https://www.fema.gov/ en FEMA Seeks Public Comment for Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Rule https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20221114/fema-seeks-public-comment-hermits-peakcalf-canyon-fire-assistance-rule <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Seeks Public Comment for Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Rule</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA has published an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register implementing the <a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/7721/text?r=55&amp;s=1">Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Act</a> on Nov. 14, and is now seeking public comment on this Interim Final Rule. The public comment period will run from Nov. 14, 2022, through Jan. 13, 2023, and comments can be submitted at <a href="http://www.regulations.gov/">Regulations.gov</a>. The Federal Register Notice docket number is <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2022-24728/hermits-peakcalf-canyon-fire-assistance">FEMA-2022-0037</a>.</p> <p>The Hermit’s Peak/Canyon Fire Assistance Act provides compensation for those impacted by the fire. The compensation may cover eligible loss, including personal injury, loss of property, business loss or financial loss.</p> <p>FEMA’s Interim Final Rule guides the claims process and describes necessary documentation, evaluation criteria and compensation available for those impacted by the fire and subsequent flooding. The rule also provides additional guidance for appeal rights, arbitration and judicial review. </p> <p>Four public meetings will be held in the most heavily impacted communities to collect public comments. For each meeting, doors will open at 5 p.m. MT, with the meetings running from 5:30-7 p.m MT.</p> <p><strong>Nov. 17, 2022, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. MT</strong></p> <p>Old Memorial Middle School</p> <p>947 Legion Drive, Las Vegas, NM 87701</p> <p><strong>Dec. 1, 2022, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. MT</strong></p> <p>Mora High School</p> <p>10 Ranger Road, Mora, NM 87701</p> <p><strong>Dec. 15, 2022, from 5:30 - 7 pm MT</strong></p> <p>Old Memorial Middle School</p> <p>947 Legion Drive, Las Vegas, NM 87701</p> <p><strong>Jan. 5, 2023, from 5:30 - 7 pm MT</strong></p> <p>Mora High School</p> <p>10 Ranger Road, Mora, NM 87701</p> <p>The in-person public meetings will be managed by FEMA and staffed with both English and Spanish speakers, as well as American Sign Language interpreters.      </p> <p>These public meetings will include an overview of the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Office Regulations and allow members of the public to provide verbal comments for the record. These will not serve as a forum for questions and answers.</p> <p>For instructions on submitting comments in-person or online visit: <a href="/Hermits-Peak">FEMA.gov/Hermits-Peak</a>.</p> <h3>Submitting a Notice of Loss Form</h3> <p>Beginning Nov. 14, 2022, New Mexicans impacted by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire may submit a Notice of Loss form signaling an interest in beginning the claims process. The Notice of Loss form and information on how to submit can be found at <a href="/Hermits-Peak">FEMA.gov/Hermits-Peak</a>.</p> <p>Notice of Loss forms can be submitted one of two ways: by email or through the U.S. Postal Service.</p> <ul><li><strong>Email</strong>: Send a Notice of Loss form via email to <a href="mailto:fema-hermits-peak@fema.dhs.gov">fema-hermits-peak@fema.dhs.gov</a></li> <li><strong>Mail</strong>: Send a Notice of Loss form to the following postal address:</li> </ul><p>Attention - FEMA Hermit’s Peak Calf/Canyon Claims Office P.O. Box 1329 Santa Fe, NM 87504</p> <p>Once the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Office acknowledges the receipt and completion of the Notice of Loss form, they have 180 days to determine the amount to be paid to the claimant.</p> <p>It is important to emphasize that while the Notice of Loss form will be accepted beginning Nov. 14, it will take time to build out the operation and the claims process to full capacity. The Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Office is expected to be fully operational in early 2023.</p> <p>In the coming months a variety of methods will be utilized to reach impacted residents, including opening Customer Service Centers and employing mobile units to provide one-on-one assistance to those with questions about the claims process.</p> <p>FEMA is working closely with local leaders and community partners in the roll out of these services and will keep New Mexicans and Tribal Nations impacted by these fires informed every step of the way.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>amy.ashbridge</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/14/2022 - 22:25</span> Mon, 14 Nov 2022 22:25:18 +0000 amy.ashbridge 645850 at https://www.fema.gov Bastrop County, Texas, Flood Maps Become Final https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20221109/bastrop-county-texas-flood-maps-become-final <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bastrop County, Texas, Flood Maps Become Final</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas – </strong>New flood maps have been finalized and will become effective on May 9, 2023, for Bastrop County, Texas. During the next six months, a FEMA compliance specialist will work with the community to update each floodplain ordinance and adopt these new flood maps.</p> <p>Residents are encouraged to examine the maps to determine if they are in a low-to-moderate or high-risk flood zone. The current and future Flood Insurance Rate Map can be viewed on FEMA’s Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="https://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">https://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a>.<em> </em></p> <p>By understanding flood risks, individuals can decide which insurance option is best for their situation. Community leaders can use these maps to make informed decisions about building standards and development that will make the community more resilient and lessen the impacts of a flooding event.</p> <p>Anyone without flood insurance risks uninsured losses to their home, personal property and business. Flood insurance is available either through a private policy or through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for those in communities who participate in the NFIP. Residents with federally backed mortgages must have flood insurance if their structures are in the Special Flood Hazard Area.</p> <p>Contact your local floodplain administrator (FPA) to review the new flood maps and learn more about your risk of flooding. A FEMA Map Specialist can help identify your community FPA and answer questions about the maps as well. Contact them by phone or online chat.</p> <ul><li>To use the live chat service, visit floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html (just click on the “Live Chat” icon). The chat service is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST.</li> <li>To contact a FEMA Map Specialist, call 877-FEMA MAP (877-336-2627) or send an email to <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">floodsmart.gov</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</p> <p>Follow us at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a> and like us at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/femaregion6/">facebook.com/FEMARegion6/</a>.</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, 11/09/2022 - 22:00</span> Wed, 09 Nov 2022 22:00:16 +0000 mashana.davis 645605 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Extends Hurricane Ida Direct Housing Program https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20221026/fema-extends-hurricane-ida-direct-housing-program <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Extends Hurricane Ida Direct Housing Program</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>BATON ROUGE, La. – </strong>FEMA has approved a six month extension of its Direct Housing program for eligible Hurricane Ida survivors, following an extension request from the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).