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Midwest Storms Recap 3: Overview of Federal Family's Support For States' Response Efforts

Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.

The administration, through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support Missouri and the other states devastated by the deadly tornadoes and storms this weekend.

Through our regional offices in Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL, has been in close contact and coordination with the states since the storms first struck, and has already deployed staff and resources to the impacted areas in Missouri to help with response needs.

Here is a recap of the support efforts of the federal family today:

Wednesday, May 25

  • Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano calls Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to express her condolences on behalf of the federal family and to offer support for the communities affected by last night's deadly tornadoes.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners continue to work closely with state and local officials in Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and other states impacted by the deadly tornadoes and severe storms that struck the Midwest over the weekend and last night.
  • In Oklahoma, FEMA staff on the ground, including a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO), tour damages with Oklahoma Emergency Management (OEM) Director and Oklahoma Governor Fallin. The FCO has been embedded with state officials at the Oklahoma Emergency Operations Center since last night.
  • FEMA deploys a regional Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) to Oklahoma to coordinate with state and local officials to identify needs and shortfalls impacting disaster response and recovery.
  • In Arkansas, FEMA has staff on the ground, including a Federal Coordinating Officer, working closely with the Governor and the Arkansas Emergency Management team.
  • The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma is forecasting a high risk of severe thunderstorms for portions of the Mid-Mississippi Valley into the Lower Ohio Valley today and tonight, including areas around St. Louis, Mo., Little Rock, Ark. and Memphis, Tenn. These storms have the potential to produce large hail, strong winds, and torrential rainfall.
  • FEMA, through its regional offices in Kansas City, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois, Denton, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia, continue to stay in constant contact with our state and local counterparts as we monitor additional severe weather.
  • FEMA Administrator Fugate continues to tour affected areas in Missouri and meet with disaster survivors, state and local officials, first responders and representatives of voluntary organizations to ensure the state has what they need as response efforts continue.
  • One Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is open in Joplin, Missouri. It is staffed by state, voluntary agency and federal personnel to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes. This center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, until further notice. At the DRC, representatives from FEMA, state and other agencies meet one on one with disaster survivors, explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid.
  • National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) member organizations such as American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Convoy of Hope, and many others continue to be heavily involved in the disaster response by providing assistance to Missouri disaster survivors. The Red Cross Safe and Well secure website continues to provide a way for people to find information on people affected by the storms.
  • Supplies such as meals, water, cots and blankets are either on site or en route to three strategically located incident support bases established in three locations across Missouri. The support bases will allow FEMA to move supplies closer to the affected area in case they are needed.
  • A federal mortuary assistance team has arrived to the Joplin area, and will work under the guidance of local authorities, providing technical assistance and personnel. This effort was coordinated through Emergency Support Function 8, which was previously activated by FEMA, and authorizes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate hospital medical needs and patient evacuations, in support of the state, if necessary.
  • More than six FEMA Community Relations (CR) teams are on the ground meeting with disaster survivors in Joplin and additional Community Relations specialists are en route, explaining the assistance available and to help survivors register for assistance. So far, CR teams have worked one-on-one with more than 200 tornado survivors in Joplin. Over the past several days, they have been actively canvassing neighborhoods, visiting shelters and supporting the operation of disaster recovery centers.

See yesterday's recap of federal support efforts on the blog.

White House Blog: Volunteers Prove Essential to Disaster Response

Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on the White House Blog on May 4, 2011, by Divya Kumaraiah, Policy Assistant to the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.

Over the past few weeks, a series of devastating tornadoes swept across the country. From Mississippi to Virginia, communities are suffering great losses. The Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Disaster Services Unit rapidly mobilized thousands of volunteers to assist local recovery efforts.

Working closely with the State Service Commissions and FEMA, CNCS has built partnerships across public and private sectors to provide critical services to communities in need. In Kentucky, AmeriCorps members support local Red Cross shelters. In St. Louis, AmeriCorps Safety Service Corps deployed members to remove trees from roofs and tarp houses to keep out the rain. Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) volunteers are providing services such as checking on the welfare of affected residents, clearing debris, delivering clean water, assisting residents with relocation, distributing donations, organizing sandbag efforts to prevent flooding, transporting elderly residents to medical facilities, and providing case management support.

