Monday, August 29, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, August 29, 2016 Significant Events: None   Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Hurricane Gaston; Tropical Depression Eight, Tropical Depression Nine • Eastern Pacific – Hurricane Lester; Disturbance 1 – Low (10%) • Central Pacific – Tropical Storm Madeline • Western Pacific – No significant activity threatening U.S. interests   Significant Weather: • Isolated, severe thunderstorms – Upper Mississippi Valley to upper Great Lakes • Flash flooding – NM, CO, TX, OK, LA, FL, WI, MI • Rain and thunderstorms – Southwest, Rockies, Central and Southern...

Take Extra Care with Hazardous Waste

BATON ROUGE, La. – If you are cleaning out your home and removing flood-damaged materials, be aware of potentially hazardous wastes and dispose of them properly.Hazardous waste should always be separated from non-hazardous materials. Types of hazardous waste includes:Cleaning products such as bleach, ammonia, and polishesPesticides and repellantsAutomotive fluidsPaints, varnishes, and solventsBatteries, fluorescent lightbulbs, and items containing mercuryFire starters, accelerants, and other flammable itemsMaterials contaminated with flammable products should be separated from all other waste and stored in a well-ventilated area. If stored outdoors, flammable materials should be placed in a...

Get Local Permits Before You Rebuild; Repair Safer & Stronger

BATON ROUGE, La. – If you have property affected by the recent severe storms and flooding in Louisiana, you’re encouraged to get the necessary permits before starting new construction or repairs.“The first step for any property owners in Louisiana who have damage to their homes or businesses should be to check with your local building official,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gerard M. Stolar. “That official can work with you or your contractor to ensure any permits are properly filed and necessary inspections are carried out.”Permits may be required for repairs to...

Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Lafayette Parish for Louisiana Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. – A disaster recovery center is opening Sunday, August 28, in Lafayette Parish to assist Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.The disaster recovery center is operating at the following address and hours:Lafayette ParishLocation:  Lafayette Court (at University and Lee)                  301 West University Avenue                  Lafayette, LA 70506Hours:      8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday through Sunday)Survivors may locate other centers near them by visiting fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers, calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, or downloading the FEMA mobile app.To...

Sunday, August 28, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Sunday, August 28, 2016 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Sunday, August 28, 2016 Significant Activity - August 27-28 Significant Events: None Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Hurricane Gaston; Disturbance 1 – Medium (40%); Disturbance 2 – Medium (40%); Disturbance 3 – Low (near 0%) •Eastern Pacific – Hurricane Lester; Disturbance 1 – Low (10%); Disturbance 2 – Low (near 0%) •Central Pacific – Tropical Storm Madeline; Disturbance 1 – Low (near 0%) •Western Pacific – No significant activity threatening U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Flash flooding – TX, NM,...

Disaster Recovery Center to Open in East Baton Rouge Parish for Louisiana Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. – A disaster recovery center is opening Monday, August 29, in East Baton Rouge Parish to assist Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.The disaster recovery center is operating at the following address and hours:East Baton Rouge Parish Location:Baker Council on Aging3334 Jefferson StreetBaker, LA 70714Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday through Sunday)Survivors may locate other centers near them by visiting fema.gov/disaster-recovery- centers, calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, or downloading the FEMA mobile app.To...

Mobile Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Pointe Coupee Parish for Louisiana Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. – A mobile disaster recovery center is opening today, Saturday, August 27, in Pointe Coupee Parish to assist Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.The mobile disaster recovery center is operating at the following address and hours:Pointe Coupee ParishLocation:  False River Parking Lot                  1200 Major Parkway                  New Roads, LA 70760Hours:      8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday through Sunday)Survivors may locate other centers near them by visiting FEMA.gov/DRC, calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, or downloading the...

Saturday, August 27, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Saturday, August 27, 2016 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Saturday, August 27, 2016 Significant Activity - August 26-27 Significant Events: None Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Tropical Storm Gaston; Disturbance 1 – Low (20%); Disturbance 2 – Low (10%); Disturbance 3 – Low (30%) •Eastern Pacific – Hurricane Lester; Tropical Storm Madeline; Disturbance 1 – Low (near 0%) •Central Pacific –  No tropical cyclones are expected through Monday morning •Western Pacific – No significant activity threatening U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Flash flooding – TX, LA, IL, MI,...

A Q&A with Chris Smith, Director of Individual Assistance

We’re here on the ground in Baton Rouge supporting those who have been impacted by the historic flooding here in Louisiana. We have been here since before the flooding began and we are doing as much as we can to help them get back on their feet and on the road to recovery. Chris Smith, who runs our Individual Assistance program, is also here making sure we are doing everything we can for the survivors. We have been getting a lot of questions about how to register with FEMA, how...

Behind the Scenes at the Democratic National Convention

A photo taken during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. All eyes were on Philly for the Democratic National Convention. Very few eyes were on the work being done behind the scenes by local, state, and federal agencies to prepare for a possible emergency.  And that’s exactly how it should be. As speeches and performances happened on stages, representatives from FEMA Region III, the Secret Service, Philadelphia police and fire departments, Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, the FBI, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Office of Emergency Management, the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Parks Service, and many more worked...