Emergency Management

Disaster Recovery Center in Evansville to Close June 16; Help Remains Available

FEMA - News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:35

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Evansville will close permanently at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018. The DRC hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, June 15, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

 

The DRC is at the following address:

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Less Than Two Weeks Remain for Alabama Survivors to Apply for FEMA Assistance

FEMA - News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 08:30

ANNISTON, Ala.  – Time’s growing short for citizens in Calhoun, Cullman and Etowah counties who had damages or losses due to the March 19-20 tornadoes and storms; you have less than two weeks to apply for FEMA disaster assistance.

 

The deadline to register with FEMA is 11:59 p.m., Monday, June 25.

 

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Hawai’i County Residents May Register for Assistance, Disaster Recovery Center to Open

FEMA - News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 22:30

Honolulu - Residents of Hawai‘i  County  who suffered damage or losses from the recent Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes,  can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

 

The amendment to the presidential disaster declaration of May 11, 2018 now makes federal assistance available to eligible individuals, business owners and private non-profit organizations in Hawai‘i County.

 

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CalRecycle Crews Complete Thomas Wildfire Cleanup

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 17:39

SACRAMENTO – Crews managed by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery have completed debris removal operations at 672 Ventura County properties destroyed by the Thomas Fire. Since January, crews have removed more than 263,000 tons of ash, debris, and contaminated soil from properties for which owners chose to participate in the state-funded cleanup program.

“The wildfires California experienced last winter were among the most destructive in state history, so cleanup efforts demanded an unprecedented response,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “CalRecycle is incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made alongside neighbors and local leaders in the City of Ventura and Ventura County to help get these communities in a position to rebuild.”

Following December’s Thomas Fire in Southern California, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) tasked CalRecycle with overseeing debris removal work in the City of Ventura and Ventura County. On Jan. 19, 2018, CalRecycle contractor crews began removing debris from participating properties. Crews completed debris removal at the final property on June 6, 2018.

 

BY THE NUMBERS – Thomas Fire Debris Removal   Properties in Debris Removal Program 672 Debris Removal Completed 672 Tons of Ash, Debris and Soil Removed 263,925 Confirmation Soil Sampling Completed 670 Erosion Control Measures Installed 663 Final Property Inspections Completed 652

Final soil testing, the installation of erosion control measures, and final property inspections are on track to be complete in the coming weeks. Upon final inspections, property owners receive a certificate from their county that verifies their lot is clean and eligible to receive a building permit.

For more information on the Thomas Fire cleanup operations, check out venturacountyrecovers.org

Fact Sheet: FEMA assistance is a supplement to private recovery efforts — not a substitute

FEMA - News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 16:43

AUSTIN, Texas — More than 373,000 Texas individuals or households have received financial assistance from FEMA since Hurricane Harvey, helping them meet essential needs and return to safe, sanitary homes. FEMA, however, cannot compensate survivors for all their losses or attempt to return their homes and property to their pre-disaster state. For that, survivors must rely on insurance and their own resources.

 

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Fact Sheet: During severe weather, protect yourself, your family and your property in your FEMA Manufactured Housing Units

FEMA - News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:29

 

FEMA Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) are designed to be exceptionally safe and secure temporary housing solutions. But as with all forms of housing, FEMA MHUs are at risk for damage in severe weather. Below are some practices you can follow to protect yourself, your family and your property while living in a FEMA MHU:

• Never take shelter in an MHU during high winds, a tornado, a hurricane or a flood.

• If severe weather is predicted, stay alert to weather warnings and comply with any evacuation orders.

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Fact Sheet: Resources are available to survivors as FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program ends

FEMA - News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:38

Survivors moving on from the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program as the program ends June 30 have a wide variety of resources available to them, but these resources require survivors to be active participants in their own recovery. A few of the available resources include:

 

     FEDERAL AND STATE RESOURCES:

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FEMA awards $51 million for Harris County property acquisition

FEMA - News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:24

AUSTIN, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $51 million to the Harris County Flood Control District for the acquisition of 294 flood-prone homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Once the structures are removed, the land will be dedicated and maintained as open space to conserve natural floodplain functions.

