https://www.fema.gov/ en Annual “Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill Set for October 20th https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20221019/annual-great-shakeout-earthquake-drill-set-october-20th <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Annual “Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill Set for October 20th</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a><strong>PHILADELPHIA</strong> – The annual </a><a href="https://www.shakeout.org/register/">Great ShakeOut earthquake drill </a>will take place October 20, 2022 across the United States and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 3 wants to encourage the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/whole-community">Whole Community </a>to participate and learn the simple, but critical, safety steps to preparing for and staying safe during an earthquake. The Great ShakeOut is the largest earthquake drill worldwide and over 40 million people are already registered to practice their earthquake safety plans.</p> <p>We encourage everyone to Drop, Cover, and Hold On with us on October 20, 2022.</p> <p>Worldwide there is an average of one damaging earthquake almost every third day. In the United States, earthquakes are normally thought of as a west coast hazard, but they can happen anywhere, such as the Mid-Atlantic 2011 earthquake. The severity of the 2011 earthquake brought about two Presidentially Declared Disasters that were awarded to both the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4042#funding-obligations">Commonwealth of Virginia</a> and <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4044">Washington, DC</a> totaling more than $47 million in Public Assistance and almost $17 million in Individual Assistance Funding Obligations combined.</p> <p>“Damaging earthquakes can occur at any time– where we work, live or travel,” stated FEMA Region 3 Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney. “We are once again excited to participate in the annual Great ShakeOut drill with our state, local, and community partners not only in our region, but across the world. This is an excellent opportunity to practice and prepare for earthquakes, a hazard that can impact millions of people at a moment’s notice.”</p> <p>To help people to prepare and participate, FEMA Region 3 produced a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhodtV0MPuI">white board video </a>highlighting the steps to practice for the Great ShakeOut. The Great ShakeOut also produces <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSDmqLQmMN0&amp;list=PLs1gMujRSBY2t7JB4VS-AymFwN-6Lvg20">additional videos </a>that address how to protect yourself from earthquakes in a number of scenarios – whether an earthquake strikes while you are in your home, car, bed or elsewhere.</p> <p>We also encourage you to join us in tweeting your ShakeOut photo of your drill, using the hashtag #ShakeOut.</p> <p>During the self-led drill, participants practice how to <strong>“Drop, Cover and Hold On.” </strong>For most people, in most situations, the recommended earthquake safety action is to:</p> <ul><li><strong>DROP </strong>where you are, onto your hands and knees;</li> <li><strong>COVER </strong>your head and neck with one arm and hand, as you crawl for shelter under a nearby table or desk;</li> <li><strong>HOLD ON </strong>to your shelter with one hand until shaking stops (remain on your knees and covering your head and neck with your other arm and hand).</li> </ul><p>The Great ShakeOut is free and open to the public. Participants include individuals, schools, businesses, local and state government agencies, and many other groups. To take part in the ShakeOut, register to participate at <a href="http://www.shakeout.org/">www.shakeout.org</a>. Once registered, you’ll receive regular information on how to plan your drill and become better prepared for earthquakes and other disasters.</p> <p>Hundreds of thousands of people will participate in this event in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, joining Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills occurring throughout the nation and in several countries.</p> <p>The Great ShakeOut is nationally sponsored by the United States Geological Survey, FEMA, and the National Science Foundation and is supported by dozens of other partners. The Great ShakeOut is coordinated globally by the Southern California Earthquake Center.</p> <p>For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.shakeout.org/">www.shakeout.org</a>. For additional earthquake information, please visit <a href="https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes">https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes.</a></p> <p>###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.</em></p> <p><em> Follow us on Twitter at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion3"><em>twitter.com/femaregion3</em></a><em> and on LinkedIn at </em><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/femaregion3"><em>linkedin.com/company/femaregion3</em></a></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>amanda.hancher</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/19/2022 - 21:13</span> Wed, 19 Oct 2022 21:13:05 +0000 amanda.hancher 644723 at https://www.fema.gov WV VOAD Conference 2022 “Partnering in Resiliency” https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20221014/wv-voad-conference-2022-partnering-resiliency <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">WV VOAD Conference 2022 “Partnering in Resiliency”</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Philadelphia – When disasters happen, one of the first groups to jump into action are our partners with West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (WV VOAD). Last month, WV VOAD held their annual conference in South Charleston with the theme “Partnering in Resiliency.”