Disaster Updates

February 2, 2018

 

آسٹن، ٹیکساس - فلٹن میں ریاست ٹیکساس/وفاقی تباہی بحالی مرکز (DRC) جمعہ، 2 فروری کو صبح 9 بجے کھل جائے گا۔ اس مقام سے ارنساس کاؤنٹی، راک پورٹ/فلٹن اور آس پاس کے علاقوں کے باشندوں کی خدمت کی جائے گی۔

 

وفاقی تباہی بحالی مراکز ہریکین ہاروے اور اس کے بعد آنے والے سیلابوں کے مدنظر ٹیکساس کے وفاقی تباہی سے متعلق اعلامیہ میں شامل کاؤنٹیز کے افراد اور کاروباروں کوبذات خود تعاون پیش کرتے ہیں۔

 

نئے سنٹر کے مقام کا پتہ درج ذیل ہے:

 

AC Motorsports

3316 ہائی وے 35 این

فلٹن، ٹیکساس 78358

اوقات: پیر سے ہفتہ، صبح 9 بجے سے شام 6 بجے تک

 

ریاست ٹیکساس کی، وفاقی ہنگامی نظم و نسق سے متعلق ایجنسی (FEMA) امریکہ کے چھوٹے موٹے کاروبار سے متعلق انتظامیہ (SBA) اوردیگر ایجنسیوں سے تعلق رکھنے والے بحالی کے ماہرین تباہی بحالی مرکزپر موجود رہیں گے۔

 

تباہی بحالی کے مراکز معذور افراد کے لیے قابل رسائی ہیں، اور معاون ٹیکنالوجی کے سازوسامان سے لیس ہوتے ہیں جیسے کہ آواز اونچی کرنے والے فون، ٹیکسٹ ڈسپلے کرنے والے فون، آواز اونچی کرنے والے سماعتی آلات اور تصویروں کو بڑا دکھانے والے آلات۔ ویڈیو پر ریموٹ ترجمانی دستیاب ہے اور درخواست کرنے پر ذاتی طور پر فراہم کی جانے والی اشاراتی زبان کی سہولت دستیاب ہے۔ ان مراکز کے پاس قابل رسائی پارکنگ، ڈھلانیں اور آرام گاہیں بھی ہیں۔

 

امریکی اشاراتی زبان کے ترجمان تباہی بحالی مرکز میں مدد کے لیے موجود ہیں۔ (470) 379-5943 پر ٹیکسٹ پیغام کے ذریعہ درخواست کی جا سکتی ہے۔ آفت سے بچ رہنے والوں کو اپنا نام، جس تباہی بحالی مرکز پر وہ جائیں گے اس کا پتہ، اپنے جانے کی تاریخ اور وقت اور درخواست کی جانے والی اشاراتی زبان کی قسم فراہم کرنے کی ضرورت ہوگی۔ مدد کے لیے سبھی درخواستوں کو تباہی بحالی مرکز جانے سے کم از کم 24 گھنٹے پہلے پیش کیا جانا چاہیے تا کہ مدد کی دستیابی کو یقینی بنایا جا سکے۔

 

ہریکین ہاروے اور ٹیکساس بحالی سے متعلق مزید معلومات کے لیے، ہریکین ہاروے کی تباہی سے متعلق ویب پیج www.fema.gov/disaster/4332 پر جائیں، یا فیس بک http://www.facebook.com/FEMAharvey یا FEMA Region6 ٹوئیٹر اکاؤنٹ twitter.com/FEMARegion6 ملاحظہ کریں یا ٹیکساس ڈویژن کی ایمرجنسی مینیجمینٹ ویب سائٹ www.dps.texas.gov/dem/ پر جائیں۔

February 2, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas – Một Trung Tâm Phục Hồi Sau Thảm Họa (Disaster Recovery Center, DRC) của Tiểu Bang Texas/Liên Bang sẽ mở cửa lúc 9 giờ sáng thứ Sáu, ngày 02 tháng 2 tại thành phố Fulton. Địa điểm này sẽ phục vụ cư dân của Quận Aransas, Rockport/Fulton và các khu vực xung quanh.

 

Các trung tâm phục hồi sau thảm họa hỗ trợ trực tiếp cho các cá nhân và doanh nghiệp ở các quận được nêu trong tuyên bố thảm họa liên bang Texas trong cơn bão Harvey và các trận lụt sau đó.

 

Trung tâm mới ở tại địa điểm sau đây:

 

AC Motorsports3316 Highway 35 N.Fulton, TX 78358iờ mở cửa: Thứ Hai - Thứ Bảy, 9 giờ sáng đến 6 giờ chiều

 

Các chuyên gia về phục hồi từ Cơ Quan Quản Lý Tình Trạng Khẩn Cấp Liên Bang (Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA), Ban Quản Lý Tiểu Thương Nghiệp Hoa Kỳ (Small Business Administration, SBA) và các cơ quan khác sẽ có mặt tại trung tâm DRC mới.

 

Các trung tâm phục hồi sau thảm họa dễ tiếp cận đối với những người khuyết tật, và được trang bị các thiết bị công nghệ hỗ trợ như điện thoại khuếch đại, điện thoại hiển thị tin nhắn, các thiết bị nghe khuếch đại và kính lúp. Có dịch vụ Thông Dịch Từ Xa bằng Video và ngôn ngữ ký hiệu trực tiếp theo yêu cầu. Các trung tâm cũng có nơi đỗ xe dễ ra vào, nơi tạm trú và phòng vệ sinh.

 

Thông Dịch Ngôn Ngữ Ký Hiệu Mỹ luôn sẵn sàng hỗ trợ tại DRC. Quý vị có thể gửi yêu cầu dịch vụ này qua tin nhắn văn bản tới số (470) 379-5943. Các nạn nhân cần cung cấp tên, địa chỉ của DRC mà họ sẽ đến, ngày và thời gian đến cùng với loại ngôn ngữ ký hiệu họ yêu cầu. Tất cả các yêu cầu trợ giúp phải được gửi ít nhất 24 giờ trước khi tới DRC để đảm bảo quý vị sẽ nhận được hỗ trợ.

