Emergency Management

FEMA Hosting Job Fair in Valdosta to Recruit Georgians for Hurricane Irma Recovery Work Monday, Nov. 13

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

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Labor (Georgia DOL) and Federal Emergency Management Agency are hosting a job fair to recruit more than 50 Georgians under FEMA’s Local Hire program.

The hiring event will take place on Monday, Nov. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Valdosta Career Center, located at 221 South Ashley St., Valdosta, GA 31601

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Fact Sheet: Resources to Help Hurricane Maria Survivors

FEMA - News - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 06:38

Resources to Help Hurricane Maria Survivors

Survivors of Hurricane Maria and the devastating floods may require assistance from various organizations as they recover. The below organizations may provide help and support Puerto Rico residents in an assortment of ways.

Puerto Rico Emergency Resources

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Kansas

FEMA - News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 22:49

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 Kansas.

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

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Kansas

FEMA - News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 22:44

WASHINGTON  – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Kansas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding from July 22 to July 27, 2017.

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Santa Rosa Assistant Fire Marshal Signs ROE, Himself Beginning to Recover

State - California - CALOES - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:44

He may be in uniform but today Santa Rosa Assistant Fire Marshall Paul Lowenthal is just like any one of the more than six thousand homeowners here. “This was the entryway,” he says, walking over what used to be the front threshold.

Beginning on Sunday night, October 8, the Tubbs fire ripped through Sonoma county, and destroyed his home. There’s nothing left to salvage, though he found a few things he’ll keep. “Kind of old badges from throughout my career,” he says, while shuffling through the half-dozen or so charred badges.

As a firefighter, Paul understands how this happened. He knows the goal was to protect his community and that most of the other homes in his Larkfield community would burn. Now the question everyone is pondering – will they rebuild? “Yes, I do plan on rebuilding,” he says.

One of the first steps in that process is to clear all this hazardous and toxic debris from the property, and that includes slab foundations. “It sat and smoldered for days, and there’s evidence of that.” It’s cracking and crumbling. “I know that my structure is a complete loss, my foundation is not salvageable and that there’s a process in place that’s going to clean and clear as many properties as quickly as possible it was the right decision to make.”

Today, Paul Lowenthal is making his first trip to the ROE center. He’s talked with his insurance company and decided it’s in his best interest to fill-out, sign and turn-in the right-of-entry form, the ROE. This will allow the us army corps of engineers to do the clearing for him at no out-of-pocket cost to him.

“Hopefully we’ll see a lot of ROEs in our areas that’ll allow the Army Corps of Engineers to quickly and efficiently do a lot of good work,” says Lowenthal. “And it’ll also give me time to focus on other things and work towards my rebuilding, working with an architect, with a designer, a builder and continue moving forward with my own recovery process.”  As an assistant fire marshal, he knows what the intense and sustained heat from the fire has done to his foundation, so it goes. And the more ROE’s that come in the faster and better his entire community’s recovery will be.

“Ultimately get our community back to where it was if not better. It’s just going to take time.”

REMEMBER: The deadline to file your Right of Entry form is November 13th. Links

WildfireRecovery.org

SonomaCountyRecovers.org

Cal OES Home Page

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Sacramento Dist.)

A Disaster Recovery Center Opens for Five Days in Casselberry

FEMA - News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 15:52

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Wednesday, Nov. 8 for five days in Casselberry to help Florida storm survivors.

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A Disaster Recovery Center Opens for Five Days in Fort Pierce

FEMA - News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 15:13

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Wednesday, Nov. 8 for five days in Fort Pierce to help Florida storm survivors.

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Hurricane Survivors Warned to Be Aware of Fraud and Scam Artists

FEMA - News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 14:39

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) are raising awareness that scam artists could be at work in the U.S. Virgin Islands, targeting survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria who are seeking federal disaster assistance.

While disasters always bring out the best in most people, they can bring out the worst in some. Survivors should remain vigilant at all times to keep from falling victim to unscrupulous individuals.

