Emergency Management

It’s the Season for Taxes and Scams!

State - California - CALOES - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:08

1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

Mr Franklin was very perceptive to recognize these certainties. However, if he were alive today he might want to add “scammers” to his list.

According to the IRS, there has been a surge in impersonators looking to steal taxpayers’ money or even identity in recent years. Scammers make unsolicited calls claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.

Learn to protect yourself by identifying scammer tactics:

  • They may alter their phone number so it appears on your caller ID like the IRS or another agency is calling.

 

  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

 

  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

 

  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

 

  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

 

  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

 

If you do get a call from someone using any of the above tactics, do not give out any information and hang up immediately.

You should then report the call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 800-366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov, as well as the Federal Trade Commission’s  FTC Complaint Assistant.

Latest News: 

Statement from the Franchise Tax Board (FTB): IRS has allowed an additional day to file and pay taxes following IRS system issues that surfaced early on the April 17 tax deadline. Because California taxpayers must generally complete their federal return before their California return can be filed, FTB will follow federal announcement IR-2018-100, April 17, 2018. Individuals and businesses with a filing or payment due date of April 17 will now have until midnight on Wednesday, April 18th. Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time.

Additional Resources:

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Franchise Tax Board

Learn about cyber dangers and online security – “Have You Changed Your Password Lately? – Blog by Robb Mayberry

 

President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Ohio

FEMA - News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:30

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Ohio to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding and landslides from February 14 to February 25, 2018.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of West Virginia

FEMA - News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:15

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 West Virginia.

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

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for West Virginia

FEMA - News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:10

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of West Virginia to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides from February 14 to February 20, 2018.

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State EOC Transitions to Level III Activation Supporting Wildfires

State - CO - Emergency Management - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:40
State EOC Updates
  • The State EOC transitioned to a Level III in support of Douglas County wildland fires at noon on April 17, 2018.
  • Resource Mobilization Fund approved by Director Klein at 1:50 p.m.
Fires Monitored
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    Scientists Working to Restore Puerto Rico’s Coral Reefs Battered by 2017 Hurricanes

    FEMA - News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:58

    CULEBRA, Puerto Rico – Federal, local and non-profit agencies are collaborating to restore hurricane damaged coral reefs, one of Puerto Rico’s natural wonders.

    With an average economic value of nearly $1.1 billion per year, the reefs support the island’s vibrant tourism industry while protecting lives and valuable coastal infrastructure by reducing heavy swells during storms.

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    Irma Survivor Tells How Disaster Preparation Paid Off

    FEMA - News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:28

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Irisaida “Isa” Mendez, a locally hired media relations specialist who works out of FEMA’s branch recovery office in Miami, said her family was safe during Hurricane Irma because of preparation.

    “We moved to Florida two years ago from Puerto Rico,” she said. “We have had experience with many hurricanes, so we are always prepared.”

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    FEMA Releases Affordability Framework for the National Flood Insurance Program

    FEMA - News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:50

    WASHINGTON – FEMA released an affordability framework today, as required by the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA). The framework titled, “An Affordability Framework for the National Flood Insurance Program,” provides the first ever data driven analysis of policyholder and potential policyholder incomes by flood risk and home ownership status.

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    Colorado Daily Status Report: April 17, 2018

    State - CO - Emergency Management - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:49


    Colorado Daily Status Report April 17, 2018Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.

    Alerts/WarningsNational Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin

    State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation Level Level 4: Routine operations and activities, including ongoing statewide coordination and information integration.

    Current Disasters/Large Incidents None Reported

    Major Road Impacts/Closures Normal Operations
    Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report for April 17, 2018.
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    Texas Home Stands Tall, Survives Harvey

    FEMA - News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:02

    John and Mary Sullivan’s home stood alone, 12.5 feet above ground, as the only house undamaged by Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters in their Webster, Texas, neighborhood last August.

    “The water rose approximately 12 to 13 feet in five hours,” Mary said. But they were ready.

    Flooded by hurricane-driven waters in the past, the Sullivans had gotten proactive after Hurricane Ike in 2008. During a community meeting, they learned about flood mitigation techniques, like raising their home above the expected water level resulting from a major storm. 

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    FEMA Launches First FEMA Integration Team in North Carolina

    FEMA - News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 08:40

    RALEIGH - This week, North Carolina became the first state to have FEMA staff assigned to its emergency management agency. The FEMA Integration Team (FIT) will provide technical and training assistance on FEMA’s programs and continuous on-site support to the state.