 

Để biết thêm thông tin về cơn bão Harvey và quá trình phục hồi của Texas, hãy viếng trang web về thảm họa của cơn bão Harvey tại www.fema.gov/disaster/4332, hoặc trang Facebook tại http://www.facebook.com/FEMAharvey, tài khoản Twitter FEMA Region 6 tại twitter.com/FEMARegion6 hoặc trang web của Cơ

February 2, 2018

텍사스 주 오스틴 - 풀턴(Fulton) 시의 텍사스 주/연방 재해복구센터(DRC)가 2월 2일 금요일 오전 9시에 개소합니다. 본 소재지에서는 어랜서스 카운티, 락포트/풀턴 및 인근 지역의 주민들을 지원할 것입니다.

 

DRC는 허리케인 하비와 후속 홍수에 대한 텍사스 연방 재난 선언에 포함된 카운티의 개인과 사업체들에게 현장 지원을 제공합니다.

 

재해복구센터는 다음 장소에 있습니다.

 

AC Motorsports3316 Highway 35 N.Fulton, TX 78358운영 시간: 월요일 - 토요일, 오전 9시 - 오후 6시

 

새 DRC에는 텍사스 주, 연방재난관리청(FEMA), 미국 소기업청(SBA) 및 기타 기관의 재난 복구 전문가들이 상주할 것입니다.

 

재해복구센터에는 몸이 불편하신 분들도 센터를 이용할 수 있도록 증폭형 보청 전화기, 텍스트가 표시되는 전화기, 증폭형 청각보조장치 및 돋보기와 같은 지원 기술 장비가 마련되어 있습니다. 요청 시 원격 영상 통역 서비스와 현장 수화 서비스가 제공됩니다. 또한, 장애인 전용 주차구역, 경사로, 화장실이 갖춰져 있습니다.

 

DRC에서 미국 수화 통역자를 이용하실 수 있습니다. 다음 번호로 문자 메시지를 보내 요청할 수 있습니다 - (470) 379-5943. 이재민은 자신의 이름, 방문하고자 하는 DRC 주소, 방문 날짜와 시간 그리고 요청한 수화 언어의 유형을 제공해야 합니다. 보조의 이용을 보장하기 위해 모든 보조 요청은 DRC 방문 최소 24시간 전에 이루어져야 합니다.

 

허리케인 하비와 텍사스 복구에 대한 자세한 정보는 허리케인 하비 재난 웹사이트 www.fema.gov/disaster/4332, 페이스북 http://www.facebook.com/FEMAharvey, FEMA Region6 트위터 계정 twitter.com/FEMARegion6 또는 텍사스 비상 관리부 웹사이트 www.dps.texas.gov/dem/에서 찾아보실 수 있습니다.

February 2, 2018

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Abren dos Centros de Recuperación por Desastre (DRC, por sus siglas en inglés) del gobierno de Puerto Rico y la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) el viernes, 2 de febrero de 2018 en Guayanilla y Florida.

Los DRC atienden a dueños de vivienda, inquilinos y dueños de negocio que sufrieron daños a causa de los huracanes Irma y María. Habrá especialistas de los municipios de Puerto Rico, FEMA, la Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa (SBA, por sus siglas en inglés), organizaciones no gubernamentales y la comunidad local para ayudar a los sobrevivientes a solicitar asistencia, contestar preguntas y proveer información acerca de los tipos de asistencia disponibles. Los servicios se ofrecen en inglés y en español.

Los DRC de Guayanilla y Florida abren de jueves a sábado, de 8 a.m. a 6 p.m. Están ubicados en:

GuayanillaCentro Comunal Maítimo TurísticoCarr. PR 127 Bo. Playa InteriorGuayanilla, PR 00656

FloridaBiblioteca Electrónica Luis A. Pérez VázquezCalle Juan Rosado, PuebloFlorida, PR 00650

Los sobrevivientes afectados por los huracanes Irma y María pueden llenar su solicitud en línea en www.DisasterAssistance.gov/es o llamar a FEMA libre de costo al 800-621-FEMA (3362) (voz, 711/VRS – Servicio de Retransmisión de video). TTY llame al 800-462-7585. Operadores multilingües disponibles (presione 2 para español). Las líneas abren diariamente desde las 7 a.m. hasta las 11 p.m.

Inscribirse con FEMA es el primer paso para cualificar para asistencia por desastre que pudiera incluir subvenciones para ayudar a los propietarios de viviendas e inquilinos pagar por alojamiento temporero, reparaciones esenciales del hogar, reemplazo de propiedad personal y necesidades relacionadas al desastre no cubiertas por un seguro.

Para encontrar un DRC cerca de usted y sus horas de operación, visite: fema.gov/DRC.

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La asistencia de recuperación por desastre está disponible, sin distinción de raza, color, religión, nacionalidad, sexo, edad, discapacidad, dominio del inglés o situación económica. Si usted o alguien que conozca ha sido discriminado, llame libre de costo a FEMA, al 800-621- FEMA (3362) (oprima 2 para español) (voz, 711/VRS Servicio de Retransmisión por Vídeo). Operadores multilingües disponibles. Para TTY llame al 800-462-7585.

Síganos en:

www.fema.gov/hurricane-maria www.facebook.com/femapuertorico www.twitter.com/femaregion2

 

February 2, 2018

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – The government of Puerto Rico and FEMA will open Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Guayanilla and Florida on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

DRCs serve homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Specialists from the government of Puerto Rico and municipalities, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, nongovernmental organizations and the local community, will be on hand to help survivors register for assistance, answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors. Services are provided in English and Spanish.

