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FEMA to Open Disaster Centers in Pottawattamie and Shelby counties in Iowa

10 hours 33 minutes ago
FEMA to Open Disaster Centers in Pottawattamie and Shelby counties in Iowa

FEMA is opening two Disaster Recovery Centers Wednesday, May 22 at 1 p.m., in Pottawattamie and Shelby counties in Iowa to provide one-on-one assistance for people affected by the April tornadoes.

Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will provide information on available services, explain disaster assistance programs and help people complete or check the status of applications for federal assistance. Hours of operation: 1 to 7 p.m. the first day, then 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Disaster Recovery Center locations in Iowa: 

Pottawattamie County – FEMA Disaster Recovery Center 

Minden Fire Department parking lot

207 Main Street 

Minden, Iowa 51553  

This center will be closed Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.

 

Shelby County – FEMA Disaster Recovery Center

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 

1901 Hawkeye Ave. Suite 101

Harlan, Iowa 51537

(Hours subject to change on Memorial Day)

 

Disaster Recovery Centers are physically accessible to people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. They are equipped with assistance and adaptive technology such as amplified phones, caption phones, video phones, wheelchair ramps and other resources to help ensure all applicants can access resources.

In Nebraska, two Disaster Recovery Centers are still open in Washington and Douglas counties. You can visit any DRC you choose, regardless of whether you live in Iowa or Nebraska.

Disaster Recovery Center locations in Nebraska: 

Douglas County – FEMA Disaster Recovery Center

Omaha Police Department – Community Room C116 

20924 Cumberland Dr.

Elkhorn, NE 68022

 

Washington County – FEMA Disaster Recovery Center

First Lutheran Church 

2146 Wright St

Blair, NE 68008

 

Hours of operation:

Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday, May 25. They are closed Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day. Starting Tuesday, May 28, they will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are no longer open Sundays.

FEMA can provide money to eligible homeowners and renters for help with needs, paying for a temporary place to live, home repairs and other needs not covered by insurance. To save time, please apply with FEMA online or by phone before visiting a Disaster Recovery Center. 

How to Apply with FEMA

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 833-285-7448. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish and 3 for other languages).

thomas.wise Wed, 05/22/2024 - 01:31
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Wildfire Survivors Can Get Free Legal Advice at May 25 Workshop

15 hours 3 minutes ago
Wildfire Survivors Can Get Free Legal Advice at May 25 Workshop

HONOLULU – As Maui wildfire survivors encounter unexpected issues such as return of security deposits, eviction notices, illegal rent increases or appealing a FEMA decision, attorneys will be available to provide free counseling and advice.

The Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi will hold a workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the J. Walter Cameron Center, Conference Rooms 1 and 2, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku. If you are facing legal issues resulting from the August wildfires and cannot afford your own lawyer, attorneys will be at the workshop to help you.

Attorneys can:

  • Help you prepare appeal letters and supporting documents to submit to FEMA for review of your application for disaster assistance. 
  • Offer advice on how to replace documents you lost in the fires.
  • Draft or review court forms or other legal documents.
  • Make phone calls on your behalf to the state or community service agencies.

At the workshop, you can meet with FEMA specialists, American Red Cross representatives and community organizations that can help you identify new resources to meet your long-term recovery needs. 

You are encouraged to pre-register for the workshop by calling 808-432-9164, but walk-ins are welcome.

If you are unable to make it to the workshop that day, you can call 800-499-5302 and select option 3. Phone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Leave your name and a phone number or email along with a brief message about the reason for your call.

For the latest information on the Maui wildfire recovery efforts, visit mauicounty.govmauirecovers.orgfema.gov/disaster/4724 and Hawaii Wildfires - YouTube. Follow FEMA on social media: @FEMARegion9 and facebook.com/fema. You can also get disaster assistance information from the U.S. Small Business Administration and download an application at sba.gov/hawaii-wildfires

nicole.timonshipman Tue, 05/21/2024 - 21:01
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FEMA Assistance is Available at Spring Branch Family Development Center in Houston

23 hours 51 minutes ago
FEMA Assistance is Available at Spring Branch Family Development Center in Houston

AUSTIN – Texans who need help applying for FEMA assistance can meet with Disaster Survivor Assistance crews at the Spring Branch Family Development Center in Houston beginning May 21. These crews can assist anyone affected by the recent severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding to kickstart their recovery.

Impacted residents of Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker counties can visit to get help applying for FEMA assistance, ask questions and learn about available resources. No appointment is needed.

Crews will be available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday at:

Spring Branch Family Development Center 

8575 Pitner Road 

Houston, TX 77080 

Residents impacted by the storms do not have to meet with FEMA in person to apply for assistance. The fastest way to apply is online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Survivors can also apply by phone at 800-621-3362. Calls are accepted every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time. 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.

