https://www.fema.gov/ en FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at Norwich Fire Station Closes https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211124/fema-disaster-recovery-center-norwich-fire-station-closes <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at Norwich Fire Station Closes</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a><strong>HARTFORD, Conn. – </strong>The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the Norwich Fire Station has closed permanently. But FEMA specialists are</a> still just a phone call or mouse click away.</p> <p>The New London County DRC located at Norwich Fire Station, 10 N. Thames St., Norwich, CT. 07055 is closed permanently as of Nov 23, 2021.  </p> <p>While this site has closed, face-to-face assistance is still available at Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike (E Wing building, enter from north entrance), Norwich, CT 06360 until Nov. 30.</p> <p>Survivors can also find their nearest DRC online at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/drc">fema.gov/drc</a>, or text <strong>DRC</strong> to <strong>43362</strong>. Standard message and data rates apply.</p> <h3>Help is Still Available</h3> <p>Disaster survivors can still access disaster information and assistance the following ways: online at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>; by calling <strong>800-621-3362</strong>; (TTY:<strong>800-462-7585</strong>); or download the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages">FEMA app</a> available for smart phones<a>. The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Multilingual operators are available. </a></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>adrien.urbani</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/24/2021 - 20:37</span> Wed, 24 Nov 2021 20:37:52 +0000 adrien.urbani 629194 at https://www.fema.gov Disaster Recovery Centers Close for Holiday – Help is Still Available https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211124/disaster-recovery-centers-close-holiday-help-still-available <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Disaster Recovery Centers Close for Holiday – Help is Still Available</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>HARTFORD, Conn – </strong>FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will close temporarily for the Thanksgiving Holiday, but help is still just a click away.</p> <p><strong>The following DRCs will close at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 24 and reopen 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 26:</strong></p> <ul><li>Glenville Fire Station, 266 Glenville Rd., Greenwich, CT 06831</li> <li>Norwalk Fire Department, 121 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854</li> <li>Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Tpke., Norwich, CT 06360</li> </ul><p><strong>The DRC in Bridgeport will close at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 23 and reopen; 10 a.m., Saturday Nov. 27:</strong></p> <ul><li>Bridgeport Public Library, 925 Broad St., Bridgeport, CT 06604                    </li> </ul><h3>Help is Still Available</h3> <p>Even on Thanksgiving, Connecticut survivors can still access disaster information and assistance the following ways: online at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>; or download the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages">FEMA app</a> available for smart phones.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>adrien.urbani</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/24/2021 - 14:19</span> Wed, 24 Nov 2021 14:19:21 +0000 adrien.urbani 629182 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Recovery Center Opens Saturday in Norwalk https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211119/fema-recovery-center-opens-saturday-norwalk <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Recovery Center Opens Saturday in Norwalk</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Hartford, Conn.– </strong>A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Norwalk (Fairfield County) will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, to help Connecticut residents affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.  </p> <p>Representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration are available at the center to help survivors apply for disaster assistance, explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about FEMA letters and the appeals process and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more disaster resistant.</p> <h3>The DRC is located at:</h3> <ul><li><strong>Norwalk:</strong> Norwalk Fire Department, 121 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854</li> </ul><p><strong>Hours for the Norwalk location are: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and Closed Sunday</strong></p> <p>DRCs are accessible for individuals with disabilities and have on-site communication accessibility tools like amplified listening devices and Video Remote Interpreting. Additional accommodations can be made upon arrival. ASL interpreters and multilingual services will be available upon request.</p> <p>Survivors are encouraged to file insurance claims for damage to their homes, personal property, businesses and vehicles before they apply for FEMA assistance. In addition to visiting a DRC, Connecticut residents can apply online at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>; via the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages">FEMA app</a>; or by calling the Disaster Assistance helpline at <strong>800-621-3362</strong> (TTY: <strong>800-462-7585</strong>). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.</p> <p>Applicants for disaster assistance should have the following information prior to registration: Social Security number; address of the damaged primary residence; insurance coverage information; current telephone number and mailing address; and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.</p> <p>To help alleviate the risk of COVID-19 being spread through person-to-person contact, wearing a mask or face covering is required to gain entry. Hand sanitizer is available to survivors and staff.</p> <p>Workstations are spaced six feet apart to provide an extra level of protection for survivors and staff.</p> <p>FEMA ensures that common areas are cleaned regularly, and workstations are sanitized after each visitor.</p> <p>Individuals in Fairfield and New London Counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance. FEMA is working with state officials to open further centers throughout declared counties.</p> <p>Disaster assistance may include financial help for home repairs along with other programs to assist families recover from the effects of the event.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>adrien.urbani</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 11/19/2021 - 20:33</span> Fri, 19 Nov 2021 20:33:33 +0000 adrien.urbani 628966 at https://www.fema.gov Keep Your Recovery on Track – Stay in Touch with FEMA https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211118/keep-your-recovery-track-stay-touch-fema <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Keep Your Recovery on Track – Stay in Touch with FEMA</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Connecticut residents who registered with FEMA for help after severe storms and flooding caused by remnants of Hurricane Ida, should stay in touch with FEMA to ensure the disaster assistance process stays on track.</p> <p>Whether you need to update contact information, provide documents, or file an appeal, it’s important that you stay in touch with FEMA and update information as soon as possible.</p> <p>Having accurate contact information on file is especially important, as FEMA may need to reach you to perform home inspections or ask for additional information needed to complete the application process.</p> <p>FEMA encourages survivors to request direct deposits of disaster assistance to their checking or savings accounts. Survivors should let FEMA know as soon as possible of any changes to their banking information.</p> <p>It’s important to note that FEMA disaster assistance checks cannot be forwarded. If you cannot access your home address, you can request the postal service to hold your mail.</p> <h3>Survivors who registered with FEMA may update contact information the following ways:</h3> <ul><li>Going online at <a href="https://disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a></li> <li>Downloading the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages">FEMA app</a></li> <li>Calling <strong>800-621-3362</strong> (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.</li> </ul></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>adrien.urbani</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/18/2021 - 15:36</span> Thu, 18 Nov 2021 15:36:29 +0000 adrien.urbani 628579 at https://www.fema.gov Two FEMA Recovery Centers Open in Fairfield County https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211116/two-fema-recovery-centers-open-fairfield-county <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Two FEMA Recovery Centers Open in Fairfield County</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Hartford, Conn.– </strong>Two FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) opened today in Bridgeport and Greenwich (Fairfield County) to help Connecticut residents affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.  </p> <p>Representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration are available at the center to explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about FEMA letters and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more disaster resistant.</p> <h2>The DRCs are located at</h2> <p><strong>Bridgeport:</strong> Bridgeport Public Library, 925 Broad St., Bridgeport, CT, 06604</p> <p>Hours for the <strong>Bridgeport</strong> location are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and Closed Sunday</p> <p><strong>Greenwich:</strong> Glenville Fire Station, 266 Glenville Rd., Greenwich, CT 06831</p> <p>The <strong>Greenwich</strong> location will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 16, normal hours of operation are as: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; Closed Sunday.</p> <p>Help is still available on Sunday by calling the Disaster Assistance helpline at <strong>800-621-3362</strong> (TTY: <strong>800-462-7585</strong>). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.</p> <p>Survivors can ask questions or seek further information in person at the DRC, in addition to online or by phone. Survivors can visit any of the DRC locations and can also find their closest location through the FEMA App.  To download the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages">FEMA App</a> please visit the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.</p> <p>To help alleviate the risk of COVID-19 being spread through person-to-person contact, wearing a mask or face covering is required to gain entry. Hand sanitizer is available to survivors and staff.</p> <p>Workstations are spaced six feet apart to provide an extra level of protection for survivors and staff.</p> <p>FEMA ensures that common areas are cleaned regularly, and workstations are sanitized after each visitor.