</p> <p>Following that line, among those in attendance at the South Charleston event were the group’s partners in state and federal emergency management.</p> <p>Both West Virginia Emergency Management Division (WVEMD) and FEMA Region 3 built on relationships and shared information important for building resiliency in the Mountain State.</p> <p>WVEMD’s Chief of Mitigation and Recovery Kelli Batch spoke to the attendees on ways that communities can improve their resilience to natural disasters and the types of funds that are available in West Virginia.</p> <p>James Young, Disaster Field Coordinator for the FEMA Region 3 FEMA Integration Team (FEMA R3 WVFIT), shared information on the team’s resources and capabilities from its base in Charleston.</p> <p>FEMA Region 3 Administrator MaryAnn Tierney called upon her experiences in discussing the complexities of emergency management and the best practices for being successful in a changing world.</p> <p>WVEMD Director GE McCabe spoke of WV VOAD in glowing terms.</p> <p>“Most of our partners are called out during an emergency only if their agency is directly involved. This isn’t the case with VOAD,” he said.</p> <p>“WV VOAD helps us coordinate relief efforts during an emergency or disaster from beginning to end. When VOAD asked us to be part of the 2022 conference, we were more than happy to participate.”</p> <p>FEMA Region 3 Administrator Tierney echoed his sentiments, “Disaster response and recovery is a team effort and interagency cooperation is key,” she said. “A unity of effort is required at the federal, state and local level – and WV VOAD and its member organizations are a crucial part of the process.”</p> <p>WV VOAD returned the compliments.</p> <p>“We already have a great relationship with FEMA and WVEMD,” said WV VOAD Director Jenny Gannaway. “We’re always in collaboration working together. I always know where to go for the resources to be successful.”</p> <p>James Young, for the FEMA R3 WVFIT, summed up: “WV VOAD is a critical recovery partner in West Virginia, and their annual conference is a great reminder of the strength and value of VOAD's member organizations. It was a pleasure to be part of the conference and to discuss the role of the FEMA R3 WVFIT in all phases of emergency management in the Mountain State."WV VOAD is an essential part of any disaster relief effort in West Virginia. During a disaster, WV VOAD provides critical assistance with food, cleaning supplies, clean up, repairs and rebuilding. WV VOAD is involved in emergency or through all four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.</p> <p>WV VOAD collaborates with local, regional, &amp; national partners to coordinate disaster relief, response, &amp; recovery efforts in times of disaster.</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_wv_voad-3_09-22.jpg" width="2200" height="1467" alt="woman behind podium speaking." loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p><strong><em>Photo:</em></strong><em> MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region 3 administrator, discussed the challenges and opportunities facing emergency management at the state conference of the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster on Sept. 21, 2022, in South Charleston, W.Va. (Philip Maramba/FEMA)</em></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_wv_voad-2_09-22.jpg" width="2300" height="1533" alt="woman behind a podium addresses a large conference room full of people." loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p><strong><em>Photo:</em></strong><em> MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region 3 administrator, discussed the challenges and opportunities facing emergency management at the state conference of the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster on Sept. 21, 2022, in South Charleston, W.Va. (Philip Maramba/FEMA)</em></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_wv_voad-1_09-22.jpg" width="2345" height="1564" alt="woman behind podium speaking." loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p><strong><em>Photo: </em></strong><em>Kelli Batch, Chief of Mitigation and Recovery with West Virginia Emergency Management Division, shares information on how communities can secure funding for disaster mitigation at the state conference of the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster on Sept. 21, 2022, in South Charleston, W.Va. (Philip Maramba/FEMA)</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>amanda.hancher</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/13/2022 - 17:22</span> Thu, 13 Oct 2022 17:22:05 +0000 amanda.hancher 644492 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20221004/fema-evaluate-readiness-commonwealth-pennsylvania <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a><strong>PHILADELPHIA</strong></a> – The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (<a href="http://www.fema.gov">FEMA</a>) will evaluate a Biennial Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station. The exercise will occur during the week of October 17, 2022 to assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to respond to an<strong><em> </em></strong>emergency at the nuclear facility.