</p> <ul><li>Before the extension, the program had been set to end on Feb. 28, 2023, 18 months following the major disaster declaration (the 18-month period is determined by federal law).</li> <li>On Sept. 16, 2022, GOHSEP requested a six-month extension, from Feb. 28, 2023 to Aug. 29, 2023.</li> <li>On Oct. 20, 2022, FEMA approved a six-month extension, authorizing the Direct Housing program through Aug. 29, 2023 in the following parishes: Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne.</li> </ul><p> </p> <p>FEMA is committed to providing temporary housing to eligible Hurricane Ida survivors as they continue the long-term work of recovery. Since Ida made landfall, FEMA has housed more than 3,800 families in mobile homes, travel trailers and other ready-to-occupy housing.</p> <p><a>Snapshot as of Oct. 24</a></p> <p>3,812 households have lived in FEMA-provided units.</p> <p>557 households have moved out.</p> <p>3,255 households are living in FEMA units.</p> <p>Media questions can be directed to the FEMA Louisiana News Desk:</p> <ul><li>(225) 389-2408</li> <li><a href="mailto:FEMA-NewsDesk-Louisiana-Disasters@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-NewsDesk-Louisiana-Disasters@fema.dhs.gov</a></li> </ul></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>kirsten.chambers</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/26/2022 - 16:06</span> Wed, 26 Oct 2022 16:06:13 +0000 kirsten.chambers 645005 at https://www.fema.gov Revised Preliminary Flood Maps for Collin County, Texas, Ready for Public View https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20221018/revised-preliminary-flood-maps-collin-county-texas-ready-public-view <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Revised Preliminary Flood Maps for Collin County, Texas, Ready for Public View</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>DENTON, Texas –<strong> </strong>Revised<strong> </strong>Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in portions of the cities of Carrollton, Dallas, Plano and Richardson in Collin County, Texas.</p> <p>Property owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the appeal and comment period for the maps.</p> <p>For this Physical Map Revision, the FIRMs for Collin County serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). SFHAs are areas at high risk for flooding. Communities and residents can use the information to make informed decisions about building, development and flood insurance.</p> <p>FEMA stresses that flooding can and does happen outside of the most vulnerable areas.</p> <p>Review the preliminary flood maps by visiting the local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can help identify community FPAs. Specialists are available by telephone at 877-FEMA-MAP (877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p><a>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</a></p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a></li> <li>FEMA Map Service Center at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/portal">msc.fema.gov/portal</a></li> </ul><p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html">floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html</a> (just click on the “Live Chat Open” icon). The chat service is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone at 877-FEMA-MAP (877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov/">floodsmart.gov.</a></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>luther.wills-dudich</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/18/2022 - 19:11</span> Tue, 18 Oct 2022 19:11:28 +0000 luther.wills-dudich 644669 at https://www.fema.gov Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Portion of Coal County, Oklahoma Within the Choctaw Nation. https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220928/public-invited-appeal-or-comment-flood-maps-portion-coal-county-oklahoma-0 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Portion of Coal County, Oklahoma Within the Choctaw Nation.</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas – </strong>Revised preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps are available for review for portions of Coal County, Oklahoma located within the Choctaw Nation. Residents and business owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements.</p> <p>The updated maps were produced in coordination with Tribal, local, state and FEMA officials. Community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the 90-day appeal and comment period.</p> <p>The <strong>90-day appeal and comment period</strong> will begin on or around Sept. 28, 2022. </p> <p><strong>Appeals and comments may be submitted through Dec. 27, 2022 for:</strong></p> <ul><li>Portion of Coal County located within the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.</li> </ul><p><a>Residents may submit an appeal if they consider modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect.</a></p> <ul><li>An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim.</li> <li>Appeals cannot be based on the effects of proposed projects or projects started after the study is in progress.</li> <li>If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information — such as a missing or misspelled road name in the Special Flood Hazard Area or an incorrect corporate boundary — they can submit a written comment.</li> </ul><p>The next step in the mapping process is to resolve all comments and appeals. Once these are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.</p> <p>To review the preliminary maps or submit appeals and comments, visit your local floodplain administrator (FPA) or contact Choctaw Nation’s Emergency Management Department at 1-800-522-6170. A FEMA Map Specialist can identify your community FPA. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a></li> <li>FEMA Map Service Center at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/portal">http://msc.fema.gov/portal</a></li> </ul><p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html">floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html</a> (just click on the “Live Chat Open” icon).</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/28/2022 - 23:44</span> Wed, 28 Sep 2022 23:44:30 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 642952 at https://www.fema.gov Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Portion of Coal County, Oklahoma Within the Chickasaw Nation https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220928/public-invited-appeal-or-comment-flood-maps-portion-coal-county-oklahoma <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Portion of Coal County, Oklahoma Within the Chickasaw Nation </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas – </strong>Revised preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps are available for review for portions of Coal County, Oklahoma located within the Chickasaw Nation. Residents and business owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements.</p> <p>The updated maps were produced in coordination with Tribal, local, state and FEMA officials. Community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the 90-day appeal and comment period.</p> <p>The <strong>90-day appeal and comment period</strong> will begin on or around Sept. 28, 2022. </p> <p><strong>Appeals and comments may be submitted through Dec. 27, 2022 for:</strong></p> <ul><li>Portion of Coal County located within the Chickasaw Nation.</li> </ul><p><a>Residents may submit an appeal if they consider modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect.</a></p> <ul><li>An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim.</li> <li>Appeals cannot be based on the effects of proposed projects or projects started after the study is in progress.</li> <li>If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information — such as a missing or misspelled road name in the Special Flood Hazard Area or an incorrect corporate boundary — they can submit a written comment.</li> </ul><p>The next step in the mapping process is to resolve all comments and appeals. Once these are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.