https://www.fema.gov/ en President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Nebraska https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210906/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-nebraska <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Nebraska</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Nebraska to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and straight-line winds from July 9-10, 2021.</p> <p>Federal funding also is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and straight-line winds in Box Butte, Cass, Clay, Douglas, Fillmore, Grant, Hall, Hamilton, Madison, Sarpy, Saunders, Sheridan, Washington and York counties.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.</p> <p>Robert Haywood has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Haywood said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>amy.ashbridge</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/06/2021 - 21:55</span> Mon, 06 Sep 2021 21:55:50 +0000 amy.ashbridge 625454 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Missouri https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210902/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-missouri <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Missouri</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON — FEMA announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Missouri to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, tornados and flooding from June 24-July 1, 2021.</p> <p>Federal funding also is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornados and flooding in Andrew, Audrain, Boone, Buchanan, Caldwell, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Cooper, Daviess, Grundy, Holt, Howard, Lincoln, Livingston, Moniteau, Montgomery, Ralls, Ray and Saline counties. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.</p> <p>David Gervino has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Gervino said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mashana.davis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/02/2021 - 00:50</span> Thu, 02 Sep 2021 00:50:07 +0000 mashana.davis 624839 at https://www.fema.gov Biden Administration Commits Historic $3.46 Billion in Hazard Mitigation Funds to Reduce Effects of Climate Change https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210805/biden-administration-commits-historic-346-billion-hazard-mitigation-funds <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Biden Administration Commits Historic $3.46 Billion in Hazard Mitigation Funds to Reduce Effects of Climate Change</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON – President Biden today approved more than $3.46 billion to increase resilience to the impacts of climate change nationwide. This significant investment will be available for natural hazard mitigation measures across the 59 major disaster declarations issued due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.</p> <p>With the growing climate change crisis facing the nation, FEMA’s <a href="https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/hazard-mitigation">Hazard Mitigation Grant Program</a> will provide funding to states, tribes, and territories for mitigation projects to reduce the impacts of climate change. Every state, tribe, and territory that received a major disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible to receive 4% of those disaster costs to invest in mitigation projects that reduce risks from natural disasters. This influx of funding will help communities prioritize mitigation needs for a more resilient future, including underserved communities that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. These projects can help address effects of climate change and other unmet mitigation needs, including using funds to promote equitable outcomes in underserved communities</p> <p>“The Department of Homeland Security is committed to helping build stronger and more resilient communities that are prepared for future disasters,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “States, tribes, territories, and localities will now receive the funding needed to treat the climate crisis with the sense of urgency it demands.  Through this funding, communities across the nation will have the critical resources needed to invest in adaptation and resilience, and take meaningful action to combat the effects of climate change.  This funding will also help to ensure the advancement of equity in all communities, especially those that are disproportionately at risk from climate change impacts.”</p> <p>"Climate change is our country’s biggest crisis. Our communities will continue to suffer from losses caused by extreme weather events unless we invest in mitigation efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change. This new funding is a tangible solution that we can implement today to help prevent future disasters. It will allow us to provide direct aid to states, tribes, and territories to complete mitigation projects, strengthen our infrastructure, identify long term solutions to these hazards and ultimately make a real difference in our communities,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.</p> <p>Communities across the country have been impacted by the enormous effects of hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and other events. The increasing duration, intensity, and severity of such disasters—which are exacerbated by climate change as well as changes in population, land use, and weather patterns—are alarming and devastating, especially for underserved populations.</p> <p>For eligible mitigation projects, HMGP funding can cover 75% of total project costs and states or communities cover the remaining share. Preparing and mitigating for the impacts of climate change, which is one of the most important threats facing the United States, requires the full collaboration of the Federal Government to support state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.</p> <p>The FEMA <a href="/sites/default/files/documents/fema_mitigation-action-portfolio-support-document.pdf">Mitigation Action Portfolio</a> includes examples of innovative mitigation projects that address many types of natural hazards and emphasize the importance of collaboration between governments, private sector entities, and non-governmental organizations in order to achieve effective hazard mitigation and disaster resilience.  For example, mitigation projects can:</p> <ul><li>Reduce risks associated with climate change, such as wildfires, drought, increased flooding, and coastal erosion, through the use of nature-based features, such as storm water parks, living shorelines, and land conservation.</li> <li>Address persistent residential vulnerabilities by mitigating repetitive loss structures affected by flooding.</li> <li>Help utilities or other critical facilities adapt to future conditions and reduce risks, through microgrids, seismic and wind retrofits, flood protection, and other infrastructure protection measures. </li> </ul><p>This one-time investment represents a 23% increase in the funding made available for declared disasters since the program’s inception. Over the past 30 years, this program has made more than $15 billion available to states, tribes, and territories to make communities more resilient and reduce risks from future disasters.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/05/2021 - 19:31</span> Thu, 05 Aug 2021 19:31:02 +0000 zella.campbell 622491 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Amends Declaration of Ponca Tribe of Nebraska https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210721/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-amends-declaration-ponca-tribe-nebraska <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Amends Declaration of Ponca Tribe of Nebraska</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that additional disaster assistance is available to the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska by authorizing an increase in the level of funding for Public Assistance projects as a result of the severe storms and flooding during the period of March 13-April 1, 2019.</p> <p>As part of the major disaster declaration issued for the Ponce Tribe of Nebraska on June 17, 2019, federal funding was made available for Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation projects at a 75% federal cost share. President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. approved an order today changing the federal cost share to 90% for Public Assistance projects.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mashana.davis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 07/21/2021 - 23:29</span> Wed, 21 Jul 2021 23:29:11 +0000 mashana.davis 621863 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Announces Initial Initiatives to Advance Equity https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210721/fema-announces-initial-initiatives-advance-equity <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Announces Initial Initiatives to Advance Equity</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Today, FEMA announced two initiatives to advance equity across the agency, which are the first step in focusing the agency toward reducing barriers and increasing opportunities.  The two major initiatives are the formation of an Equity Enterprise Steering Group and the establishment of a robust stakeholder engagement process to develop the agency’s 2022 – 2026 Strategic Plan. Both initiatives include internal and external stakeholders to reflect the agency’s commitment to advancing equity. These actions are just the first of many planned for the coming months.   </p> <p>Too many disaster survivors face barriers in accessing assistance programs and resources to support their recovery. Certain populations – specifically low-income neighborhoods, communities of color, people with disabilities and older adults, those with language barriers and those living in rural and isolated areas – are disproportionately impacted by disasters. FEMA is committed to ensuring disaster assistance programs do not exacerbate existing inequal conditions.</p> <p>“We’re turning a page at FEMA and infusing equity throughout our agency, programs, and policies to better serve people who face unique barriers before, during and after disasters,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “Systemic racism across institutions and society has sidelined generations of people of color and low-income households and that practice needs to end.”</p> <p>The new Equity Enterprise Steering Group is focused on assessing issues like access and delivery of FEMA programs, services, and activities. Members include representatives from each of the major offices across the agency and is co-chaired by the Office of Equal Rights and the Office of Response and Recovery. The group is designed to drive forward our commitment to equity in every part of the agency, not just certain programs. </p> <p>FEMA is developing the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan through inputs from stakeholders within the agency and beyond to reflect a whole of community perspective. Stakeholders will inform the agency’s goals and objectives, with equity as a foundational priority for the coming years.</p> <p>Administrator Criswell added: “As emergency managers, we must meet people where they are. Our first steps forward will shape future decisions by engaging our teams, partners, key stakeholders, and the public to boost access and reduce barriers. In time, we hope our work will ultimately lead to systematic generational change for underserved populations in disaster-prone communities.”</p> <h2>Increasing Additional Equitable Measures</h2> <p>FEMA continues to use equity as a lens to drive response operations and deliver better services to marginalized and other vulnerable populations. While FEMA continues to work towards creating equitable outcomes for survivors, the agency is working within this specific authorities and responsibilities to make changes, including: </p> <ul><li><strong>Spearheading a successful Community Vaccination Centers Mission</strong> to combat COVID-19 and administer vaccinations, in which more than 58% of all vaccines were given to individuals of color, provides a model for how equity considerations can be incorporated into other policies and programs.