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Disaster Updates

October 7, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Mientras comienza el proceso de regresar a la parte baja de los Cayos de la Florida, la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) enfatiza la importancia de seguir las instrucciones de los funcionarios locales. Actualmente, solos se permitirá el ingreso a los residentes, propietarios de negocios, trabajadores de desastres, y vehículos de suministros que cuenten con la debida identificación.

Para aquellas personas que regresan a sus hogares o negocios en los cayos, el condado de Monroe cuenta con importante información sobre seguridad pública en su sitio web www.keysrecovery.org/.

  • tenga identificación con su dirección actual disponible para pasar por cualquiera de los puestos de control.
  • esté pendiente de los equipos de rescate en emergencias, equipos del servicio eléctrico, u otros empleados, quienes podrían cerrar las calles.
  • espere ver numerosos miembros de las fuerzas de seguridad en toda la zona.
  • esté alerta de la presencia de la fauna local desplazada, tales como serpientes, insectos, o lagartos.

    Prepárese antes de ir

    Para aquellos que reúnen las condiciones para regresar a sus hogares, los funcionares locales subrayan la necesidad de estar preparados. Aún existen áreas sin electricidad, y otras condiciones adversas para la seguridad de las personas, las comunicaciones y servicios cloacales. Las personas que regresen a sus hogares deben llevar consigo cantidad suficiente de provisiones. Evalúe todas las necesidades potenciales de alimentos, aguar, medicamentos, repelente para mosquitos, u otros objetos importantes.

    Seguridad estructural

    Desde el exterior de su casa, examine el edificio. Si observa la existencia de daño evidente, si la edificación está fuera de los cimientos, o si usted tiene dudad sobre la seguridad estructural de su casa, no entre. Si el exterior luce seguro, entre a su casa lenta y cuidadosamente.

Inscríbase para la asistencia federal

Posiblemente usted no pueda quedarse en su casa debido a la cantidad de daño existente. Si ese es el caso, considere quedarse con amigos o familiares mientras repara su hogar. Quizás haya disponible un refugio de transición para usted, una vez que se inscriba para recibir la asistencia federal con FEMA.

Solicite la asistencia de FEMA por Internet en DisasterAssistance.gov o telefónicamente al 800-621-3362 (voz, 711 o retransmisión por vídeo “VRS”) o 800-462-7585 (TTY). Debido a la gran demanda, las líneas podrían estar ocupadas. Intente llamar durante las mañanas o las tardes, cuando el volumen de llamadas es menor, y tenga paciencia.

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La misión de FEMA es apoyar a todos los ciudadanos y al personal de respuesta 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.

La asistencia de recuperación por desastre está disponible sin distinción de raza, color, religión, nacionalidad, sexo, edad, discapacidad, competencia en inglés o situación económica. Si usted o alguien que usted conoce ha sido discriminado, llame a FEMA libre de cargos al 800-621-3362. Para TTY, llame al 800-462-7585.

La asistencia para vivienda provisional y las subvenciones para transportación pública, gastos médicos y dentales y gastos funerarios y de entierro relacionados con el desastre por parte de FEMA no tienen como requisito que las personas soliciten un préstamo de SBA. Sin embargo, los solicitantes que reciban solicitudes de préstamo por parte de SBA, deben completarlas y devolverlas a SBA a fin de ser elegibles para la asistencia que cubre propiedad personal, reparación o remplazo de vehículos, y gastos de mudanza o almacenamiento.

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October 7, 2017

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Housing inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are visiting neighborhoods in the Virgin Islands to verify damages caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Inspectors will contact survivors who have registered with FEMA. They will first call survivors in advance of the visit to set up an appointment. If they are unable to reach a survivor by phone due to the current communications outages, they may visit a residence without a confirmed appointment.

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency has asked that survivors place visible plot numbers on their property to ensure inspectors can identify the property.

“A housing inspection is an important early step in the recovery process, as it helps us determine how FEMA and our recovery partners can best assist you,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William Vogel. “We urge residents to make themselves as readily available as they can to meet with their housing inspector.”

FEMA understands that some Virgin Islanders with property damage may have temporarily relocated off the islands. We are asking family and friends to let them know they should still register for assistance with FEMA and provide their current contact information. We will reach out to them to coordinate an inspection when it’s possible.

Inspections can only be done after survivors register. Those with damage to homes, vehicles, personal property, business or its inventory should register with FEMA. When applying, survivors will be asked to provide their current contact information so that an inspector can reach them. 

When inspectors arrive at a home, they will display their official contractor photo identification. If the photo ID is not visible, it is important to ask to see it. This helps prevent fraud. Please be aware that FEMA inspectors do not charge survivors for their services or recommend specific contractors. If someone asks for money to inspect your home or promotes a contractor, it is most likely part of a scam.

Inspectors already have each applicant’s nine-digit registration number so there should be no need to ask for it. Survivors will however be asked to provide a valid driver’s license or other photo identification.

To speed the FEMA assistance process:

  • Ensure the house or plot number is clearly visible from the road.
  • Keep your appointment or notify the inspector if you need to reschedule.
  • Be reachable. It helps to inform neighbors where you can be reached if your home is uninhabitable.
  • Survivors who are displaced to other areas or islands may designate a relative, friend or neighbor to allow the inspector onto the property. But the designated person must be 18 years or older.
  • Provide proof of ownership, such as a tax bill, deed, mortgage payment receipt or insurance policy with the property’s address. Renters must show proof of occupancy, such as a lease, rent payment receipt or utility bill.
    • FEMA will only provide assistance for a primary residence. However, survivors may be eligible for a low-interest disaster loan.
  • If possible, provide photos of the damage that can supplement the images taken by the inspector.

An inspection generally takes about 15-30 minutes to complete. Keep in mind that inspectors do not determine an applicant’s eligibility for assistance. They just enter the information electronically into FEMA computers. Their job is to verify disaster damage, but they do not need to document all damage. They review damage to structures, major appliances, septic systems and wells.