Residents should be prepared to provide the following information when applying with FEMA:

  • Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged property
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A current contact telephone number
  • An address where you can receive mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

For the latest information, visit fema.gov/disaster/4781. Follow FEMA Region 6 at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/.

alexa.brown Tue, 05/21/2024 - 12:13
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COFA Citizens Have Less Than Two Weeks to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance

1 day 11 hours ago
COFA Citizens Have Less Than Two Weeks to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance

HONOLULU – COFA citizens who were affected by the Aug. 8 wildfires and high winds on Maui have less than two weeks to apply for FEMA disaster assistance for their related losses.

The application period for COFA citizens ends Friday, May 31.

Federal benefits were extended to COFA citizens living on Maui when President Biden signed the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2024. Among those eligible to apply for FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program are citizens of the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

To apply, COFA citizens should call 808-784-1952 or visit the Lahaina Disaster Recovery Center at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, 200 Nohea Kai Drive. Phone lines are open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. HST Monday to Friday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. HST Saturday; closed Sundays.

Survivors who are waiting to be placed in units offered under FEMA’s Direct Lease program can also call 
808-784-1600. Leave your nine-digit FEMA registration number and a phone number where you can be reached, and a caseworker will return your call within 24 hours.

FEMA assistance may address a range of serious disaster-related needs including temporary housing and replacement of essential personal property when the damage is not covered by insurance. It also covers disaster-related funeral, medical, dental, moving-and-storage and childcare expenses. 

FEMA also offers financial assistance for accessibility that includes support for ramps, railings and other modifications to ensure your residence is accessible.

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

For the latest information on the Maui wildfire recovery efforts, visit mauicounty.govmauirecovers.orgfema.gov/disaster/4724 and Hawaii Wildfires - YouTube. Follow FEMA on social media: @FEMARegion9 and facebook.com/fema. You can also get disaster assistance information from the U.S. Small Business Administration and download an application at sba.gov/hawaii-wildfires

nicole.timonshipman Tue, 05/21/2024 - 00:37
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FEMA Meeting Texans Where They Are

1 day 14 hours ago
FEMA Meeting Texans Where They Are

AUSTIN, Texas – After a disaster, recovering from and dealing with loss can be overwhelming.

To ensure Texans can apply for assistance, FEMA sends Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) crews into disaster-affected neighborhoods, often going door-to-door to help residents.

DSA crews are currently visiting neighborhoods in Liberty, Montgomery and Walker counties, but will be visiting other disaster-affected counties later this week. The FEMA staff may help Texans apply for federal assistance, identify potential needs and help make connections with local, state, federal and voluntary agencies.

These crews will be easily recognizable by their official photo identification (ID). If you meet people offering assistance, first ask to see their ID before giving them your personal information. They may have FEMA clothing, but that can be easily imitated. 

The FEMA crews can help Texans in these counties several ways including:

  • Checking the status of an application already in the system and making minor changes to applications.
  • Making callouts to faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, private sector (businesses) and public libraries that may have the capability to distribute disaster-related information to residents in the impacted counties.
  • Identifying organizations providing disaster-related services and/or resources to the public for immediate and long-term recovery.
  • Gathering situational awareness about impacts to communities.
  • Providing flyers explaining how to apply for disaster assistance.
  • Providing civil rights and disability integration assistance information to ensure equal access.

Survivors can apply to FEMA in several ways including going online to DisasterAssistance.gov, downloading the FEMA App for mobile devices or calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Calls are accepted every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central time. 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.

Crews will continue visiting neighborhoods damaged by the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding that began April 26. Representatives may also attend community events or meetings upon request.

For the latest information visit fema.gov/disaster/4781. Follow FEMA Region 6 at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/.

alexa.brown Mon, 05/20/2024 - 21:40
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FEMA Assistance is Available at Fonde Community Center in Houston

1 day 14 hours ago
FEMA Assistance is Available at Fonde Community Center in Houston

AUSTIN – Texans who need help applying for FEMA assistance can meet with Disaster Survivor Assistance crews at the Fonde Community Center in Houston beginning May 21. These crews can assist anyone affected by the recent severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding to kickstart their recovery.

Impacted residents of Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker counties can visit to get help applying for FEMA assistance, ask questions and learn about available resources. No appointment is needed.

Crews will be available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at:

Fonde Community Center

110 Sabine St.

Houston, TX 77007

Residents impacted by the storms do not have to meet with FEMA in person to apply for assistance. The fastest way to apply is online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Survivors can also apply by phone at 800-621-3362. Calls are accepted every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time. 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.

