ICYMI – Administrator Criswell: FEMA is Ready

WASHINGTON –FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell appeared on the Weather Channel earlier today, urging people to complete preparations for Hurricane Ida and discuss FEMA’s readiness to assist impacted states. FEMA, along with other federal agencies and voluntary organizations, are working together to assist state, local and tribal partners as they prepare to respond to Hurricane Ida. President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. approved an Emergency Disaster Declaration for Louisiana on Friday.    “Even before that, we've been moving resources into the area, as early as Tuesday, when we talked to the National Hurricane Center,...

Preliminary Flood Maps for Murray County, Oklahoma Ready for Public View

DENTON, Texas – Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in all communities and unincorporated areas of Murray County, Oklahoma. Property owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the appeal and comment periods for the maps. This is Murray County’s first complete set of digital FIRMs. These maps serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood...

Preliminary Flood Maps for Johnston County, Oklahoma Ready for Public View

DENTON, Texas – Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in all communities and unincorporated areas of Johnston County, Oklahoma. Property owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the appeal and comment periods for the maps. This is Johnston County’s first complete set of digital FIRMs. These maps serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood...

FEMA Urges Preparedness Now as Hurricane Ida Forecast to Make Landfall

WASHINGTON -- FEMA is urging everyone to take urgent steps now as Hurricane Ida is forecast to make landfall along the U.S. northern Gulf Coast as a dangerous major hurricane on Sunday. Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin late tonight or early tomorrow morning. “Anyone in the forecast path should complete final preparations as soon as possible, monitor their local news for updates and directions provided by their local officials, and heed local evacuation orders,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “This is going to be a major hurricane. Please be...

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Emergency Declaration for Louisiana

WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Louisiana to supplement state and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the areas affected by Hurricane Ida, beginning on Aug. 26 and continuing.  The President's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, to save lives, protect property, public health and...

FEMA Urges Preparedness Now for Hurricane Ida

WASHINGTON -- FEMA is tracking Hurricane Ida, forecast to make landfall in the United States as a dangerous major hurricane on Sunday. Areas along the Gulf Coast will start to experience effects of Ida starting Saturday. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting an increasing risk of life-threatening storm surge along the Gulf Coast. Additionally, there is an increasing risk of dangerous hurricane force winds and heavy rains. Yesterday, FEMA received a request for an emergency declaration from Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. The governor requested assistance for emergency protective measures, including...

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ICYMI: FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell Discusses Ongoing Hurricane Recovery Efforts, Preparedness for Impending Storm During Louisiana Visit

WASHINGTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell traveled to Lake Charles, La., earlier today, where she met with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter to discuss preparedness efforts, as a weather system looms in the Gulf of Mexico, and also get an up-close look at ongoing recovery efforts in Lake Charles from hurricanes Laura and Delta and recent spring flooding.  “This week marks one year since Hurricane Laura, the most powerful storm to impact Louisiana since 1856, made landfall,” said Administrator Criswell. “The destruction of this storm, Hurricane...

Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Collin County, Texas

DENTON, Texas – Preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review in Collin County, Texas. Residents and business owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the 90-day...

Hurricane Laura Recovery Efforts Through One Year

One year has passed since Hurricane Laura made landfall as a powerful Category 4 hurricane in Louisiana with 150 mph winds and over nine feet of storm surge. The devastating storm wrecked homes and buildings, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands and severely destroying the coastline. The storm displaced hundreds of thousands of families with structural damage that will cost billions and take many years to repair. Recovery was in its beginning stages when, only six weeks later, Hurricane Delta slammed into much of the same land area. Then a...