Emergency Management

FEMA Region III Continues Support to Hurricane Survivors

FEMA - News - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 11:05

PHILADELPHIA – FEMA Region III remains committed to supporting disaster response and recovery efforts and we are working closely with our state and local partners to provide assistance to Hurricane Maria evacuees in our region.

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center now open in Aguas Buenas

FEMA - News - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 07:49

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – The government of Puerto Rico and FEMA will open a Disaster Recovery Center on Friday, Feb. 16 in Aguas Buenas.

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Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Friday and Saturday at Home Depot in St. Croix

FEMA - News - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 05:49

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a household hazardous waste drop-off for residents of St. Croix Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16 and 17.

The event will be at the Home Depot in Kingshill from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have household hazardous waste, such as used oil, paint, household cleaners and solvents, TVs and computers, make sure to separate the items and place in containers. The EPA will dispose of them properly.

The EPA is also collecting household hazardous waste at these locations:

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One Month Recovery Update for Southern California

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 21:21

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It’s been one month since FEMA’s Individual Assistance program was approved for Southern Californians in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. Here’s an update on recovery numbers as of close of business Feb. 14:

• 582 households eligible for FEMA individual assistance.
• FEMA has approved more than $3.4 million in individuals and households program grants.

o $3 million for housing assistance.

o $431,000 in other needs assistance.
• The inspector team, has completed more than 94 percent of requested housing

inspections.
• 1,804 visits to the Disaster Recovery Centers set up to provide survivors with disaster

assistance resources.

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available for businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters. As of close of business Feb. 14, SBA:

  • Has approved 159 loans for homeowners and or renters and 33 loans for businesses.
  • Approved loans totaling more than $21 million.Southern California residents in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties, who suffered damage or losses from the December wildfires and January mudslides and flooding, have one month left to register for disaster assistance. The deadline to register is March 16.

    Survivors may register or update their information online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or by phone at 800-621-3362. TTY users should call 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. These toll-free numbers operate 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

    The deadline for filing Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) claims with the California Employment Development Department (EDD) is February 20, 2018. Workers, and particularly self-employed individuals, who lost their jobs or had their work hours substantially reduced as a result of the disaster in Southern California can apply for unemployment benefits under the federal DUA program. The application is available online at eApply4UI. Workers do not need to register with FEMA first to apply for DUA.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and FEMA also established a joint hotline for people with a disability or an access and functional need. Referral services and additional assistance may be available. The access and functional needs hotline number is 916-361- 0380.

Significant efforts have been made with the removal of debris from basins and creeks in Santa Barbara County. So far, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has completed debris removal in 10 of 11 debris removal basins that provide protection to downstream neighborhoods and properties in Santa Barbara County. To date, 216,873 cubic yards of debris has been removed from these basins and another 93,310 cubic yards of debris has been removed from roadways. The USACE is also assisting Santa Barbara County clear debris from eight creeks. Work is complete in two creeks and ongoing in the others, for a total of 14,794 cubic yards removed.

CalRecyle has been working in Ventura County to remove debris from private property and conduct soil sampling. So far CalRecyle is 16% complete with private property debris removal in Ventura County.

Debris removal is critical to reopening roadways and facilitating further recovery, but is also essential to helping communities prepare for increased flood risks that follow major fires for several years. All residents of Southern California who live near burned areas should be carefully monitor the weather and follow local emergency recommendations. Residents can increase their financial protection by buying insurance now. Click here for information on flood risks after fire, go to or visit California Department of Water Resources for more information.

For more additional updates on California recovery, visit the disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4353, Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/femaregion9 and WildfireRecovery.org.

Holiday Weekend Hours for Disaster Recovery Centers in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 18:36

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Ventura County will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, for President’s Day. The DRC in Santa Barbara will be open with normal hours of operation.   

Santa Barbara DRC, Calvary Chapel, 1 North Calle Cesar Chavez, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.

Hours: Monday through Friday except Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ventura DRC, Ventura County Credit Union, 6026 Telephone Rd, Ventura, CA 93003.

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Los trabajadores afectados por los desastres naturales del sur de California tienen hasta el 20 de febrero para solicitar Asistencia de Desempleo por Desastre

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:02

SACRAMENTO – El Departamento de Desarrollo del Empleo de California recuerda a los trabajadores, empresarios y trabajadores independientes que perdieron su empleo o vieron sus horas de trabajo reducidas a causa de los incendios forestales, inundaciones o deslaves en los condados de Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara y Ventura que la fecha límite para solicitar Asistencia de Desempleo por Desastre (DUA por sus siglas en inglés) es el martes 20 de febrero de 2018.

La declaración del Presidente Trump de desastre federal del 15 de enero proporciona beneficios a las personas damnificadas por los desastres de diciembre de 2017 y enero de 2018. DUA ofrece beneficios de seguro de desempleo temporal a las personas cuyos empleos u horas de trabajo se vieron afectadas a causa directa de los desastres y que no reúnen los requisitos para recibir seguro de desempleo regular tales como empresarios o trabajadores independientes.