</p> <p>Individuals in Fairfield and New London Counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance. FEMA is working with state officials to open further centers throughout declared counties.</p> <p>If you have homeowners or renters insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If you are uninsured or underinsured, you may be eligible for federal assistance.</p> <p>The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</p> <h2>When you apply for assistance, have the following information readily available</h2> <ul><li>A current phone number where you can be contacted</li> <li>Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying</li> <li>Your Social Security number, if available</li> <li>A general list of damage and losses</li> <li>If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name</li> </ul><p>Disaster assistance may include financial help for home repairs along with other programs to assist families recover from the effects of the event.</p> <p>For the latest information visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4629">fema.gov/disaster/4629</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 1 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion1">twitter.com/FEMAregion1</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>adrien.urbani</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/16/2021 - 15:08</span> Tue, 16 Nov 2021 15:08:50 +0000 adrien.urbani 628516 at https://www.fema.gov Second FEMA Recovery Center Opens in New London County https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211115/second-fema-recovery-center-opens-new-london-county <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Second FEMA Recovery Center Opens in New London County</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hartford, Conn. –<strong> </strong>A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opened today in Norwich (New London County) to help Connecticut residents affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.  </p> <p>Representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration are available at the center to explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about FEMA letters and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more disaster resistant.</p> <p>The DRC is located at:</p> <p>New London County: Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike (E Wing building, enter from north entrance), Norwich, CT 06360</p> <p>Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; Closed Saturday and Sunday</p> <p>Help is still available on the weekend by calling the Disaster Assistance helpline at <strong>800-621-3362</strong> (TTY: <strong>800-462-7585</strong>). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. ET, seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.</p> <p>In person assistance is also available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday until further notice at the Norwich Fire Station, 10 N. Thames St., Norwich, CT. 07055.</p> <p>Survivors can ask questions or seek further information in person at the DRC, in addition to online or by phone. Survivors can visit any of the DRC locations and can also find their closest location through the FEMA App. To download the <a href="/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages">FEMA App</a> please visit the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.</p> <p>To help alleviate the risk of COVID-19 being spread through person-to-person contact, wearing a mask or face covering is required to gain entry. Hand sanitizer is available to survivors and staff.</p> <p>Workstations are spaced six feet apart to provide an extra level of protection for survivors and staff.</p> <p>FEMA ensures that common areas are cleaned regularly, and workstations are sanitized after each visitor.</p> <p>Individuals in Fairfield and New London Counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance. FEMA is working with state officials to open further centers throughout declared counties.</p> <p>If you have homeowners or renters insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If you are uninsured or underinsured, you may be eligible for federal assistance.</p> <p>The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</p> <p>When you apply for assistance, have the following information readily available:</p> <ul><li>A current phone number where you can be contacted</li> <li>Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying</li> <li>Your Social Security number, if available</li> <li>A general list of damage and losses</li> <li>If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name</li> </ul><p>Disaster assistance may include financial help for home repairs along with other programs to assist families recover from the effects of the event.</p> <p>For the latest information visit <a href="/disaster/4629">fema.gov/disaster/4629</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 1 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion1">twitter.com/FEMAregion1</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>amy.ashbridge</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/15/2021 - 21:21</span> Mon, 15 Nov 2021 21:21:48 +0000 amy.ashbridge 628453 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Open in New London County https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211112/fema-mobile-disaster-recovery-center-open-new-london-county <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Open in New London County</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Hartford, Conn.– </strong>A FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center opened today in Norwich (New London county) to help Connecticut residents affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.  </p> <p>Representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration are available at the center to explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about FEMA letters and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more disaster resistant.</p> <p>The MDRC is located at:</p> <p><strong>New London County: </strong> Norwich Fire Station, 10 N. Thames St., Norwich, CT. 07055.</p> <p>Hours: Open every Saturday until further notice, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p>To help alleviate the risk of COVID-19 being spread through person-to-person contact, wearing a mask or face covering is required to gain entry. Hand sanitizer is available to survivors and staff.</p> <p>Workstations are spaced six feet apart to provide an extra level of protection for survivors and staff.</p> <p>FEMA ensures that common areas are cleaned regularly, and workstations are sanitized after each visitor.</p> <p>Individuals in Fairfield and New London counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance. FEMA is working with state officials to open further centers throughout declared counties.</p> <p>Survivors can ask questions or seek further information in person at the MDRC, in addition to online or by phone. Survivors can visit any of the DRC locations and can also find their closest location through the FEMA App.  To download the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages">FEMA App</a> please visit the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.</p> <p>If you have homeowners or renters insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If you are uninsured or underinsured, you may be eligible for federal assistance.</p> <p>The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</p> <p>If it is not possible to apply online, <strong>call 800-621-3362</strong> (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. ET, seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.</p> <p>When you apply for assistance, have the following information readily available:</p> <ul><li>A current phone number where you can be contacted</li> <li>Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying</li> <li>Your Social Security number, if available</li> <li>A general list of damage and losses</li> <li>If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name</li> </ul><p>Disaster assistance may include financial help for home repairs along with other programs to assist families recover from the effects of the event.</p> <p>For the latest information visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4629">fema.gov/disaster/4629</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 1 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion1">twitter.com/FEMAregion1</a>.</p> <p>###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>adrien.urbani</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 11/12/2021 - 20:24</span> Fri, 12 Nov 2021 20:24:12 +0000 adrien.urbani 628345 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Connecticut https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211030/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-connecticut <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Connecticut</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Connecticut to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida during the period of Sept. 1-2, 2021.</p> <p>The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Fairfield and New London counties, including the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribal Nation.</p> <p>Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.</p> <p>Robert V. Fogel has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Fogel said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.</p> <p>You can apply for disaster assistance at <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>, by calling 800.621.3362, or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as a videophone, InnoCaption, or CapTel, give FEMA the number for that service.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>luther.wills-dudich</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 10/30/2021 - 21:39</span> Sat, 30 Oct 2021 21:39:06 +0000 luther.wills-dudich 628003 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA and WBZ NewsRadio Boston to Unveil New Emergency Broadcast Studio https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211015/fema-and-wbz-newsradio-boston-unveil-new-emergency-broadcast-studio <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA and WBZ NewsRadio Boston to Unveil New Emergency Broadcast Studio</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BOSTON — </strong>The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with iHeartMedia Boston, today announced it has completed an important emergency radio broadcast facility modernization project at iHeartMedia’s WBZ NewsRadio 1030 in Boston to improve critical alert and warning capabilities when disasters threaten public safety.</p> <p>The WBZ facility serves as a Primary Entry Point (PEP) station for FEMA’s National Public Warning System (NPWS), maintained under FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), and provides critical information to the public before, during and after incidents and disasters.