Residents should be prepared to provide the following information when applying with FEMA:

  • Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged property
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A current contact telephone number
  • An address where you can receive mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

For the latest information, visit fema.gov/disaster/4781. Follow FEMA Region 6 at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/.

alexa.brown Mon, 05/20/2024 - 21:36
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FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Darke, Delaware and Miami Counties

1 day 19 hours ago
FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Darke, Delaware and Miami Counties

COLUMBUS – Temporary FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are now open in Darke, Delaware and Miami counties to help residents kickstart their recovery after the March 14 tornadoes. 

Specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be at the centers to 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 temporary centers are open at the following locations, days and hours:  

Darke County Emergency Management 

5183 County Home Rd.

Greenville, OH 45331

Hours: Mon. May 20 - Fri. May 24, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. This center will close Friday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. 

Sunbury United Methodist Church

100 W. Cherry St.

Sunbury, OH 43074

Hours: Mon. May 20 – Thurs. May 23, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. This center will close Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Bradford Public Library

138 E. Main St.

Bradford, OH 45308

Hours: Mon. May 20 –Tues. May 21, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

CLOSED: Wed. May 22

Thurs. May 23 – Sat. May 25, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. This center will close Saturday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m.

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

Assistance in languages other than English, including American sign language, and translated materials are available at these 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 at all centers. 

Survivors don’t need to visit a Disaster Recovery Center to apply for FEMA assistance. To apply without visiting a center, go online to DisasterAssistance.gov, download the FEMA mobile app or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. 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.

For even more information about the disaster recovery operation in Ohio, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4777

nicole.wilson Mon, 05/20/2024 - 16:34
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FEMA Funds for Flood Control Seek to Mitigate Future Risks

2 days ago
FEMA Funds for Flood Control Seek to Mitigate Future Risks

The Central University of the Caribbean and the municipalities of Jayuya and Vega Alta received awards to improve their drainage systems

Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded nearly $4.6 million for several projects that seek to address flooding problems in different parts of Puerto Rico in the event of future heavy rains.

The funds under the agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will address drainage systems for some university facilities, as well as for some sectors in the municipalities of Jayuya and Vega Alta.

 “This is an important mitigation allocation for funds that will strengthen the communities of Vega Alta and Jayuya against flooding and swollen rivers. It will also assist the operations of the Central University of the Caribbean (Universidad Central del Caribe) on the island to prevent future floods and avoid affecting the academic year for the students,” said the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, José G. Baquero.

The agency allocated nearly $153,000 to the Central University of the Caribbean (UCC, in Spanish) for the first phase of a project that seeks to improve the drainage system of its Bayamón campus and reduce flooding risks. Currently, the system overflows and this has damaged the parking lot and several buildings. The UCC will receive over $2.1 million from FEMA for all the improvement phases to the drainage system. 

According to the dean of Institutional Development and Strategic Planning at UCC, Mildred Rivera Marrero, these repairs are crucial to guarantee the continuity of its academic operations. “Floods have generated losses in material resources and have interrupted our activities in the past. Improving our drainage system will not only protect our facilities but will also ensure a safe environment for long-term institutional growth.”

Meanwhile, the municipality of Jayuya received an allocation of over $112,000 for the first phase of its project to improve the drainage system on Libertad Street, on the confluence of the Caonillas and Caricaboa rivers. The current infrastructure does not have enough capacity for the water that rises during heavy rainfall events, which has caused flooding of streets, residential and commercial properties in the area. The municipality will have $750,000 available for all the phases in this initiative.

Furthermore, the municipality of Vega Alta has about $157,000 for the first phase of improvements to the drainage system of the Machuchal Creek, located in the community that bears the same name. The limited water intake for the creek has caused flooding on about 30 properties in the community and has restricted access to public roads. The municipality will receive over $1.7 million from FEMA for all construction phases of this project.

“The repairs for the Machuchal ward will improve the quality of life of its residents. With this project we are addressing the challenges faced by that communities with the floodings, and the solutions will benefit over 30 families. From property damage to health risks and operational obstacles to local businesses, these drainage and sewer system improvements are for the safety and the well-being of our citizens. We cannot allow more human and economic losses due to floods,” said the Finance Director of the municipality of Vega Alta, Ángel Figueroa Medina.

For his part, the executive director of the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resiliency (COR3), Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, stressed that “the combination of mitigation and reconstruction funds form the resilient foundation that Puerto Rico needs. At COR3 we have supported municipalities, government agencies and nonprofit organizations, from the beginning of the process in the development of hazard mitigation proposals that are presented to FEMA for approval. These projects are necessary to safeguard life and property, which already have an initial allocation of funds to perform the required studies and designs, may request a disbursement of funds through the Working Capital Advance (WCA) pilot program. We will continue working as a team to make these works come to fruition.”

