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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.
Annual “Great Southeast Shakeout” Set for October 19

ATLANTA — The fifth annual Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill will take place on October 19 at 10:19 a.m. across the southeast United States.

More than 1.3 million people will participate in this regional event, joining Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills occurring throughout the nation and in several countries. More than 25 million people around the globe are expected to participate. In addition to safety drills, many participants take extra steps to become more prepared for earthquakes or other disasters.

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Campaign to Ensure Puerto Rico Residents Receive Potable Water

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico– The government of Puerto Rico, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies are ensuring potable water is available to all residents. 

The multipronged approach to ensure potable water is available to all residents, involves the following:

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Coordinated Federal Support Continues for U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria

WASHINGTON – FEMA and the full force of the federal government continue to make progress towards recovery, working hand-in-hand with U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico officials, municipalities, businesses, and voluntary agencies on the islands since Hurricane Irma’s landfall on Sept. 6 and Hurricane Maria’s landfall on Sept. 19.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused catastrophic damage across both the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. After enduring two Category IV hurricanes in less than two weeks, nearly all critical infrastructure was devastated. 

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens for Four Days in Englewood

ORLANDO, Fla.– A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Thursday, Oct. 12, for four days in Englewood to help Florida storm survivors. The DRC’s hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until close of business Sunday, Oct.15.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens for Four Days in Moore Haven

ORLANDO, Fla.– A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Friday, Oct.13, for four days in Moore Haven to help Florida storm survivors. The DRC’s hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until close of business Monday, Oct. 16.

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Disaster Recovery Center to Open for Four Days in Casselberry

ORLANDO, Fla.– A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Friday, Oct.13, for four days in Casselberry to help Florida storm survivors. The DRC’s hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until close of business Monday, Oct. 16.

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Disaster Recovery Center to Open for Four Days in Palm Harbor

ORLANDO, Fla.– A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Friday, Oct.13, for four days in Palm Harbor to help Florida storm survivors. The DRC’s hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until close of business Monday, Oct. 16.

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Disaster Recovery Center to Open for Four Days in Starke

ORLANDO, Fla.– A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Friday, Oct.13, for four days in Starke to help Florida storm survivors. The DRC’s hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until close of business Monday, Oct. 16.

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Disaster Recovery Center Update for Harris County

AUSTIN, Texas –Three State of Texas/federalDisasterRecoveryCenters (DRCs) will offer a variety of services on an alternating schedule in the Houston metro area beginning Friday, Oct.13, 2017.

 

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Disaster Recovery Center Update for Jefferson County

AUSTIN, Texas –Four State of Texas/federalDisasterRecoveryCenters (DRCs) will offer a variety of services on an alternating schedule in the cities of Bevil Oaks, China, Hamshire and Nome beginning Friday, Oct.13, 2017.

 

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Fact Sheet:  How to Help Children Cope after Hurricane Maria

A disaster or tragic event can leave children feeling frightened, sad, confused, and insecure whether they are exposed to the disaster directly or see it on television or hear others talk about it.

Adults can help children cope with the anxiety that disasters can cause.

Addressing the Emotional Impacts of a Disaster

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Fact Sheet: Beware of Identity Thieves, Scam Artists after a Disaster

Texas survivors of Hurricane Harvey should watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from identify thieves, scam artists and other criminals. In some cases in Texas, thieves have tried to register with FEMA using names, addresses and Social Security numbers they have stolen from other people.

Identity theft

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Fact Sheet: FEMA Spells out Partner Responsibilities for MHU Occupants

Together, FEMA and Manufactured Housing Unit occupants continue to work towards finding permanent housing opportunities. MHUs serve as a temporary housing solution for eligible flood survivors. More than 3,300 households with over 10,000 survivors currently reside in MHUs. FEMA will support survivors in their continued need for temporary housing as long as they remain eligible. 

Eligibility requirements and regulations governing temporary housing assistance is stated in the Code of Federal Regulations.

