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Deadline to Apply for Federal Assistance Nears
Deadline to Apply for Federal Assistance Nears

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentuckians: Don’t wait! Apply with FEMA for disaster assistance now! The deadline is fast approaching to apply for help from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Homeowners and renters who suffered damage as a result of the Dec. 10, 2021, severe storms and tornadoes have until Feb. 11, 2022, to apply.

If you live in Barren, Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor and Warren counties, you may be eligible for grants from FEMA and low-interest disaster loans from SBA.

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are canvassing neighborhoods, interacting with residents to help them apply for assistance and to provide referrals to other resources.

Disaster Recovery Centers and Mobile Registration Intake Centers provide one-on-one help with the application process. To find the latest information about Disaster Recovery Centers in Kentucky, visit the FEMA App on your smart phone, click on “Talk to FEMA in person.” You also may visit the Disaster Recovery Center Locator online, or call the FEMA Helpline 800-621-3362.

Applying for help is free. Go online at DisasterAssistance.gov, call 800-621-3362, or use the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

For more information about Kentucky tornado recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4630. Follow the FEMA Region 4 Twitter account at www.twitter.com/femaregion4.

scott.reuter Tue, 01/18/2022 - 21:07

Tue, 18 Jan 2022 21:07:35 +0000


How to Appeal FEMA’s Decision
How to Appeal FEMA’s Decision

FRANKFORT, Ky – Western Kentucky residents who applied for assistance with FEMA following the Dec. 10, 2021, severe storms and tornadoes and received a determination letter regarding their eligibility should read the letter  carefully. It might not be the final answer. 

If you disagree with FEMA’s decision, you can appeal. Every survivor has the right to appeal. By appealing, you are asking FEMA to review your case.

You may just need to submit additional information or supporting documentation for FEMA to continue to process an application. Examples of missing documentation may include proof of insurance coverage; settlement of insurance  claims or denial letter from insurance provider; proof of identity; proof of occupancy; proof of ownership; and proof that the damaged property was the applicant’s primary residence at the time of the disaster.

For answers to questions about the letter, visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

An applicant who disagrees with FEMA’s decision or the amount of assistance may submit an appeal letter and supporting documents such as a contractor’s estimate for home repairs.

An appeal must be in writing. In a signed and dated letter, explain the reason(s) for the appeal. It should also include the applicant’s full name; the FEMA disaster number (FEMA DR-4630-KY for the Kentucky disaster); the address of the pre-disaster primary residence; the applicant’s current phone number and address; and the FEMA application number on all documents.

If someone other than an applicant or co-applicant writes the appeal letter, that person must sign it and provide FEMA with a signed statement authorizing the individual to act on behalf of the applicant.

A letter must be postmarked within 60 days of the date of the determination letter. An appeal letter and supporting documents may be submitted to the agency via a FEMA online account or by mail or fax.

  • To set up a FEMA online account, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, click on “Apply Online” and follow the directions in English or Spanish. At the account, an applicant can also check the status of the application and upload personal information and documents as well as the appeal letter.
  • Or mail to FEMA National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville MD 20782-7055.
  • Or fax to 800-827-8112 (Attention: FEMA).

For more information about Kentucky tornado recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4630. Follow the FEMA Region 4 Twitter account at twitter.com/femaregion4

scott.reuter Tue, 01/18/2022 - 18:48

Tue, 18 Jan 2022 18:48:38 +0000


FEMA Assistance Available for Tennessee Tornado Survivors
FEMA Assistance Available for Tennessee Tornado Survivors

Nashville, Tenn – President Biden declared a major federal disaster declaration on Jan. 14 for the deadly tornado outbreak that took place on December 10 and 11, 2021. Homeowners and renters in 12 counties affected by severe storms, straight-line winds and tornados may now apply for FEMA disaster assistance. These designated counties include Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Gibson, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Obion, Stewart, Sumner, Weakley, and Wilson counties.

Those affected by the tornadoes can call FEMA at 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) to apply. The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, 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.

Residents can also register via smartphone or tablet using the FEMA App, or at www.disasterassistance.gov

Disaster assistance may include financial help with temporary lodging and home repairs, along with other programs to assist those recovering from the tornadoes, such as replacement of personal property and medical expenses not covered by insurance.

For more information on Tennessee severe storms, visit Tennessee Severe Storms (DR-4637-TN) | FEMA.gov. Follow the FEMA Region 4 Twitter account at https://twitter.com/femaregion4.

 

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felicia.jordan Tue, 01/18/2022 - 18:04

Tue, 18 Jan 2022 18:04:55 +0000


FEMA Announces $530 Million for Emergency Food and Shelter Program
FEMA Announces $530 Million for Emergency Food and Shelter Program

WASHINGTON – FEMA has announced that the National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) allocated $530 million to jurisdictions (counties and cities) across the country to assist our nation’s hungry and homeless populations.