</p> <p>To review the preliminary maps or submit appeals and comments, visit your local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can identify your community FPA. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a></li> <li>FEMA Map Service Center at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/portal">http://msc.fema.gov/portal</a></li> </ul><p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html">floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html</a> (just click on the “Live Chat Open” icon).</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p> <p> </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, 09/28/2022 - 23:44</span> Wed, 28 Sep 2022 23:44:29 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 642951 at https://www.fema.gov Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Coal County, Oklahoma https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220928/public-invited-appeal-or-comment-flood-maps-coal-county-oklahoma <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Coal County, Oklahoma</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas – </strong>Revised Preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps are available for review for Coal County, Oklahoma. Residents and business owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements.</p> <p>The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the 90-day appeal and comment period.</p> <p>The <strong>90-day appeal and comment period</strong> will begin on or around Sept. 28, 2022. </p> <p><strong>Appeals and comments may be submitted through Dec. 27, 2022 for:</strong></p> <ul><li>The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; the cities of Coalgate, Lehigh and Tupelo; the Town of Phillips; and the unincorporated areas of Coal County.</li> </ul><p><a>Residents may submit an appeal if they consider modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect.</a></p> <ul><li>An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim.</li> <li>Appeals cannot be based on the effects of proposed projects or projects started after the study is in progress.</li> <li>If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information — such as a missing or misspelled road name in the Special Flood Hazard Area or an incorrect corporate boundary — they can submit a written comment.</li> </ul><p>The next step in the mapping process is to resolve all comments and appeals. Once these are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.</p> <p>To review the preliminary maps or submit appeals and comments, visit your local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can identify your community FPA. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a></li> <li>FEMA Map Service Center at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/portal">http://msc.fema.gov/portal</a></li> </ul><p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html">floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html</a> (just click on the “Live Chat Open” icon).</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/28/2022 - 23:14</span> Wed, 28 Sep 2022 23:14:15 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 642950 at https://www.fema.gov Seminole County Disaster Recovery Center to Close September 27 https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220927/seminole-county-disaster-recovery-center-close-september-27 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Seminole County Disaster Recovery Center to Close September 27</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a><strong>OKLAHOMA CITY</strong></a> – Oklahoma residents have just one more day to visit the joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Seminole County. The center will close permanently at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27. The DRC was opened to help survivors affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 2-8.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>SEMINOLE COUNTY</strong></p> <p>Seminole State College</p> <p>David L. Boren Library Room 105</p> <p>2701 Boren Blvd.</p> <p>Seminole, OK 74868</p> <p><strong>Hours Monday-Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. </strong></p> <p><strong>Closes permanently at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27.</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><a>Survivors can also call the FEMA Helpline at 1-</a>800-621-3362 if they have questions about their FEMA application or have additional needs. The final day to apply for federal assistance is Wednesday, Sept. 28.</p> <p>For the latest information, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4657">fema.gov/disaster/4657</a>. Follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a> and like us on Facebook at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FEMARegion6/">facebook.com/FEMARegion6</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/27/2022 - 23:14</span> Tue, 27 Sep 2022 23:14:38 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 642902 at https://www.fema.gov Wednesday, Sept. 28, is the Last Day to Apply with FEMA https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220927/wednesday-sept-28-last-day-apply-fema <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Wednesday, Sept. 28, is the Last Day to Apply with FEMA</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a><strong>OKLAHOMA CITY</strong></a>—Oklahoma residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 2-8 are running out of time to apply for federal assistance. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Sept. 28.</p> <p>Federal assistance may help eligible survivors pay for rent, home repair or replacement and many other disaster-related needs, including vehicle repair or replacement, funeral expenses, medical or dental expenses and other costs associated with recovery from a disaster.</p> <p>If you have not applied for federal assistance:</p> <ul><li>Log onto <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a> to submit your application for disaster assistance. The website is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.</li> <li>Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.<strong> </strong>If you use a video relay service, captioned telephone service, or other communication services, please provide FEMA the specific number assigned for that service.<strong> </strong>Lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT.</li> </ul><p>For the latest information, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4657">fema.gov/disaster/4657</a>. Follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a> and like us on Facebook at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FEMARegion6/">facebook.com/FEMARegion6</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/27/2022 - 23:09</span> Tue, 27 Sep 2022 23:09:49 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 642901 at https://www.fema.gov Moffett, Oklahoma Facing Probation from the National Flood Insurance Program https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220926/moffett-oklahoma-facing-probation-national-flood-insurance-program <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Moffett, Oklahoma Facing Probation from the National Flood Insurance Program</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas – </strong><a>The town of Moffett, Oklahoma will be placed on probationary status by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on <strong>Nov. 26, 2022</strong>, due to deficiencies and violations with the town’s floodplain management program unless the town can either remediate all outstanding violations or prepare a compliance plan approved by FEMA.</a></p> <p>The NFIP currently provides nine policies within the town of Moffett, including four non-residential policies for Moffett Public Schools and five residential policies.</p> <p>When a community joins the NFIP, it voluntarily adopts local floodplain management regulations to meet NFIP minimum floodplain management criteria. Placement on probation is a formal notice to the community that the local floodplain management program is not compliant and is the first step in the process to suspend the community’s eligibility to participate in the NFIP.