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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FEMA provides Liverpool man bridge to recovery

A survivor’s story: One year after Hurricane Harvey  AUSTIN, Texas — Greg Norman and his dog, Jake, live in a nice, comfortable home that has largely been rebuilt since Hurricane Harvey. Norman knows, however, things could have turned out very differently if it weren’t for the help of charitable organizations and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  “I wanted to be the guy who told FEMA how much I appreciated them,” Norman said in June, “because without their assistance, without any exaggeration, Jake and I could be living under a bridge somewhere.”...
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76-year-old rides out Hurricane Harvey, 4-state road to recovery

A survivor’s story: One year after Hurricane Harvey AUSTIN, Texas — Lying on her bed in Port Aransas the night after Hurricane Harvey tore through, Sandra Maynard was startled when her lap dog, Fritz, began to bark.  “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, the looters are here.’”   The 76-year-old had just inventoried her home and was making plans for her second night alone since her one-story townhome flooded with rainwater and sewage. She had a flashlight, but all her candles were gone.  “I did have sheets and stuff in a closet,” she said,...
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Get Required Permits Before Rebuilding

Before considering new construction and repairs on property located in flood-hazard areas, survivors of the severe storms in Hidalgo, Cameron and Jim Wells counties are urged to consult local building officials to obtain floodplain development permits. Obtaining building permits is especially important for those with homes or businesses located within a 100-year floodplain. Floodplain development permits cannot be waived, and local governments cannot reduce or ignore the floodplain requirement.  Know your local flood risk by viewing and downloading your community’s flood risk products from FEMA’s Map Service Center (MSC) Product Catalog. Flood...
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FEMA grants more than $1.2 million to the City of Groves for debris removal

AUSTIN, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $1.2 million for the City of Groves to remove debris deposited by Hurricane Harvey.  The cost of debris removal in Groves is nearly $1.4 million. The grant of more than $1.2 million is the federal share of the cost and requires a 10 percent nonfederal match by the applicant, or $137,964. This grant comes from FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program which reimburses communities for actions taken in the immediate response to and during recovery from a disaster. Eligible applicants...
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August 14, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 14, 2018 Significant Activity for August 13-14, 2018 Significant Events: Western Wildfires Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Disturbance 1: Medium (40%) • Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1: High (90%); Disturbance 2: Low (10%) • Central Pacific –Disturbance 1: Low (10%) • Western Pacific – Tropical Storm Hector – no threat to U.S. interests Significant Weather: • Flash flooding possible – Southern/Central Plains to Lower/Middle Mississippi valleys; Mid-Atlantic to Northeast • Elevated fire weather – ID and CO • Isolated dry thunderstorms – CA, NV, UT,...
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Personal touch brings Houston-area family to recovery finish line

A survivor story: One year after Hurricane Harvey AUSTIN, Texas – Rose Pickens knew more about floods and federal disaster assistance than most people when Hurricane Harvey hit. She had received aid from FEMA after her house was damaged in the Memorial Day 2016 flood, and through her role as director of a local nonprofit, she had assisted many impoverished families whose homes had flooded.    Nonetheless, her family’s road to recovery after Harvey presented a slow, daunting journey.  “A lot of people think it’s a sprint, that it should be done quickly,...
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August 13, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 13, 2018 Significant Activity for August 10-13, 2018 Significant Events: Wildfires Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Disturbance 1: Low (20%)• Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1: Medium (40%); Disturbance 2: Low (20%)• Central Pacific – Tropical Storm Hector• Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: • Elevated/Critical Fire weather – Or, CA, NV, & ID• Isolated Dry Thunderstorms – MT, ID, WY, NV, UT, & CO• Flash Flooding possible – NY, PA, & NJ• Red Flag Warnings – NV & CO Declaration Activity: • Major Disaster Declaration approved...
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