https://www.fema.gov/ en FEMA Provides $2.4 Million To Northern Cheyenne Tribe for Richard Spring Fire Recovery https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220523/fema-provides-24-million-northern-cheyenne-tribe-richard-spring-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides $2.4 Million To Northern Cheyenne Tribe for Richard Spring Fire Recovery</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 another $2.4 million in Public Assistance funding as part of the recovery effort from the Richard Spring Fire which impacted the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and parts of southern Montana in August 2021. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued September 30, 2021. FEMA has provided more than $4.26 million in total Public Assistance funds for the Richard Spring Fire recovery to date.</p> <p>The FEMA Public Assistance funds were awarded to the Northern Cheyenne Tribe for the cost of repair work following last year’s wildfire including the removal and replacement of approximately 100 miles of damaged barbed wire fencing and an above-ground water pipeline.  The grant funds also cover the cost of removing burned trees that posed a safety hazard for work crews.  FEMA approved additional funds to prevent future damage by utilizing metal fence posts and more substantial footings and corner reinforcement when replacing the destroyed fencing.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance reimbursements are made on a cost-sharing basis to states, tribes, counties, municipalities, and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and restoration of infrastructure. The approved federal grant represents 90 percent of the total cost of the project.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance program covers eligible disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair or rebuilding of public facilities such as roads, bridges, water control facilities, buildings, equipment, public utilities, parks and recreational facilities.</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, 05/23/2022 - 21:18</span> Mon, 23 May 2022 21:18:43 +0000 anthony.mayne 636594 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides $7.6 Million for Colorado COVID-19 Treatments https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220518/fema-provides-76-million-colorado-covid-19-treatments <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides $7.6 Million for Colorado COVID-19 Treatments</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 approved an additional $7.6 million in 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 now approved more than $1.7 billion in Public Assistance grant funds to Colorado for the COVID-19 response.</p> <p>FEMA awarded the grant funds to reimburse the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for the cost of providing mobile monoclonal antibody treatments in the ongoing battle against COVID-19.  The grant covers the cost of additional clinical staffing to conduct the treatments at four facilities, and the cost to distribute monoclonal antibody therapy supplies to approved providers, including contractors, local public health agencies, urgent care centers, pharmacies, and clinics throughout the state. The FEMA grant covers work conducted by CDPHE from October 26, 2021, to March 31, 2022.</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 state and local governments to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, tribal and local officials work 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">Wed, 05/18/2022 - 20:25</span> Wed, 18 May 2022 20:25:15 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 636414 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Approves Another $7.3 Million for COVID-19 Testing in Utah https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220518/fema-approves-another-73-million-covid-19-testing-utah <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Approves Another $7.3 Million for COVID-19 Testing in Utah</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 approved $7.3 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 more than $274 million for the Utah COVID-19 response to date with this additional funding.</p> <ul><li>FEMA awarded $4.55 million to the Utah Department of Health to reimburse them for the cost of purchasing 605,365 COVID-19 rapid-test kits and distributing them to 213 locations across the state.  Recipients of the test kits included the Utah state lab, local health departments, mobile testing units, long-term care facilities and school districts who provided sample test collection.  The award covers test kits purchased between August 12 and December 27, 2021.</li> <li>In addition, FEMA awarded $2.74 million in Public Assistance funds to Salt Lake County to provide COVID-19 community testing centers in the county from December 28, 2020, to May 15, 2021.  The grant covers the cost of additional staff for medical, logistical and security support along with tents, generators, heating, lighting and tarps to set up drive-through test centers at temporary sites and the personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies necessary to keep staff and the general public safe.</li> </ul><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 to assist their communities during the ongoing 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">Wed, 05/18/2022 - 20:00</span> Wed, 18 May 2022 20:00:19 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 636413 at https://www.fema.gov Proposed Larimer County Flood Maps Reflect Changes to Local Flood Risk https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220517/proposed-larimer-county-flood-maps-reflect-changes-local-flood-risk <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Proposed Larimer County Flood Maps Reflect Changes to Local Flood Risk</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>DENVER – Updates to Larimer County, Colorado’s flood insurance rate maps are nearing completion. The new maps will provide Larimer County 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 Larimer County, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, 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>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>Before the 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 18, 2022, and ends on August 16, 2022. Appeal packages should address scientific or technical mistakes in the maps, and must include supporting data or engineering documentation.