https://www.fema.gov/ en FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Sacramento County and Select Cities https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20221005/fema-updates-flood-maps-sacramento-county-and-select-cities <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Sacramento County and Select Cities </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif.</strong> — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has delivered preliminary flood maps for Sacramento County and the cities of Citrus Heights, Folsom and Sacramento. The maps identify revised flood hazards along Arcade Creek, Cripple Creek, Hinkle Creek, Humbug Valley Basin and Alder Creek tributaries. These new maps will help building officials, contractors and homeowners make effective mitigation decisions, thereby contributing to safer and more disaster resilient communities.</p> <p>Before the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period from Oct. 6, 2022 to Jan. 4, 2023. During that time, residents or businesses with supporting technical and scientific information, such as detailed hydraulic or hydrologic data, can appeal the flood risk information on the preliminary maps, which can be viewed at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata">fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata</a>.</p> <p>Flood hazards are dynamic and change frequently for many reasons, including weather patterns, erosion and community development. Officials from FEMA, Sacramento County and the cities of Citrus Heights, Folsom, and Sacramento worked together to provide updated information that accurately reflects the flood risk. These changes may also affect future building standards or insurance requirements.</p> <p>The local mapping project is part of a national effort led by FEMA to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. FEMA encourages residents to review the preliminary flood maps to learn about local flood risks, potential future flood insurance requirements and identify any concerns or questions about the information provided.</p> <p>Risk of flooding affects almost every corner of the nation. In total, 98% of counties have experienced a flood event, which makes floods the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters.</p> <p>For more information, contact Sacramento County at (916) 874-8646 or <a href="mailto:johnsonm@saccounty.gov">johnsonm@saccounty.gov</a>. Other community information is available for the cities of Citrus Heights at (916) 727-4770 or <a href="mailto:GeneralServices@citrusheights.net">GeneralServices@citrusheights.net</a>, Folsom at (916) 461-6212 or <a href="mailto:dwolfe@folsom.ca.us">dwolfe@folsom.ca.us</a>, and Sacramento at (916) 808-5061 or <a href="mailto:floodinfo@cityofsacramento.org">floodinfo@cityofsacramento.org</a>.</p> <p><em>###</em></p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/05/2022 - 21:20</span> Wed, 05 Oct 2022 21:20:40 +0000 robert.barker 644168 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Alpine County https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220922/fema-updates-flood-maps-alpine-county <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Alpine County</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif.</strong> — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has delivered preliminary flood maps for Alpine County. The maps identify revised flood hazards along Bear Creek, Bloods Creek and the West Fork of the Carson River. These new maps will help building officials, contractors and homeowners make effective mitigation decisions, thereby contributing to safer and more disaster resilient communities.</p> <p>Before the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period from Sep. 23 to Dec. 22. During that time, residents or businesses with supporting technical and scientific information, such as detailed hydraulic or hydrologic data, can appeal the flood risk information on the preliminary maps. The preliminary maps can be viewed at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata">fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata</a>.</p> <p>Flood hazards are dynamic and change frequently for many reasons, including weather patterns, erosion and community development. Officials from FEMA and Alpine County worked together to provide updated information that accurately reflects the flood risk. These changes may also affect future building standards or insurance requirements.</p> <p>The local mapping project is part of a national effort led by FEMA to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. FEMA encourages residents to review the preliminary flood maps to learn about local flood risks, potential future flood insurance requirements and identify any concerns or questions about the information provided.</p> <p>Risk of flooding affects almost every corner of the nation. In total, 98% of counties have experienced a flood event, which makes floods the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters.</p> <p>For more information on changes in the county and unincorporated areas, contact Alpine County at (530) 694-2140 or <a href="mailto:sbooth@alpinecountyca.gov">sbooth@alpinecountyca.gov</a>.</p> <p>###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/22/2022 - 20:21</span> Thu, 22 Sep 2022 20:21:24 +0000 robert.barker 642711 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for American Samoa https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220916/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-american <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for American Samoa </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 territory of American Samoa to supplement territorial and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by high surf, high winds and flooding July 12-15, 2022.</p> <p>Public assistance federal funding is available to the territory, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures throughout the territory.</p> <p>Benigno B. Ruiz 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 requested by the territory and warranted by the results of further assessments.</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, 09/16/2022 - 15:18</span> Fri, 16 Sep 2022 15:18:40 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 642329 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Updates Flood Maps in San Luis Obispo County https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220914/fema-updates-flood-maps-san-luis-obispo-county <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Updates Flood Maps in San Luis Obispo County</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif.