https://www.fema.gov/ en 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 FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight Buffalo Fire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210719/fema-authorizes-funds-fight-buffalo-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight Buffalo Fire</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENVER</strong> – Friday evening, FEMA authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Buffalo Fire burning in Yellowstone County, Montana near Huntley.</p> <p>FEMA Acting Regional Administrator Tammy Littrell approved the state’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) after receiving the request Friday evening and determining that the fire threatened such destruction that it would constitute a major disaster.</p> <p>At the time of the request, the Buffalo Fire was threatening 285 homes, which were under an evacuation order. The fire started Friday and has burned more than 325 acres.</p> <p>The authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling designated fires. It is a reimbursable program. These grants do not<strong> </strong>provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire.</p> <p>Fire Management Assistance Grants are provided through the President's Disaster Relief Fund and are made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible items can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; mobilization and demobilization activities; and tools, materials and supplies.</p> <p>When there is an FMAG authorization, additional funding is made available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Post Fire for the mitigation of wildfire and related hazards, such as flood after fire or erosion. Some eligible wildfire project types include defensible space measures, ignition-resistant construction, and hazardous fuels reduction.</p> <p>For more information on FMAGs, visit  <a href="https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details">https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details</a>. For HMGP Post Fire, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program-post-fire">https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program-post-fire</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>minh.phan</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/19/2021 - 15:46</span> Mon, 19 Jul 2021 15:46:21 +0000 minh.phan 621774 at https://www.fema.gov Fort Pierre Facing Probation from the National Flood Insurance Program https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210713/fort-pierre-facing-probation-national-flood-insurance-program <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Fort Pierre Facing Probation from the National Flood Insurance Program </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENVER</strong> – <a>Fort Pierre, S.D. will be placed on probationary status by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on Oct. 14, 2021, due to deficiencies and violations with the city’s floodplain management program unless the city can either remediate all outstanding violations or prepare a compliance plan approved by FEMA. </a></p> <p>Fort Pierre is an NFIP-participating community with 103 flood insurance policies in force with a total coverage of more than $28.2 million as of July 9, 2021.</p> <p>When a community joins the NFIP, it voluntarily adopts local floodplain management regulations to meet NFIP minimum floodplain management criteria. Placement on probation is a formal notice to the community that the local floodplain management program is not compliant with the criteria of the NFIP and is the first step in the process to suspend the community’s eligibility to participate in the NFIP.</p> <p>Unless the City either remediates the violations or completes a compliance plan approved by FEMA, the probation period will begin on Oct. 14, 2021, and be in effect for one year.</p> <p>Violations include:</p> <ul><li>Buildings constructed in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) with their floor elevation below the Base Flood Elevation.</li> <li>Insufficient number or types of flood vents for structures within the SFHA.</li> <li>Encroachment within a regulatory floodway.</li> </ul><p>While FEMA has worked with Fort Pierre to gain compliance, the city has failed to submit the requested documentation to demonstrate compliance with the NFIP. Accordingly, FEMA is prepared to place Fort Pierre on probation with the NFIP.</p> <p>During the probationary period, flood insurance coverage will remain available within Fort Pierre. However, a $50 surcharge will be added to the premium of each new and renewed flood insurance policy sold within the community for at least one year from the effective date of probation. Each flood insurance policyholder in unincorporated Fort Pierre will receive a notice about the impending probation and the $50 surcharge.</p> <p>Failure to correct identified deficiencies and to improve the floodplain management program within Fort Pierre during the probationary period can lead to suspension from the NFIP. Flood insurance from the NFIP is no longer available for purchase for communities on suspension. If a flood disaster occurs in a suspended community, most types of federal disaster assistance would not be available. This includes the acquisition, construction, or repair of insurable structures within the SFHA as well as federal assistance to individuals and households for housing and personal property.</p> <p>FEMA will continue to provide technical assistance and guidance to the city to resolve program deficiencies and correct the violations to help ensure that Fort Pierre residents and property owners continue to have flood insurance coverage available.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Brian.Hvinden</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/13/2021 - 19:09</span> Tue, 13 Jul 2021 19:09:27 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 621635 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $94.7 Million to Colorado for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210706/fema-provides-additional-947-million-colorado-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $94.7 Million to Colorado 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>DENVER – FEMA has provided more than $94.7 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in Colorado. