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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Florida

President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Florida

WASHINGTON — FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Sally from Sept. 14, 2020, and continuing.

Federal funding is available through FEMA’s Public Assistance program at a 75% cost share to state, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Sally in Escambia County.

Additionally, emergency protective measures, including any direct federal assistance, will be available to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington counties.

Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Jeffrey L. Coleman has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response and recovery operations in the affected area.

Designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

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Thu, 09/24/2020 – 11:42

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FEMA Response Update: Hurricane Teddy, Tropical Storm Beta, Hurricane Sally and Western Wildfires

FEMA Response Update: Hurricane Teddy, Tropical Storm Beta, Hurricane Sally and Western Wildfires

WASHINGTON – FEMA continues to support our federal, state, local, tribal and territorial partners by mobilizing teams and supplies to support a state-managed, locally executed response to Tropical Storm Beta in the Gulf of Mexico, impacts from Hurricane Teddy as it moves north along the East Coast, response efforts to Hurricane Sally in the Gulf Coast and the wildfires in the West. Tropical Storm Beta made landfall last night just north of Port O’Connor, Texas, and is expected to stall inland today then begin to move slowly along the coast of Texas through Wednesday with expected isolated storm totals up to 20 inches. Meanwhile, Hurricane Teddy is centered off the northeastern U.S. coast, and is expected to transition to a powerful post-tropical cyclone as it moves near or over portions of Atlantic Canada late today through Thursday.

FEMA urges anyone in the forecast path of the storms to monitor their local news for updates and directions provided by their local officials and heed local evacuation orders.

Tropical Storm Beta is forecast to bring additional rainfall of 6 to 12 inches with isolated storm totals up to 20 inches expected. Significant flash and urban flooding is occurring and will continue today, we urge everyone to stay focused on safety and encourage to practice the following:

  • Do not return until local officials tell you it is safe to do so. If you have been ordered to shelter in place, please do so until advised it is safe.
  • Don’t drive or walk through flood waters. Be aware of downed power lines, standing water, and other hidden hazards. 
  • Stay off roads so that emergency workers can get through.
  • Check on your neighbors. You may be the help they need right now.
  • Property and business owners and renters and with a flood insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for property in communities where the general condition of flooding in the area exists or officials have issued evacuation orders can take protective action to minimize flood damage and losses to their buildings and personal property before a flood occurs under the “flood loss avoidance” provision.
    • ?These actions may include sandbags (including the sand to fill them), backfill to create temporary levees, water pumps, plastic sheeting and lumber used in connection with any of these items and the cost of labor.

Response efforts continue along the Gulf Coast, as President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Alabama to provide assistance to the state and survivors of Hurricane Sally. Damage assessments and restoration efforts continue with the federal government fully postured to support state requests for assistance as required, FEMA continues to support the states impacted by Hurricane Sally with commodities, which are available to each affected state based on need and requests to FEMA for assistance.

  • Over 4 million liters of bottled water
  • 3.2 million meals
  • 289,000 blankets
  • 117,000 tarps
  • 52,500 blue roof sheeting
  • 6,500 cots
  • 23 generators

FEMA has two Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMATs) deployed in response to Hurricane Sally. One team is deployed to Alabama and one to Florida. FEMA also deployed three Mobile Emergency Operations Vehicles, one to Alabama and two are in Florida to provide emergency communication capabilities for federal resources, if needed.

As of today, 87 FEMA responders have been deployed in support of Hurricane Sally.

  • National Guard Bureau teams, including search and rescue and logistics operators, are staged throughout the affected areas.
  • Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers from the Department of Defense are deployed in support of Florida.

President Trump approved Emergency Declarations for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi to provide federal assistance and coordinate all disaster relief efforts in response to Hurricane Sally across the Gulf Coast.

Although Sally has moved offshore, there are still risks in areas impacted by the storm. Anyone in the forecast path of the storm should monitor their local news for updates and directions provided by their local officials and follow evacuation orders from local officials.

  • State and local officials will have the most up-to-date information on evacuation orders and shelter locations.
  • Alabama residents should call or text 2-1-1 for evacuation, sheltering and resources for immediate needs.
  • The American Red Cross (ARC) is prepared to shelter and support families. For assistance, call 3-1-1 or visit the ARC website.
  • Individuals in Alabama and Mississippi impacted by Sally may register for the American Red Cross Safe and Well program at safeandwell.communityos.org.
  • Use extreme caution when operating heavy machinery, generators or while removing debris. Never use generatwww.ors indoors and keep them away from windows, doors and vents.
  • If you have been evacuated do not return home until local officials tell you it is safe to do so.
  • Don’t drive or walk through flood waters. Be aware of downed power lines, standing water and other hidden hazards.
  • Stay off roads so that emergency workers are able to get through.
  • Wear sturdy shoes or boots when walking on, or near, debris. Wear long sleeves and gloves when handling debris.
  • When clearing debris from a property, make sure you know the location of all utilities, both underground and overhead to prevent personal injury. Do not place items in front of, around or on top of buried and above ground utilities.
  • Use caution around any buried utilities. Cutting vital communications assets such as fiber optic lines can cause a loss of cellular networks, including cell phone service or access to the internet. Residents in Alabama and Florida should call 8-1-1 before digging so utilities can be marked in advance.
  • Response is a whole community effort; if it’s safe to do so, check on your neighbors. You may be the help they need right now.
  • Remember to stay safe, whether you’re a responder or survivor. Wear a mask in public settings especially when social distancing is not possible, and follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • FEMA will conduct remote home inspections to expedite the delivery of recovery assistance to applicants based on their eligibility due to COVID-19 and the need to protect the safety and health of all Americans.

If your property has been flooded due to Hurricane Sally or Tropical Storm Beta, call your insurance agent or company to file a claim. Be sure to ask about advance payments. FEMA has nearly $7 billion available to pay flood claims. The agency also has the authority to borrow another $10 billion for claims if necessary.

  • Have the name of your insurance company, your policy number and a telephone number or email address where you can be reached when you place your call.
  • If you need help finding your insurance agent, carrier or policy number, call the Flood Insurance call center at 877-336-2627.
  • Insurance agents and claims adjusters will work closely with you on your claim. With a remote adjustment, it may take several hours or more to document damage. During that time, you’ll work with your adjuster to take high-quality photos and detailed measurements.
  • You should also discuss with your adjuster what your policy covers, ask any questions you may have about the claims process and determine your next steps.
  • For additional information, visit floodsmart.gov/start.

WILDFIRES IN THE WEST

FEMA has the following commodities staged near the areas of impact for wildfires in the West. These commodities are available to each affected state, based on need and requests to FEMA for assistance.

  • 227,000 liters of bottled water
  • 208,896 meals
  • 54,735 blankets
  • 6,092 cots
  • Hygiene kits, commonly used shelter items and 27 generators are also staged at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington.

FEMA has obligated more than $18 million in mission assignments and is processing 61 active resource requests in support of Oregon and California. FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are on the ground in California supporting survivor registrations and inquiries. Two Incident Management Assistance Teams have been deployed to Oregon and one team is deployed to California to support state operations.

As of today, 496 FEMA responders have been deployed in support of western wildfires.

  • FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) specialists will be in each Oregon Individual Assistance declared county by Sept. 23.
  • Three Mobile Communication Vehicles (MCVs) have been requested to support field operations. 
  • FEMA Disability Integration and Civil Rights staff are collaborating to ensure DSA and MCV operations are accessible.
  • Housing inspectors and quality control inspectors are completing inspections in all eight Oregon Individual Assistance declared counties.
  • A Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Incident Management Team is operational in on alert.
  • Health and Human Services Mortuary Affairs are deployed to Oregon to provide technical assistance.
  • Two Health and Human Services Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Teams assessment team deployed to provide forensic assessment and support for US&R in Jackson county in Oregon. 
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA) subject matter expertise, including sourcing available animal response equipment, deployment of one animal care and two (virtual) food and nutrition service subject matter experts to support pet and feeding operations, and deployment of one Veterinary Services IMT Incident Commander to support Oregon Department of Agriculture’s animal and agricultural response coordination. 
  • Civil Air Patrol is capturing aerial imagery today for infrastructure sorties, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is processing current collected imagery.

