Emergency Management

Be Aware: How to Avoid Problems in Rebuilding

FEMA - News - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:13

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After a disaster, contractors play a major role in rebuilding an affected community. They can also give the local economy a major boost as they construct new homes and businesses. The majority of contractors are honest and professional.

At the same time, consumers need to be aware that occasionally scam artists pose as legitimate contractors in the wake of a disaster. Some people may attempt to cheat by posing as inspectors, government officials or volunteers.

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Tennessee

FEMA - News - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:52

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of Tennessee to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding from May 27 to May 28, 2017.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Tennessee

FEMA - News - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:51

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump's disaster declaration issued for the State of Tennessee.

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

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SBA Tops $10 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:13

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Regional Administrator Michael Vallante of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that SBA has approved more than $10 million in federal disaster loans for California businesses and residents impacted by severe storms and flooding that occurred Feb. 1-25, 2017. According to Vallante, SBA has approved $4,738,800 for businesses and $5,283,300 for residents to help rebuild and recover from this disaster.

“Although the deadline to apply for property damage loans has expired, small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may continue to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business or nonprofit organization suffered any property damage,” Vallante said.

The interest rate is 3.15 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. The deadline to submit an EIDL application is Dec. 20, 2017.

These loans are available in Alameda, Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Plumas, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo and Yuba counties in California; and Washoe County in Nevada.

Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit https://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

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Missouri Renters with Flood Damage May Be Eligible for Federal Help

FEMA - News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:06

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri renters who experienced losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 may be eligible for disaster recovery assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA).

Survivors may be eligible for grants from FEMA to help with such disaster-related expenses as:

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Recovery Center Opens in Shannon County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors

FEMA - News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:02

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Monday, June 26, in Shannon County. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

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Help Remains After Disaster Recovery Centers Close in Five Counties

FEMA - News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:57

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Maries and Taney counties will close at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24. But survivors of the 2017 flooding and severe storms will still be able to get help with just a phone call.

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Recovery Centers Open in Oregon and Ozark Counties to Help Missouri Flood Survivors

FEMA - News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:50

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two new FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open Saturday, June 24, in Oregon County, in the city of Alton, and Ozark County, in the city of Gainesville. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

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Recovery Center Opens in Stone County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors

FEMA - News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:47

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Monday, June 26, in Stone County in the city of Galena. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

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Recovery Center Opens in Texas County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors

FEMA - News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:29

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Friday, June 23, in Texas County. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

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Colorado Daily Status Report: June 23, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:23


Colorado Daily Status Report June 23, 2017Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.
Alerts/Warnings
National Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin
State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation Level: Normal Operations
Current Disasters/Large Incidents:  None
Major Road Impacts/Closures: None Reported
 Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report June 23, 2017
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FEMA Welcomes New FEMA Administrator Brock Long

FEMA - News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:17

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency released the following statement today, attributed to William Booher, FEMA Spokesman.

“After a Senate confirmation vote of 95-4 earlier this week, Brock Long was officially sworn in as FEMA administrator, by Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, in a ceremony this morning.

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Inaugural Meeting for Earthquake Early Warning

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:39

Today was the first meeting of the California Earthquake Early Warning Advisory Board at the State Capitol. The board consists of leaders from the state agencies, academia, private and public industry, as well as other subject matter experts.

The board was formed after the Governor approved $10 million last year to increase financial support to the state’s seismic network, which consists of researching when and where earthquakes occur in California.  This governance structure serves as a venue for public input on development of the system, as well as oversees implementation of California’s Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) program and provides insight.

Members of the board included representatives from Cal OES, California Natural Resources, California Health and Human Services, California State Transportation Agency, Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, California State University, University of California, and PG&E.

Cal OES Director and Chair Mark Ghilarducci explained that collaborating and leveraging successful partnerships with entities such as the California Integrated Seismic Network, California Geological Survey, U.S. Geological Survey, California Institute of Technology, and industries from the public and private sector will assist in fulfilling the objectives of the program. “Partnerships across the board including public, private, and government will make sure we meet our goals,” he said.

During the meeting, presentations were made by Cal OES Deputy Director of Planning, Preparedness and Prevention Tina Curry, who informed members of the history of EEW and the work that has already been conducted. She said that input from the board would be essential in laying out the road map for next steps because of the importance of this program and its complexity. “Senate Bill 438 recognized the importance of EEW to California,” she added. “California is a leader and role model to other parts of the nation and the world.” A sentiment echoed by PG&E Vice President and Board Member Barry Anderson, “California has been taking the lead in developing California’s Early Warning System and it will get done.”

Most of the funding will be used to install and upgrade 183 seismic sensors throughout the state. These sensors are the key component to detecting an earthquake. There are also on-going pilot programs testing different methods delivering the information gathered from these sensors to what would become a warning. The use of cell phones, television, and other methods were all discussed during the meeting with more to come.

As the development of EEW becomes more of a reality for those living or visiting California, there are certain to be challenges along the way. One of those challenges could come in the way of funding. “There are always challenges particular with a program like this, but this is a lifesaving program,” said Ghilarducci. “Not only is it lifesaving, but there is a mitigation aspect, which will help buy down the risk and California can recovery more quickly after an earthquake. It is important that we make sure there is the funding to make it reliable. California has an obligation to ensure this system becomes operational.”

For more information about California’s Earthquake Early Warning Program visit Cal OES Earthquake Early Warning page.

Colorado Daily Status Report: June 22, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:49


Colorado Daily Status Report June 22, 2017Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.
Alerts/Warnings
National Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin
State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation Level: Normal Operations
Current Disasters/Large Incidents:  None
Major Road Impacts/Closures: None Reported
 Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report June 22, 2017
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Every Disaster Survivor Has Equal Access to Registration, Information and Assistance

FEMA - News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:38

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – All Missouri survivors who sustained property damage or loss caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 may apply for help at local disaster recovery centers.

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Free Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Butler and Jefferson Counties

FEMA - News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:34

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As Missourians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the flooding and severe storms that occurred April 28-May 11, 2017, FEMA and The Home Depot stores in Butler and Jefferson counties have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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Recovery Centers Open in Butler and Douglas Counties to Help Missouri Flood Survivors

FEMA - News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:33

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two new FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open Thursday, June 22, in Butler and Douglas counties. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 27 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

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WVRO remembers and renews its commitment to West Virginia

FEMA - News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:23

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III continues to be on the ground supporting state and local officials, communities, and individuals in their recovery from the June 2016 severe flooding that struck West Virginia.

On June 23, West Virginia Recovery Office (WVRO) employees and their West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WV DHSEM) colleagues will pause from their work to remember those whose lives were lost and the communities that were devastated.

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Colorado Daily Status Report: June 21, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:03


Colorado Daily Status Report June 21, 2017Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.
Alerts/Warnings
National Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin
State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation Level: Normal Operations
Current Disasters/Large Incidents:  None
Major Road Impacts/Closures: None Reported
 Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report June 21, 2017
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