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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Macomb County

12 hours 25 minutes ago
Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Macomb County

LANSING, Mich. – A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open in Macomb County February 23 to help residents in Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland and Wayne counties kickstart their recovery after the August 24-26, 2023, severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. 

Specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration at the center can help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance, upload documents, learn about ways to make their property more disaster resistant and get their questions answered in person.

The Macomb center will open on the following date at this location:  

Opening 8 a.m. Friday, February 23 at:
Chesterfield Township Fire Department Central Station
33991 23 Mile Road
Chesterfield, MI 48047
Hours: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays
Open until further notice.

The Macomb recovery center is in addition to the Ingham County center:

Opened 8 a.m., Thursday, February 22, at:
Northeast Ingham Emergency Services Authority
1296 W. Grand River Ave.
Williamston, MI 48895
Hours: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays
Closing permanently 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2.

Assistance in languages other than English, including American Sign Language, and translated materials are available at the centers. Disaster Recovery Center locations are chosen for their accessibility, with the goal of reaching as many people as possible. Accessible parking spaces are available. 

Additional recovery centers will be opening soon. To find the center nearest you, visit FEMA.gov/DRC. Survivors may visit any center for assistance.

Survivors don’t need to visit a Disaster Recovery Center to apply for FEMA assistance. To apply without visiting a center, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA App. If you use a relay service such as video relay service, captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA your number for that service when you apply. The deadline to apply for assistance is April 8, 2024.

For more information about the disaster recovery operation in Michigan, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4757

kirsten.chambers Thu, 02/22/2024 - 21:37
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One Week Remains to Request Free FEMA Help for Mitigation Planning and Project Support

13 hours 54 minutes ago
One Week Remains to Request Free FEMA Help for Mitigation Planning and Project Support

WASHINGTON -- A deadline is approaching for communities and Tribal Nations to receive free FEMA help with hazard mitigation planning and potential Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) project support.

Communities and Tribal Nations that lack resources to begin climate resilience planning and designing projects have until Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, to submit forms to request BRIC Direct Technical Assistance.

“As the nation faces increasing threats from climate change, we know there are communities that need support to increase their ability to better withstand the hazards of today and tomorrow,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “Direct Technical Assistance is the tool FEMA has to provide hand-in-hand support to these communities. We want to help as many communities as possible to advance resilience. I encourage communities to apply while the application period is still open.”

FEMA’s BRIC Direct Technical Assistance offers tailored support to communities and Tribal Nations for up to 36 months through a range of activities from pre-application to grant closeout to further explore and better understand their specific requests for technical assistance.

The agency plans to announce the community and Tribal Nation selections later this summer. FEMA has already announced a total of 74 communities and Tribal Nations to receive support from FEMA’s BRIC Direct Technical Assistance. FEMA is expecting to make 80 additional selections from the open application period.

One example of a Direct Technical Assistance selection benefiting from the program is DePue, Illinois, an economically disadvantaged rural community. DePue  was the first DTA community selected in the BRIC national competition.  

Using $23 million from the FY2022 BRIC funding cycle, local leaders plan to build a new wastewater treatment plant on property outside flood prone areas. The old plant -- overwhelmed during flooding in 2008 leading to sewage backup in homes -- will be torn down to create open space. 

Project types from past BRIC Direct Technical Assistance requests include:

  • General support in grants management, project scoping and hazard mitigation planning.
  • Technical assistance and evaluation for climate risk assessment and nature-based solutions projects.
  • Natural hazards project scoping activities, such as flooding, drought, fire, typhoon and erosion.

To be considered for selection, applicants do not need a previous BRIC grant subapplication, award or a FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Plan. Interested communities and Tribal Nations can apply to this program by submitting a BRIC Direct Technical Assistance Request Form to fema-bric-dta-submission@fema.dhs.gov for this cycle of selections. 

For FEMA’s fiscal year, 2023 BRIC Notice of Funding Opportunity, communities and Tribal Nations requesting BRIC Direct Technical Assistance must identify at least two ongoing or potential community partners in the request form. Identifying community partners is essential as they will work with selected communities and Tribal Nations by providing collaborative support throughout the 36-month program to plan for climate resilience or design projects.

