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Personas con daños por inundación en Missouri pueden solicitar ayuda de FEMA
Personas con daños por inundación en Missouri pueden solicitar ayuda de FEMA

ST. LOUIS – Los inquilinos y propietarios de viviendas en el condado de St. Louis, la ciudad de St. Louis y el condado de St. Charles, que se vieron afectados por las inundaciones repentinas del 25 al 28 de julio, pueden solicitar asistencia por desastre de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés).

Solicite en línea, en disasterassistance.gov/es, llamando al 800-621-3362 o utilizando la aplicación móvil de FEMA.

Si usted utiliza un servicio de retransmisión, como retransmisión de video (VRS), teléfono con subtítulos u otro servicio, proporcione a FEMA el número de ese servicio.

Para necesidades no cubiertas por el seguro u otras fuentes, FEMA puede proporcionar dinero de la subvención de Asistencia Individual que no tiene que ser reembolsado, para:

  • Asistencia de alquiler si necesita reubicarse debido a daños por inundación
  • Propiedad personal que fue dañada o destruida por inundación
  • Reembolso de gastos de alojamiento si ha tenido que alojarse en un hotel temporalmente
  • Reparaciones básicas del hogar para propietarios cuya residencia principal fue dañada por inundación
  • Otras necesidades graves causadas por inundaciones recientes
  • Solo una solicitud por hogar

FEMA no paga por la pérdida de alimentos.

Cuando solicite con FEMA, tenga la siguiente información disponible:

  • Número de teléfono actual
  • Dirección de la propiedad donde ocurrieron los daños por inundación
  • Dirección donde se aloja actualmente
  • Número de Seguro Social de un miembro del hogar
  • Lista básica de daños y pérdidas
  • Información bancaria, si elige depósito directo para recibir dinero de FEMA
  • Información del seguro, si está asegurado, incluyendo el número de póliza

Si tiene seguro de propietario, inquilino o seguro de inundación, debe presentar una reclamación lo antes posible. FEMA no puede duplicar los beneficios por pérdidas cubiertas por el seguro. Si su póliza no cubre todos sus gastos por los daños, usted puede ser elegible para asistencia federal.

Tome fotos para documentar los daños, y comience la limpieza y las reparaciones para evitar más daños. Recuerde mantener los recibos de todas las compras relacionadas con la limpieza y reparación.

Para ver un video accesible sobre cómo solicitar asistencia, visite

youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw. (enlace en inglés)

Para actualizaciones de FEMA sobre el desastre, siga a @FEMAregion7 en Twitter (enlace en inglés), y active las notificaciones móviles. Visite la página web del desastre en fema.gov/es/disaster/4665

Para actualizaciones de la Agencia Estatal para el Manejo de Emergencias (SEMA) sobre el desastre, siga a @MOSEMA en Twitter (enlace en inglés), y active las notificaciones móviles. Recovery.MO.gov (enlace en inglés) continúa siendo una fuente única para ayudar a los habitantes de Missouri a encontrar fácilmente información y recursos relacionados con desastres.

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La misión de FEMA es ayudar a las personas antes, durante y después de los desastres.

John.Mills Wed, 08/10/2022 - 23:16

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 23:16:32 +0000


Pottawatomie County Disaster Recovery Center to Close Aug. 11
Pottawatomie County Disaster Recovery Center to Close Aug. 11

OKLAHOMA CITY – The final day for Oklahoma residents to visit the joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Pottawatomie County is Thursday, Aug. 11. The DRC was opened to help survivors affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 2-8.

Oklahoma residents can still visit other DRCs for assistance. To locate the closest DRC to you, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov, download the FEMA app or visit the DRC Locator. You can also text 43362 and type DRC (your ZIP Code); for example, DRC 12345.

The center is closing permanently at 7 p.m., Aug. 11:

Pottawatomie County

Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center

1700 W. Independence St.

Shawnee, OK 74804

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday

 

Carmen.Castro Wed, 08/10/2022 - 19:36

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 19:36:35 +0000


Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Breathitt, Letcher Counties
Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Breathitt, Letcher Counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Disaster Recovery Centers are open in Breathitt and Letcher counties to assist Eastern Kentucky flood survivors.

Center locations:

  • Breathitt County: Breathitt Library – 1024 College Ave, Jackson, KY 41339
  • Letcher County: Letcher County Recreation Center – 1505 Jenkins Rd., Whitesburg, KY 41858

Already Open:

  • Perry County: Hazard Community College –1 Community College Dr., Hazard KY 41701
  • Knott County: Knott County Sport Plex - 450 Kenny Champion Loop #8765 Leburn, KY 41831
  • Clay County: Oneida Elementary School - 435 Newfound Rd., Oneida KY 40972 (closes 4 p.m. Aug.  15)

Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Survivors in Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Whitley counties can go to any center to get help with applications for federal assistance. They also can help update applications with additional information that FEMA requires and they can help with appeals of FEMA decisions.

