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FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight Montana’s Horse Gulch Fire
FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight Montana’s Horse Gulch Fire

DENVER – Earlier this evening FEMA authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Horse Gulch Fire burning in Lewis and Clark and Broadwater counties in Montana, between the town of York and Canyon Ferry. 

FEMA Region 8 Administrator Nancy Dragani approved the state’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) after receiving the request this evening and determining that the fire threatened such destruction that it would constitute a major disaster.

At the time of the request, the Horse Gulch Fire was threatening nearly 500 homes, with mandatory evacuations taking place for more than 400 people. The fire started on July 9, 2024 and has burned nearly 11,000 acres with 0-percent containment.  

The 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. It is a reimbursable program. These grants do not provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire.

Fire Management Assistance Grants 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. 

When there is an FMAG authorization, additional funding is made available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Post Fire for the mitigation of wildfire 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.

For more information on FMAGs, visit  https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details. For HMGP Post Fire, visit https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program-post-fire.

Brian.Hvinden

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 04:19:31 +0000


FEMA Assistance Available for Texans Affected by Hurricane Beryl
FEMA Assistance Available for Texans Affected by Hurricane Beryl

WASHINGTON -- Texans who have disaster related needs due to Hurricane Beryl may be eligible for disaster assistance under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. Currently, residents living in Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker and Wharton counties may be eligible for disaster assistance. Additional counties may be added in the future if requested by the state and warranted by further damage assessments.

FEMA Assistance Can Help Jumpstart Recovery

Individuals and families in these counties may be eligible to receive Serious Needs Assistance, which is a one-time $750 payment per household for essential items like food, water, baby formula, breast feeding supplies, medication and other emergency supplies. 

Eligible survivors may also receive Displacement Assistance, which is money to help with housing needs if you cannot return to your home because of the disaster. The money can be used to stay in a hotel, with family and friends or other options while you look for a more permanent housing solution.

In addition to Serious Needs and Displacement Assistance, eligible survivors may receive money for rental assistance, basic home repairs, personal property losses and other eligible expenses related to Hurricane Beryl.

People who applied for and received FEMA assistance for the severe storms that occurred in April can still apply and receive assistance for damage as a result of Hurricane Beryl if their primary home is located in one of the 15 declared counties. 

Residents in any Texas county who experienced property damage are encouraged to report their damage using the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s online Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) by visiting damage.tdem.texas.gov.

How to Apply for FEMA Assistance

The first step residents can take to jumpstart their recovery is to apply for FEMA assistance. There are four easy ways to apply and learn about other forms of assistance that may be available.  

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov. If you have access to Wi-Fi and your electronic devices have power, applying online is the easiest, fastest and most convenient way to apply.
  • On the FEMA App for mobile devices. You can also use the app’s Disaster Recovery Center locator feature to find an open center nearby.
  • Visiting any Disaster Recovery Center, for locations and hours, go online to fema.gov/drc.
  • Calling the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362. Calls are accepted every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT. Wait times may be unusually high and applying online at disasterassistance.gov is the quickest way to complete an application at this time. Help is available in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service. To view an accessible video about how to apply visit: FEMA Accessible: Registering for Individual Assistance - YouTube

FEMA disaster assistance is intended to meet the basic needs of your household for uninsured or underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs in order to jumpstart your recovery. 

Recovery Is a Whole Community Effort 

Texas residents also have the support of voluntary agencies to help them on their path to recovery. Nonprofit partners like the American Red Cross have been on the ground since day one and have hundreds of volunteers who are welcoming people at shelters, providing comfort and a warm meal. The Salvation Army is coordinating a mass feeding operation and has canteens activated across the Gulf Coast region and continue to support over 20 service locations in Texas.

Residents may receive free services to clean up their homes with the help from Crisis Cleanup by calling 979-217-3791. The hotline is open through July 19 and can connect people with volunteers from local relief organizations, community groups and the faith-based community who may be able to assist. 

FEMA, volunteer organizations and the entire federal family are committed to helping Texans recover and will continue working closely with the state to identify needs and address challenges that may arise for as long as it takes.

luther.wills-dudich

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 22:05:02 +0000


Over $100 Million Approved to Help Alaska Communities Rebuild from Typhoon Merbok
Over $100 Million Approved to Help Alaska Communities Rebuild from Typhoon Merbok

ANCHORAGE, Alaska. – As of today, FEMA and the Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have approved $108.8 million to help Alaska communities rebuild infrastructure and public buildings damaged during Typhoon Merbok and reimburse costs incurred by communities to take life-saving emergency measures during and immediately following the storm.