To date, FEMA has allocated $370.9 million under HMGP for Hurricane María and the 2020 Earthquakes. This program allows government and nonprofit organizations to develop plans and rebuild in a manner that reduces or mitigates hazards to communities.

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.

CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF THE CARIBBEAN, BAYAMÓN, PUERTO RICO

BAYAMÓN, Puerto Rico (May 15, 2024) –The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) allocated nearly $153,000 to the Central University of the Caribbean (UCC, in Spanish) for the first phase of a project that seeks to improve the drainage system of its Bayamón campus and reduce flooding risks. Currently, the system overflows and this has damaged the parking lot and several buildings. The UCC will receive over $2.1 million from FEMA for all the improvement phases to the drainage system. Photo FEMA/Eduardo Martínez

frances.acevedo-pico Mon, 05/20/2024 - 11:42
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Immediate Needs Assistance Available for Storm Survivors in Texas

2 days 17 hours ago
Immediate Needs Assistance Available for Storm Survivors in Texas

AUSTIN – FEMA’s disaster assistance offers new benefits that provide flexible funding directly to survivors when needed the most. In addition, a simplified process and expanded eligibility allows Texans access to a wider range of assistance and immediate funds for serious needs.

If you have serious needs due to the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding that began April 26, you may qualify for a one-time $750 payment per household through FEMA’s Serious Need Assistance (SNA). This payment would be in addition to any other assistance. 

SNA is money to pay for emergency supplies like water, food, first aid, breast-feeding supplies, infant formula, diapers, personal hygiene items, or fuel for transportation. It is available in all disasters declared for Individual Assistance and is available to eligible survivors who apply within the first 30 days after the disaster was declared. To qualify for SNA, you must tell FEMA you are displaced, need shelter or have other emergency costs due to the disaster on your application.

Another new benefit is FEMA’s Displacement Assistance which includes money to help with housing needs if you cannot return to your home because of the disaster. The money can be used to stay in a hotel, with family and friends or other options.

These new benefits are available to eligible survivors living in Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker counties who apply for FEMA’s Individual Assistance.

Serious Needs Assistance and Displacement Assistance require an inspection to confirm eligibility before funds are provided to applicants. 

Apply to FEMA

Survivors can apply to FEMA in several ways including online at DisasterAssistance.gov, downloading the FEMA App for mobile devices, or calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Calls are accepted every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT. 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.

You may be eligible if:

  • You complete a FEMA application;
  • FEMA can confirm your identity;
  • The home where you live most of the year is in a declared disaster area;
  • FEMA confirms the disaster damage from an inspection or documents you send; and
  • You apply for FEMA assistance while Serious Needs Assistance and Displacement Assistance is available.

To watch an accessible video about Serious Needs Assistance, go to FEMA Accessible: Serious Needs Assistance (youtube.com).

For the latest information about Texas’ recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4781. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/.

alexa.brown Sun, 05/19/2024 - 18:56
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How to Document Home Ownership and Occupancy for FEMA

3 days 15 hours ago
How to Document Home Ownership and Occupancy for FEMA

OKLAHOMA CITY – As part of the disaster assistance process, FEMA must determine ownership and occupancy of damaged primary residences. FEMA has taken steps to make it easier for disaster survivors in Carter, Hughes, Love, Murray, Okmulgee, Osage, Pontotoc and Washita counties to verify ownership and occupancy after experiencing loss from the recent severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding that began April 25.

Owners and renters must be able to prove they occupied the disaster-damaged primary residence before receiving Housing Assistance and some types of Other Needs Assistance. FEMA now accepts a broader range of documentation:

Ownership
  • Homeowners may provide official documentation such as:
    • The original deed or deed of trust to the property
    • A mortgage statement or escrow analysis
    • Property tax receipt or property tax bill
    • Manufactured home certificate or title
  • In addition, FEMA will now accept a public official’s letter or receipts for major repairs or improvements. The public official’s statement (e.g., police chief, mayor, postmaster) must include the name of the applicant, the address of the disaster-damaged residence, the period of occupation and the name and telephone number of the official providing the verification.

 

  • Survivors with heirship properties, mobile homes or travel trailers who do not have the traditional documentation of ownership may self-certify ownership as a last resort.
  • Homeowners with the same address from a previous disaster only need to verify ownership one time. FEMA has also expanded the date of eligible documents from three months to one year before the disaster.
Occupancy
  • Homeowners and renters must document that they occupied the dwelling at the time of the disaster.
  • Applicants may provide official occupancy documentation, such as:
    • Utility bills, bank or credit card statements, phone bills, etc.
    • Employer’s statement
    • Written lease agreement
    • Rent receipts
    • Public official’s statement
  • FEMA will now accept motor vehicle registration, letters from local schools (public or private), federal or state benefit providers, social service organizations or court documents.
  • Applicants can also use a signed statement from a commercial or mobile home park owner, or self- certification for a mobile home or travel trailer as a last resort.
  • If survivors have successfully verified occupancy to FEMA from a previous disaster within a two-year period, they do not need to do it again.