    While FEMA currently works closely with North Carolina Emergency Management through our Regional office in Atlanta, co-locating staff is a new initiative. 

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    FEMA Launches First FEMA Integration Team in North Carolina

    FEMA - News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 08:26

    RALEIGH – FEMA, alongside North Carolina Emergency Management, announced today the first FEMA Integration Team (FIT), making North Carolina the first state to have FEMA staff co-located with its emergency management agency. The teams will provide technical and training assistance regarding FEMA programs and continuous on-site support to the state.

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    FEMA In Your Community: Conducting Disaster Procurement Training in North Dakota

    FEMA - News - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:57

    The FEMA Procurement Disaster Assistance Team (PDAT) travelled to North Dakota to help ensure potential disaster assistance applicants follow proper procurement requirements when receiving federal funding.  The  training courses were conducted in Dickinson, Bismarck and Minot.  The class in Bismarck was focused on Rural Electric Cooperatives (REC).

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    FEMA Approves $2 Million for Pasco County Wiregrass Sports Arena

    FEMA - News - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:49

    ORLANDO, Fla. – More than $2 million from FEMA will help to make a Pasco County sports facility more resilient against high wind events like hurricanes.

    The funds will strengthen the Pasco County Wiregrass Sports Arena—awaiting construction in Wesley Chapel—above and beyond buildings codes to withstand winds up to 170 mph.

    FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program—HMGP—will pay 75 percent or $2,068,262 of the $2,757,683 cost. The rest will come from nonfederal sources.

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    Colorado Daily Status Report: April 16, 2018

    State - CO - Emergency Management - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:00

    Colorado Daily Status Report April 16, 2018Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.

    Alerts/WarningsNational Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin

    State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation Level Level 4: Routine operations and activities, including ongoing statewide coordination and information integration.

    Current Disasters/Large Incidents Alpine Guard Full-Scale Full Scale Exercise with State EOC activation, County EOCs and Colorado National Guard

    Major Road Impacts/Closures Normal Operations
    Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report for April 16, 2018.
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    Free Rebuilding and Repair Advice on St. Thomas

    FEMA - News - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:46

    ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – As Virgin Islanders repair and rebuild their hurricane-damaged homes, FEMA is offering free consultations and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

    FEMA specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer home-improvement guidance along with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters. Most of the information and the free publications are tailored for do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

    Advisors will be available at the following locations, dates and times:

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    Colorado Daily Status Report: April 13, 2018

    State - CO - Emergency Management - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:42

    Colorado Daily Status Report April 13, 2018Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.

    Alerts/WarningsNational Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin

    State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation Level Level 4: Routine operations and activities, including ongoing statewide coordination and information integration.

    Current Disasters/Large Incidents Alpine Guard Full-Scale Full Scale Exercise with State EOC activation, County EOCs and Colorado National Guard

    Major Road Impacts/Closures Normal Operations
    Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report for April 13, 2018.
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    Colorado Daily Status Report: April 12, 2018

    State - CO - Emergency Management - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:41

    Colorado Daily Status Report April 12, 2018Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.

    Alerts/WarningsNational Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin

    State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation Level Level 4: Routine operations and activities, including ongoing statewide coordination and information integration.

    Current Disasters/Large Incidents Alpine Guard Full-Scale Full Scale Exercise with State EOC activation, County EOCs and Colorado National Guard

    Major Road Impacts/Closures Normal Operations
    Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report for April 12, 2018.
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    Colorado Daily Status Report: April 11, 2018

    State - CO - Emergency Management - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:40

    Colorado Daily Status Report April 11, 2018Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.

    Alerts/WarningsNational Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin

    State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation Level Level 4: Routine operations and activities, including ongoing statewide coordination and information integration.

    Current Disasters/Large Incidents Alpine Guard Full-Scale Full Scale Exercise with State EOC activation, County EOCs and Colorado National Guard

    Major Road Impacts/Closures Normal Operations
    Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report for April 11, 2018.
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    Social Media and Emergency Preparedness

    FEMA - News - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 07:16

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Social media plays an increasing role in how people communicate. Whether in the middle of a disaster or in everyday situations, more are exchanging information by using the Internet, texting, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube or using apps such as WhatsApp and Snapchat.

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