</p> <p>For further details on this process, visit <a href="https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/BFE_Status/bfe_main.asp">https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/BFE_Status/bfe_main.asp</a>. To view preliminary mapping, visit the Colorado Hazard Mapping Website (<a href="https://coloradohazardmapping.com">https://coloradohazardmapping.com</a>), or contact your local floodplain administrator. Preliminary mapping also may be viewed on FEMA’s Map Service Center (<a href="https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/">https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/</a>).</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">Tue, 05/17/2022 - 22:25</span> Tue, 17 May 2022 22:25:09 +0000 jamie.casterton 636388 at https://www.fema.gov Proposed Wheatland County Flood Maps Reflect Changes to Local Flood Risk https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220517/proposed-wheatland-county-flood-maps-reflect-changes-local-flood-risk <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Proposed Wheatland County Flood Maps Reflect Changes to Local Flood Risk</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>DENVER – Updates to Wheatland County, Montana’s flood insurance rate maps are nearing completion. The new maps will provide portions of the Musselshell River and Antelope Creek in Wheatland County 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 2014 and is a joint effort between counties and towns along the Musselshell River, 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 risk and support actions to address and reduce that risk.</p> <p>In Wheatland County, the project involved flood study work on 37 miles of the Musselshell River from the Golden Valley County boundary to approximately five miles west of Harlowton, and three miles of Antelope Creek. New and updated flood insurance rate maps were produced, indicating areas at risk of flooding in a one-percent annual chance flood event. The new floodplain maps will be used to replace existing floodplain maps from 1981 and portions of the Musselshell River around Shawmut that currently have no existing floodplain maps. </p> <p>The remainder of Wheatland County’s 1981 floodplain maps were not updated as part of the project.  </p> <p>Updated flood insurance rate maps for Golden Valley County went into effect in 2021, and in Musselshell, Rosebud, and Petroleum Counties in 2019. </p> <p>Officials encourage residents and business owners to review the proposed maps to learn about the flood threat in their area, and potential future flood insurance purchase requirements.</p> <p>Once preliminary maps are released, there is a 90-day appeal period during which community members can provide additional data for consideration before the maps are final. This appeal period ends on July 13, 2022. Appeal packages should address scientific or technical mistakes in the maps and must include supporting data or engineering documentation.</p> <p>The proposed maps can be viewed online at <a href="http://www.floodplain.mt.gov/musselshell">http://www.floodplain.mt.gov/musselshell</a> and at the county and city offices. </p> <p>If you have technical and scientific information, such as detailed hydraulic or hydrologic data, you may be able to appeal the flood risk information on the proposed maps during the 90-day appeal period. For further details on this process, visit <a href="http://www.floodplain.mt.gov/musselshell">http://www.floodplain.mt.gov/musselshell</a> or contact Page Dringman, Wheatland County Floodplain Administrator at 406-932-5470, or Tiffany Lyden, DNRC Floodplain Outreach Specialist at 406-444-0599.  </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 <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8">https://twitter.com/femaregion8</a> </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">Tue, 05/17/2022 - 19:16</span> Tue, 17 May 2022 19:16:08 +0000 jamie.casterton 636381 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides $1.35 Million for Richard Spring Fire Recovery https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220517/fema-provides-135-million-richard-spring-fire-recovery <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides $1.35 Million for Richard Spring Fire Recovery</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 $1.35 million in Public Assistance funding as part of the recovery effort from the Richard Spring Fire which impacted southern Montana in August 2021. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued September 30, 2021. FEMA has provided more than $1.83 million in total Public Assistance funds for the Richard Spring Fire recovery to date.</p> <p>The FEMA Public Assistance funds were awarded to the Tongue River Electric Cooperative for the cost of restoring electric service. The wildfire caused widespread damage to the utility’s infrastructure, affecting more than 3,500 residential and commercial buildings.   To restore service, the utility replaced 146 destroyed transmission poles along with multiple sub-assemblies, distribution lines, connectors and cross-arms.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance reimbursements are made on a cost-sharing basis to states, tribes, counties, municipalities, and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and restoration of infrastructure. The approved federal grant represents 90 percent of the total cost of the project.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance program covers eligible disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair or rebuilding of public facilities such as roads, bridges, water control facilities, buildings, equipment, public utilities, parks and recreational facilities.