Wednesday, March 8, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Wednesday, March 8, 2017 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Significant Activity – Mar 7-8 Significant Events: Wildfires – Kansas and Oklahoma Significant Weather: Heavy snow possible – Northern Intermountain; Northern Rockies Rain and snow – Pacific Northwest to Northern Plains, northern CA, Central Rockies; Northeast Rain and thunderstorms – Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley Rain – Pacific Northwest to northern CA; Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Snow – Northern Intermountain to Northern Plains, Central Rockies, Upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes Critical/Elevated Fire...

Build Safer and Stronger with NFIP’s Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage

imageBATON ROUGE, La. — If your home or business was substantially damaged in the August flooding, you may qualify for additional assistance, Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC), to elevate a structure to meet local floodplain-management regulations. Your National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy may provide up to $30,000.Substantial damage applies when the cost of restoring a structure equals or exceeds 50 percent of its pre-damage market value. Some communities have more restrictive regulations.For mitigation purposes, homes and businesses may require changes. Structures that comply with floodplain management regulations have an enhanced...

Louisianans Urged to Buy Flood Insurance

BATON ROUGE, La. — As the spring rainy season approaches, Louisiana homeowners, renters and business owners are urged to purchase a policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). NFIP provides affordable flood insurance to homeowners, condo owners, business owners and renters. A few inches of floodwater can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. Flood insurance is recommended even when properties aren’t in flood plains or high-risk zones. Properties located in high-risk areas have at least a one-in-four chance of flooding during a 30-year mortgage.The average annual flood insurance policy costs...

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...