To apply for FEMA disaster assistance, go online to DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA app for smartphones or call 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages. If you use a relay service, give FEMA the number for that service.

For the latest information visit fema.gov/disaster/4776. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/.

alexa.brown Sat, 05/18/2024 - 20:08
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FEMA Disaster Assistance Available for Texans

3 days 18 hours ago
FEMA Disaster Assistance Available for Texans

AUSTIN – Texans who sustained damage from the recent severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding that began April 26may be eligible for disaster assistance under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. Currently, residents living in Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker counties may be eligible for disaster assistance. 

FEMA’s disaster assistance offers new benefits that provide flexible funding directly to survivors when needed the most. In addition, a simplified process and expanded eligibility allows Texans access to a wider range of assistance and immediate funds for serious needs.

New Benefits for Immediate Funds

  • Serious Needs Assistance, a $750 payment for households for essential items will now be provided in all disasters receiving Individual Assistance to help people make ends meet.
  • Displacement Assistance, a new benefit that will provide people with up-front funds to assist with immediate housing options of their choice, to keep people housed.

Serious Needs Assistance and Displacement Assistance are both funded after a completed inspection confirms eligibility.

Apply to FEMA
Survivors can apply to FEMA in several ways including online at DisasterAssistance.gov, downloading the FEMA App for mobile devices, or calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Calls are accepted every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT. 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.

Additional Assistance and Benefits

  • Streamlined Application Requirements so people can apply to SBA and FEMA at the same.
    • Support for Underinsured People for the first time to help them cover aspects of home repair that insurance companies won’t pay for, but they can’t afford on their own, up to the full $42,500.
  • Simplified Assistance for Entrepreneurs by providing self-employed people with some initial financial support to replace disaster-damaged tools and equipment to help them land on their feet.
    • Ex.: computers if you are a gig worker, lawnmower if you are a landscaper
  • Expanded Habitability Criteria to help people make their homes safer and cleaner post-disaster and so they can repair all aspects of their home post-disaster.
    • Previously, if a home had a leaky roof pre-disaster, that area of the home wouldn’t qualify.
  • Made Accessibility Improvements to help people with disabilities improve their living conditions by making their homes even more accessible than they were pre-disaster.
  • Streamlined Temporary Housing Assistance Applications by reducing documentation requirements for applicants who need to extend their stay in FEMA-supported temporary housing.
  • Simplified the Process for Appeals so people who wish to appeal FEMA’s decisions will no longer need to provide a signed, written appeal letter to accompany the supporting documentation.
  • Computer Assistance for people who need to repair or replace disaster-damaged computers.

Rental Assistance for Temporary Housing

If you currently reside in Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker counties and suffered damage to your primary residence, FEMA may be able to provide rent for a temporary place to live while you are displaced. Rental assistance is intended to cover monthly rent, security deposit and cost of essential utilities such as electricity and water.

Major Repairs and Out-of-Pocket Expenses

FEMA’s Individuals and Household Program assistance is intended to help jumpstart your recovery. Here are some examples of basic needs:

  • Home Repair Assistance may be provided to homeowners to repair the structural parts of your home. This includes windows, doors, floors, walls, ceilings, cabinets, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system (HVAC), utilities (electrical, plumbing and gas systems) and entrance ways. FEMA may also reimburse for the actual cost to repair or replace your furnace, private well and septic system that was damaged or destroyed by the disaster.

For the latest information visit fema.gov/disaster/4781. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/

alexa.brown Sat, 05/18/2024 - 17:17
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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Texas

4 days 9 hours ago
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Texas

WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced today that federal disaster assistance is available to the state of Texas to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding beginning on April 26, 2024 and continuing. 

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker Counties.

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.

Benjamin Abbott 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.

luther.wills-dudich Sat, 05/18/2024 - 02:21
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FEMA Urges Preparedness Ahead of Severe Storm Heading East, Monitors Damage in Texas and Louisiana

4 days 19 hours ago
FEMA Urges Preparedness Ahead of Severe Storm Heading East, Monitors Damage in Texas and Louisiana

WASHINGTON -- Severe weather is already affecting some parts of the nation, but as an intense severe storm moves east, residents are encouraged to take the storm seriously and to act now to prepare homes and families for potential impacts.

The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy to excessive rainfall for eastern Louisiana into central Alabama which could bring flash, urban and riverine flooding Friday. Scattered severe thunderstorms with a few tornadoes, very large hail and damaging winds are possible across parts of the Gulf Coast States Friday and into the night.

