https://www.fema.gov/ en Update your application for assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220921/update-your-application-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Update your application for assistance</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>DENVER – Boulder County, Colorado homeowners and renters, who applied for FEMA disaster assistance because of the Marshall Fire or straight-line winds, should ensure their application to FEMA is up to date. This can be done by submitting a copy of the insurance settlement or denial letter, any information received regarding Additional Living Expenses (ALE) as well as any changes of address or information to FEMA.</p> <p>If you have received a settlement or denial letter from your insurance company, it’s important to share this information with FEMA. This information is crucial to updating your FEMA case. While FEMA is prohibited, by law, from duplicating benefits that are covered by insurance, if the ALE you have been receiving from your insurance company will be exhausted prior to July 1, 2023, FEMA may be able to help with additional rental assistance.</p> <p><strong>Homeowners and renters can track and update their information by:</strong></p> <p>Accessing <a href="http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</p> <p>Calling <strong>800-621-3362</strong> (<strong>800-462-7585 TTY</strong>). Multilingual operators are available. The toll-free numbers are open every day from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. MST. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned phone, or others, give FEMA the number for that service.</p> <p>Downloading the FEMA mobile app for smartphones.</p> <p>Individuals who update their information must provide their nine-digit application number which is listed on all correspondence from FEMA.</p> <p>If the SBA application is not approved, individuals may qualify for an Other Needs Assistance (ONA) grant through FEMA. ONA may be used for disaster-related childcare, medical and dental expenses, automobile repair or replacement, and for damaged household items such as clothing or necessary educational materials.</p> <p>To apply for ONA assistance, go to <a href="https://www.disasterassistance.gov/">DisasterAssistance.gov</a>.</p> <p>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">Wed, 09/21/2022 - 13:55</span> Wed, 21 Sep 2022 13:55:30 +0000 anthony.mayne 642666 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides $3.4 Million to City of Yankton for Flood Repairs https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220919/fema-provides-34-million-city-yankton-flood-repairs <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides $3.4 Million to City of Yankton for Flood 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 $3.4 million in funding to the City of Yankton after flooding caused damage along Marne Creek in early 2019.  The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued June 7, 2019, after winter storms and flooding impacted communities across the state. FEMA has now provided more than $58 million in Public Assistance funds to the State of South Dakota for the disaster recovery effort.</p> <p>In March of 2019 the city of Yankton was impacted by major flooding which caused severe erosion to the banks of Marne Creek, damaged adjacent pedestrian paths, and endangered nearby facilities. FEMA awarded the funds to the City of Yankton to cover the cost of restoring the creek and trail to their pre-disaster condition.  Additional funds were awarded for the installation of riparian buffers and protected soil lifts to protect against future flood damage.</p> <p>The approved federal grant represents 75 percent of the total cost of the project.  The remaining 25 percent cost share will be covered by the State of South Dakota and the City of Yankton.</p> <p>FEMA’s Public Assistance grants are made on a cost-sharing basis to states, tribes, counties, municipalities, and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and restoration of infrastructure. Projects eligible for reimbursement under FEMA’s Public Assistance program include 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, 09/19/2022 - 18:31</span> Mon, 19 Sep 2022 18:31:59 +0000 anthony.mayne 642418 at https://www.fema.gov Assistance Still Available for Montanans Despite End of FEMA Eligibility Period https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220830/assistance-still-available-montanans-despite-end-fema-eligibility-period <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Assistance Still Available for Montanans Despite End of FEMA Eligibility Period</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Helena, Mont.</strong> –Montanans recovering from June’s severe flooding event will continue to have access to resources even though FEMA’s application eligibility period has ended.</p> <p><strong>Support Will Continue for Affected Montanans </strong></p> <p>The State of Montana continues to provide valuable resources to survivors at <a href="https://floodrecovery.mt.gov/">floodrecovery.mt.gov</a>. This page is devoted to state resources currently available to survivors and will be where future endeavors are announced.  Montanans can use that website to access information about disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers, access unemployment resources, and see updates on additional efforts to help disaster survivors. </p> <p>Montana Disaster &amp; Emergency Services also provides flood recovery resources and information about creating a disaster resilient Montana on their website at <a href="https://des.mt.gov/">des.mt.gov.</a></p> <p><strong>FEMA Assistance to Montana Survivors</strong></p> <p>In response to Montana’s request, President Biden approved a major disaster declaration June 16, 2022. Since the declaration, more than <strong>$19 Million</strong> in federal assistance has been approved for Montana homeowners, business owners and renters.</p> <p>FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP) disbursed over<strong> $2.6 Million</strong> in aid to individuals eligible for assistance. Within this program, over<strong> $2.4 Million</strong> was used under Housing Assistance and <strong>$211,734</strong><strong> </strong>was used for Other Needs Assistance.</p> <p>The U.S. Small Business Administration, the federal government’s primary source of money for long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property, approved <strong>$9.8 Million</strong> in loans to Montana homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations.</p> <p>The National Flood Insurance Program provided <strong>$4.2 Million</strong> to claimants affected by the flooding. This again proves that Flood Insurance is the best tool for protecting one financially from the devastating effects of flooding.</p> <p>FEMA's Individual Assistance program issued <strong>579</strong> home inspections and received <strong>853</strong> valid registrations.</p> <p>A total of <strong>874</strong> survivors were assisted at the 8 local Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) operating in Carbon, Park, Stillwater and Yellowstone counties. Each of these centers are now closed, but residents are reminded to keep in touch with FEMA by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.</p> <p><strong>Stay in Touch With FEMA </strong></p> <p>If you have already applied for assistance, you should notify the agency of any additional damage discovered since your home inspection. Be sure to update any changes in your mailing or email address, phone number, and the current status of your insurance settlements.  </p> <p><strong>Appealing a FEMA Decision </strong></p> <p>Homeowners and renters who applied for FEMA disaster assistance have the right to appeal FEMA’s eligibility decisions. Survivors who don’t agree with FEMA’s eligibility decision may file an appeal in writing within 60 days of receiving their letter, even after the application deadline has passed.  </p> <p><strong>Small Business Administration </strong></p> <p>Long-term, low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses, and nonprofits from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other sources. </p> <p>The deadline was Aug. 29 to apply to SBA for physical property damage, but the deadline to apply for economic injury is <strong>March 30, 2023</strong>.  </p> <p>Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at <a href="https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/">disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela</a>. For more information or assistance with SBA disaster assistance please contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email <a href="mailto:disastercustomerservice@sba.gov">disastercustomerservice@sba.gov</a>. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services. </p> <p><strong>Mitigation Assistance </strong></p> <p>Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at <a href="mailto:FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov</a>. </p> <p>For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4655">www.fema.gov/disaster/4655</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8"><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>anthony.mayne</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/30/2022 - 22:35</span> Tue, 30 Aug 2022 22:35:30 +0000 anthony.mayne 640434 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA, Utah DEM Recognize Resilient Infrastructure Projects https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220829/fema-utah-dem-recognize-resilient-infrastructure-projects <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA, Utah DEM Recognize Resilient Infrastructure Projects</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Provo, Utah – Monday morning, FEMA and the State of Utah recognized three projects in the state that have been selected for federal funding under the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) competitive grant program. For the fiscal 2021 year, $1 billion was made available, with the three Utah projects receiving more than $100 million, or 10 percent of total funding nationwide.</p> <p>“Public infrastructure can often be taken for granted, but it must operate as intended for our society to function properly,” said FEMA Region 8 Administrator Nancy Dragani. “Projects like these ensure daily life can continue in our communities even in the face of natural hazards.” "This is a great example of a local, state and federal partnership.  