President Trump approved Major Disaster Declarations for California and Oregon to provide federal assistance and coordinate all disaster relief efforts in response to ongoing wildfires throughout the Western U.S. Registration is open for those affected by wildfires in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties in Oregon. Apply by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov, calling 800-621-3362 or using the FEMA app.

  • Do not wait for a disaster recovery center or other fixed location to register for assistance.
  • Save your receipts and take photos before you begin the clean-up process. Documentation of losses will help FEMA process your claim.
  • Disaster assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Public safety is the No.1 priority: residents in at-risk areas should follow local officials’ instructions and be ready to take action.

  • If you are in a safe place, you can help by staying home and off the road. Due to changes to the landscape, even areas that are not traditionally flood prone are at risk of flash flooding and becoming unsafe,
  • If you are in an evacuation zone, heed warnings, and follow local official recommendations without delay.
  • Stay informed by calling 2-1-1 or 866-698-6155. You can also text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211). You can also visit wildfire.oregon.gov for the latest information and resources available to those affected by wildfires.
  • Know your evacuation levels! Level 1 – Be Ready. Level 2 – Be Set. Level 3 – Leave Immediately. DO NOT return the fire area until officials give the OK.
  • For a list of temporary shelters, see the Red Cross Oregon website.
  • If you are affected by the Oregon wildfires, contact your insurance company as soon as possible to discuss homeowner insurance policies and wildfire coverage.  The Oregon Insurance Commission has insurance resources available online.
  • Please register for the Red Cross Safe and Well program at safeandwell.communityos.org.
  • Visit ORVOAD.org to find out how to help Oregonians and donate to response organizations.
  • Amid wildfire, smoke and erratic weather, the COVID-19 pandemic is still rampant. Face coverings are required in all parts of the state and Oregonians are reminded to maintain social distancing, and wash hands frequently. 
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to disasters. Call SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to speak to a trained crisis counselor.

 For additional preparedness information on all types of disasters, visit Ready.gov and download the FEMA app.

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Tue, 09/22/2020 – 11:23

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FEMA Response Update: Sally and Western Wildfires

FEMA Response Update: Sally and Western Wildfires

WASHINGTON – FEMA continues to support states impacted by Hurricane Sally with personnel and commodities in and near the areas of impact. There are three joint Preliminary Damage Assessment teams in Alabama, which are expected to complete assessments today, six distribution points operating in Alabama and seven in Florida distributing commodities such as water, ice, tarps and meals. FEMA is deploying 40 trucks of water and 45 trucks of food to the Florida Panhandle. Additionally, nearly 30 emergency generators have been delivered to Florida to use at critical care facilities, such as hospitals and long-term care facilities that lost power, and 4,000 tarps have been delivered to Alabama.

FEMA has the following commodities staged near the areas of impact for Hurricane Sally, which are available to each affected state based on need and requests to FEMA for assistance.

  • Over 4 million liters of bottled water
  • 3.2 million meals
  • 289,000 blankets
  • 117,000 tarps
  • 52,500 blue roof sheeting
  • 6,500 cots
  • 23 generators

FEMA has two Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMATs) deployed in response to Hurricane Sally. One team is deployed to Alabama and one to Florida. FEMA also deployed two Mobile Emergency Operations Vehicles, one to Alabama and one to Florida to provide emergency communication capabilities for federal resources, if needed.

As of today, 376 FEMA responders have been deployed in support of Hurricane Sally.

  • National Guard Bureau teams, including search and rescue and logistics operators, are staged throughout the affected areas.
  • Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers from the Department of Defense are deployed in support of Florida.

President Trump approved Emergency Declarations for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi to provide federal assistance and coordinate all disaster relief efforts in response to Hurricane Sally across the Gulf Coast.

Although Sally has moved offshore, there are still risks in areas impacted by the storm. Anyone in the forecast path of the storm should monitor their local news for updates and directions provided by their local officials and follow evacuation orders from local officials.

  • State and local officials will have the most up-to-date information on evacuation orders and shelter locations.
  • Alabama residents should call or text 2-1-1 for evacuation, sheltering and resources for immediate needs.
  • The American Red Cross (ARC) is prepared to shelter and support families. For assistance, call 3-1-1 or visit the ARC website.
  • Individuals in Alabama and Mississippi impacted by Sally may register for the American Red Cross Safe and Well program at safeandwell.communityos.org.
  • Use extreme caution when operating heavy machinery, generators or while removing debris. Never use generators indoors and keep them away from windows, doors and vents.
  • If you have been evacuated do not return home until local officials tell you it is safe to do so.
  • Don’t drive or walk through flood waters. Be aware of downed power lines, standing water and other hidden hazards.
  • Stay off roads so that emergency workers are able to get through.
  • Wear sturdy shoes or boots when walking on, or near, debris. Wear long sleeves and gloves when handling debris.
  • When clearing debris from a property, make sure you know the location of all utilities, both underground and overhead to prevent personal injury. Do not place items in front of, around or on top of buried and above ground utilities.
  • Use caution around any buried utilities. Cutting vital communications assets such as fiber optic lines can cause a loss of cellular networks, including cell phone service or access to the internet. Residents in Alabama and Florida should call 8-1-1 before digging so utilities can be marked in advance.
  • Response is a whole community effort; if it’s safe to do so, check on your neighbors. You may be the help they need right now.
  • Remember to stay safe, whether you’re a responder or survivor. Wear a mask in public settings especially when social distancing is not possible, and follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • FEMA will conduct remote home inspections to expedite the delivery of recovery assistance to applicants based on their eligibility due to COVID-19 and the need to protect the safety and health of all Americans.

If your property has been flooded due to Sally, call your insurance agent or company to file a claim. Be sure to ask about advance payments. FEMA has nearly $7 billion available to pay flood claims. The agency also has the authority to borrow another $10 billion for claims if necessary.

  • Have the name of your insurance company, your policy number and a telephone number or email address where you can be reached when you place your call.
  • If you need help finding your insurance agent, carrier or policy number, call the Flood Insurance call center at 877-336-2627.
  • Insurance agents and claims adjusters will work closely with you on your claim. With a remote adjustment, it may take several hours or more to document damage. During that time, you’ll work with your adjuster to take high-quality photos and detailed measurements.
  • You should also discuss with your adjuster what your policy covers, ask any questions you may have about the claims process and determine your next steps.
  • For additional information, visit floodsmart.gov/start.

WILDFIRES IN THE WEST

FEMA has the following commodities staged near the areas of impact for wildfires in the West. These commodities are available to each affected state, based on need and requests to FEMA for assistance.

  • 227,000 liters of bottled water
  • 208,896 meals
  • 54,735 blankets
  • 6,092 cots
  • Hygiene kits, commonly used shelter items and 27 generators are also staged at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington.

FEMA has obligated more than $18 million in mission assignments and is processing 61 active resource requests in support of Oregon and California. FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are on the ground in California supporting survivor registrations and inquiries. Two Incident Management Assistance Teams have been deployed to Oregon and one team is deployed to California to support state operations. FEMA has also deployed Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) teams along with other specialized teams from federal partners to provide support, and one Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) unit is deployed to Oregon, providing communications support for command and control of federal resources in support of the Incident Support and US&R Teams.

As of today, 493 FEMA responders have been deployed in support of western wildfires.

  • FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) specialists will be in each Oregon Individual Assistance declared county by Sept. 23.
  • Three Mobile Communication Vehicles (MCVs) have been requested to support field operations. 
  • FEMA Disability Integration and Civil Rights staff are collaborating to ensure DSA and MCV operations are accessible.
  • Housing inspectors and quality control inspectors are completing inspections in all eight Oregon Individual Assistance declared counties.
  • A Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Incident Management Team is operational in on alert.
  • Health and Human Services Mortuary Affairs are deployed to Oregon to provide technical assistance.
  • Two Health and Human Services Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Teams assessment team deployed to provide forensic assessment and support for US&R in Jackson county in Oregon. 
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA) subject matter expertise, including sourcing available animal response equipment, deployment of one animal care and two (virtual) food and nutrition service subject matter experts to support pet and feeding operations, and deployment of one Veterinary Services IMT Incident Commander to support Oregon Department of Agriculture’s animal and agricultural response coordination. 

President Trump approved Major Disaster Declarations for California and Oregon to provide federal assistance and coordinate all disaster relief efforts in response to ongoing wildfires throughout the Western U.S. Registration is open for those affected by wildfires in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties in Oregon. Apply by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov, calling 800-621-3362 or using the FEMA app.

  • Do not wait for a disaster recovery center or other fixed location to register for assistance.
  • Save your receipts and take photos before you begin the clean-up process. Documentation of losses will help FEMA process your claim.
  • Disaster assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Public safety is the No.1 priority: residents in at-risk areas should follow local officials’ instructions and be ready to take action.

  • If you are in a safe place, you can help by staying home and off the road. Due to changes to the landscape, even areas that are not traditionally flood prone are at risk of flash flooding and becoming unsafe,
  • If you are in an evacuation zone, heed warnings, and follow local official recommendations without delay.
  • Stay informed by calling 2-1-1 or 866-698-6155. You can also text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211). You can also visit wildfire.oregon.gov for the latest information and resources available to those affected by wildfires.
  • Know your evacuation levels! Level 1 – Be Ready. Level 2 – Be Set. Level 3 – Leave Immediately. DO NOT return the fire area until officials give the OK.
  • For a list of temporary shelters, see the Red Cross Oregon website.
  • If you are affected by the Oregon wildfires, contact your insurance company as soon as possible to discuss homeowner insurance policies and wildfire coverage.  The Oregon Insurance Commission has insurance resources available online.
  • Please register for the Red Cross Safe and Well program at safeandwell.communityos.org.
  • Visit ORVOAD.org to find out how to help Oregonians and donate to response organizations.
  • Amid wildfire, smoke and erratic weather, the COVID-19 pandemic is still rampant. Face coverings are required in all parts of the state and Oregonians are reminded to maintain social distancing, and wash hands frequently. 
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to disasters. Call SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to speak to a trained crisis counselor.

 For additional preparedness information on all types of disasters, visit Ready.gov and download the FEMA app.

 

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Sun, 09/20/2020 – 11:01

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Photos of Whole-of-Government Sally and Wildfire Response

Photos of Whole-of-Government Sally and Wildfire Response

WASHINGTON—FEMA has staff and resources in the field to respond to Sally and wildfires in the West, and we continue our close partnership with state, local and federal partners to execute a unified response.

Hurricane Sally made landfall on Tuesday as a Category 2 hurricane. FEMA has 367 responders deployed to support response and recovery efforts with additional staff supporting operations remotely. The following commodities are staged near the impacted area and are available to each affected state based on need and requests to FEMA for assistance.

  • Over 4 million liters of bottled water
  • 3.2 million meals
  • 289,000 blankets
  • 117,000 tarps
  • 52,500 blue roof sheeting
  • 6,500 cots
  • 23 generators

FEMA is also on the ground supporting wildfires in the West. President Trump approved Major Disaster Declarations for California and Oregon to provide federal assistance and coordinate disaster relief efforts. FEMA has 467 responders deployed to support impacted states as well as five Urban Search and Rescue teams and other  specialized teams from federal partners.

Miss. Governor, FEMA and MEMA Meet Ahead of Hurricane Sally Landfall

4 men at a table talking

 

PEARL, Miss. (Sept, 15, 2020) — Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (head of table) meets with a Mississippi Emergency Management Agency official (right) and FEMA leadership in advance of then-Hurricane Sally landfall.

FEMA photo by Yvonne Smith

N.J. Firefighters Answer Call to Support California Wildfires

the back of an airplane open and a man and a women at the bottom right of the photo

 

SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 12, 2020) – New Jersey firefighters unload equipment from a cargo plane before helping battle wildfires in California. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services requested support to combat the wildfires, and the state of New Jersey responded. FEMA facilitated acquisition of the Antonov cargo plane to transport 10 New Jersey Forest Fire Service firefighters, three fire engines and one support vehicle to California.

FEMA photo by Robert Barker

FEMA Prepares to Deliver Supplies

2 mean and 1 women standing on the side of a 18 wheeler truck

 

SALEM, Ore. (Sept. 13, 2020) — The Operations Staging Management Team receives instructions on how to check in a truck loaded with FEMA commodities, such as cots, blankets and bottles of water. The deliveries are forward-staged for distribution to evacuees affected by multiple wildfires burning around Oregon.  

FEMA photo by David Yost

 

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Thu, 09/17/2020 – 13:08

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FEMA Response Update: Sally and Western Wildfires

FEMA Response Update: Sally and Western Wildfires

WASHINGTON – FEMA has commodities staged near the areas of impact from Hurricane Sally. These commodities are available to each affected state based on need and requests to FEMA for assistance. Shuttle drivers and trailers are onsite where these commodities are staged, ready to move assets to fulfill state requests.

  • Over 4 million liters of bottled water
  • 3.2 million meals
  • 289,000 blankets
  • 117,000 tarps
  • 52,500 blue roof sheeting
  • 6,500 cots
  • 23 generators

Additionally, FEMA deployed eight Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMATs) in response to Hurricane Sally. Five IMATs are deployed to Louisiana, one is onsite in Mississippi, an additional team is deployed to Alabama and one team is staged to deploy when needed.

Hurricane Sally made landfall on Tuesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 hurricane. Sally has weakened to a tropical depression and accelerating across Alabama to Georgia as heaviest rain gradually diminished overnight. Significant and widespread flooding is expected across inland portions of Alabama, central Georgia and upstate South Carolina, and widespread flooding is possible across western/central North Carolina and southeast Virginia.

President Trump approved Emergency Declarations for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi to provide federal assistance and coordinate all disaster relief efforts in response to Hurricane Sally across the Gulf Coast. These declarations authorize FEMA to provide assistance, including direct federal assistance for emergency protective measures for 30 parishes in Louisiana, 24 counties in Mississippi, 51 counties and one tribe in Alabama and seven counties in Florida.

The storm is forecast to bring a severe threat of inland flooding. Anyone in the forecast path of the storm should monitor their local news for updates and directions provided by their local officials and follow evacuation orders.

  • State and local officials will have the most up-to-date information on evacuation orders and shelter locations.
  • Alabama residents should call or text 2-1-1 for evacuation, sheltering and resources for immediate needs.
  • The American Red Cross (ARC) is prepared to shelter and support families. For assistance, call 3-1-1 or visit the ARC website.
  • Individuals in Alabama and Mississippi impacted by Sally may register for the American Red Cross Safe and Well program at safeandwell.communityos.org.
  • Use extreme caution when operating heavy machinery, generators or while removing debris. Never use generators indoors and keep them away from windows, doors and vents.
  • If you have been evacuated do not return home until local officials tell you it is safe to do so.
  • Don’t drive or walk through flood waters. Be aware of downed power lines, standing water and other hidden hazards.
  • Stay off roads so that emergency workers are able to get through.
  • Response is a whole community effort; if it’s safe to do so, check on your neighbors. You may be the help they need right now.
  • Remember to stay safe, whether you’re a responder or survivor. Wear a mask in public settings especially when social distancing is not possible, and follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • FEMA will conduct remote home inspections to expedite the delivery of recovery assistance to applicants based on their eligibility due to COVID-19 and the need to protect the safety and health of all Americans.

