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Author: Glenn Gaines
We often say it takes a team to prepare and be ready for disasters. This week, USFA and other members of the emergency management team will be providing tips to make our families and homes safer everyday so that we are better prepared for emergencies. This week is Fire Prevention Week, and I’m proud the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is working with National Fire Protection Association and hundreds of other organizations to promote this year’s theme: It’s Fire Prevention Week! Protect Your Family from Fire!I’d like to start by asking a simple question - do you know if your home is fire-safe...
Posted On: October 11, 2011
Author: Kevin Hannes
One month ago this week, drought-stricken Texas’ severe wildfire season turned tragic when fires raged through neighborhoods in Bastrop and dozens of other communities around the state. Even as the fires burned, Texans were out in full force, supporting the neighbors whose homes and lives were in peril and the firefighters who were battling the blazes.Bastrop, TX, October 1, 2011 --Volunteer assists with the clean-up efforts in Bastrop, TX. Groups from various faith-based programs are removing scrape metal from burned out homes and giving the homeowners the monies from the recycling fees.In...
Posted On: October 4, 2011
Author: Kevin Hannes
Bastrop, Texas, September 17, 2011 -- FEMA Community Relations and Individual Assistance specialists work with deaf and hard of hearing survivors at a Disaster Recovery Center in Bastrop, Texas. FEMA is working with local, state and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents affected by recent fires.Just 11 days since President Obama signed a major disaster declaration for the Texas wildfires, state and federal assistance to survivors has topped $5 million. Getting money in the pockets of Texans who have been affected by these historic fires is vital, and we’re working closely...
Posted On: September 20, 2011
Author: Kevin Hannes
Bastrop, TX, September 14, 2011 -- Kevin L. Hannes, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, inspects an emergency relief kit being given to survivors by the Red Cross at the Disaster Recovery Center. FEMA is working with local, state and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents affected by recent fires.As firefighters continue to battle wildfires in Texas, we continue to work with our state emergency management partners to ensure that impacted communities have the resources needed to recover. On September 9th, the President declared a disaster for the state of Texas, which made...
Posted On: September 16, 2011
Author: Kevin Hannes
Bastrop County, TX, September 13, 2011 -- Federal and state experts answer questions and help Bastrop County residents get registered for federal disaster assistance.We’ve been keeping you updated on what’s happening with the historic and devastating wildfires in Bastrop County, Texas. Now, FEMA and the state of Texas have opened a center to provide survivors a place to come to receive information and get their questions answered.A Disaster Recovery Center opened Tuesday in Bastrop, hosting experts from FEMA, the state of Texas and the U.S. Small Business Administration. It’s a place where...
Posted On: September 14, 2011
Author: Kevin Hannes
Yesterday, I posted an update about our community relations teams that are reaching out to wildfire survivors in Bastrop County, Texas about the importance of applying for federal assistance. This past weekend, a mobile unit was brought in to support wildfire survivors in hard-hit Bastrop County, Texas, where they can get help when registering for disaster assistance.Bastrop County, TX, September 11, 2011 -- Wildfire survivors from Bastrop, Texas visit the FEMA Mobile Disaster Registration Intake Center that was set up to help people register for federal aid.Representatives from the state and...
Posted On: September 12, 2011
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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