https://www.fema.gov/ en 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><strong>When all standard forms of verification are destroyed or don’t exist, FEMA may accept a signed self-declaration or written statement</strong>. The written statement must include the length of time the applicant has lived in the disaster-damaged residence prior to the winter storms that began Feb. 11. The statement must also include an explanation of circumstances that prevent standard verification.</p> <p>The verification documents provided must reflect:</p> <ul><li>The name of the applicant or co-applicant registering for assistance.</li> <li>If a minor child is registering for assistance, the document must be in the adult co-applicant’s name.</li> <li>The address of the damaged pre-disaster residence.</li> <li>A date prior to the disaster incident period.</li> </ul><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 Preliminary Flood Maps for Kaufman County, Texas Ready for Public View https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210326/preliminary-flood-maps-kaufman-county-texas-ready-public-view <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Preliminary Flood Maps for Kaufman 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 all communities and unincorporated areas of Kaufman County, Texas. 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 Kaufman 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 - 17:33</span> Fri, 26 Mar 2021 17:33:47 +0000 Carmen.Castro 618055 at https://www.fema.gov Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Grayson County, Texas https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210325/public-invited-appeal-or-comment-flood-maps-grayson-county-texas <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Grayson County, Texas</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 risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in Grayson County, Texas. 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 90-day appeal and comment period.</p> <p>The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and submit appeals or comments. </p> <p><a>The <strong>90-day appeal period</strong> will begin March 25, 2021.</a> <strong>Appeals/comments may be submitted through June 23, 2021, for:</strong></p> <ul><li>The City of Sherman; and the unincorporated areas of Grayson County.</li> </ul><p><a>Residents may submit an appeal if they consider modeling or data used to create the maps is technically or scientifically incorrect.</a></p> <ul><li>An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim.</li> <li>Appeals cannot be based on the effects of proposed projects or projects started after the study is in progress.</li> <li>If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information — such as a missing or misspelled road name in the Special Flood Hazard Area or an incorrect corporate boundary — they can submit a written comment.</li> </ul><p>The next step in the mapping process is to resolve all comments and appeals. Once these are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.</p> <p>To review the preliminary maps or submit appeals and comments, visit your local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can identify your community FPA. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Changes Viewer at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv">http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv</a></li> <li>FEMA Map Service Center at <a href="http://msc.fema.gov/portal">http://msc.fema.gov/portal</a></li> </ul><p>For more information about the flood maps:</p> <ul><li>Use a live chat service about flood maps at http://<a href="http://go.usa.gov/r6C">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. There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 03/25/2021 - 17:23</span> Thu, 25 Mar 2021 17:23:31 +0000 Carmen.Castro 618008 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Cost Share Adjustment Grants Louisiana More Funds for Public Assistance in Hurricane Laura Recovery https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210323/fema-cost-share-adjustment-grants-louisiana-more-funds-public-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Cost Share Adjustment Grants Louisiana More Funds for Public Assistance in Hurricane Laura Recovery</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>BATON ROUGE, La.--- Damage from Hurricane Laura was of such severity that it crossed the threshold of FEMA’s normal Public Assistance cost-share rate of 75% and allowed the State of Louisiana to receive a rarely reached cost- share rate of 90% for eligible damages. This resulted in almost $22 million more for applicants to fund projects.</p> <p>From rebuilding parish buildings to repairing sewer systems to restoring a children’s hospital, these projects are helping Louisiana communities recover from the hurricane.</p> <p>Five major recipients received grants totaling over $19.6 million more for their projects. These include:</p> <ul><li>Calcasieu Parish Police Jury will be granted an additional $10.1 million for debris removal.</li> <li>Jefferson Davis Electric Co-Op Emergency Generator Power Substation will be awarded an additional $3.8 million for Emergency Protective Measures.</li> <li>The city of Sulphur will receive $2.8 million more for debris removal.</li> <li>Military Department, State of Louisiana National Guard, will get an additional $1.6 million for Emergency Protective Measures taken during and following the hurricane.</li> <li>Beauregard Parish will receive $1.1 million more for debris removal.</li> </ul><p>President Biden authorized the federal cost-share increases for projects funded by FEMA’s Public Assistance</p> <p>Program Feb. 22.</p> <p>“I have determined that the damage in certain areas of the state of Louisiana resulting from Hurricane Laura during the period of August 22 to August 27, 2020, is of sufficient severity and magnitude that special cost-sharing arrangements are warranted,” the president said.</p> <p>More about FEMA’s Public Assistance Program can be found at <a href="https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit">www.FEMA.gov/public-assistance.</a></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>. 