</strong> — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has delivered preliminary flood maps for San Luis Obispo County. The maps identify revised flood hazards along San Luis Obispo Creek, Huerhuero Creek, Meadow Creek and the Salinas River. These new maps will help building officials, contractors and homeowners make effective mitigation decisions, thereby contributing to safer and more disaster resilient communities.</p> <p>Before the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period from Sep. 15 to Dec. 14. During that time, residents or businesses with supporting technical and scientific information, such as detailed hydraulic or hydrologic data, can appeal the flood risk information on the preliminary maps. The preliminary maps can be viewed at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata">fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata</a><u>.</u></p> <p>Flood hazards are dynamic and change frequently for many reasons, including weather patterns, erosion and community development. Officials from FEMA, County of San Luis Obispo and the cities of San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles, Grover Beach, and Pismo Beach worked together to provide updated information that accurately reflects the flood risk. These changes may also affect future building standards or insurance requirements.</p> <p>The local mapping project is part of a national effort led by FEMA to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. FEMA encourages residents to review the preliminary flood maps to learn about local flood risks, potential future flood insurance requirements and identify any concerns or questions about the information provided.</p> <p>Risk of flooding affects almost every corner of the nation. In total, 98% of counties have experienced a flood event, which makes floods the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters.</p> <p>For more information on changes in unincorporated communities, including Avila, San Miguel, and Creston, contact San Luis Obispo County at 805-788-2316 or <u><a href="mailto:bclark@co.slo.ca.us">bclark@co.slo.ca.us</a></u><u>.</u> Other community information is available for the cities of San Luis Obispo at 805-781-7201 or <a href="mailto:hhannula@slocity.org">hhannula@slocity.org</a>, Arroyo Grande at 805-473-5441 or <a href="mailto:rdickerson@arroyogrande.org">rdickerson@arroyogrande.org</a><u>,</u> and Paso Robles at 805-237-3861 or <a href="mailto:wfrace@prcity.com">wfrace@prcity.com</a>, Grover Beach at 805-473-4530 or <a href="mailto:publicworks@groverbeach.org">publicworks@groverbeach.org</a>, or Pismo Beach at 805-773-4658 or <a href="mailto:planning@pismobeach.org">planning@pismobeach.org</a>.</p> <p><em>###</em></p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/14/2022 - 21:36</span> Wed, 14 Sep 2022 21:36:39 +0000 robert.barker 641880 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Mosquito Fire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220909/fema-fire-management-assistance-granted-mosquito-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Mosquito Fire</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif. </strong>– The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) regional administrator authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California in combatting the Mosquito Fire burning in Placer and El Dorado counties.</p> <p>On Sept. 9, the state of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG). At the time of the request, the fire threatened approximately 3,600 homes in and around Foresthill, CA. The fire also threatened a high school, middle school, elementary school, Placer County Community Center, a Placer County Sheriff substation, Cal Fire Station 11, two hydro power plants, Foresthill Water Treatment Plant, Foresthill Fire Protection District, Sugar Pine Dam and Reservoir, and two public radio towers for fire and law enforcement communications.</p> <p>FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides allowances for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to become a greater incident.</p> <p>Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.</p> <p>For more information on FMAGs, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance">fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance</a>.</p> <p><em>###</em></p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/09/2022 - 14:09</span> Fri, 09 Sep 2022 14:09:27 +0000 robert.barker 641525 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Fairview Fire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220906/fema-fire-management-assistance-granted-fairview-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Fairview Fire</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif. </strong>– The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) regional administrator authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California in combatting the Fairview Fire burning in Riverside County.</p> <p>On Sept. 5, the state of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG). At the time of the request, the fire threatened approximately 7,941 homes in and around Hemet, CA. The fire also threatened Diamond Valley Lake and infrastructure supporting residential communities in the area.</p> <p>FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides allowances for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to become a greater incident.</p> <p>Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.</p> <p>For more information on FMAGs, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance">fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance</a>.</p> <p><em>###</em></p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/06/2022 - 14:52</span> Tue, 06 Sep 2022 14:52:22 +0000 robert.barker 640970 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA to Host Public Meeting on Preliminary Observations of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant Exercise https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220905/fema-host-public-meeting-preliminary-observations-diablo-canyon-power-plant <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden"> FEMA to Host Public Meeting on Preliminary Observations of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant Exercise</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif.