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FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Hawarden Fire

13 hours 39 minutes ago
FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Hawarden Fire

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 9 Administrator authorized the use of federal funds on July 21 at 6:29 p.m. PDT / 9:29 p.m. EDT to assist the state of California in combating the Hawarden Fire burning in Riverside County.

On July 21, the state of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG). At the time of the request, the fire threatened approximately 1,500 homes in and around the city of Riverside, with a population of 314,000. All the threatened homes are primary residences; none are secondary residences.

The fire started on July 21, 2024, and had burned more than 485 acres of local and private land. There are twelve large fires currently burning uncontrolled within the state.

FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides allowances for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to become major incidents.

Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire. For more information on FMAGs, visit fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. Follow FEMA Region 9 online at x/femaregion9

brandi.richard… Tue, 07/23/2024 - 00:26
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FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight Boneyard and Battle Mountain Complex Fires in Oregon

16 hours 30 minutes ago
FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight Boneyard and Battle Mountain Complex Fires in Oregon

BOTHELL, Wash. -  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Boneyard Fire burning in Grant County, Oregon, and the Battle Mountain Complex Fire, which includes the Monkey Creek, Snake, and North Fork Owens Fires burning in Grant, Morrow and Umatilla counties, Oregon. 

The state of Oregon’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) for the Boneyard Fire was approved by FEMA Region 10 Administrator Willie G. Nunn on Saturday, July 20, 2024, at 11:07 p.m. PT. The Region 10 Administrator approved the state’s request for an FMAG for the Battle Mountain Complex Fire on Sunday, July 21, 2024, at 5:15 p.m. PT. He determined that the Boneyard and Battle Mountain Complex Fires threatened to cause such destruction as would constitute major disasters. These are the fifth and sixth FMAGs declared in 2024 to help fight Oregon wildfires. 

At the time of the state’s request, the wildfires threatened homes in and around the communities of Mountain, Kimberly, Dale, Ritter and Ukiah. The Boneyard Fire also threatened Highway 402, cell towers, communications sites, private cooperative utilities, watersheds, irrigation infrastructure, cultural resources and recreational sites. The Battle Mountain Complex Fire threatened Highway 395, cell towers, communications towers, private cooperative utilities, irrigation infrastructure, watersheds and cultural resources.

FMAGs are provided through the President's Disaster Relief Fund and are made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible items can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; mobilization and demobilization activities; and tools, materials and supplies. This authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating, and controlling designated fires. These grants do not provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire. 

In addition to the firefighting funds authorized under these FMAGs, another $1,970,222 will be available to Oregon through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Post Fire for the mitigation of future wildfires and related hazards, such as flood after fire or erosion. Some eligible wildfire project types include defensible space measures, ignition-resistant construction and hazardous fuels reduction. The Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 authorizes FEMA to provide HMGP Post-Fire funds to eligible states and territories that receive Fire Management Assistance declarations and federally recognized tribes that have land burned within a designated area.  

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

 

 

 

natalie.shaver Mon, 07/22/2024 - 21:35
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USFA Reauthorization Further Advances 50 Years of Fire Service to Nation

17 hours 10 minutes ago
USFA Reauthorization Further Advances 50 Years of Fire Service to Nation

WASHINGTON -- Early this month, President Biden signed a bill reauthorizing the United States Fire Administration (USFA) through September 30, 2028. For 50 years, USFA has been working for a fire safe America.

The USFA works with federal, state, local, tribal and territorial partners and nongovernmental stakeholders to improve public safety. This includes collecting and analyzing data, administering national fire and emergency medical service programs, increasing public awareness about fire safety, reducing community risks and delivering specialized training through the National Fire Academy. The USFA, the fire prevention and control arm of FEMA, was established in 1974 when Congress passed the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act. Since its inception, the USFA has helped to reduce the occurrence of fire and the number of fire deaths and make our nation’s communities and residents safer. 

“Across the country – and around the world – our communities are experiencing the devastating effects of fire on our most vulnerable populations,” stated Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, U.S. Fire Administrator. “We are also seeing intensified wildfires that are no longer limited to the west coast or the forests. It is the mission of the USFA to ensure that firefighters are prepared to prevent or respond to fire whenever and wherever it occurs and that individuals understand the fire threat and take actions to make themselves savable.” 