</p> <p>Under the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act enacted in 2015, Congress required FEMA to upgrade PEP stations across the country to ensure continuity of terrestrial broadcast services under all hazards. PEP stations are specially designated NPWS broadcast stations<strong> </strong>that serve as the primary intake source of initial broadcasts for a national alert. FEMA equips these stations, which are operated by local station personnel, with backup communications equipment and power generators that enable them to continue broadcasting information to the public during and after an emergency, including conveying official alerts to communities regionally and nationwide. These free-standing emergency studios, located at the radio transmitter sites, are specially designed and hardened to withstand various natural disasters and acts of terrorism. This helps ensure that the President can alert and warn the public under all conditions. Currently, there are 77 PEP stations that ensure capable of reaching 90 percent of the U.S. population.</p> <p>WBZ is the 13th PEP station to complete the all-hazards upgrade. The modernization to the emergency studio includes increased sheltering capabilities, expanded broadcast capacity, and sustainable power generation for all types of hazardous events, increasing WBZ’s resiliency to continue broadcasting during emergencies. </p> <p>WBZ is celebrating its 100th year of broadcasting, providing a trusted voice for local, regional and national news and information in Boston and throughout New England. To mark the anniversary, the station received <a href="https://wbznewsradio.iheart.com/content/biden-baker-celebrate-wbzs-100-year-anniversary/">a congratulatory letter from President Joseph R. Biden, Jr</a>.</p> <p>“In coordination with our partners at iHeartMedia, we’ve increased WBZ’s ability to continue operating under all conditions, be they natural disasters, acts of terrorism or other man-made events,” said Antwane Johnson, FEMA’s IPAWS Director. “Broadcast radio communicates critical safety information to the public during an emergency and serves an extremely vital role in our nation’s public safety and national security communications infrastructure.”</p> <p>Said Alan Chartrand, Boston Market President for iHeartMedia: “September marked 100 years that WBZ has been on-air serving communities in and around Boston and hundreds of miles beyond. Radio is a lifeline for these communities, and there continues to be a significant investment made to ensure WBZ’s resiliency during times of crisis when communication is of vital importance. iHeart is proud to partner with FEMA on the nation’s emergency and alert system, and salutes and shares the agency’s commitment to protecting the public.”</p> <p>FEMA and WBZ will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, October 15, 2021, (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET) to unveil the upgraded WBZ transmitter and PEP Site (45 Newport Road, Hull, MA 02045.)   The news conference will include FEMA, federal, state and local elected officials, and a live demonstration from WBZ NewsRadio 1030 on-air hosts.</p> <p>Speakers include:</p> <ul><li>Antwane Johnson, Director, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, FEMA</li> <li>James (Nick) Russo, Federal Coordinating Officer, FEMA</li> <li>Manny Centeno, IPAWS Program Manager, FEMA</li> <li>U.S. Senator Edward Markey</li> <li>State Senator Patrick O’Connor</li> <li>State Representative Joan Meschino</li> <li>Hull Board of Selectmen Chairwoman, Jennifer Constable</li> <li>Alan Chartrand, Boston Market President, iHeartMedia</li> <li>Jeff Littlejohn, Executive VP Engineering &amp; Systems Integration, iHeartMedia</li> <li>Dan Rea, On-air host, WBZ NewsRadio 1030</li> </ul><p>For more information about IPAWS or the PEP modernization effort, go to FEMA’s website at <a href="https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/practitioners/integrated-public-alert-warning-system/broadcasters-wireless">https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/practitioners/integrated-public-alert-warning-system/broadcasters-wireless</a>. To learn more about iHeartMedia and WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Boston, visit <a href="http://wbznewsradio.iheart.com/">www.wbznewsradio.iheart.com</a>.</p> <p>###</p> <p>For more information on attending the news conference, please <strong>RSVP</strong> and direct any questions to Dennis Pinkham at (617) 956-7547 or <a>dennis.pinkham@fema.dhs.gov</a>, or Jennifer Savage at (419) 351-5145 or <a>jennifersavage@iHeartMedia.com.</a></p> <p><strong>About FEMA:</strong></p> <p>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during and after disasters. <em>Follow FEMA online at twitter.com/fema, twitter.com/femaregion5, </em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/fema"><em>www.facebook.com/fema</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="///C:/Users/aurbani/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/Z77F6PLB/www.youtube.com/fema"><em>www.youtube.com/fema</em></a><em>. The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications. </em></p> <p><a><strong>About iHeartMedia Boston</strong></a><strong>:</strong></p> <p>iHeartMedia Boston owns and operates WBZ-AM, WXKS, WJMN, WZLX, WBWL, WRKO, WZRM, and WXKS-AM, and is part of iHeartMedia. iHeartMedia, Inc. [Nasdaq: IHRT] is the leading audio media company in America, reaching over 250 million people each month. It is number one in both broadcast and digital streaming radio as well as podcasting and audio ad tech and includes three business segments: The iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group; the iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group; and the Audio and Media Services Group. Visit <a href="https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.iheartmedia.com%2F&amp;data=04%7C01%7Cjennifersavage%40iheartmedia.com%7Ccb2f0abfb1074ee1f60408d9835b3f46%7C122a527e5b714eba878d9810b495b9e3%7C0%7C0%7C637685250187050169%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=oLTIF%2FOG0hGepbl%2Fevle8h51K9%2BtzlfbfT%2Fn%2FMIh01A%3D&amp;reserved=0">iHeartMedia.com</a> for more company information.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>adrien.urbani</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/15/2021 - 15:06</span> Fri, 15 Oct 2021 15:06:51 +0000 adrien.urbani 627540 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for New Hampshire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211004/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-new <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for New Hampshire </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of New Hampshire to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe storm and flooding from July 29-30, 2021.</p> <p>Federal funding is available to the state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storm and flooding in Cheshire and Sullivan counties.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.</p> <p>William Roy has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>amy.ashbridge</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/04/2021 - 19:59</span> Mon, 04 Oct 2021 19:59:06 +0000 amy.ashbridge 627086 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA and WBZ NewsRadio Boston to Unveil New Emergency Broadcast Studio https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20211004/fema-and-wbz-newsradio-boston-unveil-new-emergency-broadcast-studio <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA and WBZ NewsRadio Boston to Unveil New Emergency Broadcast Studio</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong><em><strong><em>Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Include Live Demonstration of the Upgraded Facility, Highlighting Broadcast Radio’s Critical Role in Nation’s Emergency Alert and Warning System</em></strong><strong><em> </em></strong></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>BOSTON -- </em></strong>FEMA and iHeartMedia Boston, will host the unveiling of an all-hazards upgrade to the “Primary Entry Point” facility at WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Boston on Friday, October 15, 2021. The modernization to the emergency studio increases iHeartMedia’s WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Boston’s resiliency to continue broadcasting under all conditions, including natural disasters and acts of terrorism. This facility is one of 77 across the country that serve as a National Public Warning System Primary Entry Point (PEP) station, participating with FEMA to provide emergency alert and warning information to the public before, during and after incidents and disasters.</p> <p>WBZ NewsRadio 1030 is the 13th station in the country to work with FEMA to complete the all-hazards upgrade, which includes increased sheltering capabilities, expanded broadcast capacity, and sustainable power generation for all types of hazardous events.</p> <p><strong>WHAT:            </strong></p> <p>News conference at 11 a.m. ET.  Ribbon cutting, official remarks, Q&amp;A, a tour of the facility, and live demonstration at the WBZ PEP station emergency studio</p> <p><strong>WHO:</strong></p> <p>Speakers include:</p> <ul><li>Antwane Johnson, Director, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, FEMA</li> <li>James (Nick) Russo, Federal Coordinating Officer, FEMA</li> <li>Manny Centeno, IPAWS Program Manager, FEMA</li> <li>U.S. Senator Edward Markey</li> <li>State Senator Patrick O’Connor</li> <li>State Representative Joan Meschino</li> <li>Hull Board of Selectmen Chairwoman, Jennifer Constable</li> <li>Alan Chartrand, Boston Market President, iHeartMedia</li> <li>Jeff Littlejohn, Executive VP Engineering &amp; Systems Integration, iHeartMedia</li> <li>Dan Rea, On-air host, WBZ NewsRadio 1030</li> </ul><p><strong>WHEN:           </strong></p> <p>Friday, October 15, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET (rain or shine)</p> <p><strong>WHERE:        </strong></p> <p>WBZ Transmitter and PEP Site, 45 Newport Road, Hull, MA 02045</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>adrien.urbani</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/04/2021 - 18:51</span> Mon, 04 Oct 2021 18:51:55 +0000 adrien.urbani 627084 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for New Hampshire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210930/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-new <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for New Hampshire</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of New Hampshire to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe storm and flooding from July 17-19, 2021.</p> <p>Federal funding is available to the state, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities in Cheshire County.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.</p> <p>Robert Fogel has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>amy.ashbridge</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/30/2021 - 21:39</span> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 21:39:33 +0000 amy.ashbridge 626956 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Vermont https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210929/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-vermont <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Vermont</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Vermont to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe storm and flooding from July 29-30, 2021.</p> <p>Federal funding is available to the state, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities in Bennington and Windham counties.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.