To learn more about BRIC Direct Technical Assistance, visit FEMA.gov.   

luther.wills-dudich Thu, 02/22/2024 - 20:08
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FEMA Assistance Available for Survivors of Eastern Washington Wildfires

14 hours 57 minutes ago
FEMA Assistance Available for Survivors of Eastern Washington Wildfires

SPOKANE, Wash. – FEMA Individual Assistance is now available for residents in Spokane County affected by the Gray and Oregon Road Wildfires between August 18 and August 25, 2023.

Be sure to apply for both state and FEMA disaster assistance so that you can receive all of the assistance from FEMA that may be available based on your eligibility.  

FEMA assistance is unable to duplicate benefits offered through insurance, state programs, or other programs. But if your losses or damage go beyond disaster assistance available from other sources – or include items or categories not covered by other assistance – you may be eligible for additional funds from FEMA. 

If you still have unmet needs, they may be able to be addressed through other sources.  

You can apply for FEMA assistance by visiting disasterassistance.gov, using the FEMA mobile app, or by calling 1-800-621-3362. 

Stay in touch and continue to partner with or register through your Disaster Case Managers for the Gray Fire and Oregon Road Fire. For more information and resources text 99411 or visit The Spokane Region Long Term Recovery Group | Disaster Relief (srltrg.org)

If you require a reasonable accommodation -- such as language translation or interpretation, mobility assistance, or sign language interpretation -- email FEMA-language-access-request@fema.dhs.gov or notify staff in the field.

In addition to Individual Assistance, Spokane County has been approved for FEMA Public Assistance, which provides supplemental grants to state, tribal, territorial, and local governments, and certain types of private non-profits, so communities can quickly recover from major disasters or emergencies by helping to cover the cost of debris removal and the restoration of public infrastructure.

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

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Follow FEMA Region 10 on X and LinkedIn for the latest updates and visit FEMA.gov for more information.

FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. 

mary.j.edmon Thu, 02/22/2024 - 19:05
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Costa Sur Receives Approval for $55 Million in Additional Funds from FEMA

15 hours 37 minutes ago
Costa Sur Receives Approval for $55 Million in Additional Funds from FEMA

Guaynabo, Puerto Rico – Nearly $55.3 million in federal funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were allocated for the second construction phase at the Costa Sur Power Plant in Guayanilla. This allocation to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) is part of the total obligation of about $9.5 billion for the restoration of the island's power grid through the agency's Accelerated Award Strategy (FAASt).

“All work to strengthen Puerto Rico's power grid is a priority for FEMA. We recognize the importance of having the grid working in optimal and robust condition, as it has an overall impact on the island, from health, education and the economy, to the homes of every citizen. Having a solid grid will help us face other emergencies and future disasters,” said FEMA Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator José G. Baquero.

The FAASt strategy allows critical infrastructure projects with similar damage to be grouped together to expedite Hurricane María recovery efforts. It reduces the time and resources that would be required to inspect thousands of damaged facilities.

The focus of this allocation for the Costa Sur thermoelectric generation plant — that produces energy for transmission and distribution plants around the island — is to repair the facility. The most outstanding works are the replacement of existing infrastructure and transmission circuit breakers, the construction of new control facilities to include protection, control and metering equipment, and the replacement of existing transformers. In addition, an emergency transformer and a spare transformer will be purchased.   

To date, Costa Sur has over $125 million in FEMA funds under Hurricane María FAASt obligations; in addition to over $15 million for damage following the 2020 Earthquakes.

One of the previous allocations to this thermoelectric plant was nearly $21 million to replace equipment at the substation, such as oil circuit breakers and two gas circuit breakers with 13 new gas circuit breakers; and to install new disconnecting switches, among others.

These obligations, as well as other initiatives in which FEMA provides financial and technical assistance — such as the Puerto Rico Grid Resilience and Transitions to 100% Renewable Energy Study (PR100) — are part of the agency’s collaboration with the Government of Puerto Rico to achieve the goal of transitioning to renewable energy by 2050.

To date, FEMA has obligated over $32 billion for more than 10,900 Hurricane María recovery projects and nearly $916 million for nearly 800 projects to address damage from the 2020 Earthquakes.