FEMA financial assistance may include money for temporary housing, basic home repairs or other uninsured, disaster-related needs such as childcare, transportation and medical, funeral or dental expenses.

In addition to FEMA personnel, representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and agencies from the Commonwealth will be available at the recovery centers to assist survivors.

It is not necessary to go to a disaster recovery center to apply for FEMA assistance. Homeowners and renters in Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Whitley counties can go online to 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.

Flood survivors who apply for FEMA assistance may be referred to the SBA. It is important to submit an SBA application so you can be considered for additional FEMA grants.

sandra.habib Wed, 08/10/2022 - 17:53

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:53:44 +0000


FEMA Approves Another $2.9 Million for Utah COVID-19 Response
FEMA Approves Another $2.9 Million for Utah COVID-19 Response

DENVER – FEMA has approved an additional $2.9 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in Utah. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 4, 2020. FEMA has now provided more than $300 million for the Utah COVID-19 response with this additional funding.

  • FEMA awarded $1.5 million in grant funds to the Utah Department of Health to reimburse them for the cost of contracted long-term medical care for COVID-19 positive patients. The state reserved skilled nursing beds at designated COVID-19 nursing facilities for long-term care patients who were discharged from acute care, or for patients who did not require hospitalization, but needed to be transferred from other nursing or assisted living facilities to accommodations specifically geared towards COVID-19 care until they were deemed safe to return to their original living situation. Ninety-three beds were reserved at three separate facilities within the state of Utah, to prevent or mitigate the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. This award covers contracted nursing facilities from January 17, 2022, to March 31, 2022.
  • FEMA also awarded $1.3 million to Salt Lake County as reimbursement for the cost of setting up and operating a COVID-19 emergency coordination center.  Salt Lake County used their own staff and contracted labor to operate the emergency coordination center and provide technical expertise for the county’s COVID-19 response. This included the cost to staff quarantine and isolation centers, and to serve as a liaison to volunteer organizations and community partners regarding COVID-19 issues. It also includes rental of a warehouse facility for receiving and handling of COVID-19 supplies, cleaning supplies, and materials needed to set up testing and vaccination sites.  This award covers Salt Lake County’s COVID-19 coordination center costs from January 30, 2020, through December 31, 2021.

For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow state and local governments to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, tribal and local officials work to assist their communities during this response.  

To fully support this essential work, the President authorized provision of FEMA Public Assistance at 100 percent federal funding through July 1, 2022.   Beginning July 2, 2022, the federal cost share for COVID-19 projects is 90 percent of the eligible cost.

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/assistance/public.

Brian.Hvinden Wed, 08/10/2022 - 16:50

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 16:50:19 +0000


FEMA Awards Additional Funds for Spring Creek Wildfire Response
FEMA Awards Additional Funds for Spring Creek Wildfire Response

DENVER – FEMA has awarded another $1.9 million to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control for the cost of fighting the Spring Creek Wildfire that impacted portions of Colorado in late June and July of 2018. The funds are provided by FEMA’s Public Assistance program under a Fire Management Assistance declaration for Colorado issued on June 28, 2018.

The Spring Creek wildfire began in Costilla and Huerfano counties on June 27, 2018. The fire burned 108,000 acres, destroyed 140 buildings and caused the evacuation of approximately 400 homes.  This Fire Management Assistance Grant for the Spring Creek wildfire reimburses the state for costs incurred to fight the wildfire including the cost of air tankers, helicopters, firefighters, EMTs, communications technicians, and personnel support equipment.

The FEMA grant represents the 75 percent federal cost share made available under the Fire Management Assistance Grant declaration.  FEMA has now awarded the state more than $6.6 million in response to the Spring Creek Wildfire.

For more information on FEMA’s Fire Management Assistance Grants, visit  https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details.  Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/assistance/public.

Brian.Hvinden Wed, 08/10/2022 - 16:43

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 16:43:46 +0000


FEMA Awards Funds for Dollar Ridge Wildfire Response
FEMA Awards Funds for Dollar Ridge Wildfire Response

DENVER – FEMA has awarded $4.1 million to the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands to cover costs of fighting the Dollar Ridge wildfire that impacted north-central Utah in July of 2018. The funds are provided by FEMA’s Public Assistance program under a Fire Management Assistance declaration for Utah issued on July 2, 2018, in response to the wildfire.