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued March 28, 2020. FEMA has provided a total of $832.9 million for the Colorado COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>The funding was provided to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for administering and managing the state vaccination program’s costs and contracts. This follows a previous award of $57.9 million to the department, bringing the federal support for state’s vaccination mission to $152.9 million</p> <p>This funding is authorized under the January 21, 2021, Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense &amp; the Secretary of Homeland Security and Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, local and tribal officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response.</p> <p>Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">www.fema.gov/assistance/public</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Brian.Hvinden</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/06/2021 - 15:28</span> Tue, 06 Jul 2021 15:28:29 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 621391 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides $3 Million to the City of Madison, South Dakota https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210628/fema-provides-3-million-city-madison-south-dakota <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides $3 Million to the City of Madison, South Dakota</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>DENVER – FEMA  is awarding more than $3 million in Public Assistance funding to the City of Madison, South Dakota for repairs to the Park Creek Embankment System. The assistance is available under a major disaster declaration issued November 18, 2019. FEMA has already provided a total of $13.3 million to South Dakota communities for this disaster.</p> <p>The City of Madison has been awarded:</p> <ul><li>$1.9 million to repair damage from heavy rains and flooding to the historic drainage channels and stone wall embankment located at Memorial Park and to mitigate potential future damage to the drainage channel system.</li> <li>$1.1 million to restore the stone wall embankment from Egan to Harth Avenue back to its pre-disaster function and capacity.</li> </ul><p>The funding is provided through FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program which reimburses state, tribal, local, and certain non-profit agencies for a portion of the repair, hazard mitigation measures, and rebuilding of public infrastructure damaged as a result of a presidentially declared disaster.</p> <p>The program provides at least a 75 percent funding share for eligible costs. Remaining costs are the responsibility of the state and local applicants for assistance.</p> <p>Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">www.fema.gov/assistance/public</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>anthony.mayne</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 06/28/2021 - 19:04</span> Mon, 28 Jun 2021 19:04:05 +0000 anthony.mayne 621294 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Concludes Vaccination Effort in Southern Colorado https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210617/fema-concludes-vaccination-effort-southern-colorado <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Concludes Vaccination Effort in Southern Colorado</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENVER</strong> – While the operation of a COVID-19 vaccination site is unlike other FEMA activations, it is absolutely in keeping with FEMA’s mission of helping people before, during, and after disasters. The agency was honored to partner with the State of Colorado to help vaccinate the Pueblo Community.</p> <p>FEMA wrapped up the federal Community Vaccination Site at the Colorado State Fairgrounds on June 14, 2021, after nine weeks of operation, one week longer than the original eight-week planned partnership with the state. The main mission of the site was to reach socially vulnerable populations in southern Colorado and was the only federal pilot site in FEMA Region 8, which includes Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.</p> <p>“From the first day of our presence at the pilot vaccination site our goal was to make the vaccine available to everyone who wanted it,” said Nancy Dragani, acting regional administrator for FEMA Region 8. “Making the site accessible to those without a car, not requiring appointments, having extended evening and weekend hours, and taking vaccine out into the community, are all efforts that reduced barriers to vaccine access.”</p> <p>The main site at the Colorado State Fairgrounds was supported by Department of Defense soldiers, which included medics and other personnel from the 3rd Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, with support from Task Force Center West and the Michigan National Guard. Centura Health and Covid Check Colorado provided additional clinical and non-clinical support. More than 25,000 vaccinations were administered at the Pilot site in Pueblo.</p> <p>In cooperation with the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment, Centura Health, Covid Check Colorado, volunteers, and many local community based organizations, the main site was supplemented by a Joint Vaccination Circuit (JVC) and a Mobile Mission designed to reach those with the greatest barriers to vaccine access. The JVC visited schools, churches and community centers in Pueblo and Fremont counties, providing two Pfizer doses over a six-week circuit, administering nearly 2,000 additional doses. The Mobile Mission vaccinated over 1,000 home-based individuals, migrant farm workers, jail inmates, and visitors to the Pueblo Rescue Mission and the Pueblo Soup Kitchen.</p> <p>While the Community Vaccination Site at the fairgrounds has closed, there are numerous locations in Pueblo providing first and second vaccine doses. Individuals can visit <a href="https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=TeZUXWpUv-2B6TCY38pVLo9gAnX5UA29coYCetABIRAzU-3DY7ga_29QiiZ2K4aGQ2vLdffUQvVn-2B2UkbBfwnNJiSwCHtKzZK-2FCbhmXaJm1e6RKFS29PePM2ohmoBPYCl-2BDhb4LL7VFTJnfRvRtsO-2FoPJH4nmuIkuuDPuFfk2r3-2BRL6d7lUMD0e9YjW2m0FdnKjK48IkVPOYMB34ai4fvXVi6eH0l7JGZHqBVrEyxoh4StPX1TZHut-2FeKDRRQZAt5TXXSFkHZa1rFZfdljYUZPoxv1UdSqC3CJY0qySHYRUEAHMVDHLpG33wFZLFKFOHNKCOy09S-2By1q3OsgKkYXRtDGZJeXXEjieeJ277B4GPDRZT4zmXYd5d6quDTnK5yKC9ILvNR80ReEc-2BhI2NiKP8-2FJ9jRA-2BV70-3D">www.vaccines.gov</a> or <a href="https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=4tNED-2FM8iDZJQyQ53jATUZ2X-2BpV3a4KaaByQn7bN06Snm1X8YbDJ5mxK03Egxd-2BsCPTG_29QiiZ2K4aGQ2vLdffUQvVn-2B2UkbBfwnNJiSwCHtKzZK-2FCbhmXaJm1e6RKFS29PePM2ohmoBPYCl-2BDhb4LL7VFTJnfRvRtsO-2FoPJH4nmuIkuuDPuFfk2r3-2BRL6d7lUMD0e9YjW2m0FdnKjK48IkVPOYMB34ai4fvXVi6eH0l7JGZHqBVrEyxoh4StPX1TZHut-2FeKDRRQZAt5TXXSFkHZa2RQCXQwli536KYgFGIGWRLPthA2SvuKBcor3A3RZApUyReRGiVG9RW642743ITo2MOF-2BiGbXMQCfF6rVuU-2BhUnDXxRnqXi4Nffusa6Q0bW8ywAxKosZzRx3HvprB8D1Sa6BvPmP60mJgYoGiH0NZ6I-3D">https://covid19.colorado.gov/</a> to search for a provider, or call Colorado’s Vaccine Hotline at 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926) for assistance.