</p> <p>James McPherson has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>luther.wills-dudich</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/29/2021 - 22:18</span> Wed, 29 Sep 2021 22:18:16 +0000 luther.wills-dudich 626895 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Tracks Henri Effects in the Northeast https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210823/fema-tracks-henri-effects-northeast <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Tracks Henri Effects in the Northeast</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA is tracking the remnants of Henri, as it continues to bring heavy rainfall to portions of the Northeast and New England, which may lead to flash, urban and small stream flooding along with minor to isolated moderate river flooding.</p> <h2>Emergency and Major Declarations</h2> <p>President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. approved an emergency declaration for the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210821/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-emergency-declaration-rhode-island">state of Rhode Island</a> on Saturday and for the state of <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/3564">Connecticut</a>, the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210823/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-emergency-declaration-mashpee-wampanoag">Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe</a> and the states of <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/3565">New York</a> and <a href="https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210823/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-emergency-declaration-vermont">Vermont</a> on Sunday.  The President’s action authorizes FEMA to provide and coordinate all disaster relief efforts, including using equipment, staff and other resources to save lives, protect property and provide funding for evacuation and sheltering.</p> <p>FEMA staff are also working with Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to ensure the state has all federal resources necessary as search and rescue efforts continue in areas affected by the tragic flooding this weekend. Administrator Criswell held a call last night with Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to discuss the state’s needs.</p> <p>FEMA contines working with its federal, state and local partners as well as non-governmental agencies to support needs of areas affected by Henri. The agency has supplies such as meals, water and generators to assist states with impacts from this system. FEMA’s Incident Management Assistance Teams and liaison officers are in place. Other teams remain on standby for deployment if necessary.</p> <p>Residents and visitors to these areas are encouraged to remain vigilant to continuing threats from this storm, including high rainfall totals and extended power outages.</p> <p>Download the free <a href="https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app">FEMA app</a> (available in English and Spanish) to receive emergency alerts and real-time safety notifications, emergency preparedness tips and disaster resources. The app is available for Apple and Android devices. Visit <a href="https://www.ready.gov/">Ready.gov</a> or <a href="https://www.listo.gov/es">Listo.gov</a> for tips to stay safe before, during and after a disaster.</p> <h3>Federal and Non-Governmental Organization Response</h3> <ul><li>Temporary Emergency Power Teams are in place to support state needs. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Energy reports that electric companies in the path of Henri activated their emergency response plans and continue to pre-position equipment, resources and thousands of mutual assistance workers from at least 31 states, the District of Columbia and Canada to assist in storm response as conditions allow. ​ </li> <li>Mobile Emergency Response Support and Mobile Communications and Operation Vehicles have deployed to support communications needs as they arise.</li> <li>The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) search and rescue teams are prepared to help those in need following Henri. USCG is also tracking port conditions and will assess needs as conditions permit. </li> <li>Urban Search and Rescue teams are deployed or standing by to support areas affected by Henri.</li> <li>The National Guard Bureau and Department of Defense have aircraft and high-water vehicles available in affected states.</li> <li>American Red Cross shelters remain open throughout the affected areas.</li> </ul><h3>Report Damages and Stay Safe During Clean-Up</h3> <ul><li>Report your flood loss and damage immediately. Contact your insurance agent or carrier and be sure to ask them about advance payments. For help finding your insurance agent or carrier, call the National Flood Insurance Program at 877-336-2627.</li> <li>Be careful when cleaning up. Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work gloves and sturdy thick-soled shoes. Do not try to remove heavy debris by yourself. Use an appropriate mask if cleaning <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/mold/cleanup-guide.html">mold or other debris</a>. People with <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/clinicians_asthma.html">asthma and other lung conditions and/or immune suppression</a> should not enter buildings with mold growth that can be seen or smelled. Children should not take part in disaster cleanup work.</li> </ul><h3>Stay Safe During Power Outages</h3> <ul><li><strong>Use only flashlights or battery-powered lanterns for emergency lighting</strong>. NEVER use candles during a blackout or power outage due to extreme risk of fire.</li> <li><strong>Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning</strong>. A grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning devices should never be used inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. These should only be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. </li> <li><strong>Use a generator safely</strong>. Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage even if doors and windows are open.</li> <li><strong>Keep generators outside and far away from your home</strong>. Windows, doors and vents could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Read both the label on your generator and the owner's manual and follow the instructions.</li> <li><strong>Power Outages can impact the safety of food</strong> in your refrigerator and freezer. <ul><li>Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to keep your food as fresh as possible. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary.</li> <li>Throw away any food that has been exposed to a temperature of 40°Fahrenheit (4° Celsius) or higher for two hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!</li> <li>Never taste food or rely on appearance or odor to determine its safety. Some foods may look and smell fine, but if they have been at room temperature too long, heat-resistant bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses can start growing quickly.</li> </ul></li> </ul><h3>Keep Yourself Safe Before and After Flooding</h3> <ul><li><strong>Stay off the roads:</strong> Emergency workers will be assisting people in flooded areas. You can help them by staying off the roads and out of the way.</li> <li><strong>Check on neighbors</strong> <strong>who may require assistance if it is safe to do so</strong>. This includes individuals with infants, children as well as older adults, people with disabilities and others with access and functional need.</li> <li><strong>Don’t drive through flood waters:</strong> Almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low lying areas at bridges and at highway dips. As little as 6 inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.</li> <li><strong>Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded</strong>. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.</li> <li><strong>Stay out of floodwater</strong>. Standing water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines or contain hazards such as human and livestock waste, dangerous debris, contaminates that can lead to illness, or wild or stray animals.</li> </ul><p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/23/2021 - 19:03</span> Mon, 23 Aug 2021 19:03:59 +0000 zella.campbell 624090 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Emergency Declaration for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210823/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-emergency-declaration-mashpee-wampanoag <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Emergency Declaration for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts’ response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Tropical Storm Henri, beginning on Aug. 20 and continuing. </p> <p>The President's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, to save lives, protect property, public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.  </p> <p>Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance and reimbursement for mass care including evacuation and shelter support, will be provided at 75% federal funding. This assistance is for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.</p> <p>James R. McPherson has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.  </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/23/2021 - 17:47</span> Mon, 23 Aug 2021 17:47:31 +0000 zella.campbell 624089 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Emergency Declaration for Vermont https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210823/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-emergency-declaration-vermont <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Emergency Declaration for Vermont</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Vermont to supplement state and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the areas affected by Tropical Storm Henri, beginning on Aug. 22 and continuing. </p> <p>The President's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, to save lives, protect property, public health and safety and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.  </p> <p>Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, and reimbursement for mass care, including evacuation and shelter support, will be provided at 75% federal funding. This assistance is for Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham and Windsor counties.</p> <p>John F. Boyle has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected areas.     </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/23/2021 - 15:01</span> Mon, 23 Aug 2021 15:01:42 +0000 zella.campbell 624076 at https://www.fema.gov ICYMI -- FEMA Administrator Urges Caution During Henri https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210822/icymi-fema-administrator-urges-caution-during-henri <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICYMI -- FEMA Administrator Urges Caution During Henri</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell appeared on FOX, CNN and MSNBC earlier today to encourage people to stay safe during Henri and discuss FEMA’s readiness to assist impacted states. FEMA’s Acting Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery, David Bibo, spoke with the Weather Channel about current storm conditions and response.</p> <p>FEMA is closely monitoring Henri’s path and impacts. Though the storm’s wind strength is decreasing, the danger has not passed and life-threatening flooding is possible throughout the northeast.