For Kelly DeGraff, the Senior Advisor for Disaster Services at CNCS, the agency's response to the tornadoes in Mississippi was particularly poignant. In less than 24 hours after the tornado struck Jackson, MS, CNCS volunteers were on the ground serving affected residents. A team of six NCCC members from the Southern Region campus in Vicksburg, MS helped to feed residents and distribute supplies. For nearly a week, team Leader Moses Moua, 23, of Orlando, FL and Corps Member Michael Brown, 20, of Indianapolis, IN provided day and night staffing at the American Red Cross shelter in Clinton, MS.

While working in the shelter, Moua and Brown spent time with Frelicia May and her family of sixteen. May, her husband, sister, children and grandchildren were painfully familiar with being in a shelter following a storm. After losing everything during Hurricane Katrina, they had drifted to several places in Louisiana and Texas before settling near her family in Jackson, MS. On April 15, when the tornado struck May’s new home, she gathered the few things she could salvage and headed to her sister’s two-bedroom apartment. They quickly realized that the cramped apartment would not provide the large family sufficient space or resources to get back on their feet.

The May family took refuge in the American Red Cross shelter where Moua and Brown welcomed them. After a few days at the shelter, May spoke affectionately of the NCCC members – “We love them. They laugh and talk to us and treat us like family. Michael is really good with the kids.” In addition to providing the families with basic needs, Brown has been playing tic-tac-toe, basketball, coloring, and reading to the 13 children.

“I can do a lot of things that I couldn’t do before, like build things. I knew exactly what to do when I got to this shelter because we had training on it,” said Brown. He said that being an NCCC volunteer has taught him a lot of skills and given him training that he didn’t know he would utilize. It has also taught him the power of giving back.

Throughout the year, CNCS engages more than 1.5 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service. Senior Corps, AmeriCorps State and National, and the AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers have been particularly active in responding to the recent disasters. These programs play an essential role assisting communities responding to a disaster. CNCS volunteer programs provide a great deal of value both to the communities in which they serve and the volunteers themselves.

For more information, contact the CNCS Disaster Services Unit at DSU@cns.gov.

Quick Update: Supporting the States’ Response and Recovery

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and other states impacted by tornadoes last night.

In Oklahoma, FEMA already has staff on the ground, including a Federal Coordinating Officer embedded with state officials at the Oklahoma Emergency Operations Center, and in Arkansas, we also have a Federal Coordinating Officer embedded with state officials at their Emergency Operations Center. FEMA also has proactively placed two Incident Management Assistance Teams on stand-by to assist with coordination efforts, should they be needed and requested by the state.  Damage assessments are beginning in the affected states and will give us a better sense of the scope of the damages. We stand ready to support the response and recovery efforts.

In addition, we continue to support the emergency management team in Joplin, Mo. and Minneapolis, Minn. from Sunday night’s deadly tornado outbreak.  In Joplin, specifically, we currently:

  • Have a Mobile Emergency Response Support Team on the ground providing self-sustaining telecommunications, logistics, and operations support elements
  • Are assisting the state with technical advice on debris removal,
  • Have an IMAT team on the ground to coordinate with state and local officials to identify potential needs,
  • Are coordinating with the Department of Health and Human Services on meeting hospital and medical needs, and
  • Are working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development in establishing housing priorities.

Here’s an excerpt from a statement by Administrator Fugate this morning on the developing situation:

These historic storms have highlighted the incredible resolve of the American people, especially the first responders, emergency workers, firefighters, volunteers and neighbors who have been working around the clock for days to respond to these storms and conduct search and rescue efforts. Their efforts have been extraordinary. To all of these heroes across the country, we thank you for your efforts and will do whatever we can to support you as our work continues in the days, weeks and months ahead.