For more information about Puerto Rico’s recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4339fema.gov/disaster/4473 and recovery.pr. Follow us on our social media at Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRicoFacebook.com/COR3pr and Twitter @COR3pr.

Costa Sur Thermoelectric Generation Plant, Guayanilla, Puerto Rico

Guayanilla, Puerto Rico (September 9, 2021) – FEMA allocated nearly $55.3 million for the second reconstruction phase at the Costa Sur Power Plant in Guayanilla. This allocation to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) is part of the total obligation by FEMA of about $9.5 billion for the restoration of the island's power grid. Photo FEMA/Eliezer Hernández

frances.acevedo-pico Thu, 02/22/2024 - 18:25
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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Ingham County

1 day 12 hours ago
Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Ingham County

LANSING, Mich. – A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open in Ingham County February 22 to help residents in Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland and Wayne counties kickstart their recovery after the August 24-26, 2023, severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

Specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration at the center can help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance, upload documents, learn about ways to make their property more disaster resistant and get their questions answered in person.

The center will be open on the following dates at this location:

Opening 8 a.m., Thursday, February 22, at:
Northeast Ingham Emergency Services Authority
1296 W. Grand River Ave.
Williamston, MI 48895
Hours: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays
Closing permanently 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2.

Assistance in languages other than English, including American Sign Language, and translated materials are available at the centers. Disaster Recovery Center locations are chosen for their accessibility, with the goal of reaching as many people as possible. Accessible parking spaces are available.

Additional recovery centers will be opening soon. To find the center nearest you, visit FEMA.gov/DRC. Survivors may visit any center for assistance.

Survivors don’t need to visit a Disaster Recovery Center to apply for FEMA assistance. To apply without visiting a center, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA App. If you use a relay service such as video relay service, captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA your number for that service when you apply. The deadline to apply for assistance is April 8, 2024.

For more information about the disaster recovery operation in Michigan, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4757.

kirsten.chambers Wed, 02/21/2024 - 21:53
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Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Clay County

1 day 13 hours ago
Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Clay County

Charleston, W.Va.– A state-federal Mobile Disaster Recovery Center, located at 223 Main Street, is now open to help West Virginia residents affected by the severe flooding that occurred Aug. 28-30, 2023. 

Residents can get help with their disaster assistance applications, upload documents, and get questions answered about federal disaster assistance.

Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers are outside and exposed to weather. The sites will have some heaters and space for visitors to get warm, but they should be prepared to be outside for short periods of time as they get assistance.

The center is located at:

Clay County

Located at 223 Main Street  

Clay, 35043, WV

Hours of operation:

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

Other recovery experts from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available at the Disaster Recovery Center to address additional needs.

The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting disasterassistance.gov/.

If it is not possible to visit the Disaster Recovery Center or to apply online, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone line operates from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

  1. For more information on West Virginia’s disaster recovery, visit emd.wv.gov, West Virginia Emergency Management Division Facebook page, www.fema.gov/disaster/4756  and www.facebook.com/FEMA.
tiana.suber Wed, 02/21/2024 - 20:12
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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for North Dakota

1 day 17 hours ago
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for North Dakota

WASHINGTON-- FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of North Dakota to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms and straight-line winds Dec. 25-27, 2023.

Public Assistance 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 severe winter storms and straight-line winds in Barnes, Cass, Dickey, Grant, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Stutsman and Traill counties. 

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

James R. Stephenson 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 warranted by the results of damage assessments. 

luther.wills-dudich Wed, 02/21/2024 - 16:12
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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Kennebec County

1 day 18 hours ago
Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Kennebec County

The State of Maine and FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Kennebec County. The DRC is a temporary facility established to help survivors recover from the severe storm and flooding from Dec. 17-21, 2023.

Kennebec County

Manchester Fire Department, 37 Readfield Rd., Manchester

This location will be open through March 4.