</p> <p>Unless the town either remediates the violations or completes a compliance plan approved by FEMA, the probation period will begin on <strong>Nov. 26, 2022</strong>, and be in effect for one year.</p> <p>During the probationary period, flood insurance coverage will remain available within Moffett. However, a $50 surcharge will be added to the premium of each new and renewed flood insurance policy sold within the town for at least one year from the effective date of probation. Each flood insurance policyholder in Moffett will receive a notice about the impending probation and the $50 surcharge.</p> <p>Failure to correct identified deficiencies and to improve the floodplain management program within Moffett during the probationary period can lead to suspension from the NFIP. Flood insurance from the NFIP is no longer available for purchase for communities on suspension. If a flood disaster occurs in a suspended community, most types of federal disaster assistance would not be available. This includes the acquisition, construction or repair of insurable structures within the Special Flood Hazard Area as well as federal assistance to individuals and households for housing and personal property.</p> <p>FEMA has conducted extensive outreach to the Town of Moffett over three years through formal correspondence, emails, phone calls, a town hall meeting, engagement with local nonprofits, state agencies and a community assistance visit intended to resolve NFIP compliance issues.</p> <p>FEMA will continue to provide technical assistance and guidance to the town to resolve program deficiencies and correct the violations to help ensure that Moffett residents and property owners have access to flood insurance coverage.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/26/2022 - 16:34</span> Mon, 26 Sep 2022 16:34:52 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 642835 at https://www.fema.gov Apply Today, Disaster Assistance Deadline is One Week Away https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220923/apply-today-disaster-assistance-deadline-one-week-away <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Apply Today, Disaster Assistance Deadline is One Week Away</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a><strong>OKLAHOMA CITY</strong></a>—Oklahoma residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 2-8 have one week remaining to apply for federal assistance. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Sept. 28.</p> <p>Federal assistance may help eligible survivors pay for rent, home repair or replacement and many other disaster-related needs, including vehicle repair or replacement, funeral expenses, medical or dental expenses and other costs associated with recovery from a disaster.</p> <p>If you have not applied for federal assistance, there are several ways to apply.</p> <ul><li>Log onto <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a> to submit your application for disaster assistance. The website is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.</li> <li>Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.<strong> </strong>If you use a video relay service, captioned telephone service, or other communication services, please provide FEMA the specific number assigned for that service.<strong> </strong>Lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week.</li> <li>Visit the Disaster Recovery Center in Seminole County. The DRC is located at:</li> </ul><blockquote> <p><strong>Seminole State College </strong></p> <p>David L. Boren Library Room 105</p> <p>2701 Boren Blvd.</p> <p>Seminole, OK 74868</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.</strong></p> <p>For the latest information, visit <a href="/disaster/4657">fema.gov/disaster/4657</a>. Follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a> and like us on Facebook at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FEMARegion6/">facebook.com/FEMARegion6</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>amy.ashbridge</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/23/2022 - 18:29</span> Fri, 23 Sep 2022 18:29:14 +0000 amy.ashbridge 642745 at https://www.fema.gov Revised Preliminary Flood Maps for Victoria County, Texas, Ready for Public View https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220922/revised-preliminary-flood-maps-victoria-county-texas-ready-public-view <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Revised Preliminary Flood Maps for Victoria County, Texas, Ready for Public View</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas – </strong>Revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in portions of the City of Victoria and unincorporated areas of Victoria County, Texas.</p> <p>Property owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the appeal and comment periods for the maps.</p> <p>For this Physical Map Revision, the FIRMs for Victoria County serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). SFHAs are areas at high risk for flooding. Communities and residents can use the information to make informed decisions about building, development and flood insurance.</p> <p>FEMA stresses that flooding can and does happen outside of the most vulnerable areas.</p> <p>Review the preliminary flood maps by visiting the local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can help identify community FPAs. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p><a>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</a></p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a></li> <li>FEMA Map Service Center at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/portal">http://msc.fema.gov/portal</a></li> </ul><p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html">floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html</a> (just click on the “Live Chat Open” icon).</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>amy.ashbridge</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/22/2022 - 15:15</span> Thu, 22 Sep 2022 15:15:23 +0000 amy.ashbridge 642703 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Muscogee (Creek) Nation https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220920/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-muscogee <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Muscogee (Creek) Nation </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON<strong> </strong>­-- FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to supplement tribal recovery efforts in the areas affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding May 2-8, 2022.</p> <p>Public assistance federal funding is available to the tribal government and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures.</p> <p>Roland W. Jackson has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the 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>amy.ashbridge</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/20/2022 - 21:13</span> Tue, 20 Sep 2022 21:13:13 +0000 amy.ashbridge 642450 at https://www.fema.gov Muskogee County Disaster Recovery Center to Close https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220919/muskogee-county-disaster-recovery-center-close <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Muskogee County Disaster Recovery Center to Close </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OKLAHOMA CITY</strong> – Oklahoma residents have just a few more days to visit the joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Muskogee County. The center will close permanently at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21. The DRC was opened to help survivors affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 2-8. The recovery center in Seminole remains open to serve survivors.</p> <p><strong>MUSKOGEE COUNTY</strong></p> <p><strong>The center is closing permanently at 7 p.m., Sept. 21.</strong></p> <p>Harris-Jobe Elementary School</p> <p>2809 N. Country Club Road</p> <p>Muskogee, OK 74403</p> <p><strong>Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.</strong></p> <p>Oklahoma residents can still visit the Seminole County DRC for assistance.  </p> <p><strong>SEMINOLE COUNTY</strong></p> <p>Seminole State College</p> <p>David L. Boren Library Room 105</p> <p>2701 Boren Blvd.