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Incident Period: January 20, 2020 and continuing. Declaration Date: February 2, 2021 Financial Assistance If and when financial assistance is approved for this disaster, it will be displayed here. Information is updated every hour. News and Information No articles have been tagged with this disaster. Original linkOriginal author: Anonymous

Act Now to Reduce Future Risk Through Mitigation

BATON ROUGE, La. – The FEMA Community Education and Outreach (CEO) staff for mitigation is hosting free webinars on ways to make future natural disasters less severe, dangerous or damaging to your home and family. CEO will conduct the Internet webinars Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout February. Each session will be given twice a day, at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register for the sessions, go to https://fema.connectsolutions.com/admin/show-event-catalog?folder-id=172559520. This week’s topics are: What is Mitigation and Preparedness? CEO specialists will define mitigation and explain how to reduce...

Flood Insurance Helps Homeowners, Renters and Businesses

BATON ROUGE, La. – Renters, businesses and homeowners all benefit from flood insurance to protect their belongings when a flood hits. As of Feb. 1, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has already paid over $115 million to Louisianans for flooding from the 2020 hurricanes, where 35% of NFIP claims came from policyholders in moderate to low-risk flood zones.   Everyone needs to know that there is often low-cost insurance available that can make the difference between a big setback after a flood or a smooth recovery. Property and business owners...

FEMA Awards an Additional $2.5 Billion to Texas for COVID-19 Response

DENTON, Texas – FEMA has obligated an additional $2.5 billion in funding to the Texas Division of Emergency Management for Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) costs related to the COVID-19 mission. The pandemic created an immediate threat to the health and safety of the general public requiring emergency response and protective measures throughout the state. In response to the event, DSHS provided medical care and transport in support of hospitals, nursing homes and long-term health care facilities. Department staff purchased and distributed commodities, such as personal protective equipment, medical...

Beware of Fraud and Scam Artists

Survivors should be aware that con artists and criminals may try to obtain money or steal personal information through fraud, scams or identity theft. In some cases, thieves try to register with FEMA using names, addresses and Social Security numbers they have stolen from survivors.   Phony property inspections: Be wary if somebody asks for your nine-digit registration number. FEMA inspectors will never ask for this information. They already have it in their records. No government disaster assistance official will call you to ask for your financial account information. If you...

Preliminary Flood Maps for Portions of Collin County, Texas, are Ready for Public View

DENTON, Texas – Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in portions of Carrollton, Dallas, Plano, Richardson; and unincorporated areas of Collin County, Texas. 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. For this physical map revision, the Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Collin County, Texas,...

Federal Assistance After Hurricanes Delta and Laura Tops $1 Billion

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana has been approved for more than $1 billion in federal disaster assistance, long-term disaster loans and flood-insurance claims since Hurricane Laura made landfall in late August and Hurricane Delta in mid-October. As of Jan. 20, FEMA has approved housing grants to individuals and families totaling $248 million. Housing Assistance grants for repairs to primary residences or for rental of temporary housing came to more than $174 million. Other Needs Assistance grants reached more than $74 million. More than 42,526 survivors have received $70 million in rental...

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

DENTON, Texas – Revised preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in Victoria County, Texas. 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. The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps...

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available to Hurricane Zeta Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is now available to certain workers in Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and Terrebonne parishes who lost income as a direct result of Hurricane Zeta. The purpose of DUA is to help workers whose primary incomes are lost or interrupted by a federally declared disaster. DUA may be available if the disaster affected your employment — even if you’re self-employed, a farmer or a farm worker — and you fall under one of the following categories: Your workplace was damaged or destroyed...

FEMA Seeking Applicants to Join Hurricane Recovery Team

BATON ROUGE, La. – FEMA is hiring Louisiana residents who live in areas affected by last year’s hurricanes to join our recovery team as temporary employees. Hiring temporary staff locally allows FEMA to diversify the workforce while affording opportunities for Louisianans. Jobs are available for Voluntary Agency Liaison Specialists in Lafayette, Alexandria, and Lake Charles for temporary positions assisting with disaster response and recovery efforts. These jobs are for local residents to help with FEMA’s work. Potential applicants can view these positions at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/588867700. The job posting is open until Jan. 21....