PHILADELPHIA – In late August 2011, Hurricane Irene caused destruction and flooding across the eastern United States, including historic levels of flooding in communities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Within a weeks time, Tropical Storm Lee would move through many of those same communities, bringing additional flooding to communities still responding to the aftermath of Irene.
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MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- When Hurricane Irene swept into Chesapeake, Va. Aug. 27, the city was ready, thanks to an active citizenry and mitigation grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “We can’t control Mother Nature, but we can prepare,” said State Coordinating Officer Michael Cline of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. “What we learn from the city of Chesapeake can be applied throughout Virginia.”
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Savvy Virginians know how to protect their homes from the country’s #1 natural disaster: buy flood insurance. “Flooding is the most common disaster in this country, but homeowner’s insurance rarely covers flood damage,” said the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Federal Coordinating Officer Don Keldsen.
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Eight additional counties and one city have been designated for federal disaster assistance to help local governments along with select private non-profit facilities recover from Hurricane Irene. Amelia, Brunswick, Greensville, Hanover, Lunenburg, Northampton, Nottoway and Powhatan counties along with the city of Alexandria are the latest jurisdictions eligible for help under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance program.
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- With Hurricane Irene, governments face a massive -- and expensive -- workload. They are the first to respond to the storm. They must address the tons of debris that the hurricane generated. They also must repair and rebuild damaged public property.
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Thirteen additional counties and four independent cities have been designated for federal disaster assistance to help local governments along with select private non-profit facilities recover from Hurricane Irene.
WASHINGTON–The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges residents in coastal and inland areas around the Gulf of Mexico to continue to closely monitoring Tropical Storm Lee and be prepared for severe weather including severe rain, flooding and tornadoes. Visit www.Ready.gov or www.Listo.gov to learn how to prepare for these and other hazards.
The administration, coordinated through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support the states and territories that have been affected by Hurricane Irene. FEMA, through our regional offices in Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, New York City, NY, Atlanta, GA, and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the states and territories that have been affected.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Virginia to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Irene during the period of August 26-28, 2011.
Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s major disaster declaration issued for Virginia. Assistance for the Commonwealth and Affected Independent Cities, Local, Tribal Governments Can Include as Required: