Emergency Management

Fact Sheet: FEMA Disaster Grant Information for Faith-Based, Community, Volunteer, and Private Non-Profit Organizations

FEMA - News - 6 hours 17 min ago

Faith-based organizations, community, volunteer, and non-profit organizations may apply for FEMA grants in areas eligible for the FEMA Public Assistance program. Only organizations with state or IRS tax exempt status may be considered and should submit their requests as soon as possible.

Who May Be Eligible:

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A Disaster Recovery Center to open in Ponce

FEMA - News - 8 hours 9 min ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A Government of Puerto Rico and Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open in Ponce on Monday, October 23.

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Debris Removal: Frequently Asked Questions

State - California - CALOES - 12 hours 10 min ago

Following the deadliest week of wildfires in California history, the massive task of cleanup and debris removal has begun.  With over 8,400 structures destroyed in the 21 major wildfires statewide, California is now facing the largest debris removal effort in state history.    Here are some frequently asked questions you may have regarding getting the debris removal process started.

 Q: What is the Debris Removal Program?

A: The Debris Removal Program is made up of two phases: removal of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and removal of other fire-related debris.

County, state and federal agencies are organizing teams of experts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the California State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to inspect your property for HHW and remove it from the property.

In coordination with Cal OES, FEMA and local officials, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Cal Recycle will execute contracts to conduct fire related debris removal from properties.

Q: How do I get involved?

A: The first step is to contact county officials to help you complete a Right of Entry (ROE) form to allow access to your property. Once you give the consent to enter on to your property the County will coordinate with FEMA and Cal OES to develop a debris removal collection strategy.

Q: How do I obtain a Right of Entry form?

A: Your County has established centers where you can obtain Right of Entry (ROE) forms. Your County will advertise the locations of these centers and other methods to obtain the ROE.

Q: My home was destroyed in the fire. Can I go back onto my property to see if I can find any valuables or mementos?

A: Property owners who desire to search debris for possible salvageable items should do so with caution and with proper protective gear: eye protection, masks, gloves, long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Residents should minimize contact with fire debris. There may be Hazardous Household Waste, which contains materials that can be hazardous to your health.

Q: When will the debris removal begin?

A: Crews have already begun removal of HHW. Removal of fire debris is scheduled to begin by November 1, 2017.

Q: Who is going to pay for it?

A: There is no cost for debris removal the property owner. However, if property owners receive reimbursement for debris removal through their insurance, it is expected that property owners report the amount of proceeds to their local officials and may be required to remit that portion.

Q: Will USACE use local contractors in this effort?

A: Yes, under the USACE Advanced Contracting Initiative (ACI) the Prime Contractors are using local contractors. The prime contractors for this response are Ashbritt and Environmental Chemical Corporation. Local contractors can register as subcontractors at the primary contractor websites located at:
ashbritt.com
ecc.net 

Q: Will USACE use California State prevailing wage, Davis-Bacon, or GSA rate?

A: The USACE ACI contractor is required to pay Davis-Bacon or California state prevailing wage, whichever is higher.

Commonly Asked Questions about FEMA’s Housing Assistance Program

FEMA - News - 13 hours 20 min ago

Q: Where can I stay? My home is too damaged to live in during rebuilding.

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FEMA Letter Says You Are Ineligible for Disaster Assistance? That May Not Be the Last Word

FEMA - News - 13 hours 53 min ago

ORLANDO, Fla. – Applicants for FEMA disaster assistance should not consider the initial determination letter from the agency ruling them ineligible for disaster assistance as the final word. FEMA offers these tips to keep in mind if you receive such a letter:

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Virgin Island Hurricane Survivors Have More Time to Register with FEMA

FEMA - News - 14 hours 17 min ago

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands have until December 18 to register for assistance with FEMA.

FEMA has granted the territorial government’s request to extend the deadlines and make the deadline the same for both disasters.

“We understand that the ongoing communications challenges and power outages have made it difficult for some Virgin Islanders to register with FEMA, and we want to ensure everyone has an opportunity,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer William Vogel.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Yuba County

FEMA - News - 15 hours 45 min ago

SACRAMENTO - A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened in Yuba County, offering residents affected by the devastating October 2017 fires a one-stop shop for disaster assistance.

The center, located at the Yuba County Administrative Office, 915 Eighth St., Marysville, CA 95901, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opening in Yuba County

State - California - CALOES - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 21:25

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened in Yuba County, offering residents affected by the devastating October 2017 fires a one-stop shop for disaster assistance.