Last night’s severe storms brought damaging winds and flash flooding to a wide area across Texas and Louisiana. 

FEMA remains ready to support states and tribes in the affected areas as the storm progresses. Additionally, FEMA has distribution centers strategically located throughout the country and agency teams are on standby to distribute commodities and equipment as necessary. Moreover, FEMA’s Regional and National Incident Management Assistance Teams and Urban Search and Rescue teams are available to deploy at a moment’s notice.

Here are some tips to help individuals, families and business owners prepare: 

Have a plan. Know how you will keep yourself, your family and your pets safe if severe storms are forecast for your area. Make sure you consider your family’s unique needs, including anyone who needs medicine or medical equipment. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if you aren’t together when a severe storm hits. Visit.Ready.gov or Listo.gov in Spanish language for more information on how to stay safe before, during and after severe weather.

Gather emergency supplies for your home. Include a three-day supply of food and water for each person along with items for any pets. Supplies should include essential personal items such as medicine, clothing, first-aid supplies a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries.  

Gather emergency supplies for your vehicle. It’s best to avoid traveling by car if there is a severe weather threat.  If it’s unavoidable, make sure to have emergency supplies in the vehicle. These supplies should include the same essentials as you have at home, plus the following: jumper cables, flares or reflective triangles, a car cell phone charger, a blanket and a map. Never drive around barriers, as roads may be flooded, damaged or blocked by debris.

Know Where to Get Information. Monitor media for updated information on the storm and/or actions to take. Follow the directions provided by local, state or tribal officials regarding emergency actions. 

Listen to Local Officials. If you are told to stay off the roads, don’t venture out. Shelter in place at your home or business until you are told it is safe to travel. Get to know the terms that are used to identify weather threats and discuss with your family what to do if watches or warnings are issued.

Check on Your Loved Ones. Check on your neighbors or friends, particularly those who are vulnerable or need extra support. Older adults and individuals who depend on life-sustaining medical equipment or assistance devices such as a ventilator or mobility devices, may need additional support in areas that have lost power.

Other Important Tips:

Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage, even if doors and windows are open. Keep generators outside and far away from windows, doors and vents. Read and follow instructions on the generator label and in the owner’s manual. Any electrical cables you use with the generator should be free of damage and suitable for outdoor use.

Never use charcoal grills or camp stoves indoors. Deaths have occurred from lethal levels of carbon monoxide when people burned charcoal or used camp stoves in enclosed spaces. 

Stay away from downed wires, including cable TV wires. They may be live with deadly voltage.

Use caution with candles. If possible, use flashlights instead. If you must use candles, do not burn them on or near anything that can catch fire. Never leave burning candles unattended. Extinguish candles when you leave the room.

Preparedness and Safety Information for the Public

Individuals in the potentially affected areas are urged to have an emergency communications plan, monitor local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information and follow the instructions of state, tribal and local officials. Download the FEMA Mobile App, available in English and Spanish languages, to set up weather alerts, review preparedness information, safety tips and an emergency kit checklist and more.

Flood Risks

There is the potential for flooding with this storm.  Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous and almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles.  

When in your car, look out for flooding in low-lying areas and bridges over or near water. If you encounter flood waters, do not drive through the area -- turn around, don’t drown.   

If you live in an area likely to experience flooding from this storm and have a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood policy, you may be eligible for reimbursement for actions taken to protect your property. Call your insurance agent to find out more.

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

erika.suzuki Fri, 05/17/2024 - 16:46
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Serious Needs Assistance is Available for Storm Survivors in Oklahoma

4 days 21 hours ago
Serious Needs Assistance is Available for Storm Survivors in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – If you have an immediate or serious need due to the April 25-May 9 severe storms and tornadoes, you may qualify for a one-time $750 payment per household through FEMA’s Serious Need Assistance. This payment would be in addition to other assistance you’re eligible for.

Immediate or serious needs are lifesaving and life-sustaining items, including water, food, first aid, prescriptions, infant formula, breastfeeding supplies, diapers, consumable medical supplies, durable medical equipment, personal hygiene items and fuel for transportation.

Serious Needs Assistance is available to eligible survivors living in Carter, Hughes, Love, Murray, Okmulgee, Osage, Pontotoc and Washita counties who apply within the first 30 days after the disaster was declared: by May 30.

You may be eligible for Serious Needs Assistance if:

  • You complete a FEMA application;
  • FEMA can confirm your identity;
  • The home where you live most of the year is in a declared disaster area;
  • FEMA confirms the disaster damage from an inspection or documents you send;
  • You tell FEMA you are displaced, need shelter or have other emergency costs due to the disaster on your application; and
  • You apply for FEMA assistance while Serious Needs Assistance is available.

