https://www.fema.gov/ en Colorado Wildfire Recovery Webinars https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210409/colorado-wildfire-recovery-webinars <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Colorado Wildfire Recovery Webinars</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>DENVER – In response to Colorado’s devastating wildfires in 2020, FEMA and the State of Colorado are hosting a series of webinars to help residents understand increased threats to their homes, lives and property following the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires and prepare for the upcoming wildfire season. </p> <p>Discussion topics will include wildfire preparation and recovery, increased flood risk, agricultural recovery and understanding insurance options. Panelists will answer questions and provide informative resources to help residents with their recovery.</p> <p>To participate please follow the link to register for a specific webinar session:</p> <ul><li><em>Flood After Fire</em>: 12-1 p.m. MST, Monday, April 12 <a href="https://ogilvy.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Lp2D5edgRuqNy1KIwwA2vA">https://ogilvy.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Lp2D5edgRuqNy1KIwwA2vA</a></li> <li><em>Wildfire Preparation &amp; Recovery</em>: 12-1 p.m. MST, Wednesday April 14 <a href="https://ogilvy.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ojQOug5gRU-3xetqE2YnQg">https://ogilvy.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ojQOug5gRU-3xetqE2YnQg</a></li> <li><em>Flood After Fire:</em> 5:30-6:30 p.m. MST, Tuesday, April 20 <a href="https://ogilvy.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WIlCXvWnRlq7LGt4lmLO3Q">https://ogilvy.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WIlCXvWnRlq7LGt4lmLO3Q</a></li> <li><em>Wildfire Preparation &amp; Recovery</em>: 5:30-6:30 p.m. MST, Wednesday, April 21 <a href="https://ogilvy.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_evALyxW3SvqeoztHAxuA0Q">https://ogilvy.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_evALyxW3SvqeoztHAxuA0Q</a></li> </ul><p>These presentations will be available in closed caption and ASL format. If you require an alternative format of available information, please submit your request to <a href="mailto:Region8AccommodationRequest@fema.dhs.gov">Region8AccommodationRequest@fema.dhs.gov</a>.</p> <p>Do you have a question about wildfire or flood risk? Email <a href="mailto:fema-r8-hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov">fema-r8-hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov</a> </p> <p> </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, 04/09/2021 - 18:11</span> Fri, 09 Apr 2021 18:11:55 +0000 minh.phan 618564 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $1.9 Million to Montana for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210402/fema-provides-additional-19-million-montana-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $1.9 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 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $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 $28.3 million for the Montana COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>President Biden approved a cost share increase from 75% to 100% for projects related to the pandemic response that include work completed between January 20, 2020 and September 30, 2021. This approval allowed FEMA to reimburse states, cities, and other partners for 100% of eligible costs. This funding announcement represents the remaining 25% cost share for a project that was previously funded by FEMA.</p> <p>The $1.9 million was provided to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services for COVID-19 associated costs, contracts, and facilities.</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, 04/02/2021 - 17:54</span> Fri, 02 Apr 2021 17:54:42 +0000 minh.phan 618342 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $8.5 Million to North Dakota for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210402/fema-provides-additional-85-million-north-dakota-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $8.5 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 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided more than $8.5 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 $85.6 Million for the North Dakota COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>President Biden approved a cost share increase from 75% to 100% for projects related to the pandemic response that include work completed between January 20, 2020 and September 30, 2021. This approval allowed FEMA to reimburse states, cities, and other partners for 100% of eligible costs. This funding announcement represents the remaining 25% cost share for three projects that were previously funded by FEMA.</p> <p>The $8.5 million was approved for the North Dakota Department of Health’s COVID-19 associated costs, contracts, and facilities.</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, 04/02/2021 - 17:52</span> Fri, 02 Apr 2021 17:52:14 +0000 minh.phan 618341 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $17.1 Million to Utah for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210402/fema-provides-additional-171-million-utah-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $17.1 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 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided more than $17.1 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in Utah. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued March 28, 2020. FEMA has provided a total of $108.5 million for the Utah COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>President Biden approved a cost share increase from 75% to 100% for projects related to the pandemic response that include work completed between January 20, 2020 and September 30, 2021. This approval allowed FEMA to reimburse states, cities, and other partners for 100% of eligible costs. This funding announcement represents the remaining 25% cost share for two projects that were previously funded by FEMA.