Federal Aid to Rebuild Infrastructure Following Three Texas Disasters Nears Quarter Billion Dollars

AUSTIN, Texas—Three major disaster declarations affecting dozens of Texas counties—some on multiple occasions—will result in nearly one quarter-billion dollars in federal assistance to repair or replace damaged infrastructure.FEMA said today that combined federal aid for severe weather disasters in May-June 2015; October 2015, and January 2016 will help fund recovery efforts for 3,087 individual projects among 569 applicants for Public Assistance.Public Assistance is an element of FEMA’s disaster response that benefits everyone—neighborhoods, cities and states, as well as certain private nonprofit organizations—by reimbursing eligible work on damaged publicly-owned infrastructure.PA dollars:clean up...
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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in St. Martin and Iberia Parishes

BATON ROUGE, La. Disaster recovery centers will open Wednesday, Aug. 24, in Breaux Bridge in St. Martin Parish and in New Iberia in Iberia Parish to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday until further notice.The disaster recovery centers are at the following addresses:Veterans Home 800 Veterans Dr. Breaux Bridge, La. 70517Iberia Parish Fire Protection District Training Center 2417 Darnall Road New Iberia, La. 70560Survivors may locate other centers near them at fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362.To register,...
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Neighbors Helping Neighbors Across the Pelican State

Community volunteers come together to assist the flood survivors at the St. Amant Church in Ascension Parish, La on Saturday, August 20, 2016. One of the things we see most often after disasters is the concept of "neighbors helping neighbors"—where communities come together to help each other through. This round of flooding in Louisiana has shown us nearly countless instances of this; from children helping to supply lunches for first responders and survivors, to athletes from colleges and professional teams volunteering around their adopted communities. It's been a truly wide-spread humanitarian effort, and one that we've been astounded, humbled, and inspired by. Here's a quick breakdown of just some of the great things...
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Begin Flood Cleanup as Soon as Possible

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Louisiana: Keep in Touch and Update Info with FEMA to Avoid Delays

BATON ROUGE, La. –You may find yourself frequently moving if you’re a survivor of Louisiana’s recent severe storms and floods.If you’ve had any changes to your contact information it’s important to let FEMA know so the disaster assistance process stays on track.FEMA may need to contact you to schedule an inspection or to get additional information to help process your application. That’s why it’s important to let them know as soon as possible if you’ve moved or have a new phone number.You may update contact information two ways:If you had storm...
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Update on FEMA and Federal Partners’ Support to Disaster Recovery in Louisiana Parishes Affected by Floods

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today an extension to the grace period for expiring flood insurance policies, the latest in a series of actions to support the state in its ongoing response and recovery efforts in Louisiana.National Flood Insurance Program policies typically have a 30-day grace period for renewal to avoid a lapse in coverage. Due to the record flooding, the period to renew policies is extended to 120 days. Today’s action extends the grace period to policies ending Aug. 11 through Sept. 10 and applies to...
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Three DRCs Open in Ascension and East Baton Rouge Parishes

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Tuesday, August 23, in Gonzales in Ascension Parish and in Baton Rouge and Zachary in East Baton Rouge Parish to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday until further notice.Disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:2nd Baptist Church 914 N. Acadian ThruwayWest Baton Rouge, La. 70802Zachary Men’s Club 5746 Rollins RoadZachary, La. 70791 Survivors may locate other centers near them at fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Survivors may...
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FEMA Extends Grace Period to Renew Flood Insurance Policies in Declared Louisiana Parishes

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that due to the damage and displacement caused by recent flooding, the grace period to renew flood insurance policies has been extended to 120 days, for certain parishes in Louisiana.“We’ve seen major destruction to communities across the state; thousands of Louisianans have been displaced,” said Roy Wright, deputy associate administrator for FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration.  “This extension will give policyholders one less thing to worry about, at a time when they are trying to focus on getting back into...
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Monday, August 22, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, August 22, 2016 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, August 22, 2016 Significant Activity - August 19-22 Significant Events: Gulf Coast Flooding Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Tropical Depression Fiona; Disturbance 1 - Low (20%); Disturbance 2 - High (near 100%) •Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Kay; Disturbance 1 – Low (10%) •Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected through Wednesday Morning •Western Pacific – No activity threatening U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Rain and thunderstorms – California, Southwest, Southern Plains, Southeast, Great Lakes •Critical/Elevated Fire Weather...
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Update on FEMA and Federal Partners’ Support to Disaster Recovery in Louisiana Parishes Affected by Floods

WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), federal partners’ and the state of Louisiana continue to work together to support relief efforts in Louisiana, to include opening Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) today.FEMA and the State of Louisiana opened two DRCs today, and will continue to open additional centers in locations identified by the state to provide information to survivors. Three additional centers are scheduled to open on Monday. These centers bring together federal, state, and local representatives to share information and answer questions of disaster survivors. Survivors can apply for...
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DRCs Open in East Baton Rouge, Tangipahoa and West Feliciana Parishes