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, 03/23/2021 - 14:28</span> Tue, 23 Mar 2021 14:28:55 +0000 stuart.lewis 617880 at https://www.fema.gov Prepare Now for Imminent Dangerous Storms from the Mississippi Valley to Alabama https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210317/prepare-now-imminent-dangerous-storms-mississippi-valley-alabama <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Prepare Now for Imminent Dangerous Storms from the Mississippi Valley to Alabama</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- The <a href="https://www.noaa.gov/">National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s</a> (NOAA) <a href="https://www.weather.gov/">National Weather Service</a> <a href="https://www.spc.noaa.gov/">Storm Prediction Center</a> issued a high risk update for today across portions of the Mississippi Valley into Alabama due to the threat of possible strong tornadoes, hail larger than 2 inches and winds above 75 miles per hour, and a moderate risk upgrade was issued for tomorrow.</p> <p>Conditions across the high-risk area are favorable for strong, long-track tornadoes. This is especially true from northeast Louisiana through northern Mississippi into northwest Alabama.</p> <p>More than one round of severe storms is possible across parts of Mississippi and Alabama today during the afternoon into the overnight hours. Storms are currently ongoing across portions of western Oklahoma and are expected to continue in coverage, intensity and redevelopment as the system pushes eastward.</p> <h3><strong>Now is the time to prepare for severe weather</strong></h3> <p>Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts. If you are in the forecast areas, monitor a <a href="https://celebrating200years.noaa.gov/transformations/weather/radio.html">NOAA Weather Radio</a> and your local news or official social media accounts for updated emergency information. Follow the instructions of state, local and tribal officials. </p> <p>Download the free <a href="https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app">FEMA app</a> (available in English and Spanish) to receive emergency alerts and information so that you and your loved ones know what to do before, during and after disasters. The app provides real-time safety notifications, emergency preparedness tips and disaster resources. The app is available for Apple and Android devices.</p> <h3><strong>Prepare for a tornado and plan where you will go if a tornado watch is issued in your community</strong></h3> <p>Storm cellars, safe rooms or basements provide the best protection. If underground shelter or a safe room is not available, put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Go to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor of a sturdy building and stay away from windows and doors.</p> <p>Most injuries associated with high winds are from flying debris, so remember to protect your head.</p> <p>Plan to go quickly to a building with a strong foundation, if possible. Motor vehicles, trailers and mobile homes are not good locations to ride out a tornado. If shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.</p> <p>For additional severe weather tips visit <a href="https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes">Ready.gov.</a></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 03/17/2021 - 21:30</span> Wed, 17 Mar 2021 21:30:09 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 617692 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Advisors Available for Oklahomans Requiring Specialized Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210315/fema-advisors-available-oklahomans-requiring-specialized-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Advisors Available for Oklahomans Requiring Specialized 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, Oklahoma — </strong>FEMA is committed to helping all Oklahoma residents who were affected by the winter storms, including anyone requiring specialized assistance. FEMA’s guidance is intended 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>When applying 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, special needs, or another health or medical condition.</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> <p>If you need a reasonable accommodation or assistance filling out your FEMA application, please call <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 assure fair treatment to all Oklahomans, FEMA deployed its External Civil Rights advisors to assist after the February winter storms. They are available to ensure survivors receive help and assistance without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, English proficiency and economic status.</p> <p>As a part of FEMA’s commitment to the protection of civil rights, the Civil Rights Resource Line was launched to assure that Oklahomans can easily access Civil Rights Advisors to address any civil rights questions, to file or check on the status of a civil rights complaint or to process requests for reasonable accommodations when receiving FEMA services. The number to the resource line is <strong>833-285-7448</strong>.</p> <p>For more information about FEMA’s External Civil Rights advisors, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/offices/equal-rights/civil-rights">https://www.fema.gov/about/offices/equal-rights/civil-rights</a>.</p> <p>For concerns and allegations of discrimination, please contact the Civil Rights Resource Line at <strong>833-285-7448 </strong>or<strong> FEMA TTY: 800-462-7595</strong> or <a href="mailto:FEMA-CivilRightsOffice@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-CivilRightsOffice@fema.dhs.gov</a></p> <p>To register for federal assistance, visit <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov">http://www.disasterassistance.gov</a>.</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></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, 03/15/2021 - 14:23</span> Mon, 15 Mar 2021 14:23:10 +0000 Carmen.Castro 617597 at https://www.fema.gov Oklahoma Survivors Affected by Severe Winter Storms Reminded to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210312/oklahoma-survivors-affected-severe-winter-storms-reminded-apply-federal <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Oklahoma 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>DENTON, Texas </strong>– Oklahomans in 16 counties designated for federal assistance should register with FEMA now if they sustained damage to their homes following the recent winter storms. Two weeks have passed since the president granted a major disaster declaration.</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>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>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">http://www.disasterassistance.gov</a>.