It is unprecedented for Utah to receive this level of funding for pre-disaster mitigation efforts," said Kris Hamlet, Director of Utah Division of Emergency Management. "It's important to remember that this BRIC funding, along with the local contribution, is an investment in the future of these communities, in the resilience of these communities when facing disaster. The completion of these projects will pay dividends in the quality of life for many years to come."</p> <p>The selected projects include:</p> <ul><li> $50 million to the City of Provo for a water supply project to address the threat of drought.  The project will use excess water from the Provo River to recharge the Provo Aquifer. The award represents a 61 percent federal cost share, with $50 million being the maximum amount available under the program.</li> <li> $36.7 million to Salt Lake City for enhancements to a water treatment plant.  The project includes several flood mitigation measures to facility components and a seismic retrofit for one building.  The award represents a 70 percent federal cost share,</li> <li> $21.6 million to the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District for a parallel water pipeline for the Davis Aqueduct.  The parallel line will use earthquake resistant steel pipe and be routed though less seismically sensitive areas, allowing continued service should the existing pipeline be damaged or blocked after a quake. The award represents a 40 percent federal cost share.</li> </ul><p>“Provo City has been recognized nationally for our forward-looking waterwise efforts,” said Mayor Michelle Kaufusi. “In the short-term by encouraging citizen water conservation, and in the long-run by focusing on ground water storage, re-use and other sustainable methods.  FEMA’s support in constructing our water treatment facility is vital to our community’s drought resistance.”</p> <p>In addition to the competitive grant funding, each state receives $1 million in allocated funds, which Utah used to fund 10 additional projects, consisting of scoping studies for larger projects and updates to local mitigation plans.</p> <p>Additional information about the BRIC program can be found at <a href="http://www.fema.gov/bric">www.fema.gov/bric</a>.</p> <p> </p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>Brian.Hvinden</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/29/2022 - 23:02</span> Mon, 29 Aug 2022 23:02:39 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 640401 at https://www.fema.gov Last Chance to visit Disaster Recovery Centers in Carbon and Yellowstone Counties https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220826/last-chance-visit-disaster-recovery-centers-carbon-and-yellowstone-counties <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Last Chance to visit Disaster Recovery Centers in Carbon and Yellowstone Counties</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Helena, Mont.</strong> – Montana survivors in Carbon, Park, Stillwater, and Yellowstone counties have until Monday, August 29 to apply for FEMA assistance and receive in-person help at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC).</p> <p>Those who still need face-to-face help from FEMA or the Small Business Administration can visit either DRC until 6 p.m. on <strong>Aug. 29, 2022.</strong>  </p> <p><strong><u>Yellowstone County</u></strong></p> <p>United Way of Yellowstone County</p> <p>2173 Overland Ave., Billings, MT 59102</p> <p>Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Monday (Closed on Sunday)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><u>Carbon County (Mobile Disaster Recovery Center)</u></strong></p> <p>Church of the Rockies</p> <p>7193 US Hwy 212, Red Lodge, MT 59068</p> <p>Hours of operation:</p> <p>9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday Aug. 26  </p> <p>9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27  </p> <p>(CLOSED on Sunday, Aug. 28)  </p> <p>9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Aug. 29  </p> <p>It is not necessary to visit a DRC to apply for assistance. Applications for FEMA assistance can also be completed online at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">disasterassistance.gov</a>, by calling 800-621-3362 or by using the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages">FEMA mobile app</a>. Applicants using a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, can give FEMA the number for that service.</p> <p>FEMA financial assistance may include money for temporary housing, basic home repairs or other disaster-related needs such as childcare, transportation and medical, funeral or dental expenses. All DRCs are jointly operated by FEMA and the Montana Disaster &amp; Emergency Services.</p> <p>For an accessible video on how to apply for FEMA assistance, go to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw">youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw</a>.</p> <p><strong>Support Will Continue for Affected Montanans</strong></p> <p>The end of the individual assistance application period and the closure of DRCs does not mean the end of assistance to Montanans. The State of Montana and Montana Disaster &amp; Emergency Services will continue to provide valuable resources to survivors at <a href="https://floodrecovery.mt.gov/">floodrecovery.mt.gov</a>. This page is devoted to state resources currently available to survivors and will be where future endeavors are announced.</p> <p>Montanans can use that website to access information about disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers, access unemployment resources, and see updates on additional efforts to help disaster survivors.</p> <p><strong>Stay in Touch With FEMA</strong></p> <p>If you have already applied for assistance, you should notify the agency of any additional damage discovered since your home inspection. Be sure to update any changes in your mailing or email address, phone number, and the current status of your insurance settlements.</p> <p><strong>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Appealing a FEMA Decision</strong></p> <p>Homeowners and renters who applied for FEMA disaster assistance have the right to appeal FEMA’s eligibility decisions. Survivors who don’t agree with FEMA’s eligibility decision may file an appeal in writing within 60 days of receiving their letter, even if the application deadline has passed.</p> <p><strong>Small Business Administration</strong></p> <p>Long-term, low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses, and nonprofits from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other sources.</p> <p>Homeowners and renters should submit an SBA disaster loan application even if they are not sure they will need or want a loan. If SBA cannot approve your application, in most cases you will be referred to FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program for possible additional assistance.</p> <p><strong>Aug. 29, 2022</strong> is the deadline to apply to the SBA for physical property damage. The deadline to apply for economic injury is <strong>March 30, 2023</strong>.</p> <p>SBA is operating Business Recovery Centers (BRC) where applicants can meet with SBA representatives and get help applying for any of SBA’s low-interest disaster loans. BRCs are open in the following locations:</p> <ul><li>Park County: Gardiner Community Center, 208 W. Main St. Gardiner, MT 59030. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – <strong>Friday. Closes 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29.</strong></li> <li>Park County: Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 303 East Park St. Livingston, MT 59047. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday. <strong>Closes 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29</strong></li> <li>Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at <a href="https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/">disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela</a>. For more information or assistance with SBA disaster assistance please contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email <a href="mailto:disastercustomerservice@sba.gov">disastercustomerservice@sba.gov</a>. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services. </li> </ul><p><strong>Mitigation Assistance</strong></p> <p>Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at <a href="mailto:FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov</a>.</p> <p>For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4655">www.fema.gov/disaster/4655</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8"><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>anthony.mayne</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/26/2022 - 17:05</span> Fri, 26 Aug 2022 17:05:47 +0000 anthony.mayne 640292 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Region 8 Recognizes Colorado Students selected to National Youth Preparedness Council https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220825/fema-region-8-recognizes-colorado-students-selected-national-youth <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Region 8 Recognizes Colorado Students selected to National Youth Preparedness Council</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>DENVER – FEMA’s <a href="https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/individuals-communities/youth-preparedness-council">Youth Preparedness Council</a> has announced its membership for the 2022-2023 school year. The council includes youth from across the country who are interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities. Students complete disaster preparedness projects nationally and locally. FEMA Region 8, which includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, currently has two representatives. They are <a href="https://www.fema.gov/profile/lauren-coval">Lauren Coval</a> and <a href="https://www.fema.gov/profile/isaac-doll">Isaac Doll</a>, both from Colorado.</p> <p>A highlight for members is the FEMA Youth Preparedness Council Summit, which takes place in July, kicking off the year. The 2022 virtual summit included visits from the Second Gentlemen Doug Emhoff, former FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino, and current FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. The council members also participated in panel discussions related to equity and climate change.