</p> <p>“These drills are held every other year to evaluate<strong><em> </em></strong>government’s ability to protect public health and safety,” said MaryAnn Tierney, Regional Administrator for FEMA Region 3. “We will assess state and local government emergency response capabilities within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”</p> <p>Within 90 days, FEMA will send its evaluation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (<a href="http://www.nrc.gov">NRC</a>) for use in licensing decisions. The final report will be available to the public approximately 120 days after the exercise.</p> <p>FEMA will present preliminary findings of the exercise during a public meeting at 9:00 a.m. on October 21, 2022. The meeting will be conducted in a virtual format via Zoom.   Planned speakers include representatives from FEMA and the NRC.  Access to the public meeting is provided below:</p> <p>Join ZoomGov Meeting</p> <p><a href="https://fema.zoomgov.com/j/1607919219">https://fema.zoomgov.com/j/1607919219</a></p> <p>Meeting ID: 160 791 9219</p> <p>Passcode: 442492</p> <p> At the public meeting, FEMA may request that questions or comments be submitted in writing for review and response. Written comments may also be submitted after the meeting by emailing <a href="mailto:FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov">FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov</a> or by mail to:</p> <p>MaryAnn Tierney</p> <p>Regional Administrator</p> <p>FEMA Region III</p> <p>615 Chestnut Street, 6<sup>th</sup> Floor</p> <p>Philadelphia, PA 19106</p> <p> </p> <p>FEMA created the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program to (1) ensure the health and safety of citizens living around commercial nuclear power plants would be adequately protected in the event of a nuclear power plant accident and (2) inform and educate the public about radiological emergency preparedness.</p> <p>REP Program responsibilities cover only “offsite” activities, that is, state and local government emergency planning and preparedness activities that take place beyond the nuclear power plant boundaries. Onsite activities continue to be the responsibility of the NRC.</p> <p>Additional information on FEMA’s REP Program is available online at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/radiological-emergency-preparedness-program">FEMA.gov/Radiological-Emergency-Preparedness-Program</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p>###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.</em></p> <p><em>Follow us on Twitter at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion3"><em>twitter.com/femaregion3</em></a><em> and on LinkedIn at </em><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/femaregion3"><em>linkedin.com/company/femaregion3</em></a></p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>charles.elison</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/04/2022 - 14:54</span> Tue, 04 Oct 2022 14:54:04 +0000 charles.elison 644084 at https://www.fema.gov City of Laurel Saves Residents Money on Flood Insurance Premiums https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20221003/city-laurel-saves-residents-money-flood-insurance-premiums <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">City of Laurel Saves Residents Money on Flood Insurance Premiums </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>PHILADELPHIA</strong> – Residents of Laurel, Maryland now have lower flood insurance premiums because of the community’s initiatives to implement better floodplain management measures encouraged by the <a href="/national-flood-insurance-program">National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)</a>. The Federal Emergency Management Agency created the voluntary Community Rating System (CRS) program to recognize local efforts to reduce flood risk, and to reward communities, their residents, and businesses by saving them money on flood insurance premiums. The City of Laurel recently entered the program as a Class 7 participant.</p> <p>Senior NFIP Specialist from FEMA Region 3, Josh Lippert, presented a plaque to the City of Laurel’s local officials at their staff meeting on Monday.  </p> <p>“The City’s leadership, hard work, and accomplishments in floodplain management should be celebrated and commended” he said. “As a member of the Community Rating System, Laurel is now a part of an elite group of communities within Maryland that have received this recognition.”</p> <p>Under CRS, local officials are asked to meet three goals: (1) reduce flood losses, (2) facilitate accurate insurance rating, and (3) promote the awareness of flood insurance. Communities who apply to participate in CRS are required to provide information demonstrating their floodplain management program exceeds the minimum requirements of the NFIP. The program includes 10 different class rating levels based on the number and type of activities initiated by participating communities. For each class advancement, NFIP policy holders receive an additional 5% reduction in their flood insurance premiums up to a 45% reduction for a Class 1 community. Each NFIP policy written in the City of Laurel will have an approximate 15% CRS discount.</p> <p>"The Maryland Department of the Environment is happy to have played a role in assisting the City of Laurel with joining CRS." said MDE Deputy Secretary Suzanne E. Dorsey. "Flooding is the number one natural hazard in Maryland, and it's great that the City is taking steps to reduce its flood risk. This also aligns with MDE's Water and Science Administration's <a href="https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/water/Documents/WSA_Climate_Adaptation_Goals.pdf">Climate Adaptation Goals</a>."