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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for South Dakota

9 hours 50 minutes ago
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for South Dakota

WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of South Dakota to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe storm, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding on May 12, 2022.

Federal funding is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storm, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding in Aurora, Beadle, Bon Homme, Brookings, Clay, Codington, Day, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Hanson, Hutchinson, Kingsbury, Lake, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Roberts and Turner counties, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Alana B. Kuhn has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.

mashana.davis Wed, 06/29/2022 - 21:02
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Four Pacific Northwest Youth Join the FEMA 2022-2023 Youth Preparedness Council

11 hours 16 minutes ago
Four Pacific Northwest Youth Join the FEMA 2022-2023 Youth Preparedness Council

BOTHELL, Wash. – FEMA announced the 2022-2023 Youth Preparedness Council members, and four are from states in FEMA Region 10. Katie Clark of Washington and Neha Srinivasan of Oregon are new members joining existing members Miles Butler of Idaho and Shivani Jayaprakasam of Washington.

FEMA selected 15 new members to join 10 returning council members. Members were selected based on their dedication to public service, community involvement and potential to increase levels of community resilience throughout the country. FEMA created the council in 2012 to bring together diverse young leaders interested in strengthening disaster preparedness across the nation and within their communities.

Clark expressed she is eager to expand on her regional Red Cross experience. “I’m…excited to be combining my Red Cross work as a youth preparedness coordinator with my Youth Preparedness Council position to maximize preparedness efforts in my area and to help on a larger scale.”

The council supports FEMA’s commitment to build a culture of preparedness in the United States and provides an avenue to engage young people by considering their perspectives, feedback and opinions. Council members meet with FEMA staff throughout their term to provide input on strategies, initiatives and projects.

This year, each council member will participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit held virtually in late July. During this annual event, members will participate in online preparedness activities; learn from senior leaders in national preparedness; and engage with FEMA community preparedness staff who offer support and mentorship throughout their term.  

The new 2022 council members are: Sophie Fares of California Lauren Coval of Colorado Taylor Worbington of Florida Vaishnavi Kumbala of Louisiana Navin Ramesh of Massachusetts Theo Illarionov of Massachusetts

Janice Saji of Michigan Aarushi Bute of Missouri Meher Harjani of New Jersey Amanda Cisse of New York Kemi Heyward-Rotimi of North Carolina Neha Srinivasan of Oregon Ryan Liu of Texas Layla Ibrahim of Virginia Katie Clark of Washington

The returning council members are: Isaac Doll of Colorado Aubrey Dockins of Florida Miles Butler of Idaho Beitris Boyreau-Millar of Maryland Ranjana Ramesh of Massachusetts Alexia Nastasia of Missouri Mirika Jambudi of New Jersey Megan Cameron of New York Amira Seay of Texas Shivani Jayaprakasam of Washington

The next application cycle will open in early 2023. Teens in the eighth through 11th grades may apply online at https://community.fema.gov/PreparednessCommunity/s/apply-to-ypc.

To learn more about FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council, visit: http://www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.

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mary.j.edmon Wed, 06/29/2022 - 19:36
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FEMA Approves Funding for 700 Earthquake-Related Projects

19 hours 40 minutes ago
FEMA Approves Funding for 700 Earthquake-Related Projects

Funds will be allocated this year for the remaining 94 projects

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico –The allocation of federal funds to Puerto Rico for its recovery from the 2020 Earthquakes steadily continues. This week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reached 700 obligated projects aimed at helping communities recover from damage to the spaces and infrastructure that are part of everyday life.

“Our goal is to allocate funds for all projects that seek to address the damage caused by the earthquakes and that the reconstruction results in comprehensive social, economic and community development for all residents. We're aware that the residents of the southern region have had to cope with both Hurricane María and the earthquakes, so we remain committed to ensuring that both recoveries continue in unison,” said Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator José G. Baquero. 

Aside from repairs to roads, bridges and public infrastructure, the funds also seek to benefit community institutions. The Elderly Center of Las Marías, which offers services to more than 100 participants between the ages of 65 and 85, will repair its spaces with a contribution of $269,000 from FEMA. Most of the work for the center consists of repairs to cracks in walls, columns, the roof and windows.

