https://www.fema.gov/ en Recovery Includes a Plan for Long-Term Housing https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210514/recovery-includes-plan-long-term-housing <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Recovery Includes a Plan for Long-Term Housing</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> – <a>Help for Louisiana survivors of hurricanes Laura and Delta may include temporary FEMA housing assistance. FEMA has provided direct temporary housing to over 2,000 families from hurricanes Laura and Delta with just over 500 eligible families waiting to receive accommodations. Since housing the first applicant, over 100 families have already moved out of their temporary homes. Direct housing units that are provided by FEMA are not intended to be permanent housing. </a></p> <p>If you are a hurricane Laura or Delta survivor who has been placed in a FEMA-provided housing unit, you will need to show progress toward your long-term housing plan in order to maintain eligibility.</p> <p>FEMA’s temporary housing assistance requires a check every 30 days on the continued need for assistance — and the development of a long-term housing plan is essential. FEMA housing occupants without a housing plan will be given information and tools to help them find available housing.</p> <p>Applicants may qualify for continued assistance based on a demonstrated need in addition to having a longer-term or permanent housing plan; or, demonstrated progress towards development of a long-term housing plan.</p> <p>Survivors can show long-term housing plan progress if they:</p> <ul><li>Commit to and begin repairing or rebuilding your pre-disaster home, find and purchase a new residence, or find and lease an available rental unit;</li> <li>Provide evidence of progress — such as invoices for repairs, contract for rebuild or a lease for a new home —or show that delays are outside of your control;</li> <li>Achieve long-term housing plan goals in a reasonable time frame;</li> <li>Fulfill requests to communicate and meet with FEMA case workers on a regular basis.</li> </ul><p>Housing applicants should keep ALL receipts, canceled checks and money orders showing proper use of FEMA repair funds, as well as previous rental assistance.</p> <p>Renters and Homeowners can call the FEMA helpline to request an application if they have a continued need for further rental assistance. Renters should first contact their previous landlord to find out if and when they will be permitted to move back into their former dwellings.</p> <p>Laura and Delta survivors can stay in touch with FEMA by phone or online:</p> <ul><li>Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).</li> <li>Visit <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</li> <li>Download the FEMA Mobile App at <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/app">fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/app</a> or get a link to download it via text messaging on an Android device (text ANDROID to 43362) or Apple device (text APPLE to 43362).</li> </ul><p>Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should alert FEMA as to the specific number assigned to that service.</p> <p>For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4559">fema.gov/disaster/4559</a>. For the latest information on information on Hurricane Delta, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4570">fema.gov/disaster/4570</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>stuart.lewis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 05/14/2021 - 15:19</span> Fri, 14 May 2021 15:19:21 +0000 stuart.lewis 619773 at https://www.fema.gov It's Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210513/its-time-prepare-hurricane-season <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">It&#039;s Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>It's Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season</strong></p> <p><em>The 2021 hurricane season runs June 1 through Nov. 30</em></p> <p><strong>BATON ROUGE, La.</strong> – Hurricane season will be here soon. Don't wait for a dangerous storm to threaten before preparing. Here are four points you can follow to protect your family and home.</p> <p>Stay informed</p> <p>Pay attention to weather reports and information from state and local news agencies, keeping up with television, radio and online weather reports to stay aware of hurricane warnings.</p> <p>Look for emergency organization phone numbers, websites, social media sites, smartphone apps and other information with hurricane-related reports. Pay close attention to advisories from your local and state authorities.</p> <p>Download the FEMA app: Get alerts from the National Weather Service plus safety reminders, emergency checklists and information about shelters. Get the app at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/mobile-app">www.fema.gov/mobile-app </a>.</p> <p>Visit online at <a href="https://gohsep.la.gov/RESPOND/ALERTS">ALERTS + WARNINGS (la.gov)</a> for local area emergency alerts.</p> <p><strong>Make a plan</strong></p> <p>Talk with your family members to make sure each one knows what to do in case of an emergency.</p> <p>Should governmental authorities order an evacuation, make sure everyone in your family knows where you are going and how to get there if you're traveling separately. Remember, phone service may be unavailable at the time of an emergency. However, texts may go through.</p> <p>Determine safe places where you could stay if asked to evacuate. Establish multiple meeting points in different directions, so you're prepared for any emergency. Figure out where you'll take shelter from the hurricane if you don't have time to evacuate.</p> <p>Click on <a href="https://training.fema.gov/programs/emischool/el361toolkit/assets/familyemergencyplan.pdf">Your Family Emergency Plan</a> and use the information to guide you in preparing for disasters.</p> <p><strong>Prepare an emergency supply kit now</strong></p> <p><strong>If disaster strikes, you probably won't have time to gather all the items you'll need to ride out the storm.</strong></p> <ul><li>Include water, food, and medications for at least three days as well as some cash (include small bills), a first aid kit, a flashlight, and extra batteries.</li> <li>Many people also need items not found in a basic kit such as medicines. Be sure you have enough of prescribed medications on hand; pharmacies may not be open. Remember specialty items for infants and pets.</li> </ul><p>For more information on building a basic emergency kit, visit <a href="https://www.ready.gov/kit">ready.gov/build-a-kit</a>.</p> <p><strong>Gather your documents</strong></p> <p>Having important documents ready to go will help get your recovery process started quickly and efficiently.</p> <p>Keep important papers in a fireproof, waterproof box or safe in your home next to the emergency kit. Store copies in an alternate location such as a safe deposit box, work place or trusted friend or family member's home.</p> <p>Make electronic copies and keep them on a flash drive or CD in your emergency kit, or email copies to yourself. Electronic copies may also be uploaded to a secure digital storage website for retrieval when needed.</p> <p><strong>Important documents to include:</strong></p> <ul><li>Birth certificates, passports, Social Security cards and other personal documents</li> <li>Insurance policies</li> <li>Deed, mortgage, lease and loan papers</li> <li>List of medications, allergies and medical equipment</li> <li>Photos of valuable belongings you may want to include in an insurance claim</li> <li>Contact information for doctors, relatives, creditors and utilities</li> </ul><p><em>For additional information on preparing for hurricanes, </em><a href="http://gohsep.la.gov/ABOUT/LOUISIANA-HAZARDS-THREATS/HURRICANES"><em>HURRICANES (la.gov)</em></a><em> or </em><a href="https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes"><em>ready.gov/hurricanes</em></a><em>.</em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>stuart.lewis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/13/2021 - 15:14</span> Thu, 13 May 2021 15:14:01 +0000 stuart.lewis 619732 at https://www.fema.gov Winter Storm Survivors in Muskogee County Can Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210513/winter-storm-survivors-muskogee-county-can-apply-federal-disaster-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Winter Storm Survivors in Muskogee County Can Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance</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>–Homeowners and renters in Muskogee County who suffered damage from the winter storm that struck Oklahoma in February may now apply for disaster assistance with FEMA.</p> <p>If you have insurance and are applying for disaster assistance, you must also file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If insurance does not cover all your damage, you may be eligible for federal assistance.</p> <p>The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov">www.disasterassistance.gov</a>. There is no wait to register online and it is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.</p> <p>If it is not possible to register online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.</p> <p>Muskogee County joins the 16 counties previously approved for disaster assistance. The previously designated counties are Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Comanche, Cotton, Hughes, Jefferson, Le Flore, McIntosh, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Stephens, Tulsa and Wagoner.