</p> <p>Some actions taken by the City include outreach efforts to educate citizens about flooding hazards through high water mark signs along the Patuxent River. The City also distributed quarterly diner placemat advertisements, broadcasted programs on Laurel TV, and disseminated FEMA/NFIP brochures at public buildings. The City also maintained procedures for managing flood-related construction certificates and developed and disseminated a flood-related brochure to real estate companies within the community to provide their clients valuable information about local flood issues.</p> <p>“In addition to insurance cost savings, CRS communities take pre-disaster mitigation steps to minimize overall flood risk and build community resilience,” said FEMA Region 3 Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney. “We would like to thank the City for taking actions to protect lives and property from flood risk.”</p> <p>To learn more about the Community Rating System, visit <a href="/national-flood-insurance-program-community-rating-system">www.FEMA.gov/national-flood-insurance-program-community-rating-system</a>. For information about flood insurance, property owners should contact their insurance agent, visit <a href="/national-flood-insurance-program">www.FEMA.gov/national-flood-insurance-program</a>, or call the NFIP's toll-free information line at 1-800-427-4661.</p> <p>Read <a href="https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1584566648735-b8216fe96907ffae2399034acd4c8e92/NFIP_CRS_Fact_Sheet_2020_508OK.pdf">FEMA CRS fact sheet</a> for more information about the program.  <a>If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Region 3 Office of External Affairs at </a><a href="mailto:femar3newsdesk@fema,dhs.gov">femar3newsdesk@fema,dhs.gov</a></p> <p>Visit <a href="https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes">Hurricanes | Ready.gov</a> and <a href="https://www.ready.gov/floods">Floods | Ready.gov</a> to learn more about your risk and act today.</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_city-laurel-saves-residents-money-nfip.jpg" width="430" height="335" alt="FEMA Region 3 presents plaque to local officials at the City of Laurel’s Staff Meeting. From left: Joshua Lippert, FEMA NFIP Specialist; Chrissy Cornwell, Emergency Manager, Mayor Craig A. Moe" loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p><em>FEMA Region 3 presents plaque to local officials at the City of Laurel’s Staff Meeting. From left: Joshua Lippert, FEMA NFIP Specialist; Chrissy Cornwell, Emergency Manager, Mayor Craig A. Moe</em> </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">Mon, 10/03/2022 - 18:18</span> Mon, 03 Oct 2022 18:18:57 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 644031 at https://www.fema.gov Public Invited to Review Flood Maps in City of Fairfax https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20221003/public-invited-review-flood-maps-city-fairfax <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Public Invited to Review Flood Maps in City of Fairfax</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>PHILADELPHIA</strong> - FEMA is proposing updates to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for the City of Fairfax, Virginia. The community is invited to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period.</p> <p>The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community members can identify any corrections or questions about the information provided and submit appeals or comments.</p> <p>The 90-day appeal period will begin on or around October 6, 2022. Residents, business owners and other community members are encouraged to review the updated maps to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Those who are interested in making comments may submit an appeal if they perceive that modeling or data used to create the map is incorrect.</p> <ul><li>An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim.</li> <li>Appeals cannot be based on the effects of proposed projects or projects started after the study is in progress.</li> <li>If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information—such as a missing or misspelled road name in the Special Flood Hazard Area or an incorrect corporate boundary—they can submit a written comment.</li> </ul><p>The next step in the mapping process is conducting this 90-day appeals period and addressing any comments or appeals that are received. Once they are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.</p> <p>Submit appeals and comments by contacting Satoshi Eto, Public Works Program Manager, 703-273-6073 or email <a href="mailto:satoshi.eto@fairfaxva.com">satoshi.eto@fairfaxva.com</a>. The preliminary maps may be viewed online at the FEMA Flood Map Changes Viewer: <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a>. Changes from the current maps may be viewed online at the Region 3 Changes Since Last FIRM Viewer: <a href="https://urldefense.us/v3/__https:/urldefense.com/v3/__https:/urldefense.us/v3/__https:/arcg.is/08aCSy__;!!BClRuOV5cvtbuNI!S2BKl1rpLVaLzMiCLod6dZtaJ_6dWgS5IvhuxlzlavqsHuVt-GQIg5niICLgTEoDNrT1V5Xa$__;!!NgwEkeqe!T7NKXJxeukATCNvxSVO6FSjQ43tUOnhbU92c8GwKNOdYMVwJFbk-m1bm50BMAU9yEpcwefaTpobk5AuCszuPZCupw8Tv7RArGRyBIA$__;!!BClRuOV5cvtbuNI!VotwfZ_0GSOMmy5_XGa6-dfBqNKWF6bnYaEI6W3kyb56oeA6CALHN4pCfvvKGfmRSdyTWihA$">https://arcg.is/08aCSy</a>.</p> <p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="http://go.usa.gov/r6C">http://go.usa.gov/r6C</a> (just click on the “Live Chat” icon).