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HAZUS Hot Zone
HAZUS Hot Zone is released six times a year by FEMA. It includes feature articles about HAZUS User Groups, HAZUS methodology developments, upcoming events and HAZUS training opportunities. All issues are posted here.
HAZUS User of the Year
A way for FEMA to recognize four individuals a year, dedicated to furthering the success of HAZUS. Nominate a HAZUS user, developer, trainer or anyone who has added to the value of HAZUS and emergency management.
Apply for Operation Blue Roof at Two New Locations

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Eligible homeowners who sustained roof damage from Hurricane Irma now have two additional locations where they can apply for Operation Blue Roof and complete the Right of Entry (ROE) form that allows government employees and contractors onto their property to assess damage and install a temporary covering.

New ROE collection centers have opened at:

Miami-Dade County:

Lowe's Home Improvement
1850 NE 8th St., Homestead, FL

Hillsborough County:

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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Galveston County

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in Galveston County in the city of Dickinson.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Four Counties

AUSTIN, Texas – Four State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017: one in Newton County in the city of Orange; one in Harris County in the city of Houston; one in Matagorda County in Bay City; and one in Waller County in the city of Brookshire.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

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Fact Sheet: Did You Receive HUD Rental Assistance Before Hurricane Harvey? You May Be Eligible for FEMA Help

If you were directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey and live in one of the 39 counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance and were receiving rental assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) prior to the hurricane, you should register with FEMA.

You can apply for FEMA help if you were displaced from your HUD-assisted housing because of Hurricane Harvey. This includes those who were:

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Fact Sheet: Other Needs Assistance

Austin, Texas – Other Needs Assistance grants, funded on a cost-share basis by FEMA and the State of Texas to assist Hurricane Harvey survivors, can be used to repair or replace damaged personal property or to pay for disaster‐related necessary expenses and other serious needs.

These are necessities that help survivors prevent or overcome disaster‐related hardship, injury or adverse conditions.

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Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump's emergency disaster declaration issued for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Assistance for the Commonwealth and affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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Federal Aid Programs for the Territory of U.S. Virgin Islands Emergency Declaration

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump’s emergency disaster declaration issued for all islands in the territory of U.S. Virgin Islands.

Assistance for the Territory and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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FEMA Can Help Pay For Certain Disaster-Related Necessities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida survivors of Hurricane Irma and its aftermath are probably aware that FEMA provides financial and direct assistance for disaster-caused housing and personal property needs not covered by insurance or provided by any other source. But they need to know that FEMA assistance could also include reimbursements for generators and chainsaws to help with safety and clean-up.

Generators

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FEMA Encourages Residents & Visitors in Hurricanes’ Paths to Prepare Now

WASHINGTON - As Hurricane Maria advances toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Jose approaches the northeastern United States, residents and visitors in potentially affected areas should review their preparations. Always remember, listen to the instructions of state, tribal, territorial, commonwealth, and local officials.  

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FEMA Housing Inspectors in Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh Counties

Survivors should always ask to see photo identification and beware of fraud

ATLANTA – Housing inspectors contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are assisting eligible survivors of the recent flooding by visiting neighborhoods and checking for damage.

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FEMA Supporting Virgin Islands with Eligible Debris Removal Costs

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises homeowners who are cleaning up and removing household debris after the Hurricane Irma disaster to heed instructions from their territorial waste management authority.

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FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Palm Beach County for Florida Survivors

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Wednesday, Sept. 20 in Palm Beach County to help Florida storm survivors.  The DRC will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday until further notice.

The DRC is at the following address:

Location:                   Carolyn Sims Center
                                  
225 NW 12th. Ave.
                                  
Boynton Beach FL 33435

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Finalize Preparations for Hurricane Maria, Follow Directions of Local Officials

WASHINGTON – As Hurricane Maria makes landfall today and tomorrow in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, residents should continue to heed the instructions of territorial, commonwealth, and local officials.

Residents should be ready to take shelter, finish charging cell phones, and have emergency supplies readily available.

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Florida Keys: Plan Ahead Before Returning Home to Be Safe

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As the reentry process for the Lower Keys begins, FEMA stresses the importance of following guidance from your local officials. Currently only residents, business owners, disaster workers, and supply vehicles with appropriate identification, or re-entry stickers, will be permitted to enter.

For those returning to homes or businesses on the Keys, Monroe County offers important public safety information on their website www.keysrecovery.org/ .

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Frequently Asked Questions about Operation Blue Roof

Q: What is Operation Blue Roof?

A: Operation Blue Roof is a program offered by FEMA through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to eligible homeowners and landlords. It provides a temporary covering of blue plastic sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. The blue plastic sheeting is installed using strips of wood that are secured to the roof with nails or screws. The homeowner/landlord must legally agree to allow the Corps contractors access to the property by signing a Right of Entry (ROE) form.

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It’s Okay to Clean Up Homes and Businesses Damaged by Hurricane Irma

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands– Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by Hurricane Irma in St. Thomas and St. John are reminded that it isn’t necessary to wait for a housing inspector before cleaning up, say officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Whether that inspection is with FEMA, an insurance company, or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), emergency management officials report that it’s always a good practice, prior to a visit from an inspector, to take the necessary steps to make your home safe and sanitary.

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Mandatory Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System to be Conducted on September 27, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a mandatory nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on September 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm EDT. The test will assess the readiness for distribution of the national level test message, as well as verify its delivery.

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More Than $1 Billion in Federal Funds Approved for Texas Survivors

AUSTIN, Texas – Three weeks after the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey, $1.09 billion in federal funds have been provided directly to Texans to aid in their personal recovery.

The funds include grants to households from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), claims payments from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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Operation Blue Roof Program Available in Some Florida Counties

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) installed the first temporary roof for the Operation Blue Roof program Saturday in Collier County.

“The first temporary roof installation is a significant milestone for people impacted by Hurricane Irma,” said Col. Jason Kirk, district commander. “The blue covers are a tangible sign to the community that ensuring their safety, security, and peace of mind is our top priority.”

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President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal emergency aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to supplement Commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Maria beginning on September 17, 2017 and continuing.

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President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for the U.S. Virgin Islands

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal emergency aid has been made available to the territory of U.S. Virgin Islands to supplement territory and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Maria beginning on September 16, 2017 and continuing.

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Two Additional Florida Counties Designated for Individual Assistance

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Dixie and Lafayette counties may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma.

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Two Additional Georgia Counties Designated for Individual Assistance

ATLANTA – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Liberty and McIntosh counties may now register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma. Camden, Chatham and Glynn counties

were previously designated for Individual Assistance, bringing the total to five counties.

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Two Weeks Remain to Register for State/Federal Disaster Assistance

MIDLAND, Mich. — Homeowners and renters in Bay, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland counties who suffered damage as a result of the severe storms and flooding of June 22-27 have two weeks remaining to register for state/federal Individual Assistance.

Disaster assistance can include money for essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

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Volunteers Play Integral Role in Disaster Relief and Recovery Efforts

WASHINGTON – Volunteers representing dozens of local, state, and national organizations are working alongside federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local responders to address the immediate needs of survivors affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

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HAZUS User Group Success Stories
FEMA produces several success stories each year to highlight outstanding work by HAZUS User Groups and HAZUS users. These stories are sorted by FEMA Region

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