</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>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; and</li> <li>Cause of damage. The cause of damage for this disaster is ice/snow even if you had flooding 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></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, 03/12/2021 - 18:37</span> Fri, 12 Mar 2021 18:37:59 +0000 Carmen.Castro 617513 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Registration Required for Winter Storm Damage Even if You Registered Before https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210311/fema-registration-required-winter-storm-damage-even-if-you-registered <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Registration Required for Winter Storm Damage Even if You Registered Before</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> – Even if you registered for federal assistance because you suffered hurricane damage last year, you must re-register for assistance if you incurred damage from February’s winter storms Feb. 11 – 19. Having received disaster assistance from a previous federally declared disaster does not preclude you from registering for assistance under a newly declared disaster if you are eligible.</p> <p><a>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 may be eligible for FEMA grants to help with their recovery including uninsured and underinsured damage and losses incurred. Help may also include rental assistance, home repair or replacement and other disaster-related needs such as childcare, medical, and dental expenses.</a></p> <p>If you have a homeowner’s or flood insurance policy, file your insurance claim immediately before applying for disaster assistance. The faster you file, the faster your recovery can begin.</p> <p>To register for assistance after losses from winter storms, visit <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>, download the FEMA app or call the FEMA helpline 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585).</p> <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 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">Thu, 03/11/2021 - 15:31</span> Thu, 11 Mar 2021 15:31:47 +0000 stuart.lewis 617467 at https://www.fema.gov Providing FEMA Insurance Documentation During the Application Process Can Change Your Eligibility Status https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210311/providing-fema-insurance-documentation-during-application-process-can-change <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Providing FEMA Insurance Documentation During the Application Process Can Change Your Eligibility Status</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas </strong>– During the recent winter storms, many Oklahomans in the 16 designated counties may have sustained damages to their home and property.  Homeowners and renters who have insurance and are applying for FEMA disaster assistance must also file an insurance claim as soon as possible.</p> <p>When applicants apply to FEMA , they are asked if they are insured. Insurance is then taken into consideration as their application is processed.</p> <p>Fortunately, insurance provides more financial security than disaster assistance grants. During the storms, many homeowners and renters experienced power outages, extreme temperatures and damage that occurred from burst pipes in their homes. Typically, homeowner’s insurance covers repairs and damage associated with burst pipes. However, if the damage is not covered by home or rental insurance, FEMA may be able to help.</p> <p>By law, FEMA cannot reimburse for losses covered by insurance. Applicants may receive a “No Decision” letter or notification indicating the status of their application. This is NOT a denial. It is stating that additional information is required to continue processing the claim, which is often a copy of their insurance settlement or denial.</p> <p>Providing FEMA representatives with your insurance documentation can move your application forward to determine if any losses not covered by your insurance are eligible for reimbursement.  </p> <p>To help FEMA assess your application, you can provide several insurance status documents based on your claim and correspondence from your insurance company, including:</p> <ul><li>Denial of your claim letter:  Proof that you are not being covered under your insurance company and policy.</li> <li>Settlement letter:  What damage and property are covered by your insurance company.</li> <li>Delay letter: Proof of no official decision by your insurance company on your insurance claim, and it has been more than 30 days from the time that you filed your insurance claim.</li> </ul><p>You have up to 12 months from the date that you registered with FEMA to submit your insurance-settlement records for review. In addition, you have up to 12 months from the date that you registered with FEMA to appeal denials because of insurance issues.</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 it. 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>You can submit missing documentation to FEMA online at <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov">https://www.disasterassistance.gov</a>, by calling <strong>800-621-3362</strong>, by faxing your documentation to <strong>800-827-8112</strong>, or mailing documentation to <strong>FEMA – Individuals and Households Program National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055</strong>. <strong>When mailing documents, please include Attention: FEMA – Individuals &amp; Households Program on the outside of the envelope.</strong></p> <p>As a reminder, Oklahoma homeowners and renters in the 16 counties designated for individual assistance who sustained damage may now 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">Thu, 03/11/2021 - 15:16</span> Thu, 11 Mar 2021 15:16:12 +0000 Carmen.Castro 617464 at https://www.fema.gov Louisiana Survivors Affected by Winter Weather Can Apply for Possible FEMA Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210310/louisiana-survivors-affected-winter-weather-can-apply-possible-fema <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Louisiana Survivors Affected by Winter Weather Can Apply for Possible FEMA 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> – Louisiana homeowners and renters affected by the February winter storms who live in parishes that have recently been designated for Individual Assistance could be eligible for help from FEMA.</p> <p>The parishes are:</p> <p>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 homeowners or renter’s insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If your policy does not cover all your damage expenses, you may then be eligible for federal assistance.