</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, 05/17/2022 - 17:32</span> Tue, 17 May 2022 17:32:20 +0000 anthony.mayne 636378 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $2.48 Million to Utah for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220516/fema-provides-additional-248-million-utah-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $2.48 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 $2.48 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 more than $267 million in Public Assistance funds for the Utah COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>FEMA’s latest Public Assistance grant reimburses the Utah Department of Health for the cost to reserve facilities used for the long-term care of COVID-19 positive patients. Facilities were reserved to provide skilled nursing care for COVID-19 positive long-term care patients upon discharge from acute care, or that were transferred from other long-term care facilities to prevent further transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Ninety-three beds were reserved at three separate facilities within the state of Utah. The funding covers costs incurred by the Utah Department of Health from November 1, 2021, through February 13, 2022.</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 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">Mon, 05/16/2022 - 17:22</span> Mon, 16 May 2022 17:22:04 +0000 anthony.mayne 636317 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides $1.93 Million To Colorado For The East Troublesome Wildfire Recovery https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220513/fema-provides-193-million-colorado-east-troublesome-wildfire-recovery <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides $1.93 Million To Colorado For The East Troublesome Wildfire Recovery</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 $1.93 million in additional Public Assistance funding to Mountain Parks Electric for repairs to portions of the power cooperative’s electrical distribution system that were damaged by the East Troublesome Wildfire. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued January 15, 2021.</p> <p>Mountain Parks Electric will use FEMA funding to restore the fire damaged Trail Creek power distribution segment in Grand County. To minimize the impact of future disasters, the overhead power lines will be buried underground as part of the restoration and mitigation project.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance reimbursements are made on a cost-sharing basis to states, counties, municipalities, tribes and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and restoration of infrastructure. FEMA will provide 90 percent of the cost share for this recovery project.</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> and Hazard Mitigation program at <a href="https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation">https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation</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, 05/13/2022 - 18:55</span> Fri, 13 May 2022 18:55:56 +0000 anthony.mayne 636199 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards More Than $29 Million For Boulder County Recovery https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220512/fema-awards-more-29-million-boulder-county-recovery <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards More Than $29 Million For Boulder County Recovery</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 $29 million in additional Public Assistance funding for debris removal efforts in Boulder County. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued by President Biden on Dec. 31, 2021.</p> <p>A breakdown of the funding is as follows:</p> <ul><li><strong>$26.9 Million</strong> to Boulder County for private property debris removal work done by the county or its contractors.  This work has been approved because of the health and safety threat posed by such debris. Work will be done in the City of Louisville, Town of Superior and in unincorporated Boulder County.</li> <li><strong>$2.8 Million</strong> to Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for hiring debris removal monitors to review actions taken during the debris removal effort and to provide technical support to the county during that process.</li> </ul><p>The FEMA Public Assistance program provides funding to governmental agencies and certain private non-profits for eligible disaster response costs and to repair or replace damaged public infrastructure. For this disaster event, FEMA is providing a 90 percent federal cost share, with the state and local entities responsible for the remaining costs.</p> <p>For more information about the Public Assistance program, visit: <a href="https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public/program-overview">https://www.fema.gov/assistance/public/program-overview</a>. For more information about Marshall Fire and straight-line winds recovery in Boulder County, visit the FEMA disaster webpage at <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4634">https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4634</a>, the Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management webpage at <a href="https://dhsem.colorado.gov/">https://dhsem.colorado.gov/</a> or the Boulder County webpage at <a href="https://www.bouldercounty.org/disasters/wildfires/marshall/">https://www.bouldercounty.org/disasters/wildfires/marshall/</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, 05/12/2022 - 18:42</span> Thu, 12 May 2022 18:42:22 +0000 anthony.mayne 636148 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides Funds for Eisenhower Junior High Repairs https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220503/fema-provides-funds-eisenhower-junior-high-repairs <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides Funds for Eisenhower Junior High Repairs</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 $630,000 in funding to the Granite School District for work completed at Eisenhower Junior High to repair damages that occurred during the Magna Earthquake, and to mitigate against future damage. The assistance was made available as part of the major disaster declaration made by President Trump in July 2020 to support Utah’s recovery.