</strong> — The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 9 Technological Hazards Branch, Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program, announced today that a public meeting will be held on September 16, 2022, in San Luis Obispo, California. </p> <p>The public meeting will present preliminary FEMA observations regarding the performance of the state of California, County of San Luis Obispo during a Plume Phase Exercise (PPX) held with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&amp;E) Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) in the County of San Luis Obispo earlier this week.</p> <p>The purpose of the PPX is for federal teams to evaluate, assess and validate state, county and local emergency response ability to protect the health and safety of the public near DCPP in the event of an incident at the power plant were to occur. Representatives from FEMA will chair the meeting, and present their preliminary observations.</p> <ul><li>What: A public meeting in San Luis Obispo, California, where FEMA representatives will present preliminary performance observations following a full-scale PPX in the County of San Luis Obispo, California.</li> <li>Who: FEMA Region 9, Technological Hazards Branch</li> <li>When: Friday, September 16, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.</li> <li>Where: PG&amp;E Educational Center, 6588 Ontario Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 (Seating is limited)</li> </ul><p>Members of the media: Please email <a href="mailto:FEMA-R9NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-R9NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov</a> for additional details and to coordinate attendance and interview requests in advance.</p> <p><em>###</em></p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/05/2022 - 13:20</span> Mon, 05 Sep 2022 13:20:42 +0000 robert.barker 640951 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Mill Fire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220903/fema-fire-management-assistance-granted-mill-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Mill Fire</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif. </strong>– The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) regional administrator authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California in combatting the Mill Fire burning in Siskiyou County.</p> <p>On Sept. 2, the state of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG). At the time of the request, the fire threatened approximately 2,500 homes in and around Weed, CA. The fire also threatened the local water system, communications and electrical transmission lines; U.S. Route 97; Union Pacific Railroad; and Lake Shastina watershed.</p> <p>FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides allowances for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to become a greater incident.</p> <p>Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.</p> <p>For more information on FMAGs, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance">fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance</a>.</p> <p><em>###</em></p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 09/03/2022 - 13:05</span> Sat, 03 Sep 2022 13:05:10 +0000 robert.barker 640911 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220902/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-salt-river <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community</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 Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to supplement tribal recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms from July 17-18, 2022.</p> <p>The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. 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 severe storms.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and certain non-profit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms.</p> <p>Lastly, federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.</p> <p>Andrew F. Grant is the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. </p> <p>Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at <a href="https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=TeZUXWpUv-2B6TCY38pVLo9pyqclmQJ4BldHCqOo0IgBdZY0jTFHp24ca-2FsoUP1ZzOtWTf_2orSvX8xoIFEAWQ52P5gOlynsOQ80frQ7i-2BcOmTvafnJaUMQCTzD3dKtRrp2IrhIjyunA6aepg-2ByqF7iLIu1xv9i8eOdtrBXCC5U01aiB7sMvdiw-2BnQzz-2BKDtzSPyo7jdhsc2EP4-2FC8EY8fcbxL23LKhMKEQnpSc2vlTJPRRtfHgpjJVUiTsHobUDYuvJeQA0PTkph6hET-2FJvD7jRHmo24-2BX50rXqSA9t8YiOHRXZqOI1vAnfM7rrY5PO-2BlJhJB0IAiBSFjjRQtURVcl1bS6G0kkQcPRALCxzKbqGBIDyRdrLR2gjZwu3wNgC-2FFAFNbjFdWOtKwtsi2yZeKfHeUQP-2BpY86IlkyIBb2AK50CTCp4-3D">www.DisasterAssistance.gov</a> or by calling 1-800-621-3362. 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></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, 09/02/2022 - 23:39</span> Fri, 02 Sep 2022 23:39:44 +0000 amy.ashbridge 640891 at https://www.fema.gov Grants Announced to Mitigate Against Future Disasters https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220829/grants-announced-mitigate-against-future-disasters <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Grants Announced to Mitigate Against Future Disasters</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif. </strong>– On Aug. 1, Vice President Kamala Harris, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced the selections for $1.16 billion in funding through two competitive grant programs, <a href="https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/building-resilient-infrastructure-communities/after-apply/fy-2021-subapplication-status/selections">Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities</a> (BRIC) and <a href="https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/floods">Flood Mitigation Assistance</a> (FMA), to help communities across the nation enhance climate and disaster resiliency.</p> <p>These grants will help improve community resilience to a multitude of hazards, including wildfires, earthquakes, floods and more. Many projects leverage innovative solutions to protect communities such as nature-based solutions, which increase resilience and provide benefits to the environment. They also focus on protecting large and small community infrastructure, which helps ensure the continuity of vital services after an emergency or disaster.</p> <p>FEMA selected BRIC projects from 271 communities in 53 states, tribes, territories and the District of Columbia; and FMA projects from 72 communities in 19 states. Thirty-eight BRIC projects worth over $192 million were selected from FEMA Region 9 states, tribes and territories, including mapping potential landslides to protect life and property in Arizona; reducing fire fuels on tribal lands in Northern California to lessen the severity and frequency of wildfires; and developing a project at American Samoa Community College to improve drainage conditions, which will minimize the likelihood of flooding, building collapse and the development of unhygienic conditions.