</p> <p>The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting  <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">www.disasterassistance.gov/</a>.</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 8 a.m. to 10 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.</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; and</li> <li>If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the 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 help with temporary lodging and home repairs along with other programs to assist families recover from the effects of the event.</p> <p><strong>U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans are available f</strong>or homeowners, renters, <strong>businesses of any size</strong> and nonprofits.</p> <p>For <strong>small businesses,</strong> those engaged in aquaculture and most nonprofits, up to $2 million is available for working capital needs even if there was no property damage, with a $2 million maximum loan for any combination of property damage and working capital needs.</p> <p>For <strong>homeowners: </strong>up to $200,000 is available to repair or replace their primary residence. For <strong>homeowners and renters:</strong> up to $40,000 to replace personal property, including vehicles.</p> <p><strong>Businesses and residents can </strong>apply online at <a href="http://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"><em>Louisiana Severe Winter Storms (DR-4590-LA) | FEMA.gov</em></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">Wed, 03/10/2021 - 14:36</span> Wed, 10 Mar 2021 14:36:00 +0000 stuart.lewis 617326 at https://www.fema.gov Renters may be eligible for FEMA Disaster Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210308/renters-may-be-eligible-fema-disaster-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Renters may be eligible 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>DENTON, Texas </strong>–If you are a renter in one of the 16 counties designated for individual assistance and sustained damage or losses from the Oklahoma severe winter storms, you may be eligible for federal disaster assistance. </p> <p>The counties are Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Comanche, Cotton, Hughes, Jefferson, Le Flore, McIntosh, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Stephens, Tulsa, and Wagoner.</p> <p>If the house or apartment you are renting is your primary residence and is in one of these counties, you should register with FEMA to apply for grants to help with disaster-related expenses. If you have renter’s insurance, you should call your insurance agent to start the claims process before you contact FEMA. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance or grants from state, local or tribal governments.</p> <p>Expenses for renters can include:</p> <ul><li>Renting a different dwelling when the formerly occupied one is unsafe to live in due to the winter storms;</li> <li>Storm-related medical and dental expenses;</li> <li>Increased cost of child-care expenses;</li> <li>Moving and storage fees;</li> <li>Replacement or repair of necessary personal property lost or damaged in the winter storm, such as appliances and furniture, textbooks and computers used by students, and work equipment or tools used by independent contractors;</li> <li>Repair or replacement of storm-damaged vehicles;</li> <li>Storm-related funeral and burial expenses, and</li> <li>Other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other sources.</li> </ul><p>Rental grants may be used for security deposits, rent and the cost of essential utilities—such as gas or water. The grants may not be used to pay for separate cable or Internet bills. The grants are not loans, and don’t have to be repaid. They are not taxable income and won’t affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.</p> <p>To apply for federal disaster assistance:</p> <ul><li>Visit <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>, or</li> <li>If you cannot register online, call the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY) 800-462-7585 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 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 update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.</li> </ul><p>Renters who face eviction or have been evicted from their storm-damaged apartment complex—whether their unit had damage or not—may be eligible for disaster assistance. Renters who have already registered for federal assistance and were evicted after they registered due to damage to other parts of their complex should call the FEMA Helpline.</p> <p>Renters may also qualify for long-term, low-interest loans of up to $40,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans may be used to cover the cost of repairing or replacing essential storm-damaged personal property.</p> <p>For information, visit <a href="http://www.sba.gov/disaster">SBA.gov/disaster</a>, call 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339) or email <a href="mailto:DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov">DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov</a>. To apply for an SBA loan, visit <a href="https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela">disasterloan.sba.gov/ela</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, 03/08/2021 - 22:03</span> Mon, 08 Mar 2021 22:03:53 +0000 Carmen.Castro 617149 at https://www.fema.gov Determination Letters Can Help You Find Disaster Assistance Answers https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210304/determination-letters-can-help-you-find-disaster-assistance-answers <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Determination Letters Can Help You Find Disaster Assistance Answers</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas </strong>– Oklahoma homeowners and renters in the 16 counties designated for individual assistance who sustained damage may now apply for disaster assistance with FEMA.</p> <p>The counties are Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Comanche, Cotton, Hughes, Jefferson, Le Flore, McIntosh, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Stephens, Tulsa, and Wagoner.</p> <p>After applying for assistance, if you received a letter from FEMA that says you’re ineligible for help or that there is “no decision,” read the letter carefully. FEMA may need additional information from you to continue processing your application. If you have insurance and are applying for federal assistance, you must file a claim with your insurance provider. If applicable, you will need to provide a copy of your insurance settlement approval or denial letter.