Hurricane Harvey Survivors Still Needing Hotel Stays Get Extension

AUSTIN, Texas – Some Hurricane Harvey survivors who need more time to find housing are getting an extension to stay temporarily in hotels while they look for an alternative place to live.The Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, which pays for short-term hotel stays, has been extended by 14 days. The new checkout date is Oct. 10. Participants in the program will receive a phone call telling them whether they are eligible for the extension and what they need to do to remain at their current hotel or find a new hotel....
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Saturday, September 23, 2017 Significant Activity – Sep 22-23 Significant Events: Response for Hurricane Maria Tropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Hurricane Maria (CAT 3); Post Tropical Cyclone Jose; Tropical Storm Lee•  Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1: High (80%); Disturbance 2:  Low (10%)•  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days •  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  •  Flash Flooding – Great Plains and Southeastern U.S.•  Elevated Fire Weather – CA•  Space Weather: Past 24 hours: None; Next 24 hours: None...
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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Refugio, Harris Counties

AUSTIN, Texas – Two State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017: one in Refugio County in the city of Refugio and another in Harris County in the city of Klein.Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the centers to talk about assistance and...
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Historic Disaster Response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – With nearly 4.5 feet of rain and 130 mph winds, Hurricane Harvey propelled a disaster response that was the largest in Texas state history.Neighbors, strangers, nonprofit organizations and governments at all levels joined together to mount an extraordinary effort to save lives and meet the needs of thousands of people who suffered from the storm and subsequent flooding. It was Texans helping Texans, aided by people who came to Texas from all parts of the nation.Before the storm made landfall near Rockport on Aug. 25, the Federal Emergency...
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Transitional Sheltering Assistance Extended 14 Days

AUSTIN, Texas – At the request of the State of Texas, FEMA has extended its Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program for Hurricane Harvey survivors by 14 days. The new checkout date for eligible applicants is Oct. 10.TSA pays for eligible disaster survivors to stay in a hotel or motel for a short time if they live in counties designated for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program and if they are unable to return to their homes due to damage from Hurricane Harvey.Under the program, FEMA pays directly for the room and any applicable...
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Federal Disaster Aid Continues to Rebuild Louisiana Communities

BATON ROUGE, La. — FEMA estimates more than $761 million in federal grants will help Louisiana communities with infrastructure projects and other expenses related to August 2016’s flood.The funding is in addition to nearly $773 million in FEMA grants that have helped survivors repair homes, replace essential items and temporarily pay for somewhere to stay.When disaster strikes, the first response is to ensure safety and then address property losses. FEMA’s Individual Assistance program helps eligible survivors with certain disaster-related expenses to help their recovery.Another FEMA program, Public Assistance, benefits everyone. It...
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Friday, September 22, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, September 22, 2017 Resent with attachment Significant Events: Response for Hurricane Maria Significant Activity – Sep 21-22 Tropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Hurricane Maria (CAT 3); Post Tropical Cyclone Jose•  Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1: High (90%)•  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days •  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  •  Severe thunderstorms – Upper Mississippi Valley•  Flash Flooding – Southwest and Southern Plains•  Heavy snow – Northern Rockies•  Red Flag Warnings – CO•  Elevated/Critical Fire Weather conditions...
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Friday, September 22, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, September 22, 2017 Significant Events: Response for Hurricane Maria Significant Activity – Sep 21-22 Tropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Hurricane Maria (CAT 3); Post Tropical Cyclone Jose•  Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1: High (90%)•  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days •  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  •  Severe thunderstorms – Upper Mississippi Valley•  Flash Flooding – Southwest and Southern Plains•  Heavy snow – Northern Rockies•  Red Flag Warnings – CO•  Elevated/Critical Fire Weather conditions – NM, CO,...
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Friday, September 22, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, September 22, 2017 Significant Events: Response for Hurricane Maria Significant Activity – Sep 21-22 Tropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Hurricane Maria (CAT 3); Post Tropical Cyclone Jose•  Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1: High (90%)•  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days •  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  •  Severe thunderstorms – Upper Mississippi Valley•  Flash Flooding – Southwest and Southern Plains•  Heavy snow – Northern Rockies•  Red Flag Warnings – CO•  Elevated/Critical Fire Weather conditions – NM, CO,...
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Fact Sheet: Resources to Help You Recover from Hurricane Harvey