All centers operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week unless otherwise noted. Other DRC locations include:

Franklin County

University of Maine – Roberts Learning Center, 270 Main St., Farmington

Oxford County 

Rumford Municipal Building, 150 River St., Rumford

Somerset County

Somerset County Emergency Operations Center, 4 County Dr., Skowhegan

Androscoggin County

Lewiston Armory, 65 Central Ave., Lewiston

DRCs provide disaster survivors with information from Maine state agencies, FEMA, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance and disaster loans, update applications and learn about other resources available.

DRCs are accessible to people with disabilities. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to interact with staff. Video Remote Interpreting is available. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

It is not necessary to visit a Disaster Recovery Center to apply. Survivors can go online to DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA mobile app or call 800-621-3362. The line is open every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Help is available in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service. To view an accessible video about how to apply visit: Three Ways to Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance - YouTube.

adrien.urbani Wed, 02/21/2024 - 15:09
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Beware of Fraud and Scams

1 day 19 hours ago
Beware of Fraud and Scams

LANSING, Mich. – Disasters bring out criminals looking to prey on survivors who appear to be easy targets for their scams.

Survivors of the August storms in Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland and Wayne counties should be aware that fraud and scams can occur anytime. FEMA encourages survivors to be alert and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud by scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals.

Anyone who suspects fraud or scams should call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 (TTY call 711). The toll-free number is open 24 hours a day.

Common tactics used by scam artists include phone calls from people claiming to work for FEMA. They caller may ask for the survivor’s Social Security number, income or banking information.

Survivors should never trust someone claiming to be a disaster assistance employee asking for money. FEMA does not endorse any commercial business, product or service, and local and federal disaster assistance workers do not solicit or accept money.

For more information about the disaster recovery operation in Michigan, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4757.

kirsten.chambers Wed, 02/21/2024 - 14:46
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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Washington

2 days 13 hours ago
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Washington

WASHINGTON-- FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Washington to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires from Aug. 18 – 25, 2023.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Spokane County. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. 

Federal funding is also available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and debris removal in Spokane County. 

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

Lance E. Davis 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 warranted by the results of damage assessments. 

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by calling 1-800-621- 3362 or by using the FEMA App. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

luther.wills-dudich Tue, 02/20/2024 - 20:11
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Damaged Furnace, Well or Septic System? FEMA Can Help

2 days 16 hours ago
Damaged Furnace, Well or Septic System? FEMA Can Help

If you lost access to water because a private well or septic system was damaged, or if your furnace or heating system was damaged by the severe storm and flooding on December 17-21, 2023, you may be eligible for financial assistance under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. The five (5) counties designated for this assistance program are Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford, and Somerset.

For private wells, heating systems, furnaces and septic systems, FEMA may provide assistance to help you cover the cost of a licensed contractor, or a professional and/or licensed technician to visit your home and prepare an estimate for necessary repairs or replacement of your disaster-damaged systems.

FEMA may also pay for the actual repair or replacement cost of your septic system or private well, which are not insurable items. At the time of your inspection, let the FEMA inspector know you have a private well and/or septic system that may have been damaged by the storm. If the damage is determined to be caused by the disaster, you may be eligible for FEMA assistance. 

If you have already had an inspection and damage to the well or septic system wasn’t reported, contact the FEMA Helpline to receive instructions about how to amend your application. 

If you have applied for FEMA assistance and have not had a home inspection, you should call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages. If you use video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA your number for that service. Phone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

adrien.urbani Tue, 02/20/2024 - 17:57
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Assistance Available for Vehicles Damaged by the Severe Storm and Flooding in Maine

2 days 16 hours ago
Assistance Available for Vehicles Damaged by the Severe Storm and Flooding in Maine

If you have damage to a vehicle as a result of the severe storm and flooding that occurred Dec. 17 – 21, 2023, auto insurance and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are the primary resources available to help with your repairs. If you’re unable to receive help through insurance or SBA, you may qualify for assistance through FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program. Here’s how to find out if you qualify for vehicle repair or replacement assistance:

  • First, file a claim with your insurance company if you have a comprehensive policy. Comprehensive policies usually pay for storm-related damage to a vehicle. Federal disaster assistance may help fill the gaps for those whose coverage does not pay for any or all storm-related damage costs.
  • Return a completed U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster-loan application. After registering with FEMA, you may be referred to the SBA to apply for a low-interest disaster loan application.
  • Submit your application to SBA as soon as possible. Even if your insurance claim has not been settled, you can still submit an application.
  • Homeowners and renters may be eligible to borrow up to $100,000 to repair or replace personal property, including automobiles damaged or destroyed in the disaster.
  • If you qualify for an SBA low-interest loan, you don’t have to accept it. However, if you qualify and don’t accept the loan, you may not qualify for additional FEMA assistance.
  • If SBA determines you cannot afford a loan, and you have registered with FEMA, you will automatically be referred to FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program.