The Guayanilla and Florida DRCs are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. They are located at:

GuayanillaCentro Comunal Marítimo TurísticoCarr. PR 127 Bo. Playa InteriorGuayanilla, PR 00656

FloridaBiblioteca Electrónica Luis A. Pérez VázquezCalle Juan Rosado, PuebloFlorida, PR 00650

Survivors impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service). TTY call 800- 462-7585. Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). Lines are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Registering with FEMA is the first step toward qualifying for disaster assistance which may include grants to help homeowners and renters pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacements and disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

To find location and hours of a DRC near you, visit fema.gov/DRC.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service.) Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). TTY call 800-462-7585.

Follow us at: www.fema.gov/hurricane-maria www.facebook.com/femapuertorico www.twitter.com/femaregion2  

February 1, 2018

ST. CROIX, Zile Vyèj – Kat (4) mwa aprè dezas yo, sivivan siklòn Irma ak Maria kontinye gen bezwen ki gen pou wè ak dezas ki poko jwenn solisyon. Pou jwenn yon solisyon pou bezwen sa yo, manm òganizasyon lokal, asosyasyon karitativ ak kominotè ansanm ak patnè non-gouvènmantal yo ap mete tèt yo ansanm pou etabli Gwoup Redrèsman Alontèm (Long-Term Recovery Groups, LTRG) nan St. Croix, St. John ak nan St. Thomas.

Sèten sivivan ki te viktim siklòn yo pa satisfè kritèpou kalifye pou enskri nan pwogram èd pou dezas gouvènman an oubyen yo pral kontinye gen bezwen ki pa jwenn solisyon apre yo fin resevwa montan èd maksimòm pwogram sa yo bay. Se nan sitiyasyon sa a ke gwoup redrèsman yo jwen yon wòl enpòtan. LTRG yo se ekip ki bazen lokalman ki angaje pou siveye zile yo refè nètale.  Gwoup yo ap ede Abitan Zile Vyèj yo retire debri, bay fanmi yo manje epi fè reparasyon nan kay yo.

Ofisye Kowòdinasyon Federal, William Vogel, ki nan Ajans Federal Jesyon Ijans deklare: ‘’Estrateji redrèsman ki pi efikas yo konsantre sou òganizasyon lokal ki gen rapò solid ak kominote a. LTRG yo se yon pati entegral nan misyon an pou bay sipò epi pou oryante kominote yo k ap refè aprè dezas yo.”

Pwosesis redrèsman an kòmanse epi fini avèk manm kominote lokal yo. Pou sipòte ofisyèl Eta a ak lokal yo, epi pou ede rebati kominote yo pou yo pi solid toujou, Lyezon Ajans Volontè FEMA (FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaisons) yo ede etabli LTRG yo aprè dezas yo. Gwoup yo ki sou chak zile yo ap evalye kounye an bezwen sivivan yo ki nan kominote yo epi y ap ede yo jwenn asistans yo bezwen.

Pastè Gary Moore, prezidan LTRG St. Croix an di: “Misyon LTRG St. Croixan se pou ede manm nou yo ofri yon fason endepandan sèvis bay kominote a toulejou, epi bay sekou efikas ak sèvis pou redrèsman bay moun ki te viktim dezas la sou zile St. Croix. Pandan n ap tranzisyone kite faz entèvansyon pou ijans aktivite redrèsman alontèm aprè dezas, li enpòtan pou nou kowopere antanke lidè kominote a pou kominoe, kowopere ak kolabore pou yon avni ki pi solid ak rezilyan pou tout kominote St. Croix nou an.”

Gwoup yo ap sipòte sivivan yo nan plizyè fason. Gen kat (4) ekip entèvansyon aprè dezas AmeriCorps ki rive mwa sa a soti sou kontinan an pou sipòte LTRG yo sou tout twa (3) zile yo. LTRG an ki St. Croix te travay ak Egliz Moravyèn lan pou prepare yon enstalasyon pou mete Sant Kòmand AmeriCorps lan. Nou prevwa lòt Sant Kòmand St. Thomas ak St. John tou. Gen 75 manm ekip AmeriCorps ki pral ede netwaye labou ki nan kay yo, netwaye fèy, branch ak tout fatra vejetal ansanm ak lòt fatra toujou ki akimile nan lakou epi pou ede fè reparasyon nan kay yo.

LTRG ki St. Croix a te travay ak ekip Asistans Sivivan aprè Dezas (Disaster Survivor Assistance) FEMA an pou bay yon manm yon egliz lokal yon chèz woulant epi yon lòt LTRG te ede yon sivivan kote li te ba li yon pèltez pou yo te kapab retabli kouran nan kay sivivan an. Epitou gwoup yo te mobilize volontè pou ede fòme rezidan lokal pou montre yo nouvo konpetans pou yo kapab travay sou aktivite redrèsman ak rekonstriksyon pandan anpil tan toujou. LTRG yo pral kontinye ede moun travay men nan lamen pou sipòte aktivite rekonstriksyon kominotè yo epi jwenn solisyon pou rezoud gwo pwoblèm Abitan Zile Vyèj yo genyen aprè dezas yo.

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Gen asistans pou retabli ki disponib bay tout moun san nou pa gade ras, koulè, relijyon, nasyonalite, sèks, laj, andikap, kapasite pou pale Angle oswa nivo ekonomik. Si oumenm oswa yon moun ou konnen te viktim diskriminasyon, rele FEMA gratis nan 800-621-3362 (sèvis vokal, 711/VRS – Sèvis Relè Videyo) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Operatè ki pale plizyè lang disponib (peze 2 pou Panyòl).

Misyon FEMA se pou sipòte sitwayen nou ak ekip entèvansyon ijans yo pou asire n ap travay men nan lamen antanke nasyon pou konstwi, kenbe ak amelyore kapasite nou pou pare, pou pwoteje nou, pou reponn ak pou nou retabli epi pou nou redwi tout danje yo.

Swiv nou sou twitter nan twitter.com/femaregion2 ak www.facebook.com/FEMAUSVirginIslands.