We urge all Americans in regions where additional severe weather is expected today to continue to listen to the instructions of your state and local officials and monitor your local news for emergency updates. If you haven’t already, pick a safe location, such as a storm cellar or a basement, where you and your family can stay until the weather passes. It’s essential that everyone who can get themselves out of harm’s way does.

We will continue to provide our latest updates on this blog, so check back often, and get prepared for tornadoes at Ready.gov/tornadoes.

Tornadoes Touching Down in Oklahoma – Ready to Support the State

Editor's Note, May 25, 11:50 a.m.: See this updated blog post for the latest on our ongoing support for the ongoing tornado response and recovery efforts.

Through our regional offices in Denton, Texas and Kansas City, Mo., we are closely monitoring the severe storms and tornadoes currently passing through Oklahoma and parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas. We stand ready to support our state partners and the entire emergency management team across the affected area as they prepare for and respond to the severe weather.

As President Obama has said throughout the day, if you are in the path of the storms, listen to local and state officials for emergency information and instructions, and follow local news reports for the latest updates. You can take steps today to get prepared for a tornado by visiting Ready.gov/tornadoes or http://m.fema.gov/ on your smartphone.

We currently have staff on the ground in Oklahoma, and have placed an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) on stand-by to assist with coordination efforts, should they be needed and requested by the state. (An IMAT is an emergency response team with dedicated staff able to deploy within two hours and arrive at an incident within 12 hours. The team supports the initial establishment of a unified command and provides situational awareness for federal and state decision-makers crucial to determining the level and type of immediate federal support that may be required.)

We will continue to update the blog as necessary, so check back for our latest updates.

With all the tornado activity, here are some reminders on terminology from the National Weather Service:A tornado watch means a tornado is possible in your area.

  • A tornado warning is when a tornado is actually occurring, take shelter immediately.

How To Help Tornado Survivors in Joplin, Mo. or Other States

Editor's note, June 2, 2011: Added Administrator Fugate's video about the best ways to help the people of Joplin.



To help manage the generous outpouring of support for Joplin, Mo., tornado survivors, disaster recovery experts have established some simple ways to help, whether volunteering or making donations.

Along with our partners at the Missouri Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, here are some specific ways to help those impacted by the recent storms and tornadoes.

Donate or Volunteer

  • The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency has established a web portal to coordinate donations and volunteers.  Keep in mind that cash is the preferred method because it offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover as well.
  • Those in Missouri can also call 2-1-1 in most areas for information on volunteering their time or making a donation.  This 2-1-1 service, operated by the United Way, is available through much of Missouri.  For those who are out of state or unable to get through on 2-1-1, call 1-800-427-4626. Those with medical skills interested in volunteering can go online at www.showmeresponse.org.

    Remember,  unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

Sheltering

  • Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information or referrals are urged to call 2-1-1, or 800-427-4626, or go to www.redcross.org for a list of open shelters. For individuals with a hearing loss, call 7-1-1 or use Video Relay Service to reach 2-1-1 or 800-427-4626. 

Helping survivors in other states

  • For those who have been affected in Minnesota or other states outside Missouri or those who want to help can visit https://www.fema.gov/how-help.

Other Resources
If you or someone you know is looking for a friend or relative who may have been affected the storms, visit www.Redcross.org/safeandwell.

Midwest Storms Recap 2: Overview of Federal Family's Support For States' Response Efforts

Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.

The administration, through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support Missouri and the other states devastated by the deadly tornadoes and storms this weekend.

Through our regional offices in Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL, has been in close contact and coordination with the states since the storms first struck, and has already deployed staff and resources to the impacted areas in Missouri to help with response needs.