</p> <p>May 25 is the registration deadline for survivors in the counties designated for federal assistance who sustained damage in the February severe winter storms.</p> <p>When you apply for assistance, have the following information readily available:</p> <ul><li>A current phone number where you can be contacted</li> <li>Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying</li> <li>Your Social Security number, if available</li> <li>A general list of damage and losses</li> <li>If insured, the insurance policy number, or the agent and company name</li> </ul><p>If it is safe to do so, start cleaning up now. Take photos to document damage and begin cleanup and repairs to prevent further damage. Remember to keep receipts from all purchases related to the cleanup and repair.</p> <p>Disaster assistance may include financial assistance for temporary lodging and home repairs, low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.</p> <p>Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to businesses, homeowners and renters. Call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 800-877-8339) or visit <a href="http://www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance">www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance</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, 05/13/2021 - 14:40</span> Thu, 13 May 2021 14:40:46 +0000 Carmen.Castro 619730 at https://www.fema.gov Only Two Weeks Remain for Oklahomans to Register for Disaster Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210512/only-two-weeks-remain-oklahomans-register-disaster-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Only Two Weeks Remain for Oklahomans to Register for Disaster Assistance</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>—Time is nearly up for Oklahoma residents and businesses recovering from uninsured or underinsured losses and damage caused by February’s severe winter storms. Survivors only have two weeks left to register for disaster assistance with FEMA and apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan.</p> <p>The deadline to register with FEMA and apply with the SBA is <strong>May 25, 2021.</strong> The fastest and easiest way to apply to FEMA is by visiting <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov./">DisasterAssistance.gov.</a></p> <p>If it is not possible to register online, call <strong>800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585)</strong>. The toll-free phone lines operate daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel should provide FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.</p> <p>FEMA reminds survivors who registered online for disaster assistance that correspondence or information from FEMA needed to process their case will be sent to the online disaster assistance account created by the survivor.</p> <p>When you apply for assistance, have the following information readily available:</p> <ul><li>A current phone number where you can be contacted.</li> <li>Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying.</li> <li>Your Social Security number, if available.</li> <li>A general list of damage and losses.</li> <li>If insured, the insurance policy number, or the agent and company name.</li> </ul><p>After registering, FEMA staff may contact you for various reasons, including to discuss your case or request additional information. It’s important to answer those phone calls to ensure your application process continues.</p> <p>If you have any doubt about someone who calls stating they work for FEMA, do not provide any information, but instead call <strong>800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585)</strong> between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CDT to verify that the call is legitimate.</p> <p>For disaster damage to private property that is not fully covered by insurance, SBA may be the best option. SBA is the primary source of federal money for long-term disaster recovery. Non-farm businesses (including rental properties) of all sizes, as well as homeowners and renters whose property was damaged because of a declared disaster, should apply for a low-interest SBA disaster loan.</p> <p>Homeowners may apply for up to $200,000 to replace or repair their <strong>primary residence.</strong> Renters and homeowners may borrow up to $40,000 to replace or repair <strong>personal property</strong> — such as clothing, furniture, cars and appliances — damaged or destroyed in a disaster.</p> <p>SBA makes physical disaster loans of up to $2 million to qualified businesses or most private nonprofit organizations. These loan proceeds may be used for the repair or replacement of the following:</p> <ul><li>Real property</li> <li>Machinery</li> <li>Equipment</li> <li>Fixtures</li> <li>Inventory</li> <li>Leasehold improvements</li> </ul><p>To apply for a low-interest, long-term SBA disaster loan, call <strong>800-659-2955 (TTY: 800-877-8339)</strong> or complete an online application at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.</p> <p>For the latest information on the February winter storms visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4587">http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4587</a> or follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</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, 05/12/2021 - 14:19</span> Wed, 12 May 2021 14:19:48 +0000 Carmen.Castro 619695 at https://www.fema.gov Deadline to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance Today, But FEMA Remains in Louisiana https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210510/deadline-apply-federal-disaster-assistance-today-fema-remains-louisiana <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Deadline to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance Today, But FEMA Remains in Louisiana</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> – <a>Today is the final day to register for federal disaster assistance for Louisiana homeowners, renters or business owners who sustained property damage or loss caused by severe winter storms in February. Registration is also available to those who had to relocate to a hotel because their utilities failed, and insurance didn’t cover their hotel stay.</a></p> <p>FEMA, along with its federal and Louisiana state partners, remains committed to respond to the long-term needs of survivors and help them rebuild stronger, more resilient homes and communities.</p> <p>Survivors who received a determination letter saying their application was ineligible may believe that the decision is incorrect or that their situation has changed. Survivors can speak with FEMA specialists to learn about the appeals process, discuss documentation requirements and get assistance with writing an appeal letter. Contact FEMA:</p> <ul><li>Online at <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>, or</li> <li>Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362) TTY 800-462-7585.</li> </ul><p>You can update your contact information or insurance settlement by using the contact information above.</p> <p>There are other FEMA programs that are not as visible to individual survivors.</p> <p>Specialists with FEMA Individual Assistance support communities as Voluntary Agency Liaisons (VALs). They serve as the central coordination point between local, state, tribal, territorial and federal governments and volunteer, faith-based and community organizations. Their work includes coordination of volunteers and donations. VALs play a vital role in FEMA’s mission and are often called upon to be FEMA’s bridge to the community.</p> <p>FEMA’s Community Education and Outreach (CEO) specialists offer free webinars to help those affected by the recent winter storm and hurricanes with their recovery. FEMA CEO specialists are standing by Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to talk to you about <a>repairing/rebuilding safer and stronger. Please call them at 833-336-2487.</a></p> <p>Visit this web page for publications you can use as guides for your recovery: <a href="https://fema.connectsolutions.com/lamit/">https://fema.connectsolutions.com/lamit/</a> or <a href="https://fema.connectsolutions.com/la-es-mit/">https://fema.connectsolutions.com/la-es-mit/</a> for Spanish.</p> <p>For the latest information on the winter storm, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4590">Louisiana Severe Winter Storms (DR-4590-LA)</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>stuart.lewis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/10/2021 - 15:30</span> Mon, 10 May 2021 15:30:29 +0000 stuart.lewis 619610 at https://www.fema.gov Two Weeks Remain to Apply for Federal Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210504/two-weeks-remain-apply-federal-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Two Weeks Remain to Apply for Federal Assistance</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>DENTON, Texas — Time is running short. Texas residents and businesses recovering from uninsured or underinsured losses and damage caused by February’s severe winter storms have two weeks left to register for disaster assistance with FEMA and apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan.</p> <p>The deadline to register with FEMA and apply with the SBA is May 20, 2021.</p> <p>The fastest and easiest way to apply to FEMA is by visiting <a href="http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov.">DisasterAssistance.gov. </a></p> <p>If it is not possible to register online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free phone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT, daily. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel should provide FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.