</li> <li><strong>Encouraging active employee engagement </strong>to ensure internal discussions generate new ideas on workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diverse organizations such as FEMA’s Employee Resource Groups and other employee-led groups have partnered with senior leadership to seek ideas and input.</li> <li><strong>Hosting a Command and General Staff “Equity Stand Down” </strong>with over 400 FEMA field leaders on Aug. 4-5. This will provide critical information on civil rights law, equity levers field leaders can pull to enhance equity, and training on how to use the many tools available within FEMA to incorporate equity into tactical decision making (e.g., where to place Disaster Recovery Centers).</li> <li><a><strong>Issuing a request for information</strong></a><strong> </strong><strong>and began soliciting public comment on our programs to help identify regulations and policies</strong> that may benefit from modification, streamlining, expansion or repeal to better address climate change and underserved communities and populations. The <a href="https://www.fema.gov/event/public-comment-period-climate-change-and-underserved-populations">request for information</a> closed today, July 21.</li> <li><strong>Assessing several programs </strong>to determine where the agency can make improvements and where there is a need for support from other federal partners and the legislative branch.</li> <li><strong>Expanding eligibility criteria for Critical Needs Assistance</strong> to include applicants who state they have a need for shelter but have not been able to leave their damaged dwelling.</li> <li><strong>Expanding access by integrating a Documentation Drop Off Center model</strong> for Disaster Recovery Centers that enables survivors to submit documentation in-person, notifies survivors when a representative is available, and provides estimated wait times.</li> </ul><h2>Contact Us</h2> <p>If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Office of External Affairs:</p> <ul><li>Congressional Affairs at (202) 646-4500 or at <a href="mailto:FEMA-Congressional-Affairs@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-Congressional-Affairs@fema.dhs.gov</a> </li> <li>Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at <a href="mailto:FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov</a></li> <li>Tribal Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at <a href="mailto:FEMA-Tribal@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-Tribal@fema.dhs.gov</a></li> <li>Private Sector Engagement at (202) 646-3444 or at <a href="mailto:nbeoc@max.gov">nbeoc@max.gov</a></li> </ul><h3>Follow Us</h3> <p>Follow FEMA on social media at: <a href="https://www.fema.gov/blog">FEMA Blog</a> on fema.gov, <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMA">@FEMA</a> or <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMAEspanol">@FEMAEspanol</a> on Twitter, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FEMA">FEMA</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FEMAespanol">FEMA Espanol</a> on Facebook, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/fema">@FEMA</a> on Instagram, and via <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/FEMA">FEMA YouTube channel</a>.</p> <p>Also, follow Administrator Deanne Criswell on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/FEMA_Deanne">@FEMA_Deanne</a>.</p> <h3>FEMA Mission</h3> <p>Helping people before, during, and after disasters.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 07/21/2021 - 14:39</span> Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:39:45 +0000 zella.campbell 621841 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Amends Nebraska Disaster Declaration https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210528/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-amends-nebraska-disaster-declaration <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Amends Nebraska Disaster Declaration</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. made additional disaster assistance available to the state of Nebraska by authorizing an increase in the level of federal funding for public assistance projects as a result of a severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of March 9-July 14, 2019.</p> <p>Under the major disaster declaration issued for Nebraska on March 21, 2019, federal funding was made available for public assistance, hazard mitigation and other needs assistance at 75% of the total eligible costs.         </p> <p>Under the President's order yesterday, the federal share for public assistance has been increased to 90% of the total eligible costs.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mayshaunt.gary</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 05/28/2021 - 19:16</span> Fri, 28 May 2021 19:16:41 +0000 mayshaunt.gary 620344 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Updates State-Specific Funeral Assistance Information https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210525/fema-updates-state-specific-funeral-assistance-information <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Updates State-Specific Funeral Assistance Information</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA continues to accept applications for funeral assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses. As of Monday, May 24, the agency has received nearly 196,000 applications, and approved more than $66 million for more than 9,700 applicants.</p> <p>Applicants may apply by calling 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Multilingual services are available. Please note, phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number. Additional information about the assistance and frequently asked questions are available on <a href="https://www.fema.gov/">FEMA.gov</a>.</p> <p>Please find below state-specific information:  </p> <table><tbody><tr><td> <p>State/Territory</p> </td> <td> <p>Registrations</p> </td> <td> <p>Amount Approved</p> </td> <td> <p>Number of Awards</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>ALABAMA</p> </td> <td> <p>4,575</p> </td> <td> <p>$391,937</p> </td> <td> <p>56</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>ALASKA</p> </td> <td> <p>88</p> </td> <td> <p>$11,050</p> </td> <td> <p>2</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>AMERICAN SAMOA</p> </td> <td> <p>4</p> </td> <td> <p> $0</p> </td> <td> <p>0</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>ARIZONA</p> </td> <td> <p>3,264</p> </td> <td> <p>$183,335</p> </td> <td> <p>36</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>ARKANSAS</p> </td> <td> <p>1,914</p> </td> <td> <p>$309,212</p> </td> <td> <p>51</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>CALIFORNIA</p> </td> <td> <p>21,467</p> </td> <td> <p>$7,011,213</p> </td> <td> <p>1,056</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>COLORADO</p> </td> <td> <p>1,352</p> </td> <td> <p>$244,899</p> </td> <td> <p>37</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANAS</p> </td> <td> <p>3</p> </td> <td> <p> $0</p> </td> <td> <p>0</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>CONNECTICUT</p> </td> <td> <p>2,479</p> </td> <td> <p>$982,926</p> </td> <td> <p>138</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>DELAWARE</p> </td> <td> <p>577</p> </td> <td> <p>$232,719</p> </td> <td> <p>37</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA</p> </td> <td> <p>396</p> </td> <td> <p>$169,743</p> </td> <td> <p>23</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>FLORIDA</p> </td> <td> <p>11,060</p> </td> <td> <p>$4,202,586</p> </td> <td> <p>705</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>GEORGIA</p> </td> <td> <p>7,380</p> </td> <td> <p>$909,958</p> </td> <td> <p>132</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>GUAM</p> </td> <td> <p>8</p> </td> <td> <p>$0</p> </td> <td> <p>0</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>HAWAII</p> </td> <td> <p>190</p> </td> <td> <p>$24,680</p> </td> <td> <p>5</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>IDAHO</p> </td> <td> <p>371</p> </td> <td> <p>$200,613</p> </td> <td> <p>34</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>ILLINOIS</p> </td> <td> <p>8,234</p> </td> <td> <p>$3,436,626</p> </td> <td> <p>498</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>INDIANA</p> </td> <td> <p>3,350</p> </td> <td> <p>$244,671</p> </td> <td> <p>33</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>IOWA</p> </td> <td> <p>1,833</p> </td> <td> <p>$304,241</p> </td> <td> <p>37</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>KANSAS</p> </td> <td> <p>1,655</p> </td> <td> <p>$40,222</p> </td> <td> <p>7</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>KENTUCKY</p> </td> <td> <p>2,634</p> </td> <td> <p>$274,910</p> </td> <td> <p>39</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>LOUISIANA</p> </td> <td> <p>3,713</p> </td> <td> <p>$741,648</p> </td> <td> <p>98</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>MAINE</p> </td> <td> <p>211</p> </td> <td> <p>$67,518</p> </td> <td> <p>15</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>MARYLAND</p> </td> <td> <p>3,893</p> </td> <td> <p>$708,390</p> </td> <td> <p>101</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>MASSACHUSETTS</p> </td> <td> <p>4,121</p> </td> <td> <p>$1,060,154</p> </td> <td> <p>152</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>MICHIGAN</p> </td> <td> <p>6,393</p> </td> <td> <p>$589,823</p> </td> <td> <p>89</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>MINNESOTA</p> </td> <td> <p>1,840</p> </td> <td> <p>$650,726</p> </td> <td> <p>98</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>MISSISSIPPI</p> </td> <td> <p>3,275</p> </td> <td> <p>$487,723</p> </td> <td> <p>64</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>MISSOURI</p> </td> <td> <p>3,326</p> </td> <td> <p>$217,390</p> </td> <td> <p>34</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>MONTANA</p> </td> <td> <p>328</p> </td> <td> <p>$32,074</p> </td> <td> <p>5</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>NEBRASKA</p> </td> <td> <p>823</p> </td> <td> <p>$219,909</p> </td> <td> <p>27</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>NEVADA</p> </td> <td> <p>1,678</p> </td> <td> <p>$211,868</p> </td> <td> <p>37</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>NEW HAMPSHIRE</p> </td> <td> <p>461</p> </td> <td> <p>$213,360</p> </td> <td> <p>38</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>NEW JERSEY</p> </td> <td> <p>8,545</p> </td> <td> <p>$5,362,366</p> </td> <td> <p>745</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>NEW MEXICO</p> </td> <td> <p>1,074</p> </td> <td> <p>$91,784</p> </td> <td> <p>24</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>NEW YORK</p> </td> <td> <p>18,420</p> </td> <td> <p>$13,999,149</p> </td> <td> <p>1,935</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>NORTH CAROLINA</p> </td> <td> <p>5,688</p> </td> <td> <p>$3,526,193</p> </td> <td> <p>519</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>NORTH DAKOTA</p> </td> <td> <p>494</p> </td> <td> <p>$118,166</p> </td> <td> <p>15</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>OHIO</p> </td> <td> <p>6,672</p> </td> <td> <p>$7,500,006</p> </td> <td> <p>1,148</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>OKLAHOMA</p> </td> <td> <p>2,801</p> </td> <td> <p>$652,687</p> </td> <td> <p>91</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>OREGON</p> </td> <td> <p>529</p> </td> <td> <p>$120,869</p> </td> <td> <p>25</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>PENNSYLVANIA</p> </td> <td> <p>9,075</p> </td> <td> <p>$2,032,674</p> </td> <td> <p>305</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>PUERTO RICO</p> </td> <td> <p>800</p> </td> <td> <p>$55,192</p> </td> <td> <p>12</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>RHODE ISLAND</p> </td> <td> <p>883</p> </td> <td> <p>$735,508</p> </td> <td> <p>102</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>SOUTH CAROLINA</p> </td> <td> <p>4,104</p> </td> <td> <p>$389,945</p> </td> <td> <p>54</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>SOUTH DAKOTA</p> </td> <td> <p>511</p> </td> <td> <p>$354,892</p> </td> <td> <p>44</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>TENNESSEE</p> </td> <td> <p>4,860</p> </td> <td> <p>$320,922</p> </td> <td> <p>49</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>TEXAS</p> </td> <td> <p>17,727</p> </td> <td> <p>$4,478,361</p> </td> <td> <p>650</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS</p> </td> <td> <p>17</p> </td> <td> <p>$0</p> </td> <td> <p>0</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>UTAH</p> </td> <td> <p>731</p> </td> <td> <p>$415,171</p> </td> <td> <p>64</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>VERMONT</p> </td> <td> <p>99</p> </td> <td> <p>$17,221</p> </td> <td> <p>3</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>VIRGINIA</p> </td> <td> <p>4,291</p> </td> <td> <p>$1,013,013</p> </td> <td> <p>148</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>WASHINGTON</p> </td> <td> <p>1,214</p> </td> <td> <p>$156,228</p> </td> <td> <p>27</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>WEST VIRGINIA</p> </td> <td> <p>987</p> </td> <td> <p>$132,464</p> </td> <td> <p>22</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>WISCONSIN</p> </td> <td> <p>3,284</p> </td> <td> <p>$206,818</p> </td> <td> <p>29</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>WYOMING</p> </td> <td> <p>163</p> </td> <td> <p>$79,955</p> </td> <td> <p>14</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table><p><em>* Funeral assistance data can/will change daily; the information reflects data as of 3 p.m. ET Monday,</em> <em><em>May 24, 2021.