</p> <p>The next round of BRIC and FMA funding opens Sept. 30, 2022, and will close Jan. 27, 2023. For more information on upcoming grant opportunities to address high-level future risks to natural disasters, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation">fema.gov/grants/mitigation</a>.</p> <p>###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/29/2022 - 17:14</span> Mon, 29 Aug 2022 17:14:36 +0000 robert.barker 640391 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Joy Lake Fire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220815/fema-fire-management-assistance-granted-joy-lake-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Joy Lake Fire</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif. </strong>– The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) regional administrator authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of Nevada in combatting the Joy Lake Fire burning in Washoe County.</p> <p>On Aug. 14, the state of Nevada submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG). At the time of the request, the fire threatened approximately 2,000 homes in and around Galena Creek. The fire also threatened a high school, elementary school, geothermal plant, power transmission lines, communications infrastructure and Highway 580.</p> <p>FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides allowances for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to become a greater incident.</p> <p>Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.</p> <p>For more information on FMAGs, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance">fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance</a>.</p> <p>###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/15/2022 - 12:15</span> Mon, 15 Aug 2022 12:15:14 +0000 robert.barker 639255 at https://www.fema.gov ICYMI: FEMA Administrator Speaks at HERricane Conference and Women in Homeland Security SoCal Annual Awards Ceremony https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220808/icymi-fema-administrator-speaks-herricane-conference-and-women-homeland <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICYMI: FEMA Administrator Speaks at HERricane Conference and Women in Homeland Security SoCal Annual Awards Ceremony</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 traveled to southern California and participated in two events on Friday, Aug. 5 -- the HERricane Los Angeles conference, followed by a Women in Homeland Security SoCal Chapter meeting.</p> <p>Both events celebrated women working in emergency management and encouraged the nation’s future women leaders.</p> <p>The HERricane Los Angeles conference, hosted by the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management and the Los Angeles Department of Emergency Management, brought together women interested in a career in emergency management.</p> <p>At the conference, Administrator Criswell spoke about the progress FEMA is making to ensure the field of emergency management reflects the communities we serve. She also commended the fresh and progressive perspectives these young women bring to emergency management, as the field rapidly adapts to a growing threat landscape.</p> <p>“Each of you are here for a reason,” said Criswell. “You are here because you know you can do this -- because you have heard, and chosen, to answer the call to public service.”</p> <p>HERricane is a national program that develops and elevates women as leaders in the field.</p> <p>After the HERricane event, Administrator Criswell attended a meeting with the Women in Homeland Security SoCal Chapter. Criswell commended the group for their continued passion for helping people and the need to create a path to leadership for women in emergency management.</p> <p>“I am honored to be in the company of so many women who have devoted themselves to a career in homeland security,” said Criswell. “I am pleased you are starting a mentorship program to nurture the next generation of women in homeland security.”</p> <p>You can read Criswell’s prepared comments at the <a href="/fact-sheet/fema-administrator-deanne-criswells-remarks-herricane-los-angeles">HERricane Los Angeles meeting here</a>.</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-speaks-hericane.jpg" width="801" height="537" alt="FEMA Administrator at HERricane Conference with two ladies to the left of her and one on the right. " loading="lazy" /></div> </article><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-speaks-hericane-2.jpg" width="801" height="534" alt="FEMA Administrato rspeaking at HERricane Conference " loading="lazy" /></div> </article><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-speaks-hericane-3.jpg" width="801" height="534" alt="FEMA Administrato rspeaking at HERricane Conference " loading="lazy" /></div> </article><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-speaks-hericane-4.jpg" width="801" height="534" alt="FEMA Administrator at HERricane Conference in a group photo" loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p><em>Photos by Antoine Richards, Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management</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, 08/08/2022 - 18:26</span> Mon, 08 Aug 2022 18:26:44 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 639016 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Oak Fire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220725/fema-fire-management-assistance-granted-oak-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Oak Fire</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif. </strong>– The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) regional administrator authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California in combatting the Oak Fire burning in Mariposa County.</p> <p>On July 22, the state of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG). At the time of the request, the fire threatened approximately 1,540 homes in and around Midpines. The fire also threatened community water infrastructure, power transmission and distribution lines, cell towers, and a fire station.</p> <p>FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides allowances for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to become a greater incident.</p> <p>Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.</p> <p>For more information on FMAGs, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance">fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance</a>.