</p> <p>The project includes repairs to the school to address earthquake damage and includes additional structural improvements that will make the building more resistant to a future quake. The mitigation work included stabilization of the roof structure by adding new steel bracing. In addition, new steel connections and a concrete roof beam were installed along the west wall of the gymnasium and east wall of the auditorium; this strengthened the connections linking the roof, wall, and foundation. Carbon fiber rods were also installed to stabilize the brick walls during earthquake shaking.</p> <p>The funding comes from FEMA’s Public Assistance program, which provides aid to repair or replace damaged public infrastructure or for emergency actions taken to protect property or support public safety.  There is normally a 75 percent federal cost share, but the recently passed federal budget bill included a provision to increase the cost share to 90 percent for major disaster declarations made in 2020 and 2021. The remaining costs are the responsibility of the state and the local applicant receiving the funds.</p> <p>The Eisenhower School project benefitted from a provision of the program that allows for the funding of additional mitigation work in certain cases.  This project was eligible for the mitigation funds because it was proven to be cost effective over the life of the project.  The mitigation funds amounted to more than $540,000.</p> <p>To date, FEMA has provided more than $4.6 million to Utah households and communities for the Magna Earthquake recovery. Learn more about the disaster response and recovery efforts at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4548">www.fema.gov/disaster/4548</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, 05/03/2022 - 16:31</span> Tue, 03 May 2022 16:31:29 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 635848 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides $2.8 Million To National Jewish Health for Colorado COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220429/fema-provides-28-million-national-jewish-health-colorado-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides $2.8 Million To National Jewish Health for Colorado 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 an additional $2.8 million in 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 now provided more than $1.7 billion in Public Assistance grant funds for Colorado’s COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>The FEMA Public Assistance funds were awarded to National Jewish Health to reimburse the facility for the cost of COVID-19 clinical care and testing performed between February 8, 2020, and November 2, 2021. Costs eligible for grant funding include the cost of staffing, equipment for temporary testing sites, cleaning and disinfection services, vaccine storage and personal protective equipment to protect the health and safety of healthcare workers along with students at the associated school. National Jewish Health is a private non-profit medical care facility.</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 state and local governments to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, tribal and local officials work 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, 04/29/2022 - 19:59</span> Fri, 29 Apr 2022 19:59:18 +0000 anthony.mayne 635725 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides $1.58 Million to Billings Clinic for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220419/fema-provides-158-million-billings-clinic-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides $1.58 Million to Billings Clinic 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 $1.58 million in Public Assistance funding to the Billings Clinic as part of the COVID-19 response. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued March 31, 2020. FEMA has now provided more than $43.9 million for Montana’s COVID-19 response with this award.</p> <p>The FEMA Public Assistance funds were awarded to the Billings Clinic as reimbursement for the cost of additional contracted medical staff to provide emergency care for COVID-19 patients.  From July 1 to December 31, 2021, the Billings Clinic contracted with 57 medical personnel who worked just over 10,000 hours to treat COVID-19 patients in Montana. This applicant is a private non-profit medical care facility.</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 to assist their communities during this response.</p> <p>Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at <a href="//r8li6f03/Region%20VIII/PIO/External%20Affairs/300%20Planning%20and%20Products/350%20JIC%20Products/351%20News%20Releases/News%20Releases%202021/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, 04/19/2022 - 16:57</span> Tue, 19 Apr 2022 16:57:37 +0000 anthony.mayne 635309 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Approves $12.8 Million to Intermountain Healthcare for Utah COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220415/fema-approves-128-million-intermountain-healthcare-utah-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Approves $12.8 Million to Intermountain Healthcare for Utah 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 $12.8 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 more than $254 million for the Utah COVID-19 response to date with this additional funding.</p> <p>The FEMA Public Assistance funds were awarded to Intermountain Healthcare to reimburse them for the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE) for emergency and in-patient clinical care to COVID-19 positive patients, and to protect the health and safety of healthcare workers at 71 Intermountain Healthcare facilities throughout the state of Utah.  The award covers the cost of PPE including face shields, medical gloves, medical gowns, N95 respirators, coveralls, and surgical masks used by the private non-profit’s facilities from January 21 to December 31, 2020, for the COVID-19 response.