To begin the process with ONA, you need to verify the following:

  • Your vehicle was damaged during the storm and flooding. Damage can be recorded by the FEMA housing inspector, or you may refer to your FEMA eligibility letter for help on where to send documents. 
  • Ownership of the vehicle with valid registration and title.
  • A minimum of liability insurance that meets the State of Maine requirements for insurance at the time of the disaster-damage.
  • You have no other usable vehicle, can confirm the vehicle was damaged within the disaster-designated area, and provide a mechanic’s statement listing the cause of damage, the cost of repair and whether the vehicle is repairable or totaled.
  • FEMA accepts copies, so please keep all original documents for your own records.  

Other vehicle needs:

  • If you have more than one storm-damaged vehicle, you will have to write a statement explaining why your household needs more than one working vehicle. Include the number of vehicles and an insurance settlement or statement for each vehicle.
  • If your vehicle is farm equipment, such as a tractor, contact your local Farm Services Agency office to inquire about the USDA disaster assistance program or go to https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/index.
About the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA offers low-interest federal disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes. SBA is the federal government’s primary source of funds for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged property. For more information about the SBA loan process call 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit the SBA website at sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance. If you are deaf, hard-of-hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-877-8339.

Registering with FEMA

The registration process with FEMA is the first step in your recovery and requires information such as insurance policies and bank information for possible direct transfer of funds. If you have phone and/or internet access, you may register in one of the following ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • By phone: 1-800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. ET. Help is available in most languages. If you use video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA your number for that service. 
  • Download the FEMA App.

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, or other federal benefits.

Register even if you have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled.

adrien.urbani Tue, 02/20/2024 - 17:51
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Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Boone County

2 days 17 hours ago
Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Boone County

Charleston, W.Va.– A state-federal Mobile Disaster Recovery Center is now open at 446 John Slack Circle in Racine to help West Virginia residents affected by the severe flooding that occurred Aug. 28-30, 2023. 

Residents can get help with their disaster assistance applications, upload documents, and get questions answered about federal disaster assistance.

Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers are outside and exposed to weather. The sites will have some heaters and space for visitors to get warm, but they should be prepared to be outside for short periods of time as they get assistance.

The center is located at:

Boone County

 

38 John Slack Circle, Racine, WV 26165 

Hours of operation:

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

Other recovery experts from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available at the Disaster Recovery Center to address additional needs.

The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting disasterassistance.gov/.

If it is not possible to visit the Disaster Recovery Center or to apply online, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone line operates from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

  1. For more information on West Virginia’s disaster recovery, visit emd.wv.gov, West Virginia Emergency Management Division Facebook page, www.fema.gov/disaster/4756  and www.facebook.com/FEMA.
tiana.suber Tue, 02/20/2024 - 16:39
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Tennessee Disaster Recovery Centers to Close Feb. 26

2 days 18 hours ago
Tennessee Disaster Recovery Centers to Close Feb. 26

NASHVILLE – Two Disaster Recovery Centers serving Tennesseans after the Dec. 9, 2023, storms and tornadoes are scheduled to cease operations Monday, Feb. 26.

Center locations:

  • Davidson County: Nashville State Community College North Davidson Campus, 1520 Gallatin Pike North Madison, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday-Sunday, closes permanently 4:30 p.m. Feb. 26
  • Montgomery County: Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library, 350 Pageant Lane #501, Clarksville; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, closes permanently 8 p.m. Feb. 26

Specialists from Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to provide help to people with losses from the storms. Any resident of Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Gibson, Montgomery, Stewart or Sumner County who had uninsured losses from the disaster can visit any operating center.