Here is a recap of the support efforts of the federal family:

Tuesday, May 24

  • President Obama announces he will be visiting the Joplin area, this weekend.
  • President Obama and DHS Secretary Napolitano continue receiving regular updates on the response efforts by FEMA senior leadership.
  • FEMA Administrator Fugate and Deputy Administrator Serino are touring affected areas in Missouri and meeting  with state and local officials, first responders and representatives of voluntary organizations to ensure the state has what they need as response efforts continue.
  • Through its regional offices in Kansas City, Missouri and Denton, Texas, FEMA continues monitoring severe weather forecasted for Joplin, Missouri, as well as parts of Kansas and Oklahoma.
  • A NOAA/National Weather Service forecaster, mission assigned by FEMA, is en route to provide an on-scene meteorologist for Joplin, Missouri to help monitor/warn of the potential and ongoing severe weather in the area.
  • Joint state/federal Preliminary Damage Assessments are scheduled for Hennepin County, Minnesota on Thursday, May 26, 2011. These damage assessments are the first step in helping a governor determine whether the scope of the damages are beyond what the state is capable of handling and if additional federal assistance is needed.
  • A federal mortuary assistance team is en route to the area, to assist the state and local governments.
  • Missourians who need shelter information or referrals are urged to call 2-1-1, or 800-427-4626, or go to www.redcross.org for a list of open shelters. For individuals with hearing loss, use 711 or video relay service (VRS) to call 211 or the 800-427-4626.
  • The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency has established a web portal at http://sema.dps.mo.gov/recover/donations.asp to help with coordinating donations and volunteers.  Cash is the preferred method of donation in order to ensure that disaster survivors get the services and supplies they need quickly.
  • For those who have been affected in Minnesota or other states outside Missouri or those who want to help can visit /howtohelp

May 24: Monitoring Severe Weather in Central U.S. as Missouri Tornado Response Continues

As we continue to support the states’ efforts to recover from the deadly tornadoes that struck over the weekend, we are also closely monitoring the threat of severe weather today for the central U.S., including in Joplin, Mo. The National Weather Service is forecasting severe storms (with the possibility of tornadoes) for parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri – if you’re in the area, make sure you are prepared for potential severe weather:

  • Have a safe place to go in case a severe storm or tornado is imminent. The safest place is inside, in an interior room on the lowest level away from windows.
  • Make sure your emergency kit is ready, and that you bring it with you to your safe place. An emergency kit should have enough food and supplies to sustain you and your family for up to 72 hours. (Visit Ready.gov/tornadoes for more information.)
  • Stay informed of your latest forecast by following local news and weather reports, and have a battery operated radio handy in case the power goes out. If local authorities give an order to take shelter, go to your safe place immediately, and wait for additional guidance from local officials.

As the latest line of severe weather crosses the Central U.S., we continue to work closely with those states struck by the devastating tornadoes over the weekend. Today, Administrator Craig Fugate is in Joplin, to meet with state and local officials to ensure they have the resources they need as response efforts continue and they start looking toward recovery. He will be joined by Deputy Administrator Rich Serino, who spent yesterday on the ground in Joplin surveying damage and visiting with local officials and disaster survivors.

President Obama has pledged the full support of the federal government, through FEMA, to those in Joplin, and also announced he will be there on Sunday to visit with survivors.

Other links
- Find complete information on preparing for a tornado at www.Ready.gov/tornadoes

Midwest Storms: Overview of Federal Family's Support For States' Response Efforts

Editor's Note: We added to Monday's activities and added a photo of President Obama.

The administration, through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support Missouri and the other states devastated by the deadly tornadoes and storms this weekend. FEMA, through our regional offices in Kansas City, Mo. and Chicago, Ill., has been in close contact and coordination with the states since the storms first struck, and has already deployed staff and resources to the impacted areas in Missouri to help with response needs.

Both President Obama and DHS Secretary Napolitano have called Governor Nixon to express their condolences and offer the full support of the administration, and at their direction, FEMA Administrator Fugate will travel to Missouri to ensure the state has what they need as response efforts continue.  The following timeline provides an overview of these and other federal activities, to date, to support the impacted states, families and communities.

