https://www.fema.gov/ en FEMA Leans Forward in First 100 Days of Biden-Harris Administration https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210501/fema-leans-forward-first-100-days-biden-harris-administration <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Leans Forward in First 100 Days of Biden-Harris Administration</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA continues to play a significant role in the ongoing battle against COVID-19, delivering on the agency’s commitment to bring vaccinations to hard-to-reach and historically underserved communities during the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris Administration.</p> <p>The agency has provided more than $4.7 billion to states, tribes, territories and the District of Columbia in support of pandemic response efforts across the country. FEMA’s strong partnerships with state, local, territorial and tribal governments is helping ensure everyone who wants a vaccine can get one, especially communities of color. “Equity is at the core of our federal response and recovery strategy, keeping hard-to-reach and underserved populations around the country at the forefront of decision making and operations,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.</p> <p>“The needs of the community who visit our sites remains a top priority,” said Criswell. “We’re boosting accessibility by providing translation services in more than 180 languages for people with language barriers, as well as deploying our civil rights and disability integration staff to help partners address the needs of people with disabilities in all facets of vaccine center operations.”</p> <p>FEMA has opened over 30 pilot community vaccination centers and 11 mobile vaccination units across the United States serving hard-to-reach areas. As part of this mission, FEMA developed a <a href="/sites/default/files/documents/fema_civil-rights-covid-19_vaccine_checklist_02-11-2021.pdf">Civil Rights Checklist</a> to assist state, tribal and territorial partners in understanding and fulfilling their obligations to provide access to vaccine-related programs, activities and services in an equitable and nondiscriminatory manner.  </p> <p>“Through our 10 regional offices working with our various partners, we’ve ensured that more than 56% of historically underserved populations have been served through pilot community vaccination centers in cities throughout the country from Yakima County in Washington to Bessemer County in Alabama,” she said.</p> <p>The vaccine distribution mission is one of several other actions taken by the agency to support the nation. A full list of activities can be found <a href="/fact-sheet/biden-harris-administration-first-100-days">here</a>. The FEMA 100-Days of Action is in large part due to the efforts of the agency’s 10 regional offices.</p> <p>Here are some highlights:</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-1">Region 1</a> – Leveraging Partnerships, Achieving Results</h3> <p>The region set up a partnership with a group home in Rhode Island for adults with disabilities. The FEMA staff working at the Providence community vaccination center coordinates with this group to provide a sensory room for vaccinations in a separate space at the end of the day with a private entrance.</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_region-1_hynes-community-vaccination-center_photo.jpg" width="735" height="737" alt="A group of soilders standing in attention. Soldiers in the front holding a sign stating &quot;100,00 Vaccinated US NAVY Loves Boston&quot;." /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>BOSTON -- FEMA Region 1, along with federal and state partners, commemorates 100k vaccines administered at the Hynes community vaccination center in mid-April.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-2">Region 2</a> – Bringing Vaccinations to the Northeast Corridor</h3> <p>FEMA Region 2 has opened pilot community vaccination centers in Newark, New Jersey; New York City (Brooklyn and Queens), Albany, Erie, Westchester and Monroe, New York.</p> <p>The federal pilot community vaccination centers are just one part of the overall support FEMA provides to states and jurisdictions.  FEMA works with each state, tribe and territory to identify COVID-related resource needs and provide tailored resources to support vaccination efforts.  FEMA provides 100% of funding for protective measures against COVID-19 and vaccine-related activities.</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_region-2_bringing-vaccinations-northeast-corridor_photo.jpg" width="935" height="625" alt="FEMA workers assisting a survivor register for a vaccine. " /></div> </article><p>PATERSON, N.J. -- FEMA staff at a community vaccination center at Cavalry Baptist Church help community members with the vaccination process.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-3">Region 3</a> – Grass Roots Outreach, Multiple Centers Connect the Region with Vaccine Access</h3> <p>Region 3 worked with local, state, private sector and federal partners to identify, build out and open three federal pilot sites focused on ensuring vaccines were accessible to socially vulnerable citizens in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.  Sites included: Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, the Greenbelt, Maryland, Metro Station and Military Circle Mall in Norfolk, Va. </p> <p>Region 3 also worked with the city of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania to stand up the first Federal Type I Pilot “walk-through” site in the country, located at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.</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_region-3_grass-roots-outreach.jpg" width="1013" height="659" alt="FEMA Worker holding a umbrella and another working signing a survivor up for vaccinations. " /></div> </article><p>CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A FEMA staff member assists with logistics at a West Virginia community vaccination center.</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_region-3_staff-assist-city-center-community-vaccination-center_photo.jpg" width="1012" height="677" alt="FEMA working standing in a Vaccinations Center" /></div> </article><p>PHILADELPHIA -- FEMA staff assists with the City Center community vaccination center.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-4">Region 4</a> – Setting up Centers to do the Most Good for the Most Vulnerable</h3> <p>In March, FEMA Region 4 worked with state partners to open a community vaccination center at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The state-of-the-art facility is accessible by car, bus and rail and is uniquely located to support underserved people in the south and east sides of the metro area and has the space and teams needed to administer up to 6,000 doses a day.</p> <p>The decision to locate a federal pilot community vaccination center in Atlanta was data-driven, using information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Social Vulnerability Index and population data from the census. FEMA continues working with state partners to locate community vaccination centers where they will be able to do the most good for the most vulnerable populations.</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_atl-cvc-af1-tour_4.jpg" width="612" height="407" alt="Sgt. Matthew Mattias, a combat medic assigned to to Fort Stewart, Ga., prepares a syringe with the COVID vaccine before administering to a patient in Atlanta’s community vaccination center at Mercedes-Benz Stadium." /></div> </article><p>ATLANTA -- Sgt. Matthew Mattias prepares a syringe with the COVID-19 vaccine before administering to a patient in the community vaccination center at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.</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_region-4_spanish-spokesperson_daniel-llargues-talks-reporters_photo.jpg" width="912" height="683" alt="Spanish Spokesperson Daniel Llargues talks to reporter on the opening of a COVID Vaccination Center" /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>MIAMI -- FEMA Spanish Spokesperson Daniel Llargues talks to reporters at the community vaccination center about equitable vaccine distribution and the partnership between local, state and the federal government to run these centers nationwide.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-5">Region 5</a> – Detroit Center Serves up to 6K Shots Per Day</h3> <p>FEMA Region 5 worked with state partners in the region to open community vaccination centers, including one at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGDBRg42kWU">Detroit’s Ford Field</a>, providing up to 6,000 shots per day, with a focus on equity in vaccine administration by reaching socially vulnerable, underrepresented populations.</p> <p>In March, FEMA provided $36M to Wayne County for costs related to the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant funding will help Wayne County and the state of Michigan end this pandemic and expand COVID-19 vaccine availability to individuals who need them most.</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_regional-administrator-visits-cleveland-vaccination-center_2.jpg" width="651" height="434" alt="Acting FEMA Region 5 Regional Administrator checks in with vaccine recipients at the Cleveland community vaccination center." /></div> </article><p>CLEVELAND -- Acting Region 5 Regional Administrator Kevin Sligh speaks with a patient before she receives her COVID-19 vaccine at the Wolstein Center.