Emergency Management

Cultural Institutions Urged to Apply for Disaster Assistance to Help Protect Islands’ History

FEMA - News - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:45

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The U.S. Virgin Islands has a rich cultural heritage, with museums, archives, libraries, archeological sites and historic districts across the territory. Many of these precious cultural resources sustained serious damage during hurricanes Irma and Maria – and time could be of the essence in making repairs and saving historical documents and artwork.

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Two Weeks Remain for Homeowners, Renters and Businesses in Florida to Apply for Disaster Assistance

FEMA - News - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 07:22

ORLANDO, Fla. – If you are a Florida homeowner, renter or business owner who sustained property damage or loss caused by Hurricane Irma you have two weeks left to register and apply for federal disaster assistance.

The deadline to register for assistance from FEMA and to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.

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Register With FEMA Even If You Have Insurance

FEMA - News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 16:43

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – If you suffered personal or business losses in the devastating wildfires that broke out in October and you’re waiting for your insurance settlement before you register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), don’t wait any longer. Disaster assistance may be able to fill insurance gaps or provide help if you’ve been waiting more than 30 days on a homeowner’s claim. Another reason not to delay: the deadline for registering with FEMA is Dec. 11, 2017.

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St. Thomas Disaster Recovery Center Closing and New One Opening

FEMA - News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:40

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands — The Disaster Recovery Center at the New Hotel Company Omar Brown Fire Station in St. Thomas will close permanently at 5 p.m. Saturday, and a new recovery center will open on Monday.

The new DRC will be located in Charlotte Amalie at the former Scotiabank, 81 CC&DD Kronprindsens Gade.

Like all recovery centers across the islands, it will be open Monday through Saturday from

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.

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Register With FEMA Even If You Have Insurance

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:30

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – If you suffered personal or business losses in the devastating wildfires that broke out in October and you’re waiting for your insurance settlement before you register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), don’t wait any longer. Disaster assistance may be able to fill insurance gaps or provide help if you’ve been waiting more than 30 days on a homeowner’s claim. Another reason not to delay: the deadline for registering with FEMA is Dec. 11, 2017.

Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if you have registered with another disaster-relief organization, such as the American Red Cross. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate insurance or other benefits. However, FEMA may be able to help with uninsured or underinsured losses if the insurance settlement is delayed. FEMA may also be able to help:

  • If you have received the settlement from the insurance company but you still have unmet needs.
  • If you have exhausted the settlement for Additional Living Expenses (ALE for loss of use) and you need disaster-related temporary housing.
  • If your settlement does not cover disaster-related needs such as medical, dental and funeral costs, emergency home repairs and other disaster-related expenses.

If your settlement has been delayed longer than 30 days, you may write FEMA to explain your situation. Provide insurance documentation to prove you’ve submitted your claim, including the claim number, the date you applied and how long you estimate it will take for the company to settle, and mail your letter to:

          FEMA – Individuals & Households Program

          National Processing Service Center

P.O. Box 10055

Hyattsville, MD 20782-70155

Or fax it to 800-827-8112.

You should also register with FEMA if your wells or septic systems were damaged in the fires. Homeowners in the eight designated counties – Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma and Yuba – may be eligible for grant funding to pump septic tanks, perform required repairs or replace the system as needed. Damaged private wells that are the sole source of water for the home and need to be repaired or decontaminated are also potentially eligible.

Survivors who applied for assistance from FEMA and were contacted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have many good reasons to submit a loan application before the deadline of Dec. 11, 2017.

Some of the key reasons for submitting an SBA low-interest disaster loan application include:

  • SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. Renters, as well as homeowners, may be eligible to borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace clothing, furniture, appliances and damaged vehicles.
  • A future insurance settlement may fall short. Survivors may find out that they are underinsured for the amount of work it takes to repair or replace their damaged home. An SBA low-interest disaster loan can cover the uninsured costs. SBA may approve a loan for the repair or replacement of a home up to $200,000. The loan balance may be reduced by their insurance settlement. However, the opportunity for an SBA loan may be lost if they wait until after the deadline expires on 11, 2017.
  • If SBA determines the survivors aren’t eligible for a loan, SBA may refer them back to FEMA. This could make them eligible for more FEMA assistance.

If those affected by the wildfires need help completing their loan application they should call SBA at 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339) or send an email to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. They are encouraged to apply online using SBA’s electronic loan application at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. They may also come in to any recovery center. A list of open centers may be found at www.sba.gov/disaster.

Survivors are advised to contact FEMA 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., seven days a week, and are staffed by operators ready to assist survivors in their languages.

