Emergency Management

FEMA Staging Area Springs to Life as Housing Mission Draws to a Close, Another Gains Momentum

FEMA - News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:56

BATON ROUGE, La. — Tractor trailers move 14’x 60’ mobile homes through the guarded staging area gate at regular intervals. Dozens move each day, in and out.

These manufactured housing units—MHUs—no longer needed by 2016 Louisiana flood survivors are carefully inspected, marked with IDs and inventoried at this busy lot in the Sherwood Forest area of Baton Rouge before heading to their next destination. Many are on their way to Texas to support the Hurricane Harvey recovery there.

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center now open in Santa Isabel

FEMA - News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:22

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – The government of Puerto Rico and FEMA will open a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) on Tuesday, Feb. 6 in Santa Isabel.

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FEMA Offers Repair and Rebuilding Advice in Aguada and Aguadilla

FEMA - News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 07:55

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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New Hours for In Person Disaster Assistance in Santa Barbara

FEMA - News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 16:35

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In person help for disaster assistance is still available at the Calvary Chapel located at 1 North Calle Cesar Chavez, Santa Barbara, CA.

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by the State of California’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers residents affected by the December wildfires and flooding, mudflows, and debris flows directly related to the wildfires resources for disaster assistance. 

New Hours of Operation:

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Interact With FEMA on Social Media

FEMA - News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:10

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Have a question about disaster assistance? Want to know the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers?

 

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Resources for Unmet Needs of Hurricane Irma Survivors

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

ORLANDO, Fla. – Survivors of Hurricane Irma who face unmet needs may find help through state and federal resources listed below.

State assistance:

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Reopens in Morovis

FEMA - News - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 07:09

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – The government of Puerto Rico and FEMA have reopened the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Morovis.

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FOOD BENEFITS AVAILABLE FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE AND/OR MUDSLIDE VICTIMS

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 18:17

SACRAMENTO –The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) today announced that, as part of the continuing disaster recovery effort, individuals and families impacted by the wildfires and/or mudslides in Santa Barbara or Ventura counties may be eligible to receive one month of Disaster CalFresh food assistance.

A family of four with a monthly income up to $2,755 per month may be eligible to receive up to $640 in food assistance through California’s Disaster CalFresh program. Households can apply for this assistance Tuesday, February 6 through Wednesday, February 14. In most cases, Disaster CalFresh food assistance benefits will be available within three days of the date of application.

“Disaster CalFresh food assistance is intended to help those negatively impacted by the wildfires and mudslides,” said CDSS Director Will Lightbourne. “We stand with these hard-working communities as they continue to recover.”

On February 1, 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture approved California’s request for Disaster CalFresh food assistance to enhance the recovery effort in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The program is known nationally as the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or D-SNAP.

Wildfire and/or mudslide victims may apply for CalFresh disaster food assistance in-person at local social service agency offices throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Disaster CalFresh benefits will be provided via an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which is similar to a debit card that can be used to purchase food items at grocery stores and other authorized retailers.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Individuals and families who lived or worked in Santa Barbara or Ventura counties may be eligible for Disaster CalFresh food assistance if the household experienced at least one of the following as a direct result of the wildfires and/or mudslides:

  • Damage to or destruction of the home or self-employment business;
  • Loss or inaccessibility of income, including a reduction or termination of earned income or a significant delay in receiving income due to disaster related problems; or
  • Disaster-related expenses (e.g. home or business repairs, temporary shelter, evacuation, etc.) that are not expected to be reimbursed during the disaster benefit period.

WHEN TO APPLY

Individuals and families affected by the wildfires and/or mudslides who are seeking food assistance may apply for Disaster
CalFresh beginning February 6, 2018 by visiting a social service agency in Santa Barbara or Ventura counties. Additional application sites and more information is available at http://www.cdss.ca.gov/Disaster-Help-Center.

In addition, individuals or families with new needs for assistance due to the wildfires and/or mudslides may always apply
for regular CalFresh benefits and CalWORKs cash aid at their local social service agency or online at www.benefitscal.com.

QUESTIONS: CALL YOUR COUNTY

Santa Barbara County Service Center: (844) 289-4682

Ventura County Service Center: (888) 472-4463

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CDSS Media Center link. http://www.cdss.ca.gov/Media-Center

Disaster help Center link. http://www.cdss.ca.gov/Disaster-Help-Center

Contact: Michael Weston
(916) 657-2268

Consolidated Debris Removal Program Announces Milestone

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 17:45

ROHNERT PARK – The state, federal and local community partners conducting the Consolidated Debris Removal Program have reached a major milestone with the removal of more than one million tons of fire-related debris from properties affected by the October 2017 Northern California Wildfires in Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is managing debris removal operations under the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

Currently, Lake County is 100 percent complete with debris removal. In Lake County, USACE contractors have removed more than 22,655 tons of debris from the 155 approved parcels in the program.

“One hundred percent debris removal for Lake County is a huge milestone,” said Col. Eric McFadden, Commander of the USACE Recovery Field Office. “Some work continues on the remainder of those properties – soil sampling and the review of those results; re-scrapes and retesting, if needed; and installation of erosion control measures and other punch list items.”

