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Posted by: Kevin L. Hannes, Federal Coordinating OfficerBastrop, TX, September 10, 2011 -- FEMA Community Relations Specialist Debbie Morales shares registration information with people in Bastrop County, Texas, which received a major disaster declaration for wildfires beginning on Aug. 30.Just hours after Texas received a major disaster declaration for wildfires in Bastrop County, FEMA community relations teams were out in full force on the ground in the affected area, joining the other FEMA staff already on the ground helping the state assess damage. A 10-person community relations team...
Posted On: September 10, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and communities being impacted by the wildfires in Texas. We continue to work closely with the Texas Department of Emergency Management, Texas Forest Service and the Small Business Administration throughout the duration of these fires, and we are supporting the firefighting efforts.Last night, the President signed a major disaster declaration for Texas, making federal aid available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by wildfires that began on August 30, 2011. The President’s action makes federal...
Posted On: September 10, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Between wildfires in Texas, remnants of tropical storm Lee causing heavy rains and flooding in the northeast, and developing tropical storm systems in the Atlantic, here’s an overview of what we’re doing to continue supporting states – whether they are responding to current disasters or preparing for the next one.Texas Wildfires We continue to closely monitor and work with states affected by recent wildfires. Last night, we approved an additional Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) for the state of Texas, raising the total to nine for this series of wildfires. As we said in previous...
Posted On: September 9, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
We continue to support federal, state, local and tribal efforts to combat the raging wildfires in Texas and California. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities being impacted by these wildfires, and we sincerely thank the firefighters and first responders who have been heroically working around the clock to fight these fires.Last night, the President called Texas Governor Rick Perry to express his concern for citizens of Texas impacted by the unprecedented fires. During the call the President extended his condolences for the lives that have been lost as a result of...
Posted On: September 8, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
(Entrada de blog en español / Spanish blog post)Yesterday, our Region VI Administrator, Tony Russell blogged about the support we are providing the state of Texas, as they work to combat devastating wildfires. At the time of yesterday’s blog post, we had authorized Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAGs) for seven fires, meaning FEMA funding will be available to pay 75 percent of state and local government eligible firefighting costs.Since then, we have authorized an additional FMAG for the Bear Creek Fire, bringing the total to 8 for this series of fires and 53 for this year.With FMAGs in...
Posted On: September 7, 2011
Author: Tony Russell
An historic drought and extremely windy conditions are continuing to take a devastating toll across Texas as wildfires rage in multiple counties.Just over the long holiday weekend, we authorized Fire Management Assistance Grants for seven fires, meaning FEMA funding will be available to pay 75 percent of state and local government eligible firefighting costs.We have also deployed Region VI staff from the Individual Assistance Branch, the External Affairs Division, as well as an Incident Management Assistance Team to support our state and local partners as everyone takes stock of the...
Posted On: September 6, 2011
Author: Elizabeth Harman
I am excited to announce the application period for the 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program is opens August 9 and lasts until Sept. 9, 2011.This means that fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations across the U.S. can apply for federal grant dollars to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public from fire and related hazards. There are a few exciting changes for 2011 I wanted to share: The program guidance is shorter, more user friendly, and highlights the funding priorities. This makes it easier to understand the...
Posted On: August 9, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Ongoing Severe WeatherWe continue to closely monitor and work with our state and local partners as flooding continues along the Souris River. As you’ve probably seen in the news, local officials have issued evacuation orders for some communities along the river, specifically in Burlington and Minot. As we’ve said on this blog before, we will continue to work with the emergency management team to meet the needs of disaster survivors and the affected communities. Forecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for more rain in the Great Plains and the Midwest, so be sure to follow the...
Posted On: June 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
When natural disasters, such as wildfires strike, the first responders are local emergency and public works personnel, volunteers, humanitarian organizations, and numerous private interest groups who provide emergency assistance required to protect the public's health and safety and to meet the immediate needs of survivors.In the case of the ongoing Texas wildfires, first responders and firefighters from more than 30 states continue to battle the blazes.  We sincerely commend their heroic efforts to protect public health and safety, fighting the fire to minimize damage to lives, property...
Posted On: April 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
For the last few weeks, we’ve worked with our partners to raise awareness of children’s fire safety. We wanted to highlight this story on ClintonNews.com (Mississippi), showing how one community is helping to spread the word.Have you shared fire safety tips with your children, or those that you come into contact with? Ready.gov/kidsfiresafety has some great tips on getting children prepared so they know what to do in case of a fire. And if you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #kidsfiresafety to share how you’ve been getting children engaged.Also, check out some of our recent blog posts on kids...
Posted On: March 10, 2011

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