</p> <p>“FEMA Region 8 congratulates Lauren and Isaac for selection to the National Youth Preparedness Council,” said Regional Administrator Nancy Dragani. “Young people like them are the future of emergency management. They have a unique opportunity to help make our nation more prepared, and they are starting at the grassroots level.”</p> <p>Lauren was inspired to join the council after seeing the devastation in several wildfires in Colorado, such as the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012 and the Black Forest Fire in 2013. “After that, I really wanted to help my community. Seeing all the suffering and loss, I just wanted to help people.”</p> <p>Lauren started her school’s first Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and even hosted a Wildfire Preparedness Day in her community with local law enforcement and firefighters. She aspires to encourage more formal emergency preparedness disaster curricula in schools. “I saw so many people moving to Colorado that it inspired me to educate others on our crazy weather and environment,” she said. “One of my biggest passions is education.”</p> <p>Isaac, who is in his second year with the council, was encouraged to apply for the council because of his passion for psychology. As a now experienced member, he hopes to explore how to prepare people for the psychological effects of disasters. Isaac is also an AmeriCorps member, a U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps member, and a psychology student at Montana State University. During his first year with the council, Isaac and his team created a website featuring preparedness information for young people -- <a href="http://www.youthprep4all.org">www.youthprep4all.org</a>.</p> <p>“We really wanted to focus on underserved communities and people with disabilities,” Isaac said. “Coming from different backgrounds on the council, we worked together on that.” </p> <p>Lauren and Isaac will join fellow members from across the country to complete new projects related to preparedness. They also serve as ambassadors for other young people to get involved with preparedness in their own communities.</p> <p>“Young people have a lot of great ideas,” said Isaac. “They could start a Teen CERT, or just sit down with their neighbors. You just need to start talking.”</p> <p>“I’m excited for what my team is going to be doing this year for our project,” said Lauren. “I’m in the community engagement group and our focus is equity and inclusion.”</p> <p>If you or a young person you know are interested in following in Lauren and Isaac’s footsteps, learn more at <a href="https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/individuals-communities/youth-preparedness-council">https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/individuals-communities/youth-preparedness-council</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, 08/24/2022 - 23:36</span> Wed, 24 Aug 2022 23:36:39 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 639894 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Approves Another $10.1 Million for Utah COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220824/fema-approves-another-101-million-utah-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Approves Another $10.1 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 an additional $10.1 million to the Utah Department of Health for the COVID-19 response in Utah. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 4, 2020. FEMA has now provided more than $314 million for the Utah COVID-19 response.</p> <p>The funding was provided for three projects:</p> <ul><li>$4 million for providing COVID-19 vaccinations to Utah residents at 197 locations throughout the state. The grant covered the cost of operating vaccine sites, storing and administering vaccines, appointment scheduling, and communicating information about vaccine site locations. More than 31,000 COVID-19 vaccinations were administered between June 2, 2021, and December 31, 2021.</li> <li>$2.9 million for an additional 18,000 COVID-19 vaccinations at 112 locations between December 1, 2021, and February 21, 2022.</li> <li>$3.2 million to provide COVID-19 diagnostic testing supplies to the public, including more than 600,000 COVID-19 rapid antibody tests between January 1, 2022, and May 3, 2022.</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 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>To fully support this essential work, the President authorized provision of FEMA Public Assistance at 100 percent federal funding through July 1, 2022.   Beginning July 2, 2022, the federal cost share for COVID-19 projects is 90 percent of the eligible cost.</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, 08/24/2022 - 19:19</span> Wed, 24 Aug 2022 19:19:42 +0000 minh.phan 639891 at https://www.fema.gov One Week Left to Apply for FEMA Individual Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220823/one-week-left-apply-fema-individual-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">One Week Left to Apply for FEMA Individual Assistance</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Helena, Mont.</strong> – Montana residents in Carbon, Park, Stillwater, and Yellowstone counties with uninsured losses resulting from June’s severe storms and flooding have until <strong>Aug. 29, 2022</strong> to apply for FEMA disaster assistance by going online at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">disasterassistance.gov</a>, calling 800-621-3362 or using the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages">FEMA mobile app</a>. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.</p> <p>Disaster Recovery Centers in the following locations can help with applications and provide face-to-face information and guidance about disaster assistance:</p> <ul><li>Yellowstone County: United Way of Yellowstone County, 2173 Overland Ave., Billings, MT 59102. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday (closed on Sunday) (note our updated hours). <strong>THIS LOCATION WILL CLOSE MONDAY, AUG. 29 AT 6 p.m.</strong> </li> <li>Carbon County: Church of the Rockies, 7193 US Hwy 212, Red Lodge, MT 59068.</li> </ul><p>9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday – Friday, Aug. 23- Aug. 26 </p> <p>9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 </p> <p>(CLOSED on Sunday, Aug. 28) </p> <p>9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Aug. 29 </p> <p><strong>THIS LOCATION WILL CLOSE MONDAY, AUG. 29 AT 6 p.m.</strong> </p> <p><strong>The end of the individual assistance application period and the closure of DRCs does not mean the end of assistance to Montanans. </strong></p> <ul><li>The State of Montana and Montana Disaster &amp; Emergency Services will also continue to provide valuable resources to survivors at <a href="https://floodrecovery.mt.gov/">floodrecovery.mt.gov</a>. This page is devoted to state resources currently available to survivors and will be where future endeavors are announced.</li> <li>Those who have applied for assistance through FEMA, should update FEMA with any changes to the situation by visiting disasterassistance.gov, calling 800-621-3362 or by using the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages">FEMA mobile app</a>.</li> </ul><p>As of Aug. 22:</p> <ul><li>FEMA has approved over <strong>$2.4 million</strong> in assistance to individuals and households.</li> <li>The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than <strong>$8.9 million</strong> in disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses.</li> <li>The National Flood Insurance Program has received <strong>105 claims</strong> and paid <strong>$4.2 million</strong>.</li> </ul><p>Long-term, low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses, and nonprofits from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other sources.</p> <p>Homeowners and renters should submit an SBA disaster loan application even if they are not sure they will need or want a loan. If SBA cannot approve your application, in most cases you will be referred to FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program for possible additional assistance.</p> <p><strong>Aug. 29, 2022</strong> is the deadline to apply to the SBA for physical property damage. The deadline to apply for economic injury is <strong>March 30, 2023</strong>.</p> <p>SBA is operating Business Recovery Centers (BRC) where applicants can meet with SBA representatives and get help applying for any of SBA’s low-interest disaster loans. BRCs are open in the following locations:</p> <ul><li>Park County: Gardiner Community Center, 208 W. Main St. Gardiner, MT 59030. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.</li> <li>Park County: Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 303 East Park St. Livingston, MT 59047. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.</li> <li>Park County: Super 8 Motel by Wyndham, Conference Center, 303 East Main St., Cooke City, MT 59020. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday. (This location will close August 23 at 6 p.m.)</li> </ul><p>Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at <a href="https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/">disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela</a>. For more information or assistance with SBA disaster assistance please contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email <a href="mailto:disastercustomerservice@sba.gov">disastercustomerservice@sba.gov</a>. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services. </p> <p>For an accessible video on how to apply for FEMA assistance, go to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw">youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw</a>.</p> <p>If you have additional questions, contact the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 to speak with a representative or visit a disaster recovery center. To find a location near you, visit <a href="https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator">FEMA.gov/DRC</a>.</p> <p>Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at <a href="mailto:FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov</a>.</p> <p>For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4655">www.fema.gov/disaster/4655</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8"><em>https://twitter.com/femaregion8</em></a><u>.