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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Missouri

WASHINGTON – FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Missouri to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding on March 11 to April 16, 2019.

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Missouri

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump's disaster declaration issued for the state of Missouri.

Assistance for State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

FEMA Approves South Dakota Enhanced Mitigation Plan

DENVER – This week, FEMA approved South Dakota’s Mitigation Plan.  For the first time the plan meets the criteria for “enhanced” status, signifying the state’s commitment to hazard mitigation and making the state eligible for increased federal mitigation funding. South Dakota will be the second state in FEMA Region VIII and the thirteenth nationwide to achieve the designation.

FEMA Awards Boulder County $1.2 Million for Wildfire Mitigation

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced a federal grant for the State of Colorado that will make more than $1.2 million dollars available to Boulder County to help mitigate the against wildfires.

The grant will fund two wildfire mitigation actions.  The first is work to create defensible space for approximately 500 properties.  The second is hazardous fuels reduction in an area of about 160 acres that will provide further protection on 27 properties where defensible space creation was previously completed.

Flooding is Always a Potential Threat

DENVER - As winter comes to a close, communities look forward to the coming of spring and a return to the warm outdoors. But it’s also a time to be aware of the threat of Mother Nature, meaning severe storms and flooding.  Rapid snowmelt or a couple of inches of rainfall can create potential flooding.

FEMA Region VIII Preparedness and Mitigation experts have several recommendations to help you get ready for that threat. Region VIII includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

Purchasing - and Maintaining - Flood Insurance is a Great Investment at Any Time

DENVER – There’s a hidden threat that strikes countless unprepared Americans each year – flooding.  Unlike fire, wind, hail or most other perils, flood damage is not covered by a homeowners’ policy.  An uninsured flood loss can undo a lifetime’s worth of effort and create a mountain of bills.  Fortunately, a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy provides the defense against such losses and can ensure that a flood doesn’t bring financial ruin.

Flood Threat a Reality of Spring, So Prepare Now

by Lee dePalo

The old saying is that April showers bring May flowers. Well, in FEMA Region VIII we have learned that March snowfall can bring April, May or even June flooding. The recent heavy snows have left considerable snowpack both in the Rocky Mountains and across the plains.  Individuals and communities must prepare for potential flooding.

Proposed Flood Map Reflects Changes to Grand County Flood Risk, Insurance Rates - 90-Day Appeal Period for Filing Appeals and Comments Begins February 14, 2019

DENVER — A portion of Grand County’s flood insurance rate map update for Pack Creek is nearing completion. The new maps will provide Grand County with more accurate flood risk information that can help local officials and residents make informed decisions about reducing flood risks and purchasing flood insurance.

The mapping project was prepared by Grand County and is part of a nationwide effort led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce those risks.

FEMA Approves North Dakota Enhanced Mitigation Plan

DENVER – This week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved North Dakota’s Mitigation Plan.  For the first time the plan meets the criteria for “enhanced” status, signifying the state’s commitment to hazard mitigation and making the state eligible for increased federal mitigation funding. North Dakota will be the first state in FEMA Region VIII and the twelfth nationwide to achieve the designation.

FEMA Grants Awarded to Colorado Springs: More than $4.6 million awarded for stream stabilization projects

DENVER – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced two federal grants for the State of Colorado that will make more than $4.6 million dollars available to the City of Colorado Springs for two separate mitigation projects that will restore severely degraded areas of Douglas Creek and Pine Creek.