</p> <p>“My biggest concern right now is that people might think the storm has passed, and they shouldn’t,” said Administrator Criswell this afternoon on <a href="https://video.foxnews.com/v/6269043946001/">Fox News</a>.  “While we haven’t seen the winds we could’ve seen, we’re still seeing a lot of rain. It’s going to continue to go inland in areas that have already been saturated by rain over the last several weeks. People need to still stay vigilant and stay aware of their surroundings.”</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_administrator-criswell_fox-news_henri.png" width="669" height="373" alt="FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell talking with a news reporter " loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p>She also told FOX News about FEMA’s current response efforts and capabilities.</p> <p>“We already have close to 1,000 people in the region right now doing swift water rescue teams, liaisons … they are all pre-positioned,” said the administrator. "I have individuals in with every state’s emergency operations center. We are ready to respond right now as soon as we identify states’ needs.”</p> <p>Administrator Criswell joined <a href="https://app.frame.io/presentations/0e35ccac-3734-4d62-a71c-e170f9e7cfb1">CNN</a> to discuss the key threats posed by Henri.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_administrator-criswell_cnn_henri.jpg" width="375" height="201" alt="FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell speaking with a female reporter " loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p>“One of the things I’m concerned about … is the tree stability where we've had this massive amount of rain over the last few weeks and more rain coming. It means they're unstable. People need to be aware of their surroundings. They need to watch where the flooded roadways are,” Administrator Criswell said. “Don't drive in them. Don't walk in them. That water can be moving faster than they think. People need to be aware and keep themselves out of harm's way.”</p> <p>The FEMA administrator also discussed the threat of climate change and FEMA’s response efforts with MSNBC.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_administrator-criswell_msncb_henri.jpg" width="437" height="231" alt="FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell speaking with a female reporter " loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p>“We are continuing to see the effects of climate change,” she said. “We are seeing more severe storms, more frequent, larger numbers of storms. It’s not going to end. Climate change is the crisis of our century right now, and we need to be prepared for that. We have put a lot of money, close to $5 billion available for hazard mitigation to help communities start to reduce the impacts from these events they might experience in the future.” This evening, Associate Administrator Bibo updated the Weather Channel on current weather conditions and whole-of-community hurricane response.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_david-bibo_weather-channel_henri.jpg" width="424" height="234" alt="David Bibo " loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p>“What we know is that for the next 24-36 hours, people in southeastern New York, western Connecticut, Massachusetts, southern Vermont and New Hampshire really need to pay attention to Henri as it progresses slowly and dumps a lot of rain, because we will see persistent flash flood warnings. People need to pay attention and be prepared to head to high ground if flash flooding may affect them.”</p> <p>He went on to highlight some of the resources prepared to assist in Henri response.</p> <p>“The good news is we have a lot of resources ready to support the power restoration mission and that life-saving mission of swift water rescue, if that becomes necessary with the flooding. We’ve seen teams shared from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the affected states that have been staged nearby in New England, and they are prepared to support throughout the affected area. FEMA has moved incident management assistant teams as well as meals, water, tarps, communications and vehicles to be ready to support the affected states, as Henri progresses over the next 24-36 hours.”</p> <p>Pay attention to state and local officials for important safety information. For general response updates, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/">FEMA.gov</a> and download the FEMA app. Additional preparedness information can be found at <a href="https://www.ready.gov/">Ready.gov</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/23/2021 - 00:27</span> Mon, 23 Aug 2021 00:27:13 +0000 zella.campbell 624055 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA, Other Federal Agencies Prepared for Henri https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210822/fema-other-federal-agencies-prepared-henri <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA, Other Federal Agencies Prepared for Henri </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA continues monitoring Henri as it moves with high winds and flooding throughout the northeastern United States. Individuals in New England should continue to be vigilant for continued risks from Henri, including large rainfall totals and extended power outages.</p> <p>President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. approved emergency disaster declarations for Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island ahead of the storm’s landfall.  </p> <p>"We've been working with state, local, tribal and federal partners to ready for this storm," said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. "We are ensuring all necessary supplies are ready to go, with personnel on the ground to respond as soon as needed." </p> <p>FEMA is ready to continue assisting states as they respond to and recover from Henri. The agency positioned supplies such as meals, water and generators throughout the affected areas, and FEMA staff are supporting multiple operations centers.  </p> <h2>Federal Agency Partners Working to Ensure Safety </h2> <p>FEMA and other federal agencies are assisting and supporting state, local and non-governmental partners with supplies and logistics to address areas of need. Additional resources are deployed or on standby, including Urban Search and Rescue teams, temporary emergency power teams and mobile emergency communications and support resources. Actions include:  </p> <ul><li>American Red Cross teams are working with communities across the northeast to open shelters and provide a safe place for people to go. Anyone staying in a Red Cross shelter is encouraged to bring prescription medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, other comfort items and important documents. Additionally, ensure you have items specific to your family’s needs, such as diapers for infants or batteries for hearing aids. To help keep everybody safe, everyone in a Red Cross emergency shelter is required to wear face coverings.  </li> <li>The U.S. Coast Guard 1st District Northeast, which covers Southeastern New England, set port conditions to Zulu status for all ports in the entire Southeastern New England region. While Zulu conditions are in place, no vessels may enter or transit within area ports without permission, and all vessel inventory is at a minimum. </li> <li>The U.S. Department of Energy reports that thousands of power crews are pre-staged or en route to help with power restoration efforts throughout the northeast.  </li> <li>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that New England District hurricane barriers in Stamford, Conn.; Fox Point, R.I.; and New Bedford, Mass. remain closed as staff continue monitoring Henri. </li> </ul><p>Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee activated state National Guard troops to assist with response efforts</p> <h2>Stay Safe During Power Outages  </h2> <p>Henri is expected to cause widespread power outages in addition to flooding. Residents should be prepared for communications, water and transportation to be affected by these outages.  </p> <p>Residents who experience power outages should:  </p> <ul><li><strong>Use only flashlights or battery-powered lanterns for emergency lighting</strong>. NEVER use candles during a blackout or power outage due to extreme risk of fire.  </li> <li><strong>Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning</strong>. A grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning devices should never be used inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. These should only be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows.  </li> <li><strong>Use a generator safely</strong>. Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage even if doors and windows are open.  </li> <li><strong>Keep generators outside and far away from your home</strong>. Windows, doors and vents could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Read both the label on your generator and the owner's manual and follow the instructions.  </li> <li><strong>Power Outages can impact the safety of food</strong> in your refrigerator and freezer.   <ul><li>Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to keep your food as fresh as possible. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary.  </li> <li>Throw away any food that has been exposed to a temperature of 40°Fahrenheit (4° Celsius) or higher for two hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out! </li> <li>Never taste food or rely on appearance or odor to determine its safety. Some foods may look and smell fine, but if they have been at room temperature too long, heat-resistant bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses can start growing quickly.  </li> </ul></li> <li><strong>Check on neighbors who may require assistance, if it is safe to do so. </strong>This includes individuals with infants, children and  older adults, people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. </li> </ul><p>Download the FEMA app (available in English and Spanish) to receive emergency alerts and real-time safety notifications, emergency preparedness tips and disaster resources. The app is available for Apple and Android devices.  </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 08/22/2021 - 20:22</span> Sun, 22 Aug 2021 20:22:12 +0000 zella.campbell 624048 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Emergency Declaration for Connecticut https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210822/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-emergency-declaration-connecticut <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Emergency Declaration for Connecticut</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Connecticut to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the areas affected by Hurricane Henri, beginning on Aug. 21 and continuing. </p> <p>The President's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, to save lives, protect property, public health and safety and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.  </p> <p>Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, and reimbursement for mass care, including evacuation and shelter support, will be provided at 75% federal funding. This assistance is for Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland and Windham counties and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut.</p> <p>Robert V. Fogel has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected areas.  </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 08/22/2021 - 14:19</span> Sun, 22 Aug 2021 14:19:28 +0000 zella.campbell 624046 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Approves Emergency Declaration for Rhode Island https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210821/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-emergency-declaration-rhode-island <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Approves Emergency Declaration for Rhode Island</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Rhode Island to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Henri, beginning on Aug. 20 and continuing.</p> <p>The President's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts with the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, to save lives, protect property, public health and safety and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.  </p> <p>Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance and reimbursement for mass care including evacuation and shelter support will be provided at 75% federal funding. This assistance is for Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence and Washington counties, and the Narragansett Indian Tribe.</p> <p>Benjie Abbott has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.    </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 08/22/2021 - 00:11</span> Sun, 22 Aug 2021 00:11:13 +0000 zella.campbell 624015 at https://www.fema.gov ICYMI – FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell Urges Preparedness for Hurricane Henri https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210821/icymi-fema-administrator-deanne-criswell-urges-preparedness-hurricane-henri <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICYMI – FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell Urges Preparedness for Hurricane Henri</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- Today, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell appeared on Good Morning America, CNN and MSNBC to encourage people to prepare for Hurricane Henri and discuss FEMA’s readiness to assist northeastern states that may be impacted by the storm.</p> <p>FEMA is closely monitoring Hurricane Henri, has staged resources in various regions and remains in coordination with partners across the interagency to best support states in the storm’s path.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" height="360" scrolling="no" src="https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/video/embed/79575479" style="border:none;" width="400"></iframe></p> <drupal-media data-align="center" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="1f9b37b3-9f1f-42b4-a522-a74436c3ab51"></drupal-media><p><strong><a>FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell joined </a><a href="https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/news/video/northeast-prepares-tropical-storm-henri-79575479">Good Morning America</a></strong> urging people to stay informed ahead of this storm and prepare to be without power.</p> <p>“The first thing everybody needs to do is stay vigilant,” she said. “You need to listen to your local responders. You need to listen to your local officials and take their advice of what they're asking you to do. This area has seen a lot of rain over the past several weeks, so I’m concerned about the stability of the trees. We probably will see several trees go down, which is going to lead to power outages across the area.”</p> <p><strong><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" loading="lazy" scrolling="no" src="https://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/embedded-video/mmvo119192133752" width="400"></iframe></strong></p> <p><strong><a>Administrator Criswell then joined</a><a href="https://www.msnbc.com/ali-velshi/watch/fema-administrator-delay-your-travel-if-you-re-in-henri-s-path-119192133752">MSNBC’s Medhi Hasan</a></strong> to discuss the agency’s readiness efforts.</p> <p><drupal-media data-align="center" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="636df4f8-f677-4628-8df1-72c5b4fac95f"></drupal-media></p> <p>“We've been coordinating with our states for several days now, as we watched the path of this storm. We have moved a lot of resources into the area,” she said. “Things like food and water, generators. We have swift water rescue teams in the region. We are prepared and in place, ready to respond to the needs of the impacted states.”</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/weather/tropical-storm-henri-saturday/index.html"><img alt="Administrator Criswell talking to Christi Paul " data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_administrator-criswell_cnn-christi-paul_photo.jpg" /></a></p> <p><strong>Administrator Criswell then told </strong><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/weather/tropical-storm-henri-saturday/index.html"><strong>CNN’s Christi Paul</strong></a> about commodities and resources available and urging residents in the area to be prepared to help their communities following the storm.</p> <p><drupal-media data-align="center" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="7e0f3706-5e37-4884-bdcf-b4ffd0b22b86"></drupal-media></p> <p>“We have been in contact with all of the states that are in the path of this storm. We know what their preparedness actions are, and we've also begun moving resources into this area,” Criswell said. Things like food, water, generators, some of our incident management assistance teams to help lead the coordination after the threat has passed. We have them strategically placed across the region, so we can respond quickly after the storm has passed.</p> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 08/21/2021 - 21:01</span> Sat, 21 Aug 2021 21:01:51 +0000 zella.campbell 624013 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Urges Preparedness Now for Hurricane Henri https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210821/fema-urges-preparedness-now-hurricane-henri <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Urges Preparedness Now for Hurricane Henri</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA is urging preparation ahead of Hurricane Henri, expected to make landfall tomorrow in Long Island, New York, or the southern New England coast.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.noaa.gov/">National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s</a> <a href="https://www.weather.gov/">National Weather Service</a> <a href="https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/">National Hurricane Center</a> has issued a hurricane warning, as conditions are expected to begin late tonight or Sunday in portions of Connecticut and Long Island, New York. Storm surge watches are in effect for portions of Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.</p> <p>Storm surge could be up to 5 feet in areas from coastal New Jersey to Cape Cod Bay in Massachusetts. Heavy rainfall may result in flash, urban and small stream flooding.</p> <p>Anyone in the forecast path of the storm should monitor their local news for updates and directions provided by their local officials and <a href="https://www.ready.gov/evacuation">heed local evacuation orders</a>. <a href="https://www.ready.gov/kit">Gather Supplies</a> for your entire household now. Include medication, disinfectant supplies, face <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html">masks</a> and <a href="https://www.ready.gov/pets">pet supplies</a>. After a hurricane, you may not have access to these supplies for several days.</p> <p>FEMA is positioning supplies such as meals, water and generators to assist states anticipating impacts from Hurricane Henri. FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams and liaison officers are in place, while other teams are on standby by for deployment if necessary.</p> <p>Download the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app">FEMA app</a> (available in English and Spanish) to receive emergency alerts and real-time safety notifications, emergency preparedness tips and disaster resources. The app is available for Apple and Android devices</p> <h2>Prepare to Evacuate if Ordered</h2> <ul><li><strong>Storm Path: </strong>Hurricanes and tropical storms can produce high winds and heavy rains far from the storm’s center.<strong> </strong>Focus on the storm’s impact, not the predicted storm path.<strong> </strong>Now is the time to prepare for severe weather.</li> <li><strong>Evacuating</strong>: If you are in potentially affected areas, you should be familiar with evacuation routes, have a family emergency communications plan, keep a battery-powered radio handy and have plans for your family members and pets.</li> <li><strong>Personal Safety</strong>: Evacuate if told to do so. If you go to a community or group shelter, remember to follow the latest recommendations from <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/covid-19/public-disaster-shelter-during-covid.html">the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting yourself and family from COVID-19</a>.</li> </ul><h2>Be Prepared for Power Outages Before and After the</h2> <ul><li><strong>Use only flashlights or battery-powered lanterns for emergency lighting</strong>. NEVER use candles during a blackout or power outage, due to extreme risk of fire.</li> <li><strong>Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning</strong>. A grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning device should never be used inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. These should only be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. </li> <li><strong>Use a generator safely</strong>. Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage even if doors and windows are open.</li> <li><strong>Keep generators outside and far away from your home</strong>. Windows, doors and vents could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Read both the label on your generator and the owner's manual and follow the instructions.</li> </ul><h2>Keep Yourself Safe Before and After Flooding </h2> <ul><li><strong>Don’t drive through flood waters:</strong> Almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low lying areas at bridges and at highway dips. As little as 6 inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.</li> <li><strong>If you are a person with disabilities</strong>, you may need to take additional steps to plan for the needs of yourself and your service animal if you have one. Visit <a href="https://www.ready.gov/floods">Ready.gov/flooding</a> to learn how to stay safe before, during and after a flood.</li> <li><strong>Stay out of floodwater</strong>. Standing water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines or contain hazards such as human and livestock waste, dangerous debris, contaminates that can lead to illness, or wild or stray animals.</li> <li><strong>Flood Insurance: </strong>Your National Flood Insurance Program policy will <a href="https://agents.floodsmart.gov/sites/default/files/flood-avoidance-practices_infographic_jun20.pdf">cover and reimburse certain actions</a> you take to minimize damage to your home and belongings before a flood.