October 11, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for October 11, 2017 Significant Activity – Oct 10-11 Significant Events: • Hurricane Response - Caribbean; California Wildfires Tropical Activity:• Atlantic – Tropical Storm Ophelia • Eastern Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  • Elevated/Critical Fire weather conditions – CA• Red Flag Warnings – CA• Space Weather:   o Past 24-hours: Minor; Geomagnetic storms reaching G1 level occurred  o Next 24-hours: Minor; Geomagnetic storms reaching G1 level expected Earthquake Activity: None Declaration Activity: Major Disaster...

Smithsonian Experts Help Harvey Survivors Salvage Family Treasures

AUSTIN, Texas – Survivors of Hurricane Harvey can learn how to salvage and stabilize household treasures damaged by the storm from Smithsonian Institution preservation experts who are visiting three State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) this week.Among the heirlooms that might be salvageable are photos, artwork, quilts, important documents and other keepsakes. The experts will discuss how to handle, dry and clean these items, as well as personal safety during the salvage process, setting priorities and treatment options. Part of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, the experts are visiting these...

Two Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers in Orange County Change Schedules

AUSTIN, Texas – Two State of Texas/federal mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Orange and Vidor will change their hours of operation starting Monday, Oct. 9.Both DRCs will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. They will be closed Sunday. The locations are: Orange County Convention and Expo Center11475 FM 1442Orange, TX 77632 Vidor Police Station(Building behind Police Department)695 E. Railroad St.Vidor, TX 77662 DRCs offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods. Recovery specialists from...

October 10, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for October 10, 2017 Significant Activity – Oct 9-10 Significant Events: • Response for Hurricane Maria; California Wildfires Tropical Activity:• Atlantic – Tropical Storm Ophelia • Eastern Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  • Elevated Fire weather conditions – CA• Red Flag Warnings – CA• Space Weather: None observed; Next 24 hours: None predicted Earthquake Activity: None Declaration Activity:• FMAG Approved – Atlas Fire – C A• FMAG Approved – Tubbs Fire...

FEMA Seeking Applicants to Join Hurricane Recovery Team

WASHINGTON – With 85 percent of the FEMA workforce in the field supporting 28 disasters nationwide, the agency continues to grow its workforce to bolster recovery activities underway in the states and U.S. territories affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate. FEMA is hiring dedicated people to join our recovery team, comprised of locally-hired workers. Through its hiring of temporary local employees and Cadre of On-Call Response/Recovery Employees (CORE), FEMA diversifies its workforce while affording opportunities for survivors to help fellow survivors.The types of jobs that are available include (but are...

October 9, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for October 9, 2017 Significant Activity – Oct 8-9 Significant Events: • Response for Hurricane Maria Tropical Activity:• Atlantic – Tropical Depression Seventeen • Eastern Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  • Flash Flooding possible – GA, NC, & SC • Severe thunderstorms possible – KS & OK • Elevated/Critical Fire weather conditions – CA• Red Flag Warnings – CA• Space Weather: None observed; Next 24 hours: None predicted Earthquake Activity: None...

Harvey Survivors Needing Hotel Stays Get Extension to Oct. 24

AUSTIN, Texas – 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. The Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, which pays for short-term hotel stays, has been extended by 14 days. The new checkout date is Oct. 24. Participants eligible to continue in the program will receive a phone call telling them what they need to do to remain at their current hotel or find a new hotel. Applicants must meet certain requirements to...

Help Remains after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Jefferson County

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Port Arthur will close permanently at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or FEMA app away.The center that is closing is located at:Christus Saint Mary Hospital3535 Gates Boulevard Port Arthur TX 77642Another DRC is operating in Port Arthur at:Central Mall3100 E. FM 365Port Arthur TX 77642Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.Individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the...

Deadline for Governmental Jurisdictions and Private Nonprofits to Request Reimbursement for Public Infrastructure Repair Is Oct. 31

AUSTIN, Texas – Local, state and nonprofit agencies and organizations in Texas seeking reimbursement for Hurricane Harvey expenses have until 5 p.m. Oct. 31, 2017 to submit their requests to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). Eligible applicants are reimbursed for disaster-related costs for emergency response, debris removal and permanent work such as repairs or replacement of schools, roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. The federal cost-share for all categories of Public Assistance is 90 percent.  To download the RPA form, go online to https://grants.dps.texas.gov/site/PA.cfm and click on Forms, or contact...

October 8, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for October 8, 2017 Significant Activity - October 7-8  Significant Events: • Response for Hurricane Maria • Preparations/Response for Hurricane Nate Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Tropical Storm Nate, Disturbance 1 – High (70%) • Eastern Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  • Flash Flooding possible – AL to PA • Severe thunderstorms possible – AL & GA • Elevated/Critical Fire weather conditions...