Help Remains after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Colorado County

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Colorado County in the city of Columbus will close permanently on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or FEMA app away.The center is at the following location:Colorado County Services Facility305 Radio LaneColumbus, TX 78934Individuals 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...
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Smithsonian Experts Available to Help Survivors Restore Family Treasures

AUSTIN, Texas – Survivors of Hurricane Harvey can learn how to salvage household treasures damaged by the storm from Smithsonian Institution preservation experts visiting three State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) this week.Among the heirlooms that might be salvageable are photos, artwork, quilts, important documents and other keepsakes. The experts will discuss how to handle, dry and clean these items, as well as personal safety during the salvage process, setting priorities and treatment options.Part of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, the Smithsonian experts are visiting these locations:Tuesday, Oct. 3Katy...
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Fact Sheet: Do You Live in a Floodplain? Get Required Permits Before Rebuilding

Before considering new construction and repairs on property located in flood-hazard areas, Hurricane Harvey survivors are urged to consult local building officials to obtain floodplain development permits.Obtaining building permits is especially important for those with homes or businesses located within the 100-year floodplain. Floodplain development permits cannot be waived, and local governments cannot reduce or ignore the floodplain requirement. Permits are required for work on removing or replacing the roof, walls, siding, wallboard, plaster, insulation, paneling, cabinets, flooring, electrical system, plumbing, heating or air conditioning. Repair projects must meet community building...
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Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Revised Flood Maps for Portions of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

DENTON, Texas – Revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate maps are ready for review by residents and business owners in the cities of Broussard, Youngsville, and unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish. The maps were developed by a team of local, state and federal government officials,and they will help residents decide whether they need to buy flood insurance. Additionally, the flood maps allow residents and community leaders to make informed decisions about future building and development.The public has an opportunity to submit comments and appeals on the new rate maps until December 12, 2017....
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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Nueces and Orange Counties

AUSTIN, Texas – Two State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Nueces County in the city of Corpus Christi and in Orange County in the city of Vidor.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 and to help...
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