The Dollar Ridge wildfire began south of Fruitland on July 1, 2018. The fire burned over 68,000 acres of private, state, and federal land, destroying 74 homes and damaging six others and prompting the evacuation of approximately 300 residents.   In addition, the fire threatened several hundred gas and oil wells and the Strawberry River watershed.

The FEMA Fire Management Assistance Grant for the Dollar Ridge wildfire reimburses the state for costs incurred to fight the wildfire including the cost of firefighters from 13 fire departments and the Utah National Guard, as well as state employees and contractors, communications, firefighting equipment, and air operations.

The FEMA grants represent the 75 percent federal cost share made available under the Fire Management Assistance Grant declaration.

For more information on FEMA’s Fire Management Assistance Grants, visit  https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details.  Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/assistance/public.

Brian.Hvinden Wed, 08/10/2022 - 16:33

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 16:33:07 +0000


President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves for Declaration for Minnesota
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves for Declaration for Minnesota

WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Minnesota to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding from May 29-30, 2022.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to 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 storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding in Aitkin, Big Stone, Cass, Chippewa, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Itasca, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lyon, Nobles, Pine, Pope, Renville, Rock, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wadena and Yellow Medicine counties.

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

Brian F. Schiller has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations for the affected areas. Additional designations may be made later if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.

mayshaunt.gary Wed, 08/10/2022 - 12:55

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 12:55:26 +0000


Eight Municipalities Receive Multimillion Dollar Assignment for Safe Rooms Against Hurricanes
Eight Municipalities Receive Multimillion Dollar Assignment for Safe Rooms Against Hurricanes

These rooms will provide shelter and protection for vulnerable people

San Juan, Puerto Rico –The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved nearly $24.4 million to build ten community safe rooms that will protect residents of eight municipalities from the threat of hurricanes. The funds for these projects come from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

These spaces, which can range from a single room to an additional structure, can withstand winds of up to 160 to 235 miles per hour and provide near absolute safety in the event of a hurricane due to their reinforced construction. All the rooms meet FEMA safety parameters and will be located in areas accessible to the public. The project covers the municipalities of Ceiba, Guayama, Las Marías, Orocovis, Peñuelas, Ponce, San Germán and San Juan.

Community safe rooms are generally equipped with food, water and emergency supplies for the people who will occupy it, although this varies according to the size of the room or building and the use it will be given.

One of the places that will have a safe room will be the Sor Isolina Ferré Centers (CSIF, for its Spanish acronym) in Ponce, who know firsthand the importance of having a safe shelter in case of a strong hurricane.

“During Hurricane María, the Sor Isolina Ferré Centers helped vulnerable communities. These projects represent an additional pillar to support transformation through advocacy and self-management, and achieve community resilience,” said María Julieta Lecompte Shiba, Director of Planning and Innovation at the CSIFs.

The CSIF were allocated funds to build safe rooms in the community support buildings located in the Ponce and Guayama centers; $1.6 million and $4.7 million, respectively. Among the services provided by the CSIFs are temporary housing for people in their human development programs and programs to prevent the use and abuse of controlled substances, among others.

“Although we cannot prevent hurricane activity, we can take measures that protect the people, especially the most vulnerable populations. Safe rooms are a definite step in that direction,” said FEMA's Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator Jose G. Baquero.

Like the CSIFs, the municipal government of Peñuelas will also build a safe room for its residents. It was recently approved an allocation of over $287,000 for the design phase of a safe room to be built in the Quebrada Ceiba neighborhood. The proposed structure consists of a 10,340 square foot multi-purpose building with the capacity to house up to 350 people. The construction phase is estimated at over $1.7 million.

“The purpose is to preserve the safety and life, as well as the continuity of the operations of aid that will be offered by the government and entities that offer services in cases of emergency,” said Miguel Figueroa, Municipal Secretary of Peñuelas.

Among the seven municipalities that were approved for HMGP funds, Las Marías was one of the most affected, as it was practically isolated from the rest of the country due to Hurricane María. FEMA approved over $1.5 million in hazard mitigation funds to build a safe room at the Francisco Bonilla Municipal Coliseum.

According to the Mayor of Las Marías, Edwin Soto Santiago, this structure will be of great benefit to the town. “It'll provide assistance and better safety to face any atmospheric event that we may experience, and the response would be faster. If the municipality would’ve had a safe room when Hurricane María passed, our administration would've responded more quickly and the aid to the citizens would've been better channeled,” he explained.

Except for some cases, the funds for these projects will be distributed in phases, as sub-recipients of these federal allocations meet the design and construction conditions established by FEMA. 