Pou bay lajan owa pou pwopoze tèt ou kòm volontè, kontakte òganizasyon volontè oswa charitab ou pito a atravè Ajans Nasyonal Volontè ki Aktif pandan Dezas (National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disasters, NVOAD) nan www.nvoad.org.   Moun ki ta renmen ede yo ta konsidere ke don lajan kach bay ajans volontè yo plis fleksibilite pou jwenn resous li plis bezwen yo epi sa ede ponpe lajan nan ekonomi lokal la pou ede biznis yo refè. Fondasyon Kominotè Zile Vyèj (The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands) gen tou yon “Fon pou Zile Vyèj yo” nan www.USVIrecovery.org

 

 

February 1, 2018

SANTA CRUZ, Islas Vírgenes – Cuatro meses después de que ocurrieran los desastres, los sobrevivientes de los huracanes Irma y María siguen teniendo necesidades por desastre no satisfechas. Para ayudar a cubrir esas necesidades, miembros de organizaciones comunitarias y religiosas locales y colaboradores no gubernamentales han decidido formar unos Grupos de Recuperación a Largo Plazo (LTRG, por sus siglas en inglés) en Santa Cruz, San Juan y Santo Tomás.

Algunos de los sobrevivientes que fueron afectados por los huracanes no cumplen con los requisitos de elegibilidad para participar en los programas del gobierno para ayuda por desastre o continuarán teniendo necesidades no satisfechas después de que reciban la cantidad máxima de ayuda de estos programas. Aquí es donde entran en juego los grupos de recuperación. Los LTRG son equipos con sede local que tienen el compromiso de lograr la recuperación completa de las islas. Estos grupos están ayudando a los residentes de las Islas Vírgenes a retirar los escombros, a dar de comer a sus familias y a reparar sus casas.

“Las estrategias de recuperación más eficaces están creadas en torno a organizaciones locales con fuertes lazos con la comunidad,” expresó William Vogel, coordinador federal de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias. “Los LTRG son una parte integral de la misión que tenemos de brindar apoyo y asesoría a las comunidades que se están recuperando de un desastre.”

El proceso de recuperación comienza y termina con los miembros de la comunidad local. Para apoyar a los funcionarios estatales y locales, y para ayudar a reconstruir las comunidades para que sean más resistentes, los Enlaces con Agencias Voluntarias de FEMA ayudan a crear estos LTRG después de un desastre. En cada una de las islas, estos grupos están evaluando las necesidades que tienen los sobrevivientes en sus comunidades y están ayudándolos para que reciban la asistencia que necesitan.

"La misión del LTRG de Santa Cruz es ayudar a nuestros miembros a que de forma independiente puedan brindar servicios a la comunidad día a día y ofrecer servicios de socorro y recuperación eficaces a las personas que fueron afectadas por el desastre en la isla de Santa Cruz," expresó el pastor Gary Moore, presidente del LTRG de Santa Cruz. "A medida que pasamos de la fase de respuesta ante una emergencia por desastre a la recuperación a largo plazo, es importante que nos unamos como líderes comunitarios que somos para comunicarnos, cooperar, coordinar y colaborar para que toda la comunidad de Santa Cruz sea más sostenible y más resistente en el futuro."

 

Estos grupos están apoyando a los sobrevivientes de muchas maneras. Este mes llegaron cuatro equipos de respuesta ante desastres de AmeriCorps desde tierra firme para apoyar a los LTRG en las tres islas. El LTRG de Santa Cruz trabajó con la Hermandad de Moravia para preparar una instalación que servirá de Centro de Operaciones de AmeriCorps. También se está planeando crear otros centros de operaciones en Santo Tomás y San Juan. Un total de 75 miembros del equipo de AmeriCorps ayudará a quitar la suciedad en las casas, a limpiar los desechos vegetales y otros escombros en los patios y colaborará con las reparaciones de las casas.

El LTRG de Santa Cruz trabajó con el equipo de Asistencia a Sobrevivientes del Desastre de FEMA para hacerle llegar una silla de ruedas a un miembro de una iglesia local y otro LTRG ayudó a un sobreviviente facilitándole una retroexcavadora para retirar unos escombros para que pudieran restablecer el servicio eléctrico en su casa. Estos grupos también movilizarán voluntarios para ayudar a capacitar a los residentes locales para que adquieran nuevas habilidades con el objetivo de que puedan trabajar en las labores de recuperación en un futuro. Los LTRG continuarán uniendo a las personas para apoyar las labores de recuperación comunitarias y encontrar soluciones para algunos de los mayores desafíos que enfrentan los habitantes de las Islas Vírgenes tras los desastres.

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La asistencia de recuperación por desastre se proporciona sin discriminación por motivo de raza, color, sexo, religión, nacionalidad, edad, discapacidad, competencia limitada de inglés o situación económica. Si usted o alguien que usted conoce ha sido discriminado, llame a FEMA libre de cargos al 800-621-3362 (voz, 711/VRS - Servicio de Retransmisión de Video) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Hay operadores disponibles en varios idiomas (presione 2 para español).

La misión de FEMA es apoyar a todos los ciudadanos y al personal de respuesta inmediata para garantizar que trabajemos juntos como nación para desarrollar, mantener y mejorar nuestra capacidad de preparación, protección, respuesta, recuperación y mitigación ante todos los peligros.

Síganos en las redes sociales en twitter.com/femaregion2 y www.facebook.com/FEMAUSVirginIslands.

Para donar o trabajar como voluntario, comuníquese con la organización benéfica o de voluntarios que prefiera a través de las Agencias Voluntarias Nacionales Activas en Desastres (NVOAD) en www.nvoad.org.  Quienes deseen ayudar, las donaciones en efectivo les dan a las agencias voluntarias la mayor flexibilidad a la hora de obtener los recursos que más necesitan e inyectan dinero a la economía local para ayudar a los negocios a recuperarse. La Fundación Comunitaria de las Islas Vírgenes también tiene el “Fondo para las Islas Vírgenes” en www.USVIrecovery.org.