</p> <p>###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/25/2022 - 14:13</span> Mon, 25 Jul 2022 14:13:40 +0000 robert.barker 638455 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Welcomes New Emergency Management Exchange Selectees https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220711/fema-welcomes-new-emergency-management-exchange-selectees <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Welcomes New Emergency Management Exchange Selectees</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- Today, FEMA Deputy Administrator Erik A. Hooks welcomed the first group of participants in the new FEMA Emergency Management Exchange program.</p> <p>First announced by Administrator Deanne Criswell in March, the new program offers state, tribal, local and territorial emergency managers and government officials the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with FEMA senior leadership. The program also provides a new avenue to strengthen FEMA’s partnerships with state, territory, tribal and local emergency managers to increase community resilience against disasters.</p> <p>“Today, FEMA welcomes four talented and dedicated public servants to join us on a new collaboration we expect will produce tremendous results,” said Deputy Administrator Hooks. “The willingness of these emergency managers to join us here presents us with opportunities to learn from each other, share best practices and break down barriers, enabling us to better serve communities across our nation.”  </p> <p>The Emergency Management Exchange brings FEMA closer to our stakeholders and highlights the agency’s focus on strengthening the emergency management workforce, a key goal of the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/strategic-plan">2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan</a><u>.</u></p> <p>The selected participants were nominated by their home organizations and bring a variety of experiences to their pre-identified exchange assignment.</p> <p>FEMA is pleased to welcome the following government partners to join us for the 2022 Emergency Management Exchange.</p> <ul><li><strong><em>Chas Eby</em></strong>, Deputy Executive Director, Maryland Department of Emergency Management will work to help deliver disaster recovery assistance to survivors and communities in the <strong>Recovery Directorate assignment.</strong></li> <li><strong><em>Delanie Edmunds</em></strong>, Emergency Planner, Idaho Office of Emergency Management will support the mobilization and direction of emergency response resources and capabilities in the <strong>Response Directorate assignment.</strong></li> <li><strong><em>Alexandra Gallo</em></strong>, California Strategic Growth Council, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research will work on climate adaptation policy, programming and public information and services in the<strong> Resilience: Climate assignment. </strong></li> <li><strong><em>Paige Nutter</em></strong>, Hazard Mitigation Coordinator, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will help to improve disaster outcomes for underserved communities and ensure equitable delivery of FEMA’s programs and services in the <strong>Resilience: Equity assignment.</strong></li> </ul><p>This Emergency Management Exchange will run from July to December 2022, with a future session planned from January to June 2023, where FEMA will send four of its federal employees to participating non-federal governmental programs.</p> <p>To learn more about the emergency management exchange or the work assignments, visit the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/partnerships/emergency-manager-exchange">Emergency Manager Exchange web page</a>.</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, 07/11/2022 - 21:26</span> Mon, 11 Jul 2022 21:26:09 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 638101 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Announces 2022 Youth Preparedness Council https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220628/fema-announces-2022-youth-preparedness-council <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden"> FEMA Announces 2022 Youth Preparedness Council</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 announced the 2022-2023 Youth Preparedness Council members today.</p> <p>FEMA selected 15 new members to join 10 returning council members. Members were selected based on their dedication to public service, community involvement and potential to increase levels of community resilience throughout the country.</p> <p>This year, FEMA celebrates the council’s 10th anniversary. FEMA created the council in 2012 to bring together diverse young leaders interested in strengthening disaster preparedness across the nation and within their communities.</p> <p>“Today, we welcome and celebrate the new Youth Preparedness Council members, who represent the next generation of emergency managers,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “This culturally diverse, creative and dedicated group of young leaders will build upon the significant contributions made by past council members over the last decade, helping to make their communities more resilient to disasters.”</p> <h2>Youth Preparedness Council Members</h2> <h3>The New 2022 Council Members</h3> <p>Sophie Fares of California</p> <p>Lauren Coval of Colorado</p> <p>Taylor Worbington of Florida</p> <p>Vaishnavi Kumbala of Louisiana</p> <p>Navin Ramesh of Massachusetts</p> <p>Theo Illarionov of Massachusetts</p> <p>Janice Saji of Michigan</p> <p>Aarushi Bute of Missouri</p> <p>Meher Harjani of New Jersey</p> <p>Amanda Cisse of New York</p> <p>Kemi Heyward-Rotimi of North Carolina</p> <p>Neha Srinivasan of Oregon</p> <p>Ryan Liu of Texas</p> <p>Layla Ibrahim of Virginia</p> <p>Katie Clark of Washington</p> <h3>The Returning Council Members</h3> <p>Isaac Doll of Colorado</p> <p>Aubrey Dockins of Florida</p> <p>Miles Butler of Idaho</p> <p>Beitris Boyreau-Millar of Maryland</p> <p>Ranjana Ramesh of Massachusetts</p> <p>Alexia Nastasia of Missouri</p> <p>Mirika Jambudi of New Jersey</p> <p>Megan Cameron of New York</p> <p>Amira Seay of Texas</p> <p>Shivani Jayaprakasam of Washington</p> <p>The council demonstrates FEMA’s commitment to promote and sustain a prepared nation. The council provides an avenue to engage young people by considering their perspectives, feedback and opinions. Council members meet with FEMA staff throughout their term to provide input on strategies, initiatives and projects.