For more information about Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane María, visit fema.gov/disaster/4339 and recovery.pr. Follow us on social media at Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico, Facebook.com/COR3pr and Twitter @COR3pr.

frances.acevedo-pico Wed, 08/10/2022 - 10:57

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 10:57:37 +0000


People with Flood Damage in Missouri Can Apply for FEMA Help
People with Flood Damage in Missouri Can Apply for FEMA Help

ST. LOUIS – Renters and homeowners in St. Louis County, the City of St. Louis and St. Charles County who were affected by flash flooding July 25-28 may apply for FEMA disaster assistance.

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.

For needs not covered by insurance or other sources, FEMA may be able provide Individual Assistance grant money that does not have to be repaid for:

  • Rental Assistance if you need to relocate because of flood damage
  • Personal Property that was damaged or destroyed by flooding
  • Lodging Reimbursement if you’ve had to stay in a hotel temporarily
  • Basic Home Repairs for homeowners whose primary residence was damaged by flooding
  • Other Serious Needs caused by recent flooding
  • Only one application per household

FEMA does not pay for lost food.

When you apply with FEMA, have the following information ready:

  • Phone number where you can be contacted
  • Address at the time of the flooding
  • Address where you are staying now
  • Social Security Number of one member of the household
  • Basic list of damage and losses
  • Bank information if you choose direct deposit for FEMA money
  • Insurance Information if you have insurance, including the policy number

If you have homeowners, renter’s or flood insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If your policy does not cover all your damage expenses, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

Take photos to document damage, and begin cleanup and repairs to prevent further damage. Remember to keep receipts from all purchases related to the cleanup and repair.

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

For disaster updates from FEMA, follow @FEMAregion7 on Twitter, and turn on mobile notifications. Visit the disaster webpage at fema.gov/disaster/4665.

For disaster updates from the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), follow @MOSEMA_ on Twitter, and turn on mobile notifications. Recovery.MO.gov continues to be a go-to, single source to help Missourians easily find information and disaster-related resources.

mayshaunt.gary Tue, 08/09/2022 - 18:05

Tue, 09 Aug 2022 18:05:21 +0000


Chickahominy Tribe Adopts Its First Hazard Mitigation Plan
Chickahominy Tribe Adopts Its First Hazard Mitigation Plan

PHILADELPHIA – On August 4th, FEMA Region 3 approved its first tribal-only Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) after more than a year of work and collaboration between the Chickahominy Tribe and FEMA. The nine-member Chickahominy Tribal Hazard Mitigation Committee and Chief Stephen Adkins formally adopted the Tribe’s plan, which allows for the community to receive non-emergency disaster aid funding.

The Tribe received federal recognition in 2018 through the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017. The Tribe’s citizens mostly live along the Chickahominy River near Richmond and Williamsburg in Charles City County and New Kent County Virginia.

During periods of heavy rain, flooded roads prevent access to the Tribal Center and roadways become impassable due to inadequate drainage infrastructure. The Tribe’s plan contains actions to address this, including feasibility studies of stormwater drainage solutions. Additional actions identified by the Tribe include developing Natural Hazards Pamphlets to inform residents of evacuation routes and shelters, encouraging construction and usage of safe rooms, and expanding their website to promote Hazard Mitigation/Disaster Preparedness for Tribal citizens.

The Chickahominy Tribe was proactive in developing their plan. The hazard mitigation committee met in four working sessions and held interviews with neighboring communities. The committee also held two online public participation workshops and had an online survey. The survey received 60 replies—a remarkable response rate. "The collaboration and shared learning between the Chickahominy Tribe and FEMA Region 3 resulted in a Hazard Mitigation Plan that meets FEMA's requirements and the Tribe's unique needs," says FEMA Region 3, Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney. "The plan lays the groundwork for the Chickahominy to take advantage of mitigation funding and build a more sustainable future."

The Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 allowed federally recognized tribal governments to receive their own major disaster declaration for the first time. The Act lets tribes apply directly to FEMA for disaster aid, and the Chickahominy Tribe plans to utilize this policy with their newly approved Hazard Mitigation Plan.

An approved plan helps tribes prepare before a disaster and can address the significant risks of flash floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes on tribal lands. The plan also readies them to recover more quickly, because the hazards, capabilities and mitigation actions are recorded. This helps tribes act on them throughout the disaster cycle. Hazard mitigation planning leads to actions that will reduce long-term risk from natural hazards and protect tribal citizens.

“This approval represents a signal event in the Chickahominy Tribe which put us in a better position to work directly with FEMA,” says Chief Stephen Adkins, Chief, Chickahominy Indian Tribe. “We look forward to continuing our great relationship with FEMA and working toward a more resilient tribe.”

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charles.elison Tue, 08/09/2022 - 01:04

Tue, 09 Aug 2022 01:04:23 +0000