</p> <p>FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process for the COVID-19 response due to 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 to assist their communities during the ongoing 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, 04/15/2022 - 19:36</span> Fri, 15 Apr 2022 19:36:54 +0000 anthony.mayne 635165 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $2.8 Million to North Dakota for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220407/fema-provides-additional-28-million-north-dakota-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $2.8 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 approved more than $2.8 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 approved more than $133.3 million in Public Assistance funding for the North Dakota COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>The latest round of FEMA funding of $2.8 million to the North Dakota Department of Health is to operate 63 COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites from December 17, 2020, through February 28, 2022.  This includes the cost of staffing, supplies, warehouse rental, and transportation to testing and vaccination sites.  The grant also covers the cost of processing more than 500,00 COVID-19 test samples.</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 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, 04/07/2022 - 16:16</span> Thu, 07 Apr 2022 16:16:43 +0000 anthony.mayne 634891 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides $16 Million to Salt Lake County for COVID-19 Vaccination Costs https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220401/fema-provides-16-million-salt-lake-county-covid-19-vaccination-costs <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides $16 Million to Salt Lake County for COVID-19 Vaccination Costs</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 $16 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 more than $235 million in Public Assistance funding for the Utah COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>FEMA awarded the funding to Salt Lake County to reimburse the cost of operating three COVID-19 vaccination centers in the county from June 15, 2020, to December 31, 2021.  The funding includes the cost of staffing and equipment to operate the centers, providing transportation to the facilities for individuals with mobility needs, and operating a call center and website to share vaccination information with the public.</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 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, 04/01/2022 - 20:35</span> Fri, 01 Apr 2022 20:35:05 +0000 anthony.mayne 634690 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Approves $1.26 Million for Douglas County COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220325/fema-approves-126-million-douglas-county-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Approves $1.26 Million for Douglas County COVID-19 Response</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>FEMA Approves $1.26 Million for Douglas County COVID-19 Response</p> <p>DENVER – FEMA has approved another $1.26 million in 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 now approved more than $1.71 billion in Public Assistance grant funds for Colorado’s COVID-19 response to date with this additional funding.   </p> <p>FEMA approved the grant funds to Douglas County as reimbursement for the cost of emergency measures undertaken by the county during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N95 respirators, isolation gowns and nitrile gloves.  This PPE was used for hospitals, medical and dental facilities within Douglas County, as well as for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to keep staff safe during the pandemic.  In addition, FEMA’s grant includes the cost of COVID-19 testing services from May 1 to December 30, 2020.  </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 state and local governments to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, tribal and local officials work 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> <p><em>FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em></p> <p><em>Follow us on twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8">https://twitter.com/femaregion8</a> </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, 03/25/2022 - 21:50</span> Fri, 25 Mar 2022 21:50:15 +0000 jamie.casterton 634200 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Approves $1.34 Million for Utah COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220325/fema-approves-134-million-utah-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Approves $1.34 Million for Utah 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 $1.34 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 more than $212 million for the Utah COVID-19 response to date with this additional funding.</p> <p>The FEMA Public Assistance funds were awarded to the Utah Department of Health to reimburse them for the cost of a campaign to conduct COVID-19 related public safety messaging across the state from October 1 to November 30, 2021.  The public information campaign used contract services to provide COVID-19 information and guidance to the public, including promotion of vaccinations and testing.  Contracted services also included development of public educational materials and communication strategies and assistance with website development.</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 to assist their communities during the ongoing 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> <p><em>FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em></p> <p><em>Follow us on twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8">https://twitter.com/femaregion8</a> </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, 03/25/2022 - 21:29</span> Fri, 25 Mar 2022 21:29:48 +0000 jamie.casterton 634199 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides Another $128 Million for Colorado COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220322/fema-provides-another-128-million-colorado-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides Another $128 Million for Colorado 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 $128 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. <strong>FEMA has now approved more than $1.71 billion in Public Assistance grant funds to Colorado for the COVID-19 response.