</p> <p>The $17.1 million was approved for the Utah Department of Health’s COVID-19 associated costs, contracts, and facilities.</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, 04/02/2021 - 17:50</span> Fri, 02 Apr 2021 17:50:16 +0000 minh.phan 618340 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $108 Million to Colorado For COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210402/fema-provides-additional-108-million-colorado-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $108 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 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided more than $108 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 $514 Million for the Colorado COVID-19 response to date.</p> <p>President Biden approved a cost share increase from 75% to 100% for projects related to the pandemic response that include work completed between January 20, 2020 and September 30, 2021. This approval allowed FEMA to reimburse states, cities and other partners for 100% of eligible costs. This funding announcement represents the remaining 25% cost share for 9 projects that were previously funded by FEMA.</p> <p><a>The $108 million was approved for COVID-19 associated costs, contracts, and facilities</a>:</p> <ul><li>Colorado DHS and Emergency Management: $19.4 million</li> </ul><ul><li>The City and County of Denver: $9.7 million</li> </ul><ul><li>Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: $79.4 million</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></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, 04/02/2021 - 16:02</span> Fri, 02 Apr 2021 16:02:04 +0000 minh.phan 618339 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight South Dakota's Schroeder Fire https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210329/fema-authorizes-funds-fight-south-dakotas-schroeder-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Authorizes Funds to Fight South Dakota&#039;s Schroeder 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> – This afternoon, FEMA authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Schroeder Fire burning in Pennington County, South Dakota near Rapid City.</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 this afternoon and determining that the fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.</p> <p>At the time of the request, the Schroeder Fire was threatening more than 300 homes, which were under an evacuation order. Powerlines in the area are also being threatened. The fire started today and has burned in excess of 1,500 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></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, 03/29/2021 - 20:16</span> Mon, 29 Mar 2021 20:16:36 +0000 minh.phan 618213 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $1.8 Million to Utah for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210329/fema-provides-additional-18-million-utah-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $1.8 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 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $1.8 million in additional funding for COVID-19 response efforts in Utah. To date, FEMA has paid more than $91.3 million in Public Assistance funding for COVID-19 response in Utah. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 4, 2020.</p> <p>The $1.8 million was provided to the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics to purchase PPE and medical supplies consisting of N95 and surgical masks, gloves, coveralls, gowns, hand sanitizer, safety glasses, IV extensions, disposable stethoscopes, and sanitizing wipes, in order to mitigate the spread at hospitals treating COVID-19 positive patients to mitigate the spread of the virus.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding for emergency actions undertaken by communities to protect public safety, providing no less than a 75% federal share for eligible costs. President Biden has approved a 100% cost share for projects related to the pandemic response that include work completed between Jan. 20, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2021.</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">Mon, 03/29/2021 - 14:30</span> Mon, 29 Mar 2021 14:30:31 +0000 minh.phan 618199 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $15.1 Million to Montana for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210329/fema-provides-additional-151-million-montana-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $15.1 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 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $15.1 million in additional funding for COVID-19 response efforts in Montana. To date, FEMA has paid more than $26.4 million in Public Assistance funding for COVID-19 response in Montana. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued March 31, 2020.</p> <p>The $15.1 million was provided to Montana Disaster and Emergency Services and used to address medical personnel shortages created by the pandemic.  Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Respiratory Therapists were recruited and contracted closing medical personnel gaps in thirteen medical facilities in Montana. Funding is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding for emergency actions undertaken by communities to protect public safety, providing no less than a 75% federal share for eligible costs. President Biden has approved a 100% cost share for projects related to the pandemic response that include work completed between March 21 and Dec. 5, 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 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">Mon, 03/29/2021 - 14:28</span> Mon, 29 Mar 2021 14:28:12 +0000 minh.phan 618198 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $3.7 Million to Denver for Covid-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210326/fema-provides-additional-37-million-denver-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $3.7 Million to Denver for Covid-19 Response</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><table><tbody><tr><td> <p> </p> <p>Denver - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $3.7 million in additional funding for COVID-19 response efforts in the City and County of Denver. This is in addition to $57 million that Denver received earlier through an expedited process. To date, FEMA has paid more than $405.5 million in Public Assistance funding for COVID-19 response in Colorado. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued March 28, 2020.</p> <p>The $3.7 million was provided to Denver for emergency protective measures utilizing force account, contract services, and materials costs to open and operate vaccination sites for administering COVID-19 vaccinations. Costs may include, but are not limited to, person protective equipment, equipment and supplies required for storing, handling, distributing and transporting, and administering the COVID-19 vaccines, facility support costs, and onsite infection control measures.</p> <p>All work for this project falls between Jan. 18, and April 18, 2021. Funding for this project is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding for emergency actions undertaken by communities to protect public safety, providing no less than a 75% federal share for eligible costs. President Biden has approved a 100% cost share for projects related to the pandemic response that include work completed between Jan. 20, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021.</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> </td> </tr></tbody></table><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, 03/26/2021 - 19:23</span> Fri, 26 Mar 2021 19:23:04 +0000 anthony.mayne 618059 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $19.4 Million to North Dakota for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210323/fema-provides-additional-194-million-north-dakota-covid-19-response-0 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $19.4 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 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $19.4 million in additional funding for COVID-19 response efforts in North Dakota. To date, FEMA has paid more than $77.1 million in Public Assistance funding for COVID-19 response in North Dakota. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 1, 2020.</p> <ul><li><strong>$18.3 million was provided to the North Dakota Department of Health </strong>to add temporary nursing staff and couriers to administer and distribute COVID-19 tests and materials to testing sites throughout North Dakota.</li> </ul><p> </p> <ul><li><strong>$1.1 million was provided to the McKenzie Healthcare System Inc.</strong> to convert an abandoned medical clinic into a fully functioning  Alternate Care Site, temporarily expanding hospital capacity and providing the needed care to patients living in the City of Watford and surrounding areas.</li> </ul><p>Funding is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding for emergency actions undertaken by communities to protect public safety, providing no less than a 75 percent federal share for eligible costs. President Biden has approved a 100 percent cost share for projects related to the pandemic response that include work completed between October 1 and December 31, 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 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">Wed, 03/24/2021 - 02:15</span> Wed, 24 Mar 2021 02:15:40 +0000 minh.phan 617932 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Announces Cost Share Adjustment for Two U.S. Territories https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210323/fema-announces-cost-share-adjustment-two-us-territories <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Announces Cost Share Adjustment for Two U.S. Territories</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced today that President Joseph R. Biden Jr, made additional disaster assistance available for the territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.</p> <p>The President authorized an increase in the level of federal funding for the Other Needs Assistance – Lost Wages Assistance program that was authorized as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic beginning on Jan. 20, 2020 and continuing.  </p> <p>On March 27, 2020, the territory of Guam received a major disaster declaration to help people and communities recover from COVID-19.</p> <p>On April 1, 2020, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands received a major disaster declaration also triggering the release of federal funds to help communities recover from COVID-19.</p> <p>Federal funding was originally available to each territory at 75% of the total eligible costs. These changes are a result of the “<a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/22/fact-sheet-small-and-less-populous-island-economies-salpie-initiative/">Small and Less Populous Island Economies Initiative</a>” released by the White House Monday.          </p> <p>Under the President's order, the non-federal cost share for Lost Wages Assistance has been waived.</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, 03/23/2021 - 22:43</span> Tue, 23 Mar 2021 22:43:31 +0000 zella.campbell 617913 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides an Additional $19.4 Million to North Dakota for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210323/fema-provides-additional-194-million-north-dakota-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides an Additional $19.4 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><strong>DENVER</strong> – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $19.4 million in additional funding for COVID-19 response efforts in North Dakota. To date, FEMA has paid more than $77.1 million in Public Assistance funding for COVID-19 response in North Dakota. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 1, 2020.</p> <ul><li><strong>$18.3 million was provided to the North Dakota Department of Health </strong>to add temporary nursing staff and couriers to administer and distribute COVID-19 tests and materials to testing sites throughout North Dakota.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>$1.1 million was provided to the McKenzie Healthcare System Inc.