</p> <p>Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance programs can be found at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">www.fema.gov/assistance/public</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Brian.Hvinden</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 06/18/2021 - 00:39</span> Fri, 18 Jun 2021 00:39:46 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 621017 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $5.9 Million to North Dakota for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210617/fema-provides-additional-59-million-north-dakota-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $5.9 Million to North Dakota 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>DENVER – FEMA has provided more than $5.9 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in North Dakota. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 1, 2020. FEMA has provided a total of $107.5 million for the North Dakota COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>The $5.9 million was approved for the North Dakota Department of Health for emergency protective measures.  The funds were used to open community-based testing sites and expand laboratory services.  Medical and emergency staff were hired to support the testing sites, expand laboratory testing capabilities, and fill gaps at long-term facilities.  Testing kits and supplies were also purchased, warehoused, and distributed.</p> <p>This funding is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, local and tribal officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response.</p> <p>Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">www.fema.gov/assistance/public</a>.</p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Brian.Hvinden</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 06/17/2021 - 18:28</span> Thu, 17 Jun 2021 18:28:19 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 621007 at https://www.fema.gov Proposed Deuel County Flood Maps Reflect Changes to Local Flood Risk, Insurance Rates https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210616/proposed-deuel-county-flood-maps-reflect-changes-local-flood-risk-insurance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Proposed Deuel County Flood Maps Reflect Changes to Local Flood Risk, Insurance Rates</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>DENVER –Flood insurance rate map updates for Deuel County, South Dakota are nearing completion. The new maps will provide unincorporated Deuel County and the Cities of Clear lake and Gary with more accurate flood risk information that can help local officials and residents make informed decisions about reducing flood risks and purchasing flood insurance.</p> <p>The mapping project is part of a nationwide effort led by FEMA to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce those risks.</p> <p>Before new flood insurance rate maps become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period during which local residents and business owners can provide additional data for consideration before the maps are final. This appeal period starts on June 23, 2021 and ends September 21, 2021.</p> <p>Officials encourage residents and business owners to review the proposed flood insurance rate maps to learn about flood risks, potential future flood insurance requirements, and any concerns or questions about the information provided.</p> <p>Appeal packages may be submitted during the 90-day appeal period. The sole basis of the appeal must include the possession of knowledge or information indicating that the proposed flood hazard determinations are scientifically and/or technically incorrect.</p> <p>Preliminary mapping may be viewed on FEMA’s Map Service Center by visiting <a href="https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/">https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/</a>. For questions, please contact your local floodplain administrator.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em>FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em></p> <p><em>Follow us on twitter at </em><a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8%20"><em>https://twitter.com/femaregion8</em></a></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>jamie.casterton</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/16/2021 - 22:43</span> Wed, 16 Jun 2021 22:43:59 +0000 jamie.casterton 620979 at https://www.fema.gov Proposed Jefferson County Flood Maps Reflect Changes to Local Flood Risk, Insurance Rates https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210616/proposed-jefferson-county-flood-maps-reflect-changes-local-flood-risk <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Proposed Jefferson County Flood Maps Reflect Changes to Local Flood Risk, Insurance Rates</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>DENVER – Unincorporated Jefferson County and the Cities of Lakewood, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge flood insurance rate map updates for Sanderson Gulch and Sloan’s Lake Drainageway and its Tributaries are nearing completion. The new maps will provide these areas with more accurate flood risk information that can help local officials and residents make informed decisions about reducing flood risks and purchasing flood insurance.</p> <p>The mapping project is a joint effort between Unincorporated Jefferson County, the Cities of Lakewood, Edgewater, and Wheat Ridge, and the Mile High Flood District (MHFD). It is part of a nationwide effort led by FEMA to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce those risks.</p> <p>Before new flood insurance rate maps become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period during which local residents and business owners can provide additional data for consideration before the maps are final. This appeal period starts on June 24, 2021, and ends September 22, 2021.</p> <p>Officials encourage residents and business owners to review the proposed flood insurance rate maps to learn about local flood risks, potential future flood insurance requirements, and any concerns or questions about the information provided.</p> <p>Appeal packages may be submitted during the 90-day appeal period. The sole basis of the appeal must include the possession of knowledge or information indicating that the proposed flood hazard determinations are scientifically and/or technically incorrect.