 

 

February 1, 2018

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Four months after the disasters, survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria continue to have unmet disaster-related needs. To help address those needs, members of local, faith- and community-based organizations and nongovernmental partners are coming together to establish Long-Term Recovery Groups (LTRGs) in St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.

Some survivors affected by the hurricanes do not meet the eligibility criteria for government disaster aid programs, or will continue to have unmet needs even after receiving the maximum amount of help from these programs. This is where recovery groups come into play. LTRGs are locally-based teams that are committed to seeing the islands through to full recovery.  The groups are helping Virgin Islanders remove debris, feed their families and make repairs to their homes.

“The most effective recovery strategies are built around local organizations with strong ties to the community,” said Federal Emergency Management Agency Federal Coordinating Officer William Vogel. “LTRGs are an integral part of the mission to provide support and guidance to communities recovering from disasters.”

The recovery process begins and ends with members of local communities. To support state and local officials, and help build back communities to be more resilient, FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaisons help establish the LTRGs after disasters. The groups on each island are now assessing the needs of survivors in their communities and are helping to get them the assistance they need.

“The mission of the St. Croix LTRG is to help our members independently provide community services on a daily basis, and provide effective relief and recovery services to people affected by disaster on the island of St. Croix,” said Pastor Gary Moore, chairperson of the St. Croix LTRG. “As we transition from the emergency response phase of the disasters to long-term recovery, it is important that we come together as community leaders to communicate, cooperate, coordinate and collaborate for a more sustainable and resilient future for our entire St. Croix community.”

The groups are supporting survivors in many ways. Four AmeriCorps disaster response teams arrived this month from the mainland to support LTRGs on all three islands. The LTRG in St. Croix worked with the Moravian Church to prepare a facility that will serve as the AmeriCorps Command Center. Other Command Centers in St. Thomas and St. John are planned as well. A total of 75 AmeriCorps team members will help clear out the muck in homes, clean up vegetative and other debris in yards and assist with making home repairs.

The LTRG on St. Croix worked with the FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance team to provide a wheelchair to a member of a local church and another LTRG assisted a survivor by providing a backhoe to help remove debris so that power could be restored to the survivor’s home. The groups will also mobilize volunteers to help train local residents in new skills so they can work on recovery efforts well into the future. LTRGs will continue to bring people together to support grassroots recovery efforts and find solutions for some of the major challenges Virgin Islanders face after the disasters.

 

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service)

(TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Follow us on social media at twitter.com/femaregion2 and www.facebook.com/FEMAUSVirginIslands.

To donate or volunteer, contact the voluntary or charitable organization of your choice through the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) at www.nvoad.org.  For those who wish to help, cash donations offer voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover. The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands also has the “Fund for the Virgin Islands” at www.USVIrecovery.org.

 

February 1, 2018

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico –  Mientras Puerto Rico progresa del proceso de respuesta a la recuperación, FEMA y el Gobierno de Puerto Rico continúan apoyando las necesidades de los sobrevivientes; hasta el momento FEMA ha aprobado más de $1,000 millones en subvenciones a los sobrevivientes de los huracanes Irma y María.

Más de 3,000 empleados federales, incluyendo 1,500 empleados locales, están apoyando los esfuerzos de recuperación asistiendo directamente a los sobrevivientes y colaborando con el Gobierno de Puerto Rico en las soluciones de vivienda.

Más de 1.1 millones de residentes en Puerto Rico han llenado la solicitud de asistencia de FEMA. A la fecha, la agencia ha otorgado:

  • $557 millones en asistencia financiera para alquiler, reparaciones o reconstrucción de viviendas; incluyendo $105 millones en asistencia de alquiler a 122,000 sobrevivientes en Puerto Rico y los Estados Unidos Continentales.
  • $468 millones para gastos relacionados al huracán y no cubiertos por una póliza de seguros tales como propiedad personal, transportación, gastos médicos, dentales, fúnebres y de mudanza.

Este es solo el comienzo de un compromiso a largo plazo con la recuperación de Puerto Rico. Otras ayudas provistas incluyen:

  • $794 millones en préstamos por desastre con bajos intereses aprobados a más de 20,400 sobrevivientes y 746 dueños de negocios a través de la Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa (SBA por sus siglas en inglés).
  • $4 millones en Asistencia de Desempleo por Desastre a más de 14,000 residentes.
  • $1,600 millones en comida y $361 millones en agua para sobrevivientes, y esos esfuerzos continuarán para aquellos que aun tengan la necesidad de recursos en sus comunidades.
  • Más de 125,000 toldos de FEMA se distribuyeron y más de 54,000 Techos Azules del Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de los Estados Unidos se han instalado.
  • 10,742 individuos continúan participando del programa de Asistencia de Alojamiento Transitorio a través de hoteles en 40 estados y en Puerto Rico.

Además, $525 millones se han asignado para subvenciones de Asistencia Pública de FEMA para medidas de protección de emergencia y operaciones de remoción de escombros, incluyendo:

  • $66 millones en gastos de remoción de escombros.
  • 882 generadores de emergencia para instalaciones críticas; más de dos veces los usado durante el huracán Katrina.

El día de hoy, el Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de los Estados Unidos otorgó $1,500 millones en Subvenciones Globales para el Desarrollo Comunitario de Puerto Rico para apoyar la recuperación a largo plazo de las casas y negocios locales que tuvieron daños serios.

 

Si los sobrevivientes son dueños o inquilinos de la propiedad, todavía pueden llenar la solicitud de asistencia de FEMA ya que la fecha límite se extendió al 20 de marzo del 2018.

 

Para asistencia inmediata,

  • Llame la línea de ayuda de FEMA al 800-621-FEMA (3362) (voz, 711 o Servicio de Retransmisión por Video), TTY: 800-462-7585 (oprima 2 para español). Las líneas telefónicas operan diariamente de 7 a.m. a 11 p.m.
  • Visite un Centro de Recuperación por Desastre. Encuentre el DRC más cercano en la página web: Fema.gov/DRC.