According to its Administrator, Yaleidy Ruiz Bourdoin, the center provides social service sessions and nursing services, as well as aqua aerobics, outdoor activities, crafts and visits to tourist sites in Puerto Rico.

Meanwhile, the Costa Sur Thermoelectric Power Plant facilities will also benefit from funds that will provide more robust structures for power generation. The agency has allocated over $476,000 to repair cracks in various parts of the plant's structures. The project includes 13 facilities distributed among administrative buildings, warehouses and the piping area for Units 5 and 6.

This award of funds to Costa Sur, which provides a third of the country's energy, is part of the $8.7 million recently announced for the reconstruction of this thermoelectric plant, whose work is nearing completion.

Engineer Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, Executive Director of the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resiliency (COR3), pointed out that, “as opposed to the rest of the island, the southwestern region and part of the center of Puerto Rico are going through multiple reconstruction processes. As part of our commitment, we work as a team with each sub-recipient to direct them in the right direction in the development of permanent works due to the earthquakes, without leaving behind the reconstruction projects due to the damage caused by Hurricane María. To date, FEMA has obligated over $672 million for the emergency stages and the execution of permanent works due to the earthquakes. At COR3, we continue to evaluate the current processes and identify areas of opportunity so that, together with FEMA, we can be facilitators in the reconstruction progress.”

For more information about Puerto Rico’s recovery from the earthquakes, visit fema.gov/disaster/4773 and recuperacion.pr. Follow us on social media at Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico, Facebook.com/COR3pr y Twitter @COR3pr..

frances.acevedo-pico Wed, 06/29/2022 - 11:12
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FEMA Awards Funds for Spring Creek and Chateau Wildfire Response

1 day 10 hours ago
FEMA Awards Funds for Spring Creek and Chateau Wildfire Response

DENVER – FEMA has awarded $2.3 million to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (CDFPC) to cover costs of fighting the Spring Creek and Chateau wildfires that impacted portions of Colorado in late June of 2018. The funds are provided by FEMA’s Public Assistance program under Fire Management Assistance declarations for Colorado issued on June 28 and 30, 2018, in response to the wildfires.

  • The Spring Creek wildfire began in Costilla and Huerfano counties on June 27, 2018. The fire burned 108,000 acres and destroyed 140 buildings.  The FEMA Fire Management Assistance Grant for the Spring Creek wildfire reimburses CDFPC $1.02 million in costs incurred to fight the wildfire including the cost of firefighters, EMTs, communications technicians, firefighting equipment, and helicopters.
  • The Chateau wildfire began on June 29, 2018, in Teller County burning over 1,400 acres and destroying eight homes.  FEMA awarded CDFPC $1.3 million in Fire Management Assistance Grant funds to cover the cost of fire suppression activities including the cost of providing firefighting personnel, air tankers, helicopters, and equipment.

The FEMA grants represent the 75 percent federal cost share made available under the Fire Management Assistance Grant declarations.

For more information on FEMA’s Fire Management Assistance Grants, visit  https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details.  Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/assistance/public.

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jamie.casterton Tue, 06/28/2022 - 20:03
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FEMA and Audacy’s WWL Radio Unveil New Emergency Broadcast Studio

1 day 11 hours ago
FEMA and Audacy’s WWL Radio Unveil New Emergency Broadcast Studio

NEW ORLEANS -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with Audacy, today announced it has completed an important emergency radio broadcast facility modernization project at Audacy’s WWL AM/FM in New Orleans to improve critical alert and warning capabilities when disasters threaten public safety.

The WWL facility serves as a Primary Entry Point (PEP) station, the only one in Louisiana, for FEMA’s National Public Warning System (NPWS), maintained under FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), and provides critical information to the public before, during and after incidents and disasters.

Under the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act enacted in 2015, Congress required FEMA to upgrade PEP stations across the country to ensure continuity of terrestrial broadcast services under all hazards. PEP stations are specially designated NPWS broadcast stations that serve as the primary intake source of initial broadcasts for a national alert. FEMA equips these stations, which are operated by local station personnel, with backup communications equipment and power generators that enable them to continue broadcasting information to the public during and after an emergency, including conveying official alerts to communities regionally and nationwide. These free-standing emergency studios, located at the radio transmitter sites, are specially designed and hardened to withstand various natural disasters and acts of terrorism. Currently, there are 77 PEP stations that reach more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, helping ensure that the President can alert and warn the public under all conditions.