</em></em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/25/2021 - 13:05</span> Tue, 25 May 2021 13:05:16 +0000 zella.campbell 620106 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Leans Forward in First 100 Days of Biden-Harris Administration https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210501/fema-leans-forward-first-100-days-biden-harris-administration <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Leans Forward in First 100 Days of Biden-Harris Administration</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA continues to play a significant role in the ongoing battle against COVID-19, delivering on the agency’s commitment to bring vaccinations to hard-to-reach and historically underserved communities during the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris Administration.</p> <p>The agency has provided more than $4.7 billion to states, tribes, territories and the District of Columbia in support of pandemic response efforts across the country. FEMA’s strong partnerships with state, local, territorial and tribal governments is helping ensure everyone who wants a vaccine can get one, especially communities of color. “Equity is at the core of our federal response and recovery strategy, keeping hard-to-reach and underserved populations around the country at the forefront of decision making and operations,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.</p> <p>“The needs of the community who visit our sites remains a top priority,” said Criswell. “We’re boosting accessibility by providing translation services in more than 180 languages for people with language barriers, as well as deploying our civil rights and disability integration staff to help partners address the needs of people with disabilities in all facets of vaccine center operations.”</p> <p>FEMA has opened over 30 pilot community vaccination centers and 11 mobile vaccination units across the United States serving hard-to-reach areas. As part of this mission, FEMA developed a <a href="/sites/default/files/documents/fema_civil-rights-covid-19_vaccine_checklist_02-11-2021.pdf">Civil Rights Checklist</a> to assist state, tribal and territorial partners in understanding and fulfilling their obligations to provide access to vaccine-related programs, activities and services in an equitable and nondiscriminatory manner.  </p> <p>“Through our 10 regional offices working with our various partners, we’ve ensured that more than 56% of historically underserved populations have been served through pilot community vaccination centers in cities throughout the country from Yakima County in Washington to Bessemer County in Alabama,” she said.</p> <p>The vaccine distribution mission is one of several other actions taken by the agency to support the nation. A full list of activities can be found <a href="/fact-sheet/biden-harris-administration-first-100-days">here</a>. The FEMA 100-Days of Action is in large part due to the efforts of the agency’s 10 regional offices.</p> <p>Here are some highlights:</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-1">Region 1</a> – Leveraging Partnerships, Achieving Results</h3> <p>The region set up a partnership with a group home in Rhode Island for adults with disabilities. The FEMA staff working at the Providence community vaccination center coordinates with this group to provide a sensory room for vaccinations in a separate space at the end of the day with a private entrance.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-1_hynes-community-vaccination-center_photo.jpg" width="735" height="737" alt="A group of soilders standing in attention. Soldiers in the front holding a sign stating &quot;100,00 Vaccinated US NAVY Loves Boston&quot;." loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>BOSTON -- FEMA Region 1, along with federal and state partners, commemorates 100k vaccines administered at the Hynes community vaccination center in mid-April.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-2">Region 2</a> – Bringing Vaccinations to the Northeast Corridor</h3> <p>FEMA Region 2 has opened pilot community vaccination centers in Newark, New Jersey; New York City (Brooklyn and Queens), Albany, Erie, Westchester and Monroe, New York.</p> <p>The federal pilot community vaccination centers are just one part of the overall support FEMA provides to states and jurisdictions.  FEMA works with each state, tribe and territory to identify COVID-related resource needs and provide tailored resources to support vaccination efforts.  FEMA provides 100% of funding for protective measures against COVID-19 and vaccine-related activities.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-2_bringing-vaccinations-northeast-corridor_photo.jpg" width="935" height="625" alt="FEMA workers assisting a survivor register for a vaccine. " loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p>PATERSON, N.J. -- FEMA staff at a community vaccination center at Cavalry Baptist Church help community members with the vaccination process.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-3">Region 3</a> – Grass Roots Outreach, Multiple Centers Connect the Region with Vaccine Access</h3> <p>Region 3 worked with local, state, private sector and federal partners to identify, build out and open three federal pilot sites focused on ensuring vaccines were accessible to socially vulnerable citizens in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.  Sites included: Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, the Greenbelt, Maryland, Metro Station and Military Circle Mall in Norfolk, Va. </p> <p>Region 3 also worked with the city of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania to stand up the first Federal Type I Pilot “walk-through” site in the country, located at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-3_grass-roots-outreach.jpg" width="1013" height="659" alt="FEMA Worker holding a umbrella and another working signing a survivor up for vaccinations. " loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p>CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A FEMA staff member assists with logistics at a West Virginia community vaccination center.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-3_staff-assist-city-center-community-vaccination-center_photo.jpg" width="1012" height="677" alt="FEMA working standing in a Vaccinations Center" loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p>PHILADELPHIA -- FEMA staff assists with the City Center community vaccination center.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-4">Region 4</a> – Setting up Centers to do the Most Good for the Most Vulnerable</h3> <p>In March, FEMA Region 4 worked with state partners to open a community vaccination center at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The state-of-the-art facility is accessible by car, bus and rail and is uniquely located to support underserved people in the south and east sides of the metro area and has the space and teams needed to administer up to 6,000 doses a day.</p> <p>The decision to locate a federal pilot community vaccination center in Atlanta was data-driven, using information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Social Vulnerability Index and population data from the census. FEMA continues working with state partners to locate community vaccination centers where they will be able to do the most good for the most vulnerable populations.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_atl-cvc-af1-tour_4.jpg" width="612" height="407" alt="Sgt. Matthew Mattias, a combat medic assigned to to Fort Stewart, Ga., prepares a syringe with the COVID vaccine before administering to a patient in Atlanta’s community vaccination center at Mercedes-Benz Stadium." loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p>ATLANTA -- Sgt. Matthew Mattias prepares a syringe with the COVID-19 vaccine before administering to a patient in the community vaccination center at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-4_spanish-spokesperson_daniel-llargues-talks-reporters_photo.jpg" width="912" height="683" alt="Spanish Spokesperson Daniel Llargues talks to reporter on the opening of a COVID Vaccination Center" loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>MIAMI -- FEMA Spanish Spokesperson Daniel Llargues talks to reporters at the community vaccination center about equitable vaccine distribution and the partnership between local, state and the federal government to run these centers nationwide.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-5">Region 5</a> – Detroit Center Serves up to 6K Shots Per Day</h3> <p>FEMA Region 5 worked with state partners in the region to open community vaccination centers, including one at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGDBRg42kWU">Detroit’s Ford Field</a>, providing up to 6,000 shots per day, with a focus on equity in vaccine administration by reaching socially vulnerable, underrepresented populations.</p> <p>In March, FEMA provided $36M to Wayne County for costs related to the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant funding will help Wayne County and the state of Michigan end this pandemic and expand COVID-19 vaccine availability to individuals who need them most.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_regional-administrator-visits-cleveland-vaccination-center_2.jpg" width="651" height="434" alt="Acting FEMA Region 5 Regional Administrator checks in with vaccine recipients at the Cleveland community vaccination center." loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p>CLEVELAND -- Acting Region 5 Regional Administrator Kevin Sligh speaks with a patient before she receives her COVID-19 vaccine at the Wolstein Center.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-6">Region 6</a> – Working to Expedite Vaccinations Across the Southwest</h3> <p>FEMA Region 6 has opened pilot community vaccination centers in Houston, Arlington and Dallas, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.</p> <p>FEMA and its federal partners have been supporting states through the federal pilot community vaccination centers to assist, augment and expedite vaccinations across the United States.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/region-6_vaccines-delivered-pilot-community-vaccination_center_Houston_photo.jpg" width="963" height="634" alt="men unboxing the covid-19 vaccines outside in front of the fema trailer" loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p>HOUSTON -- COVID-19 vaccines delivered to a pilot community vaccination site in Houston.