While residential fires are of major concern, so are extreme weather-driven wildfires in suburban communities and fires in wildland urban interface locations. They are becoming more frequent and more destructive in more places. The fire that devastated the Hawaiian island of Maui last summer was the deadliest our country has faced in over 100 years. 

This May, the USFA held its first-ever World Fire Congress in Washington D.C. The inaugural event brought together fire service leaders representing 56 countries, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations. This meeting was critical to sharing best practices and wildfire strategies strengthening all participants ability to respond. 

In October 2024, the USFA will host its annual signature event – the U.S. Fire Administrator’s Summit on Fire Prevention and Control – assembling the leaders of national fire service organizations to discuss fire problems across the country along with the challenges facing America’s fire service while collaborating on solutions. This is the U.S. Fire Administrator’s exclusive event that provides access to national fire service leaders and members of the federal government along with a virtual audience of over 4,000 additional fire service professionals. Sharing challenges and best practices better informs fire services to help reduce the devastation caused by fires.

These collaborations strengthen our partnerships and demonstrate our continuing commitment to address the universal issues affecting all firefighters and heighten our readiness as we head into peak wildfire season.

Support to our Nation’s Fire Fighters

With a focus in 2024 on the Year of Resilience, FEMA is increasing efforts to enhance response capabilities at all levels. In January, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced the opening of the latest application period for the Fiscal Year 2023 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, which awards $324 million to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters nationwide against fire-related deaths and hazards. Since fiscal year 2001, the AFG has awarded approximately $8.4 billion in grants to provide critically needed resources to help keep firefighters and the public safe from fires and fire-related hazards. The Fire Prevention and Safety Grants are part of the AFG and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant program was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities.

As we look to the future, USFA’s reauthorization, and the reauthorization of the AFG and SAFER grants, give us the opportunity to continue our steadfast and ever-growing commitment to keeping America fire safe. 

amy.ashbridge Mon, 07/22/2024 - 20:55
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Disaster Recovery Center Opening in O’Brien County

17 hours 27 minutes ago
Disaster Recovery Center Opening in O’Brien County

DES MOINES, Iowa — FEMA is opening a Disaster Recovery Center in O’Brien County on Wednesday, July 24 to provide one-on-one help to people affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding this spring.

Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications.

O’Brien County

Sheldon City Hall (Community Services Center)

416 9th St.,

Sheldon, IA 51201

Opens on Wednesday, July 24: 1-6 p.m. then daily from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.

FEMA funding is available to homeowners and renters in Adair, Adams, Buena Vista, Cedar, Cherokee, Clarke, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Harrison, Humboldt, Jasper, Lyon, Mills, Montgomery, O’Brien, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Polk, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Shelby, Sioux, Story, Union and Woodbury counties. 

To save time, please apply with FEMA online or by phone before visiting a Disaster Recovery Center. They are open daily 8 a.m.– 6 p.m.

 

Cherokee County 

Cherokee County Emergency Management

(Formerly the Cherokee County Work Services Bldg.)

322 Lake St., Suite B

Cherokee, IA 51012

Clay County

Clay County Regional Events Center

Tower Gate Pavilion

800 W. 18th St.

Spencer, IA 51301

Emmet County

St. Patrick's Church - Gym

903 Central Ave.

Estherville, IA 51334

Lyon County

Forster Community Center

404 First Ave.

Rock Rapids, IA 51246

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Sioux County

City Park Shelter House

1013 13th Ave.

Rock Valley, IA 51247

 

How to Apply with FEMA

  • Visit DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Call FEMA directly at 800-621-FEMA (3362)
  • Download and use the FEMA app.
  • Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
  • Anyone using a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, can give FEMA the number for that service. For an accessible video on three ways to apply for FEMA assistance, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU7wzRjByhI

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 833-285-7448.

tiana.suber Mon, 07/22/2024 - 20:38
tiana.suber

Disaster Recovery Center, Mobile Unit to Open in Angus, Aztec

19 hours 15 minutes ago
Disaster Recovery Center, Mobile Unit to Open in Angus, Aztec

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) and a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) operated by the state of New Mexico and FEMA will both open at 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 23, to help New Mexicans affected by last month’s South Fork and Salt Fires and flooding. 

A fixed-site DRC will open at Angus Church of the Nazarene in Angus in Lincoln County, while a mobile DRC will be available at the Aztec Fire Station in San Juan County. Both centers are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed Sundays.