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Maryland Launches “Know Your Zone” Hurricane Preparedness Campaign

State - MD Emergency Management - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:45

Program Designed to Ease Evacuation in Areas Subject to Tidal Floods, Surge

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (June 14, 2018) — With the record-setting 2017 hurricane season still fresh in most American’s minds, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), in conjunction with local emergency managers, is rolling out a new hurricane and severe weather evacuation system as a result of the Maryland hurricane evacuation study which concluded earlier this year.  The study identified 3 large areas in Maryland subject to tidal flooding. Know Your Zone aims to bring awareness of the evacuation zones to the forefront of Marylanders’ summer plans and make evacuation notices easier to disseminate.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently released its forecast for the upcoming season and predicted near- to above-normal activity.  However, it only takes one storm hitting the mid-Atlantic area to seriously affect Maryland.

“As experts are forecasting an active Hurricane season this year, I strongly encourage all Marylanders to be proactive, prepared, and to Know Your Zone,” said Governor Hogan. “We are all too familiar with the devastating impacts of severe weather and flooding, so remain vigilant, spread the word to your friends, family, neighbors and let them know about the importance of this potentially life-saving initiative.”

Residents of and visitors to Maryland are encouraged to visit the new interactive Know Your Zone web page, www.KnowYourZoneMd.com, where they can learn more about the project. On that page, you can type in an address and quickly find out what zone, if any, the property is located in.

The first year of the program will encourage Maryland residents to know the evacuation zone of their residence, business or vacation site. The zones are designated by letters A, B and C.

Zone A areas are the most likely to be impacted by severe flooding in the event of a major storm or hurricane. In future years, the program will focus on refining evacuation routes away from the affected areas. “Proper and timely messaging for evacuations saves lives,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “This new system is designed to make it easier for local emergency managers to evacuate areas by encouraging Marylanders to Know Your Zone before a storm hits.”

The three evacuation zones only affect areas subject to tidal flooding or storm surge – communities at or near the Atlantic Ocean, the Coastal Bays, and the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. That covers 16 Maryland counties along with Annapolis, Baltimore City and Ocean City.

“Hurricane Sandy in 2012 was a wake-up call for the mid-Atlantic region; it could have been Maryland,” said Strickland. “Working with local and federal partners, and using technology that until recently was not available, we studied updated flooding and surge patterns caused by more powerful storms to develop these new evacuation plans.”

If local officials feel an evacuation is needed to protect lives, they will issue the order by zones instead of having to define specific geographic areas. This program is similar to one rolled out last year in neighboring Virginia.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November. Hurricanes can cause strong winds, heavy rain, inland flooding and other severe weather, but residents in Maryland can be prepared by ensuring they know how to receive a warning, have a plan, practice safety tips and know their evacuation zone.

It is important to remember Maryland can see hurricanes and impacts from a storm hundreds of miles away. Hurricanes can produce 150-plus miles per hour winds, tornadoes and tremendous flooding from both tidal surges as well as torrential rain

Residents can also take the following actions to remain safe:

  • Build an emergency supply kit and develop a family emergency and communications plan.
  • Stay tuned to trusted sources such as the National Weather Service and local broadcasters for official weather information.
  • Follow instructions and advice given by emergency officials, especially instructions related to evacuation.
  • During severe weather, stay indoors away from windows, close all interior doors, and brace external doors. If you live near the shore or coast, expect the storm tide will inundate your home.
  • Monitor NWS flood warnings for your area and be prepared to seek higher ground. Flooding is often our biggest threat.
  • Fill a bathtub or other large container with water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets.
  • Charge electronic devices before bad weather hits and consider keeping a charger in your car.

Additional preparedness information can be found on MEMA’s website at mema.maryland.gov. Residents can download the free MARYLAND Prepares mobile app. They can also follow MEMA on Twitter or on Facebook.