</p> <p>FEMA reminds survivors who registered online for disaster assistance that any correspondence or information from FEMA that is needed to process their case will be sent to the online disaster assistance account that was created by the survivor.</p> <p>When you apply for assistance, have the following information readily available:</p> <ul><li>A current phone number where you can be contacted</li> <li>Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying</li> <li>Your Social Security number, if available</li> <li>A general list of damage and losses</li> <li>If insured, the insurance policy number, or the agent and company name</li> </ul><p>After registering, FEMA staff may contact you for various reasons, including to discuss your case or request additional information. It’s important to answer those phone calls to make sure your application process continues. If you are in any doubt when receiving a call from someone stating they work for FEMA, do not give out any information, but call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CT to verify the call is legitimate.</p> <p>For disaster damage to private property that is not fully covered by insurance, SBA may be the best option. SBA is the primary source of federal money for long-term disaster recovery. Non-farm businesses (including rental properties) of all sizes as well as homeowners, and renters, whose property was damaged as a result of a declared disaster, should apply for a low-interest SBA disaster loan.</p> <p>Homeowners may apply for up to $200,000 to replace or repair their <strong>primary residence</strong><strong>.</strong> Renters and homeowners may borrow up to $40,000 to replace or repair <strong>personal property</strong> — such as clothing, furniture, cars and appliances — damaged or destroyed in a disaster.</p> <p>SBA makes physical disaster loans of up to $2 million to qualified businesses or most private nonprofit organizations. These loan proceeds may be used for the repair or replacement of the following:</p> <ul><li>Real property</li> <li>Machinery</li> <li>Equipment</li> <li>Fixtures</li> <li>Inventory</li> <li>Leasehold improvements</li> </ul><p>To apply for a low-interest, long-term SBA disaster loan, call 800-659-2955 ((TTY: 800-877-8339) or complete an online application at <a href="https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/">disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/</a></p> <p>For more information on the severe winter storms in Texas, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4586">fema.gov/disaster/4586</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a>.</p> <p>The counties designated for federal assistance are Anderson, Angelina, Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Bosque, Bowie, Blanco, Brazoria, Brazos, Brooks, Brown, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Cherokee, Collin, Colorado, Comal, Comanche, Cooke, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, DeWitt, Deval, Eastland, Ector, Ellis, Erath, Falls, Fannin, Fort Bend, Freestone, Galveston, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzalez, Grayson, Gregg, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Hood, Houston, Howard, Hunt, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Johnson, Jones, Karnes, Kaufman, Kendall, Kleberg, Lavaca, Leon, Liberty, Limestone, Llano, Lubbock, Medina, Madison, Matagorda, Maverick, McLennan, Milam, Montague, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parker, Polk, Robertson, Rockwall, Rusk, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Scurry, Shelby, Smith, Stephens, Tarrant, Taylor, Tom Green, Travis, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Val Verde, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Webb, Wharton, Wichita, Willacy, Williamson, Wilson, Wise and Wood.</p> <p><em>###</em></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">Tue, 05/04/2021 - 18:44</span> Tue, 04 May 2021 18:44:59 +0000 bree-constance.huffin 619377 at https://www.fema.gov Spend FEMA Grants for Storm Recovery Expenses Only https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210504/spend-fema-grants-storm-recovery-expenses-only <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Spend FEMA Grants for Storm Recovery Expenses Only</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> – More than 1,500 Louisiana households have already been approved for FEMA grants to help them recover from damage caused by the severe winter storms from Feb. 11 - 19.</p> <p>It is important to remember that the funds are to be used only for certain disaster-related expenses. FEMA may audit survivors to confirm they spent grants for basic home repairs, replacing essential household items or paying for somewhere to stay if they cannot return home.</p> <p>FEMA sends survivors letters that detail approved uses for grants. These may include:</p> <ul><li>Repairs to make a home habitable</li> <li>Rental assistance to temporarily pay for a place to stay</li> <li>An uninsured hotel stay because of utility failure</li> </ul><p>Rental assistance grants are provided for temporary housing when a disaster leaves your home uninhabitable or inaccessible.</p> <p>Disaster grants should not be used for travel, entertainment, regular living expenses or any discretionary expenses not related to the disaster. Survivors should keep receipts for three years to show how they spent FEMA grants.</p> <p>If grant money is not used as outlined in the letter, you may have to repay FEMA and you could lose eligibility for further federal assistance that could become available.</p> <p>Survivors in Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, Franklin, Grant, LaSalle, Madison, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Webster, West Carroll, and Winn parishes have until Monday, May 10 to apply for federal disaster help.</p> <p>Register for assistance in one of three ways:</p> <ul><li>Online by logging onto <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a></li> <li>The <strong>FEMA app</strong>.<strong> </strong>Visit: <a href="https://fema.gov/mobile-app">fema.gov/mobile-app </a>or your phone’s app store.</li> <li>Call <strong>800-621-3362 </strong>(<strong>TTY:</strong> <strong>800-462-7585)</strong>. Toll-free numbers are open daily from <strong>7 a.m. to 10 p.m. </strong>Multilingual operators are available.</li> </ul><p>Part of the FEMA disaster assistance registration process includes providing a call back phone number for FEMA to contact you to set up a home inspection for damages caused by the disaster and other helpline information.  It is strongly recommended if using a relay service, such as your videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel, that you provide your specific number assigned to that service.  It is important that FEMA is able to contact you, and you should be aware phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number.</p> <p>For the latest information on Louisiana winter storms, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4590">Louisiana Severe Winter Storms (DR-4590-LA)</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>stuart.lewis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/04/2021 - 13:51</span> Tue, 04 May 2021 13:51:28 +0000 stuart.lewis 619371 at https://www.fema.gov One Week Remains to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210503/one-week-remains-apply-federal-disaster-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">One Week Remains to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance </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> – Just one week remains for Louisiana homeowners, renters or business owners who sustained property damage or loss caused by severe winter storms to register and apply for federal disaster assistance. Registration is also available to those who had to relocate to a hotel because their utilities failed, and insurance didn’t cover their hotel stay. The deadline to register for assistance from FEMA and to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is Monday, May 10.</p> <p>You should register even if you have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but eligible homeowners and renters may be able to receive a grant from FEMA for losses not covered by insurance to help pay for basic home repairs, temporary rental assistance and other needs such as replacing personal property.</p> <p>You may register in one of the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Going online at <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</li> <li>Downloading the FEMA app.</li> <li>Calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585</li> </ul><p>Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should alert FEMA as to the specific number assigned to that service.</p> <p>FEMA specialists are available at the Helpline to answer your questions about how to register for federal disaster assistance, explain what’s happening with your application and give tips on how you can get help for damage your insurance does not cover.</p> <p>U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans are available for Louisiana disaster survivors.  </p> <ul><li>For businesses of any size and private nonprofit organizations: up to $2 million for property damage.  </li> <li>For small businesses<strong>,</strong> small<strong> </strong>businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations: up to $2 million for working capital needs even if they had no property damage, with a $2 million maximum loan for any combination of property damage and working capital needs. </li> <li>For homeowners:<strong> </strong>up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence.  </li> <li>For homeowners and renters: up to $40,000 to replace personal property, including vehicles. </li> </ul><p>Businesses and residents can<strong> </strong>apply online at <a href="https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance">www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.</a> For questions and assistance completing an application, call 800-659-2955 or email <a href="mailto:FOCWAssistance@sba.gov">FOCWAssistance@sba.gov</a>.  </p> <p>For the latest information on severe winter storms, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4590">fema.gov/disaster/4590</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>stuart.lewis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/03/2021 - 15:59</span> Mon, 03 May 2021 15:59:42 +0000 stuart.lewis 619330 at https://www.fema.gov 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 Two Weeks Remain for Homeowners, Renters and Businesses to Apply for Disaster Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210427/two-weeks-remain-homeowners-renters-and-businesses-apply-disaster-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Two Weeks Remain for Homeowners, Renters and Businesses to Apply for Disaster Assistance </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> – If you are a Louisiana homeowner, renter or business owner who sustained property damage or loss caused by severe winter storms in February, you have two weeks left to register and apply for federal disaster assistance.</p> <p>Residents who were temporarily forced from their homes because of utility failures should also register with FEMA. Reimbursement for hotel or other temporary rental expenses may be possible</p> <p>The deadline to register for assistance from FEMA and to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is Monday, May 10.</p> <p>Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but eligible homeowners and renters may be able to receive a grant from FEMA for losses not covered by insurance to help pay for basic home repairs, temporary rental assistance and other needs such as replacing personal property.</p> <p>Individuals and businesses in parishes included in the Louisiana federal disaster declaration for the winter storms may still register for assistance or update contact information, ask questions about a letter from FEMA, get information about FEMA home inspections, or learn how to appeal a FEMA decision by:</p> <ul><li>Going online to <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</li> <li>Calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY) anytime from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should alert FEMA as to the specific number assigned to that service.</li> <li>Download the FEMA Mobile App by texting ANDROID or APPLE to 43362.</li> </ul><p>For the latest information on  the Winter Storms, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4590">Louisiana Severe Winter Storms (DR-4590-LA)</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>stuart.lewis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 04/27/2021 - 14:06</span> Tue, 27 Apr 2021 14:06:55 +0000 stuart.lewis 619073 at https://www.fema.gov An SBA Loan Application Could Bring More FEMA Grant Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210426/sba-loan-application-could-bring-more-fema-grant-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">An SBA Loan Application Could Bring More FEMA Grant Assistance</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> – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application holds many benefits for disaster survivors who register for federal assistance. An applicant who is referred to the SBA during the initial FEMA registration process is expected to complete an application. If the person chooses not to apply, the federal funding process stops at that point. If they apply and are turned down for a low-interest disaster loan, this may open the door to an additional grant from FEMA. Submitting an SBA loan application keeps the full range of disaster assistance available as an option.</p> <p>If SBA does not approve a loan for you - or approves a small loan that doesn't cover all of your needs - you may be offered FEMA grants to replace essential household items, replace or repair a damaged vehicle, cover storage expenses or meet other serious disaster-related needs.</p> <p>No one is obligated to accept a loan. But the SBA application may be the basis of referrals to other grant programs. If you received a referral to the SBA it’s important to fill it out online and submit it to the SBA by Monday, May 10.</p> <p>There are important reasons to complete the application and send it to the SBA, even if you think you don’t currently need a loan:</p> <ul><li>You may be underinsured<strong>. </strong>You may discover in the next few weeks that you were underinsured for the amount of work required to repair or replace your home. An SBA low-interest disaster loan may cover the difference. In other words, the SBA will bridge the gap between your recovery costs and the settlement amount. Apply with the SBA to keep your options open. SBA offers loans for homeowners up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. The loans are customized to your personal financial circumstances. On a case-by-case basis, the SBA may be able to assist with refinance of your current mortgage(s).</li> <li>SBA can also help renters and homeowners replace household contents and vehicles, referred to as personal property. You may be able to borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace clothing, furniture, cars or appliances that were damaged or destroyed in the disaster.</li> </ul><p>For businesses and private nonprofit organizations, there are loans available:</p> <ul><li>For businesses of any size and private nonprofit organizations - up to $2 million to repair or replace real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other assets that were damaged or destroyed.</li> <li>For small businesses, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations - up to $2 million for working capital needs, even if they had no property damage, with a $2 million maximum loan for any combination of property damage and working capital needs.</li> <li>Economic Injury - only for small businesses and most private non-profit organizations suffering adverse financial impacts of the disaster (with or without property loss), up to $2 million for working capital to help pay obligations until normal operations resume.</li> </ul><p>Businesses and residents can apply online at <a href="https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance">Disaster assistance (sba.gov).</a> For questions and assistance completing an application, call 800-659-2955 or email <a href="mailto:FOCWAssistance@sba.gov">FOCWAssistance@sba.gov</a>. </p> <p>For the latest on the Winter Storms, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4590">Louisiana Severe Winter Storms (DR-4590-LA)</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>stuart.lewis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/26/2021 - 17:39</span> Mon, 26 Apr 2021 17:39:38 +0000 stuart.lewis 619043 at https://www.fema.gov Still Need Housing Assistance? FEMA Needs to Hear from You https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210426/still-need-housing-assistance-fema-needs-hear-you <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Still Need Housing Assistance? FEMA Needs to Hear from You</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> – <a>Did you register for assistance with FEMA after hurricanes Laura or Delta and still need a place to live? Or did your circumstances change, and you now need housing after telling FEMA you did not? If so, FEMA needs to hear from you no later than Friday, May 28. </a></p> <p>Applicants should call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 <a>(TTY 800-462-7585).</a></p> <p>FEMA is working on housing approximately 700 families who remain on the list of applicants eligible for direct temporary housing.</p> <p><strong>Applicants may be eligible for direct temporary housing if they are homeowners or renters whose home:</strong></p> <ul><li>Was destroyed or had major damage (total loss or damaged structurally and is not safe, sanitary and functional to live in) as a result of hurricane Laura or Delta (based on the FEMA determination); and are</li> <li>Pre-disaster residents of one of the twelve parishes designated for the Direct Temporary Housing program: Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Grant, Jefferson Davis, Rapides, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermilion and Vernon.</li> </ul><p><strong>FEMA needs to hear from those:</strong></p> <ul><li>Applicants whose home was destroyed or received major damage from the hurricanes (based on the FEMA determination) and have not been contacted by FEMA to determine whether they need temporary housing.</li> <li>Applicants who initially indicated they did not need temporary housing assistance, but circumstances have changed, and they may now need housing assistance.</li> <li>Applicants who FEMA has been unable to contact to complete the interview. If you think you should have heard from FEMA or have additional information about the condition of your home,</li> </ul><p>The deadline to contact FEMA regarding temporary housing assistance is Friday, May 28.</p> <p>Applicants can contact FEMA by calling the Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should alert FEMA as to the specific number assigned to that service.