No need to wait, begin cleaning up now. Survivors should begin cleaning up without worrying about losing out on disaster assistance.

“We understand that residents want to get their hurricane-damaged homes cleaned up as soon as possible,” said Vogel. “You don’t need to wait for us to get start cleaning up. Just be sure to document the damage.”

For those with Communication Needs. Disaster survivors with communication-related disabilities — those who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or have vision loss and those with speech difficulties — may request accommodations to aid in communication. For instance, survivors may request an American Sign Language interpreter when registering. (They should also verify the accommodation with the inspector when contacted.)

Registration with FEMA can be completed online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, in Spanish at www.DisasterAssistance.gov/es, or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362.

The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Operators are standing by to assist survivors in English, Spanish and many other languages.

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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.

For official information on the recovery effort following the hurricanes, please visit www.informusvi.com or www.usviupdate.com. Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/femaregion2.

To donate or volunteer, contact the voluntary or charitable organization of your choice through the National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disasters (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

October 7, 2017

Many valuable and cherished personal items damaged by flood waters often can be rescued. Here are some tips on how to save some of your family treasures:

  • If an object is still wet, rinse it gently with clean water. If dry, remove silt and other foreign material with a soft brush or damp cloth.
  • Air dry wet things indoors. Sunlight might be too intense. Keep humidity as low as possible to prevent mold accumulation.
  • Flood water may be contaminated. Wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles.
  • Do not try to separate photos or negatives that are stuck together. Soak them in water for up to 48 hours until you can safely pull them apart. Hang them with clips or clothespins to dry.
  • Put wet books in a sturdy covered plastic container, spine side down. Place the container in a freezer and keep it there for several weeks, even months. Then remove and let dry.
  • With fabrics or textiles, remove mud and debris with gently flowing clean water or fine spray from a hose. Press out the excess water with your hand. Do not try to wring out the water. Allow to dry.
  • Clean wooden objects, like furniture, with a damp sponge; blot and let dry slowly inside the house, not under the sun.
  • Rinse metal objects with clear water and blot dry immediately with a clean, soft cloth. Fans or low-heat hairdryers will hasten drying rate.
  • For broken pottery or ceramics, put all the pieces in an open container and mark what it is. Don’t try to glue the pieces back together until they are dry, and watch for mold. If mold appears, spray the pieces with Mold-Ex or a similar product.

For more information, log onto preservecollections.org. To find a professional conservator, log onto conservation-us.org/membership/find-a-conservator.

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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). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

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 Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations 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 Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

 

October 7, 2017

Survivors are encouraged to begin cleaning and making repairs to their homes to make them safe and livable again. It is encouraged to begin those tasks as soon as possible once it’s safe to re-enter a structure, according to the National Flood Insurance Program. During cleanup, survivors should save all receipts and document damage with photos, along with following these additional tips: 

  • Clean up debris as soon as possible.  Don’t wait for a flood insurance adjuster or FEMA home inspector to come to your home.
  • Take photos or videos of the outside and inside of the building, including damaged personal property, and label them by room before you remove anything;
  • Photograph the make, model and serial number of items like washers and dryers, hot water heaters, kitchen appliances, TVs and computers;
  • Keep samples of carpet, flooring, wallpaper, drapes, etc.;
  • Separate damaged from undamaged personal property items to show the adjuster;
  • After taking photos, immediately throw away flooded content items that pose a health risk, such as perishable food, clothing, cushions and pillows.
  • Before starting any structural work, be sure to get a building permit from your local building authorities.  If you have NFIP flood insurance you will want to call your flood adjuster or flood insurance company to let them know what structural repairs you have planned.

It will not be necessary for all survivors who contact FEMA to have an inspector visit their home. 

  • They may receive an email, auto-dialer call, or text message that allows them to provide FEMA with the extent of damage from Hurricane Irma. 
  • They may get a call from FEMA to determine eligibility. 
  • Renters and homeowners will be asked to report their home damage,
  • Based on information provided, they will receive a determination of award for Personal and/or Real Property.

If it is determined that a home inspection is necessary, a FEMA inspector will contact the applicant to schedule an appointment. However, because of the large number of damaged homes, it may take up to 30 days for an inspector to contact them to schedule an inspection.

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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). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

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 Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations 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 Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

October 7, 2017
  1. Engaging in a noncompetitive procurement (i.e., sole-sourcing) without carefully documenting how the situation has created an urgent need to perform the work sooner than a competitive procurement process would allow.
  2. Continuing work under a sole-source contract after the urgent need (see #1) has ended, instead of transitioning to a competitively procured contract.
  3. Piggybacking onto another jurisdiction’s contract in a situation that doesn’t allow noncompetitive procurement (see #1) or where the other contract is materially different in terms of scope or requirements. Piggybacking is rarely allowable.
  4. Awarding a "time-and-material" contract without a ceiling price that the contractor exceeds at its own risk and documenting why no other contract type is suitable.
  5. Awarding a "cost-plus-percentage-of-cost" or "percentage-of-construction-cost" contract.
  6. Not including the required contract clauses (available online at the below website under "PDAT Resources" menu).
  7. Including a geographic preference in a solicitation (i.e., giving an advantage to or limiting competition of an award to local firms).
  8. Not making and documenting efforts to solicit small businesses, minority businesses and woman’s business enterprises.
  9. Conducting a procurement exceeding $150,000 without conducting a detailed cost or price analysis.
  10. Not carefully documenting all steps of a procurement to create a record if questions arise potentially years later.

For further information on FEMA grant procurement requirements, including contract review checklists, detailed guidance on the above topics, and online webinar training classes, please visit https://www.fema.gov/procurement-disaster-assistance-team.

To read a detailed checklist for reviewing procurements under grants by non-federal entities (states, local and tribal governments, institutions of higher education, hospitals, and private non-profit organizations, please visit https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1479225376216-2bdb7d3ba1a512495….