Se insta a los damnificados a solicitar los beneficios de DUA a través del EDD, que primero determinará si los solicitantes pueden recibir seguro de desempleo regular, y de no ser así, tramitarán la solicitud bajo beneficios de seguro de desempleo por desastre federal.

Los beneficios DUA aplican a las pérdidas comenzando a partir de la semana del 10 de diciembre de 2017. Los trabajadores pueden recibir beneficios de hasta $450 dólares semanales por un máximo de 30 semanas. Estos beneficios de seguro de desempleo temporal se ofrecen a damnificados de desastres y están disponibles para las personas que reúnen cualquiera de los siguientes requisitos:

  • Trabajaron o eran trabajadores independientes, o estaban programados a comenzar un trabajo o trabajo independiente en la zona del desastre.
  • No pueden llegar a su lugar de trabajo por el desastre o no pueden trabajar o ejecutar sus servicios por daños físicos o destrucción del lugar de empleo a causa del desastre.
  • Pueden demostrar que el trabajo o el trabajo independiente que ya no pueden realizar era su principal fuente de ingresos.
  • No pueden realizar su trabajo o trabajo independiente por una lesión causada por el desastre.
  • Se convirtieron en jefes de familia por una muerte causada por el desastre.
  • Han solicitado o utilizado todos sus beneficios regular es de seguro de desempleo en cualquier estado, o que no reúnen los requisitos para recibir beneficios de seguro de desempleo regular y continúan desempleados a causa de los desastres.

Para recibir los beneficios DUA, toda la documentación necesaria tiene que ser enviada dentro de un plazo de 21 días a partir del día en que se presenta la solicitud para obtener los beneficios DUA. La documentación necesaria debe incluir número de Seguro Social y la copia más reciente de la declaración de impuestos o un talón de cheque de paga, o documentación para demostrar que la persona estaba trabajando o era trabajador independiente al momento del desastre. Para los trabajadores independientes, dicha documentación puede obtenerse en bancos o entidades gubernamentales, o declaraciones juradas de personas que tienen conocimiento de su empresa.

La forma más rápida y sencilla para solicitar los beneficios DUA es utilizar la solicitud en línea del EDD “eApply4UI” que está disponible en inglés y español.

Los solicitantes también pueden presentar su solicitud DUA por teléfono entre 8:00 a.m. y 12 del medio día, de lunes a viernes:

  • Inglés: 1-800-300-5616
  • Español: 1-800-326-8937
  • Chino (cantonés): 1-800-547-3506
  • Chino (mandarín): 1-866-303-0706
  • Vietnamita: 1-800-547-2058

El EDD administra el programa federal de beneficios por desastre para el Departamento del Trabajo de EE.UU., la Administración de Empleo y Capacitación, a nombre de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias.

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One Month Recovery Update for Southern California

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:06

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It’s been one month since FEMA’s Individual Assistance program was approved for Southern Californians in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. Here’s an update on recovery numbers as of close of business Feb. 14:

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Workers affected by Southern California disasters have until February 20 to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:35

SACRAMENTO – The California Employment Development Department (EDD) reminds workers, business owners and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or had their work hours reduced as a result of the wildfires, flood and mudslides in Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties that the deadline for filing claims for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

President Trump’s federal disaster declaration on January 15 provides DUA benefits for people affected by the December 2017 and January 2018 disasters. DUA provides temporary unemployment benefits for people whose jobs or work hour losses are a direct result of the disasters and who do not qualify for regular state unemployment insurance benefits, such as business owners or self-employed individuals.

Affected individuals are encouraged to apply for DUA benefits through EDD, which will first check to see if applicants can qualify for regular state unemployment benefits, and if not, process the claim for federal disaster unemployment benefits.

DUA applies to losses beginning the week of December 10, 2017. Workers can receive benefits of up to $450 a week for a maximum of 30 weeks. These unemployment insurance benefits are offered to victims of a disaster and available to individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Worked or were self-employed, or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment, in the disaster area.
  • Cannot reach work because of the disaster and can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster.
  • Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform is their primary source of income.
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster.
  • Became the head of their households because of a death caused by the disaster.
  • Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for the regular benefits, and remain unemployed as a direct result of the disasters.

To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the application is filed. Required documentation includes a Social Security number and a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or documentation to verify that the individuals were working or self-employed when the disaster struck. Documentation for the self-employed can be obtained from banks or government entities, or affidavits from individuals having knowledge of their business.

The fastest and easiest way for new claimants to apply for DUA is to use EDD’s online application, “eApply4UI,” available in both English and Spanish.