Currently, FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are on the ground in San Juan County and are providing registration assistance to residents prior to the opening of the mobile DRC. 

Residents and business owners in Lincoln, Otero, Rio Arriba and San Juan counties and the Mescalero Apache Reservation can visit either center to apply for FEMA assistance, upload documents, learn about available resources and get their questions answered in person. Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as well as, state, local, nonprofit and other community organizations will be available to meet with visitors.                                         

The new DRC will be located at:  

  • Lincoln County:
    Angus Church of the Nazarene
    103 Bonita Park Road
    Angus, NM 

The new MDRC (through July 27 only)
will be located at:

  • San Juan County
    San Juan County Fire and Rescue
    Aztec Fire Station
    209 S. Oliver
    Aztec, NM 

Other DRCs are open at:

  • Lincoln County
    Horton Complex
    237 Service Road
    Ruidoso, NM 
  • Mescalero Apache Reservation 
    Mescalero Apache School
    249 White Mountain Dr.

    Hours at all centers are:
    Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Closed Sunday

New Mexicans can also gather information on resources such as SNAP, Medicaid, unemployment, insurance claim assistance, Disaster Case Management, vital records, mental health support and childcare assistance. No appointment is needed. 

All Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs and are equipped with assistive technology. Language services are also available at the center. You do not have to visit the center to apply for FEMA disaster assistance. 

For more information and assistance, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. MT. Help is available in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA your number for that service.

kwei.nwaogu Mon, 07/22/2024 - 18:50
kwei.nwaogu

Today: Last Day to Apply for FEMA Assistance After April 2 Storms

21 hours 26 minutes ago
Today: Last Day to Apply for FEMA Assistance After April 2 Storms

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Survivors of the April 2 severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, landslides and mudslides have until 11:59 p.m. ET tonight to apply for federal assistance.

Survivors can apply in-person at the following Disaster Recovery Centers until 6 p.m. today:

  • Carter County: Members Choice Credit Union, 438 Interstate Drive, Grayson, KY 41143.
  • Fayette County: Emergency Operations Center, 115 Cisco Road, Lexington, KY 40504. 
  • Greenup County: Greenup County Courthouse, 301 Main St., Greenup, KY 41114.
Other Ways to Apply for Federal Assistance

Homeowners and renters in Boyd, Carter, Fayette, Greenup, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Mason, Oldham, Union and Whitley counties can:

If survivors use a relay service, such as video relay, captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service. For accessible information about how to register for FEMA disaster assistance, survivors can watch this video YouTube link.

Homeowners, renters, businesses, and nonprofit organizations can apply for long-term, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance and other sources. Apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at sba.gov/disaster. More information can also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. A Business Recovery Center is operating at Jefferson County Fire Station, 8905 US-42, Prospect, KY 40059. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

For the latest information on Kentucky’s recovery from the April 2 severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, landslides and mudslides, please visit fema.gov/disaster/4782. Follow FEMA on X, formerly called Twitter, at twitter.com/femaregion4 and at facebook.com/fema.

sandra.habib Mon, 07/22/2024 - 16:38
sandra.habib

FEMA Commits $989 Million to Strengthen St. Croix’s Wastewater System

1 day ago
FEMA Commits $989 Million to Strengthen St. Croix’s Wastewater System

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – FEMA continues its partnership with the Government of the Virgin Islands strengthening critical infrastructure damaged during Hurricane Maria on St. Croix with today’s obligation of $989 million toward making the island’s wastewater system more resilient against catastrophic events.

The prudent replacement of a vast majority of wastewater sewer lines and 14 pump stations on St. Croix is made possible under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. This Public Assistance Alternative Procedures project further demonstrates FEMA’s collaboration with the territory to replace critical facilities and infrastructure destroyed during hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.

FEMA will continue to focus on a collaboration with our territorial and other federal partners on a recovery from Irma and Maria that will provide the Government of the Virgin Islands the technical and financial resources to replace infrastructure built to withstand future storms. 

“We welcome the opportunity to work with the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority to transform St. Croix’s wastewater collection, transport and sewage system into a resilient infrastructure that will serve the community of St. Croix for decades to come,” said FEMA U.S. Virgin Islands Recovery Director Kristen Hodge. 