</p> <p>This year, each council member, all eighth through 12<sup>th</sup> graders, will participate in the Youth Preparedness Council summit held virtually in late July. During this annual event, members will participate in online preparedness activities, learn from senior leaders in national preparedness and engage with FEMA community preparedness staff who offer support and mentorship throughout their term.</p> <p>To learn more about FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council, visit: <a href="/ypc">fema.gov/ypc</a> </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">Tue, 06/28/2022 - 14:42</span> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:42:29 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 637748 at https://www.fema.gov Corte Madera Earns 20% Flood Insurance Discount https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220621/corte-madera-earns-20-flood-insurance-discount <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Corte Madera Earns 20% Flood Insurance Discount</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif.</strong> – Residents and businesses in Corte Madera will now be eligible for an additional five percent discount—up from 15 to 20 percent—on their flood insurance premiums thanks to local mitigation efforts.</p> <p>The town’s new Community Rating System (CRS) Class 6 level, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), rewards policyholders with 20 percent discounts on residential and nonresidential structures in identified flood zones.</p> <p>After April 1, current and new policyholders will save about $270 on their annual flood insurance premiums, about $80 more than Class 7 discounts. With over 428 policies in Corte Madera, $113,788 per year will now be saved by the community.</p> <p>Activities that help communities raise their CRS standing include public outreach programs, higher mapping and regulation standards, and flood mitigation initiatives that help save lives and protect property from flooding.</p> <p>NFIP policies are available through private insurance companies and agents, with a 30-day waiting period before coverage goes into effect.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.floodsmart.gov/">floodsmart.gov</a> for information about floods, flood insurance and your own flood risk.</p> <p>                                                                                                ###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 06/21/2022 - 19:45</span> Tue, 21 Jun 2022 19:45:45 +0000 robert.barker 637592 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Pipeline Fire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220613/fema-fire-management-assistance-granted-pipeline-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Pipeline Fire</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif. </strong>– The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) regional administrator authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of Arizona in combatting the Pipeline Fire burning in Coconino County.</p> <p>On June 12, the state of Arizona submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG). At the time of the request, the fire threatened approximately 2,100 homes in and around Doney Park, Timberline and Black Bill Park. The fire also threatened schools, fire stations, post offices, cultural sites, cell towers and electrical transmission lines in the area.</p> <p>FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides allowances for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to become a greater incident.</p> <p>Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.</p> <p>For more information on FMAGs, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance">fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance</a>.</p> <p><em>###</em></p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 06/13/2022 - 14:22</span> Mon, 13 Jun 2022 14:22:58 +0000 robert.barker 637370 at https://www.fema.gov Riverside County Earns 20% Flood Insurance Discount https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220524/riverside-county-earns-20-flood-insurance-discount <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Riverside County Earns 20% Flood Insurance Discount</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif. </strong>– Unincorporated Riverside County residents and businesses will now be eligible for an additional five percent discount—up from 15 to 20 percent—on their flood insurance premiums thanks to local mitigation efforts.</p> <p>The county’s new Community Rating System (CRS) Class 6 level, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), rewards policyholders with 20 percent discounts on residential and nonresidential structures in identified flood zones. After April 1, current and new policyholders will save about $150 on their annual flood insurance premiums, about $40 more than Class 7 discounts. With over 1,900 policies in Riverside County, more than $290,000 per year will now be saved.</p> <p>Chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors Jeff Hewitt remarked “I’m proud of the collaboration between County Building and Safety, the Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and the Coachella Valley Water District to bring these savings to our residents. We are continually raising our game and it is great to see it recognized.”</p> <p>“We applaud Riverside County,” said FEMA Region 9 Administrator Bob Fenton. “Because of the commitment of elected officials and the county’s floodplain manager, two benefits are realized. First is the long-term benefit of reducing future flood losses. Second is the annual financial savings to residents through lower insurance premiums.”</p> <p>Activities that help communities raise their CRS standing include public outreach programs, higher mapping and regulation standards, and flood mitigation initiatives that help save lives and protect property from flooding.</p> <p>Fenton added, “Getting flood insurance is the smart thing to do, because just an inch of water in your home can cost $25,000 to fix. Homeowners’ and renters’ policies do not cover floods, so flood insurance can help protect you from a potential financial disaster.”</p> <p>NFIP policies are available through private insurance companies and agents, with a 30-day waiting period before coverage goes into effect.</p> <p>For information about floods, flood insurance and your own flood risk, visit <a href="http://www.floodsmart.gov/">floodsmart.gov</a>.</p> <p><em>###</em></p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/24/2022 - 16:10</span> Tue, 24 May 2022 16:10:33 +0000 robert.barker 636623 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Coastal Fire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220512/fema-fire-management-assistance-granted-coastal-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Coastal Fire</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif. </strong>– The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) regional administrator authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California in combatting the Coastal Fire burning in Orange County.