WILDFIRES IN THE WEST

President Trump approved Major Disaster Declarations for California and Oregon to provide federal assistance and coordinate all disaster relief efforts in response to ongoing wildfires throughout the Western U.S. FEMA has obligated more than $1.2 million in mission assignments and is processing 46 active resource requests in support of the state.

FEMA has the following commodities staged near the areas of impact for wildfires in the West. These commodities are available to each affected state based on need and requests to FEMA for assistance.

  • 227,000 liters of bottled water
  • 208,896 meals
  • 54,735 blankets
  • 6,092 cots

Hygiene kits, commonly used shelter items and 27 generators are also staged at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington. Three water tankers are en route from Texas to JBLM, and 1.4 million N-95 masks requested by the state to support emergency responders, sheltering operations and health care workers will be shipped from a FEMA Distribution Center directly to Oregon by next week.

Two IMATs are deployed to Oregon to support state operations, and FEMA has deployed five Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) teams along with other specialized teams from federal partners to provide support. Additionally, two Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) units are deployed to Oregon, providing communications support for command and control of federal resources in support of the IST and US&R Teams.

Public safety is the No.1 priority: residents in at-risk areas should follow local officials’ instructions and be ready to take action.

  • An Oregon Wildfire Resource Website has been created to help Oregonians stay informed at wildfire.oregon.gov.
  • Know your evacuation levels! Level 1 – Be Ready. Level 2 – Be Set. Level 3 – Leave Immediately. DO NOT return to the fire area until officials give the OK.
  • If you are in an evacuation zone, heed warnings and follow local official recommendations without delay.
  • Local evacuation information can be found on the OEM Wildfire dashboard. Information is ever-changing, so continue to check back for updated content.
  • Check with your county office of emergency management to sign up for local emergency alerts.
  • If you are in a safe place, you can help by staying home and off the road.
  • The American Red Cross is operating several Temporary Evacuation Points where evacuees can go for information and assistance. Locations change with the need. Community members who need assistance can contact 2-1-1.
  • If you are affected by the Oregon wildfires, contact your insurance company as soon as possible to discuss homeowner insurance policies and wildfire coverage. The Oregon Insurance Commission has insurance resources available online.
  • Register for the Red Cross Safe and Well program at safeandwell.communityos.org.
  • Oregonians and others asking how to help, you can donate to response organizations. Visit ORVOAD.org.
  • Amid wildfire, smoke and erratic weather, the COVID-19 pandemic is still rampant. Face coverings are required in all parts of the state and Oregonians are reminded to maintain social distancing and wash hands frequently.

For additional preparedness information on all types of disasters, visit Ready.gov and download the FEMA app.
 

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Thu, 09/17/2020 – 10:50

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FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow CNMI to provide $300 per week — on top of their regular unemployment benefit — to those unemployed due to COVID-19. FEMA will work with CNMI Governor Ralph DLG. Torres to implement a system to make this funding available to CNMI residents.

On Aug. 8, 2020, President Trump made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands agreed to administer a lost wages program for its citizens who are unemployed due to COVID-19.

FEMA looks forward to working with the governors of additional states and territories who agree to administer a lost wages program to bring financial relief to unemployed Americans.

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Wed, 09/16/2020 – 21:20

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ICYMI: FEMA Administrator Updates on Sally Response

ICYMI: FEMA Administrator Updates on Sally Response

WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor joined FOX News and The Weather Channel this afternoon to provide the public updates on Sally, which made landfall this morning as a Category 2 hurricane, as well as wildfire response in the West.

Gaynor’s discussion with FOX’s Bill Hemmer focused on the whole-of-government response to Sally and how to stay safe during this time.

Peter Gaynor on the left and flooded streets on the right

“My goal today is to make sure that safety is our No. 1 priority,” Gaynor said. “Don’t put a generator indoors; carbon monoxide will kill you. Stay off your roof …and heed the advice of your local emergency managers. Stay safe until you get the all clear.”

“Water is going to be the issue, so whether you live on the coast, or more importantly inland, as Sally makes its way through Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina…[there could] be flash flooding, inland flooding,” Gaynor continued.  “Stay out of the water. Don’t drive in water. Turn around, don’t drown.”

Gaynor said he is confident that FEMA can get recovery resources to where they are most needed on the coast.

“We have assets all through the South … Plenty of resources in the region — from Florida to Louisiana — it is not an issue today with Sally.”

The administrator also emphasized FEMA’s continuing support of wildfire response in the West.

“I talked to the Oregon Federal Delegation and emergency managers this morning,” said Gaynor. “Conditions are better … It’s been a long season for California, Oregon and Washington. We continue to support them and all they do. The president was just out [in California] with Governor [Gavin] Newsom making sure they had all the resources at their disposal.The president just signed a major disaster declaration for Oregon yesterday to make sure they have everything they need to respond to and recover from those fires.”

On The Weather Channel, Gaynor again emphasized the need to stay alert as Sally continues its path in the Southeast, while the agency continues supporting COVID-19 response.

Peter Gaynor on the left talking and flooded streets on the left

 

“It has been a historic year in many ways, an unprecedented season in many ways. So whether it’s the hurricane season, wildfire season, response to COVID-19 — it’s unprecedented. But we’ve had an unprecedented response. And it’s not just FEMA that responds it’s really the team, and the team includes my partners at DOD, National Guard, our Voluntary Organizations like the Red Cross, Team Rubicon, all working together to come and deliver resources to those impacted by disasters. That’s how it works for Sally, that’s how it’s worked in the past and that’s how it’s going to work in the future with whatever comes next,” Gaynor concluded.

FEMA is encouraging people in at-risk areas for Sally impacts to download the FEMA app to receive emergency and access preparedness tools to keep families safe. We will continue to work with our state, tribal and local partners as they plan for potential impacts and sheltering operations in this COVID-19 environment.

For additional preparedness information on all types of disasters, visit Ready.gov.
 

 

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Hurricane Sally and Western Wildfires Response Update

Hurricane Sally and Western Wildfires Response Update

WASHINGTON — Hurricane Sally made landfall this morning near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 hurricane, bringing historic and catastrophic flooding along and just inland of the Gulf Coast, from west of Tallahassee, Florida, to Mobile Bay, Alabama. Dangerous and life-threatening storm surge is occurring along portions of the coastline from Alabama to the western Florida Panhandle.

Significant flash and urban flooding are also likely, due to rainfall through the week across inland portions of the Alabama into Central Georgia. Widespread flash and urban flooding and widespread minor moderate river flooding are possible across western South Carolina into western and central North Carolina this week.

FEMA is leaning forward with our federal, state, local and tribal partners to mobilize teams and supplies in support of state managed, locally executed response to impacts from Hurricane Sally along the Gulf Coast and the wildfires in the West.

Emergency responders on the West Coast are focused on life saving and life safety measures in the areas impacted by wildfires. Public safety is the No. 1 priority: residents in at-risk areas should follow local officials’ instructions and be ready to take action.

Gulf Coast Residents: Stay Alert and Heed Local Officials’ Instructions

  • State and local officials will have the most up-to-date information on evacuation orders and shelter locations.
  • ?Alabama residents should call or text 2-1-1 for evacuation, sheltering and resources for immediate needs.
  • The American Red Cross is prepared to shelter and support families. For assistance, call 3-1-1 or visit the Red Cross website.

