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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.

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;

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.

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.

FEMA Selects Lathan Chatfield for 2017 Youth Preparedness Council

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.

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.


Last updated: July 24, 2017 - 8:43 PM


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