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-6">Region 6</a> – Working to Expedite Vaccinations Across the Southwest</h3> <p>FEMA Region 6 has opened pilot community vaccination centers in Houston, Arlington and Dallas, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.</p> <p>FEMA and its federal partners have been supporting states through the federal pilot community vaccination centers to assist, augment and expedite vaccinations across the United States.</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/region-6_vaccines-delivered-pilot-community-vaccination_center_Houston_photo.jpg" width="963" height="634" alt="men unboxing the covid-19 vaccines outside in front of the fema trailer" /></div> </article><p>HOUSTON -- COVID-19 vaccines delivered to a pilot community vaccination site in Houston.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-7">Region 7</a> – Vaccinating the Community with up to 3K Shots a Day</h3> <p>FEMA Region 7 opened a pilot communication vaccination center in St. Louis, capable of administering 3,000 shots per day. Community vaccination centers are led by states and may be supported by federal government entities, including FEMA. State governments also determine vaccination priorities and procedures.</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_regon-7_dome-community-vaccination-center_photo.jpg" width="822" height="695" alt="A female soldier administrating the covid-19 shot to a male " /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>ST. LOUIS -- Vaccinations administered at the Dome community vaccination center. </p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-8">Region 8</a> – Partnership with Indian Health Service Brings Vaccines to Tribal Communities</h3> <p>FEMA Region 8 continues making vaccinations available to communities in a way that has overcome multiple access barriers. The region partnered with Indian Health Service on mobile vaccinations units that offered refrigeration capabilities that enabled delivery of vaccinations in rural tribal communities, allowing 16- and 17-year-old tribal members access to vaccines.</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_region-8_partnership-indian-health-service_photo.jpg" width="848" height="570" alt="A woman standing beside a woman in a chair beside a nurse seating at a table " /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>SISSETON, S.D. -- A nurse with Indian Health Service provides information to the community.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-9">Region 9</a> – More than 50 Percent of Adults Vaccinated on the Navajo Nation</h3> <p>The first two pilot federal community vaccination centers in the country were established in Los Angeles and Oakland, California. In eight weeks, 62% of individuals vaccinated at the California community vaccination centers were people of color.</p> <p>With more than 150 tribal nations, Region 9 also deployed federal staff to clinics on the Navajo Nation. Last year, the Navajo Nation experienced the highest per capita rate of COVID-19 infection in the country, and this year the tribe became the first tribe, state or territory in the region to vaccinate more than 50% of adults.</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_region-9_spanish-interpreter-assists-dod-staff_photo.jpg" width="980" height="652" alt="A woman standing in front of a male and and female solider looking at a table. All 3 of them are wearing face mask and shields" /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>LOS ANGELES -- A Spanish interpreter assists DOD staff at the Cal State LA community vaccination center.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-10">Region 10</a> – Pilot Centers Operating in Oregon and Washington</h3> <p>FEMA Region 10 has opened pilot community vaccination centers in Central Point, Oregon and Yakima, Washington.</p> <p>The federal government has provided critical support in the form of personnel, supplies and/or funding to help establish or expand state-led community vaccination centers nationwide.</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_region-10-testing-sites-anchorage-alaska_photo.jpg" width="1017" height="675" alt="medical professional standing around a table" /></div> </article><p>ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- FEMA awarded over $11M to Alaska to reimburse the operation of COVID-19 testing sites in Anchorage, Alaska.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 05/01/2021 - 19:17</span> Sat, 01 May 2021 19:17:37 +0000 zella.campbell 619258 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Areas of Coconino County and Flagstaff https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210429/fema-updates-flood-maps-areas-coconino-county-and-flagstaff <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Areas of Coconino County and Flagstaff </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 Coconino County and Flagstaff. The maps identify the revised flood hazards in Kachina Village and the Pumphouse Wash and Schoolhouse Wash drainage areas. These new maps will help building officials, contractors and homeowners make effective mitigation decisions, thereby contributing to safer and more resilient communities.</p> <p>Before the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period from <a>Apr. 30 to July 28</a>. 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, Coconino County and the city of Flagstaff 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 Coconino County’s Alex Fischer at (928) 266-6694 or <a href="mailto:afischer@coconino.az.gov">afischer@coconino.az.gov</a> or visit<a> </a>Coconino County’s “<a href="https://www.coconino.az.gov/2465/Identify-Your-Flood-Risk">Identify Your Flood Risk</a>” page.</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, 04/29/2021 - 18:54</span> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 18:54:43 +0000 robert.barker 619161 at https://www.fema.gov Pima County to partner with FEMA to bring series of Mobile Vaccination Units to increase vaccine access and availability https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210429/pima-county-partner-fema-bring-series-mobile-vaccination-units-increase <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Pima County to partner with FEMA to bring series of Mobile Vaccination Units to increase vaccine access and availability </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) is sending two mobile vaccination units (MVUs), administrative staff and federal vaccinators to Pima County to support its distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to the hardest hit, hardest-to-reach communities with high risks of COVID-19 exposure and infection.</p> <p>The operations, which will include more than 70 personnel from FEMA, Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Labor, will run through June 26.</p> <p>MVUs will operate at two concurrent locations for three days before tearing down and moving to the next site. Locations were selected based on census tract data and the Social Vulnerability Index of the area.</p> <p>From May 3 to May 5, two MVUs will be on-site from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at two Pima Community College campuses:</p> <ul><li>Pima Community College Desert Vista, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz, and</li> <li>Pima Community College West, 2202 W. Anklam Road</li> </ul><p>FEMA requires a day to tear down the units before moving to the next location. Some sites are still being finalized, but the initial rollout includes:</p> <p><strong>May 7-9, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.</strong></p> <ul><li>Casino del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road</li> <li>Desert Diamond Casino, 7350 S. Nogales Hwy.</li> </ul><p><strong>May 11-13, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.</strong></p> <ul><li>Greyhound Park, 2601 S. 3rd</li> <li>Wheeler Taft Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive</li> </ul><p><strong>May 15-17, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.</strong></p> <ul><li>Rillito Race Track, 4502 N. 1st</li> <li>Curtis Park, 2110 W. Curtis Road</li> </ul><p>“We’re extremely grateful to FEMA for partnering with us on this effort to reach pockets of the community who may not have easy access to this life-saving vaccine,” said County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. “The ability to offer vaccines during evenings and weekends will enable us to reach folks whose work or school schedules prevent them from getting a vaccine now. With this effort, there’s truly no reason not to roll up your sleeve and get your shot so we can start putting this pandemic behind us.”</p> <p>Both the Moderna (two dose) and Johnson &amp; Johnson (single dose) vaccine will be available for walk-up registrants 18 and older on a first-come, first-served basis. Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccinators will return to each community 28 days after their first visit to provide the second dose. Each MVU will have the capacity to administer 250 vaccines per day, which could increase depending on demand.</p> <p>“FEMA is proud to support Pima County’s efforts to improve access to and the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine,” said FEMA Region 9 Acting Administrator Tammy Littrell. “MVUs meet people where they are, make the vaccination process quick and easy, and get us one step closer to ending this pandemic.”