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2010-07-29 04:00 - News Release

Albany, N.Y. -- Bayville, located on the northernmost tip of Nassau County, escaped storm damage from the March nor’easter because of Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) projects.  These were undertaken 12 years ago when a storm drainage system, leaching pits and a retaining wall project were constructed.  Hazard mitigation grants, which are administered by New York State, fund projects designed to reduce the likelihood of damage from floods and severe weather.

2010-07-14 04:00 - News Release

Albany, N.Y. -- Federal and state officials today announced that the incident period of the severe storms has been re-opened to cover the period from March 13 - March 31, 2010 and three additonal counties  -- Otsego, Schoharie, and Warren - have been added to the declaration.

2010-07-08 04:00 - News Release

Albany, N.Y.  -- This past March, Playland Amusement Park, a National Historic Landmark located in the City of Rye in Westchester County, was damaged by a Nor'easter that ripped through parts of New York State.

2010-06-17 04:00 - News Release

Albany, N.Y. -- As the days get longer and warmer, State and Federal emergency management officials warn that extreme heat can be very dangerous and in some instances even fatal, so it is important to be ready. When the air temperature or humidity rises above optimal range for comfort, evaporation is slowed and the body must work harder to maintain a normal temperature. Exposure to extreme heat can cause physical problems and may cause heat disorders or illnesses. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are most vulnerable to extreme heat.

2010-06-14 04:00 - News Release

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Over the past nine years, the Town of Cornwall has averted damage in flood prone areas by performing preventative work funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) oversees FEMA mitigation programs throughout the State.

2010-06-11 04:00 - News Release

Albany, N.Y. --By taking some common sense steps now, you can reduce damage to your home and property from high winds, flooding and fire, say state and federal emergency management officials. Some steps are fairly simple and inexpensive, while others may require a professional contractor. You can protect your home and possessions by taking the following actions:

2010-06-09 04:00 - News Release

ALBANY, N.Y. – State and Federal emergency management professionals encourage individuals and families to be ready in case there is an emergency.  Every one should have a plan – know what to do and when to do it during an emergency – and  have a fully-equipped emergency supply kit packed and ready-to-go.

2010-06-09 04:00 - News Release

ALBANY, N.Y. - Being prepared for an emergency is everyone’s responsibility. If you are elderly or have disabilities or special needs, careful planning is essential to survive a tornado, flood, fire or other disaster. Disasters or emergencies can strike quickly and without warning and may force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home.

2010-04-16 04:00 - News Release

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warrantedunder President Obama’s major disaster declaration issued for New York. Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

2010-04-16 04:00 - News Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of New York.  The assistance will supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of March 13-15, 2010.