Fact Sheet: 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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Deadline for Governmental Jurisdictions and Private Nonprofits to Request Reimbursement for Public Infrastructure Repair Is Oct. 31

AUSTIN, Texas – Local, state and nonprofit agencies and organizations in Texas seeking reimbursement for Hurricane Harvey expenses have until 5 p.m. Oct. 31, 2017 to submit their requests to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).Eligible applicants are reimbursed for disaster-related costs for emergency response, debris removal and permanent work such as repairs or replacement of schools, roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. The federal cost-share for all categories of Public Assistance is 90 percent.To download the RPA form, go online to https://grants.dps.texas.gov/site/PA.cfm and click on Forms, or contact the...
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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Jefferson County

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/federal Disaster Recovery Center will open Tuesday, Oct. 10, in Jefferson County, in the city of China.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 new center...
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October 11, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for October 11, 2017 Significant Activity – Oct 10-11 Significant Events: • Hurricane Response - Caribbean; California Wildfires Tropical Activity:• Atlantic – Tropical Storm Ophelia • Eastern Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  • Elevated/Critical Fire weather conditions – CA• Red Flag Warnings – CA• Space Weather:   o Past 24-hours: Minor; Geomagnetic storms reaching G1 level occurred  o Next 24-hours: Minor; Geomagnetic storms reaching G1 level expected Earthquake Activity: None Declaration Activity: Major Disaster...
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Smithsonian Experts Help Harvey Survivors Salvage Family Treasures

AUSTIN, Texas – Survivors of Hurricane Harvey can learn how to salvage and stabilize household treasures damaged by the storm from Smithsonian Institution preservation experts who are 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 experts are visiting these...
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Two Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers in Orange County Change Schedules

AUSTIN, Texas – Two State of Texas/federal mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Orange and Vidor will change their hours of operation starting Monday, Oct. 9.Both DRCs will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. They will be closed Sunday. The locations are: Orange County Convention and Expo Center11475 FM 1442Orange, TX 77632 Vidor Police Station(Building behind Police Department)695 E. Railroad St.Vidor, TX 77662 DRCs 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...
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October 10, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for October 10, 2017 Significant Activity – Oct 9-10 Significant Events: • Response for Hurricane Maria; California Wildfires Tropical Activity:• Atlantic – Tropical Storm Ophelia • Eastern Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  • Elevated Fire weather conditions – CA• Red Flag Warnings – CA• Space Weather: None observed; Next 24 hours: None predicted Earthquake Activity: None Declaration Activity:• FMAG Approved – Atlas Fire – C A• FMAG Approved – Tubbs Fire...
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FEMA Seeking Applicants to Join Hurricane Recovery Team

WASHINGTON – With 85 percent of the FEMA workforce in the field supporting 28 disasters nationwide, the agency continues to grow its workforce to bolster recovery activities underway in the states and U.S. territories affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate. FEMA is hiring dedicated people to join our recovery team, comprised of locally-hired workers. Through its hiring of temporary local employees and Cadre of On-Call Response/Recovery Employees (CORE), FEMA diversifies its workforce while affording opportunities for survivors to help fellow survivors.The types of jobs that are available include (but are...
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October 9, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for October 9, 2017 Significant Activity – Oct 8-9 Significant Events: • Response for Hurricane Maria Tropical Activity:• Atlantic – Tropical Depression Seventeen • Eastern Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  • Flash Flooding possible – GA, NC, & SC • Severe thunderstorms possible – KS & OK • Elevated/Critical Fire weather conditions – CA• Red Flag Warnings – CA• Space Weather: None observed; Next 24 hours: None predicted Earthquake Activity: None...
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Harvey Survivors Needing Hotel Stays Get Extension to Oct. 24

AUSTIN, Texas – Hurricane Harvey survivors who need more time to find housing are getting an extension to stay temporarily in hotels while they look for an alternative place to live. The Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, which pays for short-term hotel stays, has been extended by 14 days. The new checkout date is Oct. 24. Participants eligible to continue in the program will receive a phone call telling them what they need to do to remain at their current hotel or find a new hotel. Applicants must meet certain requirements to...
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Help Remains after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Jefferson County

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Port Arthur will close permanently at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or FEMA app away.The center that is closing is located at:Christus Saint Mary Hospital3535 Gates Boulevard Port Arthur TX 77642Another DRC is operating in Port Arthur at:Central Mall3100 E. FM 365Port Arthur TX 77642Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.Individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the...
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Deadline for Governmental Jurisdictions and Private Nonprofits to Request Reimbursement for Public Infrastructure Repair Is Oct. 31

AUSTIN, Texas – Local, state and nonprofit agencies and organizations in Texas seeking reimbursement for Hurricane Harvey expenses have until 5 p.m. Oct. 31, 2017 to submit their requests to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). Eligible applicants are reimbursed for disaster-related costs for emergency response, debris removal and permanent work such as repairs or replacement of schools, roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. The federal cost-share for all categories of Public Assistance is 90 percent.  To download the RPA form, go online to https://grants.dps.texas.gov/site/PA.cfm and click on Forms, or contact...
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October 8, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for October 8, 2017 Significant Activity - October 7-8  Significant Events: • Response for Hurricane Maria • Preparations/Response for Hurricane Nate Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Tropical Storm Nate, Disturbance 1 – High (70%) • Eastern Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  • Flash Flooding possible – AL to PA • Severe thunderstorms possible – AL & GA • Elevated/Critical Fire weather conditions...
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October 7, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for October 7, 2017 Significant Activity - October 6-7  Significant Events: • Response for Hurricane Maria • Preparations for Hurricane Nate Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Hurricane Nate, Disturbance 1 – High (70%) • Eastern Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  • Flash Flooding possible – NE, KS, IA, MO, & MN • Severe thunderstorms possible – TX, OK, & KS • Elevated/Critical...
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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Louisiana

OIG Hotline to report waste and abuse Official website of the Department of Homeland SecurityOriginal linkOriginal author: caroline.strunk
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President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Louisiana

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Louisiana to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Tropical Storm Nate beginning on October 5, 2017 and continuing.The President's action yesterday authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required...
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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Jefferson County

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Jefferson County, in the city of Port Arthur.The DRC offers 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: Five Reasons FEMA Might Say You Are Ineligible for Housing Assistance And Five Ways You Might Be Able to Change That Decision

OIG Hotline to report waste and abuse Official website of the Department of Homeland SecurityOriginal linkOriginal author: Carmen.Castro
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Free Repair, Rebuilding Advice at Ace Hardware Store in Harris County

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas residents who experienced damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding can get free advice on rebuilding stronger, more disaster-resistant structures from hazard mitigation specialists at an Ace Hardware store in Deer Park.These experts will be in the Harris County store for six days starting Monday, Oct. 9, offering home-improvement suggestions and techniques to build disaster-resistant homes. Free reference booklets with information to protect a home from flood damage will be available.Residents may talk to hazard mitigation specialists at:Deer Park Lumber Ace Hardware1600 Center St.Deer Park TX...
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October 6, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for October 6, 2017 Significant Activity - October 5-6  Significant Events     • Response for Hurricane Maria, Preparations for Tropical Storm Nate Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Tropical Storm Nate • Eastern Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  • Flash Flooding possible – NE, KS, IA, MO, & MN • Severe thunderstorms possible – TX, OK, & KS • Elevated/Critical Fire weather –...
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