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Hurricane Harvey Survivors Still Needing Hotel Stays Get Extension

1 hour 20 min ago

AUSTIN, Texas – Some Hurricane Harvey survivors who need more time to find housing are getting an extension to stay temporarily in hotels while they look for an alternative place to live.

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Federal Government Moving Resources to Support Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

2 hours 42 min ago

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) top priority is continuing to provide life-saving resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Refugio, Harris Counties

8 hours 44 min ago

AUSTIN, Texas – Two State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017: one in Refugio County in the city of Refugio and another in Harris County in the city of Klein.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

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FEMA Continues Hurricane Maria Response and Relief Operations

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:09

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) top priority is to provide life-saving resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while aggressively working to restore power and operability of ports to bring additional commodities and personnel into disaster-affected areas. Several airports have successfully been opened on the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to bring in commodities, personnel, and life-saving and life-safety resources.

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Historic Disaster Response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:39

AUSTIN, Texas – With nearly 4.5 feet of rain and 130 mph winds, Hurricane Harvey propelled a disaster response that was the largest in Texas state history.

Neighbors, strangers, nonprofit organizations and governments at all levels joined together to mount an extraordinary effort to save lives and meet the needs of thousands of people who suffered from the storm and subsequent flooding. It was Texans helping Texans, aided by people who came to Texas from all parts of the nation.

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How to Help After Hurricane Maria

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:36

WASHINGTON – As the nation performs immediate life-saving and life-sustaining activities for those survivors in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) collaborates with its private sector partners to promote efficient and effective management of donations and volunteers.

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Transitional Sheltering Assistance Extended 14 Days

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:52

AUSTIN, Texas – At the request of the State of Texas, FEMA has extended its Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program for Hurricane Harvey survivors by 14 days. The new checkout date for eligible applicants is Oct. 10.

TSA pays for eligible disaster survivors to stay in a hotel or motel for a short time if they live in counties designated for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program and if they are unable to return to their homes due to damage from Hurricane Harvey.

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Questions about Your Determination Letter

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:03

FEMA applicants who have been notified they were ineligible for assistance can have FEMA revisit their cases.

Applicants must read their letters carefully. It should explain any problems that could be corrected. You may need to provide additional information or documents. If a mistake has been made, they should let FEMA know right away by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) or visiting a Disaster Recovery Center.

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Two State-FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Now Open in Georgia

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:09

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Two Georgia Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are open to assist Hurricane Irma survivors in Georgia coastal areas. The centers are open daily and staffed by representatives of the State of Georgia, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Hours of operation at both centers are:

Mon-Fri:   8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday:  8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday:     1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Chatham County

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Group Flood Insurance Policies and West Virginia Disaster Recovery

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:49

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — You may receive Group Flood Insurance coverage if you claimed disaster assistance for a home or personal belongings not covered by flood insurance after the July 28-29, 2017 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides.

Group Flood Insurance is available if you:

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Fact Sheet: Resources to Help You Recover from Hurricane Harvey

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 07:50
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Fact Sheet: Don’t Wait. Clean Up Debris as Soon as Possible

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 07:26

If your home was flooded after Hurricane Harvey, you should clean up debris as soon as possible. Do not wait for a flood insurance adjuster or FEMA home inspector to come to your home.

More than 87,000 flood insurance claims have been filed with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). More than 3,000 insurance adjusters are conducting inspections of those homes. This process takes time. The NFIP advises policyholders to proceed with debris removal once it is safe to re-enter the structure.

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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Polk, Brazoria and Harris Counties

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 07:22

AUSTIN, Texas – Three State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Friday, Sept. 22, 2017: one in Polk County in the city of Livingston, one in Brazoria County in the city of Oyster Creek and another in Harris County in the city of Houston.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

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FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Lee County for Florida Survivors

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 06:05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Friday, Sept. 22 in Lee County to help Florida storm survivors.  The DRC will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The DRC is at the following address:

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Financial, Legal, and Volunteer Resources for Hurricane Irma Survivors in Florida

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:59

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Get the FEMA Mobile App and begin registration. Online: Disaster Assistance.gov Registration .

FEMA helpline: 800-621-3362. TTY, 800-462-7585. 711/ Video Relay Service (VRS), 800-621-3362.

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Apply for Operation Blue Roof at New Locations Across Florida

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:52

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.

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21 Additional Counties Eligible for Public Assistance Funding in Florida

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 14:59

ORLANDO, Fla. – Twenty-one Florida counties are now eligible to apply for additional funding under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas that sustained damage from Hurricane Irma.

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FEMA and its Partners Provide Reunification Guidance for Hurricane Maria Survivors and their Loved Ones

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 14:26

WASHINGTON – As the United States responds to Hurricane Maria’s damage to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is connecting community partners with disaster survivors and their loved ones, to reunite families separated as a result of the storm.

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Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:11

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 Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Puerto Rico

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:06

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to supplement the Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Maria from September 17, 2017, and continuing.

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