</u><em> </em></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, 08/23/2022 - 20:44</span> Tue, 23 Aug 2022 20:44:02 +0000 anthony.mayne 639856 at https://www.fema.gov Mobile Disaster Recovery Center in Fromberg Moving to Red Lodge https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220819/mobile-disaster-recovery-center-fromberg-moving-red-lodge <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Mobile Disaster Recovery Center in Fromberg Moving to Red Lodge</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Helena, Mont.</strong> – The Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) at Fromberg Methodist Church will be relocating to Red Lodge over the weekend<strong>.</strong></p> <p>The current MDRC in Fromberg, located at 14 Montana Ave., will close on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 5 p.m. It will move operations to Church of the Rockies, 7193 US Hwy 212 in Red Lodge, MT 59068 and open Monday, Aug. 22 with the following hours of operation:</p> <p>12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 22</p> <p>9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday – Friday Aug. 23-Aug. 26</p> <p>9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27</p> <p>(CLOSED on Sunday, Aug. 28)</p> <p>9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Aug. 29</p> <p><strong>THIS LOCATION WILL CLOSE MONDAY, AUG. 29 AT 6 p.m.</strong></p> <p>Homeowners and renters in Carbon, Park, Stillwater, and Yellowstone counties can apply for FEMA assistance online at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">disasterassistance.gov</a>, by calling 800-621-3362 or by using the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages">FEMA mobile app</a>. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.</p> <p>Several other Disaster Recovery Centers are operating in designated areas to help with applications and recovery information. To find the nearest center, go online to <a href="https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator">FEMA.gov/DRC</a> or call 800-621-3362.</p> <p>FEMA financial assistance may include money for temporary housing, basic home repairs or other disaster-related needs such as childcare, transportation and medical, funeral or dental expenses.</p> <p><strong>Disaster survivors have until Aug. 29, 2022 to apply for FEMA assistance.</strong></p> <p>For an accessible video on how to apply for FEMA assistance, go to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw">youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw</a>.</p> <p>If you have additional questions, contact the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 to speak with a representative or visit a disaster recovery center. To find a location near you, visit <a href="https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator">FEMA.gov/DRC</a>.</p> <p>Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at <a href="mailto:FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov</a>.</p> <p>For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4655">www.fema.gov/disaster/4655</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8"><em>https://twitter.com/femaregion8</em></a><u>.</u><em> </em></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, 08/19/2022 - 18:18</span> Fri, 19 Aug 2022 18:18:21 +0000 anthony.mayne 639731 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards Won’t Affect Other Benefits https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220817/fema-awards-wont-affect-other-benefits <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards Won’t Affect Other Benefits</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Helena, Mont.</strong> – Social Security and other government benefits are not affected by any FEMA disaster assistance an applicant may receive. FEMA disaster assistance is not taxable income. Accepting a FEMA grant will not affect your Social Security benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or other federal welfare, social safety nets, or entitlement programs.</p> <p>Federal disaster grants help you pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by your insurance or other sources.</p> <p>The deadline to apply for disaster assistance is <strong>August 29, 2022. </strong>We strongly encourage survivors to apply as soon as possible.</p> <p>If you have not yet applied for FEMA help, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, call 800-621-3362, or use the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.</p> <p>Applicants should mention any access or functional needs they may have when applying. FEMA can provide interpreters, real-time captioning, and information in alternate formats such as Braille, large-print, audio, and electronic versions. The agency also provides free services to help survivors communicate with its staff and understand FEMA programs, including:</p> <ul><li>Information available in accessible electronic formats on FEMA’s website and social media.</li> <li>Qualified American Sign Language interpreters.</li> <li>Qualified multilingual interpreters.</li> <li>Information written in multiple languages.</li> </ul><p>For an accessible video on how to apply for FEMA assistance, go to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw">youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw</a>.</p> <p>If you have additional questions, contact the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 to speak with a representative or visit a disaster recovery center. To find a location near you, visit <a href="https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator">FEMA.gov/DRC</a>.</p> <p>Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at <a href="mailto:FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov</a>.</p> <p>For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4655">www.fema.gov/disaster/4655</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8"><em>https://twitter.com/femaregion8</em></a><u>.</u><em> </em></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">Wed, 08/17/2022 - 16:59</span> Wed, 17 Aug 2022 16:59:48 +0000 anthony.mayne 639352 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Provides $1.2 Million to McCone Electric Cooperative Following 2021 Storms https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220816/fema-provides-12-million-mccone-electric-cooperative-following-2021-storms <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Provides $1.2 Million to McCone Electric Cooperative Following 2021 Storms</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 $1.2 million in Public Assistance funding to help Montanans recover from severe storms that impacted five northeast Montana counties in June of 2021. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued August 13, 2021. FEMA has now provided more than $3.66 million in total Public Assistance funds for the disaster recovery effort in northeast Montana.</p> <p>FEMA Public Assistance funds were awarded to the McCone Electric Cooperative for the cost of restoring electric service after straight-line winds caused extensive damage to the utility’s distribution and transmission systems in Dawson, Richland, McCone, and Garfield counties. To restore the power distribution system, the cooperative replaced power poles and transformers along with the necessary hardware and crossarms.</p> <p>Additionally, the McCone Electric Cooperative proposed hazard mitigation to strengthen the power lines by adding a combination of “storm” guy system, and steel channel ground line reinforcement to allow the overhead power system to better withstand the transverse load from winds.</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> <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, 08/16/2022 - 21:43</span> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 21:43:19 +0000 jamie.casterton 639319 at https://www.fema.gov Two Weeks Left to Apply for FEMA Individual Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220815/two-weeks-left-apply-fema-individual-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Two Weeks Left to Apply for FEMA Individual Assistance</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Helena, Mont.</strong> – Montana residents with uninsured losses resulting from June’s severe storms and flooding have until <strong>August 29, 2022</strong> to apply for FEMA disaster assistance.</p> <p>Homeowners and renters in Carbon, Park, Stillwater, and Yellowstone County can apply for FEMA assistance online at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">disasterassistance.gov</a>, by calling 800-621-3362 or by using the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages">FEMA mobile app</a>. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.</p> <p>As of August 15:</p> <ul><li>FEMA has approved over <strong>$2.3 million</strong> in assistance to individuals and households.</li> <li>The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than <strong>$7.7 million</strong> in disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses.</li> <li>The National Flood Insurance Program has received <strong>103 claims</strong> and paid <strong>$3.2 million</strong>.</li> </ul><p>Disaster Recovery Centers in the following locations can help with applications and provide face-to-face information and guidance about disaster assistance:</p> <ul><li>Yellowstone County, United Way of Yellowstone County, 2173 Overland Ave., Billings, MT 59102. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday (closed on Sundays).</li> <li>Carbon County, Fromberg Methodist Church, 14 Montana Ave., Fromberg, MT 59029. <ul><li>Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.</li> <li>It will be open on Thursday, August 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will permanently close at 5 p.m. Saturday, August 20, 2022.</li> </ul></li> </ul><p>Long-term, low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses, and nonprofits from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other sources.</p> <p>Homeowners and renters should submit an SBA disaster loan application even if they are not sure they will need or want a loan. If SBA cannot approve your application, in most cases you will be referred to FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program for possible additional assistance.</p> <p>August 29, 2022 is the deadline to apply to the SBA for physical property damage. The deadline to apply for economic injury is March 30, 2023.</p> <p>SBA is operating Business Recovery Centers (BRC) where applicants can meet with SBA representatives and get help applying for any of SBA’s low-interest disaster loans. BRCs are open in the following locations:</p> <ul><li>Park County, Gardiner Community Center, 208 W. Main St. Gardiner, MT 59030. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.</li> <li>Park County, Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 303 East Park St. Livingston, MT 59047. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.</li> <li>Park County, Super 8 Motel by Wyndham, Conference Center, 303 East Main St., Cooke City, MT 59020. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.</li> </ul><p>Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at <a href="https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/">disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela</a>. For more information or assistance with SBA disaster assistance please contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email <a href="mailto:disastercustomerservice@sba.gov">disastercustomerservice@sba.gov</a>. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services. </p> <p>For an accessible video on how to apply for FEMA assistance, go to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw">youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw</a>.</p> <p>If you have additional questions, contact the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 to speak with a representative or visit a disaster recovery center. To find a location near you, visit <a href="https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator">FEMA.gov/DRC</a>.</p> <p>Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at <a href="mailto:FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov</a>.</p> <p>For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4655">www.fema.gov/disaster/4655</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8"><em>https://twitter.com/femaregion8</em></a><u>.</u><em> </em></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, 08/15/2022 - 19:11</span> Mon, 15 Aug 2022 19:11:13 +0000 anthony.mayne 639277 at https://www.fema.gov Flood Insurance is an Important Asset https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220811/flood-insurance-important-asset <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Flood Insurance is an Important Asset</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Helena, Mont. –</strong> Your house has never flooded. You have a homeowner's insurance policy. You're thinking, "I'm covered." </p> <p>Maybe not. </p> <p>Many Montana residents may believe they don't need to buy flood insurance because they don't live in a high-risk flood zone, but flooding can happen anywhere, often to the surprise of residents who thought they were covered for disasters. Unfortunately, when flooding happens, the damage is not covered by most homeowners' insurance policies. One inch of floodwater can cause up to $25,000 of damage in a home. </p> <p>Flooding in Montana is not uncommon. Yet less than 11% of structures in Carbon, Park, Stillwater or Yellowstone counties are covered by flood-insurance policies issued by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Following June’s recent flooding, 103 policyholders filed flood claims with a total payout of over $3 million as of Aug. 9.</p> <p>Many residents in Carbon, Park, Stillwater, and Yellowstone counties live in designated high-risk flood zones. However, it doesn’t matter whether the flood insurance policyholders of the NFIP in these counties live in designated high-risk, low-risk or moderate-risk flood zones. Floods can occur in any zone, including those where there is not a requirement to purchase flood protection.</p> <p>Property owners can protect themselves from financial losses by having a flood insurance policy through the NFIP.  Flood insurance coverage is available regardless of federal disaster declarations. There is a 30-day waiting period before new policies go into effect, so don't wait to obtain a policy.</p> <p>In Montana, 136 communities participate in the NFIP. Residents can purchase a flood insurance policy if their community, including city, county or tribe, participates in the NFIP, no matter their flood risk. </p> <p><strong>The following communities currently participate in the NFIP:</strong></p> <p>Carbon County (unincorporated areas), Bear Creek, Bridger, Fromberg, Joliet, Red Lodge</p> <p>Park County (unincorporated areas), Livingston, Clyde Park</p> <p>Stillwater County (unincorporated areas), Columbus</p> <p>Yellowstone County (unincorporated areas), Billings, Laurel</p> <p>Coverage is available for residential and commercial buildings and the contents therein: </p> <ul><li>Up to $100,000 is available to renters for contents.</li> <li>Up to $250,000 in building coverage and up to $100,000 in contents coverage for single-to-four family residential structures. </li> <li>Up to $500,000 in building coverage and up to $100,000 in contents coverage for five-or-more family residential structures. </li> <li>Up to $500,000 in building coverage and up to $500,000 in contents coverage for businesses. </li> </ul><p><strong>How to buy:</strong> </p> <ul><li>Contact your insurance company or agent. In addition to the NFIP, flood insurance is also available from some private insurance providers. Please visit <a href="https://www.floodsmart.gov/">floodsmart.gov</a> for valuable resources and information pertaining to floods and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). </li> <li>For an agent referral, call 800-427-4661 or visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance">fema.gov/flood-insurance</a>. </li> </ul><p>Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at <a href="mailto:FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov</a>.</p> <p>For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4655">www.fema.gov/disaster/4655</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8"><em>https://twitter.com/femaregion8</em></a><u>.</u><em> </em></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, 08/11/2022 - 19:55</span> Thu, 11 Aug 2022 19:55:34 +0000 anthony.mayne 639148 at https://www.fema.gov Mobile Disaster Recovery Center to Extend in Fromberg https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220811/mobile-disaster-recovery-center-extend-fromberg <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Mobile Disaster Recovery Center to Extend in Fromberg</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Helena, Mont.</strong> – Thanks to a collaborative effort between The State of Montana and The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) the Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) at Fromberg Methodist Church in Carbon County will be extending its operating days until <strong>August 20, 2022</strong>.</p> <p>The MDRC is located at 14 Montana Ave. Fromberg, MT 59029. Hours of operation through Saturday, August 13 are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will change beginning Monday, August 15. New hours will be Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, August 20, will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, August 18 the DRC will close early and will only be operational between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p>The DRC currently located at Roosevelt High School in Red lodge will close <strong>August 12<sup>th</sup></strong>. Please continue to check the DRC webpage for updates on DRC hours of operation and any location changes.</p> <p>Survivors of June’s flooding and severe storms can still apply for FEMA assistance by phone online or mobile app. Survivors can also still apply in person at the Disaster Recovery Centers in Yellowstone County.</p> <p><strong>Disaster survivors have until August 29, 2022 to apply for FEMA assistance.</strong></p> <p>Several other Disaster Recovery Centers are operating in designated areas to help with applications and recovery information. To find the nearest center, go online to <a href="https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator">FEMA.gov/DRC</a> or call 800-621-3362.</p> <p>Homeowners and renters in Carbon, Park, Stillwater, and Yellowstone counties can apply for FEMA assistance online at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">disasterassistance.gov</a>, by calling 800-621-3362 or by using the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages">FEMA mobile app</a>. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.</p> <p>FEMA financial assistance may include money for temporary housing, basic home repairs or other disaster-related needs such as childcare, transportation and medical, funeral or dental expenses.</p> <p>For an accessible video on how to apply for FEMA assistance, go to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw">youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw</a>.</p> <p>If you have additional questions, contact the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 to speak with a representative or visit a disaster recovery center. To find a location near you, visit <a href="https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator">FEMA.gov/DRC</a>.</p> <p>Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at <a href="mailto:FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov</a>.</p> <p>For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4655">www.fema.gov/disaster/4655</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8"><em>https://twitter.com/femaregion8</em></a><u>.</u><em> </em></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, 08/11/2022 - 14:09</span> Thu, 11 Aug 2022 14:09:20 +0000 anthony.mayne 639135 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Approves Another $2.9 Million for Utah COVID-19 Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220810/fema-approves-another-29-million-utah-covid-19-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Approves Another $2.9 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 an additional $2.9 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 now provided more than $300 million for the Utah COVID-19 response with this additional funding.</p> <ul><li>FEMA awarded $1.5 million in grant funds to the Utah Department of Health to reimburse them for the cost of contracted long-term medical care for COVID-19 positive patients. The state reserved skilled nursing beds at designated COVID-19 nursing facilities for long-term care patients who were discharged from acute care, or for patients who did not require hospitalization, but needed to be transferred from other nursing or assisted living facilities to accommodations specifically geared towards COVID-19 care until they were deemed safe to return to their original living situation. Ninety-three beds were reserved at three separate facilities within the state of Utah, to prevent or mitigate the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. This award covers contracted nursing facilities from January 17, 2022, to March 31, 2022.