</p> <p>For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4559">Louisiana Hurricane Laura (DR-4559-LA)</a>. For the latest information on information on Hurricane Delta, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4570">Louisiana Hurricane Delta (DR-4570-LA)</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">FEMA Region 6 (@FEMARegion6) / Twitter</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>stuart.lewis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/26/2021 - 17:33</span> Mon, 26 Apr 2021 17:33:44 +0000 stuart.lewis 619042 at https://www.fema.gov Addressing Access and Functional Needs for Oklahoma Disaster Survivors https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210420/addressing-access-and-functional-needs-oklahoma-disaster-survivors <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Addressing Access and Functional Needs for Oklahoma Disaster Survivors</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>Oklahomans who have access and functional needs and require specialized assistance should stay in touch with FEMA. Applicants who have not received a decision on their federal assistance from the February winter storms should contact FEMA at <strong>800-621-3362</strong> or <strong>TTY 800-462-7585. </strong></p> <p>Individuals having access and functional needs either temporarily or permanently may include, but are not limited to, individuals with developmental, visual, or mobility disabilities, people who are hard-of-hearing, people who are deaf, people who use American Sign Language (ASL) as their primary language, people with weakened immune systems or chronic health conditions, aging populations, infants and young children, women in late stages of pregnancy, people without transportation, and people that do not speak English as their primary language.</p> <p>To find out the status of your application, please call FEMA at <strong>800-621-3362</strong> or <strong>TTY 800-462-7585</strong>. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should alert FEMA as to the specific number assigned to that service. The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week.</p> <p>FEMA is committed to helping all survivors affected by the storms and wants to ensure that individuals who have access and functional needs receive lawful and equal assistance before, during and after a disaster.</p> <p>Survivors in 16 Oklahoma counties are eligible for federal assistance. The counties are Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Comanche, Cotton, Hughes, Jefferson, Le Flore, McIntosh, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Stephens, Tulsa and Wagoner.</p> <p>If you have not applied for assistance, <strong>the deadline to apply is now May 25, 2021</strong>.</p> <p>If you need a reasonable accommodation or assistance filling out your FEMA application, please call FEMA at <strong>800-621-3362</strong> or <strong>TTY 800-462-7585</strong>. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should alert FEMA as to the specific number assigned to that service.</p> <p>To register online, visit <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov">http://www.disasterassistance.gov</a>.</p> <p>If you have not applied for federal assistance, pay special attention to question number 24 about people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Answer "yes" to this question if you have a disability or access and functional needs. If you have applied for federal assistance and answered “yes” to question 24 on your application and have not been contacted by a FEMA representative, please call FEMA at <strong>800-621-3362</strong> or <strong>TTY 800-462-7585. </strong></p> <p>Answering “yes” is the best way to note any additional disability-related losses and/or needs such as medical support assistance, durable medical equipment repairs, or replacement of assistive technology that was lost or damaged because of the disaster. (Examples include wheelchair, scooter, walker, CPAP machine, hearing aids, eyeglasses and screen reader.)</p> <p>Answering “yes” to this question will also help to identify other services for which applicants may be eligible to receive reimbursement. This video will assist you with question 24: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyqC7m8p29w"> Answering Yes to the Disability Question When Registering for Assistance.</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, 04/20/2021 - 14:20</span> Tue, 20 Apr 2021 14:20:21 +0000 Carmen.Castro 618879 at https://www.fema.gov Coping with Fatigue After Multiple Disasters in Louisiana https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210419/coping-fatigue-after-multiple-disasters-louisiana <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Coping with Fatigue After Multiple Disasters in Louisiana</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> – April is National Stress Awareness Month and the residents of the state of Louisiana have experienced their fair share of stress in the past year –many Louisianans are struggling to recover from the successive blows of hurricanes Laura, Delta, Zeta and the severe winter storms on top of the nearly yearlong stress and worries of a pandemic. The same is true throughout the nation where hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters came one after another while Covid-19 fears spread.</p> <p>It is normal for any disaster response to increase stress and fatigue. One of the symptoms is finding it hard to make decisions when so many decisions must be made about your recovery.</p> <p>Survivors of hurricanes Laura, Delta and Zeta and the Feb. winter storms who are already registered with FEMA may find that the process of recovery sometimes feels like an impossible task.</p> <p>Stress related to the disaster, which could be compassion fatigue, burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and other stress-related health issues, may be why it can be difficult to make decisions. Feeling frustrated, arguing more and being physically and mentally drained are other symptoms of emotional exhaustion that can reshape how people make choices. You may not be eating or sleeping or doing too much of both. You are not alone. These are human reactions to the strain of adapting over and over to situations that threaten your survival and/or ability to cope.</p> <p><a>The good news is that with each positive action you add towards your recovery, you feel better and more in control.</a> One cost-free action you can take now is creating and practicing a family plan for future emergencies.</p> <p>You can also meet with your insurance agent to be sure your coverage will address your future needs. Be sure to check with the agent about flood insurance, which pays for flood damage even when a disaster is not declared by FEMA.</p> <p>Most responses to stress related to disasters are temporary and will go away over time. Stress response during disasters is normal.</p> <p>For those who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, the Disaster Distress Helpline is available. Survivors can call or text 1-800-985-9500 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, or visit <a href="https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline">Disaster Distress Helpline | SAMHSA</a>. The Disaster Distress Helpline is toll-free, multi-lingual and confidential and is available to everyone affected by a disaster.</p> <p>The Crisis Counseling hotline is also available and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 800-985-5990 (TTY 800-846-8517) or text TalkWithUs (Spanish-speakers text: Hablanos) to 66746 to be immediately connected with a professional counselor who will help callers through disaster-related emotional distress. This toll-free, multilingual and confidential free service is available to everyone in the state.</p> <p>Don’t give up, FEMA and its partners are here to help survivors through the recovery process. For disaster assistance questions and concerns, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). </p> <p>­­­­­­­­For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4559">Louisiana Hurricane Laura (DR-4559-LA)</a>. For updates on Hurricane Delta, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4570">Louisiana Hurricane Delta (DR-4570-LA)</a>. Hurricane Zeta material is found at <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4577">Louisiana Hurricane Zeta (DR-4577-LA)</a>. For updates on the Winter Storms, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4590">Louisiana Severe Winter Storms (DR-4590-LA)</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>stuart.lewis</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 15:08:33 +0000 stuart.lewis 618847 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Deadline to Apply for February Winter Storms Extended https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210416/fema-deadline-apply-february-winter-storms-extended <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Deadline to Apply for February Winter Storms Extended</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>OKLAHOMA CITY —<a> </a></strong>The deadline to register for Oklahoma residents seeking disaster assistance with FEMA has been extended to <strong>May 25</strong> in the 16 counties designated for Individual Assistance following the February winter storms.</p> <p>For eligible homeowners and renters in a designated county, FEMA assistance may include:</p> <ul><li><strong>Property:</strong> FEMA may assist with the repair of damage related to burst pipes as well as disaster-damaged heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems, refrigerators and stoves.