</p> <p>MVUs will be staffed with pharmacists, pharmacy techs, vaccinators and vaccination preparers, as well as registration, screening and security personnel. Local EMS agencies will also be on-scene at each location in case of any rare, adverse reactions to the vaccine. Help will also be available to all who need assistance with mobility, language or other accommodations.</p> <p>Vaccinations continue to be offered through several major vaccination centers, mobile pop-up clinics and pharmacies. Find the latest info at <a href="https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&amp;pageId=669257">pima.gov/covid19vaccine</a>.</p> <p><strong>Press availability:</strong></p> <ul><li>Media are invited to tour FEMA’s Mobile Vaccination Unit at Pima Community College’s Desert Vista campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz, on Monday, May 3 at 9 a.m.</li> <li>Press conference with assorted Pima County and FEMA personnel, 9:30 a.m.</li> </ul><p>Contact: Kate Harrison, Pima County Communications, <a href="mailto:Kate.Harrison@pima.gov">Kate.Harrison@pima.gov</a>, 520-310-3668</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, 04/29/2021 - 18:44</span> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 18:44:15 +0000 robert.barker 619160 at https://www.fema.gov CNMI Receives $88.7M FEMA Community Disaster Loan https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210419/cnmi-receives-887m-fema-community-disaster-loan <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">CNMI Receives $88.7M FEMA Community Disaster Loan </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) approved a $88.7 million low-interest Community Disaster Loan (CDL) to provide the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) operational funding to continue to function after the substantial revenue loss caused by multiple disasters in the Pacific.</p> <p>“Super Typhoon Yutu had devastating consequences for the people and economy of the CNMI,” said FEMA Acting Regional Administrator Tammy Littrell. “The amount of this additional community disaster loan required approval by Congress, and we know it will help ensure essential functions and recovery continue.”</p> <p>Following a major disaster, the financial capacity of local governments may be severely undermined by a decrease in local revenues. The reduction in tax or other revenue can limit their ability to maintain public services or afford many extraordinary but necessary expenditures. Revenue loss frequently occurs when significant portions of the population are displaced for extended periods of time, or key sources of economic activity, like tourism, are heavily disrupted by a disaster.</p> <p>“The impact of Super Typhoon Yutu significantly affected our lives, our economy, and our government revenue, and so we initiated this request for a Community Disaster Loan to help us continue essential services during our long-term recovery,” said Governor Ralph DLG. Torres. “On behalf of the CNMI, we would like to thank our FEMA partners and key staff, especially Acting Administrator Robert J. Fenton, Jr. and FEMA Region IX, our CNMI Legislature for their due diligence in passing a resolution supporting our efforts, and Congressman Sablan for listening to our request for Congress to approve the appropriation.”</p> <p>The shortage of revenues, and the resulting limitation on financial capacity, has been cited as one of the most significant and consistent hurdles to long-term disaster recovery. The CDL program provides loan assistance to local governments to help them overcome a loss in revenues. The core purpose of these community disasters loans is to permit the local governments to continue to provide municipal services, such as the protection of public health and safety and the operation of the public school system.</p> <p>The government of CNMI and FEMA remain committed to the island’s vision to build back better, safer and more resilient to future disasters.</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, 04/19/2021 - 15:08</span> Mon, 19 Apr 2021 15:08:07 +0000 robert.barker 618846 at https://www.fema.gov Vaccination Pilot Mission in Los Angeles and Alameda Counties Reaches Goals as Vaccinations Continue https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210412/vaccination-pilot-mission-los-angeles-and-alameda-counties-reaches-goals <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Vaccination Pilot Mission in Los Angeles and Alameda Counties Reaches Goals as Vaccinations Continue</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif</strong>. — On Feb. 3, the Biden-Harris Administration and California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an eight-week federal pilot project to establish Community Vaccination Centers (CVCs) in Oakland and Los Angeles -- the first state-run, federally supported centers in the nation focused on vaccinating underserved communities and those most affected by COVID-19<a>. </a></p> <p>The pilot CVC mission employed a whole-of-community approach, with more than 1,600 staff from the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, California Department of Public Health, California National Guard, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Forest Service and many more.</p> <p>The private sector played a significant role, too, including local retailers, the American Red Cross and a collection of interpreters who translated vaccination information for thousands in Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Taishanese and American Sign Language.</p> <p>The team also included 108 Californians hired by FEMA to perform various duties as assigned. By hiring local employees, FEMA gains valuable community insights, provides jobs and allows Californians to assist in their state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each center relied on help from about 50 government and non-government partners every day.</p> <p>Under the federal-state banner, the CVCs, each with three Mobile Vaccination Clinics (MVCs), boosted California’s vaccination rate and helped fill the gap while supplies increased. When the CVCs were established, the state was receiving roughly 1.5 million vaccine doses a week. Moving forward, California is scheduled to receive at least 2 million doses a week. Additionally, pharmacies are scheduled to get an increase of 500,000 vaccines per week.</p> <p>The two CVCs created a framework for expanding California’s ability to provide a vaccine to every person who wants one. As of April 11, the eight-week pilot program surpassed expectations by administering more than 720,000 doses.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Lessons </em><em>learned</em></p> <p>A key strategy to the CVC’s success was creating multiple methods to access the vaccine. The CVCs, both located near public transit, offer drive-thru, walk-thru and mobile vaccination options to address the diverse needs of their perspective communities. Drive-thru offers convenience, social-distancing and speed. Walk-thru is also speedy and convenient for those who arrive via public transit, bicycles or on foot. MVCs bring vaccine services directly into the community, benefiting people who have a harder time getting to the CVC.</p> <p>The pilot mission also implemented “trusted messengers,” community leaders who helped share accurate vaccine information, facilitate community outreach and drive participation in vaccination events in an effort to overcome general vaccine hesitancy.</p> <p>Each MVC event was hosted by a community or faith-based organization to microtarget the hardest-hit and hardest-to-reach communities. One of those Community Based Organizations was La Familia, a longtime East Bay social services agency that hosted several MVC events reaching Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, Afghan and other communities.</p> <p>“Without the MVCs, these vaccines would never have gone to these people. At our events, about 9,000 people who probably wouldn’t have been vaccinated have gotten shots. Our staff got so many thank-yous. We had people walking away crying and thanking us. Some teachers who teach and live in the community gave us donations on the spot,” said Aaron Ortiz, CEO of La Familia. “What this pandemic has shown is we don’t belong to ourselves—we belong to each other,” he said.</p> <p>The success has been measurable. MVCs consistently administered all their daily vaccine allocations, with 67 percent <a href="https://urldefense.us/v3/__http:/r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001m5aJhwBSeJKxti2dThleXO9n_fHKLlTKLof7VeFk0T2b0cxXkzDQOFmBltXRYRot6A2uTeOaxyka0KYkk8eewULfmuYa4VCyGkkPwv2zEPKCsIIDTdc5jKhHrP50h5p8WQuqJtUUigcAJ-1O31fz4oRSGywfTG2prTBBy-LY8G8nqNvJF0MZmZwRzq9qKPsFIxNTiwdDmt5v865L6yMjeUOxyO9kbV1K4wi9VVbJhBp32lqrDXF-FA==&amp;c=CqIwuWMIg7RTjV4t_Iq-JeKXS6SkUegT3No5jmhvOe4SA4MI2SX4CQ==&amp;ch=AhiwxvW4PtIskfsc3vMNF--MeJx1VWyjUHH2hJnvA9Lq24V6NsQBQA==__;!!BClRuOV5cvtbuNI!VqwT-2hif1BJEw8nsoPilxzljQeN3YDIp214_L0c42LY16PiHGpcyF0ALS600fEoiolh0jM$">administered</a> to underserved communities and people of color.