The center, located at the Yuba County Administrative Office, 915 Eighth St., Marysville, CA 95901, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Present at the DRC are representatives from FEMA, the State of California, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies. Residents of any of the designated counties for individual assistance –Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma and Yuba – can seek help at the Yuba DRC.

Before visiting the DRC, survivors are encouraged to apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Applicants should have the following information on hand:

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

Commonly Asked Questions about Applying for Federal Disaster Assistance

FEMA - News - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 13:40

ORLANDO, Fla. – After a major disaster was declared Sept. 10, 2017 in Florida for Hurricane Irma, residents in 48 declared counties became eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Misconceptions can sometimes stand in the way of getting all the assistance a person is eligible to receive. People who would qualify for help can miss out if they don’t know about or understand various assistance programs and eligibility requirements. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about the registration process, FEMA grants and U.S.

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Commonly Asked Questions about SBA Low-interest Disaster Loans

FEMA - News - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 13:34

ORLANDO, Fla.  After a major disaster was declared in Florida Sept. 10, 2017 for Hurricane Irma, residents in 48 declared counties became eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Some owners and renters also became eligible to apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Here are answers to commonly asked questions about SBA loans and their connection to FEMA disaster assistance.

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Virgin Island Hurricane Survivors Have More Time to Register with FEMA

FEMA - News - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 13:19

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands have until December 18 to register for assistance with FEMA.

FEMA has granted the territorial government’s request to extend the deadlines and make the deadline the same for both disasters.

“We understand that the ongoing communications challenges and power outages have made it difficult for some Virgin Islanders to register with FEMA, and we want to ensure everyone has an opportunity,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer William Vogel.

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Third Disaster Recovery Center Opens in St. Croix for Hurricane Survivors

FEMA - News - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 13:03

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands — A third Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opened today in St. Croix to provide information and help for survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Like all DRCs in the Virgin Islands, the new center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until further notice. It is located at:

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Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Help Remove Hazardous Waste from Wildfire-Impacted Neighborhoods

State - California - CALOES - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 12:41

Building on efforts to help streamline the recovery in communities impacted by California’s devastating wildfires, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order allowing the federal government to help with the initial removal of hazardous waste that poses an imminent threat to public health and safety.

The executive order allows qualified professionals at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assist state and local officials in immediately removing visible hazardous debris such as batteries, flammable liquids, asbestos siding, paint and pipe insulation from burned homes. Initial removal of these hazards helps protect public health and the environment and allows residents and cleanup crews to more safely enter properties and continue the long-term recovery efforts.

Last week, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency for the counties of Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange due to the impacts of numerous wildfires, and this week issued an executive order to cut red tape and help streamline recovery efforts. The Governor has also secured a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to support the state and local response to the fires, within 24 hours of making the request, and federal direct aid for residents of Napa, Sonoma, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Yuba, Orange and Nevada counties who have suffered losses due to the fires. Workers in these counties who have lost jobs or had work hours substantially reduced as a result of the fires are also now eligible for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits.
Last week, Governor Brown traveled to areas impacted by the fires with U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris and joined the state’s top emergency management officials for a briefing at the State Operations Center in Mather, and this week met with the FEMA administrator to discuss ongoing wildfire response and recovery efforts and visited firefighters and first responders in Orange County.

More information on California’s emergency response to the fires is available at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services website.

The full text of today’s executive order is below:

 

Harris County Disaster Recovery Center to Operate Sundays

FEMA - News - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 11:33

AUSTIN, Texas – Starting on Oct. 22, the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located at the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 3015 N MacGregor Way, Houston TX 77486, will extend its operating hours to include Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Recovery specialists from FEMA, the State, the Small Business Administration and other agencies will be located at the center to answer disaster related questions and can help survivors apply for assistance.

When: Starting Oct. 22
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

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Fact Sheet: Tips for Driving Safely when there is No Electricity

FEMA - News - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 10:49

A disaster or severe storm can cause power outages and increase risks when driving. Use the following tips to help keep you, and the other drivers safe on the road. 

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FEMA to Host Houston Job Fair for Hurricane Recovery Efforts on Oct. 21

FEMA - News - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 10:45

AUSTIN, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host a job fair Oct. 21 to recruit Texans for positions assisting with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

The job fair will be held at 3015 N. MacGregor Way in Houston from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. FEMA needs to fill more than 300 available positions, with pay ranging from $14 to $37 per hour.