And as an additional note, as part of the federal government’s National Level Exercise 2011 last week, which simulated a catastrophic earthquake hitting Missouri and other states in the central U.S. Administrator Fugate spent time in Missouri with state and local officials, including Governor Nixon. Missouri was one of several states that participated in the exercise, along with federal agencies, the private sector and other organizations.

Monday, May 23

  • Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano calls Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to express her condolences for the lives lost and communities devastated by the storms. Secretary Napolitano offers the full support of FEMA and the federal family.
  • President Obama calls Governor Nixon to express that the entire administration stands behind Missouri and stands ready to support the state, as needed. President Obama announces that at his direction, FEMA Administrator Fugate will travel to Missouri to ensure the state has all the support needed as response efforts continue.
  • FEMA activates its Regional Response Coordination Center in Kansas City to Level II, which means that they are operating 24 hour schedule with the activation of select emergency support functions needed to support state operations. 
  • FEMA Regional Administrator Beth Freeman traveled to Joplin, Missouri from the regional office in Kansas City to coordinate response and recovery efforts with state and local officials. 
  • FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino travels to Joplin, Missouri, where he will meet with state and local officials and tour the disaster affected area.  
  • FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate travels to Joplin, Missouri, to meet with state and local officials and ensure they have what they need as response operations continue.
  • Administrator Fugate approves the addition of the two counties impacted by the tornadoes in Missouri, Jasper and Newton counties, for individual assistance and public assistance that includes debris removal and emergency protective measures, as part of a current federal disaster declaration the state received for recent storms. This means tornado survivors in those counties can begin applying for federal disaster aid, either by phone, online, or on their mobile phones. To register, survivors can call (800) 621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585, apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov or apply on their smartphones at m.fema.gov
  • FEMA activates Emergency Support Function 3, which authorizes the federal family to provide technical advice and evaluation for debris removal to assist the state and local authorities in Missouri.
  • FEMA activates Emergency Support Function 10, which authorizes the federal government to provide support to the state for responding to actual or potential discharges of hazardous materials.

Sunday, May 22 

  • A multi vortex tornado touches down in (Jasper County), Missouri.  Local reports indicate 2,000 structures were destroyed, including residences, businesses, schools, apartment complexes and churches. St. John’s Regional Medical Center was badly damaged and patients are being evacuated.
  • FEMA’s regional office in Kansas City, begins constant coordination and communications with Missouri’s emergency management team and local officials.
  • Missouri Governor Nixon declares a state of emergency for affected counties.
  • FEMA places personnel from the Kansas City regional office on alert and deploys staff to the Missouri Emergency Operations Center.  Missouri residents are urged to continue to listen to instructions from their local leaders on protecting life and property as response efforts continue.
  • In anticipation of requests, FEMA deploys an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) to Joplin to coordinate with state and local officials to identify needs and shortfalls impacting disaster response and recovery.
  • FEMA dispatches a Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) Team, including an Emergency Operations Vehicle, to Missouri to provide self-sustaining telecommunications, logistics, and operations support elements.
  • FEMA has commodities staged at locations throughout the state and throughout the country to supplement supplies of the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and other voluntary agencies should their resources become depleted.
  • FEMA activates Emergency Support Function 8, which authorizes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate hospital medical needs and patient evacuations, in support of the state, if necessary.
  • President Obama issues a statement on the tornado in Missouri and the severe storms across the Midwest, expressing condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives and directing FEMA to work with the affected areas' state and local officials to support response and recovery efforts.

Saturday, May 21

  • A series of tornadoes touches down in the town of Reading, Kansas. FEMA, through its regional office in Kansas City, begins constant contact with the state’s emergency management team. 

FEMA Stands Ready to Support Missouri after the Tornadoes & Severe Weather

On behalf of everyone at FEMA, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of those who were killed and injured by tornadoes this evening in southwest Missouri. Also, I would like to commend the ongoing work of local and state first responders for the measures taken in the aftermath of these storms to protect lives and provide immediate assistance during this very difficult time.