OIG Hotline to report waste and abuse Official website of the Department of Homeland SecurityOriginal linkOriginal author: thomas.wise
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Fact Sheet: Don’t Wait. Clean Up Debris as Soon as Possible

If your home was flooded after Hurricane Harvey, you should clean up debris as soon as possible. Do not wait for a flood insurance adjuster or FEMA home inspector to come to your home.More than 87,000 flood insurance claims have been filed with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). More than 3,000 insurance adjusters are conducting inspections of those homes. This process takes time. The NFIP advises policyholders to proceed with debris removal once it is safe to re-enter the structure.Take photos or videos of the outside and inside of the...
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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Polk, Brazoria and Harris Counties

AUSTIN, Texas – Three State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Friday, Sept. 22, 2017: one in Polk County in the city of Livingston, one in Brazoria County in the city of Oyster Creek and another in Harris County in the city of Houston.Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will...
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September 21, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for September 21, 2017 Significant Activity for September 20-21, 2017 Significant Events: Response for Hurricane Maria Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Tropical Storm Jose; Hurricane Maria (CAT 3), Disturbance 1: Low (10%) • Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1: High (80%) • Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  • Red Flag Warnings – WY, CO, NE, & KS • Elevated to Critical Fire Weather conditions – WY, UT, NV, NM, CO, NE, KS,...
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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Jasper, Montgomery, Hardin and Harris Counties

AUSTIN, Texas – Four State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Thursday, Sept 21, 2017: one in Jasper County in the city of Jasper, one in Montgomery County in the city of Conroe, one in Hardin County in the city of Sour Lake and one in Harris County in the city of Pasadena.Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small...
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Fact Sheet: National Flood Insurance Program Increased Cost of Compliance

If you are a Texas resident who sustained property damage caused by Hurricane Harvey flooding, and if your property is insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and is located in a special flood hazard area, you may qualify for NFIP Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage.Under this coverage, you may be eligible to receive up to $30,000 to help pay the cost of bringing your home into compliance with your community's floodplain management requirements. Your community floodplain administrator can provide information about these requirements.No additional premium is required to...
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Fact Sheet: Should I Buy Flood Insurance?

Flooding from Hurricane Harvey resulted in more than 87,000 flood insurance claims being filed so far by Texas homeowners, business owners and renters. But some Texans who experienced losses did not have flood insuranceWhy do I need flood insurance?Standard homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flood. Flood is most often called an excluded peril, meaning it’s not covered. You should consider flood insurance even if you’re not required to purchase it or if you live outside a high-risk flood zone, called a Special Flood Hazard Area.Flood zones are areas where there...
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Help Remains after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Dallas County

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Dallas County in the city of Dallas will close permanently at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. The center that is closing is at the following location:Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center650 S. Griffin StreetDallas, TX 75202Opened: Sept. 11, 2017Individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods can still get help, and register if they still haven’t done so, in the following ways:Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.Calling the FEMA Helpline at...
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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Two Counties

AUSTIN, Texas – Three State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017: two in Harris County in the cities of Humble and Houston, and one in Bastrop County in the city of Smithville.Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the centers to talk about assistance...
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September 20, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for September 20, 2017 Significant Activity for September 19-20, 2017 Significant Events: Response for Post Tropical Cyclone Irma, Preparation for Hurricane Jose & Maria Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Hurricane Jose (CAT 1); Hurricane Maria (CAT 4), Disturbance 1: High (70%) •Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1: Medium (80%) •Central Pacific – Disturbance 1: Low (near 10%) •Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  •Red Flag Warnings – WY & SD •Elevated Fire Weather conditions – UT, CO, AZ, NM, NE, WY, SD, & CO •Space...
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FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Palm Beach County for Florida Survivors

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Wednesday, Sept. 20 in Palm Beach County to help Florida storm survivors.  The DRC will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday until further notice.The DRC is at the following address:Location:                   Carolyn Sims Center                                   225 NW 12th. Ave.                                   Boynton Beach FL 33435 Regular hours: Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.   As more centers open, survivors may locate one near them at https://www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.  That information is also available on...
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