</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone; toll free, at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMA-FMIX@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-FMIX@fema.dhs.gov</a>.</li> </ul><p>Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flood. There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent and visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p> <p>City of Fairfax Flood Mapping Milestones</p> <ul><li>April 6, 2020 — Flood Risk Review Meeting to review draft flood hazard data.</li> <li>Sep 25, 2020 — Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map released.</li> <li>Oct 27, 2020 — Community Coordination and Outreach Meeting to review Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map and discuss updates to local floodplain management ordinance and flood insurance.</li> <li>July 8 – Oct 6, 2021 – First appeals period.</li> <li>April 29, 2022 – Revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map released.</li> <li>On or around October 6, 2022 – Second Appeal Period starts.</li> <li>November 2023* — New Flood Insurance Rate Map becomes effective and flood insurance requirements take effect. (*Timeline subject to change pending completion of the appeal review process.)</li> </ul><p>If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Region 3 Office of External Affairs at (215) 931-5597 or at <a href="mailto:femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov">femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov</a>.</p> <p>###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.</em></p> <p><em> Follow us on Twitter at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion3"><em>twitter.com/femaregion3</em></a><em> and on LinkedIn at </em><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/femaregion3"><em>linkedin.com/company/femaregion3</em></a></p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>charles.elison</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/03/2022 - 17:20</span> Mon, 03 Oct 2022 17:20:24 +0000 charles.elison 644028 at https://www.fema.gov Public Invited to Review Flood Maps in Arlington County https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20221003/public-invited-review-flood-maps-arlington-county <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Public Invited to Review Flood Maps in Arlington County</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>PHILADELPHIA</strong><strong> </strong>- FEMA is proposing updates to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Arlington County, Virginia. Community partners are invited to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period.</p> <p>The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community partners can identify any corrections or questions about the information provided and submit appeals or comments.</p> <p>The 90-day appeal period will begin on or around October 6, 2022. Residents, business owners and other community partners are encouraged to review the updated maps to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. They may submit an appeal if they perceive that modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect.</p> <ul><li>An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim.</li> <li>Appeals cannot be based on the effects of proposed projects or projects started after the study is in progress.</li> <li>If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information—such as a missing or misspelled road name in the Special Flood Hazard Area or an incorrect corporate boundary—they can submit a written comment.</li> </ul><p>The next step in the mapping process is conducting this 90-day appeals period and addressing any comments or appeals that are received. Once they are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.</p> <p>Submit appeals and comments by contacting Elizabeth Thurber, Department of Environmental Services, at <a href="mailto:Ethurber@arlingtonva.us">Ethurber@arlingtonva.us</a> or 703-228-3363. The preliminary maps may be viewed online at the FEMA Flood Map Changes Viewer: <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a>. Changes from the current maps may be viewed online at the Region 3 Changes Since Last FIRM Viewer: <a href="https://urldefense.us/v3/__https:/urldefense.com/v3/__https:/urldefense.us/v3/__https:/arcg.is/08aCSy__;!!BClRuOV5cvtbuNI!S2BKl1rpLVaLzMiCLod6dZtaJ_6dWgS5IvhuxlzlavqsHuVt-GQIg5niICLgTEoDNrT1V5Xa$__;!!NgwEkeqe!T7NKXJxeukATCNvxSVO6FSjQ43tUOnhbU92c8GwKNOdYMVwJFbk-m1bm50BMAU9yEpcwefaTpobk5AuCszuPZCupw8Tv7RArGRyBIA$__;!!BClRuOV5cvtbuNI!VotwfZ_0GSOMmy5_XGa6-dfBqNKWF6bnYaEI6W3kyb56oeA6CALHN4pCfvvKGfmRSdyTWihA$">https://arcg.is/08aCSy</a>.</p> <p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="http://go.usa.gov/r6C">http://go.usa.gov/r6C</a> (just click on the “Live Chat” icon).</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone; toll free, at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMA-FMIX@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-FMIX@fema.dhs.gov</a>.</li> </ul><p>Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flood. There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent and visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p> <p>Arlington County Flood Mapping Milestones</p> <ul><li>April 6, 2020 — Flood Risk Review Meeting to review draft flood hazard data.</li> <li>Sep 18, 2020 — Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map released.