</li> <li>Other possible repairs that may be covered include: <ul><li> <ul><li>Disaster-related damage to electrical, plumbing or gas in the home.</li> <li>Leaks in a roof that damage ceilings and threaten electrical components.</li> <li>Disaster-damaged subfloor in essential occupied parts of the home, and</li> <li>Disaster-related broken windows.</li> </ul></li> </ul></li> </ul><p><strong>Additional assistance </strong>may include lodging expenses, temporary housing, rental assistance, repair or replacement of damaged property, medical and dental care, childcare, funeral and burial costs, replacing essential household items, moving and storage, vehicle repairs and cleanup.</p> <p>The 16 counties designated for disaster assistance are Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Comanche, Cotton, Hughes, Jefferson, Le Flore, McIntosh, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Stephens, Tulsa, and Wagoner.</p> <p>FEMA’s Individual and Household Assistance program is not a substitute for insurance and may not pay for all losses caused by a disaster. </p> <p>For more information or to<strong> </strong>register for assistance:</p> <ul><li>Visit <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">disasterassistance.gov/</a>.</li> <li>Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).</li> <li>Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service<em>.</em></li> </ul><p><strong>Survivors who do not have access to the internet can visit their local library to register or send documentation to FEMA. To find a library in a county approved for assistance, visit </strong><a href="https://libraries.ok.gov/disaster-assistance">https://libraries.ok.gov/disaster-assistance</a>. Survivors in Cotton County can visit a library in a surrounding approved county to upload documents. You can also contact 2-1-1 to find the nearest available location.</p> <p><a>For the latest information on the February winter storms visit </a><a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4587">http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4587</a> or follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</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">Fri, 04/16/2021 - 18:41</span> Fri, 16 Apr 2021 18:41:33 +0000 Carmen.Castro 618771 at https://www.fema.gov Virtual Information Sessions for Louisiana Storm Survivors Planned (Week 2) https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210416/virtual-information-sessions-louisiana-storm-survivors-planned-week-2 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Virtual Information Sessions for Louisiana Storm Survivors Planned (Week 2)</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> –The second week in a series of virtual information sessions on disaster recovery programs and services will take place Apr. 21 through Apr. 24. The sessions will provide survivors with valuable resources needed to assist in their recovery efforts as they rebuild and repair their homes and lives after the recent Louisiana disasters. These virtual information sessions are an alternate response to continue current state disaster recovery efforts during the national pandemic situation.</p> <p><a>The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), FEMA, USDA, SBA, and various offices from the State of Louisiana in partnership with other local, state, federal, nonprofit, and community partners will provide valuable information to survivors affected by the February Winter Storms, and/or Hurricanes Laura, Delta, and Zeta.</a></p> <p>Sessions will be delivered via Zoom and Closed Captioning will be available.</p> <p>Registration, session times, topics and more information on the virtual disaster recovery fairs can be found at: <a href="https://getagameplan.org/resources/disaster-recovery-assistance/zoom-webinars/">https://getagameplan.org/resources/disaster-recovery-assistance/zoom-webinars/</a></p> <p>For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4559">fema.gov/disaster/4559</a>. For the latest information on Hurricane Delta, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4570">fema.gov/disaster/4570</a>.  For the latest information for Hurricane Zeta, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4577">fema.gov/disaster/4577</a>. For the latest information on February’s Winter Storms, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4590">fema.gov/disaster/4590</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>stuart.lewis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 04/16/2021 - 14:46</span> Fri, 16 Apr 2021 14:46:13 +0000 stuart.lewis 618768 at https://www.fema.gov Preliminary Flood Maps for Ellis County, Texas Ready for Public View https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210414/preliminary-flood-maps-ellis-county-texas-ready-public-view <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Preliminary Flood Maps for Ellis 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><a><strong>DENTON, Texas –</strong></a> Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in portions of the cities of Cedar Hill, Ennis, Garrett, Glenn Heights, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Midlothian, Oak Leaf, Ovilla, Palmer, Pecan Hill, Red Oak, Venus and Waxahachie as well as unincorporated areas of Ellis 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 Ellis County serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) and setting rates for flood insurance. 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>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>Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Cost-saving options are available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about flood insurance options by talking with an 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">Wed, 04/14/2021 - 15:04</span> Wed, 14 Apr 2021 15:04:00 +0000 Carmen.Castro 618699 at https://www.fema.gov Virtual Information Sessions for Louisiana Storm Survivors Planned https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210412/virtual-information-sessions-louisiana-storm-survivors-planned <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Virtual Information Sessions for Louisiana Storm Survivors Planned</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> –A series of virtual information sessions on disaster recovery programs and services are planned for Apr. 14 through Apr. 24. The sessions will provide survivors with valuable resources needed to assist in their recovery efforts as they rebuild and repair their homes and lives after the recent Louisiana disasters. These virtual information sessions are an alternate response to continue current state disaster recovery efforts during the national pandemic situation.</p> <p><a>The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), FEMA, USDA, SBA, and various offices from the State of Louisiana in partnership with other local, state, federal, nonprofit, and community partners will provide valuable information to survivors affected by the February Winter Storms, and/or Hurricanes Laura, Delta, and Zeta.</a></p> <p>Sessions will be delivered via Zoom and Closed Captioning will be available.</p> <p>Registration, session times, topics and more information on the virtual disaster recovery fairs can be found at: <a href="https://getagameplan.org/resources/disaster-recovery-assistance/zoom-webinars/">https://getagameplan.org/resources/disaster-recovery-assistance/zoom-webinars/</a></p> <p>For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4559">fema.gov/disaster/4559</a>. For the latest information on Hurricane Delta, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4570">fema.gov/disaster/4570</a>.  For the latest information for Hurricane Zeta, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4577">fema.gov/disaster/4577</a>. For the latest information on February’s Winter Storms, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4590">fema.gov/disaster/4590</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>stuart.lewis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/12/2021 - 15:10</span> Mon, 12 Apr 2021 15:10:25 +0000 stuart.lewis 618644 at https://www.fema.gov One Month Left to Register with FEMA, Apply for SBA Low-Interest Loans for Severe Winter Storms https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210408/one-month-left-register-fema-apply-sba-low-interest-loans-severe-winter <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">One Month Left to Register with FEMA, Apply for SBA Low-Interest Loans for Severe Winter Storms</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> – Survivors of the severe winter storms in Louisiana in February have one month left to register for a possible federal disaster assistance grant and to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).</p> <p>The deadline for both is May 10.</p> <p>FEMA urges everyone who sustained losses from the February winter storms to register. FEMA disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.</p> <p>Residents who were temporarily forced from their homes because of utility failures should also register with FEMA. Reimbursement for hotel or other temporary rental expenses may be possible.</p> <p>To apply:</p> <ul><li>Visit <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">www.disasterassistance.gov</a>;</li> <li>Call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.</li> <li>Download the FEMA Mobile App by texting ANDROID or APPLE to 43362</li> </ul><p>The 23 designated parishes declared by the President for disaster assistance are Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, Franklin, Grant, LaSalle, Madison, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Webster, West Carroll and Winn.