Congress appropriated $130 million through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, and $400 million through Section 4007 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to the EFSP. The program’s National Board will distribute the funds to local organizations dedicated to feeding, sheltering and providing critical resources to people with economic emergencies. These funds are for people with non-disaster related emergencies and can be used for a broad range of services, including mass shelter, mass feeding, food pantries and food banks, utility bill payments to prevent cut-offs, rent/mortgage payments to prevent evictions/foreclosures and transition assistance from shelters to stable living conditions. The $400 million in supplemental funding was provided by Congress to specifically address the continuing economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Board is chaired by FEMA with representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide. United Way Worldwide, selected by the National Board as its secretariat and fiscal agent, is also responsible for the EFSP’s daily administration, in alignment with federal requirements and National Board governance.

EFSP funding is allocated to qualifying local jurisdictions based on a formula using the most recent national population, unemployment, and poverty data. Grants are then awarded by local boards to nonprofit and government organizations that provide direct services to those in need in their communities. All applications are evaluated competitively. With this FY 2021 annual and supplemental funding, the total aid disbursed in the EFSP’s 39-year history will be more than $5.6 billion.

Find information about allocations on the EFSP website. Learn more about how EFSP funds help Americans rebuild their lives.

A state-by-state list of the eligible jurisdictions and award amounts is available at www.efsp.unitedway.org.

amy.ashbridge Tue, 01/18/2022 - 17:33

Tue, 18 Jan 2022 17:33:14 +0000


FEMA Assistance Available to Washington Renters
FEMA Assistance Available to Washington Renters

LACEY, WA. – Renters in Clallam, Skagit and Whatcom counties and members of the Lummi Nation, the Nooksack Indian Tribe and the Quileute Tribe whose homes and property were damaged by the November floods can apply for federal disaster assistance.

FEMA Individual Assistance is available to renters, including students, as well as homeowners. Federal grants can help pay for temporary housing. The initial rental grant is for a 2-month period and can be reviewed for further assistance. The application deadline is March 7, 2022.

Renters may also qualify for a grant under FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program for uninsured essential personal property losses and other disaster-related expenses. These may include:

  • Replacement or repair of necessary personal property, such as furniture, appliances, clothing, textbooks or school supplies
  • Replacement or repair of tools and other job-related equipment required by the employer
  • Primary vehicles in compliance with state registration and insurance requirements that have disaster-caused repair or replacement expenses 
  • Uninsured or out-of-pocket medical, dental, childcare, moving or storage expenses

Survivors in the designated counties can apply online at disasterassistance.gov, call 800-621-3362 or use the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.

Long-term, low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other sources.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ or call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 TTY) or send an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Renters may be eligible for a disaster loan up to $40,000, depending on their losses. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is March 7, 2022.

For an accessible video on how renters may be able to get federal help after a disaster: youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=yAHSPK_K7tg&feature=youtu.be.

For more information about Washington flood recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4635. Follow the FEMA Region 10 Twitter account at twitter.com/femaregion10.

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

 

mary.j.edmon Sun, 01/16/2022 - 18:34

Sun, 16 Jan 2022 18:34:39 +0000


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

WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Alaska to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides and mudslides from Oct. 29–Nov. 1, 2021.

Federal funding is 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, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides and mudslides in Kenai Peninsula Borough.

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

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

mashana.davis Sat, 01/15/2022 - 22:19

Sat, 15 Jan 2022 22:19:54 +0000


$1.5 Million Approved for Washington Disaster Survivors
$1.5 Million Approved for Washington Disaster Survivors

LACEY, WA. – One week after Washington disaster survivors became eligible for federal assistance, the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division and FEMA have worked together to award $1.5 million in federal grants to individuals and households.

Residents of Clallam, Skagit and Whatcom counties, including members of the Lummi Nation, Nooksack Indian Tribe and the Quileute Nation who were affected by the Nov. 13-15, 2021 floods and mudslides, can apply to FEMA for help with temporary housing expenses, basic home repairs or other essential disaster-related needs that are not covered by insurance. 

County residents and tribal members in the designated counties can apply online at disasterassistance.gov, by calling 800-621-3362 or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.

Since the Jan. 5 major disaster declaration, the state and FEMA have coordinated to provide $1,526,454 million in federal funds to individuals and households.

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams (DSA) have been deployed to affected communities. DSA team members carry photo identification and never charge for assistance. These teams can help survivors apply for federal assistance, check the status of applications and provide information about resources.

The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is March 7, 2022.

For an accessible video on how to apply for FEMA assistance, go to youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw.

For more information about Washington flood and mudslide recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4635. Follow the FEMA Region 10 Twitter account at twitter.com/femaregion10.