</strong> to convert an abandoned medical clinic into a fully functioning  Alternate Care Site, temporarily expanding hospital capacity and providing the needed care to patients living in the City of Watford and surrounding areas.</li> </ul><p>Funding is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding for emergency actions undertaken by communities to protect public safety, providing no less than a 75 percent federal share for eligible costs. President Biden has approved a 100 percent cost share for projects related to the pandemic response that include work completed between October 1 and December 31, 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 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, 03/23/2021 - 22:22</span> Tue, 23 Mar 2021 22:22:09 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 617912 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides and Additional $2.9 Million to Montana for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210322/fema-provides-and-additional-29-million-montana-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides and Additional $2.9 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 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $2.9 million in additional funding for COVID-19 response efforts in Montana. To date, FEMA has paid more than $11.3 million in Public Assistance funding for COVID-19 response in Montana. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued March 31, 2020.</p> <p>The $2.9 million was provided to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services for a COVID public awareness campaign, the purchase and distribution of personal protective equipment and testing supplies, and to hire temporary employees for their COVID-19 hotline.  Funding is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding for emergency actions undertaken by communities to protect public safety, providing no less than a 75 percent federal share for eligible costs. President Biden has approved a 100 percent cost share for projects related to the pandemic response that include work completed between March 21, 2020 and December 5, 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 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">Mon, 03/22/2021 - 17:33</span> Mon, 22 Mar 2021 17:33:27 +0000 minh.phan 617848 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA and Utah Release Unreinforced Masonry Risk Reduction Strategy Guide for Local Communities https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210318/fema-and-utah-release-unreinforced-masonry-risk-reduction-strategy-guide <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA and Utah Release Unreinforced Masonry Risk Reduction Strategy Guide for Local Communities</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a>DENVER – </a><a>Nearly one year after the damaging earthquake centered around Magna, FEMA and the state of Utah are releasing a strategy to address the risks posed to unreinforced masonry structures. The document, <em>Wasatch Front Unreinforced Masonry Risk Reduction Strategy, </em>provides guidance to Utah communities on how to identify their own risk and then take steps to address it.</a></p> <p>The five recommendations made in the strategy include the Unreinforced Masonry School Risk Reduction Program, Retrofit Program Focused on Government-Owned Unreinforced Masonry Structures, Statewide Unreinforced Masonry Risk Reduction Program, Utah State Construction Code Enhancements, and Utah State Construction Code – Local Amendments. The full document will be available online at <a href="http://www.fema.gov">www.fema.gov</a>.</p> <p>Unreinforced masonry was a common building material throughout Utah up until seismic building codes became more prevalent in the 1970s.  These brittle brick buildings do not incorporate the reinforcing steel required by modern building codes. There are an estimated 140,000 such structures across the state. They encompass a wide variety of buildings, from individual homes, to businesses, to schools and houses of worship. Such structures can more easily succumb to the movement and shaking during an earthquake, posing a threat to building occupants as well as individuals outside in close proximity to the structures.</p> <p>The <em>Wasatch Front Unreinforced Masonry Risk Reduction Strategy</em> is a direct result of an earthquake summit in Salt Lake City in June 2019. The overarching goal includes accelerating statewide progress on mitigation of unreinforced masonry structures. The purpose of the summit was to raise awareness about the risk of unreinforced masonry buildings, identify mitigation opportunities and brainstorm funding solutions. More than 100 participants from across the public and private sectors participated in the two-day event. One need identified by participants included a resource guide for local communities to use and implement solutions.</p> <p>FEMA and the state of Utah recognize the importance of mitigation in reducing exposure to future losses from disasters. The interagency National Mitigation Investment Strategy— published in August 2019 — was developed to help the nation be more intentional about setting resilience and mitigation investment priorities to benefit the whole community., The <em>Wasatch Front Unreinforced Masonry Risk Reduction Strategy </em>was selected as a pilot project for this national effort in recognition of Utah’s acknowledgement of a serious seismic risk and dedication to finding a solution.</p> <p>While this product was developed for communities across the Wasatch Front, it also is replicable. Its collaborative approach is intended to support and guide the development of unreinforced masonry risk reduction programs across the United States. The strategy has been written to provide state and local policymakers with a clear list of actions to take as soon as possible, through policy and with budgeting, legislation, and executive actions, as appropriate. Implementation of the suggested actions will help to make our communities more resilient and save lives and property in the process.