As of today, FEMA has committed $11.9 billion through its Public Assistance program toward emergency and permanent repairs for infrastructure damaged during the 2017 hurricanes. Of the $11.9 billion, about $1.2 billion is approved toward hazard mitigation measures to help break the cycle of disaster damage and reconstruction.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

gina.callaghan Mon, 07/22/2024 - 14:04
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Disaster Recovery Center Opening in Roane County, W.Va.

1 day 1 hour ago
Disaster Recovery Center Opening in Roane County, W.Va.

July 21, 2024
DR-4787-WV MA-006
FEMA News Desk: 215-931-5597
FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov

Media Advisory

Disaster Recovery Center Opening in Roane County, W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A state-federal Disaster Recovery Center will open in Spencer, W.Va., Monday, July 22, 2024, at 8 a.m. to help West Virginia residents affected by the severe storms and flooding of April 11-12, 2024.

The center is located at:

Roane County Mobile Disaster Recovery Center

Old National Guard Armory Parking Lot

206 E Main St.

Spencer, WV 25276

Hours of operation:

Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Closed on Sundays

West Virginia residents who were impacted by the April 11-12 severe storms can visit a disaster recovery center to get help registering for FEMA disaster assistance. To locate a center, check the FEMA app or visit DRC Locator (fema.gov)

Other recovery experts from the U.S. Small Business Administration will also be available at the Disaster Recovery Center to address additional needs.

The FEMA registration deadline for the April 11-12 storm is Sept. 3, 2024.

If you have received a letter from FEMA about your application status, visit a DRC to learn more about next steps. Staff at the center can help you submit additional information or supporting documentation for FEMA to continue to process your application and answer any questions you may have.

Survivors do not have to visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to register with FEMA. If it is not possible to visit a center, call 800-621-FEMA (3362). The toll-free telephone line operates from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

For more information on West Virginia’s disaster recovery, visit emd.wv.gov, West Virginia Emergency Management Division Facebook page,www.fema.gov/disaster/4787 and www.facebook.com/FEMA.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Follow us on X at x.com/FEMAregion3 and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/femaregion3

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 833-285-7448. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish and 3 for other languages).

issa.mansaray Mon, 07/22/2024 - 13:01
issa.mansaray

Don’t Wait! It’s the Final Day to Apply for FEMA Assistance

1 day 1 hour ago
Don’t Wait! It’s the Final Day to Apply for FEMA Assistance

  

July 22, 2024
DR-4783-WV NR-016
FEMA News Desk: 215-931-5597
FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov

News Release

Don’t Wait! It’s the Final Day to Apply for FEMA Assistance

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Today is the final day for residents in Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, Marshall, Nicholas, Ohio, Putnam, Wayne and Wetzel counties to apply for FEMA Assistance if they had damages during the April 2-6, 2024, floods and tornadoes. The deadline to apply is today, July 22, 2024.

FEMA assistance for individuals and families affected by the flooding can cover home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

The easiest way to apply for FEMA assistance is online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone line operates from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

Today, July 22, 2024, is also the final deadline to apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan. Applicants can apply online at sba.gov/disaster, call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955, or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay service.

For more information on West Virginia’s disaster recovery, visit emd.wv.gov, West Virginia Emergency Management Division Facebook page,www.fema.gov/disaster/4783 and www.facebook.com/FEMA.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Follow us on X at x.com/FEMAregion3 and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/femaregion3

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 833-285-7448. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish and 3 for other languages).

issa.mansaray Mon, 07/22/2024 - 12:33
issa.mansaray

West Virginians impacted by April 11-12 floods have until Sept. 3 to apply for FEMA Assistance

2 days 22 hours ago
West Virginians impacted by April 11-12 floods have until Sept. 3 to apply for FEMA Assistance

July 20, 2024
DR-4787-WV PSA-001
FEMA News Desk: 215-931-5597
FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov

Public service announcement

West Virginians impacted by April 11-12 floods have until Sept. 3 to apply for FEMA Assistance

RUN TIME: 30 seconds
START DATE: Immediately
KILL DATE: Sept. 3, 2024
EDITOR’S NOTE: Please run/use the following PSA to assist homeowners and renters affected by the severe storms and flooding of April 11-12, 2024

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR FEMA STORM HELP IS SEPTEMBER THIRD.

West Virginia RESIDENTS HIT BY the April eleven and twelve FLOODs, APPLY now FOR FEMA help.