For more information on California recovery, visit the disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4344,   Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/femaregion9 and the Cal OES website, http://www.caloes.ca.gov/ .

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All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

Non-Governmental Organizations Work Together to Provide Water to Communities

FEMA - News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:21

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are supporting over 89,000 total residents in 237 communities all across Puerto Rico that rely on water sources from pumps and wells for their drinking water.

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FEMA Disaster Assistance Will Not Affect Social Security or Other Benefits

FEMA - News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:13

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Hurricane survivors who receive federal disaster assistance will not pay additional taxes, lose their Social Security or disability benefits, or face a reduction in benefits from any other income-based program.

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Colorado Daily Status Report: November 9, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:00
Colorado Daily Status Report November 9, 2017 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 LevelNormal Operations

Current Disasters/Large IncidentsNone Reported

Major Road Impacts/ClosuresNone Reported

View the full Colorado Daily Status Report for November 9, 2017.

The Colorado Daily Status Report will not be published on Friday, November 10 due to the state holiday in observance of Veterans Day.  The report will resume on Monday, November 13.
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State, FEMA Provide Additional Funds to Repair to Higher Standards

FEMA - News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:45

BATON ROUGE, La. — Many of the projects that are rebuilding Louisiana infrastructure following the August 2016 floods include funding that is above and beyond just repair costs. That extra funding is part of a common-sense approach to build back in ways that can better withstand disaster damage.

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A Look at Florida 60 Days after Hurricane Irma

FEMA - News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 08:46

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida continues making efforts toward recovery from Hurricane Irma’s severe impact on the entire state – spanning 65,755 square miles from Pensacola on the west end of the Panhandle, Jacksonville on the east coast, south to Key West.

Affected communities and disaster survivors are repairing and rebuilding better, stronger and safer with the help of neighbors, friends, family members, voluntary groups, faith- and community-based organizations and local, county, state and federal governments.

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers now open in Canóvanas, Culebra, Fajardo and Vieques

FEMA - News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 07:35

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The government of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Canóvanas, Culebra, Fajardo and Vieques on Thursday Nov. 9.

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Help Remains after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Harris County

FEMA - News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 07:10

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Harris County will close permanently at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or a tap on the FEMA app away.

The center is at the following location:

Harris County
Klein Multi-Purpose Center
7500 Farm to Market #2920
Klein, TX 77379

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Help Remains after Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers Close in Harris, Jefferson and Refugio Counties

FEMA - News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 07:07

AUSTIN, Texas – Three State of Texas/Federal Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRCs) in the cities of Houston, Nome and Refugio will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or a tap on the FEMA app away.

The centers are at the following locations:

Harris County
Sagemont Community Center Parking Lot
11507 Hughes Road
Houston, TX 77089

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FEMA Works to Ensure Equal Access to All Disaster Survivors

FEMA - News - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 14:06

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – To ensure all U.S. Virgin Islanders have equal access to disaster assistance programs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating with federal, territorial and local agencies as well as volunteer organizations to identify survivors’ needs and connect them with resources.

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A Disaster Recovery Center Opens for Four Days in Lake City

FEMA - News - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 13:49

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Thursday, Nov. 9 for four days in Lake City to help Florida storm survivors.

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A Disaster Recovery Center Opens for Four Days in Punta Gorda

FEMA - News - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 13:38

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Thursday, Nov. 9 for four days in Punta Gorda to help Florida storm survivors.

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A Disaster Recovery Center Opens for Four Days in Kissimmee

FEMA - News - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 13:29

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Thursday, Nov. 9 for four days in Kissimmee to help Florida storm survivors.

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Help Remains after Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers Close in Harris and Jefferson Counties

FEMA - News - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:15

AUSTIN, Texas – Two State of Texas/Federal Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRCs) in Harris and Jefferson counties will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8, 2017:

Harris County
Weekley Community Center
8440 Green House Rd.,
Cypress, TX 77433

Jefferson County
Parking Lot across the street from Jefferson County Municipal Building
717 N. Broadway
China, TX 77622

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Colorado Daily Status Report: November 8, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:05

Colorado Daily Status Report November 8, 2017 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 LevelNormal Operations

Current Disasters/Large IncidentsNone Reported

Major Road Impacts/ClosuresNone Reported

View the full Colorado Daily Status Report for November 8, 2017.
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What You Need to Know: FEMA Inspections

FEMA - News - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:21

A FEMA home inspection is part of the process for verifying damage and loss for applicants following Hurricane Irma. Keep in mind the following information, so you know what to expect:

Setting up the Inspection

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