</p> <p>Seminole, OK 74868</p> <p><strong>Hours Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.</strong></p> <p><a>Survivors can also call the FEMA Helpline at 1-</a>800-621-3362 if they have questions about their FEMA application or have additional needs.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/19/2022 - 22:43</span> Mon, 19 Sep 2022 22:43:47 +0000 Carmen.Castro 642420 at https://www.fema.gov Tulsa Advances to Round 2 Consideration for FEMA Mitigation Grant to Enhance Community Resilience https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220830/tulsa-advances-round-2-consideration-fema-mitigation-grant-enhance-community <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Tulsa Advances to Round 2 Consideration for FEMA Mitigation Grant to Enhance Community Resilience</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas</strong> – The City of Tulsa has advanced to Round 2 consideration for FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant. The nearly $20 million project would improve the city’s resilience to flooding and extreme heat, as well as its water quality. If selected, the City of Tulsa would use the funds to make significant drainage improvements to Fulton Creek.</p> <p>FEMA’s Acting Resilience Deputy Administrator Victoria Salinas joined Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and other local officials at a media event today to recognize city leaders for this achievement and other ongoing efforts to strengthen their neighborhoods, protect their citizens and to lower flood insurance rates.</p> <p>FEMA’s BRIC Grant Program supports states, local communities, tribes and territories for mitigation planning, adoption and enforcement of building codes and standards, project scoping and small-scale mitigation projects. Tulsa’s grant submission was selected based on the highest composite score assessed during the review. </p> <p>Tulsa has spent decades developing lofty stormwater management goals including drainage system maintenance and floodplain development priorities. These actions have helped to reduce risk from future flooding and to save lives.</p> <p>“The City of Tulsa serves as an example of how a people-centered, city-wide resilience strategy benefits the whole community,” FEMA’s Victoria Salinas said. “FEMA commends Tulsa as a national leader in community flood risk reduction, and for proposing a project that will create more equitable outcomes for all area residents, businesses and homeowners. We are excited that Tulsa has advanced in the BRIC grant application process. The possibility of providing more funding to help them implement a project that will further community resilience is exciting and encouraging to other communities that wish to do the same.”</p> <p>The City of Tulsa has a system-based approach to improving resilience to flooding, heat and water quality. To reduce flooding, Tulsa’s project submission will allow the city to make infrastructure enhancements along Fulton Creek by increasing the capacity of the storm sewer system and constructing two detention ponds and culverts. Stormwater runoff prevention will also be enhanced by adding trees to reduce heat and limiting development.</p> <p>These improvements will result in a more usable, environmentally sensitive, healthier, and safer community while reducing risk from future flooding and to save lives.</p> <p>Project awards could be announced as early as Spring 2023. <a>For more information on the BRIC Grant Program and other mitigation funding opportunities, visit</a> <a href="https://urldefense.us/v3/__https:/gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https*3A*2F*2Furldefense.us*2Fv3*2F__https*3A*2Fgcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com*2F*3Furl*3Dhttps*3A*2F*2Furldefense.us*2Fv3*2F__https*3A*2Fgcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com*2F*3Furl*3Dhttps*3A*2F*2Fwww.fema.gov*2Fgrants*2Fmitigation*26data*3D05*7C01*7Cccolvin*40cityoftulsa.org*7C17ade651627a41e1623008da87a177bc*7C79d58ae020484d8c9c598b1b7dfb4204*7C0*7C0*7C637971424825926051*7CUnknown*7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0*3D*7C3000*7C*7C*7C*26sdata*3DrYmt5znU36voGmS5DRiFFoiNnKxtfDaHBt*2B77GUSfWY*3D*26reserved*3D0__*3BJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJQ!!BClRuOV5cvtbuNI!TDcM6JNJRuneZiLFGIEtt673rmRgxpIdSLNDVKIDDO5MuFtTKc9RaSmclKRMR6EpA-9VIQ*24*26data*3D05*7C01*7Cccolvin*40cityoftulsa.org*7C304696c767af4b1193ce08da87a8a45b*7C79d58ae020484d8c9c598b1b7dfb4204*7C0*7C0*7C637971455637842476*7CUnknown*7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0*3D*7C3000*7C*7C*7C*26sdata*3DEkMcvatcnZ7CDbmUai*2BkZiCgb9R9hpDJM4Ghh1xKBWI*3D*26reserved*3D0__*3BJSUlJSUlJSUlJSoqKioqJSUqKioqKioqKioqKioqKiolJSoqJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUl!!BClRuOV5cvtbuNI!S0deX3CC8G7XUbjWxQBLozyJ3vpdLv9JOdRUByJctrSFjddSSlhxXCYjhqmp4m7BB1EAuw*24&amp;data=05*7C01*7Cccolvin*40cityoftulsa.org*7Cf641c4984076453c3c5808da87a98aab*7C79d58ae020484d8c9c598b1b7dfb4204*7C0*7C0*7C637971459504206155*7CUnknown*7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0*3D*7C3000*7C*7C*7C&amp;sdata=TCBvOHyL8yP5mDTwi*2BqM0o*2FAewvdfiWHa8lXSszTNzM*3D&amp;reserved=0__;JSUlJSUlJSUlJSoqKioqKioqKioqKioqKioqKioqKioqKioqKioqKioqKioqKioqKiolJSoqKioqKioqKioqKioqKiUlKiolJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUl!!BClRuOV5cvtbuNI!V6hg3rbmpGMr_9a0TSHTeXYB_AkWp7aHYLeRCRBAkvHc1ZaLU3a1Rd4ctE1S2ShyZYgQgR970A$">fema.gov/grants/mitigation</a>.</p> <h3><a>Tulsa's Top NFIP Community Rating Reduces Insurance Rates for Residents</a></h3> <p>On April 1, Tulsa hit the highest possible rating under the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS). Achieving a Class 1 rating has only been accomplished by one other city in the country. Tulsa’s leaders and planners long ago realized something had to be done to avoid future losses from floods. This Class 1 rating is reducing insurance rates for residents by 45 percent. Learn more about the city’s CRS achievement at <a href="https://www.fema.gov/blog/city-tulsa-rises-top-leader-risk-reduction">fema.gov/blog/city-tulsa-rises-top-leader-risk-reduction</a>.</p> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/30/2022 - 15:11</span> Tue, 30 Aug 2022 15:11:40 +0000 Carmen.Castro 640430 at https://www.fema.gov Apply with FEMA Today, Application Deadline One Month Away https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220829/apply-fema-today-application-deadline-one-month-away <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Apply with FEMA Today, Application Deadline One Month Away</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OKLAHOMA CITY</strong>—Oklahoma residents affected by the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding May 2-8 have one month remaining to apply for federal assistance. The deadline to apply is Sept. 28, 2022.</p> <p>There may be several reasons that you have not applied with FEMA. However, federal assistance may be a necessary step in your disaster recovery.</p> <p><strong>Common Misconceptions Debunked:</strong></p> <ul><li><strong><em>“I have my own insurance.”</em></strong><em> </em>Even if you have insurance you should apply for assistance. Sometimes damage is found that insurance won’t cover, but federal disaster assistance may.</li> <li><strong><em>“I’m still waiting on a visit from my insurance adjuster.”</em></strong><em> </em>You should still apply with FEMA, as your insurance may not meet all your disaster-related needs.</li> <li><strong><em>“I think I make too much money to apply for assistance.”</em></strong> Most state and federal disaster assistance programs are available to individuals of all income levels. The kind of help provided depends on the applicant's circumstances and unmet needs.</li> <li><strong><em>“I don’t think I sustained enough damage to qualify.”</em></strong> Damage that may not be visible now, may be discovered during repair work. If you applied for disaster assistance, these repairs may be covered.</li> <li><strong><em>“I don’t want to take assistance from someone else.”</em></strong><em> </em>There are enough disaster funds to take care of every eligible applicant, so you should not worry that you are taking money from other applicants whom you feel need it more.