WWL is one of 15 PEP stations around the country to complete the all-hazards upgrade. The modernization to the emergency studio includes increased sheltering capabilities, expanded broadcast capacity, and sustainable power generation for all types of hazardous events, increasing WWL’s resiliency to continue broadcasting during emergencies. 

“In coordination with our partners at Audacy, we’ve strengthened WWL’s ability to communicate critical safety information to the public when they need it,” FEMA Deputy Administrator Erik Hooks said. “When other communication methods are degraded during an emergency, a battery-powered or car radio can still receive a signal. FEMA is proud of our longstanding partnership with broadcasters across the nation, who share our mission of helping people before, during and after disasters.”

“WWL has served the people of New Orleans in critical moments for over 100 years, and this new facility speaks volumes to the significance of our station throughout the region,” said Kevin Cassidy, Senior Vice President, Audacy New Orleans. “This facility provides yet another lifeline for the community, and we’re proud to have teamed up with FEMA to ensure our community is informed in the event of a disaster.”

For more information about IPAWS or the PEP modernization effort, go to FEMA’s website at https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/practitioners/integrated-public-alert-warning-system/broadcasters-wireless. To learn more about Audacy’s WWL, visit https://www.audacy.com/wwl.

Carmen.Castro Tue, 06/28/2022 - 19:07
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FEMA Announces 2022 Youth Preparedness Council

1 day 16 hours ago
FEMA Announces 2022 Youth Preparedness Council

WASHINGTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced the 2022-2023 Youth Preparedness Council members today.

FEMA selected 15 new members to join 10 returning council members. Members were selected based on their dedication to public service, community involvement and potential to increase levels of community resilience throughout the country.

This year, FEMA celebrates the council’s 10th anniversary. FEMA created the council in 2012 to bring together diverse young leaders interested in strengthening disaster preparedness across the nation and within their communities.

“Today, we welcome and celebrate the new Youth Preparedness Council members, who represent the next generation of emergency managers,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “This culturally diverse, creative and dedicated group of young leaders will build upon the significant contributions made by past council members over the last decade, helping to make their communities more resilient to disasters.”

Youth Preparedness Council Members The New 2022 Council Members

Sophie Fares of California

Lauren Coval of Colorado

Taylor Worbington of Florida

Vaishnavi Kumbala of Louisiana

Navin Ramesh of Massachusetts

Theo Illarionov of Massachusetts

Janice Saji of Michigan

Aarushi Bute of Missouri

Meher Harjani of New Jersey

Amanda Cisse of New York

Kemi Heyward-Rotimi of North Carolina

Neha Srinivasan of Oregon

Ryan Liu of Texas

Layla Ibrahim of Virginia

Katie Clark of Washington

The Returning Council Members

Isaac Doll of Colorado

Aubrey Dockins of Florida

Miles Butler of Idaho

Beitris Boyreau-Millar of Maryland

Ranjana Ramesh of Massachusetts

Alexia Nastasia of Missouri

Mirika Jambudi of New Jersey

Megan Cameron of New York

Amira Seay of Texas

Shivani Jayaprakasam of Washington

The council demonstrates FEMA’s commitment to promote and sustain a prepared nation. The council provides an avenue to engage young people by considering their perspectives, feedback and opinions. Council members meet with FEMA staff throughout their term to provide input on strategies, initiatives and projects.

This year, each council member, all eighth through 12th graders, will participate in the Youth Preparedness Council summit held virtually in late July. During this annual event, members will participate in online preparedness activities, learn from senior leaders in national preparedness and engage with FEMA community preparedness staff who offer support and mentorship throughout their term.