The storm is forecast to bring a severe threat of inland flooding in several states we still ask everyone to stay focused on safety and encourage to practice the following:

  • Do not return until local officials tell you it is safe to do so. If you have been ordered to shelter in place, please do so until advised it is safe.
  • Don’t drive or walk through flood waters. Be aware of downed power lines, standing water, and other hidden hazards. 
  • Stay off roads so that emergency workers can get through.
  • Check on your neighbors. You may be the help they need right now.
  • Property owners with a flood insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for property in communities where the general condition of flooding in the area exists or officials have issued evacuation orders can take protective action to minimize flood damage and losses to their buildings and personal property before a flood occurs under the “flood loss avoidance” provision.
    • ?These actions may include sandbags (including the sand to fill them), backfill to create temporary levees, water pumps, plastic sheeting and lumber used in connection with any of these items and the cost of labor.
    • Flood insurance provided under NFIP flood policies will cover up to $1,000 in reasonable expenses incurred to protect insured property and up to $1,000 to move insured property away from a flood or imminent danger of a flood.

Federal Support is Mobilized for Response to Hurricane Sally

  • President Trump approved emergency declarations for AlabamaFloridaLouisiana and Mississippi, authorizing FEMA to provide assistance, including direct federal assistance, for emergency protective measures.  
  • FEMA Regions are in close contact with state and tribal emergency managers in all states that may be impacted. 
  • FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams are onsite in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi to support the states’ response activities and ensure there are no unmet needs. A liaison officer is in place at the Florida Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.
  • FEMA deployed Mobile Emergency Response Support to Jackson, Mississippi, which includes a Mobile Emergency Operations Vehicle with emergency communication capabilities for federal resources, if needed.
  • Urban Search and Rescue teams have been assigned and are staged in Hammond, Louisiana.
  • FEMA previously moved generators from Alabama and Georgia to support ongoing recovery efforts for Hurricane Laura. Additional commodities remain throughout the southeast to help support response efforts for Sally if needed.
  • Additional personnel from the federal government, including the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, Health and Human Services, Department of Energy, DHS Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have been mission assigned to provide support to impacted states and tribes, as needed.

Federal Support is Mobilized for Response to Western Wildfires

  • FEMA has personnel, commodities such as food, water, cots and teams including Urban Search and Rescue and Mobile Emergency Response Support mobilized to support the impacted areas.
  • President Trump approved a major disaster for Oregon on Sept. 15. Residents and business owners in eight counties who have disaster-caused damage can apply for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via the FEMA app. The declaration also authorizes reimbursement to state, local and tribal agencies, and certain private non-profit organizations in 20 counties for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. Hazard mitigation is approved statewide. Details are available on the disaster webpage.
    • The disaster declaration is in addition to the Emergency Declaration approved by the President for 11 counties in the state on Sept. 10.
  • FEMA is prepared and working under the worst-case scenario to provide the support needed across Oregon.
    • FEMA and federal partners are co-located with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management at the Oregon Emergency Coordination Center and the FEMA Regional Response Coordination Center in Bothell, Washington is activated to support the state.
    • FEMA has obligated more than $1.2 million in mission assignments and is processing 46 active resource requests in support of the state.
    • Two Regional Incident Management Assistance Teams are deployed to Oregon to support state operations.
  • FEMA has deployed five Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) teams, including an incident support team, along with other specialized teams from Federal partners to provide support. 
    • Teams include US&R Washington Task Force 1, US&R Utah Task Force 1, US&R K9 Search and Rescue from Nevada Task Force 1, and the US&R Red Incident Support Team. 
    • Massachusetts Task Force 1, 11 K9 specialists and 12 dogs, and several additional support teams will arrive today.
    • Two Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) units are deployed to Oregon, providing communications support for command and control of federal resources in support of the IST and US&R Teams.
  • FEMA staged meals, water, cots and blankets in Salem, Oregon. Additional meals, water, cots and blankets along with hygiene kits, commonly used shelter items and 27 generators are also staged at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. Three water tankers are en route from Texas to JBLM; pending arrival this week. Both locations are staffed with Staging Management Teams.
  • Additional items requested by the State to support emergency responders, sheltering operation and health care workers will be shipped from a FEMA Distribution Center directly to Oregon by next week.
  • The President approved a major disaster for California on Aug. 22. Residents and business owners in declared counties who have disaster-caused damage can apply for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via the FEMA app. The declaration also authorizes reimbursement to state, local and tribal agencies, and certain private non-profit organizations in nine counties for debris removal and 11 counties for emergency protective measures.
  • Fifteen Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG) have been approved in California, three have been approved in Colorado, 16 have been approved in Oregon and eight have been approved in Washington.
    • FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75% of eligible firefighting costs to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause major disasters.  Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies, and mobilization and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.
    • The FMAG authorizes additional funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Post Fire for the reduction of risks from wildfires and post-fire flooding. Some eligible wildfire project types include defensible space measures, ignition-resistant construction and hazardous fuels reduction.
  • To address COVID-19 sheltering needs, this year FEMA has adjusted the FMAG program to include the reimbursement of costs to state and local governments for non-congregant emergency sheltering, such as hotel rooms.

Oregon Residents: Stay Informed, Be Ready, Know Where to Go and What to Bring if You Must Evacuate

  • An Oregon Wildfire Resource Website has been created to help Oregonians stay informed at wildfire.oregon.gov.
  • Know your evacuation levels! Level 1 – Be Ready. Level 2 – Be Set. Level 3 – Leave Immediately. DO NOT return the fire area until officials give the OK.
    • If you are in an evacuation zone, heed warnings, and follow local official recommendations without delay.
    • Local evacuation information can be found on the OEM Wildfire dashboard. Information is ever-changing so continue to check back for updated content.
    • Check with your county office of emergency management to sign up for local emergency alerts.
    • If you are in a safe place, you can help by staying home and off the road.
  • The American Red Cross is operating several Temporary Evacuation Points where evacuees can go for information and assistance. Locations change with the need. Community members who need assistance can contact 2-1-1.
  • If you are affected by the Oregon wildfires, contact your insurance company as soon as possible to discuss homeowner insurance policies and wildfire coverage.  The Oregon Insurance Commission has insurance resources available online.
  •  Please register for the Red Cross Safe and Well program at safeandwell.communityos.org.
  • For Oregonians and others asking how to help, you can donate to response organizations. Visit ORVOAD.org
  • Amid wildfire, smoke and erratic weather, the COVID-19 pandemic is still rampant. Face coverings are required in all parts of the state and Oregonians are reminded to maintain social distancing, and wash hands frequently. 

For additional preparedness information on all types of disasters, visit Ready.gov.

 

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Florida Emergency Declaration

President Donald J. Trump Approves Florida Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON — FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Sally beginning on Sept. 14, 2020, and continuing. 

The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, to save lives, to protect property, public health and safety and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.  

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance under the Public Assistance program, will be provided at 75% federal funding. This assistance is for Bay, Escambia, Holmes, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington counties.

Public Assistance (Category B) emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75% federal funding. This assistance is for Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson and Liberty counties. 

Jeffrey L. Coleman has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.

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Wed, 09/16/2020 – 08:48

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Oregon

President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Oregon

WASHINGTON — FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Oregon to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires and straight-line winds beginning on Sept. 7, 2020 and continuing. 

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available to state, tribal, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures including congregate and non-congregate sheltering and direct federal assistance. 

Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance through FEMA’s Public Assistance program, will be provided at 75% federal funding.  This assistance is for Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Coos, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington and Yamhill counties.

Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Dolph A. Diemont has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response and recovery operations in the affected area. Designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.

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ICYMI: FEMA Wildfire and Hurricane Sally Update

ICYMI: FEMA Wildfire and Hurricane Sally Update

WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor joined CBS and The Weather Channel this morning to inform the public about the powerful, but slow-moving Hurricane Sally as it approaches the Gulf Coast, wildfires on the West Coast and our ongoing efforts to support local and state officials as we work together to keep their communities safe.

Administrator Gaynor spoke with Gayle King on CBS This Morning about FEMA’s footprint in the potential affected hurricane areas, following President Trump’s approval of emergency declarations for Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. He also discussed the ongoing COVID-19 response and adaptions FEMA has made this hurricane season due to the pandemic.

