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September 10, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- Working with the state of Texas, the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating the efforts of many federal partners as Hurricane Ike tracks towards the Gulf of Mexico. As with Hurricane Gustav, federal resources are already in Texas to supplement local efforts. FEMA's federal partner agencies are currently maintaining multiple teams of key personnel as well as stockpiles of needed supplies and commodities so that a response in one area does not impact on the needs of another.
September 8, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- Are you and your family ready for the next big storm? Thousands of Texans had to evacuate from the Gulf Coast ahead of Hurricane Gustav, and many more hunkered down in place. More storms are on the horizon, and at least one of them could be headed this way. Remember: The official hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. That means we have almost three more months of possible severe weather. Taking a few simple precautions could make a huge difference in how you and your loved ones make it through a disaster.
September 8, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- The better you protect your business before a hurricane, the quicker you can get back in business after it all blows over. That's vital, because small businesses are the backbone of their local economy. A disaster-ready business will be able to recover faster and suffer less financial loss. Even more importantly, a quickly recovered business is good for the local economy, enabling employees to return to work as soon as possible, and providing vital supplies for a community working hard to get back on its feet.
September 7, 2008
Disaster Federal Register Notice
September 4, 2008
When Hurricane Gustav threatened the Gulf Coast, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with its federal partners, stood ready to assist the state of Texas and provide equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. The following is a short list of items and the quantities that were deployed to Texas to meet the needs of evacuees and threat of landfall in Texas:
September 3, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- Evacuees from Hurricane Gustav should be aware that if they are currently in a state food stamp program, their Electronic Benefits Card (EBT) may be used in any state. People who evacuated Louisiana and Mississippi can use their EBT cards in Texas just the same as they did back home. Louisiana requested and the US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service approved early issuance of September food stamp benefits this past weekend. This ensured that Louisiana residents evacuating to other states would have benefits on their EBT cards.
September 2, 2008
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working with its federal, state and local partners to remind those that fled Hurricane Gustav to remain in place until state and local officials announce it is safe to return. "Don't go home when there's no power, there's no water, the roads are blocked, and trees are down," said FEMA Administrator David Paulison.
August 29, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal aid has been made available to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Gustav beginning on August 27, 2008, and continuing.