</li> <li>FEMA also awarded $1.3 million to Salt Lake County as reimbursement for the cost of setting up and operating a COVID-19 emergency coordination center.  Salt Lake County used their own staff and contracted labor to operate the emergency coordination center and provide technical expertise for the county’s COVID-19 response. This included the cost to staff quarantine and isolation centers, and to serve as a liaison to volunteer organizations and community partners regarding COVID-19 issues. It also includes rental of a warehouse facility for receiving and handling of COVID-19 supplies, cleaning supplies, and materials needed to set up testing and vaccination sites.  This award covers Salt Lake County’s COVID-19 coordination center costs from January 30, 2020, through December 31, 2021.</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 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>To fully support this essential work, the President authorized provision of FEMA Public Assistance at 100 percent federal funding through July 1, 2022.   Beginning July 2, 2022, the federal cost share for COVID-19 projects is 90 percent of the eligible cost.</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, 08/10/2022 - 16:50</span> Wed, 10 Aug 2022 16:50:19 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 639102 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards Additional Funds for Spring Creek Wildfire Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220810/fema-awards-additional-funds-spring-creek-wildfire-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards Additional Funds for Spring Creek 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 another $1.9 million to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control for the cost of fighting the Spring Creek Wildfire that impacted portions of Colorado in late June and July of 2018. The funds are provided by FEMA’s Public Assistance program under a Fire Management Assistance declaration for Colorado issued on June 28, 2018.</p> <p>The Spring Creek wildfire began in Costilla and Huerfano counties on June 27, 2018. The fire burned 108,000 acres, destroyed 140 buildings and caused the evacuation of approximately 400 homes.  This Fire Management Assistance Grant for the Spring Creek wildfire reimburses the state for costs incurred to fight the wildfire including the cost of air tankers, helicopters, firefighters, EMTs, communications technicians, and personnel support equipment.</p> <p>The FEMA grant represents the 75 percent federal cost share made available under the Fire Management Assistance Grant declaration.  FEMA has now awarded the state more than $6.6 million in response to the Spring Creek Wildfire.</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>Brian.Hvinden</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/10/2022 - 16:43</span> Wed, 10 Aug 2022 16:43:46 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 639101 at https://www.fema.gov FEMA Awards Funds for Dollar Ridge Wildfire Response https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220810/fema-awards-funds-dollar-ridge-wildfire-response <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FEMA Awards Funds for Dollar Ridge 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 $4.1 million to the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands to cover costs of fighting the Dollar Ridge wildfire that impacted north-central Utah in July of 2018. The funds are provided by FEMA’s Public Assistance program under a Fire Management Assistance declaration for Utah issued on July 2, 2018, in response to the wildfire.</p> <p>The Dollar Ridge wildfire began south of Fruitland on July 1, 2018. The fire burned over 68,000 acres of private, state, and federal land, destroying 74 homes and damaging six others and prompting the evacuation of approximately 300 residents.   In addition, the fire threatened several hundred gas and oil wells and the Strawberry River watershed.</p> <p>The FEMA Fire Management Assistance Grant for the Dollar Ridge wildfire reimburses the state for costs incurred to fight the wildfire including the cost of firefighters from 13 fire departments and the Utah National Guard, as well as state employees and contractors, communications, firefighting equipment, and air operations.</p> <p>The FEMA grants represent the 75 percent federal cost share made available under the Fire Management Assistance Grant declaration.</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>Brian.Hvinden</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/10/2022 - 16:33</span> Wed, 10 Aug 2022 16:33:07 +0000 Brian.Hvinden 639100 at https://www.fema.gov Keep in Touch with FEMA https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220810/keep-touch-fema <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Keep in Touch with FEMA</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Helena, Mont</strong>. – Survivors who applied for assistance from FEMA need to stay in touch with the agency to update application details with any new information.</p> <p>It is critical to keep FEMA advised. Missing or outdated material could delay FEMA’s ability to render a decision. Information that needs to be updated may include:</p> <ul><li>Your current housing situation, phone number or mailing address.</li> <li>Adding or removing the name of a person designated to speak for you.</li> <li>Adding or changing names of household members and number of people living in the home.</li> <li>Changes in your application for FEMA help.</li> <li>Correcting or verifying home and property damage.</li> <li>Updating your payment preference.</li> </ul><p>The easiest way to provide missing or new information is to create an account at DisasterAssistance.gov. For help creating or accessing an account, call the Internet Help Desk, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 800-745-0243.</p> <p>When contacting FEMA, be sure to refer to the application number you were issued when you applied. This number is included in all correspondence you get from FEMA.</p> <p>It is important to read and follow up with any communication from FEMA. You may have to log into your account on DisasterAssistance.gov or call the helpline at 800-621-3362 to keep the application process moving. You should also keep your contact information updated with a current address and phone number to ensure FEMA can reach you with new information or questions.</p> <p>If you have not yet applied for FEMA help, please do so before<strong> August 29, 2022</strong> by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov, by calling 800-621-3362, or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Operators are on duty seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST.</p> <p>Applicants should mention any access or functional needs they may have when applying. FEMA can provide interpreters, real-time captioning, and information in alternate formats such as Braille, large-print, audio, and electronic versions. The agency also provides free services to help survivors communicate with its staff and understand FEMA programs, including:</p> <ul><li>Information available in accessible electronic formats on FEMA’s website and social media.</li> <li>Qualified American Sign Language interpreters.</li> <li>Qualified multilingual interpreters.</li> <li>Information written in multiple languages.</li> </ul><p>If you have additional questions, contact the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 to speak with a representative or visit a disaster recovery center. To find a location near you, visit <a href="https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator">FEMA.gov/DRC</a>. FEMA assistance is always a phone call or click away.</p> <p>Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at <a href="mailto:FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov</a>.</p> <p>For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4655">www.fema.gov/disaster/4655</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8"><em>https://twitter.com/femaregion8</em></a><u>.</u><em> </em></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">Wed, 08/10/2022 - 16:04</span> Wed, 10 Aug 2022 16:04:09 +0000 anthony.mayne 639099 at https://www.fema.gov How to Appeal FEMA’s Decision https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220809/how-appeal-femas-decision <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to Appeal FEMA’s Decision</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Helena, Mont</strong>.– After you apply for FEMA assistance, you will receive a letter explaining the status of your application. This letter explains the types of assistance FEMA has determined you are eligible to receive, the amounts of assistance FEMA is providing for each eligible need, the reasons an applicant would be ineligible for specific types of assistance, an explanation of the appeals process, and other key information regarding disaster assistance.</p> <p>FEMA assistance is not the same as insurance. Federal assistance from FEMA only provides funds for temporary housing and basic repairs for a home to be safe, sanitary and functional.</p> <p>The amount and type of housing assistance you receive might be different from assistance your neighbor receives, even though the damage appears to be similar. For example, one homeowner might have more extensive insurance coverage than the homeowner next door, which could result in a different amount of FEMA assistance received.</p> <p><strong>If you are eligible for assistance, FEMA will provide:</strong></p> <ul><li>A check by mail or a direct deposit into your checking or savings account</li> <li>An explanation on how you are to use the money</li> </ul><p><strong>If you are ineligible for assistance, FEMA will provide:</strong></p> <ul><li>An explanation as to why you did not qualify</li> <li>An opportunity to appeal the decision</li> </ul><p>If you received a letter stating you’re ineligible for assistance or “no decision” can be made at this time, don’t be discouraged or frustrated. Instead, read the entire letter to find out what’s needed for FEMA to continue processing your application. Many times, it’s a simple fix that can be addressed in an appeal. You can complete an incomplete application or appeal the decision within 60 days of receiving a decision letter.