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-7">Region 7</a> – Vaccinating the Community with up to 3K Shots a Day</h3> <p>FEMA Region 7 opened a pilot communication vaccination center in St. Louis, capable of administering 3,000 shots per day. Community vaccination centers are led by states and may be supported by federal government entities, including FEMA. State governments also determine vaccination priorities and procedures.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_regon-7_dome-community-vaccination-center_photo.jpg" width="822" height="695" alt="A female soldier administrating the covid-19 shot to a male " loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>ST. LOUIS -- Vaccinations administered at the Dome community vaccination center. </p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-8">Region 8</a> – Partnership with Indian Health Service Brings Vaccines to Tribal Communities</h3> <p>FEMA Region 8 continues making vaccinations available to communities in a way that has overcome multiple access barriers. The region partnered with Indian Health Service on mobile vaccinations units that offered refrigeration capabilities that enabled delivery of vaccinations in rural tribal communities, allowing 16- and 17-year-old tribal members access to vaccines.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-8_partnership-indian-health-service_photo.jpg" width="848" height="570" alt="A woman standing beside a woman in a chair beside a nurse seating at a table " loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>SISSETON, S.D. -- A nurse with Indian Health Service provides information to the community.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-9">Region 9</a> – More than 50 Percent of Adults Vaccinated on the Navajo Nation</h3> <p>The first two pilot federal community vaccination centers in the country were established in Los Angeles and Oakland, California. In eight weeks, 62% of individuals vaccinated at the California community vaccination centers were people of color.</p> <p>With more than 150 tribal nations, Region 9 also deployed federal staff to clinics on the Navajo Nation. Last year, the Navajo Nation experienced the highest per capita rate of COVID-19 infection in the country, and this year the tribe became the first tribe, state or territory in the region to vaccinate more than 50% of adults.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-9_spanish-interpreter-assists-dod-staff_photo.jpg" width="980" height="652" alt="A woman standing in front of a male and and female solider looking at a table. All 3 of them are wearing face mask and shields" loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p> </p> <p>LOS ANGELES -- A Spanish interpreter assists DOD staff at the Cal State LA community vaccination center.</p> <h3><a href="/about/organization/region-10">Region 10</a> – Pilot Centers Operating in Oregon and Washington</h3> <p>FEMA Region 10 has opened pilot community vaccination centers in Central Point, Oregon and Yakima, Washington.</p> <p>The federal government has provided critical support in the form of personnel, supplies and/or funding to help establish or expand state-led community vaccination centers nationwide.</p> <article class="media media--type-image media--view-mode-default" data-align="center"><div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/photos/fema_region-10-testing-sites-anchorage-alaska_photo.jpg" width="1017" height="675" alt="medical professional standing around a table" loading="lazy" /></div> </article><p>ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- FEMA awarded over $11M to Alaska to reimburse the operation of COVID-19 testing sites in Anchorage, Alaska.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 05/01/2021 - 19:17</span> Sat, 01 May 2021 19:17:37 +0000 zella.campbell 619258 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards $50 million to Nebraska for Spencer Dam Project https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210501/fema-awards-50-million-nebraska-spencer-dam-project <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards $50 million to Nebraska for Spencer Dam Project</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>KANSAS CITY </strong>– The Federal Emergency Management Agency has obligated more than $50 million to the to the State of Nebraska for the Spencer Hydroelectric plant and dam as a direct result of major disaster declaration FEMA-DR-4420-NE.</p> <p>During the incident period of 3/9/2019 through 7/14/2019, A Severe Winter Strom, Straight Line Winds and Flooding caused damages to the Spencer Hydroelectric plant and dam. Heavy rain on frozen ground followed by a blizzard created a record runoff breaking up ice on the Niobrara River. Large chunks of ice floating in the flood waters overtopped the embankment and spillway structure breaching the embankment in two locations causing catastrophic damages to the Spencer Hydro Electric plant and dam.</p> <p>Funding of approximately $50 million (75 percent federal share of total project cost) was obligated to assist the Nebraska Public Power District in either its repairs to the Spencer Hydroelectric Facility and Dam to restore the facilities back to pre-disaster design, capacity and function, or towards an Improved or Alternate project.</p> <p>The Public Assistance Program provides grants to state and local governments and certain non-profit entities to assist them with the response to and recovery from disasters. Specifically, the program provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent restoration of infrastructure.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>zella.campbell</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 05/01/2021 - 18:44</span> Sat, 01 May 2021 18:44:32 +0000 zella.campbell 619257 at https://www.fema.gov Public Service Announcement: FEMA Community Vaccination Center Open in St. Louis Through June 1, 2021 https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210420/public-service-announcement-fema-community-vaccination-center-open-st-louis <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Public Service Announcement: FEMA Community Vaccination Center Open in St. Louis Through June 1, 2021</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Public Service Announcement: FEMA Community Vaccination Center Open in St. Louis Through June 1, 2021</p> <p><a><strong>Please broadcast this announcement and post online.</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Runtime: 30 seconds</strong></p> <p>FEMA is making it easy to get your COVID vaccination.</p> <p>The Pfizer vaccine is now available at the Dome in Downtown St. Louis.</p> <ul><li>Open Every Day – 8am until 6pm – including Saturday and Sunday  </li> <li>Appointments NOT required  </li> <li>Insurance NOT required  </li> <li>Just show up and get your shot  </li> <li>Free Parking at 6th and Cole  </li> <li>Use Dome Entrance C – at the corner of Broadway and Cole</li> </ul><p>That’s the Pfizer vaccine – for free – for everyone (age 16 and older).</p> <p>At the Dome – downtown St. Louis – every day from 8am to 6pm.</p> <p>                                          ###</p> <p><em>FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.</em></p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>John.Mills</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 04/20/2021 - 18:39</span> Tue, 20 Apr 2021 18:39:19 +0000 John.Mills 618883 at https://www.fema.gov Two Vaccination Events Saturday, Sunday (April 17-18, 2021) at America’s Center https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210420/two-vaccination-events-saturday-sunday-april-17-18-2021-americas-center <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Two Vaccination Events Saturday, Sunday (April 17-18, 2021) at America’s Center</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Two Vaccination Events Saturday, Sunday (April 17-18, 2021) at America’s Center</strong></p> <p><strong>At the Dome: FEMA Offers Pfizer Vaccine Dose #1 &amp; #2; Walk-ins Welcome</strong></p> <p><strong>At Convention Center: City Gives Moderna Vaccine Dose #2; By Appointment</strong></p> <p>ST. LOUIS – FEMA and the City of St. Louis are holding separate mass vaccination events all weekend at America’s Center in downtown St. Louis (April 17-18, 2021).</p> <p>FEMA is offering the Pfizer vaccine at the Dome. You can get dose-one or dose-two. Walk-ins are welcome. No appointments are required. Free parking is available at 6th and Cole Streets. For the FEMA clinic and the Pfizer vaccine, use Dome Entrance C at the corner of Broadway and Cole. FEMA has vaccinated more than 12,500 St. Louisans at the Dome since opening last week.</p> <p>The City of St. Louis is providing dose-two of the Moderna vaccine at the Convention Center by appointment only. The Convention Center entrance is on the opposite side of America’s Center at the corner of 8th Street and Washington Avenue. The City’s event is only for those who received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine last month and have an appointment for this weekend. Parking for the City’s Moderna clinic is available at the St. Louis Centre East Garage at 420 N. 6th Street.</p> <p>For either event, if you are getting your second shot, please bring your CDC Vaccination Record Card.</p> <p>Everyone trying to get their very first vaccine shot should go to FEMA’s vaccination event at the Dome at the corner of Broadway and Cole. Use Entrance C. An appointment is not required. FEMA’s center is open every day from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. until June 1.</p> <p>For public transportation, take MetroLink to the Convention Center station. Dome Entrance C is two blocks north at the corner of Broadway and Cole. MetroBus routes #32, #40 and #174X have a stop in front of the Dome.</p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>John.Mills</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 04/20/2021 - 18:19</span> Tue, 20 Apr 2021 18:19:05 +0000 John.Mills 618882 at https://www.fema.gov Mass Vaccination Clinic Opens April 7 in the City of St. Louis https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210420/mass-vaccination-clinic-opens-april-7-city-st-louis <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Mass Vaccination Clinic Opens April 7 in the City of St. Louis</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>KANSAS CITY, MO – St. Louisans interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccination now have the opportunity at a special 8-week Community Vaccination Center (CVC) opening at the Dome at America’s Center April 7.</p> <p>The first step to getting a vaccine at the CVC is to register with the State of Missouri. This step is necessary even if you have signed up on other vaccine websites, such as those for the City of St. Louis or St. Louis County.</p> <p>Persons can register with the State of Missouri one of two ways:</p> <p>1. Go online to Vaccine Navigator (<a href="https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator/">https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator/</a>) and fill out the required information;</p> <p>2. By phone at (877) 435-8411.</p> <p>The large-scale clinic has been set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the request of Missouri Governor Mike Parson and with the support of the Biden administration. The goal of the site is to expand the rate of vaccinations in an efficient, effective, and equitable manner, with an explicit focus on making sure that communities with a high risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection are not left behind.</p> <p>The St. Louis CVC will have the capacity to administer up to 3,000 COVID-19 vaccines per day, over the 8-week period from April 7-June 1.</p> <p>Persons who need a reasonable accommodation at the site, such as those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, or who have access and functional needs, should register by calling the phone number, 877-435-8411. Those who speak a language other than English can register online by clicking on the “Translate” button at the top of the Vaccine Navigator page. Translation is also available for those who call the phone number to register.