</li> </ul><h2>What to do if Your Home has Been Damaged by a Flood </h2> <ul><li><strong>Report your flood loss and damage immediately:</strong> Contact to your insurance agent or carrier and be sure to ask them about advance payments. Call the National Flood Insurance Program at 877-336-2627 to find your insurance agent or carrier.</li> </ul><p>Visit <a href="https://www.ready.gov">Ready.gov</a> or <a href="https://www.listo.gov/es">Listo.gov</a> to learn how you can keep yourself, your family and your pets safe.</p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 08/21/2021 - 18:32</span> Sat, 21 Aug 2021 18:32:15 +0000 zella.campbell 624012 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Urges Preparedness Ahead of Tropical Storm Henri https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210820/fema-urges-preparedness-ahead-tropical-storm-henri <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Urges Preparedness Ahead of Tropical Storm Henri</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA is tracking Tropical Storm Henri as it approaches the northeast, set to make landfall over the weekend. Now is the time to prepare for severe weather.</p> <p>The <a href="https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUf24I4765yuP6O8-2Bx3V4KVQ-3DZpj1_lxoMxBJcNSSSccXgDna9Rsoo4Jo4wEQid5ZLbYebbCoE-2B9cQFXzswX2zYoZzdAYAf7lFfsgxHhzeX7wW6iH5qgrEnPHhzKXOF4Lx-2FlG-2BhBfPC4PI7z8vun2Aezo9cxpPjwIKdOSgVzpc-2Fn2CFi9hNXQhEnON9xI57Esr1BLRhz9In-2FUwp-2FVtadzJYpw4zD-2Fn6P94-2FIp6Qtg-2FxskDPkEqNe-2BLk4aVTgGUlG1vTvbUJXkaLtLRDQKzI9v3Cx1U0k2CAD83FwF-2FMjLn9SiIrYk-2FOfmUgFsqUZ-2BLHlOWu0NnQVU3ngsqY9wXn9-2B-2FoxhkN2dzzY5SH8GYJu1mAgr3G8Mz8QefvvcMSxISbL8C6c-2FdDmo-3D">National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s</a> <a href="https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUby04mAtU-2FpJR9YePhNRWtHEEnizisAogM9-2F7tZJAkZEy9Lk_lxoMxBJcNSSSccXgDna9Rsoo4Jo4wEQid5ZLbYebbCoE-2B9cQFXzswX2zYoZzdAYAf7lFfsgxHhzeX7wW6iH5qgrEnPHhzKXOF4Lx-2FlG-2BhBfPC4PI7z8vun2Aezo9cxpPjwIKdOSgVzpc-2Fn2CFi9hNXQhEnON9xI57Esr1BLRhz9In-2FUwp-2FVtadzJYpw4zD-2Fn6P94-2FIp6Qtg-2FxskDPkEqNWFIM8v2ShvHycG4foPWize1p5WqU0a-2FdC6Ukexa9j8JSINRHC4dgN2ytkWs19CP5dV4dQT16CYBOlACURH1RXmal98RTR7yaOcUUOFc2UWSiDQquxNUAf0x3eBDHnVwhcXcSqh0Bq-2B-2FESM6qGA0mok-3D">National Weather Service</a> <a href="https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUVGrqQOXGg-2BZ-2FIl1FGvxmRHJUNnIazpBU9Sd8MO-2BkaoG4TMr_lxoMxBJcNSSSccXgDna9Rsoo4Jo4wEQid5ZLbYebbCoE-2B9cQFXzswX2zYoZzdAYAf7lFfsgxHhzeX7wW6iH5qgrEnPHhzKXOF4Lx-2FlG-2BhBfPC4PI7z8vun2Aezo9cxpPjwIKdOSgVzpc-2Fn2CFi9hNXQhEnON9xI57Esr1BLRhz9In-2FUwp-2FVtadzJYpw4zD-2Fn6P94-2FIp6Qtg-2FxskDPkEqNdq7iZCK3QiW6XFXUm-2BN-2B-2FXFD-2BONNOvCCabGFxOoQcZt1KNEHwOdJoEZn8SZEwqcSH-2BSZhm1-2B1shkL1ZOwehGwfWFiPbJx-2F4OVfwe1-2B3OZxbzpQhF0jdmzT2oXZABCZPH0vB-2B6brJC-2F5sGojXTqU4uY-3D">National Hurricane Center</a> forecasts Henri will reach the northeast coast on Sunday. The risk of storm surge, wind and rain impacts in portions of coastal New York and southern southern New England are increasing, and hurricane and storm surge watches are in effect for portions of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.</p> <p>Storm surge could be up to 4 feet in areas, along with heavy rainfall, which may result in flash, urban and small stream flooding.</p> <p>Anyone in the forecast path of the storm should monitor their local news for updates and directions provided by their local officials and <a href="https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUZfErXZ9xFG1OON9oFAcpehXwBpl9WEm1EKhpctYKjCXKbg9_lxoMxBJcNSSSccXgDna9Rsoo4Jo4wEQid5ZLbYebbCoE-2B9cQFXzswX2zYoZzdAYAf7lFfsgxHhzeX7wW6iH5qgrEnPHhzKXOF4Lx-2FlG-2BhBfPC4PI7z8vun2Aezo9cxpPjwIKdOSgVzpc-2Fn2CFi9hNXQhEnON9xI57Esr1BLRhz9In-2FUwp-2FVtadzJYpw4zD-2Fn6P94-2FIp6Qtg-2FxskDPkEqNVGr5l2GqdtJoD1rDqagRMywqmkEuLyCn2repmZQ6EiDqkkU4vAU-2BfSCRoxRtD-2FvJBKb7tC2F85fQI3-2FGlk5MIddrNotqduJ1KIb-2BeyglQD1AhLuQD9aSMKPNkN8gre-2BmMh0d3lhwqTZx1W-2F6DBnWxo-3D">heed local evacuation orders</a>.</p> <p>FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams and state liaison officers are on standby for deployment if necessary. </p> <p>Download the free <a href="https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUapdu7-2BEjlURKJdxk4pTlfqNQsX-2Fl3fV37zyndN4ebSQ1EXQ_lxoMxBJcNSSSccXgDna9Rsoo4Jo4wEQid5ZLbYebbCoE-2B9cQFXzswX2zYoZzdAYAf7lFfsgxHhzeX7wW6iH5qgrEnPHhzKXOF4Lx-2FlG-2BhBfPC4PI7z8vun2Aezo9cxpPjwIKdOSgVzpc-2Fn2CFi9hNXQhEnON9xI57Esr1BLRhz9In-2FUwp-2FVtadzJYpw4zD-2Fn6P94-2FIp6Qtg-2FxskDPkEqNTbD8dA4fQOSCa4mlb5s5Cnk-2Fer24eY1-2B1lABFeGxgQXSbDiWCCGRggzN7TD-2BAUadUo9jBkLcs2gZRm1GWn4UfsWdSfbHDhXS8MohaEbKdvpTpi-2FigZ0bD6H5BlK7HmnXXBwPPwU-2BkJC1cw8bF2urJI-3D">FEMA app</a> (available in English and Spanish) to receive emergency alerts and real-time safety notifications, emergency preparedness tips and disaster resources. The app is available for Apple and Android devices.</p> <h2><strong>Prepare for flooding and be prepared to evacuate if ordered to do so</strong></h2> <ul><li><strong>Flood Insurance: </strong>Your National Flood Insurance Program policy will <a href="https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUSxNyzoL4U872QklVqoMtpGPeIwJPSm5Fdd26rkOQTs9IJRjXjEMB9YlLgeI-2Be-2BeLg4Gvmt6vtujJ0CMV2AmYz9LeBMwtu4t2Nmu8sv7FAlirU-2FVfX8rWSZLihBCKp4-2BAg-3D-3Dy8Yf_lxoMxBJcNSSSccXgDna9Rsoo4Jo4wEQid5ZLbYebbCoE-2B9cQFXzswX2zYoZzdAYAf7lFfsgxHhzeX7wW6iH5qgrEnPHhzKXOF4Lx-2FlG-2BhBfPC4PI7z8vun2Aezo9cxpPjwIKdOSgVzpc-2Fn2CFi9hNXQhEnON9xI57Esr1BLRhz9In-2FUwp-2FVtadzJYpw4zD-2Fn6P94-2FIp6Qtg-2FxskDPkEqNUnwJmPWpF-2B5vxvGlkevuX2PelFm4VKmixLbLtAvuZb1DYWX7SHXSMoAusWj2WDJD-2Bczu1bf-2BrCZ-2FQPWNzsThhQMdcLqXIm3JVuj90e0qVWc12anIKq1kEcdzCWzqJ5iTdAFUKN5yTmWEye-2FJDIRUEY-3D">cover and reimburse certain actions</a> you take to minimize damage to your home and belongings before a flood.</li> <li><strong>Gather Supplies: </strong><a href="https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUfsqS1T0-2FCl-2FMPJypTi0dtmCpIdpX7Qo1GZF7Ktt9KIDguv3_lxoMxBJcNSSSccXgDna9Rsoo4Jo4wEQid5ZLbYebbCoE-2B9cQFXzswX2zYoZzdAYAf7lFfsgxHhzeX7wW6iH5qgrEnPHhzKXOF4Lx-2FlG-2BhBfPC4PI7z8vun2Aezo9cxpPjwIKdOSgVzpc-2Fn2CFi9hNXQhEnON9xI57Esr1BLRhz9In-2FUwp-2FVtadzJYpw4zD-2Fn6P94-2FIp6Qtg-2FxskDPkEqNeqAIqo8UAFhqpXO23kHhZenpuarruMd2FGHoe9umwO9mbZQthgJhUXuudE8cZxSspO5AC-2Bjz-2BNyk1oO7aWcNpO8un6AEizFzBu5WfGzx07M4y4olj-2FQfl9FUcV5qwgQ0FRXwBw2XfX4NXB-2F8AXNkPY-3D">Have enough supplies</a> for your household. Include medication, disinfectant supplies, face <a href="https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUSsldW-2BI3eMONYuY53gjxwWwc7vGSzP745Hw4oW0-2FU38PRPxUEmOFoxdopA6GmtFCIKJ-2BGpXE2LGm9t54qyoECf-2BSKph7E78jOdTuqDQ5cPK-2FzqLToos0TOjY45OHE33uA-3D-3Dj8FR_lxoMxBJcNSSSccXgDna9Rsoo4Jo4wEQid5ZLbYebbCoE-2B9cQFXzswX2zYoZzdAYAf7lFfsgxHhzeX7wW6iH5qgrEnPHhzKXOF4Lx-2FlG-2BhBfPC4PI7z8vun2Aezo9cxpPjwIKdOSgVzpc-2Fn2CFi9hNXQhEnON9xI57Esr1BLRhz9In-2FUwp-2FVtadzJYpw4zD-2Fn6P94-2FIp6Qtg-2FxskDPkEqNT-2FgBmMdigm3WYbmRoT9l0L4D5CMIcnBKw4YEU5-2BI8buNHNcp-2F3tp3lpwrXrHk-2BnrjrHVlRa6-2FZAmL1MvTPO98bf7mhWqYRyfGzUUz04xOH-2FwNHptxbGalIOlQYWZQ7fb-2BzIlmgh8r-2F81g7S2iZ5WOI-3D">masks</a> and <a href="https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUZ1Cx7HEslyEOpZoJul5zdyuO2K9veh230hoSU5YMfrs8QUs_lxoMxBJcNSSSccXgDna9Rsoo4Jo4wEQid5ZLbYebbCoE-2B9cQFXzswX2zYoZzdAYAf7lFfsgxHhzeX7wW6iH5qgrEnPHhzKXOF4Lx-2FlG-2BhBfPC4PI7z8vun2Aezo9cxpPjwIKdOSgVzpc-2Fn2CFi9hNXQhEnON9xI57Esr1BLRhz9In-2FUwp-2FVtadzJYpw4zD-2Fn6P94-2FIp6Qtg-2FxskDPkEqNerTQ8qp5UIbrRZdvZRXFAL7w-2Fra93qZpueHR684uipkZyq-2F0tsawpV7imtaVK4bgiFyAEC8TOITJdbQEwQwUZf593Iwi9fdPSm06hkpa1234Sy0-2B2wwlgOnSfvdtcG1z1gjkL79Iu216ReYEFZ1hx4-3D">pet supplies</a>. After a hurricane, you may not have access to these supplies for days or weeks.</li> <li><strong>Don’t drive through flood waters:</strong> Almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low lying areas at bridges and at highway dips. As little as 6 inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.</li> <li><strong>Personal Safety</strong>: Evacuate if told to do so. If you go to a community or group shelter, remember to follow the latest recommendations from <a href="https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUQa75y9lQr-2BFp6IpDpQVMmm0LORQds87iUFQT-2BBe1RWCHt0g4It46YkF0603cQZLZgTweYGQzrUYvjjEPHw-2FfkF260DoWMfwFEgJHFrlnogt-2BbWGrQaqAqbObJ4Pjjjftw-3D-3DQXWe_lxoMxBJcNSSSccXgDna9Rsoo4Jo4wEQid5ZLbYebbCoE-2B9cQFXzswX2zYoZzdAYAf7lFfsgxHhzeX7wW6iH5qgrEnPHhzKXOF4Lx-2FlG-2BhBfPC4PI7z8vun2Aezo9cxpPjwIKdOSgVzpc-2Fn2CFi9hNXQhEnON9xI57Esr1BLRhz9In-2FUwp-2FVtadzJYpw4zD-2Fn6P94-2FIp6Qtg-2FxskDPkEqNbFLIr-2FWb9-2FvZTut3D0EmuvuhxOzI7UktGj53L-2BjFyMGxo07BrfdJFKbc4e8TxA7VNpk1wJ7ZPG-2BhZCsURFGaOUwD0ZTX2fhdO-2FVJe-2FSItadNKLx7bc0eL7z51ZanzBCs7lqTBIPTF-2BQtsiBNfgFjSU-3D">the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting yourself and family from COVID-19</a>.</li> <li><strong>Evacuating</strong>: If you are in potentially affected areas, you should be familiar with evacuation routes, have a family emergency communications plan, keep a battery-powered radio handy and have plans for your family members and pets. If you are a person with disabilities, you may need to take additional steps to plan for both your needs and your service animal. </li> </ul><p>Visit <a href="https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUTK1hWRkwjfpQBSRkU0p7jE-3DoiXB_lxoMxBJcNSSSccXgDna9Rsoo4Jo4wEQid5ZLbYebbCoE-2B9cQFXzswX2zYoZzdAYAf7lFfsgxHhzeX7wW6iH5qgrEnPHhzKXOF4Lx-2FlG-2BhBfPC4PI7z8vun2Aezo9cxpPjwIKdOSgVzpc-2Fn2CFi9hNXQhEnON9xI57Esr1BLRhz9In-2FUwp-2FVtadzJYpw4zD-2Fn6P94-2FIp6Qtg-2FxskDPkEqNdFJVVP6JC04CTRWyKsG9TYTctb-2BFZrhf1w9Qts4BWgda2-2FAkmDBuRaEwoITmj5j3Z96vi5vM1VgWzzwD-2FwY-2FSygiUqgs3ZOCSPGkxG8nAks41jpsWMtpDYPY-2F6Q-2FYiZ9OlpzT-2Fto8Wz7YHY4MVks5w-3D">Ready.gov</a> or <a href="https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUWUOFhrb7sNOfHf9bfuMI-2F7pdIrR4VLHoHNoi3itjQPvasAZ_lxoMxBJcNSSSccXgDna9Rsoo4Jo4wEQid5ZLbYebbCoE-2B9cQFXzswX2zYoZzdAYAf7lFfsgxHhzeX7wW6iH5qgrEnPHhzKXOF4Lx-2FlG-2BhBfPC4PI7z8vun2Aezo9cxpPjwIKdOSgVzpc-2Fn2CFi9hNXQhEnON9xI57Esr1BLRhz9In-2FUwp-2FVtadzJYpw4zD-2Fn6P94-2FIp6Qtg-2FxskDPkEqNVmLDLMw-2BFgw5LyXSmBMkOW0ck0-2F3ZnSSVjp7X-2FVwEk4wfIfmEf-2B99-2BBfnTiycYoGiOxKavzb0XJvYy7t-2BlTEgxApZ8sH0hLLGfhUzGdJYXLxsPCebdDnUdSgD0Hj-2BDWbPWPYoURRo9zUmHz-2F7KXrAM-3D">listo.gov</a> to learn how you can keep yourself, your family and your pets safe.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/20/2021 - 20:47</span> Fri, 20 Aug 2021 20:47:36 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 623986 at https://www.fema.gov Biden Administration Commits Historic $3.46 Billion in Hazard Mitigation Funds to Reduce Effects of Climate Change https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210805/biden-administration-commits-historic-346-billion-hazard-mitigation-funds <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Biden Administration Commits Historic $3.46 Billion in Hazard Mitigation Funds to Reduce Effects of Climate Change</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON – President Biden today approved more than $3.46 billion to increase resilience to the impacts of climate change nationwide. This significant investment will be available for natural hazard mitigation measures across the 59 major disaster declarations issued due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.