</li> <li><strong><em>“I’m worried that disaster assistance will interrupt or interfere with my other federal assistance.”</em></strong> Disaster assistance grants are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, welfare assistance, SNAP, Supplemental Security Income or any other federal programs.</li> </ul><p><strong> If You Have Not Applied for Federal Assistance:</strong></p> <ul><li>Log onto <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>. The website is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.</li> <li>Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.<strong> </strong>If you use a video relay service, captioned telephone service, or other communication services, please provide FEMA the specific number assigned for that service.<strong> </strong>Lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week.</li> <li>Visit a Disaster Recovery Center. To locate the closest DRC to you, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, visit <a href="http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov">www.DisasterAssistance.gov</a>, download the FEMA app or visit the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/drc">DRC Locator</a>. You can also text 43362 and type DRC (your ZIP Code); for example, DRC 12345.</li> </ul><p>Download the FEMA mobile app at <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-products">fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-products</a> for more information about DRCs<a>.</a></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/29/2022 - 20:48</span> Mon, 29 Aug 2022 20:48:48 +0000 Carmen.Castro 640399 at https://www.fema.gov Revised Preliminary Flood Maps for Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Ready for Public View https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220826/revised-preliminary-flood-maps-tulsa-county-oklahoma-ready-public-view <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Revised Preliminary Flood Maps for Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Ready for Public View</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas – </strong>Revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in portions of the cities of Bixby, Broken Arrow and Tulsa, and unincorporated areas of Tulsa County, Oklahoma.</p> <p>Property owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the appeal and comment periods for the maps.</p> <p>For this Physical Map Revision, the FIRMs for Tulsa County serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). SFHAs are areas at high risk for flooding. Communities and residents can use the information to make informed decisions about building, development and flood insurance.</p> <p>FEMA stresses that flooding can and does happen outside of the most vulnerable areas.</p> <p>Review the preliminary flood maps by visiting the local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can help identify community FPAs. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p><a>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</a></p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a></li> <li>FEMA Map Service Center at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/portal">http://msc.fema.gov/portal</a></li> </ul><p> </p> <p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html">floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html</a> (just click on the “Live Chat Open” icon).</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/26/2022 - 16:49</span> Fri, 26 Aug 2022 16:49:47 +0000 Carmen.Castro 640291 at https://www.fema.gov Hours of operation to change at Disaster Recovery Centers in Muskogee and Seminole counties https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220825/hours-operation-change-disaster-recovery-centers-muskogee-and-seminole <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Hours of operation to change at Disaster Recovery Centers in Muskogee and Seminole counties</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OKLAHOMA CITY</strong>—The joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers in Muskogee and Seminole counties will be closed on Saturday, August 27 and reopen on Monday, August 29 with new hours of operation. The centers assist survivors affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 2-8.</p> <p>Survivors from any of the seven designated counties can meet face to face with specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to get help with their disaster assistance applications, upload documents and have their questions about federal disaster assistance answered at the center.</p> <p>The seven designated counties are Adair, Cherokee, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Pottawatomie, Seminole and Tulsa.</p> <p>Survivors can get in-person help with their disaster assistance applications, upload documents and get questions answered about federal disaster at:</p> <p><strong>Muskogee County</strong></p> <p><strong>Harris-Jobe School</strong></p> <p>2809 N. Country Club Road</p> <p>Muskogee, OK 74403</p> <p><strong>11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday</strong></p> <p><strong>Closed Saturday and Sunday</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Seminole County</strong></p> <p><strong>Seminole State College, David L. Boren Library</strong></p> <p>2701 Boren Blvd.</p> <p>Seminole, OK 74868</p> <p><strong>11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday</strong></p> <p><strong>Closed Saturday and Sunday</strong></p> <p>To locate the closest DRC to you, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, visit <a href="http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov">www.DisasterAssistance.gov</a>, download the FEMA app or visit the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/drc">DRC Locator</a>. You can also text 43362 and type DRC (your ZIP Code); for example, DRC 12345.</p> <p>Download the FEMA mobile app at <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-products">fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-products</a> for more information about DRCs<a>.</a></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/25/2022 - 16:36</span> Thu, 25 Aug 2022 16:36:47 +0000 Carmen.Castro 639922 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Cost-Share Adjustment Grants New Mexico More Funds for Disaster Recovery https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220824/fema-cost-share-adjustment-grants-new-mexico-more-funds-disaster-recovery <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Cost-Share Adjustment Grants New Mexico More Funds for Disaster Recovery </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced today that President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. made additional disaster assistance available for the state of New Mexico.</p> <p>The President authorized an increase in the level of federal funding for public assistance projects undertaken as result of wildfires, straight-line winds, flooding, mudflows and debris flows during the period of April 5 to July 23, 2022. The state of New Mexico received a major disaster declaration on May 4.</p> <p>On June 27, 2022, the President amended his declaration of May 4, 2022, and authorized federal funds for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, at 100% of the total eligible costs for a 90-day period from the date of declaration.</p> <p>Under the President's order, the time period for 100% federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, has been extended for an additional 90-day period from Aug. 3, 2022 through Nov. 1, 2022 for Mora and San Miguel counties.</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, 08/24/2022 - 18:55</span> Wed, 24 Aug 2022 18:55:00 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 639889 at https://www.fema.gov Disaster Recovery Centers in Cherokee and Adair Counties to Close https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220824/disaster-recovery-centers-cherokee-and-adair-counties-close <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Disaster Recovery Centers in Cherokee and Adair Counties to Close </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OKLAHOMA CITY</strong> – Oklahoma residents have just a few more days to visit the joint federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Cherokee and Adair counties. The Cherokee County DRC will close Aug. 24 and the Adair County DRC will close Aug. 25. The DRCs were opened to help survivors affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 2-8.