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Disaster Recovery Center in Newton County to Close Temporarily for Elections

FEMA - News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 14:06

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Newton County is closed temporarily for Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 7, 2017. The center reopens 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at its original location:

Newton County

Deweyville Senior Citizen Center

43435 State Hwy 87 S

Orange, TX 77614

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Colorado Daily Status Report: November 7, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:30

Colorado Daily Status Report November 7, 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 7, 2017.
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Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers will be in DeWitt and Jefferson Counties

FEMA - News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:02

AUSTIN, Texas –Two State of Texas/Federal Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRCs) will be in DeWitt and Jefferson counties the week of Nov. 6. The locations and hours of operation are:

DeWitt County
Dewitt County Annex (parking lot)
200 E. Church St.
Cuero, TX  77954
Monday-Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Jefferson County
Bevil Oaks (parking lot)
7390 Sweetgum Rd.
Bevil Oaks, TX  77713
Monday-Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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New or Extended Federal Programs Available to Help Virgin Island Hurricane Survivors

FEMA - News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 10:38

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Several new or extended federal programs are available to help eligible Virgin Islanders recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners continue to support efforts by the U.S. Virgin Islands territorial government to help get hurricane survivors on the road to recovery. Survivors should be aware of these programs:

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Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Extended to January 11, 2018

FEMA - News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 09:47

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –The United States Department of Labor extended the filing deadline for Disaster Unemployment Assistance claims related to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria to

January 11, 2018 based on Puerto Rico’s continued recovery from hurricane impacts.

Employees or self-employed individuals who became unemployed as a direct consequence of Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. All 78 municipalities are authorized for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

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FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

FEMA - News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 09:29

PHILADELPHIA – The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a biennial emergency preparedness exercise at the Limerick Generating Station in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The exercise will take place on November 14th to test the ability of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

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Georgians Encouraged to Apply for Disaster Assistance before the Registration Deadline

FEMA - News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 07:47

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Georgians affected by Hurricane Irma in Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Coffee, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties have until Nov. 14 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance and submit their disaster loan applications with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers now open in Bayamón, Manatí, Naranjito, Orocovis

FEMA - News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 07:10

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The government of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Bayamón, Manatí, Naranjito and Orocovis on Tuesday Nov. 7.

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Colorado Daily Status Report: November 6, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 22:05

Colorado Daily Status Report November 6, 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 6, 2017.
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Right-of-Entry Clock is Ticking in Sonoma County, Other Counties Hit by October Wildfires

State - California - CALOES - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:31

The stress of losing one’s home only starts with the rubble left behind. Survivors’ resilience is now being tested by the long and arduous task of rebuilding their lives. John McCaull, a resident of Glen Ellen says, “it’s actually been my job mission over the last two weeks to figure this whole thing out.” That’s why a “right of entry” center like this one has been established in each of the counties affected by the October wildfires. “Right of entry,” or ROE, is a form that once completed and signed by the homeowner allows contractors onto their property to remove all that fire debris, and clean the land of any toxics.

With that form comes a lot of questions and that’s the reason for the centers. “The hardest part was finding it,” says Ruth O’Connor, who lost her home in Larkfield. “Once we found it, went in had a five-minute wait until somebody put us behind a computer the guy was just helpful.” Like Ruth, everyone here is a wildfire victim. But they each have a unique situation.

Eric Pearson of Glen Ellen is the anchor tenant for a ranch that lost 4 homes. “Sure, four houses can get cleaned up pretty easily. They’re 1500 square feet each. But we’ve got 50,000 square feet of barn with old chemicals and toxic chemicals, that needs to be cleaned up too.” Other property owners were hit more than once. John McCaull has multiple properties all over Sonoma county that burned to the ground. He’s got his signed ROE form firmly in hand. “So initially did you have any reservations about signing one of these?” we asked him. He responded “Well, I’m an attorney so I looked it over and not really.”

But many do have reservations and by coming to the roe center questions are answered. “Ruth, did they answer all of your questions? Yes, he did. He was very knowledgeable. It wasn’t his first rodeo,” said Ruth. And those that can’t be answered immediately will be researched by staff and then relayed to the property owner by phone. This center is open 7-days a week, 9-6, but they won’t be here forever; time is ticking.

“This process is going to be coming to an end so we do need them to start making those decisions quickly,” urged Christine Sosko, Director of Environmental Health for Sonoma County. “So if they have questions come down talk to us.”

Ruth left the ROE center with a smile on her face; her future can now begin. “We’ll start rebuilding process and start all over again.”

“So we can’t stress enough the importance of coming down to the ROE center, not only to get that form, get it filled out and turned in, but also to answer any of those questions you may have,” says Shawn Boyd, public information officer for Cal OES. “A lot of the questions that are out there are happening because the information is changing so quickly. well, these folks here are updated continuously so they have that real-time information, those answers that you’re looking for.”

Links

WildfireRecover.org

SonomaCountyRecovers.org

caloes.ca.gov

A Disaster Recovery Center Opens for Four Days in Cross City

FEMA - News - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:01

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Tuesday, Nov. 7 for four days in Cross City to help Florida storm survivors.

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