“We gave plenty of documents, considerations to locals to have adaptive plans for the COVID environment, and the states and locals are doing it. There are challenges with that but I’m pretty pleased from what I’ve seen across the country,” said Gaynor. “Whether it’s wildfires or it’s hurricanes, states and locals have adapted to the new COVID environment when it comes to these national hazards.”

On The Weather Channel, the Administrator spoke about the support to states and communities devastated by the wildfires in the West. There are over 100 large fires throughout the Western U.S. that have burned over 5 million acres in FEMA Regions 8, 9 and 10.

“The amount of devastation that those fires have impacted California and obviously Oregon and Washington state wildfires … We talked about being proactive on mitigation … but we really just want to show support to the states to make sure they have everything they need to battle those wildfires out.”

FEMA is encouraging people in at-risk areas for Hurricane Sally impacts to download the FEMA app to receive emergency and access preparedness tools to keep families safe. We will continue to work with our state, tribal and local partners as they plan for potential impacts and sheltering operations in this COVID-19 environment.

For additional preparedness information on all types of disasters, visit Ready.gov.

Hurricane Sally, Western Wildfires Federal Response Update

Hurricane Sally will continue to impact areas along the Gulf Coast, including areas well inland. Wildfires on the West Coast continue to pose serious risks to lives and properties.

  • FEMA is leaning forward with our federal, state, local, tribal and territorial partners to mobilize teams and supplies in to support a state managed, locally executed response to impacts from storms along the Gulf Coast and the wildfires out West.
  • An extremely dangerous and life-threating storm surge is expected for areas outside the southeastern Louisiana Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System — from the Mississippi River to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line in the Florida Panhandle. Anyone in the forecasted path of the storm should monitor their local news for updates and directions provided by their local officials and heed local evacuation orders.
  • Life-threatening flash flooding is also likely, as is widespread minor to isolated river flooding. Major flooding impacts are expected near and to the east of where Sally will make landfall as a hurricane.
  • Emergency responders on the West Coast are focused on life saving and life safety measures in the areas impacted by wildfires. Public safety is the No. 1 priority: residents in at risk areas should follow local officials’ instructions and be ready to take action.
  • FEMA adapted its plans to the realities of responding during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure we can serve Americans while protecting their safety and that of FEMA employees.

Gulf Residents Should Stay Alert for Continuing Hazards and Heed Local Officials’ Instructions

  • Hurricane Sally is moving slowly in a northwestward motion and is forecast to move near the coast of southeastern Louisiana later today and make landfall in the hurricane warning area Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. The storm is forecast to bring a severe threat of inland flooding in several states. Anyone in the forecasted path of the storm should monitor their local news for updates and directions provided by their local officials and heed local evacuation orders.
    • State and local officials will have the most up-to-date information on evacuation orders and shelter locations.
    • Residents in Louisiana should call 2-1-1 for evacuation, sheltering and resources for immediate needs. For updates, they should text Sally to 67283.
    • The American Red Cross (ARC) is prepared to shelter and support families. For assistance, call 3-1-1 or visit the ARC website.
  • If you have been evacuated, do not return until local officials tell you it is safe to do so.  If you have been ordered to shelter in place, please do so until advised it is safe.
  • Don’t drive or walk through flood waters. Be aware of downed power lines, standing water and other hidden hazards.  
  • Stay off roads so that emergency workers are able to get through.
  • Response is a whole community effort; if it’s safe to do so, check on your neighbors. You may be the help they need right now.
  • Property owners with a flood insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) can take protective action to minimize flood damage and losses to their buildings and personal property before a flood occurs under the “flood loss avoidance” provision.
    • These actions may include sandbags (including the sand to fill them), backfill to create temporary levees, water pumps, plastic sheeting and lumber used in connection with any of these items and the cost of labor.
    • To be eligible for this benefit, the insured property must be located in a community where either a general condition of flooding in the area exists or an official has issued an evacuation order or other civil order for the community requiring measures to preserve life and property from flooding.
    • Flood insurance provided under NFIP flood policies will cover up to $1,000 in reasonable expenses incurred to protect insured property and up to $1,000 to move insured property away from a flood or imminent danger of a flood.
    • Flood insurance provided under NFIP flood policies will cover up to $1,000 in reasonable expenses incurred to protect insured property and up to $1,000 to move insured property away from a flood or imminent danger of a flood.

Federal Support is Mobilized for Response to Hurricane Sally

  • President Trump approved emergency declarations for Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday. These declarations authorize FEMA to provide assistance, including direct federal assistance for emergency protective measures for 30 parishes in Louisiana, 24 counties in Mississippi and 41 counties and one Indian tribe in Alabama. Public Assistance limited to direct federal funding for emergency protective measures will be provided to an additional 34 parishes in Louisiana and 16 counties in Alabama.  
  • A storm surge warning is in effect from the Mouth of the Mississippi in Louisiana, to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line in the Florida Panhandle. Hurricane conditions are expected today in areas within the Hurricane Warning area. Tropical storm conditions are already occurring in some of these areas
    • Sally could continue to produce flash flooding from the western Florida Panhandle to far southeastern Mississippi. Widespread significant flash flooding is likely across Mississippi, Alabama, northern Georgia and the western Carolinas through the middle of the week.
  • Follow mandatory evacuation orders from local officials.

Teams supporting recovery efforts from Hurricane Laura are being augmented by additional personnel and teams to provide immediate support following landfall if requested.

FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams are deployed to Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi to support response activities and ensure there are no unmet needs. FEMA previously moved generators from Alabama and Georgia to support ongoing recovery efforts for Hurricane Laura. Additional commodities remain throughout the southeast to help support response efforts if for Sally if needed.

Additional personnel from the federal government, including the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, Health and Human Services, Department of Energy, DHS Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have been mission assigned to provide support to impacted states and tribes, as needed.

  • FEMA is continuing to support Southwest Louisiana as we work with state and local partners to ensure readiness to respond to the impacts of Hurricane Sally in Southeast Louisiana.
  • FEMA has awarded nearly $100 million in assistance to Louisiana for Hurricane Laura.
  • FEMA has paid $1.3 million for flood insurance claims in Louisiana for Hurricane Laura.
  • Despite any impacts Tropical Storm Sally will have in Louisiana, FEMA staff currently helping Hurricane Laura survivors will continue to do so.

Federal Support is Mobilized for Western Wildfires

  • There are 87 large fires throughout the Western U.S. that have burned millions of acres in FEMA Regions 8, 9 and 10.
    • Region 10 is currently reporting 32 active major fires burning across the state of Oregon
    • Region 9 is currently reporting 30 active major fires burning across the state of California.
  • FEMA has personnel, commodities such as food, water, cots and teams including Urban Search and Rescue and Mobile Emergency Response Support supporting the impacted areas.
  • The President approved a major disaster for California on Aug. 22. Residents and business owners in eight counties who have disaster-caused damage can apply for assistance at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/or via the FEMA app. The declaration also authorizes reimbursement to state, local and tribal agencies, and certain private non-profit organizations in nine counties for debris removal and 11 counties for emergency protective measures. Details are available on the disaster webpage.
  • Fifteen Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG) have been approved in California, three have been approved in Colorado, 16 have been approved in Oregon and eight have been approved in Washington.
    • FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75% of eligible firefighting costs to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause major disasters.  Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.
    • The FMAG authorizes additional funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Post Fire for the reduction of risks from wildfires and post-fire flooding. Some eligible wildfire project types include defensible space measures, ignition-resistant construction and hazardous fuels reduction.
  • To address COVID-19 sheltering needs, this year FEMA has adjusted the Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG) program to include the reimbursement of costs to state and local governments for non-congregant emergency sheltering, such as hotel rooms.