FEMA has been in constant contact with officials at the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency since the severe weather hit. Earlier this evening, I spoke with state emergency management officials indicating the federal family stands ready to support the state in its response and recovery from this evening’s storms. FEMA placed personnel from our Kansas City regional office on alert and we stand ready to assist. Missouri residents should continue to listen to instructions from their local leaders on protecting life and property as response efforts continue.

Note: FEMA is also closely monitoring the tornadoes reported in other states this afternoon and during this weekend. In addition to Missouri, today tornadoes struck Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Reading, Kansas last night. Through our regional office in Kansas City, we will continue to work in constant coordination with the impacted states and stand ready to assist, as needed.

Tornado watches remain in effect tonight for many states across the U.S. If you live in one of these states, remember to follow the instructions of state and local officials and listen to local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information. We urge all individuals to listen to NOAA Weather Radio and their local news to monitor for updates and directions provided by their local officials.

North Carolina: One Month Recovery Update

Author: 

Damaged home.
Snow Hill, NC, April 25, 2011 -- Properties in Greene County, N.C., await cleanup and recovery following the deadly tornadoes and severe storms that swept through the state April 16, 2011.

It’s hard to believe it has been one month since a series of deadly tornadoes and storms ripped through several North Carolina communities, taking the lives of 24 residents and causing millions of dollars in property damages. I wanted to give a personal update on the ongoing recovery efforts in North Carolina and provide a few examples of how FEMA continues to work with all members of the emergency management team to assist survivors and affected communities.

To date, Federal and state disaster assistance grants and loans add up to nearly $10 million, a testament to cutting through red tape and getting assistance to affected individuals and communities. Yesterday, we held a press conference with the state of North Carolina and the Small Business Administration to provide an update of the ongoing recovery efforts:



Four days after the storms struck, jointly, federal and state partners sent community relations specialists out into neighborhoods to help people understand what help may be available to them. These specialists continue to go door-to-door, providing information in English and Spanish to people affected by the tornadoes. To date, the community relations teams have visited almost 12,558 homes and talked to over 13,100 people. They have also provided information to over 2,200 businesses, over 240 community organizations and over 900 faith-based organizations.

Miriam Stack, FEMA community relations specialist, works with Raleigh residents to answer questions during a neighborhood outreach.
Raleigh, NC, April 24, 2011 -- Miriam Stack, FEMA community relations specialist, works with Raleigh residents to answer questions during a neighborhood outreach following the severe April 16 storms and deadly tornadoes that damaged or destroyed homes and businesses across North Carolina.

Days after the disaster declaration, FEMA and the North Carolina Emergency Management Office opened a joint field office and 16 disaster recovery centers. So far, more than 3,900 residents have visited a disaster recovery center to apply for assistance and learn about the other programs available to them.

Since the storms struck, we have also been working alongside the many voluntary, faith- and community-based groups that work to get disaster survivors back on their feet as quickly as possible. Here are a few photos that show this work in action:

Salvation army volunteers unload a truck of supplies.
Raleigh, NC, May 12, 2011 -- The Salvation Army staff partner with the Green Chair Project to help disaster survivors in North Carolina re-furnish their homes. The Green Chair Project makes donated home furnishings available at a low cost to individuals and families identified and referred to Green Chair by its partner agencies. FEMA is responding to severe April 16 storms and deadly tornadoes that damaged or destroyed homes and businesses across North Carolina on.


FEMA community relations specialist speaks with Red Cross volunteers.
Raleigh, NC, April 24, 2011 -- Maureen Ivey, FEMA community relations specialist, confers with the Red Cross about the recovery efforts in Wake County, N.C., following the severe April 16 storms and deadly tornadoes that damaged or destroyed homes and businesses across North Carolina.

As I said in our news conference yesterday, we are encouraging those who suffered losses in eligible counties to apply for FEMA assistance as soon as possible. The deadline for FEMA registration and U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan applications is June 20. We will continue to get the word out about registering for assistance, and we hope you will do the same if you know someone who may have been affected by this disaster.

 

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