</p> <p>On May 11, the state of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG). At the time of the request, the fire threatened approximately 500 homes and 10,000 people in and around Laguna Niguel. The fire also threatened the Coastal Water Treatment Plant, high-voltage power transmission lines, and the Aliso Canyon and Wood Canyon Wilderness State Park.</p> <p>FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides allowances for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to become a greater incident.</p> <p>Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.</p> <p>For more information on FMAGs, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance">fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance</a>.</p> <p>###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/12/2022 - 14:37</span> Thu, 12 May 2022 14:37:20 +0000 robert.barker 636134 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Monterey County, including Salinas, Chualar, Soledad and Gonzales https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220511/fema-updates-flood-maps-monterey-county-including-salinas-chualar-soledad <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Monterey County, including Salinas, Chualar, Soledad and Gonzales </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif.</strong> — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has delivered preliminary flood maps for parts of Monterey County. The maps identify revised flood hazards along the Salinas River, Gonzales Slough, Natividad Creek and unnamed tributaries. These new maps will help building officials, floodplain administrators, developers and homeowners make effective mitigation decisions, thereby contributing to safer and more disaster resilient communities.</p> <p>Before the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period from <a>May 12 to Aug. 1</a>0. During that time, public agencies, residents or businesses with supporting technical and scientific information, such as detailed hydraulic or hydrologic data, can appeal the flood risk information on the preliminary maps, which can be viewed at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata">fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata</a><u>.</u></p> <p>Flood hazards are dynamic and change frequently for many reasons, including weather patterns, erosion and community development. Officials from FEMA, Monterey County and the communities of Salinas, Soledad, Chualar and Gonzales worked together to provide updated information that accurately reflects the flood risk. These changes may also affect future building standards or insurance requirements.</p> <p>The local mapping project is part of a national effort led by FEMA to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. FEMA encourages residents to review the preliminary flood maps to learn about local flood risks, potential future flood insurance requirements and identify any concerns or questions about the information provided.</p> <p>Risk of flooding affects almost every corner of the nation. In total, 98% of counties have experienced a flood event, which makes floods the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters.</p> <p>For more information, contact Monterey County at (831) 755-5154 or <a href="mailto:lundquiste@co.monterey.ca.us">lundquiste@co.monterey.ca.us</a><u>. </u>Other community information is available for the cities of Salinas at (831) 758-7194 or <a href="mailto:adrianar@ci.salinas.ca.us">adrianar@ci.salinas.ca.us</a>, Soledad at (831) 223-5000 or <a href="mailto:Donald.Wilcox@cityofsoledad.com">Donald.Wilcox@cityofsoledad.com</a>, and Gonzales at (831) 675-5000 or <a href="mailto:pdobbins@ci.gonzales.ca.us">pdobbins@ci.gonzales.ca.us</a>.</p> <p><em>###</em></p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 05/11/2022 - 14:01</span> Wed, 11 May 2022 14:01:40 +0000 robert.barker 636096 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Crooks Fire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220419/fema-fire-management-assistance-granted-crooks-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Crooks Fire</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif. </strong>– The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) regional administrator authorized the use of federal funds on April 19 to assist the state of Arizona to combat the Crooks Fire burning in Yavapai County.</p> <p>On April 19, the state of Arizona submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG). At the time of the request, the fire threatened 700 homes in and around the communities of Potato Patch, Mountain Pine, Groom Creek and Walker. The fire also threatened 50 businesses, local fire stations, a community center, post office, elementary school, and infrastructure power lines in the area.</p> <p>FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides allowances for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to become a greater incident.</p> <p>Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.</p> <p>For more information on FMAGs, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance">fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance</a>.</p> <p>###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 04/20/2022 - 01:02</span> Wed, 20 Apr 2022 01:02:50 +0000 robert.barker 635318 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Tunnel 2 Fire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220419/fema-fire-management-assistance-granted-tunnel-2-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Tunnel 2 Fire </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif. </strong>– The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) regional administrator authorized the use of federal funds on April 19 to assist the state of Arizona to combat the Tunnel 2 Fire burning in Coconino County.</p> <p>On April 19, the state of Arizona submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG). At the time of the request, the fire threatened 2,500 homes in and around the communities of Downey Park, Timberline and Blackville Park. The fire also threatened 150 businesses, local power and gas distribution networks, and various historical and cultural sites in the area.</p> <p>FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides allowances for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to become a greater incident.