</li> <li>November 9, 2020 — Community Coordination and Outreach Meeting to review Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map and discuss updates to local floodplain management ordinance and flood insurance.</li> <li>July 22 – Oct 20, 2021 – First appeals period.</li> <li>April 29, 2022 – Revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map released</li> <li>On or around October 6, 2022 – Second Appeal Period starts.</li> <li>November 2023* — New Flood Insurance Rate Map becomes effective and flood insurance requirements take effect. (*Timeline subject to change pending completion of the appeal review process.)</li> </ul><p>If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Region 3 Office of External Affairs at (215) 931-5597 or at <a href="mailto:femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov">femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p>###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.</em></p> <p><em> Follow us on Twitter at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion3"><em>twitter.com/femaregion3</em></a><em> and on LinkedIn at </em><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/femaregion3"><em>linkedin.com/company/femaregion3</em></a></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>charles.elison</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/03/2022 - 17:16</span> Mon, 03 Oct 2022 17:16:26 +0000 charles.elison 644026 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Virginia https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220930/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-virginia <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Virginia </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON<strong> </strong>­– FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Commonwealth of Virginia to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the flooding and mudslides from July 13-14, 2022.</p> <p>Public assistance federal funding is available to the commonwealth, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities, including direct federal assistance under public assistance in Buchanan and Tazewell counties.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures within the Commonwealth of Virginia.</p> <p>Charles Monroe Maltbie III has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date.</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">Fri, 09/30/2022 - 21:14</span> Fri, 30 Sep 2022 21:14:02 +0000 amy.ashbridge 643923 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of the State of Maryland https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220908/fema-evaluate-readiness-state-maryland <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of the State of Maryland</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a><strong>PHILADELPHIA</strong></a> – The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (<a href="http://www.fema.gov">FEMA</a>) will evaluate a Biennial Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise for communities around the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. The exercise will occur during the week of September 12, 2022, to assess the ability of the State of Maryland to respond to an<strong><em> </em></strong>emergency at the nuclear facility.</p> <p>“These drills are held every other year to evaluate<strong><em> </em></strong>government’s ability to protect public health and safety,” said MaryAnn Tierney, Regional Administrator for FEMA Region 3. “We will assess state and local government emergency response capabilities within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone within the State of Maryland.”</p> <p>Within 90 days, FEMA will send its evaluation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (<a href="http://www.nrc.gov">NRC</a>) for use in licensing decisions.  The final report will be available to the public approximately 120 days after the exercise.</p> <p>FEMA will present preliminary findings of the exercise during a public meeting at 10:30 a.m. on September 16, 2022.  The meeting will be conducted in a virtual format via Zoom.   Planned speakers include representatives from FEMA and the NRC.  Access to the public meeting is provided below:</p> <p>Join ZoomGov Meeting <a href="https://fema.zoomgov.com/j/1616179908">https://fema.zoomgov.com/j/1616179908</a> Meeting ID: 161 617 9908 Passcode: 054827  </p> <p>At the public meeting, FEMA may request that questions or comments be submitted in writing for review and response. Written comments may also be submitted after the meeting by emailing <a href="mailto:FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov">FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov</a> or by mail to:</p> <p>MaryAnn Tierney</p> <p>Regional Administrator</p> <p>FEMA Region III</p> <p>615 Chestnut Street, 6<sup>th</sup> Floor</p> <p>Philadelphia, PA 19106</p> <p> </p> <p>FEMA created the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program to (1) ensure the health and safety of citizens living around commercial nuclear power plants would be adequately protected in the event of a nuclear power plant accident and (2) inform and educate the public about radiological emergency preparedness.</p> <p>REP Program responsibilities cover only “offsite” activities, that is, state and local government emergency planning and preparedness activities that take place beyond the nuclear power plant boundaries. Onsite activities continue to be the responsibility of the NRC.</p> <p>Additional information on FEMA’s REP Program is available online at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/radiological-emergency-preparedness-program">FEMA.gov/Radiological-Emergency-Preparedness-Program</a>.