FEMA Approves $2.1 Million for Deweyville School’s Temporary Classrooms

AUSTIN, Texas—Federal officials today announced more than $2.1 million had been approved to install and lease for 18 months the Deweyville Elementary School’s temporary modular classrooms.The school was devastated by the severe storms and flooding in March. The 11 modular classrooms, which serve students in grades K-5, were available at the start of this school year while the district begins rebuilding a permanent facility.The funding represents the federal share—75 percent—of the $2.87 million project. The district was one of 64 applicants in 21 counties that were eligible to be reimbursed for...
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Thursday, October 6, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Thursday, October 6, 2016 Significant Activity for October 6 - 7 Significant Events: Hurricane Matthew Tropical Activity: •Atlantic –  Hurricane Matthew (Category 3); Tropical Storm Nicole; Disturbance 1 – Low (near 0%) •Eastern Pacific – Tropical cyclone activity not expected during next 48 hours •Central Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (20%) •Western Pacific – No tropical cyclone activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Flash Flooding – Southern/Central Plains and Middle Mississippi Valley •Severe Thunderstorms – Southern/Central Plains and Middle Mississippi Valley •Rain and Snow –...
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Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Calcasieu Parish In Louisiana

DENTON, Texas– New preliminary flood maps in Calcasieu Parish within the Lower Sabine Watershed are now ready for residents and business owners to review. The maps were produced by a team of local, state and FEMA floodplain officials.Residents and business owners are encouraged to view the maps to see if their property is at risk of flooding. This understanding will help residents and business owners make informed decisions about building plans. Flood Insurance is recommended for all areas of risk, even low risk areas.The public is invited to participate in appeal...
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Some Nonprofits May Qualify for FEMA Disaster Grants

BATON ROUGE, La. – Nonprofit organizations that experienced damage or losses from the August floods may apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance grants to help them get back to the business of helping others.As part of its mission, FEMA provides grants to state, tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofits through its Public Assistance program. For the August floods, these grants reimburse 90 percent of eligible costs for emergency protective measures, and repair and restoration of public facilities and infrastructure to pre-disaster condition.Only certain nonprofit organizations (PNPs) are...
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Significant Activity for October 4-5, 2016 Significant Events: Hurricane Matthew Tropical Activity: •Atlantic –  Hurricane Matthew (Category 3); Tropical Storm Nicole; Disturbance 1 – Low (10%) •Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (10%) •Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones are expected through Friday morning •Western Pacific – No tropical cyclone activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Rain and Thunderstorms – Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, Ohio and Tennessee valleys, Southeastern U.S. to the Mid-Atlantic •Rain and Snow – Northern Intermountain...
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Local Regulations May Prompt Extra Flood Insurance Help

BATON ROUGE, La. — If your home or business is damaged by a flood, you may be required to meet certain building requirements in your community to reduce future flood damage before you repair or rebuild. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Standard Flood Insurance Policy provides Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage, which may be available to help cover the costs of meeting those requirements, subject to eligibility.If eligible, NFIP insurance policyholders may receive up to $30,000 of ICC coverage to help pay the costs to bring their building into...
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Tuesday, October 4, 2016 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Significant Events: Hurricane Matthew Tropical Activity: •Atlantic –  Hurricane Matthew (Category 4); Disturbance 1 – High (80%) •Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (10%) •Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones are expected through Thursday morning •Western Pacific – No tropical cyclone activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Severe thunderstorms – Northern/Central Plains, Middle Mississippi Valley •Rain and thunderstorms – Great Plains, Mississippi Valley, Gulf States, Southeastern U.S., Mid-Atlantic Lakes to Northeast •Rain and...
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Disaster Recovery Center in St. Landry Parish Will Transition to Disaster Loan Outreach Center to Serve Louisiana Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is opening a disaster loan outreach center on Thursday, Oct. 6, in St. Landry Parish to assist Louisiana flood survivors. The center will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, until further notice. St. Landry ParishLocation:  Word Ministries                  1960 West Laurel Avenue                  Eunice, LA 70535Hours:      9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday through Friday)The new disaster loan outreach center will be transitioning from the FEMA disaster recovery center at the same address that will cease operations at 6 p.m. on Wednesday,...
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Louisiana Gets FEMA Money for Debris Cleanup, Home Repair Program, Public Safety