To watch an accessible video about Serious Needs Assistance, go to FEMA Accessible: Serious Needs Assistance (youtube.com).

For the latest information about Oklahoma’s recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4776. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/.

alexa.brown Fri, 05/17/2024 - 14:54
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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Marietta

5 days 15 hours ago
Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Marietta

OKLAHOMA CITY – A Disaster Recovery Center will open May 17 in Love County to help Oklahomans affected by the April 25-May 9 severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding continue their recovery.

Residents and businesses in Carter, Hughes, Love, Murray, Okmulgee, Osage, Pontotoc and Washita counties can visit the center to apply for FEMA assistance, upload documents, learn about available resources and get their questions answered in person. Recovery specialists from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other organizations will be available to meet with visitors – no appointment is needed.

The center will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 17-31 at:

City of Marietta City Hall/Police Department
700 South Highway 77
Marietta, OK 73448

All centers are accessible to people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, and are equipped with assistive technology. If you need a reasonable accommodation or interpreter, please call 833-285-7448 (press 2 for Spanish).

For more information about Disaster Recovery Centers open near you, visit fema.gov/drc.

To apply for FEMA assistance without visiting a center, go online to DisasterAssistance.gov, download the FEMA App or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Calls are accepted from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time. Help is available in most languages. If you use a relay service such as video relay service (VRS) or captioned telephone service, give FEMA your number for that service when you call.

For the latest information visit fema.gov/disaster/4776. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/.

alexa.brown Thu, 05/16/2024 - 20:39
alexa.brown

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

5 days 21 hours ago
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Massachusetts

WASHINGTON ­-- FEMA announced today that federal disaster assistance is available to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding from Sept.11-13, 2023. 

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Bristol and Worcester counties.

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 in the Commonwealth.

Robert V. Fogel has been named 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.

amy.ashbridge Thu, 05/16/2024 - 14:59
amy.ashbridge

File Your Flood Insurance Claim Today

5 days 22 hours ago
File Your Flood Insurance Claim Today

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges homeowners and individuals in Puerto Rico who suffered flood damages due to recent flooding events to promptly file claims through their insurance agent or company. 

“People should start gathering proof of loss for the claim and contact their insurance company. Having a flood insurance policy from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) can be the key to recovering quickly following a flood event, since homeowners and renters receive assistance regardless of a disaster declaration,” said Orlando Olivera, Coordinator of the FEMA Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico. 

FEMA administers the NFIP, which offers building and contents coverage for property owners, renters, and business owners that most property insurance typically does not cover. FEMA advises homeowners and individuals to: 

  • Photograph and videorecord the inside and outside of the property, taken before discarding anything, 
  • Provide the make, model, and serial number of large household appliances like washers and dryers, water heaters, kitchen appliances, televisions, and computers, 
  • Collect samples of building items (e.g., flooring, carpet, wallpaper, and drapes) and provide to the adjuster. 

If you do not have flood insurance, you can purchase it through a local insurance agent or company. Visit: www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-800-427-4661 for additional information. 

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yuisa.rios Thu, 05/16/2024 - 13:33
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One Year Later, Federal Support for Typhoon Mawar Recovery Reaches More Than $338 Million

6 days 7 hours ago
One Year Later, Federal Support for Typhoon Mawar Recovery Reaches More Than $338 Million

Barrigada, Guam. – It has been one year since Typhoon Mawar caused the island of Guam to announce a major disaster declaration. More than $338 million in federal assistance has been provided to survivors in Guam to include grants from FEMA through the Individual Assistance and Public Assistance Programs, and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). To-date, FEMA remains in the affected communities, working with local and state officials to provide Public Assistance grants and temporary housing.

Public Assistance:

 As of May 6, 175 projects have been approved for $10.4 million. Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program that aids state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and certain types of nonprofit organizations, impacted by federally declared disasters. The assistance allows for reimbursement for eligible work including debris removal, emergency protective measures and repairs to infrastructure and other structures. The Public Assistance program is funded by FEMA and administered by Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense.

Individual Assistance: 

As of May 05, 2024, 29,955 registrations have been received and nearly $71million in FEMA grants have been approved for renters and homeowners in Guam. 

• Nearly $40 million has been provided in Housing Assistance that helps pay for uninsured home repairs, home replacement, and rental assistance for short-term lodging. 

• More than $31 million in Other Needs Assistance grants have been provided to help pay for uninsured personal property replacement and other serious storm-related needs.

SBA Disaster Loans: 

SBA has approved in total more than $257 million in long-term, low interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses. These flexible loans may help supplement insurance settlements and FEMA grants. 

• More than $213 million in home loans 

• More than $41 million in business loans. 