</p> <p>FEMA cannot duplicate insurance benefits, but you should still register as help may be available for under-insured or uninsured losses. Update FEMA once your insurance claim is settled.</p> <p>After you register, you may be contacted by the SBA about a low-interest disaster loan. Complete the SBA application to keep the process moving.</p> <p>U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans are available for Louisiana disaster survivors.  </p> <ul><li>For businesses of any size and private nonprofit organizations: up to $2 million for property damage.  </li> <li>For small businesses<strong>,</strong> small<strong> </strong>businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations: up to $2 million for working capital needs even if they had no property damage, with a $2 million maximum loan for any combination of property damage and working capital needs. </li> <li>For homeowners:<strong> </strong>up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence.  </li> <li>For homeowners and renters: up to $40,000 to replace personal property, including vehicles. </li> </ul><p>Businesses and residents can<strong> </strong>apply online at <a href="https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance">www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.</a> For questions and assistance completing an application, call 800-659-2955 or email <a href="mailto:FOCWAssistance@sba.gov">FOCWAssistance@sba.gov</a>. </p> <p>For the latest information on Louisiana winter storms, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4590">Louisiana Severe Winter Storms (DR-4590-LA)</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>stuart.lewis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/08/2021 - 14:08</span> Thu, 08 Apr 2021 14:08:43 +0000 stuart.lewis 618527 at https://www.fema.gov Disaster Legal Services Available for Oklahoma Winter Storm Survivors https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210405/disaster-legal-services-available-oklahoma-winter-storm-survivors <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Disaster Legal Services Available for Oklahoma Winter Storm Survivors</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>–Oklahomans living in the 16 designated counties that were impacted during the February severe winter storms who need legal assistance but cannot afford an attorney can call the Disaster Legal Services hotline.</p> <p>The phone number for the legal assistance hotline is 800-522-8065 and is available from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. The Disaster Legal Services attorneys are not FEMA employees and services are confidential. You can call 2-1-1 outside of those hours.</p> <p>When you call, explain that you are seeking assistance related to the Oklahoma winter storms that began Feb. 11 and provide your contact information, so an attorney can contact you.</p> <p>Attorneys can answer questions about:</p> <ul><li>Home-repair contracts and contractors.</li> <li>Life, medical and property insurance claims.</li> <li>Applying to FEMA and appealing FEMA decisions.</li> </ul><p>Legal assistance also can include:</p> <ul><li>Getting a new will and other important legal documents lost or destroyed.</li> <li>Consumer-protection issues like price gouging.</li> <li>Advice on avoiding contractor scams in the rebuilding process.</li> <li>Receiving other available government benefits.</li> <li>Landlord-tenant issues.</li> <li>Mortgage foreclosures.</li> </ul><p>The hotline is a partnership between Oklahoma Bar Association, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc., and Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Inc.</p> <p>As a reminder, if you are a homeowner or renter who sustained damage in one of the 16 Oklahoma counties designated for individual assistance you should apply for disaster assistance with FEMA. The counties are Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Comanche, Cotton, Hughes, Jefferson, Le Flore, McIntosh, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Stephens, Tulsa and Wagoner.</p> <p>The easiest way to apply is by visiting <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov.">www.disasterassistance.gov.</a> There is no wait to register online and it is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.</p> <p>If it is not possible to register online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service</p> <p>Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to businesses, homeowners and renters. Call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 800-877-8339) or visit <a href="http://www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance">www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance</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, 04/05/2021 - 16:29</span> Mon, 05 Apr 2021 16:29:41 +0000 Carmen.Castro 618424 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Seeking Property Owners to Help House Hurricane Survivors https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210402/fema-seeking-property-owners-help-house-hurricane-survivors <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Seeking Property Owners to Help House Hurricane Survivors</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> – <a>FEMA is seeking property owners to help survivors find a home after last year’s hurricanes. Hurricanes Laura and Delta affected areas of Southwest Louisiana where affordable housing was already limited, destroying, or making homes unlivable, and worsening the housing shortage. </a></p> <p>Property owners in the Acadia, Grant, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Allen, Rapides and Vernon parishes are encouraged to reach out to FEMA and its partners to help bring Southwest Louisiana residents home. </p> <p>Property types needed include multifamily homes, duplexes, community complexes and commercial parks. The properties will be leased by FEMA for a period of up to 18 months under its Direct Lease Program. If an applicant moves out, FEMA may place another applicant in the unit.</p> <p>Upon the ending of the Direct Lease Program with FEMA, property owners may create a lease directly with the applicant.</p> <p>Property owners can email contact information with details about the property to:</p> <ul><li>1800AgentMatch – <a href="mailto:realtor@1800agentmatch.com">realtor@1800agentmatch.com</a></li> <li>Empire Hospitality – <a href="mailto:bhutchens@ehotelgroup.com">bhutchens@ehotelgroup.com</a></li> <li>CWIS – <a href="mailto:dave@cwis-llc.com">dave@cwis-llc.com</a></li> <li>Synergy Housing – <a href="mailto:mrockland@synergyhousing.com">mrockland@synergyhousing.com</a></li> </ul><p>For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4559">fema.gov/disaster/4559</a>. For the latest information on information on Hurricane Delta, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4570">fema.gov/disaster/4570</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>stuart.lewis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 04/02/2021 - 14:32</span> Fri, 02 Apr 2021 14:32:46 +0000 stuart.lewis 618338 at https://www.fema.gov Louisiana Survivors Affected by Severe Winter Storms Reminded to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210402/louisiana-survivors-affected-severe-winter-storms-reminded-apply-federal <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Louisiana Survivors Affected by Severe Winter Storms Reminded to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance </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> – Louisianans in 23 parishes designated for federal assistance are encouraged to register with FEMA as soon as possible if they sustained damage to their homes following the recent winter storms. The deadline to apply is May 10.</p> <p>Disaster assistance can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs.</p> <p>Residents who were temporarily forced from their homes because of utility failures should also register with FEMA. Reimbursement for hotel or other temporary rental expenses may be possible.</p> <p>The 23 eligible parishes are Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, Franklin, Grant, LaSalle, Madison, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Webster, West Carroll, and Winn.</p> <p>If you have insurance and are applying for disaster assistance, you must also file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If insurance does not cover all your damage, you may be eligible for federal assistance.</p> <p>To apply:</p> <ul><li>Visit <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">www.disasterassistance.gov</a>;</li> <li>Call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service; or</li> <li>Download the FEMA Mobile App by texting ANDROID or APPLE to 43362.</li> </ul><p>When you apply for assistance, have the following information readily available:</p> <ul><li>A current phone number where you can be contacted;</li> <li>Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying;</li> <li>Your Social Security number;</li> <li>A general list of damage and losses;</li> <li>If insured, the insurance policy number, or the agent and company name; and</li> <li>Cause of damage. The cause of damage for this disaster is ice/snow even if you had water intrusion due to melting ice or snow or power loss due to snow and ice accumulation.</li> </ul><p>Residents are asked to save any photos taken to document damage and any receipts from purchases related to the cleanup and repair.