</p> <p>In-person registrations will be taken at The Dome as well. However, persons are strongly encouraged to sign up in advance to reduce wait time on the day of the vaccination. Those without a pre-set appointment may have a longer wait to complete the full process so pre-registration is strongly encouraged.</p> <p>The Community Vaccination Center is located at:</p> <p>The Dome at America’s Center Entrance C, off Broadway &amp; Cole 701 Convention Plaza St. Louis, MO 63101</p> <p>Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., CDT, 7 days a week, until further notice.  </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>John.Mills</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 04/20/2021 - 18:12</span> Tue, 20 Apr 2021 18:12:56 +0000 John.Mills 618881 at https://www.fema.gov More than $28 million approved for derecho survivors in Iowa https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20201029/plus-de-28-millions-de-dollars-autorise-pour-les-sinistres-de-derecho-en <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">More than $28 million approved for derecho survivors in Iowa</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong><em>Less than one week left to register for FEMA assistance</em></strong></p> <p><strong>DES MOINES, Iowa </strong>– Survivors of the August 10 derecho have less than a week to register for disaster assistance with FEMA and apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan.</p> <p>So far, more than <strong>$28 million</strong> in federal assistance has been approved for Iowans in Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clinton, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama counties.</p> <p>FEMA has approved more than <strong>$9.7 million</strong> in Individual Assistance grants for more than <strong>2,640</strong> households. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than <strong>$19 million</strong> in disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and small businesses. </p> <p>Applications must be received by <strong>11:59 p.m. CST Monday, November 2, 2020,</strong> to be considered for assistance.</p> <p>Registration and disaster information is still available by calling the FEMA helpline, going online or using the FEMA mobile app, in the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Go online to <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov.</a></li> <li>Call <strong>800-621-3362 </strong>(TTY: <strong>800-462-7585</strong>) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.</li> <li>Download the FEMA Mobile App for smartphones.</li> </ul><p>The end of the registration period does not mean FEMA is leaving. The Agency will continue working with the <strong>State of Iowa </strong>to help survivors and communities in their long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts.</p> <p>Once you’ve registered, it’s important to stay in touch with FEMA to track your application or to notify the agency of changes to your mailing or email addresses or phone numbers, and to report insurance settlements, ongoing unmet needs or additional damage you may have discovered.</p> <p>FEMA staff may contact you for various reasons, including to discuss your case or request additional information. Answer those phone calls to make sure your application process continues.</p> <p>If you are in any doubt when receiving a call from someone stating they work for FEMA, do not give out any information, but call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CST to verify the call is legitimate.</p> <p>When Iowans register with FEMA, they may be referred to the SBA. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. This assistance helps with uncompensated repairs or rebuilding efforts and the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.</p> <p>To apply for a low-interest disaster loan <strong>before the Nov. 2 deadline</strong>, complete an online application at <a href="https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela">disasterloan.sba.gov/ela</a>/. To reach an SBA Customer Service Representative directly call <strong>800-659-2955</strong>. Email questions to <a href="mailto:FOCWAssistance@sba.gov">FOCWAssistance@sba.gov</a>.   For more information, visit <a href="https://www.sba.gov/">sba.gov/</a>disaster.</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">Wed, 10/28/2020 - 21:21</span> Wed, 28 Oct 2020 21:21:54 +0000 thomas.wise 600346 at https://www.fema.gov Disaster Recovery Center in Davenport to Close October 16 https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20201016/le-centre-dassistance-post-sinistre-de-davenport-fermera-le-16-octobre <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Disaster Recovery Center in Davenport to Close October 16 </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong><em>Help is still available for derecho survivors</em></strong></p> <p><strong>DES MOINES, Iowa </strong>– The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will close in Davenport on <strong>Friday, October 16 at 6 p.m. </strong> However, help for survivors of the August derecho is just a phone call, a mouse click or a tap away on the FEMA app.</p> <p>The DRC is at the Annie Wittenmyer Family Aquatic Center located at:</p> <p><strong>2828 Eastern Ave.</strong></p> <p><strong>Davenport, IA 52803</strong></p> <p><strong>(At the corner of East 29th St. and Eastern Ave.)</strong></p> <p>Survivors do not have to visit a DRC to register or submit documents to FEMA. </p> <p>Applicants may register in the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Go online to <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</li> <li>Download the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app">FEMA Mobile App</a> for smartphones.</li> <li>Call <strong>800-621-3362</strong> (TTY: <strong>800-462-7585</strong>) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.</li> </ul><p>Documents also may be submitted in any of the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Mail to FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055. </li> <li>Fax to 800-827-8112.</li> <li>Submit them via a FEMA online account. To set up an online account,  visit <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>, click on “Check Status” and follow the directions.</li> </ul><p>The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. Apply at <a href="https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov">https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov</a>. People may also call 800-659-2955 or email <a href="mailto:FOCWAssistance@sba.gov">FOCWAssistance@sba.gov</a>. Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals who use TTY may call 800-877-8339.</p> <p>Survivors in <strong>Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clinton, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama</strong>, counties have until <strong>November 2 </strong>to register for disaster assistance.</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, 10/15/2020 - 22:17</span> Thu, 15 Oct 2020 22:17:54 +0000 thomas.wise 594213 at https://www.fema.gov Registration Deadline Extended 14 Days for Iowa Survivors https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20201009/date-limite-dinscription-prolongee-de-14-jours-pour-les-survivants-de-liowa <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Registration Deadline Extended 14 Days for Iowa Survivors</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DES MOINES, Iowa </strong>– Survivors from the Iowa August 10 derecho have more time to register for Federal assistance. The deadline for survivors has been extended through Monday, <strong>November 2</strong>.</p> <p>FEMA has approved more than $8.5 million in Individual Assistance grants for 2,278 households. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $14 million in disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and small businesses. </p> <p>Assistance provided by FEMA for homeowners can include grants for repairs to make their primary home habitable. Rental assistance is available to pay for temporary housing for homeowners and renters. Lodging expense reimbursement may be available to eligible households who may have stayed in a hotel for a short period of time.</p> <p>First, if you haven’t already done so, contact your insurance company and file a claim for the disaster-caused damage you’ve suffered.  You don’t have to wait for FEMA to start cleaning up.  Be sure to take photographs or video of the damage, and keep all receipts for repair work.</p> <p>If you have losses not covered by insurance, contact FEMA by either going online to <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a> or by calling the helpline at 800-621-3362.</p> <p>Applicants will need the following to apply:</p> <ul><li>Address of the damaged property</li> <li>Description of disaster-caused damage and losses</li> <li>Current mailing address</li> <li>Current telephone number</li> <li>Social Security number of one member of the household</li> <li>Insurance information</li> <li>Total household annual income</li> <li>Bank account routing and account number for direct deposit</li> <li>Save your FEMA registration number, also known as FEMA ID number.</li> <li>Check your <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a> account for updates.</li> </ul><p><a>This is for residents of the Iowa counties of Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clinton, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama.</a></p> <p>The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. Apply at <a href="https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov">https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov</a>. People may also call 800-659-2955 or email <a href="mailto:FOCWAssistance@sba.gov">FOCWAssistance@sba.gov</a>. Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals who use TTY may call 800-877-8339.</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, 10/08/2020 - 19:15</span> Thu, 08 Oct 2020 19:15:03 +0000 thomas.wise 588810 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Davenport Now Open Until October 16 https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20201008/fema-kituo-cha-kupona-maafa-cha-fema-huko-davenport-sasa-kimefunguliwa-hadi <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Davenport Now Open Until October 16</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DES MOINES, Iowa </strong>– The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Davenport<strong> </strong>will stay open for a few days longer than previously announced.<strong> It will now close permanently on Friday, October 16 at 6 p.m.</strong></p> <p>The DRC is at the Annie Wittenmyer Family Aquatic Center located at:</p> <p><strong>2828 Eastern Ave.</strong></p> <p><strong>Davenport, IA 52803</strong></p> <p><strong>(At the corner of East 29th St. and Eastern Ave.)</strong></p> <p>Hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Central Time and closed on Sundays.</p> <p>The DRC will not operate in a traditional fashion. The center will offer drive-through service. Survivors are asked to stay in their vehicles when visiting.</p> <p>Applicants <strong>do not</strong> have to visit a center to submit documents to FEMA—they can mail, fax or submit them online at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a> as well. Information on these options can be found in their FEMA letter. </p> <p>Survivors who have already registered with FEMA and have been asked to provide additional documentation should read their FEMA letter carefully and make sure they have everything they need when they arrive at the DRC.</p> <p>If you do not understand the letter you received from FEMA, call <strong>800-621-3362</strong> (TTY: <strong>800-462-7585</strong>) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, and ask for assistance.</p> <p>All applicants and FEMA personnel will follow current state and local COVID-19 safety requirements. Applicants must wear face masks and will remain in their cars as they hand their documents to FEMA personnel, who will be wearing face masks (or other appropriate face covering) and protective equipment. FEMA staff will take the documents, scan them and return them to the applicants.</p> <p>Applicants may register in the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Go online to <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</li> <li>Download the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app">FEMA Mobile App</a> for smartphones.