In the weeks and months following Typhoon Merbok, FEMA worked with the state and local communities to identify and begin funding recovery projects. Some of the currently approved projects include:

  • $15.9 million to the City of Hooper Bay for roadway and culvert repairs
  • $12 million to the City of Teller to repair Point Road aka Winter Trail
  • $11.6 million to the City of Golovin to repair city-wide roads
  • $5.9 million to the Native Village of Shaktoolik to repair the community berm
  • $242 thousand for removal of debris in Nome, Elim, Koyuk, Napaskiak, Nunam Iqua, Shaktoolik and Chevak

FEMA will continue to review additional projects as communities provide more information on their recovery costs.

On Sept. 23, 2022, President Biden approved a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of Alaska to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by the remnants of Typhoon Merbok from Sept. 15-20, 2022, including the Bering Strait, Kashunamiut, Lower Kuskokwim, Lower Yukon and Pribilof Island Regional Educational Attendance Areas. As part of that declaration, Public Assistance grant funding was made available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain non-profit organizations on a cost-sharing basis. FEMA funds at least 75% of the Public Assistance grant cost share with the state of Alaska funding the remainder.

Public Assistance delivers FEMA grant assistance to local, tribal and state governments and their agencies; houses of worship, and certain private nonprofit applicants following a disaster declaration. After an event like an earthquake, storm, or wildfire, communities need help to cover their costs for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and restoring critical public infrastructure.

For more information on the FEMA Public Assistance program, visit fema.gov/assistance/public.

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

mary.j.edmon

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 20:32:03 +0000


President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Amends Texas’ Major Disaster Declaration Authorizing Additional Federal Assistance to Help Individuals and Families Jumpstart Recovery Following Hurricane Beryl
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Amends Texas’ Major Disaster Declaration Authorizing Additional Federal Assistance to Help Individuals and Families Jumpstart Recovery Following Hurricane Beryl

WASHINGTON -- President Biden amended the Major Disaster Declaration for Texas on July 12 authorizing additional federal assistance to disaster survivors to help aid in their recovery from Hurricane Beryl which occurred July 5-9, 2024. Survivors who are uninsured or underinsured can register for assistance that may include funding to repair or replace their homes, temporary housing, access to low-interest loans or other programs to help them jumpstart their recovery.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker and Wharton counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Benjamin Abbott has been named 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. 

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or by using the FEMA 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.

 

erika.suzuki

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 20:10:08 +0000


Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Dallas County
Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Dallas County

AUSTIN -- FEMA is opening a Disaster Recovery Center in Dallas County July 13 to provide one-on-one help to Texans affected by the severe storms and flooding April 26-June 5.

Center location:
Dallas College Mountain View Campus, Room E121 - Gymnasium
4849 W. Illinois Ave., 
Dallas, TX 75211

The center will operate Monday-Sunday 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. To find the center location nearest you go to fema.gov/drc.

Residents in Anderson, Austin, Bell, Calhoun, Collin, Cooke, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, Eastland, Ellis, Falls, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Henderson, Hockley, Jasper, Jones, Kaufman, Lamar, Leon, Liberty, Montague, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Panola, Polk, San Jacinto, Rusk, Sabine, Smith, Terrell, Trinity, Tyler, Van Zandt, Walker and Waller counties can visit any open center to meet with representatives of FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. No appointment is needed.

All centers are accessible to people with disabilities or access and functional needs and are equipped with assistive technology.

Texans do not have to visit a Disaster Recovery Center to apply for FEMA assistance. To apply, homeowners and renters can:

  • 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. 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.

Deadline to apply is Aug. 15.

For more information about Texas disaster recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4781. Follow FEMA Region 6 on social media at x.com/FEMARegion6 and on Facebook at facebook.com/FEMARegion6/.

To view an accessible video about how to apply visit: Three Ways to Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance - YouTube.

larissa.hale

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 19:46:13 +0000


Disaster Recovery Centers Opening in Jasper and Ringgold Counties
Disaster Recovery Centers Opening in Jasper and Ringgold Counties

FEMA is opening Disaster Recovery Centers in Jasper and Ringgold counties 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.

JASPER COUNTY

Newton Community School District – 

West Academy 
1302 First Avenue West
Newton, IA 50208

 

1 p.m. – 6 p.m. July 15

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tues - Sat.

 

RINGGOLD COUNTY

United Baptist Presbyterian Church 

2343 US Highway 169
Mount Ayr, IA 50854

 

 

1 p.m. – 6 p.m. July 15

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tues - Sat.

All DRCs are closed on Sundays.

FEMA funding is available to homeowners and renters for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 20-31 in Adair, Adams, Cedar, Jasper, Montgomery, Polk and Story counties. FEMA funding is also available for homeowners and renters in Clarke, Harrison, Mills, Polk, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Shelby and Union counties for the April 26-27 tornadoes and storms. Iowans can visit any open DRC for assistance if needed.