To learn more about FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council, visit: fema.gov/ypc 

mayshaunt.gary Tue, 06/28/2022 - 14:42
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FEMA Awards Over $4 Million to Emerson College for COVID-19 Testing

2 days 6 hours ago
FEMA Awards Over $4 Million to Emerson College for COVID-19 Testing

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $4 million to Emerson College to reimburse the college for the cost of testing students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $4,026,775 in Public Assistance grants will reimburse the private liberal arts college in Boston for the cost of diagnostic testing between January and November 2021.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist Emerson College with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our institutions of higher education in combating the COVID-19 pandemic is critical to their success, and to our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states, communities and certain private non profit organizations recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

So far, FEMA has provided more than $1 billion in Public Assistance grants to Massachusetts to reimburse the commonwealth for pandemic-related expenses.

adrien.urbani Tue, 06/28/2022 - 00:09
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FEMA Awards Nearly $1.3 Million to Westfield State University for COVID-19 Testing

2 days 6 hours ago
FEMA Awards Nearly $1.3 Million to Westfield State University for COVID-19 Testing

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending nearly $1.3 million to Westfield State University to reimburse the college for the cost of contracting to test students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $1,269,231 Public Assistance grant will reimburse the public university in Westfield for the cost of diagnostic testing between February 2021 and June 2021.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist Westfield State University with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our institutions of higher education in combating the COVID-19 pandemic is critical to their success, and to our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states, communities and certain private non profit organizations recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

So far, FEMA has provided more than $1 billion in Public Assistance grants to Massachusetts to reimburse the commonwealth for pandemic-related expenses.

adrien.urbani Tue, 06/28/2022 - 00:07
adrien.urbani

FEMA Awards Almost $6.4 Million To Connecticut For COVID Test Kits

2 days 6 hours ago
FEMA Awards Almost $6.4 Million To Connecticut For COVID Test Kits

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending almost $6.4 million to the State of Connecticut to reimburse the state for purchasing and distributing test kits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $6,374,700 FEMA Public Assistance grant to the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (DAS) will reimburse it for purchasing and distributing approximately 637,470 COVID-19 Antigen test kits between January and March 2022.

DAS and the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) set up five distribution centers around the state for municipalities, state employees, private non-profit providers, and residents of state-run or state-funded congregate housing, day programs, at-home services, nursing homes, early childhood providers, and vulnerable populations to pick up their assigned allotment of test kits.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist the State of Connecticut with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

So far, FEMA has provided more than $416 million in Public Assistance grants to Connecticut to reimburse the state for pandemic-related expenses.

 

adrien.urbani Tue, 06/28/2022 - 00:05
adrien.urbani

FEMA Awards Over $6.6 Million to Worcester Polytechnic Institute for COVID-19 Testing

2 days 6 hours ago
FEMA Awards Over $6.6 Million to Worcester Polytechnic Institute for COVID-19 Testing

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $6.6 million to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute to reimburse the university for the cost of contracting to test students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $6,665,844 Public Assistance grant will reimburse the private science and engineering university in Worcester for the cost of diagnostic testing between July 2020 and January 2021.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute set out to test all students and college employees so that those infected with COVID-19 could be removed quickly from campus and interactive activities, thus preventing outbreaks. Approximately 265,945 diagnostic COVID-19 tests were performed at a cost of $25 per test.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist Worcester Polytechnic Institute with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our institutions of higher education in combating the COVID-19 pandemic is critical to their success, and to our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states, communities and certain private non profit organizations recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

So far, FEMA has provided more than $1 billion in Public Assistance grants to Massachusetts to reimburse the commonwealth for pandemic-related expenses.

adrien.urbani Tue, 06/28/2022 - 00:03
adrien.urbani

FEMA Awards Nearly $4.8 Million to Massachusetts for COVID-19 Operating Costs

2 days 6 hours ago
FEMA Awards Nearly $4.8 Million to Massachusetts for COVID-19 Operating Costs

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending nearly $4.8 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse the commonwealth for the costs associated with caring for youths in its custody during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $4,788,225 Public Assistance grant will reimburse the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families for the costs associated with operating safely during the pandemic between July 2020 and July 2021.