</li> <li>Call <strong>800-621-3362</strong> (TTY: <strong>800-462-7585</strong>) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.</li> </ul><p>If an individual cannot register online or by phone, registration at the DRC will be available.</p> <p>Documents also may be submitted in any of the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Mail to: FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville MD 20782-7055. </li> <li>Fax to 800-827-8112.</li> <li>Submit via a FEMA online account. To set up an online account,  visit <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>, click on “Check Status” and follow the directions.</li> </ul><p>The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. Apply at <a href="https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov">https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov</a>. People may also call 800-659-2955 or email <a href="mailto:FOCWAssistance@sba.gov">FOCWAssistance@sba.gov</a>. Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals who use TTY may call 800-877-8339.</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">Wed, 10/07/2020 - 20:52</span> Wed, 07 Oct 2020 20:52:02 +0000 thomas.wise 588036 at https://www.fema.gov Survivors in Clinton County May Now Apply for FEMA Individual Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20201008/les-personnes-sinistrees-dans-la-comte-de-clinton-peuvent-desormais-faire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Survivors in Clinton County May Now Apply for FEMA Individual Assistance</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong><em>More than $21.6 million approved for derecho survivors in Iowa</em></strong></p> <p><strong>DES MOINES, Iowa </strong>–Homeowners and renters in Clinton County may now apply for FEMA Individual Assistance for losses resulting from the severe storms on Aug. 10, 2020.</p> <p>FEMA has approved more than <strong>$8.4 million</strong> in grants through its Individual Assistance program for <strong>2,249</strong> households in the previous designated counties of Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama.</p> <p>The Small Business Administration has approved more than <strong>$13.2 million</strong> in disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and small businesses. </p> <p>Applicants may register in the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Go online to <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</li> <li>Call <strong>800-621-3362 </strong>(TTY: <strong>800-462-7585</strong>) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.</li> <li>Download the FEMA Mobile App for smartphones.</li> </ul><p><a>Assistance provided by FEMA for homeowners can include grants for repairs to make their primary home habitable. Rental assistance is available to pay for temporary housing for homeowners and renters. </a>Lodging expense reimbursement may be available to eligible households who may have stayed in a hotel for a short period of time.</p> <p>FEMA assistance can also <a>help with other disaster-related needs like replacing essential household items, and medical and dental expenses</a>.</p> <p>First, if you haven’t already done so, contact your insurance company and file a claim for the disaster-caused damage you’ve suffered.  You don’t have to wait for FEMA to start cleaning up but be sure to take photographs or video of the damage and keep all receipts for repair work.</p> <p>You can upload all required documents at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>. Applicants will need the following to apply:</p> <ul><li>Address of the damaged property</li> <li>Description of disaster-caused damage and losses</li> <li>Current mailing address</li> <li>Current telephone number</li> <li>Social Security number of one member of the household</li> <li>Insurance information</li> <li>Total household annual income</li> <li>Bank account routing and account number for direct deposit</li> <li>Save your FEMA registration number, also known as FEMA ID number.</li> <li>Check your <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a> account for updates.</li> </ul><p><a>The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. Apply at </a><a href="https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov">https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov</a>. People may also call 800-659-2955 or email <a href="mailto:FOCWAssistance@sba.gov">FOCWAssistance@sba.gov</a>. Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals who use TTY may call 800-877-8339.</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">Wed, 10/07/2020 - 14:48</span> Wed, 07 Oct 2020 14:48:04 +0000 thomas.wise 587784 at https://www.fema.gov Media Advisory: Announcement of Initial Public Notice for DR-4557-IA https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210318/media-advisory-announcement-initial-public-notice-dr-4557-ia <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Media Advisory: Announcement of Initial Public Notice for DR-4557-IA</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to reimburse state and local Iowa governments and agencies, and eligible private non-profit organizations for eligible costs incurred to repair and/or replace facilities damaged by severe storms on Aug. 10, 2020.</p> <p>This notice applies to the Individual Assistance (IA), Public Assistance (PA), and Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMGP) programs implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended.</p> <p>The public notice for the Iowa recovery mission is posted on the following websites:</p> <p><a href="https://www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov/derecho.html">https://www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov/derecho.html</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20200923/public-notice-iowa-dr-4557">https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20200923/public-notice-iowa-dr-4557</a></p> <p>This public notice concerns public assistance activities that may affect historic properties, activities that are located in, or affect, wetland areas or the 100-year floodplain (areas determined to have a one-percent probability of flooding in any given year) and critical actions within the 500-year floodplain. Such activities may adversely affect the historic property, floodplain or wetland, or may result in continuing vulnerability to flood damage.</p> <p>Information about assistance projects may be obtained by submitting a written request to the Regional Environmental Officer, Kate Stojsavljevic.  Requests can be sent via email to <a href="mailto:kate.stojsavljevic@fema.dhs.gov">kate.stojsavljevic@fema.dhs.gov</a> or mailed to DHS-FEMA Region VII; 11224 Holmes Road; Kansas City, MO 64131. Comments should be sent in writing to the Regional Environmental Officer, at the above addresses, within 15 days of the date of publication of this Notice.</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">Mon, 10/05/2020 - 20:35</span> Mon, 05 Oct 2020 20:35:21 +0000 thomas.wise 586332 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards Nearly $20.3 million in COVID-19 funding for Missouri https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210318/fema-awards-nearly-203-million-covid-19-funding-missouri <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards Nearly $20.3 million in COVID-19 funding for Missouri</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>KANSAS CITY, MO – Two Missouri entities have been awarded nearly $20.3 million in grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help reimburse eligible expenses associated with their respective COVID-19 response efforts.</p> <p>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is receiving more than $19.1 million and Washington University in St. Louis is receiving more than $1.1 million to help pay for eligible emergency protective measures taken over the last several months because of the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>The grants are from FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program (PA) and are available because of a major disaster declaration approved for the state of Missouri by President Trump on March 26, 2020.</p> <p>The Public Assistance Program provides grants at a 75/25-percent cost share to eligible state and local governments, tribal nations and certain non-profit entities to assist with approved costs associated with responding to and recovering from disasters. The federal government pays 75 percent of the approved costs; the remaining 25 percent is paid by the grant recipient.</p> <p><strong>DHSS’ </strong>federal grant provides $19,136,982 to help reimburse the costs of providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves, goggles and gowns for essential workers statewide, and ventilators for patients statewide. The eligible expenses for this project were incurred from January 20 through August 12 and total $25,515,975, of which FEMA is paying 75 percent.</p> <p><strong>Washington University’s</strong> grant provides $1,142,425 in federal funding to help reimburse the costs of providing PPE such as gloves, masks, gowns, and hand sanitizer for front-line staff; purchasing medical supplies such as thermometers, cannulas, tape and test kits; paying for disinfection services and supplies, and buying components and supplies to manufacture ventilators and face shields. The eligible expenses for this project were incurred from January 20 through June 6 and total $1,523,234, of which FEMA is paying 75 percent.</p> <p>Both entities may receive additional FEMA funding under the COVID-19 disaster declaration as more eligible expenses are submitted for review and reimbursement.</p> <p>In total, more than <strong>$471.4 million</strong> in FEMA funding has been awarded to the state of Missouri from March 1 through September 30 to help support response efforts associated with COVID-19. This funding includes reimbursement of certain emergency protective measures such as PPE, supplies and testing; money for crisis counseling programs; lost wages payments that extend unemployment benefits for eligible individuals, and costs for the deployment of National Guard members who have been supporting the state’s COVID-19 efforts in a variety of ways since April.</p> <p>Throughout FEMA Region VII, which encompasses the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, more than <strong>$1.2 billion</strong> in FEMA funding has been obligated since mid-March for the pandemic response.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>luther.wills-dudich</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/02/2020 - 20:13</span> Fri, 02 Oct 2020 20:13:33 +0000 luther.wills-dudich 583956 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards Nearly $7.9 million to the University of Iowa for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210318/fema-awards-nearly-79-million-university-iowa-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards Nearly $7.9 million to the University of Iowa for COVID-19 Response</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>KANSAS CITY, MO – The University of Iowa has been awarded two grants totaling nearly $7.9 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help reimburse some of the University’s expenses associated with its COVID-19 response efforts.  </p> <p>The grants, awarded on behalf of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, are from FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program (PA) and help pay for eligible emergency protective measures undertaken in March and April 2020.  The funding is authorized under a major disaster declaration approved March 24 for the state of Iowa by President Trump.  </p> <p>The Public Assistance Program provides grants at a 75/25-percent cost share to eligible state and local governments, tribal nations and certain non-profit entities to assist with approved costs associated with responding to and recovering from disasters. The federal government pays 75 percent of the approved costs; the remaining 25 percent is paid by the grant recipient.