Another notable milestone is the completion of debris removal in the severely damaged Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa. Some 1,200 properties were cleared of debris there as part of the program, but like other areas, there is additional work to do on some lots in Coffey Park before the county will be notified that the parcel is cleared.

“We have made significant progress on debris removal since the devastating wildfires back in October,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “While this achievement is a major milestone, there is still a lot of work to be done. We will be here to ensure the project is complete and continue assisting with the overall community recovery in these counties.”

With major debris removal operations wrapping up in Coffey Park, crews will mobilize to other focus areas to make further progress.

As of February 2, contractors have cleared 63 percent of all approved parcels across the four counties, with 3,087 parcels cleared of debris.

The Consolidated Debris Removal mission is a two-phase process – Phase I is the removal of household hazardous waste by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Sonoma and Napa counties and by the California Department of Toxic Substance Control in Lake and Mendocino counties. Phase II is the removal of other fire-related debris from structures destroyed or damaged by the fire including concrete foundations.

“The achievement of these debris removal milestones reflects the ongoing collective efforts to rebuild and recover from the October fires,” said FEMA Regional Administrator Bob Fenton.

 

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Help Remains After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Fort Bend County

FEMA - News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 15:32

AUSTIN, Texas – The State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Missouri City will close Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or a tap on the FEMA app away.

 

The Missouri City DRC that will close is located at:

 

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State of Rhode Island StormReady Achievement

State - RI Emergency Management - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 15:00
Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency External Affairs Press Release State of Rhode Island StormReady Achievement For Use: Immediately Date: February 2, 2018 Re: StormReady The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency is pleased to announce that Rhode Island is the...

Colorado Daily Status Report: February 2, 2018

State - CO - Emergency Management - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 10:00

Colorado Daily Status Report February 2, 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 4Normal Operations

Current Disasters/Large IncidentsNone Reported

Major Road Impacts/ClosuresRoad Closure:  Adams County Sheriff's Office fallen deputy procession will take place on I-25 and Highway 7 in the northern Denver metro area. At 8 a.m. the exit ramps from I-25 to Highway 7 will be closed. At approximately 9 a.m., Highway 7 will be closed between 119th St-166th Ave. beginning at approximately 9 a.m., rolling roadblocks along northbound I-25 will occur between 104th Ave - Highway 7 and then west on Highway 7 to 119th St. Delays are likely. Plan ahead. (http://cotrip.org/home.htm

View the full Colorado Daily Status Report for February 2, 2018.
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Help Remains After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Fort Bend County

FEMA - News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 09:34

Help Remains After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Fort Bend County

AUSTIN, Texas – The State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Missouri City will close Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or a tap on the FEMA app away.

The Missouri City DRC that will close is located at:

 

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers now open in Guayanilla and Florida

FEMA - News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 06:55

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – The government of Puerto Rico and FEMA will open Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Guayanilla and Florida on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

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Long-Term Recovery Groups Help Address Unmet Needs

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 14:08

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Four months after the disasters, survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria continue to have unmet disaster-related needs. To help address those needs, members of local, faith- and community-based organizations and nongovernmental partners are coming together to establish Long-Term Recovery Groups (LTRGs) in St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.

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FEMA Awards More Than $1 Billion in Grants to Survivors

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 13:58

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – As Puerto Rico progresses from response to recovery, FEMA and the government of Puerto Rico continue to support the needs of survivors; so far FEMA has approved more than $1 billion in grants to Hurricanes Irma and María survivors.

More than 3,000 federal employees, including 1,500 local hires, are supporting the recovery efforts, directly assisting survivors and partnering with the government of Puerto Rico on housing solutions.

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Home Repair Information Available in Harris, Nueces and Orange Counties Feb. 5- Feb. 10

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 13:00

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

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San Diego Disaster Recovery Center Transitioning to SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:38

The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in San Diego County in Bonsall will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) as of Monday, Feb. 5 .

DRCs are jointly run by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) . Representatives from Cal OES, FEMA, SBA and other state and federal agencies staff the DRCs. They offer survivors of the December wildfires and recent mudslides disaster assistance resources.

The center will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3. The premises wil l reopen on Monday, Feb. 5 , as an SBA DLOC. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

SBA customer service representatives will be at the DLOC to meet with businesses and residents to answer their questions, explain SBA’s disaster loan program and close their approved disaster loans.

As any DRC closes, those affected are reminded that FEMA is a phone call, a mouse click, or FEMA app away. Disaster survivors can go online at DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA app, or call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 for TTY users. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time, seven days a week.

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

FEMA Statement on Commodities in Puerto Rico

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 10:50

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA and the Government of Puerto Rico are not stopping the provision of commodities in Puerto Rico. FEMA and the Government of Puerto Rico will continue to provide commodities to voluntary organizations and local officials who have a need for resources in their communities.

There was never, and is not now, a decision to stop distributing commodities on the island. As progress continues from response to recovery across Puerto Rico, we will continue to support the needs of survivors.

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Arrival of Critical Equipment Kicks Off Construction of New Rio Abajo Bridge

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 10:34

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Construction of a new bridge over the Río Abajo in Utuado got underway this week with the arrival of a massive IMT AF-160 drill. The project will reconnect a remote, mountain community that has been isolated since Hurricane Maria swept away the old bridge last September.

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