Federal Support for Oregon Wildfire Response

  • Yesterday, FEMA received Emergency Declaration requests from Oregon Governor Kate Brown for wildfires in the state. The Governor specifically requesting Individual Assistance for eight counties, emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance under the Public Assistance program for 24 counties and Hazard Mitigation statewide. The request is under review.
  • The President approved an Emergency Declaration for Oregon on Sept. 10 for the active wildfires impacting the state. The designated areas under the Emergency Declaration are Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Tillamook and Washington counties.
    • Under the Emergency Declaration, federal funding is available to the state, eligible local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program at 75% federal funding.
    • This funding is in addition to funds available through Fire Management Assistant Grants (FMAGs).
  • FEMA and federal partners are co-located with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management at the Oregon Emergency Coordination Center and the FEMA Regional Response Coordination Center in Bothell, Washington is activated to support the state.
  • FEMA has deployed four Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) teams, including an incident support team to support state search and recovery needs.
    • US&R Red Incident Support Team deployed and supporting US&R operations at the ECC.
    • US&R Washington Task Force 1 (WA-TF1) 80-person team deployed to Lane County.
    • US&R Utah Task Force 1 (UT-TF1) 80-person team deployed to Jackson County, along with the US&R K9 Search and Rescue (5 person and 2 dogs) from Nevada Task Force 1 (NVTF1).
  • Two Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) units are deployed to Oregon, providing communications support for command and control of federal resources in support of the US&R operations statewide.  
  • FEMA has meals, water, cots and blankets staged in Salem, Oregon, along with hygiene kits, commonly used shelter items. Twenty-seven generators are in transit to a staging area at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. Both locations are staffed with Staging Management Teams.

Oregon Residents Should Stay Informed, Be Ready, Know Where to Go and What to Bring if You Must Evacuate

  • An Oregon Wildfire Resource Website has been created to help Oregonians stay informed at wildfire.oregon.gov.
  • Know your evacuation levels! Level 1 – Be Ready. Level 2 – Be Set. Level 3 – Leave Immediately. DO NOT return the fire area until officials give the OK.
    • If you are in an evacuation zone, heed warnings, and follow local official recommendations without delay.
    • Local evacuation information can be found on the OEM Wildfire dashboard. Information is ever-changing so continue to check back for updated content. Check with your county office of emergency management to sign up for local emergency alerts
    • If you are in a safe place, you can help by staying home and off the road.
  • The American Red Cross is operating several Temporary Evacuation Points where evacuees can go for information and assistance. Locations change with the need.
  • Please register for the Red Cross Safe and Well program at safeandwell.communityos.org.
  • For Oregonians and others asking how to help, you can donate to response organizations. Visit ORVOAD.org.  
  • Amid wildfire, smoke and erratic weather, the COVID-19 pandemic is still rampant. Face coverings are required in all parts of the state and Oregonians are reminded to maintain social distancing, and wash hands frequently.  

FEMA Continues to Support States While Responding During COVID-19

  • We will continue to work with our state, tribal and local partners as they plan for execution of evacuation and sheltering operations in a COVID-19 environment. Finding shelter is critical in times of disaster. Shelter outside of the hazard area could include staying with family or friends, seeking a hotel room or staying in a mass shelter.
  • FEMA, other federal agencies and the American Red Cross have modified policies and planning and have taken actions to ensure the federal government can respond to any disaster during our continued coronavirus response efforts.
  • In alignment with FEMA’s Pandemic Operational Guidance, FEMA is leveraging technology to deliver the agency’s programs at the highest level possible, while preserving our workforce and survivors. These methods include virtual damage assessments and inspections for FEMA Individual Assistance and Public Assistance programs, as well as National Flood Insurance Program claims.
  • While some aspects of program delivery may look different this year, our commitment to helping people before, during and after disaster remains our full focus and we are ready to deliver on our mission.
  • In advance of hurricane and wildfire season, FEMA expanded the capacity of its National and Regional Response Coordination Centers and trained additional staff to be postured to respond to multiple on-going incidents.

 

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Tue, 09/15/2020 – 13:53

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FEMA Releases IPAWS Program Planning Toolkit

FEMA Releases IPAWS Program Planning Toolkit

WASHINGTON — FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate released the “Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Planning Toolkit.”

It will assist new and existing state, local, tribal and territorial alerting authorities to create and support an effective program for alerts, warnings and notifications.

IPAWS is FEMA’s national system for local alerting that provides authenticated emergency and life-saving information to the public through mobile phones using Wireless Emergency Alerts, to radio and television via the Emergency Alert System, and on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Radio.

FEMA and Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology worked to identify gaps in existing IPAWS alerting messaging. A result of that partnership is the IPAWS Toolkit. It consists of three documents: the IPAWS Lab Fact Sheet, IPAWS Frequently Asked Questions, and the IPAWS Train the Trainer Guide.

The documents in the toolkit were produced based on recent innovative changes to technology and were derived from the collection of successful practices and lessons learned from hundreds of data points, including more than 100 emergency managers, public information officers, alerting originators and administrators, and alerting experts.

The toolkit will assist public safety agencies to minimize alerting delays; plan for future alerts, warnings and notifications enhancements; facilitate interoperability across different technologies; and improve information sharing among emergency management and public safety officials.

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Tue, 09/15/2020 – 12:12

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Alabama Emergency Declaration

President Donald J. Trump Approves Alabama Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON — FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Alabama to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Sally beginning on Sept. 14, 2020, and continuing. 

The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, to save lives, to protect property, public health and safety and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.  

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures Category B, including direct federal assistance under the Public Assistance program, will be provided at 75% federal funding. This assistance is for Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Escambia, Etowah, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jefferson, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Washington and Wilcox counties and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

Public Assistance Category B emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75% federal funding. This assistance is for Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Fayette, Franklin, Jackson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Walker and Winston counties. 

Allan Jarvis has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.

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Tue, 09/15/2020 – 11:39

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FEMA Hurricane Preparations and Wildfire Response Photo Release

FEMA Hurricane Preparations and Wildfire Response Photo Release

WASHINGTON — FEMA is leaning forward with our federal, state, local, tribal and territorial partners to mobilize teams and supplies to support a state managed, locally executed response to impacts from storms along the Gulf Coast and the wildfires out West.

Hurricane Sally
While Sally is now forecast to make landfall as a hurricane, the storm track and intensity can change rapidly. Anyone in the forecasted path of the storm should complete final preparations as soon as possible, monitor their local news for updates and directions provided by their local officials and heed local evacuation orders.

President Trump approved emergency declarations today for both Louisiana and Mississippi to provide federal assistance and coordinate all disaster relief efforts.

Teams supporting recovery efforts from Hurricane Laura are being augmented by additional personnel to provide immediate support following landfall if requested. FEMA deployed Incident Management Assistance Teams to emergency operations centers in Louisiana and Mississippi, and a liaison officer to Alabama, to assist with coordinating response activities throughout the region.

Western Wildfires
President Trump, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor traveled to the West Coast today to visit communities devastated by the wildfires. There are over 100 large fires throughout the Western U.S. that have burned over 5 million acres. This includes 32 active fires in Oregon and 30 in California.

Emergency responders on the West Coast are focused on life saving and life safety measures in the areas impacted by wildfires. Public safety is the No. 1 priority: residents in at-risk areas should follow local officials’ instructions and be ready to take action.

FEMA has personnel, commodities and teams continue to support the impacted areas. The President approved a major disaster for California on Aug. 22. and an emergency declaration for Oregon on Sept. 10 for the 12 active wildfires impacting the state.

Additionally, six Fire Management Assistance Grants have been approved in California, one approved in Colorado, 16 approved in Oregon and four have been approved in Washington.

FEMA Administrator Briefs President Trump on Wildfire Response

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor (far left) briefs President Donald J. Trump on FEMA’s ongoing efforts to wildfires in the West.

Rescue Teams Partner with Local Authorities in Oregon Wildfire Response

 

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JACKSON, Ore. — FEMA Search and Rescue teams from Nevada and Utah scour through debris under the direction of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

FEMA Sets Up Staging Area in Tacoma

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TACOMA, Wash. – A staging area for commodities and generators is set up at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. 