Hancock, Kanawha, Marshall, Ohio, Roane, Wetzel and Wood County RESIDENTS, CALL 
eight hundred --- SIX-TWO-ONE --- THREE-THREE-SIX-TWO…
GO TO DISASTER ASSISTANCE DOT GOV….
OR A FEMA DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER. 

Hancock, Kanawha, Marshall, Ohio, Roane, Wetzel and wood COUNTY RESIDENTS apply FOR FEMA HELP BY September THIRD. 

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issa.mansaray Sat, 07/20/2024 - 15:36
issa.mansaray

Protect Yourself from Fraud, Schemes and Scams

2 days 22 hours ago
Protect Yourself from Fraud, Schemes and Scams

July 20, 2024
DR-4787-WV PSA-002
FEMA News Desk: 215-931-5597
FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov

Public service announcement

Protect Yourself from Fraud, Schemes and Scams

RUN TIME: 30 seconds


START DATE: Immediately 


KILL DATE: Sept. 3, 2024


EDITOR’S NOTE: Please run/use the following PSA to assist homeowners and renters affected by the severe storms and flooding of April 11-12, 2024

WEST VIRGINIA RESIDENTS APPLYING FOR FEMA HELP: BEWARE OF FRAUDS AND SCAMS!

People may try to take your name, your Social Security number AND your money.

Don’t let it happen!

If you’re not sure about who’s taking your information, call the FEMA Fraud Line at 
EIGHT-SIX-SIX --- TWO-TWO-THREE --- FOUR-NINE-TWO-SIX

IF YOU SUSPECT FRAUD, call the FEMA Fraud Line at 
EIGHT-SIX-SIX --- TWO-TWO-THREE --- FOUR-NINE-TWO-SIX

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issa.mansaray Sat, 07/20/2024 - 15:23
issa.mansaray

Only Two Days Left to Apply for FEMA Assistance

2 days 23 hours ago
Only Two Days Left to Apply for FEMA Assistance

July 20, 2024
DR-4783-WV NR-015
FEMA News Desk: 215-931-5597
FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov

News release

Only Two Days Left to Apply for FEMA Assistance

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Residents in Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, Marshall, Nicholas, Ohio, Putnam, Wayne and Wetzel counties have just two days left to apply for FEMA Assistance for damages sustained during the April 2-6, 2024, severe storms. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 22, 2024.

FEMA assistance for individuals and families affected by the flooding can cover home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

The easiest way to apply for FEMA assistance is online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone line operates from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

July 22, 2024, is also the final deadline to apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan. Applicants can apply online at sba.gov/disaster, call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955, or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay service.

For more information on West Virginia’s disaster recovery, visit emd.wv.gov, West Virginia Emergency Management Division Facebook page,www.fema.gov/disaster/4783 and www.facebook.com/FEMA.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Follow us on X at x.com/FEMAregion3 and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/femaregion3

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 833-285-7448. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish and 3 for other languages).

 

issa.mansaray Sat, 07/20/2024 - 14:08
issa.mansaray

FEMA and SBA Top $6 Million for South Fork and Salt Fires and Flooding Recovery

3 days 1 hour ago
FEMA and SBA Top $6 Million for South Fork and Salt Fires and Flooding Recovery

Just 30 days after President Biden declared a major disaster for the state of New Mexico following the South Fork and Salt Fires and flooding that began on June 17, more than $6 million in federal assistance has been approved by FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to support disaster recovery.  

FEMA and our federal partners are working closely with the state of New Mexico to provide help in recovery for all its affected residents as quickly as possible,” said Robert M. Patterson Jr., FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer for New Mexico. “Federal assistance is just one part of the whole community effort to support New Mexico’s recovery from last month’s fires and floods,” he added. 

As of July 19, New Mexico’s recovery assistance includes: 

More than $3 million in grants awarded to eligible homeowners and renters in Lincoln, Otero, Rio Arriba and San Juan counties and the Mescalero Apache Reservation. These grants help pay for eligible losses and disaster-related damage, including:

  • More than $1.7 million in FEMA housing grants to help pay for home repair, home replacement and rental assistance for temporary housing. 
  • More than $1.3 million in grants to help pay for personal property replacement and other serious disaster-related needs — such as moving and storage fees, transportation, childcare, and medical and dental expenses. 
SBA

More than $3 million in long-term, low-interest disaster loans from SBA has been approved and are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and non-profit organizations to repair, rebuild or replace disaster-damaged physical property and to cover economic injury from the fires and flooding.

