Emergency Management

$53.7 Million in Disaster Community Loans Approved for 12 Municipalities

FEMA - News - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 09:14

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA Administrator Brock Long and Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced today that more than $53 million in low-interest Community Disaster Loans are approved for 12 municipalities.

The funds will be used to assist these communities with providing necessary services and perform essential municipal functions as they recover from the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and María.

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FEMA - News - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 18:32

FEMA Administrator Brock Long visited Puerto Rico this week to see the ongoing recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, discuss preparation for the 2018 hurricane season, and meet with Governor Ricardo Rossello. During his visit, Administrator Long visited the island of Vieques and toured the ongoing stabilization efforts of the Guajataca Dam.

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FEMA Offers Repair and Rebuilding Advice in Cidra and Cayey

FEMA - News - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 16:10

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – As the people of Puerto Rico rebuild and repair homes, 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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Governor Brown Commemorates Crime Victims’ Rights Week

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 16:03

Below is a copy of the letter issued by Governor Brown commemorating Crime Victims’ Right Week during April 8-14. Click here to download the letter. 



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Signs of Recovery Show Six Months After Most Destructive Wildfires in California History, Debris Removal Reaches Major Milestone

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 15:11

Signs of rebuilding and progress become more evident each day, as it has been six months since the devastating and most destructive wildfires in California history burned and destroyed thousands of homes.

Today, these signs come as cleared lots and frames of new homes stand in the areas like Coffey Park, one of the hardest hit neighborhoods. A large part of facilitating recovery started with the removal of debris, lots of debris. In the first phase of the debris removal efforts, the Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Toxic Substances Control collected household hazardous waste throughout seven Northern California counties.

Through coordination with California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and in close partnership with FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. EPA, Cal EPA and CalRecycle, all major work for the removal of fire and ash debris has now been completed in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma and Yuba counties. So far, nearly 1.7 million tons of debris, across all seven counties, has been removed.

Since the Oct. 10 disaster declaration, nearly 4,500 households have been approved for FEMA individual assistance, for a total of more than $15.7 million. Of this amount, more than $9.6 million has been approved for housing assistance that can assist with home repairs or replacement, rental assistance to be used to find another place to live temporarily while repairs are being made to their home and more than $6.1 million for other needs assistance. Other needs assistance is a grant to pay for other uninsured or underinsured expenses such as disaster-related medical, dental or funeral costs or personal property losses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is another partner agency that plays an integral role in disaster recovery. The SBA provided assistance to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters in the form of low-interest disaster loans. The SBA has approved nearly 1,200 loans for homeowners, renters and businesses for more than $151 million.

About 640 eligible Northern California households also participated in the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program to stay in a hotel/motel temporarily at no cost to the survivor, because their primary residence was not safe or able to be occupied, and they could not find a viable rental option.

Currently, roughly 230 families are being housed in a FEMA-provided housing option such as an RV (travel trailers and fifth wheels), Manufactured Housing Unit (MHUs), or direct lease of apartments. In this disaster, as in most, the vast majority of survivors have found their own housing solution. For the relatively small number of people who were unable to do so, a direct housing resource was a potential option for eligible survivors. These resources are throughout multiple locations in Northern California, including Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Redwood Empire Fairgrounds (Mendocino County), Berry Creek Rancheria RV Park (Butte County), and Clear Lake Resort (Lake County) as well as individual apartments and private land throughout the seven counties approved for direct housing. More than 20 families in Mendocino County will move later this month to an RV facility at Lake Mendocino that FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers worked together to expand and upgrade for interim use by survivors.

Reimbursements to state and local agencies have also been awarded, under the FEMA Public Assistance program. The PA program is intended to benefit everyone — neighborhoods, cities, counties and states. Public Assistance dollars help clean up communities affected by disaster- related debris, repair or replace infrastructure damaged by the disaster such as roads and bridges and reimburse for emergency protective measures such as overtime costs for first responders or evacuation and sheltering activities. So far, more than $271.8 million in public assistance grants has been obligated for eligible disaster–related costs, and the coming months will see millions in additional federal and state assistance to cities, counties, utility districts and other PA recipients.

Significant recovery progress has been made over the last six months, but preparing for future disasters remains essential. Increased flood risks that follow fires will persist for several years, and survivors 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.