Teams Assembled Communications for Wildfire Response

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TACOMA, Wash. — FEMA technicians assemble communications equipment for wildfire response coordination on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Teams Complete COVID-19 Safety Measures for Responding

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PEARL, Miss. — A FEMA Region 4 Incident Management team member receives a facial temperature scan before entering the emergency operations center. The scanning is part of COVID-19 protections for those entering the facility.

FEMA Team Arrives at Mississippi Emergency Operations Center

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PEARL, Miss. — FEMA Region 4 Incident Management Assistance Team members enter the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency in preparation for potential hurricane impacts to the state.

 

 

 

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Tue, 09/15/2020 – 08:46

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Mississippi Emergency Declaration

President Donald J. Trump Approves Mississippi Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON — FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Mississippi to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Sally beginning on Sept. 14, 2020 and continuing.

The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, to save lives, to protect property, public health and safety and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures Category B, including direct federal assistance under the Public Assistance program, will be provided at 75% federal funding.  This assistance is for Adams, Amite, Covington, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Stone, Walthall, Wayne and Wilkinson counties.

Brett H. Howard has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.

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Mon, 09/14/2020 – 18:05

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Louisiana Emergency Declaration

President Donald J. Trump Approves Louisiana Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON — FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Louisiana to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Sally beginning on Sept. 13, 2020 and continuing. 

The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, to save lives, to protect property, public health and safety and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.  

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures Category B, including direct federal assistance under the Public Assistance program, will be provided at 75% federal funding. This assistance is for Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.

Public Assistance Category B emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75% federal funding. This assistance is for Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, De Soto, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, La Salle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Tensas, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll and Winn parishes. 

John E. Long has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.  

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Mon, 09/14/2020 – 17:56

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Emergency Disaster Declaration for Oregon

President Donald J. Trump Approves Emergency Disaster Declaration for Oregon

WASHINGTON — FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Oregon to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by wildfires beginning on Sept. 8, 2020, and continuing. 

The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, to save lives, to protect property, public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.  

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance under the Public Assistance program, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding. This assistance is for Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Tillamook, and Washington counties.

Dolph A. Diemont has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.  

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Fri, 09/11/2020 – 12:31

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FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for the U. S. Virgin Islands

FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for the U. S. Virgin Islands

WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved the United States Virgin Islands for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow the U.S. Virgin Islands to provide $300 per week — on top of their regular unemployment benefit — to those unemployed due to COVID-19. FEMA will work with U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. to implement a system to make this funding available to U.S. Virgin Islands residents.

On Aug. 8, 2020, President Trump made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the U.S. Virgin Islands agreed to administer a lost wages program for its citizens who are unemployed due to COVID-19.

FEMA looks forward to working with the governors of additional territories and states who agree to administer a lost wages program to bring financial relief to unemployed Americans.

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Fri, 09/11/2020 – 12:07

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Puerto Rico

President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON – FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Tropical Storm Isaias from July 29-31, 2020.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the municipalities of Aguada, Hormigueros, Mayaguez and Rincon. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures throughout the commonwealth.

Alexis Amparo has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.

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Wed, 09/09/2020 – 21:07

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FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Guam

FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Guam

WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Guam for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow Guam to provide $300 per week — on top of their regular unemployment benefit — to those unemployed due to COVID-19. FEMA will work with Guam Governor Lou Leon Guerrero to implement a system to make this funding available to Guam residents.

On Aug. 8, 2020, President Trump made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the territory of Guam agreed to administer a lost wages program for its citizens who are unemployed due to COVID-19.

FEMA looks forward to working with the governors of additional states and territories who agree to administer a lost wages program to bring financial relief to unemployed Americans.

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Tue, 09/08/2020 – 21:26

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FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Washington, D.C.

FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Washington D.C. for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow the District of Columbia to provide $300 per week — on top of their regular unemployment benefit — to those unemployed due to COVID-19. FEMA will work with District of Columbia Mayor  Muriel Bowser to implement a system to make this funding available to residents.

On Aug. 8, 2020, President Trump made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the District of Columbia agreed to administer a lost wages program for its citizens who are unemployed due to COVID-19.

FEMA looks forward to working with the governors of additional states who agree to administer a lost wages program to bring financial relief to unemployed Americans.

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Tue, 09/08/2020 – 21:12

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FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Delaware

FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Delaware

WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Delaware for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow Delaware to provide $300 per week — on top of their regular unemployment benefit — to those unemployed due to COVID-19. FEMA will work with Delaware Governor John Carney to implement a system to make this funding available to Delaware residents.

On Aug. 8, 2020, President Trump made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the state of Delaware agreed to administer a lost wages program for its citizens who are unemployed due to COVID-19.

FEMA looks forward to working with the governors of additional states who agree to administer a lost wages program to bring financial relief to unemployed Americans.

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Wed, 09/02/2020 – 20:19

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FEMA and Ad Council Urge Americans to “Make a Plan Today”

FEMA and Ad Council Urge Americans to “Make a Plan Today”

 

To kick-off National Preparedness Month, FEMA reminds Americans that the best time to plan for disasters is now

WASHINGTON – FEMA and the Ad Council have begun National Preparedness Month with new public service announcements informing Americans how they and their families can best prepare for disaster while accounting for the reality of COVID-19.

FEMA’s most recent National Household Survey finds nearly 60% of Americans perceive themselves to be prepared for a disaster emergency, and 10% still see no need to prepare. That’s why the theme of National Preparedness Month 2020 is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” It encourages people from all communities to prepare for the possibility of natural disasters, which could range from wildfires to hurricanes to tornadoes.

“This year, we’ve seen that preparedness actions save lives,” said FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor. “Hurricanes and wildfires aren’t waiting for COVID-19 to end, and neither should your preparedness activities. I encourage you to make the most of this time you have with your families and have those discussions about your emergency plans, specifically how they may look different this year in a COVID-19 environment.”

The 2020 campaign encourages parents and caregivers to visit Ready.gov/plan to find tools and tips for making an emergency plan with their family. Ad agency Newfangled Studios created pro bono TV, radio spots, print, digital and out-of-home ads. The TV component of the campaign will feature a family preparing for disasters, to run on broadcast TV. 

“This year’s message is grounded in the fact that natural disasters won’t wait for the pandemic to pass. However, people are already preoccupied with coronavirus messaging and we did not want to scare or overwhelm them,” said Newfangled Studios’ Founder & Executive Creative Director, Macaela VanderMost. “Building upon last year’s campaign, we re-imagined an animated world that strikes the right balance of playfulness and gravity. It’s our hope that this creative work will make a significant impact on the number of families who are prepared for a natural disaster.”

“The pandemic has only reinforced that disasters can strike at any time, in any community, and drastically change people’s lives in an instant,” said Ad Council President & CEO Lisa Sherman. “Now more than ever, it is vital that people are prepared so that when an unexpected disaster does strike, they’re ready.”

This round of creative work for the Ready Campaign is the latest in 17 years of educating the American public about disaster and emergency preparedness

Each week of National Preparedness Month, the Ready campaign will emphasize a unique aspect of preparedness:

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Wed, 09/02/2020 – 13:18

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FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Illinois

FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Illinois

WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Illinois for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow Illinois to provide $300 per week — on top of their regular unemployment benefit — to those unemployed due to COVID-19. FEMA will work with Illinois Governor JB Pritzker to implement a system to make this funding available to Illinois residents.

On Aug. 8, 2020, President Trump made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the state of Illinois agreed to administer a lost wages program for its citizens who are unemployed due to COVID-19.

FEMA looks forward to working with the governors of additional states who agree to administer a lost wages program to bring financial relief to unemployed Americans.

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Tue, 09/01/2020 – 21:07

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