Maryville, Mo., 6-20-2007 -- North Western Missouri County officials attend a Public Assistance applicant briefing in Nodaway County.  Applicant briefing meetings introduce local officials to the aid they can apply for from federal and state governments.  Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

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October 7, 2017

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program provides supplemental assistance to states, tribes, and local governmental entities, as well as certain private non-profit organizations (hereinafter referred to as applicants). FEMA’s Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (fema.gov/public-assistance-policy-and-guidance) provides comprehensive information regarding assistance that FEMA can provide and the requirements that applicants must follow in order to receive the assistance. The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide key information applicants need to consider when utilizing contracted resources.

Avoid the Risk of Not Being Reimbursed for Contract Costs in a Time of Need

Failure to follow federal contracting requirements when procuring and selecting contractors puts applicants at risk of not receiving full reimbursement for associated disaster costs. Both FEMA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) closely review applicant procurement actions and contract selections to evaluate whether federal requirements were met. Where requirements were not met, funding can be disallowed and, in some cases, taken back even years after the event. Due to the frequency of applicants not following contracting requirements and the millions of dollars subsequently put at risk, FEMA and the OIG are increasing their efforts to ensure applicants understand federal requirements for contracting resources. In addition to this fact sheet, FEMA has extensive procurement and contracting resources for applicants, including the Procurement under Grants Field Manual Supplement, which are available at fema.gov/procurement-disaster-assistance-team. Additionally, the OIG in July 2016 issued its Audit Tips for Managing Disaster-Related Project Costs (OIG-17-120-D Sep. 2017).

FEMA reimburses costs incurred using fixed-price or cost-reimbursement contracts. In regard to the use of Time and Materials (T&M) contracts, FEMA generally limits the use of these contracts to situations where no other contract is available, and limits them to a reasonable time based on the circumstances during which the applicant could not define a clear scope of work and the duration of the work is unknown because T&M contracts do not adequately incentivize contractors to control costs or maximize labor efficiency.

Noncompetitive procurement may be used under certain circumstances, one of which is when the public exigency or emergency will not permit a delay resulting from competitive solicitation.

Avoidance Checklist

Do Not:

  • "Piggyback" on other jurisdiction’s contracts.
  • Award cost-plus-a-percentage-of-cost contracts or contracts with a percentage-of construction-cost method.
  • Include local geographical preference.

Avoid:

  • Time & Material (T&M) Contracts. FEMA may reimburse costs incurred under a T&M contract only if all of the following apply:
    • No other contract was suitable
    • The contract has a ceiling price that the contractor exceeds at its own risk
    • The Applicant provides a high degree of oversight to obtain reasonable assurance that the contractor is using efficient methods and effective cost controls
  • Sole-Source Contracts unless you can support their use under one of the four exceptions to full and open competition
  • Pre-disaster/stand-by contracts with price proposals that increase when awarded post-disaster

Examples Illustrating the Meaning of Exigency and Emergency

Emergency: A tornado impacts the city and causes widespread and catastrophic damage, including loss of life, loss of power, damage to public and private structures and millions of cubic yards of debris across the City, leaving almost the entire jurisdiction inaccessible. The city needs to begin debris clearance activities immediately to restore access to the community and support search and rescue operations and power restoration.

Exigency: A tornado impacts the city in June and causes widespread and catastrophic damage, including damage to a city school. The city wants to repair the school and have it ready for the beginning of the following school year in September. The city estimates, based on past experience, that the sealed bidding process will take at least 90 days, and the city’s engineer estimates that the repair work would take another 60 days. This would bring the project completion to well after the beginning of the school year. Rather than going through sealed bidding, the city—in compliance with state and local law—wants to solicit bids from five contractors that have previously constructed schools in the state and award the contract to the lowest bidder among those five. This would be an example of an "exigency", such that sealed bidding would cause a delay under the circumstances and the use of some other procurement method was necessary based on the particular situation.

Applicants should ensure their attorneys review all procurement actions and contracts. FEMA has a Procurement Disaster Assistance Team that is available to review contracts to ensure they include required provisions. Applicants may contact the state or territory to request FEMA assist with review.

Requirements Checklist

  • Provide full and open competition.
  • Place qualified small businesses, minority businesses and women’s business enterprises on solicitation lists.
  • Assure that small businesses, minority businesses and women’s business enterprises are solicited whenever they are potential sources.
  • Divide total requirements, when economically feasible, into smaller tasks or quantities to permit maximum participation by small businesses, minority businesses and women’s business enterprises.
  • Establish delivery schedules, where the requirement permits, which encourage participation by small businesses, minority businesses and women’s business enterprises.
  • Use the services and assistance, as appropriate, of such organizations as the Small Business Administration and the Minority Business Development Agency of the Department of Commerce.
  • Maintain oversight to ensure contractors perform according to the terms, conditions, and specifications of their contracts or purchase orders.
  • Maintain written standards of conduct covering conflicts of interest and governing the performance of employees who engage in the selection, award and administration of contracts.
  • Negotiate profit as a separate element of the price for each contract in which there is no price competition and in all cases where cost analysis is performed.
  • Perform a cost or price analysis in connection with every procurement action in excess of the Simplified Acquisition Threshold, including contract modifications. The federal threshold is currently $150,000. If state or local procurement law is more restrictive, then the state or local law must be followed.
  • Include required provisions in all contracts awarded.
  • Maintain records sufficient to detail the history of the procurement. These records will include, but are not limited to the rationale for the method of procurement, selection of contract type, contractor selection or rejection and basis for the contract price.

Download a detailed checklist for reviewing procurements under grants by non-federal entities (states, local and tribal governments, institutions of higher education, hospitals, and private non-profit organizations at: https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1479225376216-2bdb7d3ba1a512495….

Newington, Conn., Jan. 20, 2012 -- A kickoff meeting in Newington is attended by local officials and Richard Pukema, Ops Specialist, rear, and Chris Nordeng, right, Project Specialist. FEMA specialists provide technical guidance for PA applicants. Photo by Ed Edahl/FEMA

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October 7, 2017

The Public Assistance (PA) program provides grants to state, tribal, territorial and local governments, and certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies. Nationally, the PA program is FEMA’s largest grant program, funding on average 51 percent of all FEMA grants and providing on average $4.7 billion per year of funding.