</p> <p>For further details on this process, contact information, and to view the preliminary mapping, visit <a href="https://mhfd.org/services/floodplain-management/2018-pmr/2018-jefferson-county-pmrs/">https://mhfd.org/services/floodplain-management/2018-pmr/2018-jefferson-county-pmrs/</a>. Preliminary mapping also may be viewed on FEMA’s Map Service Center by visiting <a href="https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/">https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/</a>. For questions, please contact the MHFD or your local floodplain administrator.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em>FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em></p> <p><em>Follow us on twitter at </em><a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8%20"><em>https://twitter.com/femaregion8</em></a></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>jamie.casterton</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/16/2021 - 22:38</span> Wed, 16 Jun 2021 22:38:18 +0000 jamie.casterton 620978 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight Robertson Draw Fire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210616/fema-authorizes-funds-fight-robertson-draw-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight Robertson Draw Fire</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENVER</strong> – Early Wednesday morning, FEMA authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Robertson Draw Fire burning in Carbon County, Montana near Red Lodge and Belfry.</p> <p>FEMA Acting Regional Administrator Nancy Dragani approved the state’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) after receiving the request early this morning and determining that the fire threatened such destruction that it would constitute a major disaster.</p> <p>At the time of the request, the Robertson Draw Fire was threatening 450 homes, which were under an evacuation order, as well as 312 buildings, infrastructure, utilities, and equipment in the area. The fire started on June 13 and has burned more than 10,000 acres.</p> <p>The authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling designated fires. It is a reimbursable program. These grants do not<strong> </strong>provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire.</p> <p>Fire Management Assistance Grants are provided through the President's Disaster Relief Fund and are made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible items can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; mobilization and demobilization activities; and tools, materials and supplies.</p> <p>When there is an FMAG authorization, additional funding is made available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Post Fire for the mitigation of wildfire and related hazards, such as flood after fire or erosion. Some eligible wildfire project types include defensible space measures, ignition-resistant construction, and hazardous fuels reduction.</p> <p>For more information on FMAGs, visit  <a href="https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details">https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details</a>. For HMGP Post Fire, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program-post-fire">https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program-post-fire</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>minh.phan</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/16/2021 - 14:52</span> Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:52:32 +0000 minh.phan 620965 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight The Pack Creek Fire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210611/fema-authorizes-funds-fight-pack-creek-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight The Pack Creek Fire</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENVER</strong> – On Thursday, June 10, 2021, FEMA authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Pack Creek Fire burning in San Juan County, Utah near Moab, and the community of Pack Creek.</p> <p>FEMA Acting Regional Administrator Nancy Dragani approved the state’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) late yesterday after determining that the fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.</p> <p>At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 110 homes in and around the community of Pack Creek, near Moab, population 5,336.  The fire was also threatening a high voltage line in the area. The National Weather Service had issued High Wind warnings for the area and mandatory evacuations had taken place for approximately 500 people. The fire started on June 9, 2021 and had burned in excess of 1,000 acres. </p> <p>The authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating, and controlling designated fires. These grants do not<strong> </strong>provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire.</p> <p>Fire Management Assistance Grants are provided through the President's Disaster Relief Fund and are made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible items can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; mobilization and demobilization activities; and tools, materials and supplies.</p> <p>With the FMAG authorization, additional funding is made available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Post Fire for the mitigation of wildfire and related hazards, such as flood after fire or erosion. Some eligible wildfire project types include defensible space measures, ignition-resistant construction, and hazardous fuels reduction.</p> <p>For more information on FMAGs, visit  <a href="https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details">https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details</a>. For HMGP Post Fire, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program-post-fire">https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program-post-fire</a>.</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>anthony.mayne</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 06/11/2021 - 16:23</span> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 16:23:00 +0000 anthony.mayne 620815 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight the Mammoth Fire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210607/fema-authorizes-funds-fight-mammoth-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight the Mammoth Fire </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENVER</strong> – On Saturday, June 5, 2021, FEMA authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Mammoth Fire burning in Garfield County, Utah near the town of Panguitch.</p> <p>FEMA Acting Regional Administrator Nancy Dragani approved the state’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) after receiving the request on Saturday and determining that the fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.</p> <p>At the time of the request, the Mammoth Fire was threatening 280 homes in and around Panguitch, Utah and had burned in excess of 1000 acres of federal land as it was moving into state and private land. The fire was also threatening several buildings, infrastructure, utilities, equipment, and the Severe River watershed in the area.</p> <p>The authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling designated fires. These grants do not<strong> </strong>provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire.</p> <p>Fire Management Assistance Grants are provided through the President's Disaster Relief Fund and are made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible items can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; mobilization and demobilization activities; and tools, materials and supplies.</p> <p>With the FMAG authorization, additional funding is made available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Post Fire for the mitigation of wildfire and related hazards, such as flood after fire or erosion. Some eligible wildfire project types include defensible space measures, ignition-resistant construction, and hazardous fuels reduction.</p> <p>For more information on FMAGs, visit  <a href="https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details">https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details</a>. For HMGP Post Fire, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program-post-fire">https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program-post-fire</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>minh.phan</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 06/07/2021 - 14:58</span> Mon, 07 Jun 2021 14:58:46 +0000 minh.phan 620636 at https://www.fema.gov Proposed Beaverhead County Flood Maps Reflect Changes to Local Flood Risk, Insurance Rates https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210604/proposed-beaverhead-county-flood-maps-reflect-changes-local-flood-risk <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Proposed Beaverhead County Flood Maps Reflect Changes to Local Flood Risk, Insurance Rates</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>DENVER – Updates to Beaverhead County’s flood insurance rate maps are nearing completion. The new maps will provide Beaverhead County, Dillon, and Lima with more accurate flood risk information that can help local officials and residents make informed decisions about reducing flood risks and purchasing flood insurance.</p> <p>The mapping project was initiated in 2015 as a joint effort involving Beaverhead County, Dillon, Lima, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), and FEMA. It is part of a nationwide effort led by FEMA to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce those risks.</p> <p>Before new flood insurance rate maps can become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period during which local residents and business owners can provide additional data for consideration before the maps are final. This appeal period starts on June 9, 2021, and ends September 7, 2021.</p> <p>Officials encourage residents and business owners to review the proposed flood insurance rate maps to learn about local flood risks, potential future flood insurance requirements, and any concerns or questions about the information provided.</p> <p>The proposed maps can be viewed online at <a href="http://www.floodplain.mt.gov/beaverhead">www.floodplain.mt.gov/beaverhead</a>, or at the Beaverhead County Courthouse, Dillon City Hall, or Lima Town Hall. The maps also can be viewed on FEMA’s Map Service Center by visiting <a href="https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/">https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/</a>.</p> <p>Appeal packages may be submitted during the 90-day appeal period. The sole basis of the appeal must include the possession of knowledge or information indicating that the proposed flood hazard determinations are scientifically and/or technically incorrect.</p> <p>For further details on this process, visit <a href="http://www.floodplain.mt.gov/beaverhead">www.floodplain.mt.gov/beaverhead</a> or contact Rob Macioroski, Beaverhead County Floodplain Administrator, at 406-683-3768 or Tiffany Lyden, DNRC Floodplain Outreach Specialist, at 406-444-0599 or <a href="mailto:tlyden@mt.gov">tlyden@mt.gov</a>.</p> <p>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em>FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em></p> <p><em>Follow us on twitter at </em><a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8%20"><em>https://twitter.com/femaregion8</em></a><em> </em></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>jamie.casterton</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 06/04/2021 - 22:49</span> Fri, 04 Jun 2021 22:49:54 +0000 jamie.casterton 620557 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $1.4 Million to Salt Lake County for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210601/fema-provides-additional-14-million-salt-lake-county-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $1.4 Million to Salt Lake County 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>DENVER – FEMA has approved more than $1.4 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in Utah. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 4, 2020. FEMA has provided a total of $94 million for the Utah COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>The $1.4 million was received by Salt Lake County for COVID-19 to disseminate information to the public for warnings and guidance, provided security, law enforcement, barricading and patrolling jurisdiction-wide for COVID-19 safety measures; and provided law enforcement officers to staff the Emergency Support Function #13 (public safety and security) desk at the County's Emergency Operations Center and at the Emergency Communications Center.</p> <p>This funding is authorized under the January 21, 2021 Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense &amp; the Secretary of Homeland Security and Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, local and tribal officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response.