</p> <p> </p> <p>​​​​​​​<em>Local </em><em>management with state and FEMA support</em></p> <p>The pilot phase has demonstrated the effectiveness of CVCs and their innovative methods of connecting with people. To continue serving these communities, the state and FEMA have coordinated with local officials to keep the two vaccination centers open. The city of Los Angeles has agreed to manage the Los Angeles operation, while Alameda County and Contra Costa County will run the Oakland CVC, with the full transition starting Apr. 12.</p> <p>Going forward, FEMA and its federal partners will remain involved. The agency is prepared to leave all locally-hired FEMA employees and the three MVCs at each site, while continuing to cover 100 percent of all costs associated with each CVC through September. But it cannot provide CVC vaccine allocations, which equal only a small percentage of vaccines now available in the state.</p> <p>The goal remains to assist, augment and expedite the work of local communities to provide life-saving vaccines to underserved individuals and communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including essential workers whose efforts have kept the economy open over the past year.</p> <p>###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. Follow FEMA Region 9 online at </em><em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/femaregion9">twitter.com/femaregion9</a>.</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, 04/12/2021 - 18:59</span> Mon, 12 Apr 2021 18:59:31 +0000 robert.barker 618647 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Margo Fire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210409/fema-fire-management-assistance-granted-margo-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted for the Margo 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 (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of Arizona in combating the Margo Fire burning in Pinal County.</p> <p>On Apr. 8, 2021, the state of Arizona submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) for the Margo Fire. At the time of the request, the fire threatened approximately 400 homes in and around Dudleyville, with mandatory evacuations in place for around 500 people. The fire also threatened 20 buildings, community infrastructure, and power distribution and transmission lines.</p> <p>The FEMA regional administrator approved the state’s request on Apr. 8, 2021, as the fire threatened to become a major incident.</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 cause major disasters. 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">Fri, 04/09/2021 - 14:26</span> Fri, 09 Apr 2021 14:26:49 +0000 robert.barker 618563 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA to Update Flood Maps in Ventura County, Camarillo, Fillmore and Santa Paula https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210312/fema-update-flood-maps-ventura-county-camarillo-fillmore-and-santa-paula <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA to Update Flood Maps in Ventura County, Camarillo, Fillmore and Santa Paula </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) is updating flood maps in Ventura County and for communities along the Santa Clara River. The maps, scheduled for release later this year, will identify the current flood hazards and help building officials, contractors and homeowners make effective mitigation decisions, thereby contributing to safer and more resilient communities.</p> <p>Before the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period from <a>Mar. 11 to June 9</a>. During that time, residents with technical and scientific information, such as detailed hydraulic or hydrologic data, can appeal the flood risk information on these maps. Everyone can view the preliminary FIRMs at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata">fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata</a>.</p> <p>Flood hazards are dynamic and change for many reasons, including weather patterns, erosion and community development. Officials from FEMA, Ventura County, and the cities of Fillmore and Santa Paula reviewed new data and river studies. These changes may affect future building standards or insurance requirements. The preliminary flood maps represent varying degrees of change in each community and continue to be reviewed by community officials. For example, parts of the city of Camarillo are plotted on one of the map panels, but there are no floodplain revisions for the city.</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 Ventura County at (805) 654-3027 or Yesenia Silva <a href="mailto:yesenia.silva@ventura.org">yesenia.silva@ventura.org</a>, or the cities of Camarillo at (805) 388-5340 or Naftalia Tucker <a href="mailto:ttucker@cityofcamarillo.org">ttucker@cityofcamarillo.org</a>, Fillmore at (805) 946-1647 or Roxanne Hughes <a href="mailto:roxanneh@fillmoreca.gov">roxanneh@fillmoreca.gov</a>, or Santa Paula at (805) 933-4212 or Clete Saunier <a href="mailto:pw@spcity.org">pw@spcity.org</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">Fri, 03/12/2021 - 15:22</span> Fri, 12 Mar 2021 15:22:00 +0000 robert.barker 617510 at https://www.fema.gov Guam Receives $3.2M to Provide Medical Sheltering https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210308/guam-receives-32m-provide-medical-sheltering <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Guam Receives $3.2M to Provide Medical Sheltering</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) granted Guam Homeland Security – Office of Civil Defense (GHS-OCD) $3.2 million to provide temporary sheltering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.</p> <p>Funds will reimburse expenses used to quarantine passengers who entered Guam by sea and air, a precautionary measure to prevent potentially infected individuals from spreading COVID-19. The award covers costs incurred for hotel room rentals, meals, laundry and other incidentals.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance program will provide GHS-OCD the initial $3.2 million of the $4.2 million expedited project. Additional funding will be reimbursed upon submission of documentation supporting further expenditures.</p> <p>Public Assistance provides grants to government organizations and certain private nonprofit organizations following a presidential disaster declaration to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.</p> <p>FEMA continues working with its partners ─ including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies ─ along with state, tribal and territorial authorities, private sector partners and others to assist, augment and expedite vaccinations in the United States.</p> <p>We remain committed to helping Americans in their time of need and will continue to work with our partners to stop the spread of this disease.</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, 03/08/2021 - 22:41</span> Mon, 08 Mar 2021 22:41:29 +0000 robert.barker 617152 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Imperial, Riverside and San Diego Counties https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210226/fema-updates-flood-maps-imperial-riverside-and-san-diego-counties <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Imperial, Riverside and San Diego Counties</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) is updating portions of Imperial, Riverside and San Diego County flood maps in 2021. The new maps identify the current flood hazards in the Oasis drainage area located west and northwest of the Salton Sea that help building officials, contractors and homeowners make effective mitigation decisions, thereby contributing to safer and more resilient communities.</p> <p>Before the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period from <a>Feb. 25, 2021 to May 26, 2021</a>. During that time, residents with technical and scientific information, such as detailed hydraulic or hydrologic data, can appeal the flood risk information on the preliminary maps. View the preliminary FIRMs 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, Imperial, Riverside (via the Coachella Valley Water District), and San Diego counties worked together to collect new data and provide updated information about alluvial fans in the Oasis drainage area to better reflect 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 Imperial County at (442) 265-1736 or <a href="mailto:jim.minnick@co.imperial.ca.us">jim.minnick@co.imperial.ca.us</a>, Riverside County via the Coachella Valley Water District at (760) 398-2651 or <a href="mailto:SStrosnider@cvwd.org">SStrosnider@cvwd.org</a>, or San Diego County at (858) 495-5417 or <a href="mailto:Mehdi.Khalili@sdcounty.ca.gov">Mehdi.Khalili@sdcounty.ca.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">Fri, 02/26/2021 - 19:05</span> Fri, 26 Feb 2021 19:05:00 +0000 robert.barker 616117 at https://www.fema.gov Federal Assistance for California Wildfires Tops $103M https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210223/federal-assistance-california-wildfires-tops-103m <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Federal Assistance for California Wildfires Tops $103M</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</strong> – Since historic wildfires swept across the State of California in 2020, more than $103 million in federal disaster assistance has been disbursed to help homeowners, renters and businesses recover, with more than 95 percent of those who lost their homes placed in temporary housing.</p> <p>Here is a snapshot of the Individual Assistance disaster-recovery effort as of Feb. 16, 2021:</p> <ul><li>More than 41,600 Californians have contacted FEMA for information or registered for assistance with FEMA and more than $26.8 million in aid has been approved for them.