The PA program funds the repair, restoration, reconstruction, or replacement of a facility or infrastructure that is damaged or destroyed by disaster. The PA program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities and infrastructure from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.

Application Deadline and Process

The Florida Division of Emergency Management requests state, local or tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that experienced damage from Hurricane Irma submit their requests for reimbursement by Nov. 5. Requests received by Nov. 5 will be forwarded by the Florida Division of Emergency Management to FEMA on or before FEMA’s Nov. 10 deadline.

Eligible Florida Counties

All 67 counties in Florida are designated for PA funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures. Forty-seven counties also are eligible for PA funding to repair, restore, reconstruct or replace a facility or infrastructure. Those counties are Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Taylor, Union, Volusia and Wakulla. Other Florida counties may become eligible for this additional PA funding if the state makes that request.

To Learn More about Public Assistance Funding

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is conducting briefings about the PA Program. The briefing format is a conference call and web seminar where applicants can learn about the program, including its procurement and reporting requirements and delivery model.

More information about the PA Program is available at fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

In addition to PA, additional funds will be available in Florida under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program—a cost-share program administered by the state that provides supplemental financial assistance to public entities and certain PNP organizations to reduce risks to life and property in future disasters.

More information about the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is available at fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program.

Bethel Acres, Okla., June 3, 2013 -- FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Crew Chief Vernon Lansford speaks to Mayor Neal Davis and Shawnee County Emergency Manager Melvin Potter at today's PA Applicant Briefing. This initial local meeting is to share procedural information about the local PA application process for the county/city to receive federal reimbursement for expenses related to the deadly tornadoes of May19-20.  George Armstrong/FEMA

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October 7, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Saturday, Oct, 7 for four days and is scheduled to close Tuesday, Oct. 10 in Bradenton to help Florida storm survivors. The DRC hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during these days.

Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the state, are available to provide assistance to anyone with filling out applications or updating their status. Voluntary organizations are available and offer a variety of services to help survivors recover.

The DRC is at the following address:

Bradenton (Manatee County)Desoto Square Mall – Unit #277 – Near Sears303 U.S. Highway 301 Blvd. WestBradenton, FL 34205Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. THIS LOCATION CLOSES OCT. 10 AT 8:00 P.M.

As more centers open, survivors may locate one near them at https://www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, (TTY) 800-462-7585. Helpline numbers are  open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. DRC information is also available on the FEMA App.

The registration process is the first step in your recovery and requires information such as insurance policies, and bank information for possible direct transfer of funds. Survivors are encouraged to register before visiting a DRC.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest federal disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged property.

If you have phone and/or internet access, you may register in one of the following ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service (VRS). If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585.
  • Information on the registration process is available in ASL at: fema.gov/medialibrary/assets/videos/111546.
  • Help is available in most languages.
  • Download the FEMA App and apply.

You may have other needs while visiting a DRC:

  • If you require a reasonable accommodation such as American Sign Language interpreting, Braille, large print, etc., please let a DRC manager know what your needs are.
  • Language translations are offered through Telephonic Interpretation Services in 200 languages.

Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) crews are canvassing affected areas and are able to register survivors for FEMA assistance, if needed. Telephonic Interpretation Services are available in many languages to assist survivors with language needs. When residents require further assistance, the teams may refer them to a DRC.

If you’re already registered, it is not necessary to visit a DRC, but you may still want to go speak with a Recovery Specialist to update your status or find help from the other organizations.

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled.

For more recovery information, visit www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFL, or follow us @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and on FEMA’s Facebook page.Hurricane Irma victims at the Bartow DRC.

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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.

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). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

October 6, 2017

WHO:   

PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR, Ricardo Rosselló

ACTING DEPUTY SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY, Claire Grady

FEMA FEDERAL COORDINATING OFFICER, Alejandro De La Campa

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION

                       

WHEN: 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017, 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

WHERE: 

CENTRO DE CONVENCIONES, First Floor Press Room, 100 Convention Blvd, San Juan, PR, 00907-4900

 

A Congressional delegation of bipartisan Senators and Members of Congress will host a press briefing on response and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico to include:

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico), Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chairman, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman, Energy Subcommittee, Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ranking Member, Personnel Subcommittee, Senate Armed Services Committee

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senate Armed Services Committee

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Ranking Member, Readiness & Management Support Subcommittee, Senate Armed Services Committee

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member, House Homeland Security Committee

Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), House Armed Services Committee

Anyone can view or capture live from the internet at www.dvidshub.net then select live events. Or, news agencies can receive via satellite feed at:  Galaxy 23 Service Located @ 121 degrees west Transponder: CH18/CV18Downlink Frequency: 4073.5 Vertical Carrier type: MPEG-4, DVB-S2Modulation: 8PSK Symbol Rate: 6.5375 FEC: 5/6 Pilot: On Network ID: 620 SD1 is service channel #1 SD2 is service channel #2 HD is service channel #8. The technical operations center can be reached at 678-421-6690.

The briefing will be live-streamed via https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/12580  and https://www.facebook.com/fema.

Information to include news, rumor control, how you can help, safety tips and more can be found at http://www.fema.gov/hurricane-maria.

Imagery and videos, as well as previous press conferences, can be found at https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/FSPRVI. A link to subscribe to the feature page can be found at https://www.dvidshub.net/alerts/features/2921.