</p> <p>A few common reasons for being determined ineligible or receiving “no decision” include:</p> <ul><li><strong>You are insured</strong>. You must provide a copy of your insurance settlement approval or denial letter to FEMA. If your insurance settlement is insufficient to meet your disaster-related needs, you may be eligible for federal assistance. Contact FEMA to provide any additional information or documentation.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>You reported no home damage or minimal damage when you registered with FEMA</strong>. If you reported your home had no disaster-related impacts, but later discover new or additional damages to living areas, contact FEMA to let them know. Documentation from a local official or contractor supporting your appeal may help you prove that your home has suffered impacts to its habitability.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Proof of occupancy</strong>. When FEMA is unable to verify the occupancy of your primary residence, you may need to provide documentation, such as utility bills, a bank or credit card statement, phone bill, pay stubs, a driver’s license, state-issued ID card or voter registration card showing the damaged dwelling’s address.</li> <li><strong>No initial rental assistance</strong>. You indicated to the inspector that you were not willing to move while your damaged home was being repaired. This made you ineligible for FEMA temporary rental assistance. If you later found further damage to your home or your housing needs have changed, contact FEMA as soon as possible to update your housing status and explain why you have a need to relocate.</li> <li><strong>No communication with FEMA.</strong> If you missed an inspection and did not follow up with FEMA, your assistance could be affected. Make sure that FEMA has your contact information. If you are unable to meet with an inspector as planned, let FEMA know.</li> <li><strong>Your home is safe to occupy</strong>. FEMA housing assistance typically only covers costs to make your home habitable. Damage to non-essential space, landscaping or spoiled food is not covered by FEMA grants.</li> </ul><p>If you have questions or need to speak about your eligibility status, call 800-621-3362, open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., CDT. Multilingual operators are available.</p> <p>Applicants can appeal a FEMA determination, to do so, you need to submit supporting information along with a letter describing in detail the reason (or reasons) you are appealing.</p> <p>You should include your full name, FEMA application number and disaster number, pre-disaster primary residence address and current phone number and address on all submitted documents. You can find the application and disaster number printed on page 1 of your determination letter.</p> <p>You can submit your appeal and any associated documentation by:</p> <ol><li>Uploading your documentation online at <a href="http://disasterassistance.gov/">disasterassistance.gov</a>.</li> <li>Mailing your documents and letter within 60 days of receiving your determination letter to the address below. <a><strong>Your letter with accompanying documents must be postmarked within 60 days of the date on your letter from FEMA regarding your eligibility.</strong></a></li> </ol><p>FEMA National Processing Service Center</p> <p>P.O. Box 10055</p> <p>Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055</p> <ol start="3"><li>Faxing your information to 800-827-8112.</li> </ol><p>Survivors should register online at <a href="https://disasterassistance.gov">disasterassistance.gov</a>. If you cannot register online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). 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></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>thomas.wise</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 03/04/2021 - 20:54</span> Thu, 04 Mar 2021 20:54:32 +0000 thomas.wise 616756 at https://www.fema.gov Hurricane Laura Recovery Efforts After Six Months https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210303/hurricane-laura-recovery-efforts-after-six-months <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Hurricane Laura Recovery Efforts After Six Months</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> – Six months ago, communities across 21 parishes in Louisiana experienced the devastating effects of Hurricane Laura. Neighborhoods were shattered, homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed, and lives were upended.</p> <p><a>Day after day Louisianans continue to recover. </a>FEMA and its partner federal agencies are still in Louisiana and will remain in the state to provide all the assistance that individuals, state and local governments are eligible to receive.</p> <p>Here for the long-term, FEMA’s Interagency Recovery Coordination (IRC) team has ramped up its engagement with local, state and federal partners to help facilitate a whole community recovery. IRC has mobilized more than $1.25 million to its partner federal agencies to provide technical assistance and subject matter experts. They are working with state agencies and local communities to identify strategies, resources and timelines with the goal of helping communities recover and become more resilient.</p> <p>To see some advances toward recovery that have already been made, check out the video: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAepZ3C-26k&amp;feature=youtu.be">Hurricane Laura 6 Month Comparison - YouTube</a>.</p> <p><strong>Hurricane Laura: By the Numbers</strong></p> <p>As of Feb 28, FEMA has assisted more than 230,000 families and hundreds of businesses in the form of Individual Assistance grants, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and National Flood Insurance (NFIP) disbursements.</p> <p><strong>Individual Assistance</strong></p> <p>More than 226,860 households have registered with FEMA.</p> <p>FEMA has put more than $226 million in the hands of 75,628 individual survivors and families, including</p> <ul><li>More than $159 million in Housing Assistance; and  </li> <li>More than $67 million in Other Needs Assistance.</li> </ul><p><strong>Small Business Administration</strong></p> <p>The SBA has approved more than 10,300 low-interest disaster loans totaling $592 million, including:</p> <ul><li>9,926 home loans for more than $547 million; and  </li> <li>413 busines loans for more than $44 million.