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Fact Sheet: Flood Insurance, What to Know

Recent historic storms remind us that hurricanes are an ever present danger for Georgians. High winds, storm surge, and flooding have the potential to cause hundreds of millions—even billions—of dollars in damage each year. A policy with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is one of the best tools available to protect your home, business and insurable property.

Homeowner’s or Renter’s Insurance is Not Enough

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Fact Sheet: Questions and Answers About Georgia Disaster Assistance

FEMA Registration

Question: Can survivors register for FEMA assistance if they have insurance?
Answer:  Yes.

Survivors may be eligible for FEMA disaster aid for their uninsured and underinsured losses and damage.

Question: When survivors register do they immediately qualify and receive payments from FEMA?
Answer: No.

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FEMA Approves an Additional $70 Million in Assistance to Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico– FEMA awarded the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) $70 million for emergency work, bringing the total amount of assistance awarded to individuals and communities to $210 million.

PRASA is the primary water and sewer provider for the government of Puerto Rico. Since most of the island is still without power, generators at these facilities must be utilized around the clock in order to avoid a potential public health crisis.

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FEMA Expands Leadership Team in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico– Today, FEMA expanded the leadership team overseeing Puerto Rico recovery efforts following the unprecedented destruction caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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FEMA Obligates an Additional $14 Million to Schools for Flood Recovery

BATON ROUGE, La. — Approximately $14 million in recent disaster funding reimburses local schools affected by the August 2016 floods for repairs, replacing materials and other recovery efforts.

Disaster-related costs are reimbursed with federal funding through FEMA’s Public Assistance program. Below is a breakdown of the recent funding:

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For Texas Hurricane Harvey Survivors, Public Assistance Grants Available

AUSTIN, Texas – For Texas survivors of Hurricane Harvey, help from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an important part of the recovery process.

Low-interest, long-term SBA loans are the primary source of federal disaster recovery funds for damage not fully covered by insurance or other compensation.

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Four More Georgia Counties Approved for Federal Infrastructure Disaster Aid

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – The state of Georgia, local governments and certain private nonprofits in four Georgia counties are now eligible to receive federal assistance to help cover expenses for permanent work under the Public Assistance program to help with costs to repair or replace infrastructure damaged as a result of Hurricane Irma, according to state and federal officials.

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Free Repair and Rebuilding Advice Available in Harris, Jefferson, Matagorda, Nueces and Refugio Counties

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas residents who experienced damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding can get free advice on rebuilding stronger, more disaster-resistant structures from hazard mitigation specialists at stores in Bay City, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Houston and Refugio between Oct. 12 and Oct. 22.
These experts will be in stores offering home-improvement suggestions and techniques to build disaster-resistant homes. Free reference booklets with information to protect a home from flood damage will be available.

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Nueces County Disaster Recovery Center to Resume Full Service Friday

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Corpus Christi will resume full service Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at 1 p.m. The center was closed temporarily because of weather damage.

A DRC offers 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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Registration Deadline Fast Approaching for FEMA Assistance

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— The FEMA registration deadline for West Virginia disaster survivors affected by the July 28-29 flooding event is days away.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

Survivors can register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance by using any of the following methods:

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Reminder about Important Application Dates for Disaster Recovery Assistance

ORLANDO, Fla.—The Federal Emergency Management Agency is reaching out to remind you of important dates and deadlines as you proceed with your recovery from Hurricane Irma. Do not miss out on assistance that may be available to you because of a missed deadline.

Some deadlines may be extended, but do not wait. The following information is current as of Oct. 12.

Operation Blue Roof: Friday, Oct. 13

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Unified Efforts Continue to Provide Meals to Communities

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico– In the next seven days, 20 million meals and more than 11 million liters of water are arriving on Puerto Rico.    

To date, FEMA, working in coordination with federal partners, provided more than 8 million meals, and 6 million liters of water to Puerto Rico.  At the direction of the government of Puerto Rico, FEMA and its partners deliver commodities to Regional Staging Areas (RSA) across the island, where mayors and local officials from municipalities can pick up food, water and other supplies.

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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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