• More than $2 million in economic injury loans to support small businesses and nonprofits that suffered disaster-related economic losses. 

The application period has closed as of July 28, 2023. To provide updates on your application, submit new information or ask questions; call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 from 10 p.m. through 2 p.m. CHST the following day. 

▪ Download the FEMA mobile app

For the latest FEMA information visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4715

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, or economic status. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, you can call the Civil Rights Resource line at 833-285-7448.

alyssa.sutherland Thu, 05/16/2024 - 04:20
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Deadline Extended for FEMA Public Assistance Requests

6 days 8 hours ago
Deadline Extended for FEMA Public Assistance Requests

Salem, Ore. – Local governments, houses of worship and other nonprofit organizations in the counties of Benton, Clackamas, Coos, Hood River, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Multnomah, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians have until May 27, 2024 to submit requests for FEMA Public Assistance.

FEMA extended the deadline from May 13 at the request of the state of Oregon.

The Public Assistance (PA) Program delivers FEMA grant assistance to local, tribal and state governments and their agencies; houses of worship, and certain private nonprofit applicants following a disaster declaration.

The designated counties and tribes were a part of the April 13 Major Disaster Declaration which provides FEMA Public Assistance, a reimbursement program for public infrastructure damage and response costs in the affected counties and tribes. This declaration does not provide FEMA Individual Assistance for individuals, homes and businesses impacted by the disaster.

Communities, nonprofits and houses of worship interested in applying for a PA grant should contact their local emergency manager or the Oregon Department of Emergency Management for information and to submit a Request for Public Assistance application. Applicants may also submit their forms directly online at the FEMA Grants Portal, an online database accessible to each applicant throughout the PA grant process. Once approved by the state and FEMA, the RPA starts the grant process for eligible FEMA Public Assistance applicants.

More information on the PA process may also be found at Oregon Department of Emergency Management : 2024 Oregon Severe Winter Storms Public Assistance : Disaster Assistance : State of Oregon.

 

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mary.j.edmon Thu, 05/16/2024 - 04:03
mary.j.edmon

FEMA Assistance Available for Washita County Survivors

6 days 13 hours ago
FEMA Assistance Available for Washita County Survivors

OKLAHOMA CITY –Washita County has been added to the major disaster declaration for Oklahomans who sustained damage from the April 25-May 9 severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding.

Residents of the county may be eligible for disaster assistance under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. Eligible applicants may qualify for rental assistance, basic home repairs, personal property losses and other expenses related to storm damage. Survivors living in Carter, Hughes, Love, Murray, Okmulgee, Osage and Pontotoc counties may also be eligible for assistance. Additional counties may be added later.

FEMA assistance may include: 

  • Serious Needs: Money for lifesaving and life-sustaining items, including water, food, first aid, prescriptions, infant formula, breastfeeding supplies, diapers, consumable medical supplies, durable medical equipment, personal hygiene items and fuel for transportation. 
  • Displacement: Money to help with housing needs if you cannot return to your home because of the disaster. The money can be used to stay in a hotel, with family and friends or other options while you look for a rental unit. 
  • Home Repair or Replacement: Money to help you repair or replace your home damaged by the disaster. The money can also help with pre-existing damage to parts of your home where the disaster caused further damage.
  • Rental Assistance: Money you can use to rent housing if you are displaced from your home because of the disaster.
  • Personal Property: Money to help you repair or replace appliances, room furnishings, and a personal or family computer damaged by the disaster. This can also include money for books, uniforms, tools, additional computers and other items required for school or work, including self-employment.
  • Child Care: Money to help you pay for increased or new childcare expenses caused by the disaster.
  • Transportation: Money to help you repair or replace a vehicle damaged by the disaster when you don’t have another vehicle you can use. 
  • Moving and Storage Expenses: Money to help you move and store personal property from your home to prevent additional damage.
  • Group Flood Insurance Policy: If your home is in a Special Flood Hazard Area and you have flood damage caused by the disaster, FEMA may purchase a Group Flood Insurance Policy on your behalf that gives you three years of coverage.
  • Clean and Sanitize Assistance: Up to $300 to help you pay for minor damage caused by the disaster to prevent additional loss and health or safety concerns. This is available if you had property damage but are not eligible for Home Repair or Replacement Assistance because FEMA determines you can still live safely in your home.
How to Apply

To apply for FEMA assistance, go online to DisasterAssistance.gov, download the FEMA App for mobile devices or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Calls are accepted every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT. 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 FEMA Accessible: Registering for Individual Assistance - YouTube.

For in-person help, visit a Disaster Recovery Center – locations and hours are listed at fema.gov/drc.

For the latest information visit fema.gov/disaster/4776. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/

alexa.brown Wed, 05/15/2024 - 22:05
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