</li> </ul><p><strong>Hazard Mitigation/National Flood Insurance Program</strong></p> <ul><li>Mitigation specialists have spoken with more than 3,500 survivors about repairing/rebuilding safer and stronger. More than 670 individuals have attended mitigation webinars on rebuilding topics.  </li> <li>More than 4,200 individuals have visited the Mitigation web page: <a href="https://fema.connectsolutions.com/lamit">https://fema.connectsolutions.com/lamit</a>.  </li> <li>Flood insurance specialists have contacted over 3,000 insurance agents and over 600 real estate professionals in the Hurricane Laura-impacted area with flood-insurance and flood-risk information, claims and marketing support.    </li> <li>NFIP has closed 87% of the 1,227 claims submitted and paid more than $45 million.  </li> <li>More than 12,900 structures were inspected to see if they were substantially damaged. Substantial damage applies to a structure in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) or a 1-percent-annual-chance floodplain for which the total cost of restoring a structure to its pre-damaged condition is 50 percent or more of the structure’s market value before the disaster occurred, regardless of the cause of damage.</li> </ul><p><strong>Public Assistance</strong></p> <ul><li>The FEMA Public Assistance Program that assists state and local governments and certain types of private nonprofits had 428 applicants as of Feb. 25 and has obligated more than $108 million. The projected amount for recovery projects is $1.2 billion.  </li> <li>Over 22 million cubic yards of debris have been removed. That is nearly the equivalent of filling the Superdome twice.</li> </ul><p><strong>Direct Temporary Housing:</strong></p> <ul><li>At its peak, the Louisiana non-congregate shelter program for Hurricane Laura sheltered 21,510 evacuees in 8,115 hotel rooms. As of Feb. 28, there are 393 individuals in 215 rooms seeking permanent housing arrangements.  </li> <li>On Oct. 15, the first household qualified for direct housing assistance was licensed in. To date, FEMA has provided accommodations to 1,187 Hurricane Laura households, with Transportable Temporary Housing Units (TTHUs) and other facilities directly leased by FEMA.  </li> <li><a>Originally 8,962 households were screened for Direct Housing assistance for Hurricane Laura. This included 4,541 homeowners and 4,421 renters. Many have since found permanent or longer-term housing on their own. FEMA is currently preparing to house approximately 3,000 Laura households in direct temporary housing solutions. Over one-third of the projected households have already been licensed into temporary housing solutions.</a>  </li> <li>FEMA projects that most private and commercial site installation of TTHUs will be completed in April followed by installations in group sites constructed by FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. These are projected to open in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes later in the summer and fall months. FEMA is also continuously working with property managers to identify additional ready-to-occupy units for direct lease to house some families.</li> </ul><p><strong>FEMA Mission Assignment to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)</strong></p> <p>The USACE installed 12,977 temporary roofs on homes in southwest Louisiana as part of its Blue Roof program, funded by FEMA.</p> <p><strong>FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaisons (VALs)</strong></p> <p>In coordination with nonprofits and volunteer agencies, FEMA VALs have secured more than $350,000 in housing assistance and other needs assistance through appeals and working with individuals to help them provide required documentation.</p> <p><strong>FEMA Employees Deployed</strong></p> <p>At the peak of the disaster, 1,463 FEMA specialists worked to assist the state to respond. More than 725 FEMA members continue to support Louisiana’s Hurricane Laura recovery.</p> <p>For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4559">fema.gov/disaster/4559</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">Wed, 03/03/2021 - 19:10</span> Wed, 03 Mar 2021 19:10:14 +0000 stuart.lewis 616630 at https://www.fema.gov Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Craighead County, Arkansas https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210302/public-invited-appeal-or-comment-flood-maps-craighead-county-arkansas <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Craighead County, Arkansas</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas – </strong> New preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in Craighead County, Arkansas. 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 90-day appeal and comment period.</p> <p>The new flood hazard information from FEMA has been generated in coordination with local community, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review has already taken place.</p> <p>The <strong>90-day appeal period</strong> began on <strong>Feb. 26, 2021</strong>. Residents and business owners are also encouraged to review the updated maps to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. </p> <p><strong>Appeals/comments may be submitted through May 27, 2021, for:</strong></p> <ul><li>Cities of Bay, Bono, Brookland, Caraway, Cash, Jonesboro, Lake City, Monette; Town of Egypt, and the unincorporated areas of Craighead County.</li> </ul><p>Residents may submit an appeal if they consider modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect.</p> <ul><li>An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim.</li> <li>Appeals cannot be based on the effects of proposed projects or projects started after the study is in progress.</li> <li>If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information—such as a missing or misspelled road name in the Special Flood Hazard Area or an incorrect corporate boundary—they can submit a written comment.</li> </ul><p>The next step in the mapping process is the resolution of all comments and appeals. Once they are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.</p> <p>To review the preliminary maps or submit appeals and comments, visit your local floodplain administrator (FPA). A FEMA Map Specialist can identify your community FPA. Specialists are available by telephone at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at <a href="mailto:FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com">FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com</a>.