</li> <li>Housing Assistance approved: more than $20.9 million</li> <li>Other Needs Assistance approved: more than $5.9 million</li> <li>The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved nearly $76.2 million in low-interest disaster loans to businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. To date, 657 loans have been approved: 592 home loans and 65 business loans.</li> <li>FEMA operated 27 Mobile Recovery Intake Centers in the affected areas. During their operation, more than 4,665 survivors visited the centers to register for disaster assistance and receive information and advice for their recovery.</li> </ul><p>Residents in Butte and Siskiyou counties eligible for FEMA’s Direct Housing Program who opted for temporary housing, such as travel trailers and manufactured housing units, have been placed in existing mobile home parks. More than 75 percent of disaster survivors who chose the direct lease option have been matched with a place to live and are moving into apartments.</p> <p>A Housing Task Force, created to implement FEMA’s Direct Housing Program, focused on locating temporary housing solutions for eligible survivors in Butte and Siskiyou counties. The task force worked with vendors to secure apartment units and matched survivors to units and locations that meet their family’s needs. </p> <p>Survivors in Siskiyou County have been placed in travel trailers in commercial parks. In Butte County, survivors have been placed in temporary housing in commercial parks and apartments. This was the most efficient and quickest way to get survivors into temporary housing solutions, keeping them as close to home as possible. </p> <p>Wildfire survivors receiving rental assistance for temporary housing through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program must let FEMA know if they have a continuing need. Extensions on rental assistance may be granted for three-month periods, up to a maximum of 18 months from the date of the presidential declarations: Aug. 22, 2020, for Disaster 4558 and Oct. 16, 2020, for Disaster 4569.</p> <p>Rental assistance is for paying rent, including a security deposit, at a place other than your damaged home. To continue to receive it, you must prove an ongoing need, which may be that suitable housing is not available, or that your permanent housing plan has not been completed through no fault of your own.</p> <p><a>Two federal disasters were declared for California wildfires in 2020. The first was DR-4558-CA for August/September wildfires in the counties of Butte, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Trinity, Tulare and Yolo. The second </a>was DR-4569-CA for later fires in the counties of Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, Napa, San Bernardino, San Diego, Shasta, Siskiyou and Sonoma.</p> <p>There is still time for small businesses to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). For Disaster 4558 (the 1st Disaster) the deadline to apply for an EIDL in these counties is May 24, 2021.  For Disaster 4569 (the 2nd Disaster) the deadline to apply for an EIDL in these counties is July 16, 2021.</p> <p>Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at <a href="https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/">disasterloanassistance.sba.gov</a>. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email <a href="mailto:disastercustomerservice@sba.gov">disastercustomerservice@sba.gov</a> for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.</p> <p>Survivors who registered for assistance with FEMA should continue to track their cases and notify the agency of changes to their mailing or email addresses or phone numbers, and to report insurance settlements or additional damage discovered since their home inspection.</p> <p>Here’s how to reach FEMA:</p> <ul><li><a>Online at </a><a href="http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</li> <li>Download the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/app">FEMA app</a> to a smartphone or tablet.</li> <li>Call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. PST, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel, should provide FEMA with the specific number assigned to that service when they register. Multilingual operators are available.</li> </ul><p>FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) grant program provides federal assistance to state and local governments and certain types of private nonprofit organizations following a presidential disaster declaration. As of Feb. 5, there have been 160 eligible Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs).</p> <ul><li>Through the program, FEMA provides supplemental federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain private nonprofit organizations.</li> <li>The PA program benefits everyone – neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties, states and their residents. PA funds are used for projects to renovate classrooms, refurbish hospitals, restore parks and repair public transportation systems so students can go to safe schools, doctors and nurses can provide medical care, and families can enjoy the outdoors in public parks.</li> <li>The federal share of Public Assistance is at least 75 percent of the eligible cost. </li> </ul><p>For the latest information on wildfire recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4558">fema.gov/disaster/4558</a> or <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4569">fema.gov/disaster/4569</a> and follow the FEMA Region 9 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion9">twitter.com/femaregion9</a>.</p> <p><em>###</em></p> <p><em>All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD). </em></p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p> <p><em>The U.S. Small Business Administration is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. </em></p> <p><em>For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. TTY users may also call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also email </em><a href="mailto:disastercustomerservice@sba.gov"><em>disastercustomerservice@sba.gov</em></a><em> or visit SBA at </em><a href="https://www.SBA.gov/disaster"><em>SBA.gov/disaster</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, 02/23/2021 - 21:12</span> Tue, 23 Feb 2021 21:12:47 +0000 robert.barker 615730 at https://www.fema.gov Photos of Federally Supported Community Vaccination Center Opening https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210217/photos-federally-supported-community-vaccination-center-opening <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Photos of Federally Supported Community Vaccination Center Opening</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON—Acting FEMA Administrator Bob Fenton attended the opening of the first Community Vaccination Center in California yesterday—at California State University in Los Angeles, as another pilot Community Vaccination Center also opened yesterday in Oakland, California. Both centers are focusing on vaccinating underserved and historically marginalized communities and are designed to administer up to 6,000 vaccines a day. FEMA is providing resources as well as operational and federal staffing support.</p> <p>"We've taken the idea of these [centers] from the drawing board to implementation in a matter of weeks, and this is the first of many [centers] we want to establish in partnership with state, tribes, territories, and local governments,” said Fenton. "On a pilot basis, FEMA is providing support to open new, large vaccination [centers] that are substantially staffed and supported by the federal government, with support from our state partners."</p> <p>So far, FEMA has announced additional pilot centers in Texas and New York to open in the coming weeks.</p> <p>FEMA has now obligated more than <strong>$3.39 billion</strong> to states, tribes, territories and Washington, D.C., for community vaccination centers. As the number of states with obligations increases, we will work alongside other federal agencies to provide federal support for critical staffing, supplies and other shortfalls that can help get more people vaccinated.</p> <h3><strong>Leaders Tour California Vaccination Center</strong></h3> <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_leaders-tour-california-vaccination-center.jpg" width="1731" height="1154" alt="Acting FEMA administrator and staff standing around talking at a vaccination center" /></div> </article><p>LOS ANGELES -- Acting FEMA Administrator Bob Fenton (center, right) and California Governor Gavin Newsom (center, left), tour the Cal State University Community Vaccination Center with other state and local community leaders.</p> <p>FEMA photo by Alexis Hall</p> <h3>FEMA Supports California Vaccination Center</h3> <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_fema-supports-california-vaccination-center.jpg" width="1732" height="1154" alt="FEMA workers standing in a parking lot of a vaccination center in CA" /></div> </article><p>LOS ANGELES -- FEMA provides support to the Los Angeles Community Vaccination Center at Cal State University.