Claimants can also file for DUA by phone between 8 a.m. and 12 noon, Monday through Friday:

  • English: 1-800-300-5616
  • Spanish: 1-800-326-8937
  • Chinese (Cantonese): 1-800-547-3506
  • Chinese (Mandarin): 1-866-303-0706
  • Vietnamese: 1-800-547-2058

The EDD administers the federal disaster-benefits program in California for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Home Repair Information Available in Galveston, Harris, Jefferson and Nueces Counties Feb. 20-24

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 14:34

 

Home Repair Information Available in Galveston, Harris, Jefferson and Nueces Counties Feb. 20-24

AUSTIN, Texas – As Texans repair or rebuild their homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding, FEMA and home improvement stores in Galveston, Harris, Jefferson and Nueces counties are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Closed Monday to Observe Presidents Day

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 08:45

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) throughout the territory will be closed Monday, Feb. 19 for the Presidents’ Day federal holiday.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Close For Presidents Day

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 08:27

HURRICANE HARVEY

News Release

 

 

Disaster Recovery Centers Close for Presidents Day

 

AUSTIN, Texas –All State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will be closed Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 19. The centers will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 9 a.m. The only exception to this is the Brazoria County DRC, which opens Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 8 a.m.

 

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How to Create Permanent Housing Plans

FEMA - News - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:10

FEMA Guidance on Moving Back Home

Florida Hurricane Irma survivors who return home achieve a recovery milestone. They can reach this goal by creating a realistic permanent housing plan.

Survivors who receive temporary FEMA housing assistance—hotel stays, rental assistance, travel trailers and FEMA-paid apartments—must routinely show they still need help and look for long-term options.

They may show long-term housing progress to FEMA if they:

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Flood Insurance Policyholders May Get Extra Money to Upgrade Structures

FEMA - News - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:34

Request Funds within 60 Days of Receiving Substantial Damage Notice from Community

ORLANDO, Fla. — National Flood Insurance Program policyholders in Florida with damaged property may request additional money to reduce risks from hurricanes and other disasters.

Policyholders in Special Flood Hazard Areas who are repairing or rebuilding may receive extra funds—Increased Cost of Compliance—to upgrade a structure so it complies with local building regulations. SFHAs are high-risk flood areas according to NFIP.

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US Army Corps of Engineers Finishes USVI Power Mission

FEMA - News - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:01

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The U.S. Virgin Islands has reached a quiet milestone in hurricane recovery. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has finished its mission to provide temporary power for critical facilities following hurricanes Irma and Maria.

 

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers now open in Aibonito and Rincón

FEMA - News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:20

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – The government of Puerto Rico and FEMA will open Disaster Recovery Centers in Aibonito and Rincón on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

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FEMA Offers Repair and Rebuilding Advice in Quebradillas and Isabela

FEMA - News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:22

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – As the people of Puerto Rico rebuild homes damaged by the flooding and hurricanes of last September, FEMA and National Lumber have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on how to make homes stronger and safer during the rebuilding process.

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FEMA and Emergency Management Partner Organizations Release First PrepTalks Video Presentation

FEMA - News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:16

WASHINGTON — FEMA, in partnership with organizations that collectively represent the emergency management profession, today released the first video presentation from the inaugural PrepTalks Symposium, Dr. Dennis Mileti’s “Modernizing Public Warning Messaging.”

PrepTalks are 15-to-20-minute presentations by subject-matter experts and national and international thought leaders, designed to spread new ideas, spark conversation, and promote innovative leadership for the issues confronting emergency managers now, and over the next 20 years.

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Leaders React to Major Milestone After October 2017 Wildfires in Sonoma County

State - California - CALOES - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:44

The inferno unleashed on Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties, as well as several other northern California counties, left behind the kind of devastation many have only read about in the history books. Thousands of structures and homes were destroyed, entire neighborhoods left in ruins, and of course the 44 lives lost. There is one neighborhood that symbolizes the destruction and a community’s resilience to bounce back — Coffey Park in Santa Rosa.

In this episode, we hear from four leaders who were instrumental in managing the efforts to find temporary homes for the thousands displaced, removing the massive amounts of rubble and debris, and cleaning the land to modern environmental standards so residents can rebuild.

They are:

Cal OES Directory Mark Ghilarducci,

FEMA Region IX Administrator Bob Fenton,

US Army Corps of Engineers Field Office Commander in Sonoma County Col. Eric McFadden, and

FEMA National Qualifications System Director and  Federal Lead for the Housing Task Force Ryan Buras.

We spoke with them on-location to get them reflect shortly after the day debris removal program in Coffey Park concluded. The also talk about the fire and resulting flood and mudslides in Santa Barbara. Here they are, in their own words.

Links

Wildfire Recovery Resources

Cal OES Homepage

FEMA Preparedness Resources

Federal Aid Programs for the Territory American Samoa Emergency Declaration

FEMA - News - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 23:05

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 emergency disaster declaration issued for the territory of American Samoa.

Assistance for the Territory and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for American Samoa

FEMA - News - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 22:59

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal emergency aid has been made available to the territory of American Samoa to supplement territory and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Tropical Storm Gita beginning on February 7, 2018, and continuing.

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