</p> <p>Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">www.fema.gov/assistance/public</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>anthony.mayne</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 06/01/2021 - 20:08</span> Tue, 01 Jun 2021 20:08:57 +0000 anthony.mayne 620454 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $3.4 Million to North Dakota for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210528/fema-provides-additional-34-million-north-dakota-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $3.4 Million to North Dakota 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>DENVER – FEMA has provided more than $3.4 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in North Dakota. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 1, 2020. FEMA has provided a total of almost $100.9 Million for the North Dakota COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>The $3.4 million was approved for the North Dakota Department of Health for emergency protective measures.  The funds were used to rent a warehouse with two temperature-controlled containers to store supplies, equipment, temperature sensitive vaccines, and testing materials.  They purchased and distributed medical supplies, vaccination fliers, and personal protective equipment for public health-related activities statewide.</p> <p>This funding is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, local and tribal officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response.</p> <p>Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">www.fema.gov/assistance/public</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>anthony.mayne</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 05/28/2021 - 17:39</span> Fri, 28 May 2021 17:39:12 +0000 anthony.mayne 620341 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $3.1 Million to Montana for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210527/fema-provides-additional-31-million-montana-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $3.1 Million to Montana 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>DENVER – FEMA has approved more than $3.1 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in Montana. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued March 31, 2020.  FEMA has provided a total of $35.2 million for the Montana COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>The $3.1 million was provided to the Billings Clinic to manage an increased patient workload due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Billings Clinic purchased supplies, rented equipment, and hired 63 temporary medical personnel to assist from October 23, 2020, through February 27, 2021.</p> <p>This funding is authorized under the January 21, 2021, Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense &amp; the Secretary of Homeland Security and Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, local and tribal officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response.</p> <p>Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">www.fema.gov/assistance/public</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>anthony.mayne</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/27/2021 - 19:57</span> Thu, 27 May 2021 19:57:11 +0000 anthony.mayne 620184 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Supported Community Vaccination Site in Pueblo Will Close on June 14, 2021 https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210527/fema-supported-community-vaccination-site-pueblo-will-close-june-14-2021 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Supported Community Vaccination Site in Pueblo Will Close on June 14, 2021</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>DENVER – The federally- supported COVID-19 Community Vaccination Site (CVS) at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo will close on June 14, after completing nine weeks of vaccinations, one week more than the original pilot timeline. The site must close in order to return the property to the Colorado State Fairgrounds for previously scheduled events.</p> <p>FEMA began supporting the vaccination effort at the Colorado State Fairgrounds on April 14, in cooperation with the State of Colorado, the Department of Defense (DoD), Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment, Centura Health, and Covid Check Colorado. Federal support brought dedicated personnel, supplies, and vaccine to the site.</p> <p>The CVS was also a hub for mobile equity clinics that brought vaccines into several socially vulnerable communities, and included outreach at schools, churches, rescue missions, and vaccinations of migrant farm workers and home-based individuals.</p> <p>“As this site sunsets, we can reflect on our collective efforts to remove barriers to accessing the COVID-19 vaccine in the Pueblo community,” said Nancy Dragani, acting FEMA Regional Administrator. “FEMA, Colorado, the City and County of Pueblo, and area community groups are working together to make sure the vaccine is available to anyone who wants it.”</p> <p>The site continues to offer both first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine, as well as single doses of the Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine. Since May 25, 2021, and through the closure of the site, individuals receiving their first Pfizer vaccine dose at the site are being provided with local resources for scheduling their second dose.</p> <p>Since the CVS transitioned to FEMA April 14, it has been supported by DoD personnel. FEMA and DoD staff worked alongside Centura Health staff and locally hired non-clinical staff in administering vaccines to the Pueblo community. </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Brian.Hvinden</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/27/2021 - 19:02</span> Thu, 27 May 2021 19:02:55 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 620183 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 Sponsored Art Installation Opens to Denver Community https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210522/fema-sponsored-art-installation-opens-denver-community <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Sponsored Art Installation Opens to Denver Community</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENVER</strong> - A new installation entitled <em>Community Forms</em> by artist Matt Barton opened to the public today. The work was partially funded by a grant from FEMA under its ArtWorks initiative, which seeks to inform and educate the public about hazard mitigation through the arts.</p> <p><a>Mitigation is taking steps to minimize the threat of natural or man-made hazards.  