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La asistencia de recuperación por desastre está disponible, sin distinción de raza, color, religión, nacionalidad, sexo, edad, discapacidad, dominio del inglés o situación económica. Si usted o alguien que conozca ha sido discriminado, llame a FEMA libre de costo al 800-621-FEMA (3362) (oprima 2 para español) (voz, 711/VRS Servicio de Retransmisión por Vídeo). Operadores multilingües disponibles. Para TTY llame al 800-462-7585.

Síganos en:

www.fema.gov/hurricane-maria

www.facebook.com/femapuertorico

www.twitter.com/femaregion2

February 1, 2018

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – As Puerto Rico progresses from response to recovery, FEMA and the government of Puerto Rico continue to support the needs of survivors; so far FEMA has approved more than $1 billion in grants to Hurricanes Irma and María survivors.

More than 3,000 federal employees, including 1,500 local hires, are supporting the recovery efforts, directly assisting survivors and partnering with the government of Puerto Rico on housing solutions.

More than 1.1 million Puerto Rico residents have registered for FEMA assistance. To date, the agency has granted:

  • $557 million in financial assistance for rental, repair or to rebuild residences; including $105 million in rental assistance to 122,000 survivors in Puerto Rico and the continental United States.
  • $468 million for uninsured hurricane-related expenses like personal property, transportation, medical, dental, funeral and moving costs.

This is only the beginning of a long-term commitment to Puerto Rico’s recovery. Other assistance provided includes:

  • $794 million in low-interest disaster loans approved to more than 20,400 survivors and 746 business owners through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • $4 million in Disaster Unemployment Assistance to more than 14,000 residents.
  • $1.6 billion in food and $361 million in water to survivors, and those efforts will continue for those who still have a need for resources in their communities.
  • More than 125,000 FEMA tarps distributed and more than 54,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Blue Roofs installed.
  • 10,742 individuals continue participating in FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program throughout hotels in 40 states and Puerto Rico.

In addition, $525 million has been obligated in FEMA Public Assistance grants for emergency protective measures and debris removal operations, including:

  • $66 million in debris removal costs.
  • 882 emergency generators for critical facilities, more than twice as many used during Hurricane Katrina.

Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $1.5 billion in Community Development Block Grants to Puerto Rico to support the long-term recovery of seriously damaged housing and local businesses.

Whether survivors are homeowners or renters, they can still apply for FEMA assistance, as the registration is extended to March 20, 2018.

For immediate assistance,

  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362) (voice, 711 or Voice Relay Service), TTY: 800-462-7585 (press 2 for Spanish). Phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
  • Visit a Disaster Recovery Center. Find the closest DRC at the website: Fema.gov/DRC.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service.) Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). TTY call 800-462-7585.

Follow us at:

www.fema.gov/hurricane-maria

www.facebook.com/femapuertorico

www.twitter.com/femaregion2

February 1, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas – As Texans repair or rebuild their homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding, FEMA and home improvement stores in Harris, Nueces and Orange counties are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer tips and techniques to build hazard-resistant homes using proven methods that will prevent or reduce damage from future disasters. Most of the information and the free publications provided are geared to do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

Recovery topics covered include flood insurance, elevating utilities and rebuilding flooded homes. Free reference booklets with information on protecting a home from flood damage will be available. FEMA advisers will be available at these stores:

 

County

Locations

Dates

Hours

Harris

Westbury Sq. Home Depot (Store #578)

11500 Chimney Rock, Houston, 77035

Mon. Feb. 5

Tues. Feb. 6 – Sat. Feb. 10

11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Harris

Pin Oak Home Depot (Store #566)

5445 West Loop, Houston, 77081

Mon. Feb. 5

Tues. Feb. 6 – Sat. Feb. 10

11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Harris

Kingsbridge Home Depot (Store #6860)

10419 Highway 6 South, Sugar Land, 77498

Mon. Feb. 5

Tues. Feb. 6 – Sat. Feb. 10

11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Nueces

Five Point Home Depot (Store #6564)

13202 Leopard St., Corpus Christi, 78410

Mon. Feb. 5

Tues. Feb. 6 – Sat. Feb. 10

11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Orange

Orange Home Depot (Store #8419)

603 Strickland Drive, Orange, 77630

Mon. Feb. 5

Tues. Feb. 6 – Sat. Feb. 10

11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

 

For Texas disaster mitigation information, visit www.fema.gov/texas-disaster-mitigation.

For other information about mitigation, visit www.fema.gov/what-mitigation.

More information about strengthening properties can be found at www.fema.gov/protect-your- property.

For more information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4332, the FEMA Harvey Facebook page

at www.facebook.com/FEMAharvey, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at www.dps.texas.gov/dem/.

February 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Desde el lunes, 5 de febrero, el Centro de Recuperación por Desastre (DRC) en Bonsall en el condado de San Diego será un Centro de Asistencia para Préstamos por Desastre (DLOC, por sus siglas en inglés) de la Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa (SBA, por sus siglas en inglés).

Los DRC están administrados de manera conjunta por la Oficina de Servicios de Emergencia del Estado de California (Cal OES, por sus siglas en inglés) y por la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés). Los DRC cuentan con representantes de Cal OES, de FEMA, de SBA y de otras agencias estatales y federales. Les ofrecen recursos de asistencia de desastre a los sobrevivientes de los incendios forestales de diciembre y de los recientes deslaves de lodo.

 

El centro cerrará a las 6 p. m. el sábado, 3 de febrero. Las instalaciones volverán a abrir el lunes, 5 de febrero como un DLOC de la SBA. El horario será de 9 a. m. a 6 p. m. de lunes a viernes.

Los representantes de servicio al cliente de la SBA estarán en el DLOC para atender a las empresas y a los residentes y contestar preguntas, explicar el programa de préstamo de la SBA y formalizar sus préstamos por desastre aprobados. 