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 FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

October 6, 2017

WASHINGTON - El Director de Asuntos Públicos de FEMA, William Booher, emitió la siguiente declaración:

"Los funcionarios de FEMA proporcionan actualizaciones de respuesta y recuperación de diversas maneras; a través de conferencias de prensa diarias, comunicados de prensa y en las redes sociales. El gobierno de Puerto Rico proporciona información sobre la situación de la infraestructura en su página de internet disponible para el público en general http://www.status.pr que utilizamos regularmente como una de nuestras fuentes de información para nuestros informes. La página de FEMA para el huracán María cuenta con amplia información directamente relacionada con la respuesta federal y con frecuencia incluimos algunos datos de la página de internet del gobierno de Puerto Rico. Si bien ayer no incluimos parte de la información en la actualización de nuestra página, los datos no han dejado de estar disponibles al público. Los artículos de prensa que sugieren un esfuerzo para "eliminar" cualquier punto sobre los datos son simplemente erróneos.

"Para evitar más confusión, de aquí en adelante publicaremos esta información en nuestra página de internet para el huracán María con un enlace a la página del gobierno de Puerto Rico.

"Continuamos apoyando a los gobernadores y ciudadanos de Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes de EE.UU. en la respuesta al huracán María".

 

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

Siga a FEMA por internet en www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema y www.youtube.com/fema. Además, siga las actividades del administrador Brock Long en http://www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

Los enlaces de redes sociales se proporcionan solo como referencia. FEMA no respalda ninguna página de internet, compañías o aplicaciones que no sean del gobierno.

October 6, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Jefferson County, in the city of Port Arthur.

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

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the center to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new center is at the following location.

Central Mall3100 E. FM 365 Suite 130Port Arthur, TX 77642Hours: Mon- Sat 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.Sunday noon - 5:00 p.m.

SBA disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.

Disaster recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss and magnifiers for people with vision loss. 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.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
  • Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.

The following information is helpful when registering:

  • Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
  • Current mailing address.
  • Current telephone number.
  • Insurance information.
  • Total household annual income.
  • Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
  • A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller and Wharton counties may be eligible for help.

For more information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4332, the FEMA Harvey Facebook page, the @FEMARegion6 Twitter account and the Texas Division of Emergency Management website.

October 6, 2017

WHO:            PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR, Ricardo Rosselló

                      FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, Alejandro De La Campa

                      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Diana M. Holland

WHEN:        SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017, 8:00 a.m. EDT

WHERE:      CENTRO DE CONVENCIONES, First Floor Press Room                     100 Convention Blvd, San Juan, PR, 00907-4900

Anyone can view or capture live from the internet at www.dvidshub.net then select live events. Or, news agencies can receive via satellite feed at: Galaxy 23 Service Located @ 121 degrees west Transponder: CH18/CV18Downlink Frequency: 4073.5 Vertical Carrier type: MPEG-4, DVB-S2Modulation: 8PSK Symbol Rate: 6.5375 FEC: 5/6 Pilot: On Network ID: 620 SD1 is service channel #1 SD2 is service channel #2 HD is service channel #8. The technical operations center can be reached at 678-421-6690.

The briefing will be live-streamed via https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/12580 and https://www.facebook.com/fema.

Information to include news, rumor control, how you can help, safety tips and more can be found at http://www.fema.gov/hurricane-maria

Imagery and videos, as well as previous press conferences, can be found at https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/FSPRVI. A link to subscribe to the feature page can be found at https://www.dvidshub.net/alerts/features/2921.

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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 FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

October 6, 2017

WASHINGTON - FEMA, a través de su sede en Washington, DC, los centros regionales de coordinación de respuesta en Atlanta, Georgia y Denton, Texas, y los enlaces al Centro Nacional de Huracanes en Miami, Florida, junto con sus socios federales, continúan monitoreando activamente el trayecto de la Tormenta Tropical Nate, a la vez que coordinan con funcionarios estatales y tribales.

Según el Centro Nacional de Huracanes, a las 7 am (hora del este), el centro de la Tormenta Tropical Nate estaba a 230 millas al sur-sureste de Cozumel, México. En la ruta prevista, se espera que la tormenta continúe fortaleciéndose sobre el Golfo de México. La tormenta podría afectar partes de la costa del Golfo de los Estados Unidos como un huracán en la tarde del sábado o la madrugada del domingo, con impacto de vientos directos, marejada ciclónica y fuertes lluvias.

Aunque es demasiado temprano para especificar cuándo se sentirán los posibles impactos de la tormenta o la magnitud de la misma, FEMA exhorta a los residentes y visitantes en áreas a lo largo de la Costa del Golfo, desde Luisiana hasta el lado oeste de la Florida, a monitorear el progreso del sistema y a seguir los consejos de los funcionarios locales.

Se han emitido advertencias de tormenta tropical y huracán para áreas al norte de la Costa del Golfo. Es posible que se sientan condiciones de tormenta tropical en las áreas de vigilancia comenzando el sábado por la noche con posibles condiciones de huracán en las zonas de vigilancia de huracán el sábado por la noche. Desde las 7 am (hora del este) está en efecto una advertencia de huracanes desde Morgan City, Luisiana hasta la frontera entre Misisipi y Alabama; el área metro de Nueva Orleans; Lago Pontchartrain y Lago Maurepas. Una advertencia de tormenta tropical está en efecto para la frontera de Misisipi/ Alabama hasta el límite del condado de Okaloosa/Walton; y al oeste de la ciudad de Morgan hasta la ciudad de Intracoastal, Luisiana. Se ha emitido una vigilancia de tormenta tropical para la ciudad de Morgan, la frontera de Luisiana/Florida y las costas al norte y oeste del lago Pontchartrain.

Antes de la tormenta, los oficiales de enlace de FEMA se movilizan a los centros de operaciones de emergencia en Florida, Luisiana, Mississippi, Alabama y Georgia para ayudar a coordinar cualquier solicitud de asistencia federal. Un Equipo de Asistencia para el Manejo de Incidentes de FEMA se encuentra en el centro de operaciones de emergencia de Luisiana para apoyar las actividades de respuesta y asegurar que no haya necesidades sin cumplir.

