Corpus Christi Hooks pitch in for recovery

AUSTIN, Texas — When 20 members of the Corpus Christi Hooks front office staff showed up to help restore Doug Fitzgerald’s home two weeks after Hurricane Harvey, it reminded him of him of a different baseball team he used to watch growing up.  “I’m from Pittsburgh. … The Pirates’ slogan is ‘We are family,’ and that’s what it felt like,” said Fitzgerald, who works as an usher for the Houston Astros’ minor league affiliate in south Texas. “My wife cried when she saw all those people coming up to help us.” The...
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August 30, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 30, 2018 Significant Activity – Aug 29-30 Significant Events: Flooding - WI Tropical Activity:   •  Atlantic – Topical cyclone activity is not expected next 48 hours  •  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Norman; Disturbance 1: Low (20%)  •  Central Pacific – Tropical Storm Miriam   •  Western Pacific – Tropical Storm Jebi 25W Significant Weather:   •  Heavy rain with Flash flooding possible - Central Plains and Middle Mississippi Valley   •  Critical Fire Weather conditions - WY & CO  •  Elevated Fire Weather...
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Flood protections keep Texas Children’s Hospital running through Harvey

AUSTIN, Texas — The United States’ largest children’s hospital was fully prepared when record-breaking rainfall stemming from Hurricane Harvey caused historic, catastrophic flooding across southeast Texas last year. Texas Children’s Hospital kept its doors open and kept saving lives as Houston flooded during the five-day storm. The hospital’s main facility canceled elective and most outpatient services, but it never turned away any patients. The hospital was able to deliver uninterrupted inpatient care because of mitigation measures such as floodgates that prevented its main facility from flooding, even as 3-foot-high water rushed through streets...
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August 29, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 29, 2018 Significant Activity – Aug 28-29 Significant Events: Flooding - WI Tropical Activity:   •  Atlantic – Topical cyclone activity is not expected next 48 hours  •  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Miriam; Tropical Storm Norman; Disturbance 1: Low (near 40%)  •  Central Pacific – Tropical Depression Lane   •  Western Pacific – Tropical Storm Jebi 25W Significant Weather:   •  Severe thunderstorms possible – Central Plains, Middle/Upper Mississippi valleys to Great Lakes  •  Heavy rain with Flash flooding possible - Central Plains, Middle/Upper...
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Flood Aid Recipients: Get Insurance to Stay Eligible for Repeat Assistance

AUSTIN, TX – If disaster strikes once, it can strike again. Make sure you remain eligible for assistance from the federal government by buying and maintaining flood insurance. Some residents in high-risk areas must maintain flood coverage or risk missing out on future federal aid. If your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program and your property is in a high-risk zone known as a Special Flood Hazard area (SFHA), you are required by law to purchase and maintain flood insurance if you have received federal disaster assistance for flood damage....
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Deadline to Register One Week Away and DRCs Closing, but Help Still Available

AUSTIN, TX– The deadline for registering for federal disaster assistance is one week away, and disaster recovery centers will be closing. But the assistance doesn’t stop when FEMA leaves. After the centers close, survivors whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms and flooding can still get updates about applications, learn about the appeals process or check the status of their claim the following ways: Or, visit fema.gov/mobile-app to download the app.Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and...
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August 28, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 28, 2018 Significant Activity – Aug 27-28 Significant Events: None Tropical Activity:   •  Atlantic – Topical cyclone activity is not expected next 48 hours  •  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Miriam; Disturbance 1: High (90%); Disturbance 2: Low (near 0%)  •  Central Pacific – Tropical Depression Lane   •  Western Pacific – Tropical Storm Jebi 25W Significant Weather:   •  Severe thunderstorms possible – Central Plains, Middle/Upper Mississippi valleys to Great Lakes  •  Heavy rain with Flash flooding possible - Middle/Upper Mississippi valleys to...
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August 27, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 27, 2018 Significant Activity – Aug 24-27 Significant Events: Tropical Cyclone Lane - FINAL; Western Wildfires Tropical Activity:   •  Atlantic – Topical cyclone activity is not expected next 48 hours  •  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Miriam; Disturbance 1: High (90%)  •  Central Pacific – Tropical Depression Lane   •  Western Pacific – Tropical Depression 25W Significant Weather:   •  Severe thunderstorms possible – Upper Mississippi Valley to Great Lakes  •  Flash flooding possible – Upper Mississippi Valley to Great Lakes  •  Elevated fire...
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August 26, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 26, 2018 Significant Events: Tropical Storm Lane Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Tropical cyclone activity is not expected next 48 hours • Eastern Pacific – Tropical Depression Fifteen-E; Disturbance 1: High (90%) • Central Pacific – Tropical Storm Lane • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: • Severe thunderstorms possible – Northern Plains to Great Lakes • Flash flooding possible – Northern Plain to Great Lakes • Elevated/critical fire weather – CA, NV, UT, OR, ID, CO, WY, SD & NE...
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August 25, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 25, 2018 Significant Events: Tropical Storm Lane, Mendocino Complex Fire Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Disturbance 1: Tropical cyclone activity is not expected next 48 hours • Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1: Medium (50%); Disturbance 2: Low (20%) • Central Pacific – Tropical Storm Lane • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: • Flash flooding possible – Southwest to Central Rockies • Elevated fire weather – CA, NV, UT, OR, ID, MT & WY • Red Flag Warnings – ID &...
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Louisiana Cajun Navy rescues thousands, inspires many more