Cuando un DRC cierre, se les recuerda a las personas afectadas que FEMA está a una llamada, a un clic o a una aplicación móvil de FEMA de distancia. Los sobrevivientes de desastres pueden visitar la página de Internet DisasterAssistance.gov, usar la aplicación de FEMA desde su teléfono inteligente o llamar al 800-621-3362 o al 800-462-7585 para los usuarios de TTY. Los solicitantes que utilizan el 711 o los servicios de retransmisión por video pueden llamar al 800-621-3362. Las líneas libres de cargo están abiertas de 7 a. m. a 10 p. m., hora local, los siete días de la semana.

Para información adicional sobre la recuperación en California, vaya a la página web de desastres en www.fema.gov/disaster/4353, a Twitter en https://www.twitter.com/femaregion9 o a https://WildfireRecovery.org .

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Toda la asistencia por desastre de FEMA se proporcionará sin distinción de raza, color, sexo (incluso acoso sexual), religión, nacionalidad de origen, edad, discapacidad, competencia limitada en inglés, situación económica o represalia. Si usted cree que se han violado sus derechos civiles, llame al 800-621-3362 o al 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

La misión de FEMA es apoyar a los ciudadanos y a las agencias de primera respuesta para garantizar que trabajemos juntos como nación para desarrollar, mantener y mejorar nuestra capacidad de prepararnos, protegernos y recuperarnos de los peligros, responder ante ellos y mitigarlos. 

La SBA es la principal fuente de fondos del gobierno federal para la reconstrucción a largo plazo de propiedad privada dañada en desastres. La SBA ayuda a las empresas de cualquier tamaño, a las organizaciones privadas sin fines de lucro, a los propietarios de vivienda y a los inquilinos a financiar las labores de reparaciones y reconstrucción, y a cubrir los costos para remplazar las pérdidas de propiedad personal o la propiedad personal que se ha visto afectada por un desastre .Estos préstamos por desastre cubren las pérdidas que los seguros u otras entidades de recuperación no cubren en su totalidad, y no duplican beneficios de otras agencias o de otras organizaciones. Para más información, los solicitantes pueden comunicarse con el Centro de Servicio al Cliente para Asistencia por Desastre de la SBA al 800-659-2955, enviar un correo electrónico a disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, o visitar el sitio web de la SBA en www.sba.gov/disaster. Las personas sordas o con impedimentos auditivos pueden llamar a la línea TTY al 800-877-8339.

 

February 1, 2018

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico –  La construcción de un puente nuevo sobre el Río Abajo en Utuado se puso en marcha esta semana con la llegada de un taladro masivo IMT AF-160. El proyecto reconectará a una comunidad remota en las montañas que ha estado aislada desde que el huracán María arrasó con el antiguo puente el pasado septiembre.

Luego de que se enviaron en una barcaza desde Carolina del Norte, el taladro y sus accesorios se transportaron en cuatro camiones con plataforma hasta Manatí, en la costa norte, donde se ensambló el taladro y luego se movió al lugar de la construcción. Debido a su tamaño y peso, se requirió un permiso especial de transporte para trasladar el taladro.

Con una capacidad de 160,000 libras de fuerza de torsión rotatorio (fuerza de torsión), el taladro operará diariamente durante la próxima semana, dijo Miguel Ramos, portavoz de MRD, el contratista asignado para esta fase de la construcción del puente.

Este proyecto es esencial para la comunidad de Barrio Río Abajo, que cuenta con un puente temporero desde que la tormenta arrasó con el Puente de Marcelo.

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La asistencia de recuperación por desastre está disponible, sin distinción de raza, color, religión, nacionalidad, sexo, edad, discapacidad, dominio del inglés o situación económica. Si usted o alguien que conozca ha sido discriminado, llame a FEMA libre de costo al 800-621-FEMA (3362) (oprima 2 para español) (voz, 711/VRS Servicio de Retransmisión por Vídeo). Operadores multilingües disponibles. Para TTY llame al 800-462-7585.

Síganos en:

www.fema.gov/hurricane-maria

www.facebook.com/femapuertorico

www.twitter.com/femaregion2

Male stands behind heavy machinery.

February 1, 2018

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Construction of a new bridge over the Río Abajo in Utuado got underway this week with the arrival of a massive IMT AF-160 drill. The project will reconnect a remote, mountain community that has been isolated since Hurricane Maria swept away the old bridge last September.

After being shipped from North Carolina on a barge, the drill and its accessories were transported on four flatbed trailers to Manatí on the north coast, where the drill was assembled and then moved inland to the construction site. Because of its size and weight, a special transport permit was required to transfer the drill. 

Capable of 160,000 pounds of rotary torque (twisting force), the drill will be in operation daily over the next week, says Miguel Ramos, a spokesman for MRD, the contractor tasked with this stage of bridge construction.

The project is crucial to the Barrio Rio Abajo community, which has been served by a temporary bridge since the Puente de Marcelo was destroyed by the storm.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service). Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). TTY call 800-462-7585.

Follow us at:

www.fema.gov/hurricane-maria

www.facebook.com/femapuertorico

www.twitter.com/femaregion2

Male stands behind heavy machinery.

February 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in San Diego County in Bonsall will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) as of Monday, Feb. 5.

DRCs are jointly run by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Representatives from Cal OES, FEMA, SBA and other state and federal agencies staff the DRCs. They offer survivors of the December wildfires and recent mudslides disaster assistance resources.

The center will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3. The premises will reopen on Monday, Feb.5, as an SBA DLOC. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

SBA customer service representatives will be at the DLOC to meet with businesses and residents to answer their questions, explain SBA’s disaster loan program and close their approved disaster loans.

As any DRC closes, those affected are reminded that FEMA is a phone call, a mouse click, or FEMA app away. Disaster survivors can go online at DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA app, or call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 for TTY users. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time, seven days a week.

For more information on California recovery, visit the disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4353, Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/femaregion9 or https://WildfireRecovery.org .

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All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. 

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call the TTY line at 800-877-8339.