La historia nos enseña que las tormentas pueden cambiar rápida e inesperadamente. Los residentes y visitantes en áreas que podrían ser afectadas por clima severo, en la costa norte del Golfo, deben prestar atención a las estaciones locales de radio o televisión para obtener información actualizada sobre emergencias y seguir las instrucciones de funcionarios estatales, locales y tribales.  

Cuando ocurren desastres naturales como las tormentas tropicales, el personal de respuesta está compuesto por personal local de emergencias y obras públicas, voluntarios, organizaciones humanitarias, numerosos grupos de interés privado y vecinos. Estos proporcionan la asistencia de emergencia necesaria para proteger la salud y la seguridad del público y para satisfacer las necesidades humanas inmediatas.

El 5 de octubre, el gobernador de Luisiana John Bel Edwards presentó una solicitud de declaración de emergencia federal para 17 parroquias como resultado de la tormenta tropical Nate. La solicitud está siendo revisada.

Consejos de Seguridad y Preparación:

La aplicación de FEMA (disponible en inglés y español) incluye listas de verificación de kit de emergencia, direcciones de refugios abiertos, consejos de seguridad y alertas del Servicio Meteorológico Nacional. La aplicación también proporciona alertas a usuarios recordándoles que deben tomar pasos importantes para la preparación de sus hogares y a sus familiares en caso de desastres.

FEMA recomienda a los residentes y visitantes en las áreas que podrían ser afectadas por la tormenta que vigilen el progreso de este sistema durante los próximos días, presten atención a las instrucciones de los funcionarios locales y sigan los siguientes consejos de preparación y seguridad:

  • Esté familiarizado con las rutas de evacuación, tenga un plan de comunicaciones, mantenga una radio a pilas a mano y tenga un plan para mascotas. Visite www.ready.gov  o www.listo.gov  para aprender estos y otros consejos de preparación para las tormentas tropicales.
  • Si los funcionarios locales o tribales ordenan desalojar, desaloje.
  • Conozca los términos que se utilizan para identificar el clima severo y discutir con su familia qué hacer si se emite un aviso o una advertencia.

Para una tormenta tropical:

  • Una Vigilancia de Tormenta Tropical se emite cuando el ciclón tropical con vientos de por lo menos 39 MPH o más representa una posible amenaza, por lo general en un periodo de 48 horas.
  • Una Advertencia de Tormenta Tropical se emite cuando se esperan vientos sostenidos de 39 mph o más relacionados con un ciclón tropical en 36 horas o menos.

Para un huracán:

  • Una Vigilancia de Huracán se emite cuando un ciclón tropical con vientos de por lo menos 74 MPH representa una posible amenaza, por lo general en un periodo de 48 horas.
  • Se emite una Advertencia de Huracán cuando se esperan vientos sostenidos de 74 MPH o más relacionados con un ciclón tropical en 36 horas o menos. Una advertencia de huracán podría permanecer en efecto cuando el agua está peligrosamente alta o hay una combinación de agua alta y oleaje excepcionalmente alto, aunque los vientos podrían ser menores que la fuerza del huracán.

Para marejada ciclónica:

  • Se emite una Advertencia de Marejada Ciclónica cuando un ciclón tropical presenta la posibilidad de inundaciones mortales debido al aumento del agua que se mueve hacia el interior de la costa dentro del área especificada, por lo general en 48 horas.
  • Se emite un Aviso de Marejada Ciclónica cuando un ciclón tropical presenta un peligro de inundaciones posiblemente mortal debido al aumento de agua que se mueve hacia al interior de la costa dentro del área especificada, por lo general en 36 horas.

Las empresas de todo tipo deben prepararse de antemano para evitar la pérdida de vidas, propiedad o interrupción de las operaciones a causa de la tormenta. Las empresas pueden revisar y actualizar sus planes de continuidad de operaciones y asegurarse de que su personal sepa qué hacer antes y durante la tormenta. Hay recursos disponibles en sitios como: https://www.ready.gov/es/mes-nacional-de-preparacion y https://es.sba.gov/contenido/planificacion-de-desastres.

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La misión de FEMA es apoyar a todos los ciudadanos y al personal de respuesta 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.

Siga a FEMA en Internet en www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema y www.youtube.com/fema. Siga también las actividades del Administrador Brock Long en www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

Los enlaces de redes sociales son proporcionados únicamente a modo de referencia. FEMA no respalda sitios web, empresas o aplicaciones no gubernamentales.

October 6, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. – Twenty-six Florida counties are now eligible to apply for additional funding under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas that sustained damage from Hurricane Irma.

In addition to the counties announced on Sept. 21, Alachua, Bradford, Brevard, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hardee, Highlands, Indian River, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Leon, Levy, Marion, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, St. Lucie, Sumter, Taylor, Union, Volusia, and Wakulla counties may now request funding under the Public Assistance grant program. Assistance may cover eligible debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair or rebuilding of public facilities such as roads, bridges, water control facilities, buildings, equipment, public utilities, parks and recreational facilities.

The president’s Sept. 10 major disaster declaration for Florida was for damage caused by Hurricane Irma. The declaration was amended to make Public Assistance funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for all categories of work, including debris removal, emergency protective measures, restoration of public facilities and infrastructure, and direct federal assistance.

Public Assistance funding for the state and designated counties may include payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for debris removal and emergency protective measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health as a result of the storm.

Application procedures for state and local governments will be explained at a series of state/federal applicant briefings to be announced in the affected areas. Approved projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA.

All 67 Florida counties were included in an emergency declaration signed by the President on Sept. 5, before Irma made landfall in Florida. This made emergency protective measures and debris removal eligible for reimbursement.

Under the Sept. 10 major disaster declaration, individuals and households in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy,

Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union and Volusia counties may apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma.

For more information on the Florida recovery, visit fema.gov/hurricane-irma.

Crumbled road near a bridge.

 

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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.

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). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

October 6, 2017

Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey may have received a letter from FEMA saying they are ineligible for Housing Assistance. There are five main reasons why you might receive this determination. In each case, you can appeal that initial decision and possibly become eligible for housing assistance.