</p> <p>Oklahoma residents can still visit the DRCs in Muskogee or Seminole counties for assistance. To locate the closest DRC to you, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, visit <a href="http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov">www.DisasterAssistance.gov</a>, download the FEMA app or visit the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/drc">DRC Locator</a>. You can also text 43362 and type DRC (your ZIP Code); for example, DRC 12345.</p> <p><strong>CHEROKEE COUNTY</strong></p> <p><strong>The center is closing permanently at 7 p.m., Aug. 24:</strong></p> <p>Cherokee Community Building</p> <p>908 S. College Avenue</p> <p>Tahlequah, OK 74464</p> <p>Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Wednesday.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>ADAIR COUNTY</strong></p> <p><strong>The center is closing permanently at 7 p.m., Aug. 25:</strong></p> <p>Adair County EMS</p> <p>4 E. Walnut St.</p> <p>Stilwell, OK 74960</p> <p>Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday.</p> <p>Download the FEMA mobile app at <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-products">fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-products</a> for more information about DRCs<a>.</a></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/24/2022 - 13:26</span> Wed, 24 Aug 2022 13:26:27 +0000 Carmen.Castro 639884 at https://www.fema.gov LaSalle Parish, Louisiana, Flood Maps Become Final https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220823/lasalle-parish-louisiana-flood-maps-become-final <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">LaSalle Parish, Louisiana, Flood Maps Become Final</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>New flood maps have been finalized and will become effective on Feb. 23, 2023, for LaSalle Parish, Louisiana. During the next six months, a FEMA compliance specialist will work with the community to update each floodplain ordinance and adopt these new flood maps.</p> <p>Residents are encouraged to examine the maps to determine if they are in a low-to-moderate or high-risk flood zone. The current and future Flood Insurance Rate Map can be viewed on FEMA’s Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="https://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">https://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a>.<em> </em></p> <p>By understanding flood risks, individuals can decide which insurance option is best for their situation. Community leaders can use these maps to make informed decisions about building standards and development that will make the community more resilient and lessen the impacts of a flooding event.</p> <p>Anyone without flood insurance risks uninsured losses to their home, personal property and business. Flood insurance is available either through a private policy or through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for those in communities who participate in the NFIP. Residents with federally backed mortgages must have flood insurance if their structures are in the Special Flood Hazard Area.</p> <p>Contact your local floodplain administrator (FPA) to review the new flood maps and learn more about your risk of flooding. A FEMA Map Specialist can help identify your community FPA and answer questions about the maps as well. Contact them by phone or online chat.</p> <ul><li>To use the live chat service, visit <a href="https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html">https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html</a> (just click on the “Live Chat” icon).</li> <li>To contact a FEMA Map Specialist, call 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or send an email to <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>daniel.green2</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/23/2022 - 18:31</span> Tue, 23 Aug 2022 18:31:57 +0000 daniel.green2 639852 at https://www.fema.gov Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Cleveland County, Oklahoma https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220819/public-invited-appeal-or-comment-flood-maps-cleveland-county-oklahoma <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Cleveland County, Oklahoma</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps are available for review in Cleveland County, Oklahoma. Residents and business owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements.</p> <p>The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the 90-day appeal and comment period.</p> <p>The <strong>90-day appeal and comment period</strong> will begin on or around Aug 19, 2022. </p> <p><strong>Appeals and comments may be submitted through Nov. 16, 2022, for:</strong></p> <ul><li>The cities of Moore and Oklahoma City</li> </ul><p><a>Residents may submit an appeal if they consider modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect.</a></p> <ul><li>An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim.</li> </ul><ul><li>Appeals cannot be based on the effects of proposed projects or projects started after the study is in progress.</li> </ul><ul><li>If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information — such as a missing or misspelled road name in the Special Flood Hazard Area or an incorrect corporate boundary — they can submit a written comment.</li> </ul><p>The next step in the mapping process is to resolve all comments and appeals. Once these are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.</p> <p>To review the preliminary maps or submit appeals and comments, visit your local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can identify your community FPA. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a></li> <li>FEMA Map Service Center at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/portal">http://msc.fema.gov/portal</a></li> </ul><p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="http://go.usa.gov/r6C">http://go.usa.gov/r6C</a> (just click on the “Live Chat” icon).</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>daniel.green2</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/19/2022 - 15:45</span> Fri, 19 Aug 2022 15:45:31 +0000 daniel.green2 639727 at https://www.fema.gov Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220819/public-invited-appeal-or-comment-flood-maps-oklahoma-county-oklahoma <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps are available for review in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. Residents and business owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements.</p> <p>The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the 90-day appeal and comment period.</p> <p>The <strong>90-day appeal and comment period</strong> will begin on or around Aug 19, 2022. </p> <p><strong>Appeals and comments may be submitted through Nov. 16, 2022, for:</strong></p> <ul><li>Oklahoma City and the unincorporated areas of Oklahoma County</li> </ul><p><a>Residents may submit an appeal if they consider modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect.</a></p> <ul><li>An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim.</li> </ul><ul><li>Appeals cannot be based on the effects of proposed projects or projects started after the study is in progress.</li> </ul><ul><li>If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information — such as a missing or misspelled road name in the Special Flood Hazard Area or an incorrect corporate boundary — they can submit a written comment.</li> </ul><p>The next step in the mapping process is to resolve all comments and appeals. Once these are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.</p> <p>To review the preliminary maps or submit appeals and comments, visit your local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can identify your community FPA. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a></li> <li>FEMA Map Service Center at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/portal">http://msc.fema.gov/portal</a></li> </ul><p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at <a href="http://go.usa.gov/r6C">http://go.usa.gov/r6C</a> (just click on the “Live Chat” icon).