FEMA can provide money to eligible homeowners and renters for help with serious needs, paying for a temporary place to live, home repairs and other needs not covered by insurance.

To save time, please apply with FEMA online or by phone before visiting a Disaster Recovery Center.

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 Centers are physically accessible to people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. They are equipped with assistive and adaptive technology such as amplified phones, caption phones, video phones, wheelchair ramps and other resources to help ensure all applicants can access resources.

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.

thomas.wise

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 19:42:32 +0000


Disaster Recovery Center is Opening in Cross Lanes, WV
Disaster Recovery Center is Opening in Cross Lanes, WV

July 13, 2024

DR-4787-WV-MA-002

FEMA News Desk: 215-931-5597

FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov

Media Advisory

Disaster Recovery Center is Opening in Cross Lanes, WV 

CHARLESTON, W.Va.– A state-federal Disaster Recovery Center will open at the Tyler Mountain Volunteer Fire Department located at 5380 Big Tyler Road in Cross Lanes tomorrow, July 13, 2024, at 8 a.m.

The center is located at:

Kanawha County

Tyler Mountain Volunteer Fire Department

5380 Big Tyler Road 

Charleston, WV 25313

Hours of operation:

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Closed Sundays

West Virginia residents who were impacted by the April 2-6 and 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).

  • The FEMA registration deadline for the April 2-6 storm is July 22, 2024.
  • 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.

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, 12 Jul 2024 18:02:47 +0000


FEMA is Hiring in West Virginia
FEMA is Hiring in West Virginia

July 12, 2024

DR-4783-WV NR011

FEMA News Desk: 215-931-5597

FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov

News Release

FEMA is Hiring in West Virginia 

CHARLESTON, W.VA. – If you’re passionate about helping your neighbors in West Virginia recover from April’s storms and tornadoes, FEMA may have a job for you. 

FEMA is hiring additional staff to assist with recovery from the April 2-6, 2024, severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. 

The agency is currently seeking local candidates for positions within the agency’s Civil Rights, External Affairs, Logistics, and Mitigation divisions. 

The following positions will be available for applications:

Civil Rights Division

  • Civil Rights Advisor/Analyst

Logistics Division

  • Logistics Specialist 

Mitigation Division

  • Mitigation Specialist for Public Projects

External Affairs Division

  • Program Liaison Specialist
  • Media Relations Specialist
  • Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist
  • Creative Services Specialist

 

The initial appointment of 120 days can be extended or reduced depending on mission needs. Federal benefits are offered, such as: Eligible Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) enrollment; federal holiday pay; and accruing four hours of sick leave per pay period. 

Local hires provide an economic stimulus to communities where jobs have been lost due to the April disaster and help augment FEMA’s disaster workforce. 

Working with FEMA will allow West Virginia residents to help neighbors with their recovery. Hiring locally is part of FEMA’s commitment to the community and helps build America’s disaster recovery workforce. In fact, many current FEMA employees started as local hires after major disasters in their states. 

 To learn more and apply, visit this link: USAJobs - Search. Or visit USAJobs.gov, then search for “FEMA” under “Keywords” and “West Virginia” under “Location.” 

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, 12 Jul 2024 17:53:43 +0000


Disaster Recovery Centers to Close on Sundays
Disaster Recovery Centers to Close on Sundays

Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) operated by the State of New Mexico and FEMA in Ruidoso and on the Mescalero Apache Reservation will be closed on Sundays beginning July 14.

Both DRCs will continue to operate Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. MT to 7 p.m. MT.

Residents and business owners in Lincoln, Otero, Rio Arriba and San Juan counties and on the Mescalero Apache Reservation can visit the centers 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 as well as, state, local, nonprofit and other community organizations will be available to meet with visitors. 

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

The DRCs are at:

  • Lincoln County
    Horton Complex
    237 Service Road
    Ruidoso, NM 88345
  • Mescalero Apache Reservation 
    Mescalero Apache School
    249 White Mountain Dr.

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

kwei.nwaogu

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 17:42:10 +0000


Preliminary Flood Maps for Freestone County, Texas, Ready for Public View
Preliminary Flood Maps for Freestone County, Texas, Ready for Public View

DENTON, Texas – Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in all communities and incorporated areas of Freestone County, Texas.

Property owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the appeal and comment periods for the maps.

This is Freestone County’s first complete set of digital FIRMs. These maps serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). SFHAs are areas at high risk for flooding. Communities and residents can use the information to make informed decisions about building, development, and flood insurance.

FEMA stresses that flooding can and does happen outside of the most vulnerable areas.

Review the preliminary flood maps by visiting the local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can help identify community FPAs. Specialists are available by telephone at 877-FEMA-MAP (877-336-2627) or by email at fema-fmix@fema.dhs.gov.

The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:

For more information about the flood maps:

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.

alexa.brown

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 15:52:40 +0000