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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.
East Baton Rouge Parish Schools to Receive $1.1 M More in Assistance

BATON ROUGE, La.— The East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) will receive $1.1 million following the August floods. FEMA disaster funding will help with demolition, cleaning and remediation costs of classrooms, offices, bathrooms and storage areas at four educational facilities. This brings a total awarded to EBRPSS of $5 million.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Idaho

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Trump's disaster declaration issued for the State of Idaho.

Assistance for State, Tribal, and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Mississippi

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Trump's disaster declaration issued for the State of Mississippi.

Assistance for State, Tribal, and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Oklahoma

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Trump's disaster declaration issued for the state of Oklahoma.

Assistance for State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds to Help Battle Georgia Wildfires

ATLANTA--The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to Georgia to fight the West Mims Fire in Charlton County.

This authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire. Eligible costs can include labor, equipment and supplies used for fighting the fire and costs for emergency work such as evacuations and sheltering, police barricading and traffic control.

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FEMA Awards $3.5 Million Grant to Eugene Water & Electric Board for Storm Recovery

SALEM, Ore. – Eugene Water & Electric Board will receive a $3.5 million federal grant to help recover from Severe Winter Storm and Flooding during the period of December 14-17, 2016 the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Wednesday.

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FEMA Awards $563,190 Grant to the State of Ohio

CHICAGO– The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $563,190 in Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) funds to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency for the construction and installation of up to 100 residential tornado safe room structures.

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FEMA Grants Can Help Idaho Communities Protect Against Future Disasters

Boise, Idaho – The Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM), in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has activated a program that offers project grants to communities to reduce and prevent loss of life and damage from disasters. 

“While we can’t prevent severe weather and natural disasters, we can lessen and prevent damage from them,” said IOEM Deputy Chief Brad Richy. “These projects can save property and lives.”

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FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants: 404 and 406

Key Message:

  • Section 404 hazard mitigation and Section 406 hazard mitigation funding are distinct programs with  key differences in their scope, purpose and funding.

Section 404 – Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

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FEMA OKs $1 Million More for Central Debris Removal

BATON ROUGE, La.— FEMA recently announced more than $1 million in a federal grant for debris removal for the City of Central in East Baton Rouge Parish. This now represents more than $6 million in federal reimbursements for debris removal in that city.

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FEMA Provides Federal Funds to Help Fight Spromberg Fire

SEATTLE – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Spromberg Fire burning in Chelan County, Washington.

The FEMA Region X Acting Regional Administrator, Sharon Loper, determined that the fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. Loper approved the state of Washington’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) at 7:09 p.m. PDT on May 23, 2017.

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Forging Ahead: One Family’s Path to Flood Recovery

BATON ROUGE, La. — Kim Aucoin moved to Baton Rouge from Charlotte, North Carolina, in March 2016. She was raised in Lafayette and was happy to once again live in her home state of Louisiana. Little did she know that just five months later the area would be devastated by historical flooding.

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Fourth Extension Granted for NFIP Policyholders to Submit Proof of Loss

BATON ROUGE, La.— The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders affected by the August flood have until Friday, September 1, 2017 to submit a Proof of Loss form. A Proof of Loss form is a sworn statement made by the policyholder that substantiates the insurance claim.

The additional time allows policyholders to work with their insurance company to finalize claims. FEMA urges policyholders to submit forms as soon as possible.

This is the fourth extension granted since the August floods.

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Idaho Flooding Highlights the Need for Insurance

BOISE, Idaho – The ongoing flooding in Idaho has underscored the need for insurance to protect homes and property. Since the beginning of the year, the number of flood insurance policies throughout the state has increased by 13.3 percent to a total of 6,804. 

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Jim Wells County, Texas Flood Maps Become Final

DENTON, Texas –– New flood maps become effective in Jim Wells County on Aug. 15, 2017.

Residents are encouraged to examine these maps to decide whether they need to buy flood insurance. Awareness of flood risk can help individuals and community leaders can make informed decisions about building and development. 

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Livingston Parish to Receive an Additional $622K for Flood Recovery

BATON ROUGE, La.— FEMA’s Public Assistance program has awarded Livingston Parish with an additional $622,000 to assist with emergency protective measures following the 2016 August floods.

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Mono County, Tule River Tribe added to California Major Disaster Declaration for February Storms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – One California county and a federally recognized Tribe impacted by severe winter storms in February 2017, which were not part of the original Disaster Declaration, can now apply for federal disaster assistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.

At the request of the State, FEMA amended the Major Disaster Declaration signed by President Trump on April 1 to include Mono County and the Tule River Tribe in Tulare County. The Amendment was approved May 18.

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PRELIMINARY FLOOD MAPS IN HARRIS (SIMS BAYOU) COUNTY, TX READY FOR PUBLIC VIEW

DENTON, Texas– New preliminary flood maps will soon be available for residents and business owners near Sims Bayou.

To learn more about the proposed map changes, Harris County and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials will host an Open House on Tuesday, May 16, 2 -7 p.m. It will be held at the Houston Community College, Central South Campus at 1990 Airport Blvd, Houston.

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Prepare Now for Hurricane Season

BATON ROUGE, La.— Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and FEMA urges Louisianans to prepare. Getting ready now goes a long way in saving lives and reducing property damage later.

Readiness for the tropical season depends on preparing, planning and staying informed.

Prepare:

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for State of Mississippi

WASHINGTON – Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of Mississippi to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding on April 30, 2017.

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for State of Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Oklahoma to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding from April 28 to May 2, 2017.

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Idaho

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of Idaho to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides from March 6 to March 28, 2017.

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Recovery Funds Continue to Flow to East Baton Rouge Schools

BATON ROUGE, La.— FEMA has approved an additional $1.1 million for flood recovery efforts of schools in East Baton Rouge.

Disaster funding will help the Runnels School with reimbursements for damaged equipment and contents. Runnels is the oldest private school in Baton Rouge. Items eligible for replacement include: desks, bookshelves, supplies, musical instruments and electronic and athletic equipment.

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State and FEMA Agree on MHU Sales Program

BATON ROUGE, La.— The State of Louisiana and FEMA recently agreed to initiate direct sales of manufactured housing units (MHUs) to occupant-survivors of the August 2016 floods who lack permanent housing.

In making the decision to launch the sales program, FEMA considers, among other variables, the anticipated return of available rental resources and the applicant’s ability or means to repair their pre-disaster dwelling.

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Two Counties Added to Major Disaster Declaration for Washington

LAKEWOOD, Wash.– The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid under the Public Assistance program has been made available to two additional counties in Washington to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, landslide and mudslides January 30 – February 22.

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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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