Simple examples include adding downspouts to direct rainfall from gutters away from a home or removing trees and vegetation to create defensible space against wildfires.</a></p> <p>“The vision of FEMA ArtWorks is to inspire conversations about how our built environment can be affected by flooding and other natural hazards.” said FEMA Region 8 Acting Administrator Nancy Dragani. “We hope that as people enjoy this work of art, they will also think about how flood water can impact their own homes and lives.”</p> <p><em>Community Forms</em> is located on the TAXI campus in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood near the South Platte River.  The artwork consists of a collection of form concrete structures that can serve as gathering spots and a place for free-form play.  The design also serves to redirect runoff water from rainstorms or snowmelt toward the river.  There is also interpretive signage in place describing the history of flooding on the South Platte and how individuals can be better prepared for future floods.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Brian.Hvinden</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 05/22/2021 - 04:13</span> Sat, 22 May 2021 04:13:33 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 620015 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $13.3 Million to Utah for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210520/fema-provides-additional-133-million-utah-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $13.3 Million to Utah 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>DENVER – FEMA has approved more than $13.3 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in Utah. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 4, 2020. FEMA has provided a total of $92.6 million for the Utah COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>The $13.3 million was received by the Utah Department of Health’s COVID-19 for associated costs, contracts, and facilities.</p> <ul><li>$3.7 million for testing services performed throughout the State of Utah. The work was completed between April 17 and September 30, 2020.</li> </ul><ul><li>$3 million for leasing facilities to be used as Long-Term Care facilities. Work was completed between October 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021.</li> </ul><ul><li>$6.4 million to purchase decontamination supplies, PPE, medical equipment, and supplies. Work was completed between August 9, 2020 and February 8, 2021.</li> </ul><p>This funding is authorized under the January 21, 2021 Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense &amp; the Secretary of Homeland Security and Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, local and tribal officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response.</p> <p>Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">www.fema.gov/assistance/public</a>.</p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>anthony.mayne</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/20/2021 - 20:37</span> Thu, 20 May 2021 20:37:51 +0000 anthony.mayne 619970 at https://www.fema.gov Proposed City and County of Denver Flood Map Reflects Changes to Local Flood Risk, Insurance Rates https://www.fema.gov/node/619744 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Proposed City and County of Denver Flood Map Reflects Changes to Local Flood Risk, Insurance Rates</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>DENVER – The City and County of Denver flood insurance rate map update for Harvard Gulch and Dry Gulch Tributary, Sanderson Gulch, and Sloan’s Lake Drainageway is nearing completion. The new maps will provide Denver with more accurate flood risk information that can help local officials and residents make informed decisions about reducing flood risks and purchasing flood insurance.</p> <p>The mapping project is a joint effort between the City and County of Denver and the Mile High Flood District. It is part of a nationwide effort led by FEMA to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce those risks.</p> <p>Before new flood insurance rate maps become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period during which local residents and business owners can provide additional data for consideration before the maps are final. This appeal period starts on May 21, 2021.</p> <p>Residents and business owners are encouraged to review the proposed flood insurance rate maps to learn about flood risks, potential future flood insurance requirements, and any concerns or questions about the information provided.</p> <p>You may submit an appeal package during the 90-day appeal period. Appeals must include detailed information indicating that the flood hazard determinations proposed by FEMA are scientifically and/or technically incorrect.</p> <p>For further details on this process and to view preliminary mapping, visit <a href="https://mhfd.org/PMR/2018DenverPMR">https://mhfd.org/PMR/2018DenverPMR</a>. Preliminary mapping may also be viewed on FEMA’s Map Service Center by visiting <a href="https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/">https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/</a>. For questions, contact your local floodplain administrator at <a href="mailto:floodplain@denvergov.org">floodplain@denvergov.org</a> or 720-865-3215.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em>FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em></p> <p><em>Follow us on twitter at </em><a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8%20"><em>https://twitter.com/femaregion8</em></a></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>jamie.casterton</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/13/2021 - 22:17</span> Thu, 13 May 2021 22:17:24 +0000 jamie.casterton 619744 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $1.8 Million to Thornton for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210507/fema-provides-additional-18-million-thornton-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $1.8 Million to Thornton 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><strong>DENVER</strong> – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided more than $1.8 million in Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in Thornton, Colo. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued March 28, 2020. FEMA has disbursed a total of $831 million for Colorado’s COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>President Biden approved a cost share increase from 75 percent to 100 percent for projects related to the pandemic response, which includes work completed between January 20, 2020, and September 30, 2021. This approval allowed FEMA to reimburse states, tribes, cities, and other partners for 100 percent of eligible costs.