HUD-Assisted Residents in Hidalgo, Cameron and Jim Wells Counties May be Eligible for More Aid

AUSTIN, Texas – Survivors in Hidalgo, Cameron or Jim Wells County that were impacted by the recent severe storms and flooding and were receiving rental assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) prior to the disaster, may be eligible for disaster assistance from FEMA.  When a HUD-assisted resident's home becomes unlivable, HUD stops paying rental assistance for that residence. The survivor may then apply for FEMA disaster assistance.  Eligible survivors include those who were:Living in HUD-assisted public housing.Living in a privately owned apartment that provides rental assistance...
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FEMA Disaster Aid Based on Individual Needs

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas residents who suffered damage or losses in the severe storms and subsequent flooding that occurred from June 19 through July 13, 2018 should know that their eligibility for disaster assistance will be based on their individual circumstances and needs. The amount and type of housing assistance an individual receives could be completely different from his or her neighbors, even though the damage appears to be similar. For example, one homeowner might have more extensive insurance coverage than the homeowner next door, which could equal more or less aid...
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Businesses and Farmers Hurt by Disaster Can Seek Help

AUSTIN, Texas – While FEMA does not provide direct assistance to businesses or commercial farms, under the agency’s Individuals and Households Program, people (including farmers) whose homes were damaged or destroyed or who qualify for other-needs assistance can seek help from FEMA. Disaster assistance is available through other federal agencies to businesses and farms that have suffered damage to business property or economic losses as a direct result of a presidentially declared disaster. Economic-injury loans are available to businesses located in Cameron, Hidalgo and Jim Wells counties and in all contiguous counties. Low-interest...
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August 6, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 6, 2018 Significant Activity – Aug 3-6, 2018 Significant Events: Wildfires; Hurricane Hector Tropical Activity: •  Atlantic – Disturbance 1 – Low (20%)•  Eastern Pacific –Tropical Storm John; Tropical Storm Ileana; Disturbance 1 – High (80%)•  Central Pacific – Hurricane Hector (CAT 4)•  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •  Severe storms – Central High Plains and Middle Mississippi Valley to Lower MI •  Flash flooding possible – Central High Plains to Central Plains; Middle Mississippi Valley to Lower MI • ...
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What Does “Substantial Damage” Mean?

The term “substantial damage” applies to a structure in a Special Flood Hazard Area – or 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 rule can vary among jurisdictions. The decision about a structure being substantially damaged is made at the local-government level, generally by a building-department official or floodplain manager. For communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), substantial damage determinations generally are required by local...
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August 5, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 5, 2018 Significant Activity for August 4-5, 2018 Significant Events: Wildfires Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Disturbance 1 – Medium (40%)• Eastern Pacific – Hurricane Hector (CAT 3); Tropical Depression Eleven-E; Disturbance 1 – High (90%) ; Disturbance 2 – High (near 100%)• Central Pacific – Hurricane Hector expected to cross into Central Pacific basin late Sunday or early Monday• Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: • Severe thunderstorms possible  – Central Rockies to Great Lakes• Flash flooding possible – Central...
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Beware: Disaster Survivors Can be Victims of Fraud and Identity Theft

AUSTIN, Texas – A recent case of attempted fraud in Texas underscores how disaster survivors can be victimized by fraudsters.A Texas family received a bogus “notice” sporting the FEMA logo, assuring the family that it qualified for large sums of assistance. All they needed to do was to put a few thousand dollars in cash into an envelope and leave it in their mailbox. FEMA would come around and pick it up. Then the family would get a fat payoff in assistance. The notice was a total scam.The family was also...
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August 2, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 2, 2018 Significant Activity – Aug 1-2, 2018 Significant Events: Wildfires Tropical Activity: •  Atlantic – Tropical cyclone activity not expected during next 48 hours•  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Hector; Disturbance 1 – Low (30%) ; Disturbance 2 – High (80%) •  Central Pacific – Tropical cyclone activity not expected during next 48 hours•  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •  Strong to severe thunderstorms – Mid-Atlantic, southern New England, and the Northern Rockies•  Heavy rainfall and flash flooding possible...
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Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available to Flood-Affected Workers

OIG Hotline Report Fraud, Waste & Abuse Official website of the Department of Homeland SecurityOriginal linkOriginal author: daniel.green2
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Jim Wells County Added to Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance

AUSTIN, Texas — Residents of Jim Wells County who suffered damage from the severe storms and flooding that occurred from June 19 - July 13, 2018 might now be eligible for programs that address certain needs. After conducting Preliminary Damage Assessments in the county, FEMA amended the Major Disaster Declaration of July 6 to include Jim Wells County for its Individuals and Households Program.  FEMA encourages survivors of the flooding to self-assess their situation. For homeowners and renters, first determine if your home is safe, sanitary and functional. If your dwelling fails...
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August 1, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 1, 2018 Significant Activity for July 31 - August 1, 2018 Significant Events: Wildfires Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Tropical cyclone activity not expected during next 48 hours• Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Hector; Disturbance 1 – Low (near 0%) • Central Pacific – Tropical cyclone activity not expected during next 48 hours• Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: • Slight Risk of severe thunderstorms for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast• Flooding possible for portions of the Southeast to the Mid-Atlantic• Elevated/Critical...
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Rebuild With Flood-Resistant Materials

Disaster survivors from Hidalgo and Cameron counties who are rebuilding and repairing their homes after the severe storms and floods of June 18-July 13, 2018, are urged to rebuild safer and stronger. Mitigation experts say this is an opportunity to rebuild by taking steps to use more flood-resistant building materials.  By using more flood-resistant materials, survivors can reduce the damage caused by future flood waters and make cleanup easier. Building materials are considered flood-resistant if they can withstand direct contact with flood waters for up to 72 hours without being significantly...
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FEMA Assistance: Myths vs Facts

MYTH: I have to wait for the inspector before I can throw things out and start cleaning out the mud or making repairs. FACT: No. Anything that absorbed water needs to be removed from the home as soon as possible. This includes wallboard and flooring materials where mold can grow. Be sure to take pictures of damage, keep all receipts and continue working on the home. MYTH: I can’t register with FEMA until my insurance claim has been completed. FACT: You can register with FEMA even if your claim is not completed. MYTH: Survivors can’t...
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July 31, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 31, 2018 Significant Activity for July 30-31, 2018 Significant Events: Wildfires Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Tropical cyclone activity not expected during next 48 hours• Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Medium (60%); Disturbance 2 – Low (near 0%) • Central Pacific – Tropical cyclone activity not expected during next 48 hours• Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: • Elevated/Critical Fire Weather – WA & OR• Isolated Dry Thunderstorms possible – ID, OR, & NV• Flash Flooding possible – Southern Plains...
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July 30, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 30, 2018 Significant Activity – July 27-30 Significant Events: Wildfires Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Tropical cyclone activity not expected during next 48 hours• Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Medium (50%); Disturbance 2 – Low (30%) • Central Pacific – Tropical cyclone activity not expected during next 48 hours• Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: • Severe thunderstorms possible – Southern High Plains and from ARKLATEX region to the Upper Ohio Valley• Flash flooding possible – ARKLATEX region and coastal...
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July 29, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 29, 2018 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 29, 2018 Significant Activity – July 28-29 Significant Events: Carr Fire, CA Tropical Activity: Atlantic – Tropical cyclone activity is not expected during the next 48 hours Eastern Pacific – Tropical Depression Gilma; Disturbance 1 – Medium (50%) Central Pacific – Disturbance 1 (remnants of former Depression Nine-E) – Low (near 0%) Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: Severe thunderstorms possible – Central Plains Flash flooding possible – Central and Southern Plains; Middle...
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July 28, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 28, 2018 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 28, 2018 Significant Activity – July 27-28 Significant Events: Carr Fire, CA Tropical Activity: Atlantic – Tropical cyclone activity is not expected during the next 48 hours Eastern Pacific – Tropical Depression Gilma; Disturbance 1 – Low (30%) Central Pacific – Disturbance 1 (remnants of former Depression Nine-E) – Low (near 0%) Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: Severe thunderstorms possible – Central Plains Flash flooding possible – Central and Southern Plains Critical...
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Disaster Survivors Can Get Rebuilding Tips from Local Home Improvement Stores

AUSTIN, Texas – Disaster survivors from Hidalgo and Cameron counties who are rebuilding and repairing their homes after the severe storms and floods of June 18-July 13, 2018, can visit Lowe’s or Home Depot 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: CountyLocationsDatesHoursHidalgoLowe’s Store707...
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July 27, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 27, 2018 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 27, 2018 Significant Activity – July 26-27 Significant Events: Wildfire activity Tropical Activity: Atlantic – Tropical cyclone activity not expected during the next 48 hours Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Gilma; Tropical Depression Nine-E; Disturbance 1 – Low (20%) Central Pacific – Tropical Depression Nine-E still in Eastern Pacific but will move into Central Pacific late today Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: Severe thunderstorms possible – Central and Southern Plains; Mid-Atlantic Flash...
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FEMA Might Help with Storm-Related Vehicle Damage

AUSTIN, TX – If you have damage to a vehicle as a result of the severe storms and flooding of June 21- July 13, 2018, in Hidalgo and Cameron counties, auto insurance and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are the primary resources available to help you with your repairs or replacement.  First, file a claim with your insurance company if you have comprehensive coverage. Comprehensive policies usually pay for storm-related damage to a car. Federal disaster assistance may help fill the gaps for those whose coverage does not pay for...
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