Fact Sheet: How to Help Children Cope with Hurricane Harvey

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Fact Sheet: Helping Survivors with Disabilities in the Disaster Assistance Process

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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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Elevation Proves Mitigation Works

Editor’s note: Across Louisiana, residents are rebuilding from damaging floods or taking steps to protect themselves against the next time disaster strikes. FEMA takes an occasional look at ways residents have built back to create a more resilient Louisiana.BATON ROUGE, La. – Melvin Vining elevated his Ponchatoula home not knowing South Louisiana was about to be hit with one of the worst floods in its history six months later.Vining has lived in his home for 36 years. It’s located a mile from Bedico Creek, which flows into the Tangipahoa River. Flooding...
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September 25, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for September 25, 2017 Significant Activity – Sep 24-25 Significant Events: Response for Hurricane Maria Tropical Activity: • Atlantic – Hurricane Maria (CAT 1); Hurricane Lee (CAT 1) • Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Pilar; Disturbance 1: Low (30%) • Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days • Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  • Flash Flooding – Great Plains • Elevated Fire Weather Conditions & Red Flag Warnings – CA • Space Weather: Past 24 hours: None; Next 24...
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Fact Sheet: Do’s and Don’ts for Texas Harvey Survivors

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Disaster Recovery Centers Change Hours of Operation

AUSTIN, Texas –State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will change their hours of operation starting Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.The 40 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 are at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application.Most centers will operate 9 a.m. to 7 p.m....
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Sunday, September 24, 2017 Significant Activity – Sep 23-24 Significant Events: Response for Hurricane Maria Tropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Hurricane Maria (CAT 2); Hurricane Lee (CAT 1)•  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Pilar; Disturbance 1: Low (30%)•  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days •  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  •  Flash Flooding – Great Plains•  Elevated Fire Weather – CA•  Space Weather: Past 24 hours: None; Next 24 hours: None Earthquake Activity: None Declaration Activity: Amendment No....
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Hurricane Survivors: Get Free In-Person Repair & Rebuilding Advice in Crosby

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Fact Sheet: Immediate Disaster Case Management Available to Texas Hurricane Survivors

Survivors can receive free guidance from disaster case managers on how best to recover from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, along with ways to access a variety of available resources, including disaster unemployment and disaster legal assistance. They may simply call the Disaster Case Management Hotline at 855-742-5989 (press 2 for Spanish). A case manager will respond within 24 hours. Other helpful resource telephone numbers for Texas survivors are the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990; Disaster Legal Services Texas at 800-504-7030; and Disaster Unemployment Assistance at 800-939-6631.Disaster case managers connect survivors to...
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Hurricane Harvey Survivors Still Needing Hotel Stays Get Extension

AUSTIN, Texas – Some 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. 10. Participants in the program will receive a phone call telling them whether they are eligible for the extension and what they need to do to remain at their current hotel or find a new hotel....
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Saturday, September 23, 2017 Significant Activity – Sep 22-23 Significant Events: Response for Hurricane Maria Tropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Hurricane Maria (CAT 3); Post Tropical Cyclone Jose; Tropical Storm Lee•  Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1: High (80%); Disturbance 2:  Low (10%)•  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days •  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  •  Flash Flooding – Great Plains and Southeastern U.S.•  Elevated Fire Weather – CA•  Space Weather: Past 24 hours: None; Next 24 hours: None...
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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Refugio, Harris Counties

AUSTIN, Texas – Two State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017: one in Refugio County in the city of Refugio and another in Harris County in the city of Klein.Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 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 centers to talk about assistance and...
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Historic Disaster Response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – With nearly 4.5 feet of rain and 130 mph winds, Hurricane Harvey propelled a disaster response that was the largest in Texas state history.Neighbors, strangers, nonprofit organizations and governments at all levels joined together to mount an extraordinary effort to save lives and meet the needs of thousands of people who suffered from the storm and subsequent flooding. It was Texans helping Texans, aided by people who came to Texas from all parts of the nation.Before the storm made landfall near Rockport on Aug. 25, the Federal Emergency...
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Transitional Sheltering Assistance Extended 14 Days

AUSTIN, Texas – At the request of the State of Texas, FEMA has extended its Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program for Hurricane Harvey survivors by 14 days. The new checkout date for eligible applicants is Oct. 10.TSA pays for eligible disaster survivors to stay in a hotel or motel for a short time if they live in counties designated for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program and if they are unable to return to their homes due to damage from Hurricane Harvey.Under the program, FEMA pays directly for the room and any applicable...
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Federal Disaster Aid Continues to Rebuild Louisiana Communities

BATON ROUGE, La. — FEMA estimates more than $761 million in federal grants will help Louisiana communities with infrastructure projects and other expenses related to August 2016’s flood.The funding is in addition to nearly $773 million in FEMA grants that have helped survivors repair homes, replace essential items and temporarily pay for somewhere to stay.When disaster strikes, the first response is to ensure safety and then address property losses. FEMA’s Individual Assistance program helps eligible survivors with certain disaster-related expenses to help their recovery.Another FEMA program, Public Assistance, benefits everyone. It...
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Friday, September 22, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, September 22, 2017 Resent with attachment Significant Events: Response for Hurricane Maria Significant Activity – Sep 21-22 Tropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Hurricane Maria (CAT 3); Post Tropical Cyclone Jose•  Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1: High (90%)•  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days •  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  •  Severe thunderstorms – Upper Mississippi Valley•  Flash Flooding – Southwest and Southern Plains•  Heavy snow – Northern Rockies•  Red Flag Warnings – CO•  Elevated/Critical Fire Weather conditions...
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Friday, September 22, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, September 22, 2017 Significant Events: Response for Hurricane Maria Significant Activity – Sep 21-22 Tropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Hurricane Maria (CAT 3); Post Tropical Cyclone Jose•  Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1: High (90%)•  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days •  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  •  Severe thunderstorms – Upper Mississippi Valley•  Flash Flooding – Southwest and Southern Plains•  Heavy snow – Northern Rockies•  Red Flag Warnings – CO•  Elevated/Critical Fire Weather conditions – NM, CO,...
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Friday, September 22, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, September 22, 2017 Significant Events: Response for Hurricane Maria Significant Activity – Sep 21-22 Tropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Hurricane Maria (CAT 3); Post Tropical Cyclone Jose•  Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1: High (90%)•  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days •  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather:  •  Severe thunderstorms – Upper Mississippi Valley•  Flash Flooding – Southwest and Southern Plains•  Heavy snow – Northern Rockies•  Red Flag Warnings – CO•  Elevated/Critical Fire Weather conditions – NM, CO,...
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Fact Sheet: Resources to Help You Recover from Hurricane Harvey

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