</p> <p>FEMA photo by Alexis Hall</p> <h3>Los Angeles Community Vaccination Center</h3> <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_los-angeles-community-vaccination-center.jpg" width="1732" height="1154" alt="Community vaccination center in Los Angeles, CA" /></div> </article><p>LOS ANGELES -- The federally supported Cal State University Community Vaccination Center is now actively administering vaccinations. The vaccination center is equipped to administer up to 6,000 vaccinations per day.</p> <p>FEMA photo by Alexis Hall</p> <h3>Federal and State Partners Discuss the New Vaccination Center Opening</h3> <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_federal-state-partners-discuss-new-vaccination-center-opening.jpg" width="1731" height="1154" alt="Acting FEMA Administrator talking to a state partner at a community vaccination center" /></div> </article><p>LOS ANGELES --  Acting FEMA Administrator Bob Fenton (right), speaks with California Governor Gavin Newsom at the new Cal State University Los Angeles Community Vaccination Center.</p> <p>FEMA photo by  Alexis Hall</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mashana.davis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/17/2021 - 18:09</span> Wed, 17 Feb 2021 18:09:29 +0000 mashana.davis 613774 at https://www.fema.gov Hawaii Receives $87M to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210212/hawaii-receives-87m-provide-covid-19-vaccines <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Hawaii Receives $87M to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines</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) granted the state of Hawaii $87.4 million to open multiple, state-led community vaccination sites.</p> <p>Funds will reimburse expenses for medical and support staff; personal protective equipment; facility costs and supplies required to store, handle, transport and administer vaccines; and efforts to share public information regarding vaccinations.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance program will provide the initial $87.4 million of the $174.8 million expedited project. Additional funding will be reimbursed upon submission of documentation supporting further expenditures.</p> <p>Public Assistance provides grants to government organizations and certain private nonprofit organizations following a presidential disaster declaration to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.</p> <p>FEMA continues working with its partners ─ including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies ─ along with state, tribal and territorial authorities, private sector partners and others to assist, augment and expedite vaccinations in the United States.</p> <p>We remain committed to helping Americans in their time of need and will continue to work with our partners to stop the spread of this disease.</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">Fri, 02/12/2021 - 20:26</span> Fri, 12 Feb 2021 20:26:54 +0000 robert.barker 613332 at https://www.fema.gov California Receives $823M to Open Over 100 COVID-19 Vaccination Sites https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210212/california-receives-823m-open-over-100-covid-19-vaccination-sites <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">California Receives $823M to Open Over 100 COVID-19 Vaccination Sites</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) granted the state of California $823 million to open up to 104 state-selected community vaccination sites.</p> <p>Funds will reimburse expenses for medical and support staff; personal protective equipment; facility costs and supplies required to store, handle, transport and administer vaccines; and efforts to share public information regarding vaccinations.</p> <p>The $823 million project is funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance program, which provides grants to government organizations and certain private nonprofit organizations following a presidential disaster declaration to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.</p> <p>FEMA continues working with its partners ─ including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies ─ along with state, tribal and territorial authorities, private sector partners and others to assist, augment and expedite vaccinations in the United States.</p> <p>We remain committed to helping Americans in their time of need and will continue to work with our partners to stop the spread of this disease.</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, 02/11/2021 - 20:01</span> Thu, 11 Feb 2021 20:01:26 +0000 robert.barker 613173 at https://www.fema.gov Arizona Receives $19M to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210318/arizona-receives-19m-provide-covid-19-vaccines <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Arizona Receives $19M to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines</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) granted the state of Arizona $19 million to establish the State Farm Stadium mass vaccination site in Glendale.</p> <p>Funds will cover facility costs, rental costs for vaccination pods, contracts for pharmacy support services and medical service staff, the procurement of personal protective equipment, and technology and other commodities to support 24/7 vaccination operations over a 52-day period in order to administer 312,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance program will provide the initial $19.3 million of the $20.5 million expedited project. Additional funding will be reimbursed upon submission of documentation supporting further expenditures.</p> <p>Public Assistance provides grants to government organizations and certain private nonprofit organizations following a presidential disaster declaration to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.</p> <p>FEMA continues working with its partners ─ including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies ─ along with state, tribal and territorial authorities, private sector partners and others to assist, augment and expedite vaccinations in the United States.</p> <p>We remain committed to helping Americans in their time of need and will continue to work with our partners to stop the spread of this disease.</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, 02/08/2021 - 22:17</span> Mon, 08 Feb 2021 22:17:08 +0000 robert.barker 612930 at https://www.fema.gov Stanford Health Care Receives $16.8M to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210208/stanford-health-care-receives-168m-provide-covid-19-vaccines <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Stanford Health Care Receives $16.8M to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines</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) granted $16.8 million to Stanford Health Care to distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccines at six sites throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.</p> <p>Funds will reimburse Stanford Health Care expenses for personal protective equipment, facility costs and miscellaneous supplies required to store, handle, transport and administer the vaccines.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance program has provided the initial $16.8 million for the $42 million expedited project. Additional funding will be reimbursed upon submittal of documentation supporting further expenditures.</p> <p>The Public Assistance program provides grants to government organizations and certain private nonprofit organizations following a presidential disaster declaration to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.</p> <p>FEMA continues working with our partners ─ including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies ─ along with state, tribal and territorial authorities, private sector partners and others to assist, augment and expedite vaccinations in the United States.</p> <p>We remain committed to helping Americans in their time of need and will continue to work with our partners to stop the spread of this disease.</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">Fri, 02/05/2021 - 20:48</span> Fri, 05 Feb 2021 20:48:27 +0000 robert.barker 612660 at https://www.fema.gov Ventura County Receives $2.6M to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210208/ventura-county-receives-26m-provide-covid-19-vaccines <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ventura County Receives $2.6M to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines</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) provided Ventura County $2.6 million to distribute and administer approximately 306,000 COVID-19 vaccines at four vaccination centers open seven days a week for 90 days from Feb. 1 to Apr. 30.</p> <p>The grant reimburses county expenses for labor, security, refrigeration, supplies, equipment and facility rental to support the operation.</p> <p>The $2.6 million project is funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance program, which provides grants to government organizations and certain private nonprofit organizations following a presidential disaster declaration to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.</p> <p>FEMA continues working with our partners ─ including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies ─ along with state, tribal and territorial authorities, private sector partners and others to assist, augment and expedite vaccinations in the United States.</p> <p>We remain committed to helping Americans in their time of need and will continue to work with our partners to stop the spread of this disease.