</p> <p>Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.</p> <p>For more information on FMAGs, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance">fema.gov/assistance/public/fire-management-assistance</a>.</p> <p><strong>###</strong></p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em><em>Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 04/19/2022 - 23:56</span> Tue, 19 Apr 2022 23:56:37 +0000 robert.barker 635317 at https://www.fema.gov Karuk Tribe Receives $4M Grant to Reduce Wildfire Risk https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220414/karuk-tribe-receives-4m-grant-reduce-wildfire-risk <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Karuk Tribe Receives $4M Grant to Reduce Wildfire Risk</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OAKLAND, Calif. </strong>– The northern California Karuk Tribe received a $3 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to save lives and reduce the severity of wildfire property damage. The funds will help protect over 400 community members, 146 housing units, a Head Start center, wellness center, government facilities and tribal infrastructure.</p> <p>The tribe’s project will incorporate three activities to maximize community safety. The first includes the creation of defensible space by clearing and removing flammable vegetation around structures. The second will retrofit homes with ignition-resistant materials, such as replacing wood siding with vinyl, decking with concrete and cedar roofing with metal. And the third phase will reduce hazardous fuels in the area by clearing or thinning flammable vegetation along roadsides and other areas where wildfires could threaten life or property. Separately, each mitigation measure is effective, but together they will provide for enhanced wildfire protection on Karuk tribal lands.</p> <p>These measures are just one aspect of the Karuk Tribe’s relationship with fire in the region. The new measures will act as a safety guard for the current population and future generations in the area while the Karuk Tribe works to increase traditional land management practices bringing the Karuk tribal lands to a healthier state.</p> <p>The $4 million project includes a $3 million grant from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), with the remaining $1 million coming from the tribe.</p> <p>FEMA’s HMGP helps states, territories, federally-recognized tribes, local communities, and certain private, non-profit organizations become more resilient to potential infrastructure damage and reduce future disaster costs. In the past 33 years, FEMA has invested nearly $1.5 billion to reduce disaster risk in California.</p> <p><em>###</em></p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>The mission of the Karuk Tribe is to promote the general welfare of all Karuk People, to establish equality and justice for our Tribe, to restore and preserve Tribal traditions, customs, language and ancestral rights, and to secure to ourselves and our descendants the power to exercise the inherent rights of self-governance.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>robert.barker</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/14/2022 - 15:52</span> Thu, 14 Apr 2022 15:52:22 +0000 robert.barker 635126 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Reaches One Year Mark of COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, Provides More Than $2.1 Billion to Families https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220413/fema-reaches-one-year-mark-covid-19-funeral-assistance-provides-more-21 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Reaches One Year Mark of COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, Provides More Than $2.1 Billion to Families </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON<strong> -- </strong>Over the past year, FEMA has provided more than $2.1 billion in COVID-19 funeral assistance to 326,000 applicants grappling with the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic.</p> <p>Committed to reaching all affected communities, the agency launched a targeted outreach campaign this month. Paid advertisements are directed to localities identified with high rates of COVID-19-related deaths, low funeral assistance application rates and a high Social Vulnerability Index score.</p> <p>The advertisements help ensure information about FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program reaches underserved communities who have experienced a high COVID-19 death rate. The ads are running in San Bernardino, California; Bronx County, New York; Philadelphia; and Hidalgo, Texas.</p> <p>In its first year, COVID-19 funeral assistance has:</p> <ul><li>Awarded over $2.1 billion to assist 326,000 applicants.</li> <li>Provided a $6,500 average award.</li> <li>Maintained a 97% eligibility approval rate.</li> <li>Supported 76 languages through the toll-free COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline.</li> <li>Translated 13 web pages and 29 languages for an informational one-pager.</li> </ul><p>Eligible applicants may qualify for up to $9,000 for each deceased individual per application, with a maximum of $35,500 for applicants who may have incurred funeral expenses for multiple individuals due to COVID-19.</p> <p>Additional information, including eligibility requirements, can be found at <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance">COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov</a>.</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">Wed, 04/13/2022 - 19:51</span> Wed, 13 Apr 2022 19:51:43 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 635097 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Declaration for Hawaii https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220215/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-declaration-hawaii <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Declaration for Hawaii</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 Hawaii to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding and landslides during the period of Dec. 5-10, 2021.</p> <p>Federal funding is available to eligible state and 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 winter storms in the City and County of Honolulu and Maui County.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.</p> <p>Benigno Bern Ruiz has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further 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">Tue, 02/15/2022 - 22:21</span> Tue, 15 Feb 2022 22:21:36 +0000 amy.ashbridge 632690 at https://www.fema.gov