No. 1: Insufficient damage to your residence as determined by a FEMA-contracted inspector. In other words, your home is still safe, sanitary and functional.

  • If you disagree with the inspector’s decision, you can appeal. Get third-party documentation in writing (bid for repairs, condemnation notice, etc.) that states your home is uninhabitable.
  • Send an appeal letter to FEMA asking for reconsideration. This must be done within 60 days of the date of your ineligibility letter.
  • Mail the letter and documentation to: FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville MD 20782-7055. Or fax the documents to: 800-827-8112.

No. 2: You have an insurance policy that covered damage to your home.

  • If your insurance settlement is delayed longer than 30 days, contact FEMA. You may be eligible for an advance (that must be repaid).
  • Also, contact FEMA if your insurance settlement is insufficient to meet your Harvey-related needs or if you have exhausted the Additional Living Expenses provided by the insurance company.

No. 3: You indicated on your application that you did not want to move while your damaged home was being repaired. This made you ineligible for FEMA temporary rental assistance.

  • However, you may still be eligible for home-repair or personal property-replacement grants.
  • If your housing needs have since changed, contact FEMA to update your housing status and explain why you had (or will have) to relocate. Or mail/fax an appeal letter with documentation attached.

No. 4: You could not be contacted for a home inspection. The FEMA-contracted inspector may have tried to reach you numerous times, but has not been able to schedule an appointment.

  • If you missed an inspection appointment, contact FEMA and reschedule.
  • Keep the information in your application up to date.

No. 5: FEMA could not verify your identity. The agency is unable to match your name and Social Security number.

  • FEMA must be able to verify an applicant’s identity with a valid Social Security Number (SSN). By verifying identity, FEMA prevents fraud and ensures applicants receive the disaster assistance intended for them. Acceptable documents include:
    • Social Security card (if accompanied by federal or state-issued identification)
    • Employer’s payroll document containing full or last four digits of the SSN
    • Military identification
    • Marriage license to confirm proof of maiden name
    • Documentation from the Social Security Administration (SSA) or other federal entity containing full or last four digits of SSN
  • Do not mail original documents to FEMA.

To contact FEMA about changing your current ineligibility:

  • Go online to register at DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Download the FEMA app for smartphones.
  • Call 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585. Due to high demand, lines may be busy. Please be patient, and try calling in the morning or evening when call volume may be lower.
  • Visit a State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. Current locations can be found at: www.fema.gov/DRC.
October 6, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas residents who experienced damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding can get free advice on rebuilding stronger, more disaster-resistant structures from hazard mitigation specialists at an Ace Hardware store in Deer Park.

These experts will be in the Harris County store for six days starting Monday, Oct. 9, offering home-improvement suggestions and techniques to build disaster-resistant homes. Free reference booklets with information to protect a home from flood damage will be available.

Residents may talk to hazard mitigation specialists at:

Deer Park Lumber Ace Hardware1600 Center St.Deer Park, TX 77536Monday, Oct. 9, through Saturday, Oct. 14Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

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

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

For more information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4332, the FEMA Harvey Facebook page, the @FEMARegion6 Twitter account and the Texas Division of Emergency Management website.

 

 

 

 

October 6, 2017

ST. CROIX, Zile Vyèj – Abitan Zile Vyèj yo siklòn Irma ak Maria te enpakte dirèkteman epi ki t ap resevwa asistans lwaye nan men Depatman Etazini pou Lojman ak Devlopman Iben (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD) anvan tanpèt yo ta dwe enskri opre Ajans Federal Jesyon Ijans (Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA) lan. 

St. Croix, St. John ak St. Thomas (ikonpri Water Island) nan kategori teritwa ki ka resevwa Asistans Endividyèl FEMA (FEMA Individual Assistance) apre anons deklarasyon yon dezas grav akòz pasaj siklòn  Irma ak Maria nan Zile Vyèj yo. 

Rezidan yo ki afekte gendwa aplike pou èd FEMA si yo te oblije deplase kite lojman HUD sibvansyone yo poutèt pasaj siklòn yo. Nan kategori rezidan sa a, w ap jwenn:

  • Rezidan ki t ap abite nan lojman HUD sibvansyone, oswa
  • Rezidan ki te nan yon apatman prive ki resevwa asistans ak lwaye nan men HUD, oswa
  • Rezidan ki abite nan yon kay oswa nan yon apatman prive grasa yon Koupon Lojman Seksyon 8 (Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher) yo resevwa nan men yon ajans lojman.

Sivivan yo gendwa elijib pou resevwa asistans tanporè pou peye pou yon kote pou yo rete oswa pou sibvansyon pou ranplase kontni esansyèl tankou rad ak atik kay ki esansyèl ansam ak pou depans medikal, dan ak fineray.

Moun ki benefisye asistans HUD pou lwaye gendwa resevwa èd FEMA pou ede peye pou yon kote pou yo rete jiskaske yo tounen nan lojman leta, jiskaske yo antre nan yon kay prive ki resevwa asistans  HUD oubyen jiskaske yo siyen yon kontra lwaye ak yon pwopriyetè kay prive ki aksepte koupon Seksyon 8.

Lalwa federal anpeche FEMA peye avantaj yon lòt ajans te deja peye. Lè kay yon rezidan ki resevwa asistans HUD pa pèmèt moun vin ladann ankò, HUD sispann peye asistans lwaye a pou rezidans sa a. Sivivan an gendwa aplike pou Asistans Endividyèl FEMA an. Li pa posib pou sivivan an touche asistans 2 fwa paske HUD p ap peye asistans lwaye.

Lè sivivan an tounen nan yon rezidans ki resevwa asistans HUD oswa li siyen yon nouvo kontra lwaye pou lojman l ap lwe anba pwogram Seksyon 8 lan, asistans HUD lan pral rekòmanse. Lè sa a, sivivan an p ap resevwa asistans FEMA ankò.

