Seeking to Hire Texans to Work on Flood Recovery

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 14:56

AUSTIN, Texas—FEMA is looking to hire Texas residents as temporary employees to help with the state’s recovery from the past year’s storms and flooding.

FEMA is hoping to hire as many as 14 people—mostly in Austin and Houston but with a few positions in Denton and Bon Wier—to fill a variety of temporary positions working on disaster recovery.

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Disaster Recovery Center Closing in July 18 in Cleveland

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 14:52

AUSTIN, Texas—The disaster recovery center in Cleveland in Liberty County will close July 18.

Liberty County

Location:
City of Cleveland Civic Center
210 Peach Ave.
Cleveland, TX 77327
Closing: 6 p.m. Monday, July 18

Disaster recovery centers are operated jointly by FEMA and the state. Visiting a disaster recovery center is not required to register for FEMA assistance.

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Text messages for West Virginians from FEMA

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:50

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – When you register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), you can choose to receive updates to your smartphone or other device via text. You will start receiving those updates soon after you complete the registration process.

The official FEMA number sending messages to your device is 43362 and all notifications will contain the last four digits of your FEMA registration number at the beginning of the message (for example, FEMA ID####).

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Oklahoma Declaration

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 16:50

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 Oklahoma.

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

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President Declares Disaster for Oklahoma

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 16:47

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 Oklahoma to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of June 11-13, 2016.

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DRCs close on Sundays; Trim hours

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 12:51

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Effective Sunday, July 17, Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in West Virginia will be closed on Sundays and begin operating weekly under new hours.

The new operating hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. All DRCs will be closed on Sundays, including this Sunday, July 17.

If you have questions outside the DRC business hours, you can call the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Helpline at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay service), or 800-462-7585 for TTY users.  You can use the Helpline to:

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Texans Have Two Weeks Left to Register for April Flood Disaster Aid

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 11:44

AUSTIN, Texas—Texans who suffered damage or losses from the April storms and flooding have only two more weeks to register with FEMA for federal disaster assistance.

Residents of 16 counties who experienced damage or losses between April 17 and 30 have until July 29 to register for assistance after FEMA—at the request of the state—extended both the deadline to register as well as the period of time during which damage is eligible.

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FEMA App Helps You Prepare as Hurricane Season Heats Up

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 10:47

ATLANTA, Ga. -- With FEMA’s updated free app you can get weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the nation. You can receive alerts on severe weather happening anywhere in the country, even if your phone is not located in the area. That makes it easy to follow severe weather that may be threatening your family and friends, especially now as the height of hurricane season approaches.

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Digital Preliminary Flood Maps for Georgia Coast Ready for Public Viewing

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 10:18

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Newly revised preliminary digital flood insurance rate maps for the coastal Georgia areas of Bryan, Chatham, Liberty and McIntosh counties will be available for residents to review at four public open houses the week of July 18-22. Flood maps show the extent to which areas are at risk for flooding, and when updated maps become effective they are used to help determine flood insurance and building requirements.

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Third DRC Opens in Nicholas County

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 10:08

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Nicholas County now has three Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) with the July 15 opening of the latest center.

The newest center is located at the Birch River Elementary School, 379 Birch River Rd., Birch River, W.Va. 26610.

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Disaster assistance is available for older adults and people with disabilities

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 17:01

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Older adults and people with disabilities affected by the June 22-29 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides may be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

It is important to register with FEMA by calling 800-621-3362 to find out about services that may be available.

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Federal Disaster Assistance Tops $51 Million for May-June Storms and Flooding

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 15:00

AUSTIN, Texas—More than $51 million in federal disaster assistance to date is helping fuel the recovery for households and businesses in 24 Texas counties hit hard by the May-June storms and flooding.

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Disaster Assistance tops $28 million for West Virginia storm survivors

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 15:45

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Disaster assistance grants approved for homeowners and renters affected by last month’s severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides, has reached more than $28 million, less than three weeks after President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for West Virginia.  

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What Texans Are Asked When Applying for FEMA Assistance

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 15:00

AUSTIN, Texas—Residents of 24 Texas counties affected by storms and flooding that occurred in May and June are encouraged to register with FEMA for federal disaster assistance. Having the information they need ready when they call or go online to register will speed the process.

Applicants will be asked for the following information:

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FEMA offers advice on repairing, rebuilding at local Lowe’s stores

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 09:26

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — As West Virginians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by last month’s storms, floods, landslides and mudslides, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local Lowe’s Home Improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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