</p> <p>The City of Thornton received this $1.8 million for emergency protective measures. This funding covered three community-based testing site locations, and four locations for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The funding also covered medical and testing supplies, drive-thru testing and vaccination facilities, rental trailers and buildings, personal protective supplies, generators, food, water, transportation, and processing of tests.</p> <p>This funding is authorized under the January 21, 2021, Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense &amp; the Secretary of Homeland Security and Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, tribal and local officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response.</p> <p>Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">www.fema.gov/assistance/public</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>minh.phan</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 05/07/2021 - 14:26</span> Fri, 07 May 2021 14:26:45 +0000 minh.phan 619517 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides Nearly $1.9 Million in Additional Funding to Montana for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210507/fema-provides-nearly-19-million-additional-funding-montana-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides Nearly $1.9 Million in Additional Funding to Montana 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><strong>DENVER</strong> – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $1.9 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in Montana. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued March 31, 2020.  FEMA has provided a total of $30.2 million for the Montana COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>The $1.9 million was provided to the Billings Clinic for COVID-19 associated costs, contracts, and facilities, which include work completed between March 17, 2020, and December 30, 2020.</p> <p>This funding is authorized under the January 21, 2021, Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense &amp; the Secretary of Homeland Security and Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, local and tribal officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response.</p> <p>Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">www.fema.gov/assistance/public</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>minh.phan</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 05/07/2021 - 14:20</span> Fri, 07 May 2021 14:20:04 +0000 minh.phan 619516 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides $1.6 Million to Stutsman County for Flood Recovery https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210506/fema-provides-16-million-stutsman-county-flood-recovery <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides $1.6 Million to Stutsman County for Flood Recovery</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENVER</strong> – FEMA has provided more than $1.6 million in Public Assistance funding to Stutsman County for costs related to the October 2019 flooding. Under this declaration, FEMA has paid a total of $10.9 million for the state of North Dakota to date. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued January 21, 2020. This funding is authorized under Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>The $1.6 million was approved for Stutsman County to utilize force account labor, equipment, and material for a permanent grade raise of County Road 39, which had been inundated by floodwaters.</p> <p>During the incident period, historically high groundwater saturation, and subsequent rapid snowmelt created an unprecedented October flood in central and eastern North Dakota. Powerful floodwaters washed surface gravel and culverts from Stutsman County and township roads and disrupted lifeline infrastructure. This prevented access to multiple residences within the St. Paul Township, creating significant delays for first responders struggling to reach citizens in need.</p> <p>Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/assistance/public">www.fema.gov/assistance/public</a>.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>minh.phan</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/06/2021 - 21:03</span> Thu, 06 May 2021 21:03:06 +0000 minh.phan 619479 at https://www.fema.gov Grand County Joins National Flood Insurance Program https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210506/grand-county-joins-national-flood-insurance-program <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Grand County Joins National Flood Insurance Program</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a><strong>DENVER</strong> – </a>Grand County has been approved to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.  Approval was granted by FEMA on April 29 following the county’s adoption of floodplain management ordinances and formal request to join the program.</p> <p>By joining the program, residents and businesses in unincorporated areas of Grand County are now eligible to purchase federally-backed flood insurance.  As part of the requirements for joining the program, the county has adopted floodplain management regulations for new development in identified floodplains.  These actions promote public safety and help to limit the financial impacts of future flooding events.</p> <p>”We’d like to welcome Grand County into the National Flood Insurance Program,” said FEMA Region 8 Mitigation Division Director Jeanine Petterson. “This demonstrates a commitment to managed floodplain development and will result in many benefits, including increased resiliency for the county and its residents.”</p> <p>There are now 255 participating communities in Colorado.  The term participating communities refers to any governmental jurisdiction that has oversite for building and development, and can include counties, cities, towns, and tribal nations.</p> <p>While flood insurance policies can now be purchased, there is typically a 30-day waiting period before they go into effect.  Contact your local insurance agent to purchase a policy or visit <a href="http://www.floodsmart.gov">www.floodsmart.gov</a> for more information.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Brian.Hvinden</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/06/2021 - 18:42</span> Thu, 06 May 2021 18:42:19 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 619474 at https://www.fema.gov