September 16, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for September 16, 2017 Significant Activity - Sep 15-16 Significant Events: Response for Post Tropical Cyclone Irma Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Hurricane Jose; Tropical Depression Fourteen; Disturbance 1 – High (90%) • Eastern Pacific –Hurricane Norma; Tropical Depression Fifteen-E • Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Western Pacific – No activity affecting US interests Significant Weather:  • Space Weather: o Past 24 hours: Moderate; geomagnetic storms reaching the G2 level occurred o Next 24 hours: Minor; geomagnetic storms reaching the G1...
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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Galveston and Nueces Counties

AUSTIN, Texas – Two State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Friday, Sept. 15, 2017: one in Nueces County in Port Aransas and another in Galveston County in League City.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 anyone who needs...
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Fact Sheet: Register with FEMA Even if You Have Insurance

People who were affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods and who live in the disaster-designated Texas counties should register for FEMA assistance even if they are covered by insurance or have registered with other agencies.Under federal law, FEMA cannot duplicate insurance settlements or other benefits, but there are cases where insured survivors might still be eligible for FEMA help.For example:Your settlement was delayed longer than 30 days after you filed a claim.The settlement does not fully cover all your losses and needs.You exhausted the additional living expenses provided in...
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Fact Sheet: Critical Needs Assistance

FEMA has authorized Critical Needs Assistance (CNA) for all designated counties in Texas for households with immediate or serious needs due to being displaced from their primary dwelling.Critical needs are life-saving and life-sustaining items including, but not limited to: water, food, first aid, prescriptions, infant formula, diapers, consumable medical supplies, durable medical equipment, personal hygiene items and fuel for transportation.To be eligible for CNA a survivor must:Complete a registration with FEMA;Verify identity;Assert at the time of registration that they have critical needs and request financial assistance for those needs and expenses;Have...
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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Jefferson County

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Jefferson County in the city of Port Arthur.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 center to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The...
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Fact Sheet: Home Inspections for Hurricane Harvey Survivors

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President Donald J. Trump Amends State of Texas Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced additional disaster assistance is available to the state of Texas.  The additional assistance authorizes an increase in federal funding for Public Assistance projects as a result of Hurricane Harvey beginning on August 23, 2017, and continuing.The President’s action today authorizes 90 percent federal cost share of the total eligible costs for public assistance projects (emergency work and the permanent repair and replacement of disaster-damaged facilities), except for assistance previously approved at 100 percent.# # #Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema...
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Fact Sheet: Hurricane Harvey Survivors: We Speak Your Language

Translators for most languages spoken by those who want to apply for federal disaster assistance are available at State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers, with FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams and by calling the FEMA registration line.These languages include Arabic, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu and Vietnamese.When you call the FEMA toll-free number, 800-621-3362, you will be asked in English to press1 for English, 2 for Spanish and 3 for other languages. If you do not press 1, 2 or 3, and do not hang up, an English-speaking operator...
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September 15, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for September 15, 2017 Significant Activity – Sep 14-15 Significant Events: Response for Post Tropical Cyclone Irma Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Tropical Storm Jose; Tropical Depression Fourteen; Disturbance 1 – High (90%) • Eastern Pacific – Remnants of Max; Tropical Storm Norma; Tropical Depression Fifteen-E • Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Western Pacific – Typhoon 20W (Talim) Significant Weather:  • Elevated Fire Weather conditions for portions of CO, KS, OK, & TX • Space Weather: o Past 24 hours: Moderate;...
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Thursday, September 14, 2017 Significant Activity – Sep 13-14 Significant Events: Response for Post Tropical Cyclone Irma•  Tropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Tropical Cyclone Jose (CAT 1); Disturbance 1 – Medium (60%); Disturbance 2 – Medium (40%) •  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Max; Tropical Depression Fifteen-E; Disturbance 1 – High (90%); Disturbance 2 – Low (20%) •  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days•  Western Pacific – No systems threatening U.S. territories Significant Weather:  •  Severe Thunderstorms Possible – UT, AZ, CO, &...
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Fact Sheet: NFIP “Substantial Damage” – What Does It Mean?

The decision about a structure being “substantially damaged” is made at a local government level, generally by a building official or floodplain manager.Substantial damage applies to a structure in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) – or 1-percent-annual-chance floodplain – for which the total cost of repairs is 50 percent or more of the structure’s market value before the disaster occurred, regardless of the cause of damage. This percentage could vary among jurisdictions, but must not be below NFIP standards.For example, if a structure’s market value before the damage was $200,000...
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Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Wharton County

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center opens Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Wharton County in the city of Wharton.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 center to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The...
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Disaster Recovery Center at George R. Brown Center Moves to New Address

AUSTIN, Texas – The State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston will transition to a new address on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.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 center to talk about assistance and to help anyone who...
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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Harris County

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Harris County in the city of Webster.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 center to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The...
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Significant Activity for September 12-13, 2017 Significant Events: Response for Post Tropical Cyclone Irma•  Tropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Tropical Cyclone Jose (CAT 1)•  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Depression Fifteen-E; Disturbance 1 – High (80%); Disturbance 2 – High (80%);    Disturbance 3 – Low (20%) •  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days•  Western Pacific – No systems threatening U.S. territories Significant Weather:  Red Flag Warnings – MT, ID, OR, and CASpace Weather:    ○  Past 24 hours: Moderate;...
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Fact Sheets: Donate and Volunteer Wisely

The overwhelming generosity of the public in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is helping affected communities to start healing from the consequences of this disaster.However, the amount of donated items now exceeds the needs of the impacted communities, and supporting agencies are having to redirect manpower away from providing direct services needed by survivors to managing donated goods that may not meet survivors’ needs.Therefore, the State of Texas is asking that you please DO NOT donate unsolicited goods at this time. This will support improved coordination with experienced disaster relief organizations...
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Fact Sheet: Questions about Your Determination Letter

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Fact Sheet: Texas Renters May Be Eligible for Federal Help

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Fact Sheet: How to Save Damaged Family and Personal Treasures

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Fact Sheet: Why Should I Return the SBA Loan Application?

After you apply for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), you may be contacted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). If you are asked to submit an application for a low-interest SBA disaster loan, don’t hesitate.If SBA determines you are eligible for a loan, you don’t have to accept it. If you don’t qualify for a loan, SBA will refer you back to FEMA and you could be considered for other FEMA grants for Other Needs Assistance, which covers items like disaster-related car repairs, clothing, household items...
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