</p> <p>The preliminary maps may also be viewed online:</p> <ul><li>The Flood Map Change 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 http://<a href="http://go.usa.gov/r6C">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. There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent or visiting <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov">https://www.floodsmart.gov</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Carmen.Castro</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 03/01/2021 - 21:51</span> Mon, 01 Mar 2021 21:51:39 +0000 Carmen.Castro 616420 at https://www.fema.gov Happy to Be Home https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210301/happy-be-home <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Happy to Be Home</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> – Sandra’s voice smiles as she says she is “so comfortable now” living in a FEMA temporary housing unit on her own property in a remote area of Calcasieu Parish. Her trailer sits on a concrete slab that used to hold her carport. Next to it are the remnants of her old home, destroyed by the two hurricanes. She says, “FEMA saved my life” by helping her return to her own yard. Being forced to live with friends and relatives had left her depressed. Now she feels settled and moving forward with her life.</p> <p>Sandra is also grateful for the many Samaritan’s Purse volunteers who helped remove a tangled mass of broken and toppled trees. Being at home and being safe are the most important things in her life after her ordeal.</p> <p>Although some 80 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, first Hurricane Laura and then Hurricane Delta struck this little northeast Calcasieu Parish town of DeQuincy with all their fury. Heavily forested, DeQuincy was founded as a railroad settlement to serve the timber industry, which has long been a vital part of the local economy. Now the twisted and uprooted trees have become part of the problem since they need to be cleared as rebuilding slowly begins.</p> <p>As scores of trees came down, Sandra’s roof was smashed and in poured the driving rain. Everything inside her house was destroyed - her curio cabinets holding her most precious belongings, her clothing, appliances and ultimately the house itself. Today the building lists to one side, its empty interior covered with mold. She hopes to have it “pushed over flat” in the spring.</p> <p>Sandra describes having to evacuate when the storm was coming. She joined her daughter in a motel to wait it out. Afterward, she returned to find her house demolished. She stayed with a son, then with friends, then with her brother, never knowing where she would end up. Disabled with impaired vision from birth, she relied on others for transportation and now for housing.</p> <p>It was a great joy to get a call from FEMA to tell her she had been approved for Direct Housing. It was even better when an evaluation of her property revealed a temporary housing unit could be placed on her own site.</p> <p>In contrast with Sandra’s situation, she reports that DeQuincy still looks like the hurricane just hit. Many people are still living in rented properties or hotels or motels, their homes still in their post-storms state while they wait for insurance settlements.  Her community lost a local grocery store, leaving just one place to buy food. And that often has empty shelves since everyone shops there and provisions are low. Other businesses have not reopened. Another problem is a lack of contractors and building supplies.</p> <p>Sandra was happy to share her experiences with FEMA as we near the six-month anniversary of Hurricane Laura. While she is settled for the moment, she talks about life in her single-bedroom unit and her hopes for the future.</p> <p>The unit makes her feel comfortable and she would like to put personal decorating touches in it after she checks with FEMA. As part of her plans for the future, Sandra is hoping to buy the unit and make it her permanent home. She wants to put up a shed outside to hold the washer and dryer. That will give her more space for what she dearly loves: sleepovers with her grandkids. Sandra hopes to have all this in place within the usual 18-month FEMA limit for occupying the unit.</p> <p>The visit with Sandra drove home the realities of recovery at the six-month level. She says, “I just want to thank FEMA.”</p> <p>The system of individual assistance for people is working. Case by case, people are being helped to find safe housing. But there is a long way to go before most of the more than 200,000 residents of Louisiana affected by the hurricanes get used to a comfortable “new normal.” Finding sites for housing units and then putting in the infrastructure to support hundreds of spots will be a lengthy task.</p> <p>A video link to Sandra’s story can be found at <a href="https://youtu.be/Czw39Z723dE">https://youtu.be/Czw39Z723dE</a> .</p> <p>For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4559">fema.gov/disaster/4559</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, 03/01/2021 - 17:08</span> Mon, 01 Mar 2021 17:08:03 +0000 stuart.lewis 616405 at https://www.fema.gov Don’t Get Scammed: Protect Yourself from Contractor Fraud https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210226/dont-get-scammed-protect-yourself-contractor-fraud <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Don’t Get Scammed: Protect Yourself from Contractor Fraud</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENTON, Texas </strong>– State and federal recovery officials urge disaster survivors in the 16 designated counties to register for disaster assistance as soon as possible. If you have insurance and are applying for assistance for damages your home sustained following the winter storms, you must also file a claim with your insurance company.</p> <p>The quickest and easiest way to apply is by visiting <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">www.disasterassistance.gov</a>. If it is not possible to register online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585).</p> <p>Oklahomans are also asked to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud.</p> <p>Disasters often bring communities together but con artists, identity thieves and other criminals may target survivors. The most common types of post-disaster fraud include phony housing inspectors, fraudulent building contractors, bogus pleas for disaster donations, fake offers of municipal or federal aid and charging for free services.</p> <p>Scam attempts can be made over the phone, by mail or email, through the internet, or in person. It is important to remain alert, ask questions and always ask for identification when someone claims to represent FEMA or another government agency. Con artists are creative and resourceful. