The Time to Buy Flood Insurance is Now

AUSTIN, Texas – The most common, and most expensive, natural disaster facing Americans is flooding. In the devastating hurricanes that have recently hit the nation, like Sandy and Harvey, it was water, not wind that caused the gravest havoc and loss of life. Flooding is by no means limited to floodplains. Twenty-five to 30 percent of flood claims paid are for properties outside high-risk flood areas, or Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). And as recently reported after the severe flooding in Houston after Hurricane Harvey struck, just 15 percent of the 1.6 million...
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How to Set Up an Online Disaster Assistance Account

AUSTIN, Texas – After you have registered with FEMA to receive assistance, you will need to provide important documents such as an insurance denial, insurance settlement letter, proof of ownership of damaged property and proof that the damaged property was your primary residence at the time of the disaster.  An easy way to do this is by setting up an account and uploading your documents from there. Applicants with online accounts can: Check the status of the application and inspection.Update personal information, such as current mailing address and phone numberSecurely view messages...
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Fact Sheet: Third-Party Written Consent

OIG Hotline Report Fraud, Waste & Abuse Official website of the Department of Homeland SecurityOriginal linkOriginal author: daniel.green2
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If FEMA Turned You Down, You Have a Right to Appeal

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Ascension Parish School Board Receives $6M More in Disaster Aid

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Ascension Parish School Board will receive nearly $6.1 million for permanent school repairs following the August 2016 floods. The recently approved funding will help with campus-wide repair efforts at St. Amant High School.To date, FEMA has reimbursed Louisiana schools more than $185 million for disaster-related projects through its Public Assistance program to assist with recovery following the August 2016 floods. This includes more than $51.6 million for the Ascension Parish School Board.  FEMA has provided funding to Ascension Parish School Board for costs associated with remediating...
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July 26, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 26, 2018 Significant Activity - July 25-26, 2018 Significant Events: Wildfire activity Tropical Activity: •  Atlantic – Tropical cyclone activity not expected during the next 48 hours•  Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Medium (60%); Disturbance 2 – Medium (50%)•  Central Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (10%)•  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •  Severe Thunderstorms possible – Central/Southern Rockies and High Plains; Ohio Valley to lower Great Lakes•  Heavy Rain and Flash Flooding possible – Central/Southern Rockies and Northeast•  Elevated...
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$13 Million in Mitigation Grants Will Help Protect 68 Louisiana Properties

OIG Hotline Report Fraud, Waste & Abuse Official website of the Department of Homeland SecurityOriginal linkOriginal author: earl.armstrong
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Public Invited to Appeal on Oklahoma Flood Maps for Grand Lake O’Cherokees: Craig, Delaware, Mayes and Ottawa Counties

Denton, Texas– New preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) are available for review by residents and business owners of Grand Lake O’Cherokees areas shown below. Officials encourage property owners to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in appeal and comment periods for the maps. The new flood risk information and FIRM resulted from a long-term flood study lead by a team of local...
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July 25, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 25, 2018 Significant Activity for July 24-25, 2018 Significant Events: •  Wildfire activity Tropical Activity: •  Atlantic – Tropical cyclone activity is not expected during the next 48 hours•  Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (20%); Disturbance 2 – Low (10%)•  Central Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (10%)•  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •  Severe Thunderstorms possible – Central Plains to Great Lakes•  Flash Flooding possible – Mid-Atlantic and Northeast•  Elevated and Critical Fire weather – CA and...
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Make Repairs and Rebuild as Soon as Possible After Storms

AUSTIN, Texas – It is important to make home repairs and clean up debris as soon as possible following a natural disaster. For the residents of Hidalgo and Cameron counties, FEMA urges that needed work be started even if the home has not been inspected or your damage claims approved. Doing so will never disqualify homeowners from federal assistance. Accomplish any work that will help make a home safe, sanitary and habitable again. First, consult with local officials and secure the required permits. Take plenty of photographs of damage before repairs are made,...
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Free legal Aid Available to Survivors of June flooding

Free legal aid is now available at all four disaster recovery centers in Hidalgo and Cameron counties.  Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (TRLA) has sent attorneys and paralegals to all four DRCs to assist low-income survivors with multiple flood-related legal problems.  These legal experts can help survivors with many post-flooding civil legal issues they have. Issues could range from problems with landlords, flood-insurance claims for homes and cars, lost or damaged documents, and accessing aid from FEMA and other programs. The attorneys and paralegals are on hand from 9 a.m. to 4...
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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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July 24, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 24, 2018 Significant Activity for July 23-24, 2018 Significant Events: •  Wildfire activity Tropical Activity: •  Atlantic – Tropical cyclone activity is not expected during the next 48 hours•  Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (near 0%); Disturbance 2 – Low (10%)•  Central Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (10%); Disturbance 2 is still in Eastern Pacific as Disturbance 1•  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •  Severe Thunderstorms possible – Northern and Central Plains•  Flash Flooding possible – Mid-Atlantic to Central...
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Mitigation specialists invite all Texans to talk preparedness July 23-28

AUSTIN, Texas – More than 50,00 Texans have learned how to better prepare their homes for natural disasters while visiting local home improvement stores. Join your fellow Texans and visit with a FEMA mitigation specialist at a store near you. We’re in the midst of hurricane season, making it a great time to meet with a FEMA expert and learn how to prepare for extreme weather. Our mitigation specialists will provide tips and techniques on how to repair and build more hazard-resistant homes using proven methods to mitigate against future flood damage. Specialists...
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FEMA Speaks Your Language

AUSTIN, Texas – Translators for Spanish-speaking survivors who want to apply for federal disaster assistance are available at disaster recovery centers, with FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams and by calling the FEMA registration line.  Translators are also available for other languages including Arabic, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu and Vietnamese.  When you call the FEMA toll-free number, 800-621-3362, you will be asked in English to press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish and 3 for other languages. If you do not press 1, 2 or 3, and do...
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Missing a Phone Call from FEMA Does Not Endanger Individual Assistance Eligibility

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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-June 21, 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...
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July 23, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 23, 2018 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 23, 2018 Significant Activity – July 20-23 Significant Events: Wildfire activity Tropical Activity: Atlantic – Tropical cyclone activity is not expected during the next 48 hours Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (30%); Disturbance 2 – Low (30%) Central Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (10%) Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: Severe thunderstorms possible – coastal LA & MS Flash flooding possible – Southern Rockies to Central Plains; Mid-Atlantic Isolated dry...
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Voluntary agency liaisons provide crucial support to nonprofits, recovery groups

AUSTIN, Texas — The outpouring of support for Hurricane Harvey survivors has been inspiring. So many people have sent donations or traveled to the disaster area to volunteer, it would have been overwhelming if not guided by expert, experienced disaster specialists.  FEMA’s voluntary agency liaisons (VALs) have helped ensure those contributions would not be lost in the commotion of disaster response and helped maximize their value throughout the recovery process. By building relationships between volunteer organizations and government agencies, VALs helped coordinate a comprehensive emergency management effort. Among other duties, VALs shared...
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July 22, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 22, 2018 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for July 22, 2018 Significant Activity – July 20-21 Significant Events:  Wildfire activity Tropical Activity: Atlantic – Tropical cyclone activity is not expected during the next 48 hours Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1 moving into Central Pacific basin – Low (10%); Disturbance 2 – Medium (50%); Disturbance 3 – Medium (40%) Central Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (10%); Disturbance 2 – still in Eastern Pacific (as Disturbance 1) Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:...
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