The department temporarily closed its congregate care facilities, and contracted with several vendors to provide safety units, with single bedrooms and site care service placement for youths who tested positive or were presumed positive for the COVID-19 virus:

  • The Justice Resource Institute, Inc. - $1,827,258;
  • The Stetson School, Inc. - $628,202;
  • The Home for Little Wanderers, Inc. - $1,756,428; and
  • Centerboard, Inc. - $370,499

The Department of Children and Families also contracted with U.S. Security Associates, Inc. for $205,837 to provide security services at these locations.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist Massachusetts with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

So far, FEMA has provided more than $1 billion in Public Assistance grants to Massachusetts to reimburse the commonwealth for pandemic-related expenses.

 

adrien.urbani Mon, 06/27/2022 - 23:58
adrien.urbani

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Amends New Mexico Disaster Declaration

2 days 11 hours ago
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Amends New Mexico Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON – FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced today that President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. amended disaster assistance available to the state of New Mexico as a result of wildfires and straight-line winds beginning on April 5 and continuing.

Under the President's order today, the federal share for Public Assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will include 100% of the total eligible costs for a 90-day period from the date of declaration. Emergency Protective measures can provide funding for emergency work, including procuring equipment and supplies for responders, supporting evacuation requirements such as traffic control and sheltering residents, pre-positioning resources to support the response, and establishing field camps and meals for responders.

In the President’s original major disaster declaration issued for New Mexico on May 4, federal funding was made available at 75% the total eligible costs.        

mayshaunt.gary Mon, 06/27/2022 - 19:11
mayshaunt.gary

FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight Clear Fire in Alaska

2 days 12 hours ago
FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight Clear Fire in Alaska

BOTHELL, Wash.  -  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Clear Fire burning in Yukon/Koyukuk Census Area/Denali Borough, Alaska. 

The state of Alaska’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) was approved by FEMA Region 10 Administrator Willie G. Nunn on Saturday, June. 25, 2022, at 11:17 p.m. PT. He determined that the Clear Fire threatened to cause such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. This is the first FMAG declared in 2022 to help fight Alaska wildfires. 

At the time of the state’s request, the wildfire threatened homes in and around the communities of Kobe Ag, Quota, and Anderson subdivisions. The fire also threatened Clear Space Force Radar Station, Golden Valley Electric Cooperative transmission lines, communication towers, the Alaska Highway, the Alaska Railroad, and several tribal allotments in the area. 

FMAGs are provided through the President's Disaster Relief Fund and are made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible items can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair, and replacement; mobilization and demobilization activities; and tools, materials, and supplies. This authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating, and controlling designated fires. These grants do not provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire. 

In addition to the firefighting funds authorized under this FMAG, another $786,552 will be available to Alaska through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Post Fire for the mitigation of future wildfires and related hazards, such as flood after fire or erosion. Some eligible wildfire project types include defensible space measures, ignition-resistant construction, and hazardous fuels reduction. The Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 authorizes FEMA to provide HMGP Post-Fire funds to eligible states and territories that receive Fire Management Assistance declarations and federally recognized tribes that have land burned within a designated area.  

mayshaunt.gary Mon, 06/27/2022 - 18:15
mayshaunt.gary

FEMA Awards Over $1.4 Million to Massachusetts for COVID-19 Sheltering Costs

2 days 13 hours ago
FEMA Awards Over $1.4 Million to Massachusetts for COVID-19 Sheltering Costs

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $1.4 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse the commonwealth for the costs associated with the sheltering of homeless persons who contracted the coronavirus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $1,421,062 Public Assistance grant will reimburse the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services for the costs associated with the sheltering of COVID-positive populations between April 2020 and July 2021.

The agency, in collaboration with the Department of Public Health and Broad Institutes (MIT & Harvard), set up five isolation and recovery sites to help COVID-positive homeless individuals safely isolate and recover.