</p> <p>The first grant provides $6,429,132 in federal funding to help pay for purchases of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), medical materials and supplies, and cleaning materials to help prevent COVID-19 spread and treat the disease. The purchases include such items as isolation gowns, masks, face shields, goggles, hand sanitizer, disinfection equipment, COVID-19 testing materials, ventilators, thermometers, and respirators. The eligible expenses for this project total $8,572,176 of which FEMA is paying 75 percent.</p> <p>The second grant provides $1,463,983 in federal funding, also to help pay for purchases of PPE, medical materials and supplies. Total eligible funding for this grant is $1,951,978, of which FEMA is paying 75 percent.</p> <p>These grants, paid on behalf of two different departments within the UI Hospitals and Clinics system, mark the first awards of more than $1 million each for the University of Iowa that are associated with the coronavirus pandemic.  The University may receive additional FEMA funding under the COVID-19 disaster declaration as more eligible expenses are submitted for review and reimbursement.</p> <p>In total, more than <strong>$393.8 million</strong> in FEMA funding has been awarded to the state of Iowa from March 1 through September 30 to help support response efforts associated with COVID-19. This funding includes reimbursement of certain emergency protective measures such as PPE, supplies and testing; money for crisis counseling programs; lost wages payments that extend unemployment benefits for eligible individuals, and costs for the deployment of National Guard members who have been supporting the state’s COVID-19 efforts in a variety of ways since April.</p> <p>Throughout FEMA Region VII, which encompasses the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, more than <strong>$1.2 billion</strong> in FEMA funding has been obligated since mid-March for the pandemic response.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>luther.wills-dudich</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/02/2020 - 19:46</span> Fri, 02 Oct 2020 19:46:45 +0000 luther.wills-dudich 583935 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Opens a Disaster Recovery Center in Tama County https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20201001/fema-inafungua-kituo-cha-kupona-maafa-katika-kaunti-ya-tama <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Opens a Disaster Recovery Center in Tama County </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DES MOINES, Iowa </strong>– A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open at <strong>9 a.m.</strong> at the Meskwaki Casino RV Park on <strong>Monday, October 5, </strong>to give survivors from the August 10 severe storm options to submit documents for their disaster assistance application.</p> <p>The DRC will be open for a limited time and is staffed with FEMA personnel who can scan documents and quickly answer questions about disaster assistance programs. <strong>It will close permanently on Saturday, October 10 at 6 p.m.</strong></p> <p>The DRC will not operate in a traditional fashion. The center will offer drive-through service.  Survivors are asked to stay in their vehicles when visiting.</p> <p>Applicants <strong>do not</strong> have to visit a center to submit documents to FEMA—they can mail, fax or submit them online at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a> as well. Information on these options can be found in their FEMA letter. </p> <p>Survivors who have already registered with FEMA and have been asked to provide additional documentation should read their FEMA letter carefully and make sure they have everything they need when they arrive at the DRC.</p> <p>If you do not understand the letter you received from FEMA, call <strong>800-621-3362</strong> (TTY: <strong>800-462-7585</strong>) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, and ask for assistance.</p> <p>The FEMA DRC is located:</p> <p><strong>Meskwaki Casino RV Park </strong></p> <p><strong>1504 305th St</strong></p> <p><strong>Tama, IA 52339</strong></p> <p><strong>(The RV park is located behind the Casino and Casino parking deck)</strong></p> <p>DRC hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time</p> <p>Closed Sunday</p> <p> </p> <p>All applicants and FEMA personnel will follow current state and local COVID-19 safety requirements. Applicants must wear face masks and will remain in their cars as they hand their documents to FEMA personnel, who will be wearing face masks (or other appropriate face covering) and protective equipment. FEMA staff will take the documents, scan them and return them to the applicants.</p> <p>Applicants may register in the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Go online to <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</li> <li>Download the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app">FEMA Mobile App</a> for smartphones.</li> <li>Call <strong>800-621-3362</strong> (TTY: <strong>800-462-7585</strong>) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.</li> </ul><p>If an individual cannot register online or by phone, registration at the DRC will be available.</p> <p>Documents also may be submitted in any of the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Mail to: FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville MD 20782-7055. </li> <li>Or fax to 800-827-8112.</li> <li>Or submit them via a FEMA online account. To set up an online account,  visit <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>, click on “Check Status” and follow the directions.</li> </ul></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">Wed, 09/30/2020 - 15:15</span> Wed, 30 Sep 2020 15:15:24 +0000 thomas.wise 582297 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Bettendorf Moving to Davenport https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20200925/fema-disaster-recovery-center-bettendorf-moving-davenport <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Bettendorf Moving to Davenport</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DES MOINES, Iowa </strong>– A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Bettendorf will close Tuesday, September 29 at 6 p.m. and relocate to Davenport.</p> <p>The DRC will reopen <strong>Wednesday, September 30 at noon</strong> at the Annie Wittenmyer Family Aquatic Center located at:</p> <p><strong>2828 Eastern Ave.</strong></p> <p><strong>Davenport, IA 52803</strong></p> <p><strong>(At the corner of East 29th St. and Eastern Ave.)</strong></p> <p>Hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Central Time and closed on Sundays.</p> <p><strong>The Davenport DRC will close permanently on Saturday, October 10 at 6 p.m.</strong></p> <p>The DRC will be open for a limited time and is staffed with FEMA personnel who can scan documents and quickly answer questions about disaster assistance programs. Survivors from the August 10 severe storm have the option to submit documents for their disaster assistance application.</p> <p>The DRC will not operate in a traditional fashion. The center will offer drive-through service. Survivors are asked to stay in their vehicles when visiting.</p> <p>The DRC in Bettendorf is located at:</p> <p><strong>The Community Civic Center</strong></p> <p><strong>2204 Grant Street</strong></p> <p><strong>Bettendorf, IA 52722</strong></p> <p><strong>(Entrance is at the rear parking lot at 22nd Street and Mississippi Blvd.)</strong></p> <p>Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time</p> <p>Closed Sundays</p> <p>Applicants <strong>do not</strong> have to visit a center to submit documents to FEMA—they can mail, fax or submit them online at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a> as well. Information on these options can be found in their FEMA letter. </p> <p>Survivors who have already registered with FEMA and have been asked to provide additional documentation should read their FEMA letter carefully and make sure they have everything they need when they arrive at the DRC.</p> <p>If you do not understand the letter you received from FEMA, call <strong>800-621-3362</strong> (TTY: <strong>800-462-7585</strong>) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, and ask for assistance.</p> <p>All applicants and FEMA personnel will follow current state and local COVID-19 safety requirements. Applicants must wear face masks and will remain in their cars as they hand their documents to FEMA personnel, who will be wearing face masks (or other appropriate face covering) and protective equipment. FEMA staff will take the documents, scan them and return them to the applicants.</p> <p>Applicants may register in the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Go online to <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</li> <li>Download the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app">FEMA Mobile App</a> for smartphones.</li> <li>Call <strong>800-621-3362</strong> (TTY: <strong>800-462-7585</strong>) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.</li> </ul><p>If an individual cannot register online or by phone, registration at the DRC will be available.</p> <p>Documents also may be submitted in any of the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Mail to: FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville MD 20782-7055. </li> </ul><ul><li>Fax to 800-827-8112.</li> <li>Submit via a FEMA online account. To set up an online account,  visit <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>, click on “Check Status” and follow the directions.</li> </ul></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, 09/25/2020 - 17:55</span> Fri, 25 Sep 2020 17:55:03 +0000 thomas.wise 577989 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Opens a Disaster Recovery Center in Story County https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20200925/fema-inafungua-kituo-cha-kupona-maafa-katika-kaunti-ya-story <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Opens a Disaster Recovery Center in Story County </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DES MOINES, Iowa </strong>– A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open at <strong>noon</strong> in Ames on <strong>Tuesday, September 29, </strong>to give survivors from the August 10 severe storm options to submit documents for their disaster assistance application.</p> <p>The DRC will be open for a limited time and is staffed with FEMA personnel who can scan documents and quickly answer questions about disaster assistance programs. <strong>It will close permanently on Saturday, October 10 at 6 p.m.</strong></p> <p>The DRC will not operate in a traditional fashion. The center will offer drive-through service.  Survivors are asked to stay in their vehicles when visiting.</p> <p>Applicants <strong>do not</strong> have to visit a center to submit documents to FEMA—they can mail, fax or submit them online at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a> as well. Information on these options can be found in their FEMA letter. </p> <p>Survivors who have already registered with FEMA and have been asked to provide additional documentation should read their FEMA letter carefully and make sure they have everything they need when they arrive at the DRC.</p> <p>If you do not understand the letter you received from FEMA, call <strong>800-621-3362</strong> (TTY: <strong>800-462-7585</strong>) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, and ask for assistance.</p> <p>The FEMA DRC is located:</p> <p><strong>North River Valley Park</strong></p> <p><strong>725 E 13th Street, Ames, IA 50010</strong></p> <p>DRC hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time</p> <p>Closed Sunday</p> <p> </p> <p>All applicants and FEMA personnel will follow current state and local COVID-19 safety requirements. Applicants must wear face masks and will remain in their cars as they hand their documents to FEMA personnel, who will be wearing face masks (or other appropriate face covering) and protective equipment. FEMA staff will take the documents, scan them and return them to the applicants.</p> <p>Applicants may register in the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Go online to <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</li> <li>Download the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app">FEMA Mobile App</a> for smartphones.