Federal Aid to Rebuild Infrastructure Following Three Texas Disasters Nears Quarter Billion Dollars

AUSTIN, Texas—Three major disaster declarations affecting dozens of Texas counties—some on multiple occasions—will result in nearly one quarter-billion dollars in federal assistance to repair or replace damaged infrastructure.FEMA said today that combined federal aid for severe weather disasters in May-June 2015; October 2015, and January 2016 will help fund recovery efforts for 3,087 individual projects among 569 applicants for Public Assistance.Public Assistance is an element of FEMA’s disaster response that benefits everyone—neighborhoods, cities and states, as well as certain private nonprofit organizations—by reimbursing eligible work on damaged publicly-owned infrastructure.PA dollars:clean up...

Disaster Recovery Centers Open in St. Martin and Iberia Parishes

BATON ROUGE, La. Disaster recovery centers will open Wednesday, Aug. 24, in Breaux Bridge in St. Martin Parish and in New Iberia in Iberia Parish to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday until further notice.The disaster recovery centers are at the following addresses:Veterans Home 800 Veterans Dr. Breaux Bridge, La. 70517Iberia Parish Fire Protection District Training Center 2417 Darnall Road New Iberia, La. 70560Survivors may locate other centers near them at fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362.To register,...

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Across the Pelican State

Community volunteers come together to assist the flood survivors at the St. Amant Church in Ascension Parish, La on Saturday, August 20, 2016. One of the things we see most often after disasters is the concept of "neighbors helping neighbors"—where communities come together to help each other through. This round of flooding in Louisiana has shown us nearly countless instances of this; from children helping to supply lunches for first responders and survivors, to athletes from colleges and professional teams volunteering around their adopted communities. It's been a truly wide-spread humanitarian effort, and one that we've been astounded, humbled, and inspired by. Here's a quick breakdown of just some of the great things...

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Louisiana: Keep in Touch and Update Info with FEMA to Avoid Delays

BATON ROUGE, La. –You may find yourself frequently moving if you’re a survivor of Louisiana’s recent severe storms and floods.If you’ve had any changes to your contact information it’s important to let FEMA know so the disaster assistance process stays on track.FEMA may need to contact you to schedule an inspection or to get additional information to help process your application. That’s why it’s important to let them know as soon as possible if you’ve moved or have a new phone number.You may update contact information two ways:If you had storm...

Update on FEMA and Federal Partners’ Support to Disaster Recovery in Louisiana Parishes Affected by Floods

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today an extension to the grace period for expiring flood insurance policies, the latest in a series of actions to support the state in its ongoing response and recovery efforts in Louisiana.National Flood Insurance Program policies typically have a 30-day grace period for renewal to avoid a lapse in coverage. Due to the record flooding, the period to renew policies is extended to 120 days. Today’s action extends the grace period to policies ending Aug. 11 through Sept. 10 and applies to...

Three DRCs Open in Ascension and East Baton Rouge Parishes

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Tuesday, August 23, in Gonzales in Ascension Parish and in Baton Rouge and Zachary in East Baton Rouge Parish to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday until further notice.Disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:2nd Baptist Church 914 N. Acadian ThruwayWest Baton Rouge, La. 70802Zachary Men’s Club 5746 Rollins RoadZachary, La. 70791 Survivors may locate other centers near them at fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Survivors may...

FEMA Extends Grace Period to Renew Flood Insurance Policies in Declared Louisiana Parishes

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that due to the damage and displacement caused by recent flooding, the grace period to renew flood insurance policies has been extended to 120 days, for certain parishes in Louisiana.“We’ve seen major destruction to communities across the state; thousands of Louisianans have been displaced,” said Roy Wright, deputy associate administrator for FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration.  “This extension will give policyholders one less thing to worry about, at a time when they are trying to focus on getting back into...

Monday, August 22, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, August 22, 2016 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, August 22, 2016 Significant Activity - August 19-22 Significant Events: Gulf Coast Flooding Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Tropical Depression Fiona; Disturbance 1 - Low (20%); Disturbance 2 - High (near 100%) •Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Kay; Disturbance 1 – Low (10%) •Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected through Wednesday Morning •Western Pacific – No activity threatening U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Rain and thunderstorms – California, Southwest, Southern Plains, Southeast, Great Lakes •Critical/Elevated Fire Weather...

Update on FEMA and Federal Partners’ Support to Disaster Recovery in Louisiana Parishes Affected by Floods

WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), federal partners’ and the state of Louisiana continue to work together to support relief efforts in Louisiana, to include opening Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) today.FEMA and the State of Louisiana opened two DRCs today, and will continue to open additional centers in locations identified by the state to provide information to survivors. Three additional centers are scheduled to open on Monday. These centers bring together federal, state, and local representatives to share information and answer questions of disaster survivors. Survivors can apply for...