AUSTIN, Texas — If Clyde Cain had to guess, he’d say the Louisiana Cajun Navy rescued 8,000 to 10,000 Houstonians during the flooding that followed Hurricane Harvey last year. But, he’s really not sure. “I don’t ever focus on that number … because you don’t have really time to pay attention to that,” said the founder and chief executive officer of the Louisiana Cajun Navy. “The only number that will always matter to me is how many people didn’t get saved. How can we make that number zero?” Cain and his fellow sailors...
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Nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse aims to get 1,000 families back home

AUSTIN, Texas — When Ervin Lassiter’s neighborhood was ravaged by a tornado in April 2011, members of the nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse were among the first faces he saw. “My home was hit on a Saturday evening. By first thing Sunday morning, Samaritan’s Purse was there,” the Colerain, North Carolina, resident said in July 2018. “They helped me recover my home … and then they built nine homes in my area from the ground up.  “Once all that was finished, our community said, ‘It’s time for us to start giving back.’” Lassiter deployed with...
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August 23, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 23, 2018 Significant Activity – Aug 22-23 Significant Events: Hurricane Lane, Western wildfires Tropical Activity: •  Atlantic – Disturbance 1: Low (20%)•  Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1: Low (near 0%); Disturbance 2: Low (20%)•  Central Pacific – Hurricane Lane (CAT 4)•  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •  Elevated fire weather – NV & ID•  Red Flag Warnings –  WA & ID Declaration Activity: •  Emergency Declaration Approved – HI FEMA+Daily+Ops+Briefing+08-23-2018.pdf This email was sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using GovDelivery Communications Cloud...
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August 22, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 22, 2018 Significant Activity – Aug 21-22 Significant Events: Hurricane Lane, Western wildfires Tropical Activity: •  Atlantic – No tropical cyclones expected in next 48 hours•  Eastern Pacific – No tropical cyclone expected in next 48 hours•  Central Pacific – Hurricane Lane (CAT 5)•  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •  Elevated fire weather – NV & UT•  Red Flag Warnings – CA & NV Declaration Activity: None FEMA+Daily+Ops+Briefing+08-22-2018.pdf This email was sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using GovDelivery Communications Cloud on behalf...
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One year later, Harvey survivors recover, rebuild, inspire

AUSTIN, Texas – In 2017, Aug. 25 was a tragic day. Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, bringing destructive winds and floodwaters that claimed 88 lives and caused immeasurable damage. In 2018, as that date approaches again, Texans mourn the loss of those who were taken too soon and reflect on the struggles hundreds of thousands have faced in Harvey’s aftermath. Texans, however, also take pride in the triumphs of so many survivors who have overcome difficulties and destruction Harvey dumped into their lives. “Hurricane Harvey was an unprecedented natural disaster that devastated...
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If You Haven’t Heard from Your Insurance Carrier, Best to Register with FEMA

AUSTIN, Texas — Residents of Cameron, Hidalgo and Jim Wells counties whose dwellings were damaged from the recent floods should have made appropriate insurance claims by now. But sometimes insurance carriers take weeks to dispatch an adjuster and to settle claims. Survivors have two weeks left to register with FEMA for federal disaster assistance.  So, if things with your insurance are still up in the air, then you might want to register with FEMA before the deadline of September 4. Then, if your insurance claim falls short of covering damages or...
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August 21, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 21, 2018 Significant Activity – Aug 20-21 Significant Events: Hurricane Lane, Western wildfires Tropical Activity: •  Atlantic – No tropical cyclones expected in next 48 hours•  Eastern Pacific – No tropical cyclone expected in next 48 hours•  Central Pacific – Hurricane Lane (CAT 4)•  Western Pacific – Typhoon Cimaron (23W) - FINAL Significant Weather: •  Severe thunderstorms possible – Central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic to Great Lakes•  Flash flooding possible – Lower Mississippi/Tennessee valleys to Upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes•  Elevated fire weather – NV...
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UPDATED Dates for Rebuilding Tips from Local Home Improvement Stores

AUSTIN, Texas – Disaster survivors from Hidalgo, Cameron and Jim Wells counties who are rebuilding and repairing their homes can visit local home improvement stores to get free hazard mitigation consultations from FEMA mitigation representatives. Mitigation advisors will be on-hand to answer questions about rebuilding and protecting homes from future disaster related damage. Topics include flood insurance and elevating of utilities. Most of the information provided is geared toward do-it-yourself work and general contractors. FEMA Mitigation Specialists will be available at these stores: CountyLocationsDatesHoursCameronLowe’s 525 East Ruben Torres BlvdBrownsville, TX 78520Monday, Aug. 27Tues. Aug....
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SBA, Volunteer Groups and FEMA Come to the Aid of Flood Survivors

AUSTIN, Texas – When disaster strikes, many people think they have only FEMA to help them recover. But in fact FEMA is only one of myriad agencies and organizations ready to provide assistance to those affected by calamities, both natural and manmade.  Since the severe storms and flooding engulfed Hidalgo, Cameron and Jim Wells counties in June and July, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), volunteer groups, and FEMA have all worked together to help survivors get back on their feet. Through federal low-interest disaster loans, SBA assists businesses of all sizes...
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Proper Emergency Kit Essential to Hurricane Preparedness

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