</p> <p>###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.</em></p> <p><em> Follow us on Twitter at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion3"><em>twitter.com/femaregion3</em></a><em> and on LinkedIn at </em><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/femaregion3"><em>linkedin.com/company/femaregion3</em></a></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>charles.elison</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/08/2022 - 18:04</span> Thu, 08 Sep 2022 18:04:01 +0000 charles.elison 641056 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA, MDEM and Baltimore host Building Resilience Infrastructure and Communities News Conference at MedStar Health https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220818/fema-mdem-and-baltimore-host-building-resilience-infrastructure-and <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA, MDEM and Baltimore host Building Resilience Infrastructure and Communities News Conference at MedStar Health</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>On August 22, FEMA Region 3 Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney and Maryland Department of Emergency Management Agency Secretary Russ Strickland will travel to Baltimore, MD to visit one of FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities 2022 Building Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant selectees, MedStar Health. They will be joined by Mayor Brandon Scott, as well as representatives from Southern Baltimore Gateway Partnership and MedStar Health, as they announce BRIC’s funding support to the Middle Branch Resiliency Initiative and BRIC’s FY22 Notice of Funding Opportunity available to communities.</p> <h3><strong>Advisory</strong></h3> <ul><li>Monday, August 22, 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM EDT</li> <li>Medstar Harbor Hospital: 3001 S Hanover St, Baltimore, MD 21225</li> <li>Speakers: <ul><li>MaryAnn Tierney, Regional Administrator, FEMA Region 3</li> <li>Russell J. Strickland, Maryland Secretary of Emergency Management</li> <li>Brandon M. Scott, Mayor of Baltimore</li> <li>Bradley S. Chambers, Chief Operating Officer, Baltimore Region, MedStar Health</li> <li>Brad Rogers, Executive Director, South Baltimore Gateway Partnership</li> </ul></li> <li>Media planning to attend the press event must RSVP to Charlie Elison at <a href="mailto:femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov">femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov</a> by 5:00 PM EDT on August 20.</li> <li>Media must arrive no later than 8:15 AM EDT.</li> <li>Speakers, including FEMA Region 3’s Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney, will be available for individual interviews following the news conference.</li> <li>BRIC Support to the Middle Branch Resilience Initiative (MBRI) protects the heart of Baltimore against sea level rise-related flood risk and erosion and was selected as part of FEMA’s FY20 BRIC application cycle (<a href="https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220801/fema-announces-72-million-bric-fma-grants-fund-resiliency-projects-across">FEMA announces $72 million in BRIC &amp; FMA grants to fund resiliency projects across Region 3 | FEMA.gov</a>). While selected, this project has not been officially awarded and is still pending Large Project Notification by Congress, as is the case with all BRIC projects. <ul><li>Sea level rise increases Baltimore’s vulnerability to storm-related and nuisance tidal flooding. Through a coordinated network of vegetated berms, living shorelines, restored wetlands/aquatic habitats, and public space enhancements, the Middle Branch Resiliency Initiative (MBRI) Stage 1 will focus on increasing the resilience of two community lifelines located along the shoreline of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River: the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company’s (BGE) Spring Gardens site and MedStar Harbor Hospital site.</li> <li>Stage 1 of the MBRI will also benefit 410,000 nearby residents; customers of the BGE Spring Gardens facility and MedStar Harbor Hospital; and employees who work at both sites—representing 21% of the total population of Baltimore City and Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties.</li> </ul></li> <li>The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program supports states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. The BRIC program focuses on larger infrastructure projects that enhance human health and ecological benefits for a multitude of residents.</li> <li>These funds help state, local, tribal, and territorial governments address high-level future risks to natural disasters such as extreme heat, wildfires, drought, hurricanes, earthquakes, and increased flooding to foster greater community resilience and reduce disaster suffering.</li> <li>On Aug. 12, FEMA published funding opportunities doubling the BRIC funding level from $1 billion to $2.295 billion and increasing the funding level for Flood Mitigation Assistance by five times from $160 million to $800 million for FY22. This additional funding highlights the importance of our commitment to “people first” and helping communities, families, and businesses build climate resilience. FEMA doubled the funding set-aside through the BRIC program for tribes to $50 million and increased the allocation for each state and territory to $2 million for this funding cycle.  The application period opens Sept. 30.  (<a href="https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220812/biden-harris-administration-announces-more-3-billion-funding-two-fema">Biden-Harris Administration Announces More than $3 Billion in Funding for Two FEMA Programs to Increase Climate Resilience Nationwide | FEMA.gov</a>)</li> <li>FEMA continues to evolve mitigation grants to be more equitable, reduce complexity, and address climate resilience. FEMA also remains focused on reducing barriers to accessing funding to those who need it the most and building capacity and capability to deliver mitigation grant programs.</li> </ul><p>###</p> <p><em>For questions about FEMA, please contact FEMA Region 3 Office of External Affairs at (215) 931-5597 or </em><a href="mailto:femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov"><em>femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov</em></a><em>.   </em></p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Follow us on Twitter at </em><a href="///C:/Users/kevanswa/10%20-%20FEMA%20Awards%20DC%20$%20for%20COVID%20Vax/twitter.com/femaregion3"><em>twitter.com/femaregion3</em></a><em> and on LinkedIn at </em><a href="///C:/Users/kevanswa/10%20-%20FEMA%20Awards%20DC%20$%20for%20COVID%20Vax/linkedin.com/company/femaregion3"><em>linkedin.com/company/femaregion3</em></a></p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>charles.elison</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2022 - 20:17</span> Thu, 18 Aug 2022 20:17:07 +0000 charles.elison 639401 at https://www.fema.gov Chickahominy Tribe Adopts Its First Hazard Mitigation Plan https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220808/chickahominy-tribe-adopts-its-first-hazard-mitigation-plan <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Chickahominy Tribe Adopts Its First Hazard Mitigation Plan</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a><strong>PHILADELPHIA</strong></a> – On August 4<sup>th</sup>, FEMA Region 3 approved its first tribal-only Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) after more than a year of work and collaboration between the Chickahominy Tribe and FEMA. The nine-member Chickahominy Tribal Hazard Mitigation Committee and Chief Stephen Adkins formally adopted the Tribe’s plan, which allows for the community to receive non-emergency disaster aid funding.</p> <p>The Tribe received federal recognition in 2018 through the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017. The Tribe’s citizens mostly live along the Chickahominy River near Richmond and Williamsburg in Charles City County and New Kent County Virginia.</p> <p>During periods of heavy rain, flooded roads prevent access to the Tribal Center and roadways become impassable due to inadequate drainage infrastructure. The Tribe’s plan contains actions to address this, including feasibility studies of stormwater drainage solutions. Additional actions identified by the Tribe include developing Natural Hazards Pamphlets to inform residents of evacuation routes and shelters, encouraging construction and usage of safe rooms, and expanding their website to promote Hazard Mitigation/Disaster Preparedness for Tribal citizens.</p> <p>The Chickahominy Tribe was proactive in developing their plan. The hazard mitigation committee met in four working sessions and held interviews with neighboring communities. The committee also held two online public participation workshops and had an online survey. The survey received 60 replies—a remarkable response rate. "The collaboration and shared learning between the Chickahominy Tribe and FEMA Region 3 resulted in a Hazard Mitigation Plan that meets FEMA's requirements and the Tribe's unique needs," says FEMA Region 3, Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney. "The plan lays the groundwork for the Chickahominy to take advantage of mitigation funding and build a more sustainable future."</p> <p>The Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 allowed federally recognized tribal governments to receive their own major disaster declaration for the first time. The Act lets tribes apply directly to FEMA for disaster aid, and the Chickahominy Tribe plans to utilize this policy with their newly approved Hazard Mitigation Plan.</p> <p>An approved plan helps tribes prepare before a disaster and can address the significant risks of flash floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes on tribal lands. The plan also readies them to recover more quickly, because the hazards, capabilities and mitigation actions are recorded. This helps tribes act on them throughout the disaster cycle. Hazard mitigation planning leads to actions that will reduce long-term risk from natural hazards and protect tribal citizens.</p> <p>“This approval represents a signal event in the Chickahominy Tribe which put us in a better position to work directly with FEMA,” says Chief Stephen Adkins, Chief, Chickahominy Indian Tribe. “We look forward to continuing our great relationship with FEMA and working toward a more resilient tribe.”</p> <p>###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.</em></p> <p><em> Follow us on Twitter at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion3"><em>twitter.com/femaregion3</em></a><em> and on LinkedIn at </em><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/femaregion3"><em>linkedin.com/company/femaregion3</em></a></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>charles.elison</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/09/2022 - 01:04</span> Tue, 09 Aug 2022 01:04:23 +0000 charles.elison 639026 at https://www.fema.gov