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it should be questioned.</p> <p>Here are some tips to protect yourself:</p> <ul><li>Don’t wire money or pay with reloadable debit cards or gift cards. There is no legitimate reason to request those forms of payment.  </li> <li>Don’t offer personal financial information over the phone. Know who you are dealing with and always ask for identification.</li> <li>If your project involves roof repair, make sure that the contractor is registered with the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board (<a href="http://www.ok.gov/cib/">www.ok.gov/cib/</a> or 405-521-6550).</li> <li>Get the agreement in writing. Read the contract carefully, and if you don’t understand every word, take it to an expert. Never sign a contract with blank spaces to be filled in. </li> </ul><ul><li>Make sure the contract details all work to be performed, the costs, a projected completion date and how to negotiate changes and settle disputes.</li> </ul><ul><li>Do your research. Scam artists will usually come to you to offer their services — either at your door, on the phone or through email — so be especially wary of solicitors.</li> </ul><ul><li>Get estimates from multiple contractors and your insurance company. Reject any offer that seems too good to be true.</li> <li>Ask for references from past customers.</li> <li>Use the Better Business Bureau, <a href="http://www.bbb.org">www.bbb.org</a>, and internet search engines. Fraudulent firms change names frequently, so search the web for their address and phone number, and include terms like “review,” “scam” and “complaint.”</li> <li>FEMA does not certify contractors.</li> </ul><ul><li>Verify insurance. Contractors should have disability and workers' compensation insurance. If they don’t, you may be liable for accidents on your property.</li> <li>Make sure contractors have the proper licensing and are bonded.</li> <li>Ensure the contractors obtain the necessary permits to do the job.</li> <li>Demand satisfaction. Don’t sign completion papers or make final payment until the work is done correctly.</li> <li>Take a picture of your contractor, their vehicle and license plate.</li> <li>Take a picture of your contractor’s business card and driver’s license.</li> <li>Report your concerns. Potential fraud should be reported to your local law enforcement agency. You can also contact the <a href="mailto:ConsumerProtection@oag.ok.gov">Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General</a> by calling <strong>833-681-1895 or </strong>by <a href="https://www.oag.ok.gov/sites/g/files/gmc766/f/2019consumercomplaintform.pdf">downloading a consumer complaint form</a>. You also can call the free <strong>FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721</strong> available 24-hours a day.</li> </ul><p>As a reminder, Oklahoma homeowners and renters in the 16 counties designated for</p> <p>individual assistance who sustained damage may now apply for disaster assistance with</p> <p>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 8 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">Sat, 02/27/2021 - 00:31</span> Sat, 27 Feb 2021 00:31:11 +0000 Carmen.Castro 616129 at https://www.fema.gov Texas Winter Storm Survivors in 18 Additional Counties Can Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210227/texas-winter-storm-survivors-18-additional-counties-can-apply-federal <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Texas Winter Storm Survivors in 18 Additional Counties 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>DENTON, Texas – Texas homeowners and renters in 18 additional counties who suffered damage from the winter storm that recently struck Texas 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>.</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><strong>The 18 additional counties are:</strong> Atascosa, Bandera, Brooks, Duval, Eastland, Ector, Goliad, Howard, Jim Hogg, Karnes, Kleberg, Leon, Llano, Newton, Robertson, Trinity, Webb and Willacy.</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>The additional counties join the 108 counties previously approved for disaster assistance.</p> <p>The counties are: Anderson, Angelina, Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Bosque, Bowie, Blanco, Brazoria, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Cherokee, Collin, Colorado, Comal, Comanche, Cooke, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, DeWitt, Ellis, Erath, Falls, Fannin, Fort Bend, Freestone, Galveston, Gillespie, Gonzalez, Grayson, Gregg, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Hood, Houston, Hunt, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Johnson, Jones, Kaufman, Kendall, Lavaca, Liberty, Limestone, Lubbock, Medina, Madison, Matagorda, Maverick, McLennan, Milam, Montague, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Nueces, Orange, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parker, Polk, Rockwall, Rusk, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Scurry, Shelby, Smith, Stephens, Tarrant, Taylor, Tom Green, Travis, Tyler, Upshur, Val Verde, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton, Wichita, Williamson, Wilson, Wise and Wood</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>christopher.teed</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 02/26/2021 - 20:46</span> Fri, 26 Feb 2021 20:46:25 +0000 christopher.teed 616120 at https://www.fema.gov Oklahomans Affected by Winter Weather Can Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210226/oklahomans-affected-winter-weather-can-apply-federal-disaster-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Oklahomans Affected by Winter Weather 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>DENTON, Texas </strong>– Oklahoma homeowners and renters in the 16 counties designated for individual assistance who sustained damage 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>.</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>The counties are: Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Comanche, Cotton, Hughes, Jefferson, Le Flore, McIntosh, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Stephens, Tulsa, and Wagoner.</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 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>thomas.wise</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 02/26/2021 - 13:33</span> Fri, 26 Feb 2021 13:33:35 +0000 thomas.wise 616108 at https://www.fema.gov