SBA opened a Business Recovery Center (BRC) to help applicants to complete their disaster loan applications. It is located inside the Ruidoso Public Library (Archive Room), 107 Kansas City Road, Ruidoso. The BRC is open Mondays – Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment is needed. 

SBA has the largest source of funds to help private property owners pay for disaster losses not covered by insurance or other recoveries. The program covers deductibles and increased cost of compliance after a disaster. Survivors should not wait for an insurance settlement before submitting an SBA loan application. 

Applicants may apply at https://lending.sba.gov. Business owners also may apply in-person by visiting SBA Business Recovery Center at the Ruidoso Public Library. The deadline to apply to SBA for property damage is Aug. 19, 2024. The deadline to apply for economic injury is March 20, 2025.

New Mexicans who suffered damage from the wildfires and flooding may apply for help from both FEMA and SBA at the same time. 

FEMA on the Ground

FEMA response staff was on site in southern New Mexico within hours of the first fire alarm. To date more than 300 FEMA personnel have deployed to this disaster — in-person and virtually — to execute disaster assistance and recovery programs in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM).

The state and FEMA have staffed and operated Disaster Recovery Centers in Roswell, Ruidoso and the Mescalero Apache Reservation, which have provided face-to-face assistance to nearly 1,000 homeowners, renters and their families. To find the closest center to you, visit fema.gov/drc.

FEMA’s Volunteer Agency Liaisons (VALs) are operating four donation centers and points of distribution in areas affected by the fires and floods. In addition, about 113,000 immediate relief supplies have been donated and distributed to impacted residents from the Roswell Armory, and more than 1,969 individual volunteers from VOAD and the American Red Cross have contributed more than 52,911 hours to the recovery.

Public Assistance 

FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program reimburses the state, counties, local governments, tribes, and certain private nonprofits (including houses of worship) for eligible costs of disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures and repair and replacement of storm-damaged facilities, such as roads, bridges, public utilities, including water treatment and electrical plants, government buildings and parks. PA is available, on a cost -sharing basis, in all five designated areas: Lincoln, Otero, Rio Arriba and San Juan counties and the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

How to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance

The first step for individuals and households to receive assistance is to apply to FEMA for federal assistance. There are no costs involved to apply for, or receive, FEMA assistance. There are four ways to apply:

  1. Go online to disasterassistance.gov/
  2. Download the FEMA App for mobile devices at fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-products
  3. Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. MT. Help is available in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA your number for that service.
  4. Visit a Disaster Recovery Center operated by the state of New Mexico and FEMA. For location and hours, visit fema.gov/drc

For an accessible video on how to apply for assistance, visit youtube.com/watch= WZGpWI2RCNw.

The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is Aug. 19, 2024.

For more information about FEMA’s Individual Assistance program, visit  www.fema.gov/assistance/individual

kwei.nwaogu Sat, 07/20/2024 - 13:00
kwei.nwaogu

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Montana

3 days 18 hours ago
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Montana

WASHINGTON ­-- FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance is available to the state of Montana to supplement recovery efforts in areas affected by the severe winter storm and flooding from May 6-9, 2024.

Public Assistance federal funding is available to the state, tribal 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 the severe winter storm and flooding in Blaine, Chouteau, Fergus, Hill, Judith Basin, Petroleum, Pondera, Teton, Toole and Wheatland counties and the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation and the Fort Belknap Indian Community.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Edwin J. Martin has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.

amy.ashbridge Fri, 07/19/2024 - 19:51
amy.ashbridge

West Virginia Disaster Recovery Centers Reopening Saturday, July 20

3 days 18 hours ago
West Virginia Disaster Recovery Centers Reopening Saturday, July 20

July 19, 2024
DR-4783-WV MA-037
DR-4787-WV MA-005
FEMA News Desk: 215-931-5597
FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov

Media Advisory

West Virginia Disaster Recovery Centers Reopening Saturday, July 20

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Disaster Recovery Centers in West Virginia will resume regular hours of operation on Saturday, July 20, 2024. 

The sites and hours are as follow. Please note that the Wayne County Disaster Recovery Center will close permanently at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 20.