Those Building, Rebuilding or Repairing Can Plan for the Future and Get Questions Answered by Mitigation Specialists April 9-14

FEMA - News - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 12:11

AUSTIN, Texas – As Texans repair, build or rebuild their homes after Hurricane Harvey, home improvement stores and FEMA mitigation specialists are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

FEMA mitigation specialists will answer questions and offer tips and techniques to build hazard-resistant homes using proven methods that will prevent or reduce damage from future disasters. Most of the information and free literature provided is geared to do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

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Colorado Daily Status Report: April 6, 2018

State - CO - Emergency Management - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 10:09

Colorado Daily Status Report April 6, 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 6, 2018.
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Help Remains After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Nueces County

FEMA - News - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:41

A State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in the city of Corpus Christi will close permanently at 6 p.m., Friday, April 13. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or a tap on the FEMA app away.

The center at the following location is closing:

Nueces County
Old Mattress Store

4124 S. Staples Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78411

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FEMA Approves $1.6 M for Richland County for Sewer Line Restoration

FEMA - News - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:37

ATLANTA – Richland County in South Carolina will receive $1,655,504 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse costs for restoring sewer lines and connecting manholes in the East Public Service District damaged during the 2015 severe storms and flooding disaster. 

The $1.6 million grant represents the federal share of the total project cost of $2,207,338. The remainder will come from non-federal sources.

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FEMA and Federal Partners Encourage Families to Save for a Rainy Day

FEMA - News - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:55

Over 40 percent of adults cannot cover an emergency expense of $400

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Communities Benefit from Flood Protection Projects in Florida

FEMA - News - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:18

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida communities that took steps to reduce disaster risks can attest to their benefits after Hurricane Irma made landfall.

Hallandale Beach, Indialantic and Key Largo completed FEMA- and state-funded projects that reduced or eliminated damage from wind and flooding during the 2017 hurricane. Below are their stories.

Hallandale Beach, Broward County

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FEMA Statement on Departure of Roy Wright

FEMA - News - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 11:46

WASHINGTON – FEMA announced today the departure of Roy E. Wright. Mr. Wright will begin serving as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety on April 25.  David Maurstad will serve as Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation as well as the Director of the National Flood Insurance Program.

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Many Public and Private Agencies Working on Restoration of USVI Cultural Resources

FEMA - News - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:16

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands—Signs of the Virgin Islands’ long history have been preserved in architecture and artifacts.  Many of these were damaged, in some instances severely, by hurricanes Maria and Irma. But all is not lost. Numerous agencies are collaborating to assure that the islands can restore, to the extent possible, these important cultural resources.

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Colorado Daily Status Report: April 5, 2018

State - CO - Emergency Management - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 09:59

Colorado Daily Status Report April 5, 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 LevelLevel 4: Routine operations and activities, including ongoing statewide coordination and information integration. 

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

Major Road Impacts/ClosuresNormal Operations

View the full report for April 5, 2018.
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New Classroom, Supplies for Mauriceville Students with Help from Community

FEMA - News - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:19

Austin, Texas – Students of Mauriceville Elementary School and Mauriceville Middle School within the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District (LC-M CISD) in Orange County, Texas, now have safe classrooms, dry books and clean supplies thanks to local charities, and state and federal partners assisting in the schools’ Hurricane Harvey recovery.

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FEMA invita a toda la comunidad a participar en un ejercicio histórico a nivel nacional

FEMA - News - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:07

WASHINGTON – FEMA anunció hoy que realizará el Ejercicio a Nivel Nacional 2018 para toda la comunidad, e invitó a agencias gubernamentales, al sector privado, a organizaciones sin fines de lucro y a individuos a participar en el ejercicio bianual. El ejercicio, que se llevará a cabo del 30 de abril al 11 de mayo de 2018, representa un paso clave para la implementación del Plan Estratégico 2018-2022 de FEMA, el cual se publicó recientemente.

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Durable Medical Equipment Arrives for U. S. Virgin Islands

FEMA - News - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:59

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Fifteen pallets of donated durable medical equipment – hospital beds, wheelchairs, shower chairs, walkers, canes, asthma pumps, CPAP machines and blood pressure monitors – have arrived on St. Croix.

Voluntary agencies, the USVI Long Term Recovery Groups and FEMA are working together to distribute the equipment to survivors who need it.