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

mary.j.edmon Sat, 01/15/2022 - 03:18

Sat, 15 Jan 2022 03:18:48 +0000


ICYMI -- FEMA Administrator Gives Remarks to Ongoing COVID-19 Response
ICYMI -- FEMA Administrator Gives Remarks to Ongoing COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell spoke today at the White House about FEMA and the federal government’s continuing support in the ongoing response to COVID-19.

Criswell’s comments came almost one year after FEMA began supporting community vaccination centers in 2021.

FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell speaks at briefing

“We know that the most critical need right now is medical staffing for our hospitals, and we've been working nonstop with the Department of Defense and Health and Human Services, who have been on the ground in communities since day one to push even more medical teams out the door to communities who need it most,” she said. “I’ve seen firsthand the impact of these teams on their continued heroic efforts.”

Criswell added that FEMA policy will now provide funding for states to use their National Guard troops to fill critical healthcare vacancies.

“As critical as our doctors and nurses are, countless other professionals keep our hospitals running. Patient transporters, workers and cleaning staff are all at the heart of these healthcare facilities,” she said. “I am now directing an expansion of our FEMA policy to permit funding to states who elect to use their National Guard troops to fill these critical support roles in hospitals. This pandemic has shifted and changed through the delta variant and now the omicron variant, but our commitment of the entire federal family has not changed. Together, we will continue to surge staff, push resources and provide support using every tool that we have available to fight our fight against COVID-19.”

Watch all of Criswell’s comments from today’s briefing. Additional information on how FEMA continues to support COVID-19 response efforts can be found on FEMA.gov.

amy.ashbridge Fri, 01/14/2022 - 21:45

Fri, 14 Jan 2022 21:45:08 +0000


Kentucky Counties Become Eligible for Additional Public Assistance in Recovery from December Storms and Tornadoes
Kentucky Counties Become Eligible for Additional Public Assistance in Recovery from December Storms and Tornadoes

FRANKFORT, Ky – The Presidential disaster declaration issued Dec. 12, 2021 for Kentucky was amended Jan. 6, 2022 to include Permanent Work under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program (PA), which supplements state and local recovery efforts. Seven additional counties have been added for Emergency Protective Measures.

Sixteen Kentucky counties designated earlier for FEMA Public Assistance after storms, flooding and tornadoes assaulted Western Kentucky on Dec. 10, 2021 are now eligible to apply for Permanent Work, Categories C-G. The affected counties are Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor, Todd, and Warren.

These 16 counties have previously been designated for FEMA Individual Assistance and assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B), including direct federal assistance under the PA program.

The following seven counties have been newly designated for PA Emergency Protective Measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance: Barren, Breckenridge, Bullitt, Grayson, Meade, Shelby, and Spencer. These benefits assist with emergency operations such as sheltering and threats to public health and safety.

FEMA’s PA program reimburses counties, states, tribes, and certain nonprofit organizations for eligible costs of disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures and repair and, under the Permanent Work designation, replacement of disaster-damaged facilities, such as roads, bridges, public utilities, including water treatment and electrical plants, government buildings and parks.

For more information about Kentucky tornado recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4630. Follow the FEMA Region 4 Twitter account at www.twitter.com/femaregion4.

scott.reuter Fri, 01/14/2022 - 21:14

Fri, 14 Jan 2022 21:14:32 +0000


FEMA Specialists to Offer Rebuilding Tips at Stine Home & Yard in Walker
FEMA Specialists to Offer Rebuilding Tips at Stine Home & Yard in Walker

BATON ROUGE, La. – FEMA mitigation specialists will be on-hand at Stine Home & Yard in Walker from Jan. 18 to 22.

Disaster survivors can visit to get advice from FEMA mitigation specialists about rebuilding and protecting homes from future disaster-related damage such as high winds and water. They will also have information about selecting contractors, flood insurance, roof repair and other topics. No appointment is needed.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be available 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 18 to 22 at:

Stine Home & Yard / Walker

29200 S. Walker Road    

Walker, LA 70785

If you need to discuss your assistance application, please call the Helpline at 800-621-3362 to speak to a FEMA individual assistance specialist. Hazard mitigation outreach specialists offer general rebuilding tips and will not be able to discuss specific details of individual assistance cases.

If you cannot visit in person, please call 833-FEMA-4-US or 833-336-2487 to speak to a mitigation specialist.  You can email a specialist at FEMA-LAMit@fema.dhs.gov. Visit a Mitigation web link to find repairing, retrofitting, and rebuilding information at https://fema.connectsolutions.com/lamithttps://fema.connectsolutions.com/la-es-mit for Spanish, or https://fema.connectsolutions.com/la-vie-mit for Vietnamese. 

kiarash.ghiam Fri, 01/14/2022 - 17:08

Fri, 14 Jan 2022 17:08:34 +0000