</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, 03/18/2021 - 18:25</span> Thu, 18 Mar 2021 18:25:35 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 617720 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides An Additional $14.3 Million To Colorado For COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210317/fema-provides-additional-143-million-colorado-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides An Additional $14.3 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 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided $14.3 million in additional funding for COVID-19 response efforts in Colorado. To date, FEMA has provided more than $401 million in Public Assistance funding for COVID-19 response in Colorado. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued March 28, 2020.</p> <p>The $14.3 million was provided to the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management:</p> <ul><li>$7.8 million was provided to the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to utilize contract services to buildout St. Mary Corwin Medical Center as an Alternate Care Site (ACS) to accommodate COVID-19 patients.</li> <li>The Division used $4.6 million to provide materials for emergency medical care including, but not limited to, KN95 masks, thermometers, gloves, surgical gowns, and other medical supplies. In addition, the Division utilized contracts for sanitation services subject matter experts to provide technical assistance to the SEOC, and support staff.</li> <li>$1.9 million was provided to the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to utilize contract services to buildout St. Anthony North Health Campus by converting the 2nd and 3rd floors of the facility to accommodate COVID-19 patients in order for the facility to serve as an ACS in warm status.</li> </ul><p>FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding for emergency actions undertaken by communities to protect public safety, providing no less than a 75 percent federal share for eligible costs. President Biden has approved a 100 percent cost share for projects related to the pandemic response that include work completed between January. 20, 2020 and September. 30, 2021.</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">Wed, 03/17/2021 - 22:40</span> Wed, 17 Mar 2021 22:40:43 +0000 minh.phan 617693 at https://www.fema.gov Magna Earthquake – One Year Later https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210317/magna-earthquake-one-year-later <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Magna Earthquake – One Year Later</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENVER</strong> –  One year after the Magna Earthquake shook Salt Lake and Davis counties, federal agencies have provided more than $3.3 million in loans and grants to help Utahns recover from the Magna Earthquake and aftershocks.  Utah received a major disaster declaration on July 9, 2020 opening the door for federal assistance.</p> <p>A total of 1200 Utah households registered with FEMA for assistance with disaster related needs.  FEMA has approved more than $1 million through its Individuals &amp; Households Program (IHP), the majority of which is going to housing assistance to help homeowners impacted by the quake make repairs or find a temporary place to live.</p> <p>In addition, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved 89 low-interest disaster loans for more than $2.3 million to aid the recovery of Utah businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.</p> <p>There is still time for small businesses to apply with SBA for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. The deadline to apply for an EIDL is April 9, 2021. </p> <p>Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at <a href="https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/">https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/</a>. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email <a href="mailto:disastercustomerservice@sba.gov">disastercustomerservice@sba.gov</a> for more information on SBA disaster assistance.</p> <p>On Dec. 31, 2020 additional disaster assistance was approved for Salt Lake County in the form FEMA’s Public Assistance program.  The 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>Public Assistance reimbursements are made on a cost-sharing basis to counties, municipalities, state, tribes and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and restoration of infrastructure. The federal cost share is no less than 75 percent, with the state and local applicant responsible for remaining costs.</p> <p>FEMA and the Utah Division of Emergency Management are currently working with applicants to identify response and recovery efforts eligible for funding or reimbursement.  That includes conducting inspections and formulating estimates for repairs not yet completed, and reviewing invoices, receipts and other documentation for work that has already been completed. Funding assistance will be provided when project eligibility is approved and documentation verified.</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, 03/17/2021 - 17:14</span> Wed, 17 Mar 2021 17:14:09 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 617680 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Pandemic Assistance to Region 8 States Tops $1.4 Billion https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210312/fema-pandemic-assistance-region-8-states-tops-14-billion <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Pandemic Assistance to Region 8 States Tops $1.4 Billion</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a>DENVER – </a>In the year since a National Emergency Declaration was issued for the Coronavirus Pandemic, FEMA Region 8 has provided more the $1.4 billion in assistance to states and tribal nations; nearly $32 million of that amount has directly supported state or local vaccination clinics. Region 8 encompasses the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming along with the 29 federally recognized tribal nations within those boundaries.</p> <p><a>Along with the national emergency declaration issued March 13, 2020, major disaster declarations were subsequently issued for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all federal territories.  