Kanawha County Disaster Recovery Center

Tyler Mountain FD

5380 Big Tyler Road

Charleston, WV 25313

Hours of operation:

Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Closed on Sundays

Kanawha County Disaster Recovery Center

Recreation Center

2601 Fairlawn Ave

Dunbar, WV 25064

Hours of operation:

Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Closed on Sundays

Wayne County Mobile Disaster Recovery Center

Wayne County Office of Emergency Management

1 Hendricks St.

Wayne, WV 26651

Hours of operation:

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Closing permanently at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 20, 2024

Ohio County Disaster Recovery Center

U.S. Army Reserve Center

25 Armory Dr.

Wheeling, WV 26003

Hours of operation:

Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Closed on Sundays

Hancock County Disaster Recovery Center

New Cumberland City Hall 

104 North Court St

New Cumberland, WV 26407

Hours of operation:

Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Closed on Sundays

Survivors can continue to call FEMA for assistance at 800-621- FEMA (3362). The toll-free telephone line operates from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. 

The fastest and easiest way to apply for assistance is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov.

For more information on West Virginia’s disaster recovery, visit emd.wv.gov, West Virginia Emergency Management Division Facebook page,www.fema.gov/disaster/4783www.fema.gov/disaster/4787 and www.facebook.com/FEMA.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Follow us on X at x.com/FEMAregion3 and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/femaregion3

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 833-285-7448. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish and 3 for other languages).

issa.mansaray Fri, 07/19/2024 - 19:27
issa.mansaray

FEMA Specialists in Texas Communities After Hurricane Beryl

3 days 19 hours ago
FEMA Specialists in Texas Communities After Hurricane Beryl

AUSTIN – FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) crews are in Texas neighborhoods helping people apply for FEMA assistance after Hurricane Beryl.

These specialists can help Texans apply for federal assistance, check the status of an application, identify potential needs and make connections with organizations that can provide resources. DSA crews carry FEMA photo identification and never ask for, or accept, money.

How to Apply to FEMA

Homeowners and renters in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nagcodoches, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker and Wharton counties can apply in several ways:

  • Go online to disasterassistance.gov.
  • Download the FEMA App for mobile devices.
  • Call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CT. Help is available in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA your number for that service.
  • Visit a Disaster Recovery Center. For locations, visit fema.gov/drc. These centers can help with both Hurricane Beryl and the April 26-June 5 storms and flooding.
alexa.brown Fri, 07/19/2024 - 18:43
alexa.brown

Disaster Recovery Center to Close in Wayne County, W.Va.

3 days 19 hours ago
Disaster Recovery Center to Close in Wayne County, W.Va.

July 19, 2024
DR-4783-WV MA-036
FEMA News Desk: 215-931-5597
FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov

Media Advisory

Disaster Recovery Center to Close in Wayne County, W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The state-federal Disaster Recovery Center at the Wayne County Office of Emergency Management in Wayne is closing permanently tomorrow, Saturday, July 20, 2024, at 6 p.m.

The center is located at:

Wayne County Mobile Disaster Recovery Center

Wayne County Office of Emergency Management/911 Center

1 Hendricks St.

Wayne, WV 25570

Hours of operation:

Closing permanently at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 20, 2024

Residents of all counties can continue to visit other DRCs in West Virginia. To locate a center, check the FEMA app or visit DRC Locator (fema.gov).

If you have received a letter from FEMA about your application status, visit a DRC to learn more about next steps.  DRC staff can help you submit additional information or supporting documentation for FEMA to continue to process your application and answer any questions you may have.

Survivors do not have to visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to register with FEMA. If it is not possible to visit a DRC, call 800-621-FEMA (3362). The toll-free telephone line operates from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

For more information on West Virginia’s disaster recovery, visit emd.wv.gov, West Virginia Emergency Management Division Facebook page,www.fema.gov/disaster/4783 and www.facebook.com/FEMA.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Follow us on X at x.com/FEMAregion3 and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/femaregion3

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 833-285-7448. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish and 3 for other languages).

issa.mansaray Fri, 07/19/2024 - 18:27
issa.mansaray

FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight Falls Fire in Oregon

3 days 19 hours ago
FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight Falls Fire in Oregon

BOTHELL, Wash. -  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Falls Fire burning in Harney and Grant counties, Oregon. 