</p> <p>With the growing climate change crisis facing the nation, FEMA’s <a href="https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/hazard-mitigation">Hazard Mitigation Grant Program</a> will provide funding to states, tribes, and territories for mitigation projects to reduce the impacts of climate change. Every state, tribe, and territory that received a major disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible to receive 4% of those disaster costs to invest in mitigation projects that reduce risks from natural disasters. This influx of funding will help communities prioritize mitigation needs for a more resilient future, including underserved communities that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. These projects can help address effects of climate change and other unmet mitigation needs, including using funds to promote equitable outcomes in underserved communities</p> <p>“The Department of Homeland Security is committed to helping build stronger and more resilient communities that are prepared for future disasters,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “States, tribes, territories, and localities will now receive the funding needed to treat the climate crisis with the sense of urgency it demands.  Through this funding, communities across the nation will have the critical resources needed to invest in adaptation and resilience, and take meaningful action to combat the effects of climate change.  This funding will also help to ensure the advancement of equity in all communities, especially those that are disproportionately at risk from climate change impacts.”</p> <p>"Climate change is our country’s biggest crisis. Our communities will continue to suffer from losses caused by extreme weather events unless we invest in mitigation efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change. This new funding is a tangible solution that we can implement today to help prevent future disasters. It will allow us to provide direct aid to states, tribes, and territories to complete mitigation projects, strengthen our infrastructure, identify long term solutions to these hazards and ultimately make a real difference in our communities,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.</p> <p>Communities across the country have been impacted by the enormous effects of hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and other events. The increasing duration, intensity, and severity of such disasters—which are exacerbated by climate change as well as changes in population, land use, and weather patterns—are alarming and devastating, especially for underserved populations.</p> <p>For eligible mitigation projects, HMGP funding can cover 75% of total project costs and states or communities cover the remaining share. Preparing and mitigating for the impacts of climate change, which is one of the most important threats facing the United States, requires the full collaboration of the Federal Government to support state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.</p> <p>The FEMA <a href="/sites/default/files/documents/fema_mitigation-action-portfolio-support-document.pdf">Mitigation Action Portfolio</a> includes examples of innovative mitigation projects that address many types of natural hazards and emphasize the importance of collaboration between governments, private sector entities, and non-governmental organizations in order to achieve effective hazard mitigation and disaster resilience.  For example, mitigation projects can:</p> <ul><li>Reduce risks associated with climate change, such as wildfires, drought, increased flooding, and coastal erosion, through the use of nature-based features, such as storm water parks, living shorelines, and land conservation.</li> <li>Address persistent residential vulnerabilities by mitigating repetitive loss structures affected by flooding.</li> <li>Help utilities or other critical facilities adapt to future conditions and reduce risks, through microgrids, seismic and wind retrofits, flood protection, and other infrastructure protection measures. </li> </ul><p>This one-time investment represents a 23% increase in the funding made available for declared disasters since the program’s inception. Over the past 30 years, this program has made more than $15 billion available to states, tribes, and territories to make communities more resilient and reduce risks from future disasters.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/05/2021 - 19:31</span> Thu, 05 Aug 2021 19:31:02 +0000 zella.campbell 622491 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Announces Initial Initiatives to Advance Equity https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210721/fema-announces-initial-initiatives-advance-equity <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Announces Initial Initiatives to Advance Equity</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Today, FEMA announced two initiatives to advance equity across the agency, which are the first step in focusing the agency toward reducing barriers and increasing opportunities.  The two major initiatives are the formation of an Equity Enterprise Steering Group and the establishment of a robust stakeholder engagement process to develop the agency’s 2022 – 2026 Strategic Plan. Both initiatives include internal and external stakeholders to reflect the agency’s commitment to advancing equity. These actions are just the first of many planned for the coming months.   </p> <p>Too many disaster survivors face barriers in accessing assistance programs and resources to support their recovery. Certain populations – specifically low-income neighborhoods, communities of color, people with disabilities and older adults, those with language barriers and those living in rural and isolated areas – are disproportionately impacted by disasters. FEMA is committed to ensuring disaster assistance programs do not exacerbate existing inequal conditions.</p> <p>“We’re turning a page at FEMA and infusing equity throughout our agency, programs, and policies to better serve people who face unique barriers before, during and after disasters,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “Systemic racism across institutions and society has sidelined generations of people of color and low-income households and that practice needs to end.”</p> <p>The new Equity Enterprise Steering Group is focused on assessing issues like access and delivery of FEMA programs, services, and activities. Members include representatives from each of the major offices across the agency and is co-chaired by the Office of Equal Rights and the Office of Response and Recovery. The group is designed to drive forward our commitment to equity in every part of the agency, not just certain programs. </p> <p>FEMA is developing the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan through inputs from stakeholders within the agency and beyond to reflect a whole of community perspective. Stakeholders will inform the agency’s goals and objectives, with equity as a foundational priority for the coming years.</p> <p>Administrator Criswell added: “As emergency managers, we must meet people where they are. Our first steps forward will shape future decisions by engaging our teams, partners, key stakeholders, and the public to boost access and reduce barriers. In time, we hope our work will ultimately lead to systematic generational change for underserved populations in disaster-prone communities.”</p> <h2>Increasing Additional Equitable Measures</h2> <p>FEMA continues to use equity as a lens to drive response operations and deliver better services to marginalized and other vulnerable populations. While FEMA continues to work towards creating equitable outcomes for survivors, the agency is working within this specific authorities and responsibilities to make changes, including: </p> <ul><li><strong>Spearheading a successful Community Vaccination Centers Mission</strong> to combat COVID-19 and administer vaccinations, in which more than 58% of all vaccines were given to individuals of color, provides a model for how equity considerations can be incorporated into other policies and programs.</li> <li><strong>Encouraging active employee engagement </strong>to ensure internal discussions generate new ideas on workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diverse organizations such as FEMA’s Employee Resource Groups and other employee-led groups have partnered with senior leadership to seek ideas and input.</li> <li><strong>Hosting a Command and General Staff “Equity Stand Down” </strong>with over 400 FEMA field leaders on Aug. 4-5. This will provide critical information on civil rights law, equity levers field leaders can pull to enhance equity, and training on how to use the many tools available within FEMA to incorporate equity into tactical decision making (e.g., where to place Disaster Recovery Centers).</li> <li><a><strong>Issuing a request for information</strong></a><strong> </strong><strong>and began soliciting public comment on our programs to help identify regulations and policies</strong> that may benefit from modification, streamlining, expansion or repeal to better address climate change and underserved communities and populations. The <a href="https://www.fema.gov/event/public-comment-period-climate-change-and-underserved-populations">request for information</a> closed today, July 21.</li> <li><strong>Assessing several programs </strong>to determine where the agency can make improvements and where there is a need for support from other federal partners and the legislative branch.</li> <li><strong>Expanding eligibility criteria for Critical Needs Assistance</strong> to include applicants who state they have a need for shelter but have not been able to leave their damaged dwelling.</li> <li><strong>Expanding access by integrating a Documentation Drop Off Center model</strong> for Disaster Recovery Centers that enables survivors to submit documentation in-person, notifies survivors when a representative is available, and provides estimated wait times.</li> </ul><h2>Contact Us</h2> <p>If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Office of External Affairs:</p> <ul><li>Congressional Affairs at (202) 646-4500 or at <a href="mailto:FEMA-Congressional-Affairs@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-Congressional-Affairs@fema.dhs.gov</a> </li> <li>Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at <a href="mailto:FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov</a></li> <li>Tribal Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at <a href="mailto:FEMA-Tribal@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-Tribal@fema.dhs.gov</a></li> <li>Private Sector Engagement at (202) 646-3444 or at <a href="mailto:nbeoc@max.gov">nbeoc@max.gov</a></li> </ul><h3>Follow Us</h3> <p>Follow FEMA on social media at: <a href="https://www.fema.gov/blog">FEMA Blog</a> on fema.gov, <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMA">@FEMA</a> or <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMAEspanol">@FEMAEspanol</a> on Twitter, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FEMA">FEMA</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FEMAespanol">FEMA Espanol</a> on Facebook, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/fema">@FEMA</a> on Instagram, and via <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/FEMA">FEMA YouTube channel</a>.</p> <p>Also, follow Administrator Deanne Criswell on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMA_Deanne">@FEMA_Deanne</a>.</p> <h3>FEMA Mission</h3> <p>Helping people before, during, and after disasters.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 07/21/2021 - 14:39</span> Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:39:45 +0000 zella.campbell 621841 at https://www.fema.gov