</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">Fri, 02/05/2021 - 20:46</span> Fri, 05 Feb 2021 20:46:18 +0000 robert.barker 612657 at https://www.fema.gov San Luis Obispo County Receives $7.7M to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210205/san-luis-obispo-county-receives-77m-provide-covid-19-vaccines <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">San Luis Obispo County Receives $7.7M to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines</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) granted $7.7 million to San Luis Obispo County for COVID-19 vaccine distribution at three county-operated locations: Arroyo Grande High School, Cuesta College and the Paso Robles Event Center.</p> <p>Funds will reimburse county expenses for personal protective equipment; facility costs and supplies required to store, handle, transport and administer vaccines; and efforts to share public information regarding vaccinations.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance program will provide the initial $7.7 million for the $15.4 million expedited project. Additional funding will be reimbursed upon submittal of documentation supporting further expenditures.</p> <p>Public Assistance provides grants to government organizations and certain private nonprofit organizations following a presidential disaster declaration to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.</p> <p>FEMA continues working with our partners ─ including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies ─ along with state, tribal and territorial authorities, private sector partners and others to assist, augment and expedite vaccinations in the United States.</p> <p>We remain committed to helping Americans in their time of need and will continue to work with our partners to stop the spread of this disease.</p> <p>For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine in San Luis Obispo County, visit <a href="https://www.RecoverSLO.org/vaccine">RecoverSLO.org/vaccine</a> or call the county assistance center at (805) 543-2444, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.</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, 02/04/2021 - 22:48</span> Thu, 04 Feb 2021 22:48:27 +0000 robert.barker 612534 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Navajo Nation https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210203/president-joseph-r-biden-approves-major-disaster-declaration-navajo-nation <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Navajo Nation</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON-- FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available for the Navajo Nation to supplement the tribal recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on Jan. 20, 2020 and continuing.</p> <p>Federal funding is available to the Navajo Nation and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance under Public Assistance, for all areas affected by COVID-19.</p> <p>Tammy Littrell has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the tribe 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">Wed, 02/03/2021 - 20:36</span> Wed, 03 Feb 2021 20:36:26 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 612399 at https://www.fema.gov Riverside County Receives $5.9M to Provide Vaccines https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210318/riverside-county-receives-59m-provide-vaccines <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Riverside County Receives $5.9M to Provide Vaccines</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) granted $5.9 million to Riverside County to establish eight vaccination sites and a vaccine storage facility, with each site expected to provide around 875 vaccinations per day, amounting to 7,000 a day and 49,000 per week across eight sites. Approximately 644,000 will be administered by the end of the operational period.</p> <p>Funds will reimburse the county’s expenses for 167 staffers, personal protective equipment, and other miscellaneous equipment, including trailers and freezers to store the COVID-19 vaccines.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program will provide the initial $5.9 million for the $12.4 million expedited project. Additional funding will be reimbursed upon submittal of documentation supporting further expenditures.</p> <p>PA provides federal assistance through grants to government organizations and certain private nonprofit organizations following a presidential disaster declaration to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.</p> <p>FEMA continues working with our partners ─ including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies ─ along with state, tribal and territorial authorities, private sector partners and others to assist, augment and expedite vaccinations in the United States.</p> <p>We remain committed to helping Americans in their time of need and will continue to work with our partners to stop the spread of this disease.</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, 02/03/2021 - 01:23</span> Wed, 03 Feb 2021 01:23:33 +0000 robert.barker 612213 at https://www.fema.gov Moreno Valley Receives $1.8M Grant for Flood Protection https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210128/moreno-valley-receives-18m-grant-flood-protection <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Moreno Valley Receives $1.8M Grant for Flood Protection </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) awarded a $1.8 million grant to the city of Moreno Valley to install a storm drain system that will reduce flooding to the area and preserve a critical transportation link in the event of a large flood.</p> <p>Historically, strong storms have flooded and severely eroded channels along public streets and public and private property. Continued flooding over susceptible roadways causes severe traffic delays and road closures, interrupting public services and delaying emergency response.</p> <p>Grant funds will help the city construct an underground storm drain system to direct water away from the freeway and into a detention basin that safely collects the excess precipitation.</p> <p>The $2.5 million project includes a $1.8 million grant from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), with the remaining $625,000 from non-federal sources.</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 31 years, FEMA has invested more than $1.4 billion to reduce disaster risk in California.</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, 01/28/2021 - 22:08</span> Thu, 28 Jan 2021 22:08:38 +0000 robert.barker 611418 at https://www.fema.gov Federal Support Increased to the State of Arizona https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210127/federal-support-increased-state-arizona-0 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Federal Support Increased to the State of Arizona</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) is supporting state and local government partners to identify and fill resource gaps, provide federal funding to accelerate state vaccination efforts and establish vaccine sites.</p> <p>At the request of Arizona, FEMA deployed 66 disaster personnel to assist with vaccination efforts at state- and locally-managed vaccination distribution sites in Glendale, Kingman, Prescott Valley and Tucson.</p> <p>FEMA is also currently coordinating the support of <a>over 130 doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and other medical support personnel from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Defense </a>to augment hospital staff levels in response to the influx of coronavirus patients. Since March 2020, FEMA has facilitated deployments of hundreds of federal medical personnel to support the state’s emergency response needs.</p> <p>Prior to the executive orders to expand vaccination efforts, FEMA obligated more than $57.5 billion toward COVID-19 response efforts, $1.2 billion of which went to Arizona.</p> <p>FEMA remains committed to helping Americans in their time of need and will continue to work with our partners to stop the spread of this disease.</p> <p>###</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></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, 01/26/2021 - 22:00</span> Tue, 26 Jan 2021 22:00:13 +0000 robert.barker 611088 at https://www.fema.gov Federal Support Increased to the State of Arizona https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210127/federal-support-increased-state-arizona <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Federal Support Increased to the State of Arizona</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) is supporting state and local government partners to identify and fill resource gaps, provide federal funding to accelerate state vaccination efforts and establish vaccine sites.</p> <p>At the request of Arizona, FEMA deployed 66 disaster personnel to assist with vaccination efforts at state- and locally-managed vaccination distribution sites in Glendale, Kingman, Prescott Valley and Tucson.</p> <p>FEMA is also currently coordinating the support of <a>over 130 doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and other medical support personnel from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Defense </a>to augment hospital staff levels in response to the influx of coronavirus patients. Since March 2020, FEMA has facilitated deployments of hundreds of federal medical personnel to support the state’s emergency response needs.