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Sunday, August 21, in Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until further notice.The centers are at the following addresses:Former Parish Tourism Building42271 S. Morrison Blvd.Hammond, La. 70443 St. Helena Environmental Health Unit53 N. 2nd St.Greensburg, La. 70441 Survivors may locate centers near them at fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. That information is also available on the FEMA mobile app. Survivors may register at any open...
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Louisiana Flooding, One Week Later

A photo of a member of Texas Task Force 1 member conducting search and rescue operations on the flooded streets of Louisiana. Unprecedented. Historic. Epic. Three words that have been used to describe this month's flooding in Louisiana. Last Friday, as the rains came down and over 31 inches of water fell in some areas, we knew it was a big deal. A week later, this remains a very significant disaster. Our Administrator traveled down on Tuesday. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security traveled down on Thursday. Next Tuesday, the President will travel. With disasters like these, the federal family wraps its arms around affected communities. Large and small. The...
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Recovery Workers Stepping Up to the Plate Share Thoughts from the Front Lines

AmeriCorps member mucks out home in Texas With more than half its 254 counties eligible to receive assistance under six federal disaster declarations in the past year, Texas remains in recovery from severe storms and flooding.   Recovery help has come from many sources, including three AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT) programs: Texas Conservation Corps, Southwest Conservation Corps and Hoopa Tribal Civilian Community Corps. Teams from the programs stepped up to the plate this summer in Brazoria County, about 40 miles southwest of Houston. They mucked out more than 40 homes and cleared nearly 1,500 cubic yards...
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Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4277)

Sources of Financial Help After a Disaster• Insurance• FEMA• Disaster Loan from the Small Business Administration• Voluntary Agencies Designated Parishes: Acadia Parish, Ascension Parish, Avoyelles Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, East Feliciana Parish, Evangeline Parish, Iberia Parish, Iberville Parish, Jefferson Davis Parish, Lafayette Parish, Livingston Parish, Pointe Coupee Parish, St. Helena Parish, St. Landry Parish, St. Martin Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Vermilion Parish, Washington Parish and West Feliciana Parish.Apply for assistance:Online at disasterassistance.govCall 800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service). If you use TTY, call 800-462-7585.Visit a Disaster Recovery Center.Stay in Touch After you apply, we may need to contact you to schedule an inspection or to get...
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Smoke, Skies, and Sand

Los Angeles County Fire/Air Operations--via Twitter https://twitter.com/LACoFireAirOps/status/757357182253883392) According to its website, the Angeles National Forest offers "natural environments, spectacular scenery, developed campgrounds and picnic areas, swimming, fishing, skiing, and the solitude of quiet wilderness areas." Not cited on that webpage, it also provides a scenic background for one of the most hustling and bustling cities in the country: Los Angeles, California. This weekend, this serene, picturesque forest became home to an incredibly active, dangerous blaze known as the Sand Fire. (For reference, fire names are often determined by their proximity to certain landmarks; this one is in...
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Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4270)

Map of declared counties for [Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4270)] News May 6, 2016 - News Release WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Arkansas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of March 8-13, 2016. Geographic Information Financial Assistance If and when individual assistance money is approved for this disaster, it will be displayed here. Information is updated every 24 hours. Public Assistance - Dollars Approved Public Assistance Definitions Public...
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President Declares Disaster for Tennessee

b2ap3_thumbnail_dhs-seal-250.jpgWASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Tennessee to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of June 5-10, 2014. The President's action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line...
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Release of the National Protection Framework

b2ap3_thumbnail_dhs-seal-250.jpgThe purpose of this NIMS Alert is to announce the release of the 2014 National Protection Framework. The National Protection Framework describes what the whole community should do to safeguard against acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other threats or hazards. The whole community includes—individuals (including those with disabilities and others with access and functional needs), businesses and nonprofits, faith-based and community groups, schools, and all levels of government. The Protection Framework also describes the core capabilities; roles and responsibilities; and coordinating structures that facilitate the protection of individuals, communities, and...
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Five Months Remain Before Lincoln County, New Mexico Flood Maps Become Final

b2ap3_thumbnail_dhs-seal-250.jpg DENTON, Texas ––In five months, new flood maps for Lincoln County, New Mexico will become effective. Local, state and federal officials are encouraging everyone to view the maps before Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 in order to understand their flood risk and then consider buying flood insurance. Most property insurance policies do not cover the effects of a flood. Floods can place people at risk of uninsured loss to their businesses, homes and personal property if they don’t have either a private flood insurance policy or coverage through the National Flood...
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