Abitan Zile Vyèj yo ki poko enskri opre FEMA gendwa fè l sou Entènèt nan www.DisasterAssistance.gov, nan lang Panyòl nan www.DisasterAssistance.gov/es, oswa nan telefòn nan 800-621-3362 oswa (TTY) 800-462-7585. Moun ki itilize 711-Relè oswa Sèvis Relè Videyo gendwa rele nan 800-621-3362.

Nimewo telefòn gratis yo ap mache koumanse 7è nan maten rive 11è leswa (è lokal) 7 jou sou 7, jiska yo bay yon lòt anons. Operatè yo pare pou ede sivivan yo ann Angle, Panyòl ak nan anpil lòt lang toujou. 

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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 oukonnen 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. 

Pou jwenn enfòmasyon ofisyèl konsènan aktivite retablisman yo apre pasaj Siklòn Irma, tanpri al gade nan www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma, www.informusvi.com oswa nan www.usviupdate.com. Swiv nou sou twitter @femaregion2.

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.  

October 6, 2017

SANTA CRUZ, Islas Vírgenes – Los habitantes de las Islas Vírgenes de los Estados Unidos que recibieron el impacto directo de los huracanes Irma o María y estaban recibiendo asistencia de alquiler del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de los Estados Unidos (HUD, por sus siglas en inglés) antes de las tormentas deben hacer la solicitud a la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés). 

Santa Cruz, San Juan y Santo Tomás (incluida Water Island) han sido designados para recibir asistencia individual de FEMA como resultado de las declaraciones de desastre para los huracanes Irma y María en las Islas Vírgenes. 

Los residentes que hayan sido afectados pueden solicitar ayuda de FEMA si fueron desplazados de una vivienda auspiciada por HUD debido a los huracanes. Esto incluye a aquellas personas que estaban:

  • Viviendo en una vivienda pública auspiciada por HUD o
  • Viviendo en un apartamento de propiedad privada que brinda asistencia de alquiler de HUD o
  • Viviendo en una casa o apartamento de propiedad privada usando un vale de elección de vivienda de la Sección 8 emitido por una autoridad de vivienda.

Los sobrevivientes podrían ser elegibles para asistencia temporal para pagar por un lugar donde vivir o para subvenciones para remplazar cosas esenciales, como ropa y artículos esenciales del hogar, así como también gastos médicos, dentales y de entierro.

Quienes tengan asistencia de alquiler de HUD podrían recibir ayuda de FEMA para pagar por un lugar donde vivir hasta que se trasladen a una vivienda pública, a una vivienda de propiedad privada que brinde asistencia de HUD o firmen un contrato de arrendamiento con el propietario de una propiedad privada, usando un vale de la Sección 8.

Las leyes federales le impiden a FEMA que duplique los beneficios ofrecidos por otra agencia. Cuando la casa auspiciada por HUD donde estaba viviendo la persona deja de ser habitable, HUD deja de pagar la asistencia de alquiler para esa vivienda. El sobreviviente entonces podría solicitar la asistencia individual de FEMA. No hay duplicación de beneficios porque HUD no está pagando la asistencia de alquiler.

Cuando el sobreviviente se muda de regreso a la vivienda auspiciada por HUD o firma un nuevo contrato de arrendamiento para una vivienda de alquiler según el programa de la Sección 8, comienza otra vez la asistencia de HUD. En ese momento, el sobreviviente ya no podría seguir recibiendo la asistencia de FEMA.

Los habitantes de las Islas Vírgenes que todavía no se hayan inscrito pueden hacerlo por internet en www.DisasterAssistance.gov, en español en www.DisasterAssistance.gov/es o por teléfono al  800-621-3362 o (TTY) 800-462-7585. Las personas que usan el 711 o Servicios de Retransmisión de Video pueden llamar al 800-621-3362.

Las líneas gratuitas operan de 7 a.m. a 11 p.m. (hora local), los siete días a la semana, hasta nuevo aviso. Los operadores están listos para ayudar a los sobrevivientes en inglés, español y muchos otros idiomas.                                                                                 ###

La asistencia de FEMA 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.

Para información oficial sobre las labores de recuperación tras huracanes, visite www.informusvi.com o www.usviupdate.com. Síganos en Twitter en twitter.com/femaregion2.

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

October 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – FEMA Director of Public Affairs William Booher issued the following statement:

“FEMA officials provide response and recovery updates in a variety of ways, to include through daily press conferences, news releases and social media posts. The Government of Puerto Rico provides information on the status of infrastructure on its publicly available website (http://www.status.pr) that we regularly use as a source of information for our reports.  FEMA’s Hurricane Maria website includes a range of information directly related to the federal response, and we often include some data from the Puerto Rico website. While some information was not included in yesterday’s update to our website, at no point was the data not publicly available. Reports suggesting an effort to ‘remove’ any data points are simply erroneous.

“To avoid any further confusion, this information will be posted on our Hurricane Maria website going forward, and will include a link to the Government of Puerto Rico website.

“We continue to support the governors and citizens of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in response to Hurricane Maria.”

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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 FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

October 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – Senior Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and federal officials will participate in an on-the-record press call today, Friday, October 6th, 2017 at 3 p.m. EDT to discuss preparedness operations for Tropical Storm Nate and federal support to Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria. Dial-in instructions are below.

Friday, October 6, 2017

3 p.m. EDT

Puerto Rico Update

  • FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Alejandro De La Campa
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Assist. Sec. for Preparedness and Response Dr. Bob Kadlec
  • Puerto Rico Air National Guard Assist. Adjutant Brig. Gen. Wayne Zimmet
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander of the Recovery Field Office, Lt. Col. James DeLapp

Tropical Storm Nate Update

  • National Hurricane Center Acting Deputy Director Dr. Mark DeMaria
  • FEMA Region IV Response Division Director Gwen Keenan
  • FEMA Region VI Response Division Operations Integration Branch Chief Laverm Young

Dial-in Instructions:

Number: 800-289-0436

 

Participant Passcode: 214887

 

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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 FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.