Colorado Daily Status Report: June 14, 2018

State - CO - Emergency Management - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:03

Colorado Daily Status Report June 14, 2018Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.
Link to the full report: www.bitly.com/COStatus061418

Alerts/Warnings National Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts
State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation LevelLevel 2: Supporting response and recovery for fires and incidents statewide.
Current Disasters/Large Incidents
  1. 416 Fire in La Plata County
  2. Burro Fire Montezuma County
  3. Buffalo Fire Summit County
Major Road Impacts/ClosuresUS 550 is closed north of Durango and south of Silverton due to wildfire and evacuations. (MM 32 - 64). Alternate route: CO 145
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FEMA Registration for Puerto Rico Disaster Survivors Ends June 18

FEMA - News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:38

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Survivors of Hurricane María are encouraged to register for FEMA disaster assistance before the June 18 deadline.

Federal assistance is available to survivors from the island’s 78 municipalities. Damage and losses from the storm must have occurred from Sept. 17 to Nov. 15.

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Announcement of Initial Public Notice for the State of Indiana

FEMA - News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:50

INDIANAPOLIS – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is required by law to provide public notice of its intent to provide federal assistance and grant opportunities through the Public Assistance (PA) or Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMGP) programs.

A public notice for the current Indiana disaster recovery mission is posted on the following website:

 

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SBA Disaster Loan Application Deadline June 18; Over $1.6 Billion Approved

FEMA - News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:35

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Survivors of hurricanes Irma and María in Puerto Rico who were referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration by FEMA have until Monday, June 18 to complete and submit SBA’s loan application for physical damage.

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Free Disaster and Recovery Planning Workshops for Caregivers

FEMA - News - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:42

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Child care agencies, senior living services, domestic violence shelters, foster care group homes and other caregivers are invited to attend a series of free workshops on disaster and recovery planning.

The Caregivers’ Workshop: Disaster and Recovery Planning for Social Services Agencies will be conducted in Spanish and is open to non-profit or for-profit agencies with 25 or fewer employees.

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Fact Sheet: Keep track of what's most important in an emergency: Your family

FEMA - News - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 16:49

AUSTIN, Texas — When disaster strikes, your first thoughts will likely be of your family: “Are they OK? How Can I reach them? How can I let them know I’m alright?”

 

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Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available at Lowe’s in Evansville

FEMA - News - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:10

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – As Hoosiers repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the flooding and severe storms that occurred Feb. 14-March 4, 2018, FEMA and Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Evansville have teamed up to provide information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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Protect Your Home and Business: Buy Flood Insurance Today

FEMA - News - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:58

ORLANDO, Fla. – Do you live in Florida? Own a business in the Sunshine State? If you want to protect your home, business and personal property, you need to purchase flood insurance.

Many people do not realize that neither homeowners nor rental insurance covers damage caused by flooding. Most business insurance policies exclude flood damage. Only flood insurance protects you in a flood event.

 

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Damaged Septic Tanks and Wells May be Eligible for FEMA Assistance

FEMA - News - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:49
  • Puerto Rico residents whose septic systems or wells were damaged by Hurricane María could be considered for financial assistance under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.
  • Funding is available to pay for cleaning out septic tanks and repairing or replacing the entire system, as needed. Damaged private wells that are the sole source of water for your home could also be considered for federal funding.
  • If you have not yet registered with FEMA, you can register online with any computer, smartphone or tablet.
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Colorado Daily Status Report: June 13, 2018

State - CO - Emergency Management - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:01


Colorado Daily Status Report June 13, 2018Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.
Link to the full report: www.bitly.com/COStatus061318

Alerts/Warnings National Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts
State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation LevelLevel 2: Supporting response and recovery for fires and incidents statewide.
Current Disasters/Large Incidents
  1. 416 Fire in La Plata County: 27,420 Acres | 15% Containment
  2. Burro Fire Montezuma County: 2,684 Acres | No Containment Reported
  3. Buffalo Fire Summit County: 86 Acres | No Containment Report
Major Road Impacts/ClosuresUS 550 is closed north of Durango and south of Silverton due to wildfire and evacuations. (MM 32 - 64). Alternate route: CO 145
 
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SBA Disaster Assistance Loans Key to Continuing Recovery Process

FEMA - News - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 06:09

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – If you are a disaster survivor in Indiana applying for assistance with FEMA and are referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), it’s important to submit the application for a low-interest disaster loan. The deadline for applying for an SBA loan is July 5, 2018

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