The state of Oregon’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) was approved by FEMA Region 10 Deputy Administrator Vincent J. Maykovich on Thursday, July 18, 2024, at 7:34 p.m. PT. He determined that the Falls Fire threatened to cause such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. This is the fourth FMAG declared in 2024 to help fight Oregon wildfires. 

At the time of the state’s request, the wildfire threatened homes in and around the communities of Burns and Silvies. The fire also threatened state highways, cell towers, rangeland, agricultural assets and irrigation and utilities infrastructure in the area. 

FMAGs are provided through the President's Disaster Relief Fund and are made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible items can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair, and replacement; mobilization and demobilization activities; and tools, materials, and supplies. This authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating, and controlling designated fires. These grants do not provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire. 

In addition to the firefighting funds authorized under this FMAG, another $985,111 will be available to Oregon through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Post Fire for the mitigation of future wildfires and related hazards, such as flood after fire or erosion. Some eligible wildfire project types include defensible space measures, ignition-resistant construction, and hazardous fuels reduction. The Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 authorizes FEMA to provide HMGP Post-Fire funds to eligible states and territories that receive Fire Management Assistance declarations and federally recognized tribes that have land burned within a designated area.  

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Follow FEMA Region 10 on X and LinkedIn for the latest updates and visit FEMA.gov for more information.

 

FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

 

 

natalie.shaver Fri, 07/19/2024 - 18:27
natalie.shaver

West Virginia Disaster Recovery Centers closed Friday, July 19

3 days 21 hours ago
West Virginia Disaster Recovery Centers closed Friday, July 19

July 19, 2024
DR-4783-WV MA-035
DR-4787-WV MA-004

FEMA News Desk: 215-931-5597
FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov

Media Advisory

West Virginia Disaster Recovery Centers closed Friday, July 19 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Disaster Recovery Centers in West Virginia will be closed Friday, July 19, 2024, because of an outage affecting computers nationwide.  

This affects the following Disaster Recover Centers:

Kanawha County Disaster Recovery Center

Tyler Mountain VFD
5380 Big Tyler Road
Charleston, WV 25313

Kanawha County Disaster Recovery Center

Recreation Center

2601 Fairlawn Ave

Dunbar, WV 25064

Wayne County Mobile Disaster Recovery Center

Wayne County Office of Emergency Management

1 Hendricks St.

Wayne, WV 26651

Ohio County Disaster Recovery Center

U.S. Army Reserve Center
25 Armory Dr.
Wheeling, WV 26003

Hancock County Disaster Recovery Center

New Cumberland City Hall 

104 North Court St

New Cumberland, WV 26407

Survivors can continue to call FEMA for assistance at 800-621- FEMA (3362). The toll-free telephone line operates from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. 

The fastest and easiest way to apply for assistance is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov.

For more information on West Virginia’s disaster recovery, visit emd.wv.gov, West Virginia Emergency Management Division Facebook page, www.fema.gov/disaster/4783 and www.facebook.com/FEMA.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Follow us on X at x.com/FEMAregion3 and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/femaregion3

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 833-285-7448. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish and 3 for other languages).

issa.mansaray Fri, 07/19/2024 - 16:10
issa.mansaray

Hays County, Texas, Flood Maps Become Final

4 days 16 hours ago
Hays County, Texas, Flood Maps Become Final

DENTON, Texas – New flood maps have been finalized and will become effective on Jan. 17, 2025, for Hays County, Texas. During the next six months, a FEMA compliance specialist will work with the community to update each floodplain ordinance and adopt these new flood maps. 

Residents are encouraged to examine the maps to determine if they are in a low-to-moderate or high-risk flood zone. The current and future Flood Insurance Rate Map can be viewed on FEMA’s Flood Map Changes Viewer at https://msc.fema.gov/fmcv.

By understanding flood risks, individuals can decide which insurance option is best for their situation. Community leaders can use these maps to make informed decisions about building standards and development that will make the community more resilient and lessen the impacts of a flooding event.

Anyone without flood insurance risks uninsured losses to their home, personal property and business. Flood insurance is available either through a private policy or through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for those in communities who participate in the NFIP. Residents with federally backed mortgages must have flood insurance if their structures are in the Special Flood Hazard Area.

Contact your local floodplain administrator (FPA) to review the new flood maps and learn more about your risk of flooding. A FEMA Map Specialist can help identify your community FPA and answer questions about the maps as well. Contact them by phone or online chat.

There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting floodsmart.gov.

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