To run these isolation & recovery sites, the agency contracted with Commonwealth Care Alliance, Behavior Health Network, Eliot Community Human Services, Inc, and North Suffolk Mental Health Association, which provided support staff and counselors to assist with the daily management, behavioral health triage, training, and support for non-congregate sheltering of COVID-positive homeless individuals.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist Massachusetts with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

So far, FEMA has provided more than $1 billion in Public Assistance grants to Massachusetts to reimburse the commonwealth for pandemic-related expenses.

adrien.urbani Mon, 06/27/2022 - 17:07
adrien.urbani

FEMA Awards Vermont Nearly $1.5 Million For COVID Emergency Meals Program

2 days 14 hours ago
FEMA Awards Vermont Nearly $1.5 Million For COVID Emergency Meals Program

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending nearly $1.5 million to the State of Vermont to reimburse the costs of providing emergency meals for residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $1,497,525 Public Assistance grant will go to the Agency of Commerce and Community Development for providing meal preparation and delivery service to high-risk populations under the the state’s emergency feeding program “Vermont Everyone Eats” between February and March 2022.

During that time the agency entered into an agreement with Southeastern Vermont Community Action, Inc. (SEVCA), which established and coordinated with state-wide subcontractors (Hubs) that oversaw restaurant engagement, production, and distribution of 119,802 meals to high-risk individuals and those individuals 65 and overmeals experiencing food insecurity.

The program launched in August 2020 with $5 million from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund and has continued with additional funding through FEMA.

“FEMA is pleased to support Vermont’s innovative approach to assisting its most vulnerable populations,” said FEMA Region I Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “By involving the private sector in the preparation and distribution of meals, both those faced with food insecurity and those who work at restaurants are helped.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. So far, FEMA has provided more than $359 million in grants to Vermont to reimburse the state for pandemic-related expenses.

adrien.urbani Mon, 06/27/2022 - 16:40
adrien.urbani

FEMA Awards Over $1.4 Million to Massachusetts for COVID-19 Sheltering Costs

2 days 14 hours ago
FEMA Awards Over $1.4 Million to Massachusetts for COVID-19 Sheltering Costs

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $1.4 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse the commonwealth for the costs associated with the sheltering of high-risk homeless populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $1,434,451 Public Assistance grant will reimburse the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) for the costs associated with the sheltering of high-risk homeless populations between November 2020 and May 2021.

Contract services were used to open and operate a temporary shelter at the Health and Wellness Center in Boston which required interior facility disinfection, hiring security, and the purchase and distribution of food, water and ice.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist Massachusetts with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

So far, FEMA has provided more than $1 billion in Public Assistance grants to Massachusetts to reimburse the commonwealth for pandemic-related expenses.

adrien.urbani Mon, 06/27/2022 - 16:35
adrien.urbani

Stay in Touch with FEMA to Help Speed Your Recovery

2 days 17 hours ago
Stay in Touch with FEMA to Help Speed Your Recovery

FRANKFORT, Ky. – As homeowners and renters recover from the tornadoes, particularly after you have applied for FEMA assistance, your circumstances may have changed.

You may have a new address or phone number. Your insurance claims may have been settled. You may need more help with essential needs but aren’t sure where to turn.

These are just some of the reasons it’s important to stay in touch with FEMA. FEMA may need to contact you, and missing or wrong information could delay the delivery of assistance.

Survivors of the Dec. 10-11 tornadoes can contact FEMA to update your applications, get the status of your case or ask questions about the disaster assistance process. You’re encouraged to update FEMA with your contact information, including any email changes, as soon as possible and as often as necessary.

FEMA also can refer you to available services like crisis counseling, disaster legal assistance or non-profit programs that offer additional resources for your remaining needs.

Notify FEMA when your insurance claim is settled. FEMA’s Individual Assistance program may cover damage that your insurance does not.

Here’s how to stay in touch with FEMA:

  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. If you use a relay service such as video relay service (VRS) or captioned telephone service, give FEMA the number for that service. Helpline operators are available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT daily. Press 2 for Spanish. Press 3 for an interpreter who speaks your language.  
  • You can fax FEMA at 800-827-8112 and provide a copy of your insurance settlement and your appeal letter. You may also submit documents to this address:

FEMA National Processing Service Center

P.O. Box 10055

Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055

When contacting FEMA, keep handy the nine-digit number assigned to you when you applied.

For information on Kentucky’s recovery from the tornadoes, visit fema.gov/disaster/4630. Follow FEMA on Twitter at FEMA Region 4 (@femaregion4) / Twitter and at facebook.com/fema.