February 1, 2018

Denton, Texas– New preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) are available for review by residents and business owners in Caldwell, Gonzales, Guadalupe, and Hays counties. Officials encourage property owners to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in appeal and comment periods for the maps.

The new flood risk information and FIRM resulted from a long-term flood study lead by a team of local community, state, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials. Significant community review has already taken place, including flood risk open houses in August 2017 where residents and business owners in the affected counties were able to learn more about the new preliminary flood risk information and view the maps.

The detailed digital maps show current flood hazards for communities within portions of the San Marcos and Austin-Travis Lakes watersheds and replace flood maps that are based on outdated studies and technology. The maps provide more precise flood hazard information for those areas, including places affected by the devastating Memorial Day 2015 floods and five other major floods since 2000.

The deadlines for submitting appeals or comments are:

  • Gonzales County: April 22, 2018
  • Guadalupe County - Staples and unincorporated areas: April 23, 2018
  • Hays County - Buda, City of Hays, Kyle and Mountain City: April 23, 2018
  • Hays County – Austin, Bear Creek, Dripping Springs, San Marcos, Wimberley, Woodcreek and unincorporated areas: April 24, 2018
  • Caldwell County: April 24, 2018
  • Guadalupe County – City of Luling: April 24, 2018

If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information—such as a missing or misspelled road name or an incorrect corporate boundary—they can submit a written comment. They can submit an appeal if they perceive that modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect. An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim. Appeals must be submitted through the office of the county or local community floodplain administrator.

In addition to viewing the preliminary maps at their local floodplain administrator’s office, residents and business owners may:

The next step in the mapping process is the resolution of all comments and appeals. Once they are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps, which is targeted for spring 2019.

February 1, 2018

DENTON, Texas– Residents and business owners in Travis County, Texas have new, preliminary flood maps to review. The revised maps affect the cities of Austin, Bee Cave, Jonestown, Lago Vista, Lakeway, Leander, West Lake Hills, Village of The Hills and the unincorporated areas of Travis County. These maps were produced by a team of local, state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to view the maps for a better understanding of their flood risks. The public is invited to participate in an appeal period about the maps. Anyone who wishes to file an appeal has until April 17, 2018 for submission.

Here’s the definition an appeal:                                                                                                    

Appeals are formal objections to proposed base flood elevations or flood depths. They can also be submitted for Special Flood Hazard Areas boundaries and zones, or floodways. Appeals must be based on technical data showing proposed maps to be scientifically incorrect. Anyone making an appeal must include the method, data and analysis used to support the claim.

By learning their flood risk, individuals and community leaders can make informed decisions about building and development. They can also make informed decisions about purchasing a policy from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Reviewing the maps can be accomplished by visiting the community floodplain administrator’s office, or:

The next step will be the resolution of all appeals. When complete, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.

When a flood risk is identified, the next step is to consider purchasing a flood policy. They are available from the National Flood Insurance Program. Contacting a local insurance agent is the first step to gather information about insurance. For information about the NFIP, call 1-888-RAIN-920 for assistance.

February 1, 2018

DENTON, Texas – Revised preliminary flood insurance rate maps are ready for review by residents and business owners in the cities of Cedar Park, Creedmoor, Mustang Ridge, Rollingwood, and the villages of Briarcliff, Point Venture, San Leanna and Volente.

The maps were developed by a team of local, state and federal government officials, and they will help residents decide whether they need to buy flood insurance. Additionally, the flood maps allow residents and community leaders to make informed decisions about future building and development.

The public has an opportunity to submit comments on the new rate maps until April 17, 2018.     

Comments are objections to a base map feature change such as labels, incorrect roads or jurisdictional boundaries. The public can send comments and appeals to their local floodplain administrator, who will forward them to FEMA for final resolution.

To see the revised flood maps, please contact the local floodplain administrator. Residents can also visit http://maps.riskmap6.com/TX/Travis/. An online live flood map chat service is available at go.usa.gov/r6C. To contact a FEMA map specialist, call 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627), or send an email to FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.

The next step is the resolution of all the comments and appeals. When that is complete, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.

Residents who learn that they need flood insurance protection can get it through the National Flood Insurance Program. A local insurance agent can help residents navigate the process. For more information on the National Flood Insurance Program, contact the NFIP Call Center at 1-888-RAIN-920.

January 31, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas – The State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Humble will close today, January 31 at 6 p.m. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or a tap on the FEMA app away.

 

The center is at the following location:

Harris CountyHumble Senior Activity Center1401 S. Houston Ave.Humble, TX 77338Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods can still get help by:

 

  • Logging into their account at DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
  • Downloading the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.
  • Visiting any of the disaster recovery centers still open. The location of the recovery center closet to the Humble DRC is:

     Harris CountyGreenspoint Mall12300 IH-45 North FreewayHouston, TX 77060Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Locations of other recovery centers can be found online at fema.gov/DRC.

 

Even though the deadline to apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan for property damage has passed, small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size still have untilMay 25 to apply for an economic injury disaster loan to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage. Business owners may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

 

For more information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4332, Facebook at www.facebook.com/FEMAharvey, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6, or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at https://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/.

 

January 31, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Friday, Feb. 2, at 9 a.m. in the city of Fulton. This location will serve residents of Aransas County, Rockport/Fulton and surrounding areas.

 

DRCs offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

 

The new center is at the following location:

 

AC Motorsports

3316 Highway 35 N.

Fulton, TX 78358

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

Recovery specialists from the State of Texas, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and other agencies will be at the new DRC.

 

Disaster recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities, and are equipped with assistive technology equipment such as amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices and magnifiers. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

 

American Sign Language interpreters are available to assist at a DRC. Requests can be made via text message at (470) 379-5943. Survivors will need to provide their name, the address of the DRC they will be visiting, the date and time of their visit and the type of sign language they are requesting. All requests for help should be made at least 24 hours in advance of a DRC visit to ensure assistance is available.

 

For more information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4332, or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FEMAharvey, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6, or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at www.dps.texas.gov/dem/.