BATON ROUGE, La. – FEMA has awarded the state approximately $146 million to reimburse local entities for expenses related to response and recovery efforts as a result of August’s severe storms and floods.Here is a breakdown of the funding: Nearly $40 million for debris removal expenses in East Baton Rouge Parish.More than $6 million for debris removal expenses in Livingston Parish.More than $5 million for expenses related to the National Guard’s public safety actions during the disaster response.Nearly $95 million for the state’s Shelter at Home program that provides emergency repairs to...
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Monday, October 3, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, October 3, 2016 Significant Events: Hurricane Matthew Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Hurricane Matthew (Category 4); Disturbance 1 – Medium (40%) •Eastern Pacific – Tropical cyclone activity is not expected during the next 48 hours •Central Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Medium (40%) •Western Pacific – Tropical cyclone activity affecting U.S. interest Significant Weather: •Heavy snow – Northern Rockies •Rain and thunderstorms – Great Plains, Southwest, Florida Peninsula, Mid-Atlantic & Lower Great Lakes to Northeast •Rain and snow - Pacific Northwest to Sierras, Northern Intermountain throughout...
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Sunday, October 2, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Sunday, October 2, 2016 Significant Events: None Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Hurricane Matthew (Category 4); Disturbance 1 – Low (20%) •Eastern Pacific – No activity •Central Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (10%) •Western Pacific – Disturbance 1 (Invest 99W) - Low Significant Weather: •Rain and thunderstorms – Rockies, Central Great Basin, Southwest, Southern High Plains, Great Lakes to New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Florida •Rain and snow - Pacific Northwest to Sierras, Northern Intermountain and Northern Rockies •Snow – Sierras •Rain – Northern CA to Pacific...
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Saturday, October 1, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Saturday, October 1, 2016 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Saturday, October 1, 2016 Significant Events: None Tropical Activity: •Atlantic –  Hurricane Matthew (CAT4); Disturbance 1 – Low (10%) •Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (near 0%) •Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected through Monday morning •Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Rain and Thunderstorms – Pacific Northwest, Northern CA, Northern Intermountain, Northern and Central Rockies,  Central/Southern Plains, Upper/Middle Mississippi valleys, Great Lakes and Southeast to Mid-Atlantic and Northeast •Rain and...
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Louisiana Disaster Assistance Applicants: Understand FEMA Determination Letters and How to Appeal Them

What to do if you disagree with FEMA’s decision letter1. Read the letter carefully to find out why the decision was made.Do you need to provide additional information?• Insurance determination letter.• Proof of occupancy or ownership.• Proof of ID.• Applicant’s signature.Common reasons for the initial decision:• The damage was to a secondary home or a rental property, not a primary residence.• Someone else in the household applied and received assistance.• Disaster-related losses could not be verified.• Insurance covered all losses.2. Contact FEMA for help with filing an appeal or any questions.Call800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service available)800-462-7585 (TTY)VisitA Disaster Recovery Center3. File a written appeal.Explain why you think the decision was not correct.• Provide supporting information and documents.• Include your FEMA registration number on all documents.• Sign the letter.Mail or fax your appeal within 60 days of the decision letter date, or drop it off at a Disaster Recovery Center.BATON ROUGE, La.— A quick fix may change your decision if you applied for FEMA help following Louisiana’s August severe storms and floods and you disagree with your determination letter.                                                                                                  Everybody has a right to appeal. Read your determination letter carefully to understand FEMA’s decision and know exactly what you need to do for your appeal.                                                                                               Many times applicants just need to submit some extra documents for FEMA to process their application. FEMA can reconsider you in some cases if you:Submit insurance documents. Provide documents from your insurance company that detail your coverage...
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Friday, September 30, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, September 30, 2016 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, September 30, 2016 Significant Events: None Tropical Activity: •Atlantic –  Hurricane Matthew •Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (10%) •Central Pacific – Tropical Storm Ulika •Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Flash Flooding – Great Lakes & Mid-Atlantic •Rain and Thunderstorms – Pacific Northwest, Northern CA, Northern Intermountain/Northern Rockies,    Southwest/Southern Rockies; Upper/Middle Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes and Southeast to Mid-Atlantic and Northeast •Elevated Fire Weather – CA, OR & NV •Red...
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College Students May Qualify for Disaster Assistance