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Colorado Daily Status Report: April 4, 2018

State - CO - Emergency Management - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:15

Colorado Daily Status Report April 4, 2018 Information 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
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Fear and Respect the Flash Flood, Play it Safe and Live

State - California - CALOES - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 18:40

Another surge of tropical moisture will arrive in Central California by late week, and could last into the weekend. This warm and wet system has the potential to bring heavy rain, flooding, and debris flows, especially near recent burn scars. Southern California could see two to four inches of rainfall, while northern California will see heavy rainfall and gusty winds.

So with that, take a long, hard look at the photos in this story. These are from the flash-floods and resulting mudslides in Montecito in January. It’s a rude awakening to the power of a flash-flood and the debris it can bring with it. Don’t underestimate the potential – play it safe and heed any warnings that may come your way.

And these were posted on social media by two people on the scene of flash flooding that devastated the El Capitan State Beach campground in Santa Barbara County last year. Santa Barbara Fire officials say nearly two dozen people had to be rescued, and luckily no one was killed. KTLA reported that rescues began before 10:30 a.m., when mud, tree branches and debris clogged a creek at El Capitan State Beach and caused runoff to overflow the park’s campground, according to Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason. The flooding inundated tents, yurts and campground buildings and caused a number of cabins and parked cars to float away and eventually become pinned in a pile of debris, according to Eliason.

How do you prepare yourself for this kind of flash flooding, can you? As a camper, you likely could not have predicted your cabin was going to wash away, but you might have been able to know that flooding was very possible due to the amount of rainfall in such a short period of time. The experts at CanyoneeringUSA.com say “the key thing to understand is floods are predictable and avoidable.” Knowing your surroundings, their condition, and getting valuable information from park officials would be critical; ask when you arrive. Be sure to visit the links below to learn more about flooding/flash flooding and how you can avoid disaster.

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Some Flash Flood Rules of Thumb (CanyoneeringUSA.com):

  • If the Thunderheads are already forming by noon, things are going to be bad
  • If you cannot see through the rain falling from a thunderstorm, it is strong enough to create a flash flood
  • Once the rain begins, flash flood conditions can develop in less than 5 minutes
  • If your inner gut says ‘no’, listen to it. Go do something else
  • However high you think you need to be to be safe from the flood, go at least twice as high
  • If getting caught, do not try to outrun the flood unless you are very close to the end. Instead, find a place where you can climb out of the canyon or to a secure place HIGH on the canyon wall
  • When camping in a narrow canyon, camp high above the canyon floor, above any signs of previous floods. Camp somewhere with safe pathways to go higher if needed

In the video below, it shows the dramatic onslaught of a flash flood in Nevada. Do you really think you could outrun this, or jump out of the way if it caught you by surprise?

What to do during a flash flood watch

A flash flood watch is issued when the conditions are right for flooding. It doesn’t necessarily mean that a flood will happen, only that it could. Nonetheless, it should be taken seriously. Remember, flash floods can happen quickly.

  • Listen to your TV or radio/weather radio and monitor social media for weather updates and emergency instructions
  • Have a plan for where you will go if you need to reach higher ground
  • Make sure your route avoids low-lying areas
  • Never walk or drive through flood waters
  • Make sure your emergency flood kit is stocked

What to do during a flash flood warning

A flash flood warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or is already occurring. You should:

  • Move to higher ground immediately or stay on higher ground
  • Keep your radio/weather radio on, monitor weather updates on social media if possible and,
  • Evacuate if necessary

If you’re driving:

  • Move to higher ground immediately and avoid stopping near streams, rivers, or creeks
  • Never drive through flood water, even if it looks shallow. It may be deeper than it looks and just 2 feet of water can sweep your car away


Cal OES Preparedness Tips

National Weather Service

California Highway Patrol – Winter Driving Tips

Caltrans – Road Conditions 

Department of Water Resources – Do You Know Your Risk? 



SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Southeast Colorado Small Businesses

State - CO - Emergency Management - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 17:32
Shared on behalf of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in 13 Colorado counties and neighboring counties in Kansas are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began Jan. 23, 2018.

Primary Colorado counties: Bent, Custer, Huerfano and Prowers;

Neighboring Colorado counties: Alamosa, Baca, Costilla, Fremont, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, Pueblo and Saguache;

Neighboring Kansas counties: Greeley, Hamilton and Stanton.

“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Garfield said.

Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

“Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 3.58 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Garfield said.

By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The Secretary declared this disaster on March 29, 2018.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration. However, nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance in drought disasters.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or emaildisastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply for economic injury is Nov. 29, 2018.
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