</p> <p><strong>The Appeal Process</strong></p> <p>An appeal is a written request to FEMA to review your file again, and an opportunity to provide new or additional information not previously submitted that may affect the decision. You may appeal any decision by FEMA regarding your application for Individual Assistance, such as your initial eligibility decision, the amount or type of assistance provided to you, late applications, requests to return money, or a denial of Continued Temporary Housing Assistance.</p> <p>An appeal should be filed in the form of a signed letter within 60 days of the date on the determination letter. In the appeal, explain why you disagree with the decision. Be sure to include the following:</p> <ul><li>Applicant’s full name, current address and damaged dwelling address.</li> <li>Applicant’s FEMA registration number, found at the top of the determination letter (include on every page)</li> <li>FEMA disaster declaration number (include on every page)</li> <li>Applicant’s signature and the date</li> </ul><p>If you choose to have a third party submit an appeal on your behalf, the appeal letter must be signed by the third party. Additionally, please include a statement signed by you authorizing the third party to appeal on your behalf.</p> <p>It is important to read and follow up with any correspondence from FEMA. You may have to log into your account on DisasterAssistance.gov or call the helpline at 800-621-3362 to keep the application process moving. You should also keep your contact information updated with a current address and phone number to ensure FEMA can reach you with new information or questions.</p> <p>If you have additional questions, contact the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 to speak with a representative or visit a Disaster Recovery Center. To find a location near you, visit <a href="https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator">FEMA.gov/DRC</a>.</p> <p>Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at <a href="mailto:FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov</a>.</p> <p>For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4655">www.fema.gov/disaster/4655</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8"><em>https://twitter.com/femaregion8</em></a><u>.</u><em> </em></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, 08/09/2022 - 16:58</span> Tue, 09 Aug 2022 16:58:57 +0000 anthony.mayne 639060 at https://www.fema.gov Disaster Recovery Centers in Park and Carbon County Set to Close https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220808/disaster-recovery-centers-park-and-carbon-county-set-close <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Disaster Recovery Centers in Park and Carbon County Set to Close</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Helena, Mont.</strong> – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at Park High School in Park County will permanently close Wednesday, August 10 at 6 p.m. Additionally, both of Carbon County’s DRCs will close. Roosevelt Jr. High School will permanently close on August 12 at 6 p.m. and the DRC at Fromberg Methodist Church will close on August 13 at 7 p.m.</p> <p>Survivors of June’s flooding and severe storms can still apply for FEMA assistance by phone, online or mobile app. Survivors can also still apply in person at the Disaster Recovery Centers in Yellowstone County.</p> <p>Homeowners and renters in Carbon, Park, Stillwater, and Yellowstone counties can apply for FEMA assistance online at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">disasterassistance.gov</a>, by calling 800-621-3362 or by using the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages">FEMA mobile app</a>. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.</p> <p>Several other Disaster Recovery Centers are operating in designated areas to help with applications and recovery information. To find the nearest center, go online to <a href="https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator">FEMA.gov/DRC</a> or call 800-621-3362.</p> <p>FEMA financial assistance may include money for temporary housing, basic home repairs or other disaster-related needs such as childcare, transportation and medical, funeral or dental expenses.</p> <p><strong>Disaster survivors have until August 29, 2022 to apply for FEMA assistance.</strong></p> <p>For an accessible video on how to apply for FEMA assistance, go to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw">youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw</a>.</p> <p>If you have additional questions, contact the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 to speak with a representative or visit a disaster recovery center. To find a location near you, visit <a href="https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator">FEMA.gov/DRC</a>.</p> <p>Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at <a href="mailto:FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov</a>.</p> <p>For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4655">www.fema.gov/disaster/4655</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8"><em>https://twitter.com/femaregion8</em></a><u>.</u><em> </em></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, 08/08/2022 - 18:08</span> Mon, 08 Aug 2022 18:08:31 +0000 anthony.mayne 639015 at https://www.fema.gov Use Your FEMA Assistance Wisely https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220803/use-your-fema-assistance-wisely <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Use Your FEMA Assistance Wisely</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Helena, Mont</strong> – As eligible disaster survivors start to receive funds for rental assistance, home repairs, or other categories of assistance, FEMA urges you to spend those awards wisely.</p> <p>FEMA will send you a notification letter informing you of the types of assistance you are eligible to receive, and the amounts of assistance FEMA is providing for each eligible need. These may include:</p> <ul><li>Home repairs (e.g., structure, water, septic and sewage systems);</li> <li>Rental assistance for a different place to live temporarily;</li> <li>Repair or replacement of a damaged primary vehicle;</li> <li>Uninsured out-of-pocket medical expenses for an injury caused by the disaster;</li> <li>Repair or replacement of occupational specialized tools;</li> <li>Essential educational materials (e.g., computers, schoolbooks, supplies); and</li> <li>Moving and storage expenses related to the disaster and other disaster-related expenses.</li> </ul><p>You may spend your FEMA assistance in ways that help you make your home safe, sanitary, and fit to live in. Remember to document how you used disaster funds and keep all receipts for at least three years for verification of how you spent the money.</p> <p>Disaster assistance is not for regular living expenses, such as utilities, food, travel, entertainment or any discretionary expenses not directly related to the disaster.</p> <p>Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at <a href="mailto:FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov</a>. </p> <p>For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4655">https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4655</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8"><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>anthony.mayne</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/03/2022 - 16:59</span> Wed, 03 Aug 2022 16:59:19 +0000 anthony.mayne 638832 at https://www.fema.gov President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for South Dakota https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220802/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-south-dakota <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden"> President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for South Dakota</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WASHINGTON <strong>-- </strong>FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of South Dakota to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe storm, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding during the period June 11-14, 2022.</p> <p>Federal funding is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance to Butte, Haakon, Jackson, Jones, McPherson and Spink counties.</p> <p>Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.</p> <p>Alana B. Kuhn has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>mashana.davis</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/02/2022 - 22:24</span> Tue, 02 Aug 2022 22:24:57 +0000 mashana.davis 638803 at https://www.fema.gov Disaster Recovery Center and Mobile Registration Centers Open in Yellowstone County https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220801/disaster-recovery-center-and-mobile-registration-centers-open-yellowstone <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Disaster Recovery Center and Mobile Registration Centers Open in Yellowstone County</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Helena, Mt.</strong> – FEMA will open both a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) and Mobile Registration Intake Centers (MRICs) across Yellowstone County. All locations can help homeowners, renters, and business owners affected by June’s severe flooding.</p> <p>A Disaster Recovery Center, jointly operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Montana Disaster and Emergency Services, will open on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Representatives from FEMA, the Small Business Administration and other agencies will be available at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help eligible survivors apply for aid.</p> <p>The Disaster Recovery Center will be open at <strong>8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3</strong> at:</p> <p><strong><u>Yellowstone County</u></strong></p> <p>United Way of Yellowstone County</p> <p>2173 Overland Ave., Billings, MT</p> <p>The DRC will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday (closed on Sundays).