</p> <p>Prior to the executive orders to expand vaccination efforts, FEMA obligated more than $57.5 billion toward national COVID-19 response efforts, $1.2 billion of which went to Arizona.</p> <p>FEMA remains committed to helping Americans in their time of need and will continue to work with our partners to stop the spread of this disease.</p> <p>###</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></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, 01/26/2021 - 22:00</span> Tue, 26 Jan 2021 22:00:06 +0000 robert.barker 611085 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Issues $1.2M Installment to California for Earthquake Protection https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210318/fema-issues-12m-installment-california-earthquake-protection <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Issues $1.2M Installment to California for Earthquake Protection</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 released an additional installment of $1.2 million to the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) for its Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program. The grant will subsidize a project of the California Residential Mitigation Program, a joint powers authority of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the CEA, for earthquake retrofits on 391 at-risk homes likely to shake from their foundations in the event of an earthquake.</p> <p>EBB addresses two seismic vulnerabilities found in many older homes that may have short, wood-framed cripple walls under the first floor. The retrofit bolts the house to the foundation, and if short, wood-framed walls are present under the first floor, the retrofit braces those walls with plywood to reinforce and help prevent the house from collapsing or sliding off its foundation during a quake.</p> <p>EBB is a code-compliant retrofit that lessens the potential for damage and may allow families to remain in their homes after earthquakes. Each EBB recipient receives a grant of up to $3,000 to bring their home up to seismic code compliance.</p> <p>FEMA’s $1.2 million release from its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), in combination with the applicant’s $812,000, marks the latest installment of the $33.3 million project. The remaining $7.1 million will be released incrementally throughout the life of the grant, as applications are approved, to retrofit a total of 6,667 homes.</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. Over the past 31 years, FEMA has invested more than $1.4 billion to reduce disaster risk in California.</p> <p>###</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></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, 01/12/2021 - 20:54</span> Tue, 12 Jan 2021 20:54:23 +0000 robert.barker 610031 at https://www.fema.gov Flood Insurance Reduces Post-Wildfire Flood and Mudflow Losses https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210318/flood-insurance-reduces-post-wildfire-flood-and-mudflow-losses <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Flood Insurance Reduces Post-Wildfire Flood and Mudflow Losses</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> – After another relentless wildfire season, thousands of property owners in burn scar areas now face increased risk of flooding and mudflows. Wildfires destroy the plants and root systems that stabilize hillsides. Without this vegetation, even small amounts of rain can trigger a flood or mudflow that can occur quickly and with little warning – an increased risk that can last for several years or until enough ground-stabilizing vegetation takes root.</p> <p>Homeowners and renters do not have to bear the entire risk themselves since mudflow coverage is part of a standard policy from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). NFIP policies offer flood insurance coverage to property owners, renters and business owners. The maximum coverage for a residential building is $250,000, $100,000 for contents. Commercial structures are eligible for the maximum coverage of $500,000, $500,000 on contents.</p> <p>Protect yourself today. Winter rains are just around the corner and the risk of flooding and mudflows is more pressing than ever. Not to mention, there is generally a 30-day waiting period before an NFIP policy becomes effective.</p> <p>For more information on the NFIP or to locate an insurance agent, contact the help center at (877) 336-2627 or visit <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov/">FloodSmart.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">Mon, 12/28/2020 - 20:35</span> Mon, 28 Dec 2020 20:35:40 +0000 robert.barker 609419 at https://www.fema.gov Continued Rental Assistance May be Available from FEMA https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210318/continued-rental-assistance-may-be-available-fema <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Continued Rental Assistance May be Available from FEMA</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>Survivors of Major August, September Wildfires Must Demonstrate Ongoing Need </em></p> <p>SACRAMENTO, Calif. – If you are a California survivor of the recent wildfires receiving rental assistance for temporary housing through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, let FEMA know if you have a continuing need.</p> <p>Rental assistance is for paying rent, including a security deposit, at a place other than your damaged home. To continue to receive it, you must prove an ongoing need, which may be that suitable housing is not available, or that your permanent housing plan has not been completed through no fault of your own.</p> <p>You may qualify for continued assistance if you:</p> <ul><li>Demonstrate your disaster-related financial need; and</li> <li>Show you are developing a longer-term or permanent housing plan or demonstrate progress toward one. A contractor’s estimate of repairs can point to progress.</li> </ul><p>A permanent housing plan is one that would put you back into permanent safe, sanitary and functional housing within a reasonable time frame. You must continue to work toward obtaining permanent housing to remain eligible for Continued Rental Assistance.</p> <p>The deadline to register with FEMA for disaster assistance for Disaster 4558 was Dec. 11, 2020. This is for August/September wildfires in the counties of Butte, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Trinity, Tulare and Yolo. If you registered in time, you may apply for rental assistance even if you haven’t already.</p> <p>The deadline to register with FEMA for disaster assistance for Disaster 4569 was Dec. 16, 2020. This is for later fires in the counties of Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, Napa, San Bernardino, San Diego, Shasta, Siskiyou and Sonoma.</p> <p>If you are currently receiving rental assistance and you have an ongoing need, you must ask for it to continue.  This is the process:</p> <ul><li>Contact FEMA.</li> <li>Prove you’ve spent previous assistance on rent.</li> <li>Provide the status of your housing plan.</li> </ul><p>Extensions on rental assistance may be granted for 3-month periods, up to a maximum of 18 months from the date of the presidential declarations: Aug. 22, 2020, for Disaster 4558 and Oct. 16, 2020, for Disaster 4569.</p> <p>The application must be accompanied by these supporting documents:</p> <ul><li>Pre-disaster and current household income status.</li> <li>Copies of pre-disaster lease, utility bills, renter’s insurance information.</li> <li>Copy of current lease or rental agreement signed by you and the landlord.</li> <li>Rental receipts, canceled checks or money orders showing the rental assistance was used to pay for housing expenses.</li> </ul><p>Submit documents by creating an account at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a> or by uploading via the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/app">FEMA app</a> to a smartphone or tablet.</p> <p><strong>Homeowners:</strong></p> <p>If your FEMA Verified Loss exceeds the amount of initial Rental Assistance award you received, the application to request Continued Temporary Rental Assistance will be mailed to you after you receive your initial rental assistance award.</p> <p>If your verified loss does not exceed the initial rental award, you must call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 ( TTY: 800-462-7585) and ask for an application for Continued Temporary Rental Assistance.</p> <p><strong>Renters:</strong></p> <p>You will need to call the Helpline to ask for an application for Continued Temporary Rental Assistance.</p> <p>Your request will be evaluated to determine if you are eligible for the extension, but there is no guarantee of rental assistance past the first two months.</p> <p>For the latest information on wildfire recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4558"><em>www.fema.gov/disaster/4558</em></a> or <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4569"><em>www.fema.gov/disaster/4569</em></a> and follow the FEMA Region 9 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion9"><em>twitter.com/femaregion9</em></a>.</p> <p><strong><em>###</em></strong></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>bree-constance…</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 12/17/2020 - 22:16</span> Thu, 17 Dec 2020 22:16:06 +0000 bree-constance.huffin 608216 at https://www.fema.gov