</strong></p> <p>The $128.99 million to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will cover the cost of providing COVID-19 testing and analysis from January 1 through March 31, 2022. CDPHE projects that more than 2.16 million COVID-19 tests will be administered during the 90-day timeframe.  The award provides funding for contracted testing and lab services including supplies and equipment, along with the transportation and processing of tests.</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 state and local governments 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> <p># # #</p> <p><em>FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em></p> <p><em>Follow us on twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8">https://twitter.com/femaregion8</a> </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">Tue, 03/22/2022 - 21:25</span> Tue, 22 Mar 2022 21:25:12 +0000 jamie.casterton 634096 at https://www.fema.gov Proposed Southern Ute Indian Tribe Flood Map Reflects Changes to Local Flood Risk, Insurance Rates https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220318/proposed-southern-ute-indian-tribe-flood-map-reflects-changes-local-flood <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Proposed Southern Ute Indian Tribe 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 – Updates to the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s flood insurance rate map are nearing completion. The new maps will provide the Southern Ute Indian Tribe 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 Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, 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 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 March 9, 2022.</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, visit <a href="https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/BFE_Status/bfe_main.asp">https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/BFE_Status/bfe_main.asp</a>. To view preliminary mapping, visit the Colorado Hazard Mapping Website (<a href="https://coloradohazardmapping.com">https://coloradohazardmapping.com</a>), or contact your local floodplain administrator. Preliminary mapping also may be viewed on FEMA’s Map Service Center (<a href="https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/">https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/</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">Fri, 03/18/2022 - 19:34</span> Fri, 18 Mar 2022 19:34:54 +0000 jamie.casterton 633978 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards Funds for Roosevelt Wildfire Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220315/fema-awards-funds-roosevelt-wildfire-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards Funds for Roosevelt Wildfire 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 awarded an additional $1.63 million to the Wyoming State Forestry Division to cover costs of fighting the Roosevelt Wildfire that impacted portions of western Wyoming in 2018.</p> <p>The Roosevelt Fire began in Sublette County in September of 2018 and threatened over 250 homes and the Hoback watershed causing the mandatory evacuation of nearly 500 residents.   The FEMA grant will reimburse the Wyoming State Forestry Division for 75 percent of the cost of fire suppression activities including the cost of personnel, equipment, travel expenses, supplies and materials to fight the fire.</p> <p>The funds are provided from FEMA’s Public Assistance program under the Fire Management Assistance declaration for Wyoming issued on September 18, 2018, in response to the Roosevelt wildfire.</p> <p>FEMA has now approved more than $1.69 million in Public Assistance grant funds for Roosevelt Wildfire response.</p> <p>For more information on FEMA’s Fire Management Assistance Grants, visit  <a href="https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details">https://www.fema.gov/fire-management-assistance-grants-program-details</a>.  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, 03/15/2022 - 20:57</span> Tue, 15 Mar 2022 20:57:10 +0000 anthony.mayne 633838 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards Additional Funds for East Troublesome Wildfire Recovery https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220315/fema-awards-additional-funds-east-troublesome-wildfire-recovery <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards Additional Funds for East Troublesome Wildfire Recovery</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>DENVER – FEMA has awarded $2.45 million to Mountain Parks Electric for repairs to portions of the power cooperative’s electrical distribution system that were damaged by the East Troublesome wildfire in 2020.</p> <p>The East Troublesome Fire caused significant damage to Mountain Parks Electric’s power distribution system in rural portions of Grand County.  FEMA’s grant will fund repairs to the system including the cost of replacing 195 utility poles, nearly 200,000 linear feet of conductor line, and six transformers. </p> <p>The funds are provided under the major disaster declaration for Colorado issued on January 15, 2021, following the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome wildfires.  FEMA has now approved more than $30.3 million in Public Assistance grant funds for the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome wildfire recovery.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance reimbursements are made on a cost-sharing basis to states, counties, municipalities, tribes and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and restoration of infrastructure. FEMA will provide 75 percent of the cost share for this recovery project.</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, 03/15/2022 - 19:57</span> Tue, 15 Mar 2022 19:57:08 +0000 anthony.mayne 633837 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Announces Federal Grant Funding to the State of Colorado for High Hazard Dam Risk Assessments https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220311/fema-announces-federal-grant-funding-state-colorado-high-hazard-dam-risk <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Announces Federal Grant Funding to the State of Colorado for High Hazard Dam Risk Assessments</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>DENVER – FEMA will provide $1.05 million in Hazard Mitigation grant funds to the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to fund assessments of the risk posed by all high hazard dams across the state. The grant will allow for comprehensive planning and identification of actions that need to be taken on individual dams to decrease the risk to downstream public life and property.