</p> <p>Several Mobile Registration Intake Centers are also coming to the area. These locations will have Disaster Survivor Assistance teams onsite assisting with applications, inquiries, updates, and referrals. Two upcoming MRICs include:</p> <p><strong><u>Yellowstone County</u></strong></p> <p>Laurel Fire Department</p> <p>215 W. First St., Laurel, MT</p> <p>Monday, Aug. 1 – Thursday Aug. 4</p> <p>The MRIC will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p><strong><u>Yellowstone County</u></strong></p> <p>Worden Fire Station</p> <p>2463 Main St., Worden, MT</p> <p>Friday, Aug. 5 – Tuesday, Aug. 9 (Closed on Sunday)</p> <p>The MRIC will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>It is not necessary to go to a center to apply for assistance. If possible, before going to a Disaster Recovery Center you should apply for assistance with FEMA online or by calling. You can do so in several ways:</p> <ul><li>Visit DisasterAssistance.gov and click “Apply Online”</li> <li>Call 800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. The toll-free numbers are open every day from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. MDT. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned phone, or others, give FEMA the number for that service.</li> <li>Download the FEMA App for smartphones or mobile devices</li> </ul><p>For an accessible video on how to apply for FEMA assistance, go to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw">youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw</a>.</p> <p>FEMA financial assistance may include money for temporary housing, basic home repairs or other disaster-related needs such as childcare, transportation and medical, funeral or dental expenses.</p> <p>Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available for homeowners, renters, businesses and most private nonprofits to help with real estate and personal property damage as well as business losses not covered by insurance. Returning the application does not require you to accept an SBA loan but is necessary to be considered for other forms of disaster assistance.  After registering with FEMA, survivors and businesses may apply online at SBA’s secure website <a href="https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/">https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela</a>; or obtain information on SBA disaster loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 or online at <a href="http://www.sba.gov/disaster">www.sba.gov/disaster</a>.  For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services.</p> <p>For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4655">4655 | FEMA.gov</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8"><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>anthony.mayne</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/01/2022 - 20:59</span> Mon, 01 Aug 2022 20:59:23 +0000 anthony.mayne 638749 at https://www.fema.gov Make Sure You Successfully Apply for FEMA Assistance https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220729/make-sure-you-successfully-apply-fema-assistance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Make Sure You Successfully Apply for FEMA Assistance</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Helena, Mont</strong>.– If you are a resident of Park, Carbon, Yellowstone or Stillwater counties and sustained property damage or loss caused by June’s severe flooding, you should apply for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).</p> <p>FEMA Individual Assistance is available to renters and homeowners. Federal grants can help pay for temporary housing. The initial rental grant is for a 60-day period and can be reviewed for further assistance.</p> <p>Renters and homeowners may also qualify for a grant under FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program for essential personal property and other disaster-related expenses. These may include:</p> <ul><li>Replacement or repair of necessary personal property, such as furniture, appliances, clothing, textbooks or school supplies</li> <li>Replacement or repair of tools and other job-related equipment required by the self-employed</li> <li>Primary vehicles</li> <li>Medical and dental bills</li> </ul><p>Even if you have had your home inspected or submitted damage reports with your municipality or county, you will still need to ensure that your FEMA application has been received. Here are some things to look for throughout the application process: </p> <p><strong><u>Step One - Apply with FEMA.</u></strong> </p> <ul><li>Call 800-621-3362. For TTY call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) can call 800-621-3362. </li> <li>Go online at <a href="http://www.disasterassistance.gov/">www.DisasterAssistance.gov</a>. </li> <li>Use the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app">FEMA app</a> for smartphones. </li> <li>Survivors can register with FEMA at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Find the nearest center by going online to <a href="https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator">www.fema.gov/DRC.</a></li> <li>Montana Disaster and Emergency Services and FEMA are committed to ensuring services and assistance are available for people with disabilities. When registering, please let FEMA staff know if you have a need or a reasonable accommodation request. </li> <li>For an accessible video on how to apply for FEMA assistance, visit: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw">youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw</a>.</li> </ul><p>If you have insurance, contact your insurance agent AND apply with FEMA in case you have underinsured needs. While FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.</p> <p><strong>After you have successfully applied for assistance</strong>, you will receive a FEMA case number that can be used for reference when corresponding with representatives. If you have already applied, please verify that you have received this number and have been contacted by a FEMA representative to ensure your application was received. If not, call FEMA or visit your local DRC for more help.</p> <p>If you are contacted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding a low-interest disaster loan application, it is important to complete and submit it as soon as possible. Returning the application does not require you to accept an SBA loan but is necessary to be considered for other forms of disaster assistance. </p> <p>You can apply with SBA online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at <a href="https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela">https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela</a>. For more information on SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit <a href="http://www.sba.gov/disaster">SBA.gov/Disaster</a> or call the SBA Customer Service Center at <strong>800-659-2955.</strong> People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services or send an email to <a href="mailto:DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov">DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>Step Two: Inspections</strong> </p> <p>After you register, a FEMA-contracted inspector may call to set up an appointment to assess the damaged property. Inspectors will never ask for bank account information, and there is no cost for the inspection. </p> <p>When FEMA inspectors arrive at a home, they will display official photo identification. If the photo identification is not displayed, it is important to ask to see it. </p> <p>As part of the inspection process, you must provide proof of ownership or occupancy. </p> <ul><li><strong>Homeowners</strong> may show a tax bill, mortgage payment receipt or insurance policy with the property’s address. </li> <li><strong>Renters</strong> may show a lease, rent payment receipt, utility bill or other document confirming the home was their primary residence at the time of the disaster. </li> <li><strong>Homeowners and renters </strong>must also present a valid driver’s license or other photo ID. </li> </ul><p><strong>Step Three: Follow Up With FEMA </strong></p> <p>After applying for assistance, you will receive a letter regarding your application status. Some applicants may receive an SMS/text message. The letter will explain the status of the application and how to respond. Please read the letter carefully.</p> <p>It is important to read and follow up with any correspondence from FEMA. You may have to log into your account on DisasterAssistance.gov or call the helpline at 800-621-3362 to keep the application process moving. You should also keep your contact information updated with a current address and phone number to ensure FEMA can reach you with new information or questions.</p> <p>If you have additional questions, contact the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 or visit a disaster recovery center. To find a location near you, visit <a href="https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator">FEMA.gov/DRC</a>.</p> <p>Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at <a href="mailto:FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov">FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov</a>.</p> <p>For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit <a href="https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4655">www.fema.gov/disaster/4655</a>. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/femaregion8"><em>https://twitter.com/femaregion8</em></a><u>.</u><em> </em></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, 07/29/2022 - 16:42</span> Fri, 29 Jul 2022 16:42:46 +0000 anthony.mayne 638634 at https://www.fema.gov Proposed Steele County Flood Maps Reflect Changes to Local Flood Risk https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20220729/proposed-steele-county-flood-maps-reflect-changes-local-flood-risk <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Proposed Steele 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 Steele County, North Dakota’s flood insurance rate maps are nearing completion. The new maps will provide Steele 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 Steele County, 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>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 starts on July 29, 2022, and ends on October 27, 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.fema.gov/r8-map-appeals">https://www.fema.gov/r8-map-appeals</a>, or contact your local floodplain administrator.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em>FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. </em></p> <p><em>Follow us on twitter at <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, 07/29/2022 - 15:22</span> Fri, 29 Jul 2022 15:22:27 +0000 jamie.casterton 638620 at https://www.fema.gov