</li> <li>Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</li> </ul><p>There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>daniel.green2</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/19/2022 - 15:42</span> Fri, 19 Aug 2022 15:42:18 +0000 daniel.green2 639726 at https://www.fema.gov ICYMI: FEMA Administrator Speaks at Texas CERT Conference, Meets Houston Leaders to Discuss Hurricane Harvey Lessons Learned https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220818/icymi-fema-administrator-speaks-texas-cert-conference-meets-houston-leaders <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICYMI: FEMA Administrator Speaks at Texas CERT Conference, Meets Houston Leaders to Discuss Hurricane Harvey Lessons Learned</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell joined FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson at the <a href="/fact-sheet/fema-administrator-deanne-criswell-delivers-speech-national-cert-association-conference">National Community Emergency Response Team conference</a> today in Galveston, wrapping up a two-day trip to Texas.</p> <p>The conference brings together volunteer emergency managers engaged in community emergency response across the country.</p> <p>Criswell delivered the keynote address and recognized the CERT volunteers for their impact to their communities. CERT members are often the first to assist their community after a disaster and continue to support after the state, federal and voluntary agency response.</p> <p>“You bring together the partners, you steer the ship through the first few hours of a disaster,” said Criswell. “You staff the shelters and find the food, so no one goes hungry. You are the first ones in and the last ones out. You stay to finish the job during the many, many months of recovery.”</p> <p>These emergency managers often remove impediments to response and recovery efforts following a disaster.</p> <p>Prior to the CERT conference, the Administrator met with faith-based leaders from the Houston area and staff from the Texas Division of Emergency Management as part of a roundtable to discuss lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey and how to better coordinate for future events.</p> <p>Administrator Criswell also visited with members of the Harris County Flood Control District and local officials. During the meeting, officials demonstrated their flood forecast dashboard which was improved using FEMA hazard mitigation grant funding after Hurricane Harvey. The system measures rainfall amounts and monitors water levels in bayous and major streams, providing real-time information to the community.</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_%20administor-interacts-faith-based-community-leaders_image.jpg" width="461" height="307" alt="FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell shacking hands with a faith-based community male leader" loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p>HOUSTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell interacts with faith-based and community leaders during her visit to Houston. (FEMA photo by Daniel Rojas)</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_administrator%20-listens-members-community_image.jpg" width="467" height="309" alt="FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell at a table with a mix of men and women talking" loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p>HOUSTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell listens as members of community and faith-based organizations describe how they continue supporting survivors and community groups to help the Houston-area’s recovery, almost five years after Hurricane Harvey. Criswell updated the group on important FEMA programs and acknowledged that disaster response and recovery efforts require additional work to provide emotional and spiritual care to those impacted during disasters. (FEMA photo by Daniel Rojas)</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_administrator-tours-dashboard_image.jpg" width="466" height="307" alt="FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell standing in between two men talking while looking at a dashboard outside" loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p>HOUSTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell tours the Harris County Flood Control District’s Flood Forecast Dashboard at its Transtar Regional Coordination Facility. This new technology helps the district monitor 188 gauge stations across Harris County bayous and their tributaries to view potential flooding during heavy rainstorms. FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provided funds for this project following Hurricane Harvey. (FEMA photo by Daniel Rojas)</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_administrator-delivering-keynote%20address_image.jpg" width="461" height="352" alt="FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell speaking in front of a crowd of people in a ball room" loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p>GALVESTON, Texas -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell delivers the keynote address at the National CERT Conference Thursday in Galveston, to finish her two-day trip to southeast Texas. Criswell recognized many tribal members in attendance as well as CERT volunteers from across the nation. (FEMA photo by Daniel Rojas)</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>amy.ashbridge</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2022 - 21:51</span> Thu, 18 Aug 2022 21:51:56 +0000 amy.ashbridge 639402 at https://www.fema.gov Incomplete Applications Preventing FEMA Assistance for Residents of New Mexico https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220818/incomplete-applications-preventing-fema-assistance-residents-new-mexico <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Incomplete Applications Preventing FEMA Assistance for Residents of New Mexico</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>SANTA FE, New Mexico – </strong>If you applied for FEMA assistance and have not received a response or if your application was deemed ineligible, we’re probably missing some vital information. At present, we have applications that cannot be processed due to missing insurance documents or other required information.</p> <p>Submitting a disaster assistance application is the first step, but FEMA also requires certain documents to complete your file. Without those documents, we can’t process your application. For example, FEMA may be able to cover expenses your insurance did not. To do that, though, we must have copies of your insurance settlement or denial. These documents are required by law.</p> <p>You may have received a decision letter stating your application is ineligible or no decision can be made at this time. Read that letter carefully. It tells you what actions are needed for FEMA to continue processing your paperwork. If you have questions or just want to talk through the application process, call the <strong>FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362</strong>. Specialists staff the toll-free number from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. If you use a relay service, give FEMA the number for that service. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).</p> <p>You can also speak in-person with FEMA specialists at our Disaster Recovery Center at the Old Memorial Middle School in Las Vegas. They can assist with uploading documents or whatever needs to happen to complete your FEMA application.</p> <p>FEMA specialists continue to call residents whose applications have been flagged for missing documents or details. These phone calls may come from unknown and possibly out-of-state numbers; residents are encouraged to answer or return our calls. However, you don’t have to wait on a call from FEMA. You can call the Helpline and check the status of your application.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/18/2022 - 15:04</span> Thu, 18 Aug 2022 15:04:36 +0000 Carmen.Castro 639394 at https://www.fema.gov