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johanna.strickland Mon, 06/27/2022 - 13:09
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FEMA Awards Nearly $1.3 Million to Connecticut for 2018 Storm Recovery Costs

1 week ago
FEMA Awards Nearly $1.3 Million to Connecticut for 2018 Storm Recovery Costs

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending nearly $1.3 million to the State of Connecticut to reimburse it for the administrative costs of recovering from the tornadoes and storms that struck the state on May 15, 2018.

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection will receive a total of $1,275,694 in federal funding through FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program to reimburse it for the costs of administering the Public Assistance grants that the state received to respond to and recover from the storm.

A line of thunderstorms hit the southwest corner of the state, spawning multiple tornadoes and high winds that left two dead and hundreds of thousands without power after millions of trees were knocked down.

Hundreds of homes were damaged and several state parks – Sleeping Giant, Kettletown, and Wharton Brook – were temporarily closed as a result of downed trees and damaged infrastructure.

FEMA awarded nearly $19 million in Public Assistance grants to state and local governments for the disaster. Under the program, the agency awards administrative costs calculated as a percentage of the grants provided.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to reimburse Connecticut for the administrative costs incurred recovering from this storm,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Recovery is a process that takes time and effort by state and local governments, and this grant recognizes those realities.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

adrien.urbani Thu, 06/23/2022 - 00:20
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FEMA Approves Another $7.5 Million for Utah COVID-19 Response

1 week ago
FEMA Approves Another $7.5 Million for Utah COVID-19 Response

DENVER – FEMA has approved $7.5 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in Utah. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 4, 2020. FEMA has provided more than $284 million for the Utah COVID-19 response to date with this additional funding.

FEMA awarded the grant funds to the Utah Department of Health to reimburse them for the cost of providing COVID-19 test kits, sample collection services and lab processing of tests at no cost to the public.  To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Utah Department of Health used contracted services to collect more than 15,600 samples and process more than 128,000 diagnostic tests.  This award covers the cost of COVID-19 testing from May 24, 2021 to January 31, 2022.

For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow state and local governments to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, tribal and local officials work to assist their communities during this response.  

To fully support this essential work, the President authorized provision of FEMA Public Assistance at 100 percent federal funding through July 1, 2022.   Beginning July 2, 2022, the federal cost share for COVID-19 projects will be 90 percent of the eligible cost.

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/assistance/public.

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jamie.casterton Wed, 06/22/2022 - 19:18
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FEMA Advances Equity, Launches Campaign in English and Spanish Promoting Free, Low-Cost Flood Preparedness Options

1 week ago
FEMA Advances Equity, Launches Campaign in English and Spanish Promoting Free, Low-Cost Flood Preparedness Options

WASHINGTON -- In an effort to reach more communities at the onset of hurricane season, FEMA is launching a dual-language advertising campaign to educate and remind residents of the flood preparedness actions they can take to fit almost any budget.

The ads will be broadcast across iHeartMedia’s traditional and digital networks and will promote preparedness tips, aligning with FEMA’s equity goal to tailor disaster solutions that meet the unique needs of different communities. The ads will air in several hurricane-prone states, including Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas.

“We are focused on eliminating the longstanding barriers underserved communities face during disasters. One way we are doing this is by meeting people where they are -- in the languages they understand,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “This new, bilingual campaign aims to ensure more communities are prepared for intensifying disasters by getting the word out in both English and Spanish, while sharing that wise flood preparation doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, if any at all.”

The ads will produce approximately 8,700 radio airings over iHeartMedia’s networks to an estimated reach of 61 million listeners with an additional 24 million listeners over digital networks.

FEMA’s partnership with iHeartMedia will use risk, income, Census and other data to ensure the ads reach underserved communities, providing important messages about flood risk awareness and protection options. Ads began Monday, June 20, and will run in English and Spanish through mid-July. 

Free and low-budget flood preparedness tips that can protect homes, families and finances include:

  • Store documents like passports and birth certificates in a flood-safe place.
  • Elevate items that you want to protect.
  • Toss out debris from gutters and drains.

For more information on flood preparedness visit the following sites:

FEMA’s Ready Campaign also launched a new webpage to help individuals with low and no-cost preparedness tips.

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