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An Additional $9 Million Helps Governments, Schools with Flood Recovery

BATON ROUGE, La. — More than $9 million in recent federal funding will assist Louisiana public services and schools recover from the August 2016 floods.

The funding reimburses them for disaster-related costs. Below are some examples:

• The City of Baton Rouge has been approved for $2.9 million to replace 92 police vehicles. The amount includes extra equipment in the vehicles.
• The City of Denham Springs has been approved for $1.5 million to help repair gas utility equipment.

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Disaster Assistance Isn’t Taxable and Won’t Affect Social Security

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas disaster survivors receiving Social Security or other government state or federal aid have no cause for concern that disaster assistance might affect their benefits.

Internal Revenue Service rules say qualified disaster relief payments are not counted as income as long as the reimbursed expense is not also paid by insurance or other reimbursement.

According to the IRS, qualified disaster relief payments include payments received for the following;

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Disaster Survivors Urged to Spend Disaster Funds for Approved Uses

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.– Disaster assistance grants to Missouri survivors of the April 28 to May 11, 2017 severe storms and flooding must be used only for approved disaster-related expenses. The deadline to apply for federal assistance is now Aug. 14, 2017.

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FEMA Awards $7.8 Million Grant to Oregon Department of Forestry for Stouts Creek Fire Suppression

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will receive a $7.8 million federal grant for costs associated with the 2015 Stouts Creek Fire, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.

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FEMA Mobile Disaster Centers Reach Out to Help Rural Residents

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Most people associate the use of motor homes with recreational life—accessing parks, lakes and other scenic areas to reduce the stress of the daily grind.

FEMA maintains a national fleet of similar vehicles it rolls out for a different purpose—to reduce the stress on rural residents recovering from natural disasters. Their technical name is Mobile Communications Operations Vehicle, or MCOV. As such, they often are used as command vehicles in various response or recovery situations.

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FEMA Selects Hannah Farris for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

DENTON, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) welcomes Hannah Farris from Arlington, Texas as one of the 15 national selectees for the 2017–2019 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).

 The FEMA YPC was formed in 2012 to bring together high school-age youth leaders from across the country who are interested and engaged in emergency preparedness. The 15 council members are attending the YPC Summit in Washington, D.C., from July 18-19, to meet with FEMA leaders and prepare for the year ahead.

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FEMA Selects Lathan Chatfield for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

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FEMA Selects Marcos Rios for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

ATLANTA--The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) welcomes Marcos Rios from Kennesaw, Ga. as one of the 15 national selectees for the 2017–2019 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).

The FEMA YPC was formed in 2012 to bring together high school-age youth leaders from across the country who are interested and engaged in emergency preparedness. The 15 council members are attending the YPC Summit in Washington, D.C., from July 18-19, to meet with FEMA leaders and prepare for the year ahead.

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FEMA Selects Naomi Winston for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

DENTON, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) welcomes Naomi Winston from Thibodaux, La. as one of the 15 national selectees for the 2017–2019 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).

The FEMA YPC was formed in 2012 to bring together high school-age youth leaders from across the country who are interested and engaged in emergency preparedness. The 15 council members are attending the YPC Summit in Washington, D.C., from July 18-19, to meet with FEMA leaders and prepare for the year ahead.

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FEMA Selects Nyla Howell for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) welcomes Ms. Nyla Howell from Springdale, Maryland as one of the 15 national selectees for the 2017–2019 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).

The FEMA YPC was formed in 2012 to bring together high school-age youth leaders from across the country who are interested and engaged in emergency preparedness. The 15 council members are attending the YPC Summit in Washington, D.C., from July 18-19, to meet with FEMA leaders and prepare for the year ahead.

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FEMA Selects Ruben Banks for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

ATLANTA--The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) welcomes Ruben M. Banks from Jackson, Miss. as one of the 15 national selectees for the 2017–2019 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).

The FEMA YPC was formed in 2012 to bring together high school-age youth leaders from across the country who are interested and engaged in emergency preparedness. The 15 council members are attending the YPC Summit in Washington, D.C., from July 18-19, to meet with FEMA leaders and prepare for the year ahead.

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Free Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Butler, Phelps, Taney and St. Louis Counties

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As Missourians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the flooding and severe storms that occurred April 28-May 11, 2017, FEMA and home improvement stores in Butler, Phelps, Taney and St. Louis counties are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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Free Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Crawford County

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As Missourians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the flooding and severe storms that occurred April 28-May 11, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and home improvement stores in Crawford County are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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Free Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Wayne County

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As Missourians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the flooding and severe storms that occurred April 28-May 11, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and home improvement stores in Wayne County are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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Help Remains After Missouri Recovery Centers Close

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.– After the FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Crawford, Greene and Wayne counties close permanently, survivors of the 2017 flooding and severe storms will still be able to get help with just a phone call.

Many of the services available at recovery centers are available on the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST seven days a week until further notice.

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Jackson and Jefferson Counties Approved for Federal Infrastructure Disaster Aid

ATLANTA– Local governments and certain private nonprofits in two Tennessee counties are now eligible to receive federal assistance to help cover emergency expenses and repair damage associated with the severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred May 27-28, 2017, according to state and federal officials.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said an amendment to the major disaster declaration of June 23, authorizes the Public Assistance Grant Program for Jackson and Jefferson counties.

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Keep Your FEMA and SBA Options Open Even with Insurance

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas disaster survivors whose homes were damaged in the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19 do not have to wait for an insurance settlement to apply for federal assistance.

Survivors with insurance may register with FEMA for grants for temporary rental assistance, essential home repairs and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

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Missouri Disaster Survivors Have More Time to Register for Recovery Help

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The deadline for Missouri disaster survivors to register for federal assistance has been extended to Aug. 14, 2017. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted the extension at the request of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, citing a continued flow of new applications for federal assistance in the wake of the severe storms and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

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Recovery Center Opens in Crawford County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Tuesday, July 18, in Crawford County. The recovery center offers in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 35 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

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Recovery Center Opens in Greene County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Wednesday, July 19, in Greene County. The recovery center offers in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 35 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

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Recovery Center Opens in Wayne County to Help Missouri Flood Survivors

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opens Thursday, July 20, in Wayne County. The recovery center offers in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 35 counties included in the Missouri federal disaster declaration for flooding and severe storms that occurred between April 28 and May 11, 2017.

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State/FEMA Disaster Center Will Stop in White County to Help Arkansans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A mobile State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will visit Searcy in White County from Monday, July 24 through Wednesday, July 26, to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19.

The disaster center location and hours are as follows:

White County 

White County Emergency Service Office

2301 Eastline Road

Searcy AR 72143

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State/FEMA Disaster Center Will Visit Prairie County to Help Arkansans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.– A mobile State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will visit Des Arc in Prairie County on Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23, to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding between April 26 and May 19.

The disaster center location and hours are as follows:

Prairie County

Courthouse Annex

605 Highway 38 East

Des Arc AR 72040

 

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Two Counties Added to Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance Funding

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Two more Arkansas counties are now eligible to apply for FEMA’s Public Assistance funding to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas that sustained damage from April 26 to May 19.

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Use FEMA Grants Wisely

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.– Once approved for FEMA disaster assistance grants, Arkansas disaster survivors receive funds via check or a direct deposit to their checking account. They also receive a letter from FEMA providing information about the grant and how the money must be spent.

Disaster recovery officials urge recipients of federal grants to use the money wisely.

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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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