Since December, TEMA and FEMA have operated seven centers. After the centers close, residents who applied to FEMA can continue to receive information about their applications by calling 800-621-3362.

Two SBA Business Recovery Centers will cease operations Feb. 29. The centers are located at Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission and Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce.  

For information on Tennessee’s disaster recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4751. Follow FEMA on X, formerly Twitter, at twitter.com/femaregion4 and at facebook.com/fema. Follow Tennessee Emergency Management Agency at facebook.com/TennesseeEMA. 

sandra.habib Tue, 02/20/2024 - 15:37
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Coal County, Oklahoma, Flood Maps Become Final

2 days 19 hours ago
Coal County, Oklahoma, Flood Maps Become Final

DENTON, Texas – New flood maps have been finalized and will become effective on July 31, 2024, for Coal County, Oklahoma. During the next six months, a FEMA compliance specialist will work with the community to update each floodplain ordinance and adopt these new flood maps. 

Residents are encouraged to examine the maps to determine if they are in a low-to-moderate or high-risk flood zone. The current and future Flood Insurance Rate Map can be viewed on FEMA’s Flood Map Changes Viewer at https://msc.fema.gov/fmcv.

By understanding flood risks, individuals can decide which insurance option is best for their situation. Community leaders can use these maps to make informed decisions about building standards and development that will make the community more resilient and lessen the impacts of a flooding event.

Anyone without flood insurance risks uninsured losses to their home, personal property and business. Flood insurance is available either through a private policy or through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for those in communities who participate in the NFIP. Residents with federally backed mortgages must have flood insurance if their structures are in the Special Flood Hazard Area.

Contact your local floodplain administrator (FPA) to review the new flood maps and learn more about your risk of flooding. A FEMA Map Specialist can help identify your community FPA and answer questions about the maps as well. Contact them by phone or online chat.

There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting floodsmart.gov.

alexa.brown Tue, 02/20/2024 - 14:22
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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for California

3 days 7 hours ago
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for California

WASHINGTON --- FEMA announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of California to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding, January 21-23, 2024.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in San Diego County.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

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

N. Allison Pfaendler 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.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by calling 1-800-621-3362 or by using the FEMA App. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

mashana.davis Tue, 02/20/2024 - 02:41
mashana.davis

Mobile Disaster Recovery Center in Calhoun County will Close Early Today Feb. 17, 2024.

5 days 13 hours ago
Mobile Disaster Recovery Center in Calhoun County will Close Early Today Feb. 17, 2024.

Charleston, W.Va.– A state-federal Mobile Disaster Recovery Center will be closing early on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 80 Spring Run Rd. in Arnoldsburg, WV due to inclement weather. 

The Mobile Disaster Recovery Center will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday Feb. 19, 2024.

The center is located at:

Calhoun County

80 Spring Run Rd., Arnoldsburg, WV 25234 

Hours of operation:

Closing Today 

Reopening 8 a.m. Monday Feb 19, 2024

 

All other West Virginia centers will remain open until 6 p.m. today to assist survivors in Boone, Calhoun, Clay, Harrison, and Kanawha counties. 

If it is not possible to visit the Disaster Recovery Center or to apply online, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone line operates from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

  1. For more information on West Virginia’s disaster recovery, visit emd.wv.gov, West Virginia Emergency Management Division Facebook page, www.fema.gov/disaster/4756  and www.facebook.com/FEMA.
tiana.suber Sat, 02/17/2024 - 20:03
tiana.suber

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Going Door-to-Door to Support Maine Communities

6 days 12 hours ago
FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Going Door-to-Door to Support Maine Communities

Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams from FEMA are going door-to-door in Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford, and Somerset counties, canvassing neighborhoods and helping disaster-impacted residents register for FEMA disaster assistance for the December 17-21, 2023 severe storm and flooding. 

Residents are encouraged to ask for identification before providing any personal information. DSA staff wear a FEMA identification badge with a photograph. Just wearing a FEMA shirt, vest or jacket is not proof of identity. Criminals and scammers can easily make official looking clothes.

DSA team members are visiting homes, schools, nonprofits and community gathering spots. They are also meeting with local officials and community leaders to identify disaster-related issues and unmet needs in the area.