</p> <p>Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to businesses, homeowners and renters. Call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 800-877-8339)<em> </em>or visit <a href="http://www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance">www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance</a>.</p> <p>For the latest information on Louisiana winter storms, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4590">www.fema.gov/disaster/4590</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMARegion6">twitter.com/FEMARegion6</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>stuart.lewis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 04/02/2021 - 13:59</span> Fri, 02 Apr 2021 13:59:38 +0000 stuart.lewis 618336 at https://www.fema.gov Verifying Proof of Ownership When Applying for FEMA Disaster Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210330/verifying-proof-ownership-when-applying-fema-disaster-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Verifying Proof of Ownership When Applying for FEMA Disaster Assistance</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>–Oklahomans living in the 16 designated counties that were recently impacted by the severe winter storms, may be eligible for federal disaster assistance.</p> <p>If you are a homeowner who applied to FEMA for disaster assistance, you must provide proof of ownership and occupancy to help with repairs to your damaged home.</p> <p>FEMA verifies ownership through virtual inspection, automated public and government records or through documents submitted by the applicant. To help FEMA assess your application, homeowners have several options to meet this requirement. These include:</p> <ul><li>Deed, title or lease.</li> <li>Bill of sale or land installment contract.</li> <li>Mortgage payment booklet, property tax receipt or property tax bill.</li> <li>Last will and testament (along with a death certificate) naming applicant heir to the property.</li> <li>Real property structure insurance.</li> <li>Intent to Own, or instances when an applicant was in the process of purchasing a disaster-damaged dwelling and was unable to complete the purchase before the disaster occurred</li> </ul><p>Applicants who need legal assistance regarding home ownership documentation and cannot afford an attorney may call the free Disaster Legal Services hotline at (800) 522-8065 between 9 a.m. and noon on Wednesdays. Survivors can call 2-1-1 outside of those hours.</p> <p>All documents can be uploaded to the applicant’s online FEMA account at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>. Another option for uploading documents is your local library. To find a library in a county approved for assistance, visit<strong> </strong><a href="https://libraries.ok.gov/disaster-assistance">https://libraries.ok.gov/disaster-assistance</a>. Survivors in Cotton County can visit a library in a surrounding approved county to upload documents. You can also contact 2-1-1 to find the nearest available location.</p> <p>If home ownership or occupancy cannot be verified, some individuals or families may still qualify for other available disaster assistance to cover damaged or destroyed personal property.</p> <p>Help is decided by the agency based on the specifics of each FEMA application, including the documentation provided by the applicant.</p> <p>If you’ve received a letter saying you’re ineligible, whether because of proof of residency, proof of ownership or another reason, additional documentation may be all that is needed to change your eligibility. It’s important to read your letter carefully to understand FEMA’s decision so you will know exactly what you need to do.</p> <p>As a reminder, if you are a homeowner or renter who sustained damage in one of the 16 Oklahoma counties designated for individual assistance you should apply for disaster assistance with FEMA. The counties are Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Comanche, Cotton, Hughes, Jefferson, Le Flore, McIntosh, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Stephens, Tulsa and Wagoner.</p> <p>The easiest way to apply is by visiting <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov.">www.disasterassistance.gov.</a> There is no wait to register online and it is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.</p> <p>If it is not possible to register online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service</p> <p>Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to businesses, homeowners and renters. Call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 800-877-8339) or visit <a href="http://www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance">www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance</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, 03/30/2021 - 17:21</span> Tue, 30 Mar 2021 17:21:28 +0000 Carmen.Castro 618242 at https://www.fema.gov Oklahoma Survivors Affected by Severe Winter Storms Can Upload Documents for FEMA at Local Libraries https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210326/oklahoma-survivors-affected-severe-winter-storms-can-upload-documents-fema <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Oklahoma Survivors Affected by Severe Winter Storms Can Upload Documents for FEMA at Local Libraries</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 State of Oklahoma and FEMA are now partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and local libraries in the counties approved for federal assistance to make it easier for survivors to upload documents needed for their FEMA application for disaster aid.</p> <p>The 16 eligible counties are Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Comanche, Cotton, Hughes, Jefferson, Le Flore, McIntosh, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Stephens, Tulsa and Wagoner.</p> <p>There are 83 libraries in these counties prepared to help survivors upload their documents for their FEMA registration. Survivors can also use library computers to complete or update their FEMA applications or check the status of their application.</p> <p>Documents that may be needed include insurance settlement, denial letters or proof of ownership or occupancy. Examples may include:</p> <ul><li>Merchant’s statement dated within three months before the disaster.</li> <li>Utility bills dated within three months before the disaster.</li> <li>Rent receipts dated within three months before the disaster.</li> <li>A lease/housing agreement that was in place at the time of the disaster.</li> <li>Deed, title or lease.</li> <li>Bill of sale or land installment contract.</li> <li>Mortgage payment booklet, property tax receipt or property tax bill.</li> <li>Last will and testament (along with a death certificate) naming applicant heir to the property.</li> <li>Real property structure insurance.</li> </ul><p>Find a local library in Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Comanche, Hughes, Jefferson, Le Flore, McIntosh, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Stephens, Tulsa and Wagoner counties by visiting <a href="https://libraries.ok.gov/disaster-assistance/">https://libraries.ok.gov/disaster-assistance/</a>. Survivors in Cotton County can visit a library in a surrounding approved county to upload documents.</p> <p>Survivors can also contact 2-1-1 to find the nearest location available.</p> <p>Appointments may be necessary to use the computer services offered at some libraries and hours of operation may vary. People with winter storm damages should register with FEMA as soon as possible by visiting <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">http://www.disasterassistance.gov</a>.</p> <p>Homeowners and renters can also register by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.</p> <p>If you have insurance and are applying for disaster assistance, you must also file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If insurance does not cover all your damage, you may be eligible for federal assistance.</p> <p>Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to businesses, homeowners and renters. Call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 800-877-8339)<em> </em>or visit <a href="http://www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance">www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance</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">Fri, 03/26/2021 - 19:07</span> Fri, 26 Mar 2021 19:07:13 +0000 Carmen.Castro 618058 at https://www.fema.gov Preliminary Flood Maps for Roosevelt County, New Mexico Ready for Public View https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210326/preliminary-flood-maps-roosevelt-county-new-mexico-ready-public-view <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Preliminary Flood Maps for Roosevelt County, New Mexico 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><a><strong>DENTON, Texas – </strong></a>Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in all communities and unincorporated areas of Roosevelt County, New Mexico. 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 Roosevelt County serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) and setting rates for flood insurance. 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>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>Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Cost-saving options are available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about flood insurance options by talking with an 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>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 03/26/2021 - 18:39</span> Fri, 26 Mar 2021 18:39:03 +0000 Carmen.Castro 618057 at https://www.fema.gov