BATON ROUGE, La. – Students at Louisiana colleges or universities in areas affected by the August flooding may be eligible for FEMA disaster grants to help with damage to or losses of personal vehicles, clothing, text books and school supplies.Disaster assistance loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available up to $40,000 for personal property loss of vehicles, furniture and other personal items.Students do not need to be permanent residents of the designated parishes to be eligible for assistance. However, the property damage or loss must have occurred in...
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Thursday, September 29, 2016 Significant Events: Midwest Flooding  Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Tropical Storm Matthew •Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Ulika; Tropical Depression Roslyn; Disturbance 1 – Low (20%) •Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected through early Friday evening •Western Pacific – Tropical Storm 21W (Chaba) Significant Weather: •Flash flooding possible – Mid-Atlantic to Great Lakes •Rain and thunderstorms – central & southern CA; Northern Intermountain/Northern Rockies to Southwest/Southern Rockies; Northern Plains; Middle Mississippi Valley to Great Lakes and Southeast to Mid-Atlantic •Rain and snow...
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Deadline for Disaster Unemployment Assistance Approaching

BATON ROUGE, La. – You have until Friday, Oct. 14 to apply for disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) if you lost work as a result of Louisiana’s August severe storms and floods.DUA may be available if the disaster affected your employment—even if you’re self-employed, a farmer or a farm worker—and you fall under one of the following categories:Your workplace was damaged or destroyed.Transportation to work was unavailable.You could not get to your job because you had to travel through an affected area.The disaster prevented you from starting a new job.Your business suffered...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Significant Activity - September 27-28 Significant Events: Iowa Flooding Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Disturbance 1 (Invest 97L) – High (90%); Disturbance 2 – Low ( 10%) •Eastern Pacific – Hurricane Ulika; Tropical Storm Roslyn; Disturbance 1 – Low (near 0%) •Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected through early Friday morning •Western Pacific – Tropical Depression Chaba Significant Weather: •Flash flooding possible – Mid-Atlantic •Rain and thunderstorms – Central Great Basin/Central Rockies to Southwest/Southern Rockies; Southeast to Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic •Elevated...
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Louisiana Flood Survivors Can Still Get FEMA Rebuilding Advice

FEMA Mitigation representatives speaking to two women inside a home improvement store. A table with FEMA Mitigations information is available for the shoppers to take.BATON ROUGE, La. — As Louisianans repair or rebuild their homes damaged by August floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local hardware and home-improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information on making homes stronger and safer.FEMA mitigation specialists are still on hand to provide information at the following area Home Depot and Lowe’s stores through Oct. 15. They are available to answer questions and offer home-improvement tips and proven methods to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. Most of the information is aimed at people who prefer...
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Significant Events: Iowa Flooding  Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Disturbance 1/Invest 97L – High (90%); Disturbance 2 – Low ( 10%) •Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Roslyn •Central Pacific – Tropical Storm Ulika •Western Pacific – Invest 98W - Medium Significant Weather: •Rain and thunderstorms – Southwest, Gulf Coast, Southeast to New England •Rain – Upper Mississippi Valley to Great Lakes and Northeast •Elevated Fire Weather – southern CA •Red Flag Warnings – none •Space Weather – Minor space weather with G1 geomagnetic...
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