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Author: Jeannie Moran
Water can be life-saving or a source of sporting fun, but not when it’s filling tens of thousands of basements and causing costly destruction to homes, businesses and critical infrastructure. On August 11, 2014, up to six inches of rain fell in just a few hours throughout the Detroit metro area, where this scenario became all too real for residents there. Once insurance options were exhausted, FEMA disaster assistance became an important resource to help survivors take their first steps toward recovery.However, for many, there was still work to be done.Enter voluntary, faith-based...
Posted On: September 7, 2016
Author: Christina DiTolla
With a long title comes a volume of information. Roy E. Wright, FEMA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation, carries FEMA’s longest title. Simply put, Mr. Wright is the Director of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Programs. Mr. Wright joined us last week in Baton Rouge to answer the questions you’ve asked our call centers and on social media.1. How do I purchase a flood insurance policy, and when will it become active?Roy: Flood insurance can be purchased in a number of ways. The easiest way to start shopping for flood insurance is to start with...
Posted On: September 5, 2016
Author: Jessica Stapf
Walking through a pair of frosted glass doors, you immediately come upon a sea of red and blue vests swarming about a collection of brightly lit computer monitors. A visual treat. A wall of televisions blast the latest weather updates and the "tick-tock" (or "schedule" for folks outside of the agency) for the next round of reporting. Our main role as a coordinating agency is shown best in this room—known as the National Response Coordination Center.Here, where rows upon rows of rolling office chairs sit tucked neatly behind their desks on normal days, is where a lot...
Posted On: September 2, 2016
Author: Jessica Stapf
Labor Day weekend is a time for a lot of people to head out on fun and relaxing vacations and celebrate the last “official” days of summer. Here, it’s historically a time we find ourselves at our busiest. Labor Day lies right smack dab in the middle of peak hurricane season—and if you’re like us and have been following the forecasts, you might know a little bit about what’s on our radars.Right now, we’re following several different storms forecast to hit two vastly different areas: the Big Island of Hawaii and the Big Bend of Florida. (For those of us...
Posted On: August 31, 2016
Author: Rafael Lemaitre
We’re here on the ground in Baton Rouge supporting those who have been impacted by the historic flooding here in Louisiana. We have been here since before the flooding began and we are doing as much as we can to help them get back on their feet and on the road to recovery. Chris Smith, who runs our Individual Assistance program, is also here making sure we are doing everything we can for the survivors.We have been getting a lot of questions about how to register with FEMA, how Individual Assistance works, and so we want to make sure we get enough information out there.Starting with the...
Posted On: August 26, 2016
Author: MaryAnn Tierney
All eyes were on Philly for the Democratic National Convention. Very few eyes were on the work being done behind the scenes by local, state, and federal agencies to prepare for a possible emergency.  And that’s exactly how it should be.As speeches and performances happened on stages, representatives from FEMA Region III, the Secret Service, Philadelphia police and fire departments, Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, the FBI, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Office of Emergency Management, the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Parks Service, and many more...
Posted On: August 26, 2016
Author: Andrew Velasquez III
In the months leading up to the Republican National Convention, many people were concerned about the potential for violent demonstrations, protests or other types of emergencies overwhelming the Rock and Roll Capital of the World.   What you may not have known was that FEMA Region V staff, and personnel from across all levels of government, spent more than a year preparing to ensure the only rocking and rolling during convention week in Cleveland were old-time classic songs.With approximately 3,000 Department of Homeland Security employees on hand, along with thousands of additional...
Posted On: August 26, 2016
Author: Jessica Stapf
One of the things we see most often after disasters is the concept of "neighbors helping neighbors"—where communities come together to help each other through. This round of flooding in Louisiana has shown us nearly countless instances of this; from children helping to supply lunches for first responders and survivors, to athletes from colleges and professional teams volunteering around their adopted communities.It's been a truly wide-spread humanitarian effort, and one that we've been astounded, humbled, and inspired by.Here's a quick breakdown of just some of the...
Posted On: August 23, 2016
Author: Jessica Stapf
Unprecedented. Historic. Epic. Three words that have been used to describe this month's flooding in Louisiana. Last Friday, as the rains came down and over 31 inches of water fell in some areas, we knew it was a big deal.A week later, this remains a very significant disaster. Our Administrator traveled down on Tuesday. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security traveled down on Thursday. Next Tuesday, the President will travel.With disasters like these, the federal family wraps its arms around affected communities. Large and small. The federal family becomes a true family and...
Posted On: August 19, 2016
Author: Jane Feehan
With more than half its 254 counties eligible to receive assistance under six federal disaster declarations in the past year, Texas remains in recovery from severe storms and flooding.  Recovery help has come from many sources, including three AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT) programs: Texas Conservation Corps, Southwest Conservation Corps and Hoopa Tribal Civilian Community Corps. Teams from the programs stepped up to the plate this summer in Brazoria County, about 40 miles southwest of Houston. They mucked out more than 40 homes and cleared nearly 1,500 cubic yards of debris....
Posted On: August 15, 2016