Tuesday, March 7, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Tuesday, March 7, 2017 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Significant Activity – Mar 6-7 Significant Events: Wildfires – Kansas and Oklahoma Significant Weather: Severe thunderstorms possible – Lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys Freezing rain possible – Northeast Heavy snow possible – northern CA, Northern Intermountain, Northern Rockies Rain and snow – Pacific Northwest to Northern Intermountain, Central Great Basin and northern CA; Great Lakes to Northeast Rain and thunderstorms – Southern Plains to Southeast and Great Lakes Rain – Pacific Northwest to...

FEMA Assistance for Flooded Infrastructure Tops $304 Million

BATON ROUGE, La. — The August floods that upended the lives of tens of thousands of families across 26 declared parishes also washed away the landmarks of their communities. Critical infrastructure like roads, bridges, public buildings and schools proved as vulnerable to flood waters as had the smallest bungalow.As of March 1, FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program has obligated $304,315,474 to reimburse local and state governments as well as certain private nonprofits for the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and infrastructure. The funds also cover debris removal and emergency response...

Get Permits Before You Rebuild

BATON ROUGE, La. — If you have property affected by the February tornadoes in Louisiana, your first step to repair or rebuild should be to check with your local building official. That’s the person who can work with you or your contractor to ensure building permits are properly filed and necessary inspections are carried out.Local ordinances may require permits for repairs to roofs, walls, siding, wallboard, plaster, insulation, paneling, cabinets, flooring, electrical systems, plumbing, septic systems and heating and air  conditioning systems.Once you have secured the proper permits, mitigation experts say...

Louisiana Spirit Provides Crisis Counseling for Tornado Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. — Survivors of the February tornadoes that struck Livingston and Orleans parishes can receive free disaster crisis counseling. Following traumatic events such as tornadoes and floods, Louisiana Spirit crisis counselors provide an ear for listening, a shoulder to lean on and guidance for establishing normalcy.Counselors with Louisiana Spirit, a program administered by the state and funded by a FEMA grant, are at the disaster recovery center in New Orleans East. Survivors who wish to speak with the counselors may visit the disaster recovery center or call 866-310-7977. The...

Monday, March 6, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, March 6, 2017 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, March 6, 2017 Significant Activity – Mar 3-6 Significant Events: Highland Hills Fire – Kansas Significant Weather: Severe Thunderstorms – Central/Southern Plains, Mississippi Valley, Tennessee and Ohio valleys Freezing Rain – Northeast Heavy snow possible – Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Northern Intermountain, Northern Rockies, and Northern Plains Extreme/Critical/Elevated fire weather areas – Southwest to Northern Plains, and Middle Mississippi Valley Space Weather – Past 24-hours: none; Next 24-hours: None Tropical Activity: No activity affecting U.S. interests...

Sunday, March 5, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Sunday, March 5, 2017 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Sunday, March 5, 2017 Significant Activity – Mar 4-5 Significant Events: None Significant Weather: Heavy snow possible – Sierras, northern CA and southern OR Critical fire weather areas – Southern and Central Rockies to Southern and Central Plains Elevated fire weather areas – Southwest to Central Plains, Northern Plains, Ohio Valley Space Weather – Past 24-hours: none; Next 24-hours: None Tropical Activity: Tropical cyclone activity is not expected during the next 48 hours Earthquake Activity: No significant...

Saturday, March 4, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Saturday, March 4, 2017 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Saturday, March 4, 2017 Significant Activity – Mar 4-5 Significant Events: None Significant Weather: Flash flooding possible – south TX Heavy snow possible – Sierras Rain and snow – Pacific Northwest to Northern Intermountain, northern CA and Central Great Basin; Northern Plains Rain and thunderstorms – Southern Plains to Lower Mississippi Valley Snow – Great Lakes to Ohio Valley Rain – northern/central CA; eastern FL Critical/Elevated fire weather areas – Southwest to Middle Mississippi Valley Red Flag...

FEMA Urges You to Spend Disaster Funds Wisely

BATON ROUGE, La. — More than $1.78 million in federal assistance has been approved by FEMA to help survivors of the February tornadoes recover from the devastation. While assistance is tax-free and grants don’t have to be repaid, FEMA urges you to use the funds quickly, wisely and only for disaster-related expenses.When a grant is awarded, FEMA will send you a letter listing approved uses including:home repairs (e.g., structure, water, septic and sewage systems)rental assistance for a different place to live temporarilyrepair or replacement of a flooded essential vehiclemedical care for...

Friday, March 3, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, March 3, 2017 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, March 3, 2017 Significant Activity – Mar 2-3 Significant Events: None Significant Weather: Heavy snow possible – Pacific Northwest to Northern Rockies; Great Lakes Rain and snow – Pacific Northwest to Northern Rockies and northern CA Snow – Northern Plains to Ohio Valley; Southern Appalachians to Northeast Critical/Elevated fire weather areas – TX, OK, KS, NE, NM, CO, GA, SC and NC Red Flag Warnings – TX, OK KS, CO & FL Space Weather: Past 24...

AmeriCorps Expedite Recovery Efforts for Flood Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. — The AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT) has helped more than 2,000 survivors affected by the Louisiana floods with home repair services.Following the disaster, 833 A-DRT members were deployed to Louisiana for mucking and gutting efforts to distressed areas. The remaining crew leaves Saturday, March 4, 2017. For this disaster, crews stripped homes back to the studs, removing damaged drywall, insulation, flooring and large appliances. A-DRTs repaired over 700 homes. A-DRTs have worked with more than 26 Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), including the American Red Cross...