DSA teams can help survivors register for assistance, update their information and assist with referrals to voluntary agency partners. DSA teams will never ask for or accept money. While helping someone register, DSA team members may ask for personal information, including social security number, annual income and bank information. 

If you are not comfortable speaking with a FEMA DSA team member, there are multiple ways to register for assistance:

Visit a Disaster Recover Center (DRC). To find a center close to you, go online to: DRC Locator, or text DRC along with your Zip Code to 43362 (Ex: DRC 04074). You can visit any DRC location and no appointment is necessary.

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages. The Helpline is available daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST.

Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish).

Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish), available at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

adrien.urbani Fri, 02/16/2024 - 21:56
adrien.urbani

Holiday Hours for West Virginia Disaster Recovery Centers

6 days 12 hours ago
Holiday Hours for West Virginia Disaster Recovery Centers

Charleston, W.Va. –Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Calhoun and Kanawha counties in West Virginia will be open on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, to help West Virginia residents in Boone, Calhoun, Clay, Harrison, and Kanawha counties impacted by the Aug. 28-30, 2023, flooding. The DRC at the Harrison County Courthouse will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday Feb. 20, 2024.

Kanawha County

Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kanawha County

Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Belle Town Hall

1100 E. Dupont Ave. Belle, WV 25015

 

Hours of operation:

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

Penn VA Coal Carbon Center

13905 MacCorkle Ave, Charleston, WV 25301

 

Hours of operation:

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

Calhoun County

Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Harrison County

Closed Monday Feb. 19, 2024

Reopening Tuesday Feb. 20, 2024

80 Spring Run Rd., Arnoldsburg, WV 25234 

 

Hours of operation:

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

Harrison County Courthouse

301 W. Main Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301

 

Hours of operation:

Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For hours and other details, check the FEMA app (under Disaster Resources, select Talk to FEMA in Person) or visit the FEMA DRC Locator for more details on DRCs open in West Virginia.

  1. For more information on West Virginia’s disaster recovery, visit emd.wv.gov, West Virginia Emergency Management Division Facebook page, www.fema.gov/disaster/4756  and www.facebook.com/FEMA.
tiana.suber Fri, 02/16/2024 - 21:35
tiana.suber

FEMA Awards Floyd County More than $1.3 Million for Property Acquisitions

1 month ago
FEMA Awards Floyd County More than $1.3 Million for Property Acquisitions

Frankfort, Ky. – FEMA has approved two projects totaling $1,306,373 in federal funding to Floyd County for the acquisition of properties affected by the July 2022 floods in Eastern Kentucky. 

Nine flood prone properties that were directly affected by the July 2022 flooding event will be acquired by the Floyd County Fiscal Court. This is in addition to the 11 properties that were approved July 2023.  Funds will be used to acquire these properties at pre-event fair market value, demolish the homes remove all debris and return the property to green space. The properties will be deed-restricted requiring the property be maintained as open space in perpetuity. Any future open space proposals are subject to pre-approval by FEMA.

The first project, for the acquisition of nine properties, totals $1,606,557. The federal share of 75% ($1,204,918) will be contributed by FEMA and the remaining non-federal share of 25% will be contributed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

The second project provides funds totaling $101,455 for Floyd County to manage the acquisitions program. This award is pursuant to Section 1215 of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018, which amended Section 324 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Assistance Act, allowing Subrecipient Management Costs (SRMC) up to 5% of the total project cost, available to the subrecipient at a federal cost share of 100%. 

These projects will protect the community from the direct impact of severe storm events and provide a long-term solution to existing and future hazardous conditions. These acquisition and demolition projects will protect against future flooding events. Activities will be completed in strict compliance with federal, commonwealth and local rules and regulations. 

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is managed by the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and the projects are administered by the local community. FEMA does not acquire properties directly from the property owners. Communities may offer homeowners who agree to participate in the property acquisition process the pre-flood fair market value of the property. A licensed appraiser determines the fair market value. This program is voluntary, and homeowners can withdraw from the program if they are no longer interested. 

For more information on Kentucky flood recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4663. Follow FEMA on Twitter at FEMA Region 4 (@femaregion4)/Twitter and at facebook.com/fema

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