</li> <li>Call <strong>800-621-3362</strong> (TTY: <strong>800-462-7585</strong>) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.</li> </ul><p>If an individual cannot register online or by phone, registration at the DRC will be available.</p> <p>Documents also may be submitted in any of the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Mail to: FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville MD 20782-7055. </li> </ul><ul><li>Or fax to 800-827-8112.</li> <li>Or submit them via a FEMA online account. To set up an online account,  visit <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>, click on “Check Status” and follow the directions.</li> </ul></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, 09/25/2020 - 13:41</span> Fri, 25 Sep 2020 13:41:26 +0000 thomas.wise 577737 at https://www.fema.gov Disaster Recovery Center in Marshall County to Close October 3 https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20200924/kituo-cha-kupona-maafa-katika-kaunti-ya-marshall-kitafunwa-oktoba-3 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Disaster Recovery Center in Marshall County to Close October 3 </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong><em>Help is still available for derecho survivors</em></strong></p> <p><strong>DES MOINES, Iowa </strong>– A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will close in Marshall County on <strong>Saturday, October 3 at 6 p.m. </strong> However, help for survivors of the August derecho is just a phone call, a mouse click or a tap away on the FEMA app.</p> <p>The DRC in Marshalltown is located at:</p> <p>101 Iowa Ave. W</p> <p>Marshalltown, IA 50158</p> <p><strong>Behind the Marshalltown VA Clinic</strong></p> <p><strong>(</strong><strong>Please enter from W. Berle Rd and proceed south behind the building.)</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>As previously announced, the DRC in Cedar Rapids will close on <strong>Saturday, September 26 at 6 p.m</strong>. It is located at:</p> <p><strong>The parking lot between Cedar Rapids Kernels Stadium and Kingston Stadium</strong></p> <p>950 Rockford Rd. SW</p> <p>Cedar Rapids, IA 52404</p> <p><strong>(</strong>Enter the parking lot from the corner of Veterans Memorial Drive and Kurt Warner Way).</p> <p> </p> <p>DRCs are open Monday through Saturday<strong>, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m</strong>. Central Time</p> <p>Closed Sundays</p> <p>Survivors do not have to visit a DRC to register or submit documents to FEMA. </p> <p>Applicants may register in the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Go online to <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</li> <li>Download the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app">FEMA Mobile App</a> for smartphones.</li> <li>Call <strong>800-621-3362</strong> (TTY: <strong>800-462-7585</strong>) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.</li> </ul><p>Documents also may be submitted in any of the following ways:</p> <ul><li>Mail to FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055. </li> <li>Fax to 800-827-8112.</li> <li>Submit them via a FEMA online account. To set up an online account,  visit <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>, click on “Check Status” and follow the directions.</li> </ul><p>Survivors in Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama counties have until <strong>October 19 </strong>to register for disaster assistance.</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, 09/24/2020 - 13:37</span> Thu, 24 Sep 2020 13:37:10 +0000 thomas.wise 576894 at https://www.fema.gov Public Notice - Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwaki Nation), DR-4561 https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20200923/public-notice-iowa-dr-4561 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Public Notice - Sac &amp; Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwaki Nation), DR-4561</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to reimburse tribal government and eligible private non-profit organizations for eligible costs incurred to repair and/or replace facilities damaged by severe storms on Aug. 10, 2020. This notice applies to the Public Assistance (PA) program implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 USC §§ 5121-5207, as amended.</p> <p>Under a major disaster declaration for Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwaki Nation) FEMA-4561-DR, signed by the President on September 10, 2020, the following areas have been designated as adversely affected by this major disaster: </p> <p><strong>Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwaki Nation) and associated lands for Public Assistance.</strong>  The Sac &amp; Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa will receive 75 percent federal funding and is eligible for HMGP funding.</p> <p>This public notice concerns public assistance activities that may affect historic properties, activities that are located in, or affect, wetland areas or the 100-year floodplain (areas determined to have a one-percent probability of flooding in any given year) and critical actions within the 500-year floodplain. Such activities may adversely affect the historic property, floodplain or wetland, or may result in continuing vulnerability to flood damage.</p> <p>Such activities may include restoring eligible damaged facilities located in a floodplain to pre-disaster condition. Examples of such activities include, but are not limited to, the following:</p> <p>1.Non-emergency debris removal and disposal;</p> <p>2.Non-emergency protective measures;</p> <p>3.Repair/replacement of roads, including streets, culverts and bridges;</p> <p>4.Repair/replacement of public dams, reservoirs and channels;</p> <p>5.Repair/replacement of public buildings and related equipment;</p> <p>6.Repair/replacement of public water control facilities, pipes and distribution systems;</p> <p>7.Repair/replacement of public utilities, including sewage treatment plants, sewers and electrical power distribution systems; and</p> <p>8.Repair/replacement of eligible private, non-profit facilities (hospitals, educational centers, emergency and custodial care services, etc.).</p> <p>The President’s Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management, and Executive Order 11990, Protection of Wetlands, require that all federal actions in or affecting the 100-year floodplain or wetland areas be reviewed for opportunities to move the facility out of the floodplain or wetland and to reduce the risk of future damage or loss from flooding and minimize harms to wetlands. However, FEMA has determined that in certain situations, there are no alternatives to restoring an eligible facility located in the floodplain to its pre-disaster condition.  These situations meet all of the following criteria:</p> <p>1.The FEMA estimated cost of repairs is less than 50 percent of the estimated cost to replace the facility and the replacement cost of the facility is less than $100,000;</p> <p>2.The facility is not located in a floodway or coastal high hazard area;</p> <p>3.The facility has not sustained structural damage in a previous presidentially declared flood disaster or emergency;</p> <p>4.The facility is not defined as critical (e.g., hospital, power generating plant, contains dangerous materials, emergency operation center, etc.).</p> <p>FEMA will provide assistance to restore the facilities described above to their pre-disaster condition except when measures to mitigate the effects of future flooding may be incorporated into the restoration work. For example, insufficient waterway openings under culverts and bridges may cause water backup to wash out the structures. The water backup could wash out the facility and could damage other facilities in the area.  Increasing the size of the waterway opening would mitigate, or lessen, the potential for this damage. Additional examples of mitigation measures include providing erosion protection at bridge abutments or levees and extending entrance tubes on sewage lift stations.</p> <p>Disaster assistance projects to restore facilities which do not meet the criteria listed above must undergo a detailed review. The review will include a study to determine if the facility can be moved out of the floodplain. The public is invited to participate in the review. The public may identify alternatives for restoring the facility and may participate in analyzing the impact of the alternatives on the facility and the floodplain. An address and phone number for obtaining information about specific assistance projects is provided at the end of this Notice. The final determination regarding the restoration of these facilities in a floodplain will be announced in future Public Notices.</p> <p>Due to the urgent need for and/or use of the certain facilities in a floodplain, actions to restore the facility may have started before the federal inspector visits the site. Some of these facilities may meet the criteria for a detailed review to determine if they should be relocated. Generally, facilities may be restored in their original location where at least one of the following conditions applies:</p> <p>1.The facility, such as a flood control device or bridge, is functionally dependent on its floodplain location;</p> <p>2.The facility, such as a park or other open-use space, already represents sound floodplain management and, therefore, there is no need to change it;</p> <p>3.The facility, such as a road or a utility, is an integral part of a larger network that could not be relocated economically.</p> <p>4.Emergency action is needed to address a threat to public health and safety.</p> <p>The effects of not relocating the facilities will be examined. In each case, the examination must show an overriding public need for the facility at its original location that clearly outweighs the requirements in the Executive Order to relocate the facility out of the floodplain. FEMA will also consult state and local officials to make certain that no actions taken will violate either state or local floodplain protection standards. The restoration of these facilities may also incorporate certain measures designed to mitigate the effects of future flooding. This will be the only Notice to the public concerning these facilities.</p> <p>The National Historic Preservation Act requires federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties. Those actions or activities affecting buildings, structures, districts or objects 50 years or older or that affect archeological sites or undisturbed ground will require further review to determine if the property is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (Register). If the property is determined to be eligible for the Register, and FEMA’s undertaking will adversely affect it, FEMA will provide additional Public Notices. For historic properties not adversely affected by FEMA’s undertaking, this will be the only Public Notice.</p> <p>FEMA also intends to provide Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding under Section 404 of the Stafford Act to the State of Iowa for the purposes of mitigating future disaster damages. Hazard mitigation projects may involve the construction of a new facility (e.g., retention pond, or debris dam), modification of an existing undamaged facility (e.g., improving waterway openings of bridges or culverts), and the relocation of facilities out of the floodplain. Subsequent Notices will provide more specific information as project proposals are developed.</p> <p>Information about assistance projects may be obtained by submitting a written request to the Regional Environmental Officer, Kate Stojsavljevic.  Requests can be sent via email to <a href="mailto:kate.stojsavljevic@fema.dhs.gov">kate.stojsavljevic@fema.dhs.gov</a> or mailed to DHS-FEMA Region VII; 11224 Holmes Road; Kansas City, MO 64131. Comments should be sent in writing to the Regional Environmental Officer, at the above addresses, within 15 days of the date of publication of this Notice.</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">Wed, 09/23/2020 - 21:33</span> Wed, 23 Sep 2020 21:33:16 +0000 thomas.wise 576390 at https://www.fema.gov