This opened a variety of FEMA funded assistance programs.  FEMA has provided assistance to state, tribal and local governments via its Public Assistance program and through mission assignments of other federal agencies to provide needed resources.  The agency assisted individuals directly through the Lost Wages program, which supplemented unemployment assistance, and also supported mental health efforts by funding state Crisis Counseling programs.</a></p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding for emergency actions undertaken by communities to protect public safety, including vaccination clinics, providing at least a 75-percent funding share for eligible costs. Remaining costs are the responsibility of the state and local applicants for assistance. President Biden approved a 100-percent cost share for projects related to the pandemic response that include work completed between Jan. 20, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021.</p> <p>The agency also may direct other federal agencies to provide assistance in response to specific requests from the states.  Multiple states have received assistance include funding for National Guard actions completed under Title 32 activations supporting in variety of roles.  There also have been funds provided for work by the Army Corps of Engineers for development of alternate care sites, Forest Service Incident Management teams, and for the deployment of medical staff or resources from the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs.</p> <p>FEMA provided support to the states through the crisis counseling program.  States developed program using existing local mental health providers, with FEMA providing funding assistance to deliver the services.</p> <p>Another source of assistance directly to individuals came via the Lost Wages program.  Following an executive order, FEMA was able to provide states with funding to augment unemployment assistance by an additional $300 a week.  The assistance was available for the period of July 26 through September 6.</p> <p><strong><a>Table 1: FEMA COVID Response Assistance to Region 8 States</a></strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-table"><table><thead><tr><td><strong>Location</strong></td> <td><strong>Mission Assignments</strong></td> <td><strong>Public Assistance</strong></td> <td><strong>Lost Wages</strong></td> <td><strong>Crisis Counseling</strong></td> <td><strong>Total</strong></td> </tr></thead><tbody><tr><td><strong>Colorado</strong></td> <td> $116,671,599</td> <td> $387,444,768</td> <td> $431,076,540</td> <td> $9,642,265</td> <td> $958,909,806</td> </tr><tr><td><strong>Montana</strong></td> <td> $25,133,679</td> <td> $8,316,932</td> <td> $48,739,412</td> <td> $1,642,155</td> <td> $84,242,704</td> </tr><tr><td><strong>North Dakota</strong></td> <td> $41,754,224</td> <td> $57,526,978</td> <td> $37,554,426</td> <td> $1,062,965</td> <td> $138,263,640</td> </tr><tr><td><strong>South Dakota</strong></td> <td> $23,270,112</td> <td> $0</td> <td>$0</td> <td> $823,884</td> <td> $24,673,175</td> </tr><tr><td><strong>Utah</strong></td> <td> $48,898,305</td> <td> $57,738,128</td> <td> $91,893,941</td> <td> $3,823,992</td> <td> $203,564,425</td> </tr><tr><td><strong>Wyoming</strong></td> <td> $1,063,000</td> <td> $380,044</td> <td> $16,124,790</td> <td> $0 </td> <td> $17,812,665</td> </tr><tr><td><strong>Total</strong></td> <td> $256,790,919</td> <td> $511,406,850</td> <td> $625,389,109</td> <td> $16,995,260</td> <td> $1,427,466,415</td> </tr></tbody></table></figure><p>(As of March 11, 2021)</p> <p>FEMA continues to support state, tribal and local pandemic response efforts.  The agency has liaisons deployed to support all six states in the ongoing vaccination efforts.  FEMA Region 8 also is closely coordinating with federal agency partners to assist our communities with recovery efforts in the post-pandemic period.<em> </em></p> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>jordana.fyne</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 03/12/2021 - 21:46</span> Fri, 12 Mar 2021 21:46:55 +0000 jordana.fyne 617521 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides An Additional $31.6 Million To Utah for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210312/fema-provides-additional-316-million-utah-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides An Additional $31.6 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 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided $31.6 million in additional funding for COVID-19 response efforts in Utah. To date, FEMA has provided more than $57.7 million in Public Assistance funding for COVID-19 response in Utah. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 4, 2020.</p> <p>The $31.6 million was provided to the Utah Department of Health to assist in the distribution and administration of COVID 19 Vaccinations. Funds were provided to cover labor costs; purchase materials and supplies for vaccination clinics including tents, heaters, freezers, bulk meals, medical supplies and equipment; and contract services for dissemination of public information regarding vaccinations, interpretation, and translation services. Additionally, funds were provided to contract clinical and non-clinical support staff to support established mass vaccination clinics, and forthcoming mobile vaccination clinics implemented to reach the State’s underserved and most vulnerable populations. FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding for emergency actions undertaken by communities to protect public safety, providing no less than a 75 percent federal share for eligible costs. President Biden has approved a 100 percent cost share for projects related to the pandemic response that include work completed between January 20, 2020 and September 30, 2021.