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Schedule Changed at Some Locations for Virgin Islanders Applying for Temporary Jobs

FEMA - News - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 08:46

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – U.S. Virgin Island workers interested in applying for temporary jobs to help with the territory’s recovery from hurricanes Irma and Maria should be aware of a change in schedule for assistance in filling out applications and resume drop-off location hours.

Residents interested in working for FEMA may email their resume to fema-workforce-caribbean@fema.dhs.gov or they may drop off resumes in-person at these locations:

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Cal OES Launches WildfireRecovery.org to Help October Wildfire Survivors

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:06

Cal OES has launched a “one-stop shop” website dedicated to helping survivors and supporters of the October 2017 wildfires, and anyone else interested in learning more. It’s an easy address to remember: WildfireRecovery.org.

Once there, visitors will find an ever-expanding page with valuable information, links and resources. For example, at the Assistance tab you’ll find valuable information on state individual assistance, federal individual assistance, tax relief for businesses and info on time extensions for private tax payers.

There’s also assistance and resources for state employees. Also in the Resources drop-down tab there’s the latest on shelters and evacuation centers, and information on volunteering and donations.  If you’re looking for help connecting with local assistance centers or contacts in the affected areas, we have that too.

There are videos and additional information about the State Operations Center and what the Governor has to say about the Presidential Declaration. There is also detailed info and links about all of the Emergency Proclamations and Declaration.

 

 

This site is new, and is a work in progress, but we wanted to get it out there for you ASAP. We’ll update it continuously with new and helpful content.  Navigation is easy, with convenient tabs for Overview, Assistance, Resources and Contacts.  So be sure to keep checking back at WildfireRecovery.org for the latest. We’re with you.

 

Beware of Scams and Fraudulent Phone Calls on Wildfire Survivors

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:16

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – State and federal recovery officials urge California residents to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals who may try to prey on vulnerable survivors of the October wildfires.

Common post-disaster fraud practices include:

  • Fake offers of state or federal aid:
    • Beware if anyone claiming to be from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the state visits, calls or emails asking for an applicant’s Social Security number, bank account number or other sensitive information.
    • Avoid scam artists who promise a disaster grant and ask for cash deposits or advance payments in full.
    • Know that federal workers do not solicit or accept money. FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) staff never charge applicants for disaster assistance, inspections or help in filling out applications. Do not give out information and report people claiming to be government workers to local police.
    • Provide your Social Security number and banking information only when registering for FEMA assistance, either by calling 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585, or going online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or the smart phone FEMA App. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services, call 800-621-3362. Operators are multilingual and calls are answered from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
  • Phony housing inspectors: Owners/applicants may be especially vulnerable to phony housing inspectors claiming to represent FEMA or SBA. An applicant should always:
    • Ask to see the inspector’s identification badge. All federal employees and contractors carry official, laminated photo identification.
    • Inspectors also have each applicant’s nine-digit registration number.
    • FEMA inspectors never require banking information.

It is important to note that FEMA housing inspectors verify damage, but do not hire or endorse specific contractors to fix homes or recommend repairs.  They do not determine your eligibility for assistance.

  • Fraudulent building contractors: When hiring a contractor, be sure to:
    • Use licensed local contractors backed by reliable references.
    • Demand that contractors carry general liability insurance and worker’s compensation.
  • Bogus pleas for post-disaster donations: Unscrupulous solicitors may play on the sympathy for disaster survivors. Disaster aid solicitations may arrive by phone, email, letter or face-to-face visits. Verify legitimate solicitation:
    • Ask for the charity’s exact name, street address, phone number, and Web address, then call the charity directly and confirm that the person asking for funds is an employee or volunteer.
    • Don’t pay with cash.
    • Request a receipt with the charity’s name, street address, phone number and Web address (if applicable).

Anyone with knowledge of fraud, waste or abuse may call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or report it to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccompliantassistant.gov

You may also send an email to DHSOIGHotline@dhs.gov

 

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers to open in Humacao and Mayagüez

FEMA - News - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:33

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Two FEMA/Government of Puerto Rico Disaster Recovery Center (DRCs) will open in Puerto Rico on Saturday, October 21.  One is in Humacao and the other in Mayagüez. 

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