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Amid rushed evacuations, strong winds, and approaching floodwaters of a disaster, chaos often ensues, forcing families to make impossible decisions about the animals that are part of their families

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Author: Regional Administrator Thomas Von Essen (Region II) 

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Residents were stunned when a tornado struck the town of Springfield, Mass. Swift response by state and local officials, assisted by relief organizations and volunteers, helped survivors to cope with the disaster. Many survivors observed that it is vital to have a plan before disaster strikes.

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The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas. Specifically, FEMA is authorized to provide emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program at 75 percent federal funding. This emergency declaration has been amended as indicated below in bold.

This assistance is for the counties of Bronx, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Schoharie, Suffolk Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties.

OTHER: Additional designations may be made at a later date after if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further evaluation.

Note: This is an emergency declaration. 
If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact FEMA's Legislative Affairs Division at (202) 646-4500 or FAX (202) 646-3600.

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Several months after Tropical Storm Irene caused widespread flooding and damage throughout Vermont, local officials and residents are now assessing the status of recovery efforts and examining some of the lessons learned in the response to the disaster and its immediate aftermath.


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  • The first step in the reimbursement process is for the state, in coordination with FEMA, to conduct an Applicant Briefing with the counties, municipa
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To ensure all affected Rhode Islanders have time to register for FEMA aid, the registration deadline has been extended through midnight February 13.

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Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance Helps With Uninsured Losses to Essential Living Areas of Primary Residences.

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When Hurricane Sandy struck New York, many were left without power and subways and buses were not in service. Residents were left stranded due to flooding.

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New Jersey renters who had losses during Hurricane Sandy may be eligible to receive federal disaster assistance to replace damaged contents.

Renters can receive up to $40,000 in low-interes

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Last updated March 6, 2020