</p> <p>High hazard dam refers to a class of dam in which failure may cause loss of life, serious damage to residential, industrial, or commercial property, or damage to important public utilities or transportation facilities such as major highways or railroads. Over 2.1 million Coloradans live within the flood inundation zone of high hazard dams, and high hazard dams are present in all Colorado counties.</p> <p>High hazard dam risk assessments include evaluation of safety and security measures that could cause a dam failure or uncontrolled release of the reservoir. Assessments follow the steps as outlined by the Comprehensive Dam Safety Evaluation Risk Assessment process and are conducted by experienced engineering consultants. The assessments also evaluate the potential for reservoir enlargements to support the Colorado Water Plan goals for incremental increases in water storage due to drought and climate change conditions.</p> <p>This mitigation planning grant is pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and represents the 75 percent federal cost share for the project. FEMA obligates the grant funding to the State of Colorado, which in turn works with sub-recipients to receive this award.</p> <p>Additional information about FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Planning program can be found at <a href="https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/risk-management/hazard-mitigation-planning">https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/risk-management/hazard-mitigation-planning</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, 03/11/2022 - 17:55</span> Fri, 11 Mar 2022 17:55:48 +0000 anthony.mayne 633715 at https://www.fema.gov Proposed San Juan County Flood Map Reflects Changes to Local Flood Risk, Insurance Rates https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220307/proposed-san-juan-county-flood-map-reflects-changes-local-flood-risk <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Proposed San Juan County 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 – Updates to San Juan County’s flood insurance rate maps are nearing completion. The new maps will provide San Juan County 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 San Juan County, the town of Silverton, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, 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 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 March 9, 2022, or March 10, 2022, depending on the community.</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, visit <a href="https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/BFE_Status/bfe_main.asp">https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/BFE_Status/bfe_main.asp</a>. To view preliminary mapping, visit the Colorado Hazard Mapping Website (<a href="https://coloradohazardmapping.com">https://coloradohazardmapping.com</a>), or contact your local floodplain administrator. Preliminary mapping also may be viewed on FEMA’s Map Service Center (<a href="https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/">https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/</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, 03/07/2022 - 18:41</span> Mon, 07 Mar 2022 18:41:52 +0000 anthony.mayne 633569 at https://www.fema.gov Proposed La Plata County Flood Map Reflects Changes to Local Flood Risk, Insurance Rates https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220307/proposed-la-plata-county-flood-map-reflects-changes-local-flood-risk <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Proposed La Plata County 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 – Updates to La Plata County’s flood insurance rate maps are nearing completion. The new maps will provide La Plata County 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 La Plata County, the city of Durango, the towns of Bayfield and Ignacio, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, 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 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 March 9, 2022.</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, visit <a href="https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/BFE_Status/bfe_main.asp">https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/BFE_Status/bfe_main.asp</a>. To view preliminary mapping, visit the Colorado Hazard Mapping Website (<a href="https://coloradohazardmapping.com">https://coloradohazardmapping.com</a>), or contact your local floodplain administrator. Preliminary mapping also may be viewed on FEMA’s Map Service Center (<a href="https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/">https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/</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, 03/07/2022 - 18:38</span> Mon, 07 Mar 2022 18:38:45 +0000 anthony.mayne 633568 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $4.37 Million to Utah for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220304/fema-provides-additional-437-million-utah-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $4.37 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 $4.37 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 more than $217 million for the Utah COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>The FEMA Public Assistance funds were awarded to Salt Lake County to reimburse them for the cost of staffing and materials to operate a COVID-19 emergency coordination center that provided operational guidance, along with information collection, modeling and research support for the county’s COVID-19 response. </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, 03/04/2022 - 20:20</span> Fri, 04 Mar 2022 20:20:19 +0000 anthony.mayne 633478 at https://www.fema.gov