</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>minh.phan</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 03/12/2021 - 14:07</span> Fri, 12 Mar 2021 14:07:58 +0000 minh.phan 617508 at https://www.fema.gov Proposed Goshen County Flood Map Reflects Changes to Local Flood Risk, Insurance Rates https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210311/proposed-goshen-county-flood-map-reflects-changes-local-flood-risk-insurance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Proposed Goshen 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 – Goshen County’s flood insurance rate map update is nearing completion. The new maps will provide Goshen 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 part of a nationwide effort led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (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 17, 2021.</p> <p>Goshen County 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>You may submit an appeal package during the 90-day appeal period. The sole basis of the appeal must include the possession of knowledge or information indicating that the flood hazard determinations proposed by FEMA 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>, or contact your local floodplain administrator. 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>.</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, 03/10/2021 - 23:03</span> Wed, 10 Mar 2021 23:03:39 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 617386 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides An Additional $46.8 Million To Denver For COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210310/fema-provides-additional-468-million-denver-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides An Additional $46.8 Million To Denver 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 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided $46.8 million in funding for COVID-19 response efforts in the City and County of Denver. This is in addition to $10.2 million that Denver received earlier through an expedited process. To date, FEMA has provided more than $387 million in Public Assistance funding for COVID-19 response statewide in Colorado. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued March 28, 2020.</p> <p>The $46.8 million was provided to Denver for establishing and operating emergency congregate and non-congregate shelters in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Denver utilized contracted services to provide emergency sheltering to vulnerable members of the community needing isolation and quarantine. Such services include, but are not limited to, the following: facility leasing; staffing and support services; medical services; wraparound services; and, other related services.</p> <p>Funding for this project is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding for emergency actions undertaken by communities to protect public safety, providing no less than a 75 percent federal share for eligible costs. President Biden has approved a 100 percent cost share for projects related to the pandemic response that include work completed between January. 20, 2020 and September. 30, 2021.</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.</p> <p>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">Wed, 03/10/2021 - 14:52</span> Wed, 10 Mar 2021 14:52:47 +0000 minh.phan 617332 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides An Additional $24 Million to North Dakota for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210308/fema-provides-additional-24-million-north-dakota-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides An Additional $24 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 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided $24 million in additional funding for COVID-19 response efforts in North Dakota. To date, FEMA has provided more than $32 million in Public Assistance funding for COVID-19 response in North Dakota. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 1, 2020.</p> <p>The $24 million was provided to the North Dakota Department of Public Health and Environment. They utilized materials and contracts to establish and operate a COVID-19 diagnoses - laboratory to assist in the management, control, and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety. The department also extended their laboratory capacity, increased staffing, purchased laboratory equipment, supplies and software, and leased warehousing facilities.</p> <p>All work for this project fell between October 1 and December 31, 2020. Funding for this project is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding for emergency actions undertaken by communities to protect public safety, providing a 75 to 100-percent funding share for eligible costs.</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">Mon, 03/08/2021 - 19:26</span> Mon, 08 Mar 2021 19:26:14 +0000 minh.phan 617137 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides An Additional $1.2 Million to Utah for COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210201/fema-provides-additional-12-million-utah-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides An Additional $1.2 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 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided $1.2 million in additional funding for COVID-19 response efforts in Utah. To date, FEMA has provided more than $56.6 million in Public Assistance funding for COVID-19 response in Utah. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 4, 2020.</p> <p>The $1.2 million was provided to Salt Lake County for purchasing materials and supplies to support the County’s emergency feeding initiative. Additionally, funds were provided for contracted services with local food banks and other organizations to provide and distribute meals to vulnerable community members including; individuals who test positive for COVID-19, those who have been exposed but do not require hospitalization, and high risk individuals over the age of 65 or with underlying health conditions. Funding for this project is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding for emergency actions undertaken by communities to protect public safety, providing 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>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">Mon, 02/01/2021 - 20:29</span> Mon, 01 Feb 2021 20:29:00 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 612099 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides An Additional $1.2 Million For Montana COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210202/fema-provides-additional-12-million-montana-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides An Additional $1.2 Million For Montana 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 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided $1.2 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in Montana. The assistance was made available under the major disaster declaration issued March 31, 2020.</p> <p>This assistance has been provided to Montana Disaster and Emergency Services and represents a 75 percent federal cost share of the total project cost of $1.6 million. These funds are for costs related to operation of the State Emergency Operations Center and staff, purchasing and distributing of personal protective equipment (PPE), safety equipment and supplies, and providing emergency medical staff for the treatment of suspected COVID-19 patients during the time period of February 19 to September 30, 2020. Funding for these emergency protective measures is in addition to previously awarded federal funding.</p> <p>To date, FEMA has provided more than $8.18 million in Public Assistance funding for COVID-19 response efforts in Montana. </p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding for emergency actions undertaken by communities to protect public safety, providing 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>For the COVID-19 response, FEMA 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 can 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">Mon, 02/01/2021 - 20:28</span> Mon, 01 Feb 2021 20:28:51 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 612096 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Approves Funding For Newell Lake Dam Repair https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210201/fema-approves-funding-newell-lake-dam-repair <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Approves Funding For Newell Lake Dam Repair</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>DENVER, CO</strong> – FEMA has approved more than $1.19 million to reimburse the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks for repairs to the Newell Lake Dam after severe storms and flooding damaged the facility during the summer of 2019.  The storms caused significant erosion to the Newell Lake earthen dam embankment and spillway creating an immediate threat to the health and safety of the general public.</p> <p>The $1.19 million grant from FEMA represents a 75-percent federal cost-share for the project. The State of South Dakota will provide the remaining 25-percent non-federal cost share.</p> <p>Federal 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 and rebuilding of public infrastructure damaged as a result of a presidentially declared disaster.</p> <p>On September 23, 2019, the president declared a major disaster declaration for South Dakota as a result of severe storms and flooding in May and June of that year.  This was one of four federal disaster declarations for South Dakota in 2019. </p> <p>Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at <a href="https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit">www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit</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">Mon, 02/01/2021 - 18:15</span> Mon, 01 Feb 2021 18:15:51 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 612102 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Approves Funding for Four South Dakota Communities https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210129/fema-approves-funding-four-south-dakota-communities <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Approves Funding for Four South Dakota Communities</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>SIOUX FALLS – FEMA and the State of South Dakota have awarded more than $3.7 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds to four South Dakota cities for the purchase of flood prone properties and their removal from the floodplain. These acquisition projects will allow property owners to relocate away from high-risk flood areas and prevent damage from future flooding events.</p> <p>The breakdown in Federal funds includes:</p> <ul><li>$1,147,538 for the purchase of 12 properties in the City of Madison.</li> <li>$928,816 for the purchase of seven properties in the City of Sioux Falls.</li> <li>$806,641 for the purchase of 10 properties in the City of Dell Rapids.</li> <li>$443,607 for the purchase of six properties in the City of Yankton.</li> </ul><p>The $3.3 million from FEMA represents a 75 percent cost-share of the acquisition projects. The State of South Dakota will contribute an additional $443,547 for the projects with the local community responsible for the remaining costs.</p> <p>FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Jon Huss said the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds can be used for the purchase and demolition of structures and the cost of returning the property to green space in perpetuity. The purchased lots become the property of the sponsoring community.</p> <p>Tina Titze, Director of the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management said the funding is the result of one of four presidential disaster declarations approved for South Dakota in 2019 and noted that in addition to home buyouts, additional HMGP grants have been awarded for numerous smaller projects across the state including the construction of storm shelters and safe rooms as well as providing emergency generators to protect critical infrastructure.</p> <p>The HMGP program is funded through a percentage of overall federal disaster response and recovery costs . South Dakota recently had an enhanced statewide hazard mitigation plan approved. This makes the state eligible for the maximum of 20 percent toward the program.</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, 01/29/2021 - 23:55</span> Fri, 29 Jan 2021 23:55:56 +0000 minh.phan 611778 at https://www.fema.gov