FEMA News Releases

  1. President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Kansas

    President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Kansas

    WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Kansas to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms and straight-line winds from March 17-22, 2022.

    Federal funding is available to the state, eligible local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities in Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Ellis, Ford, Graham, Gray, Hodgeman, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Ness, Pawnee, Phillips, Rooks, Rush, Stafford, Trego and Wallace counties.

    Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

    DuWayne Tewes has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

    zella.campbell Wed, 05/25/2022 - 23:02
  2. Riverside County Earns 20% Flood Insurance Discount

    Riverside County Earns 20% Flood Insurance Discount

    OAKLAND, Calif.– Unincorporated Riverside County residents and businesses will now be eligible for an additional five percent discount—up from 15 to 20 percent—on their flood insurance premiums thanks to local mitigation efforts.

    The county’s new Community Rating System (CRS) Class 6 level, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), rewards policyholders with 20 percent discounts on residential and nonresidential structures in identified flood zones. After April 1, current and new policyholders will save about $150 on their annual flood insurance premiums, about $40 more than Class 7 discounts. With over 1,900 policies in Riverside County, more than $290,000 per year will now be saved.

    Chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors Jeff Hewitt remarked “I’m proud of the collaboration between County Building and Safety, the Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and the Coachella Valley Water District to bring these savings to our residents. We are continually raising our game and it is great to see it recognized.”

    “We applaud Riverside County,” said FEMA Region 9 Administrator Bob Fenton. “Because of the commitment of elected officials and the county’s floodplain manager, two benefits are realized. First is the long-term benefit of reducing future flood losses. Second is the annual financial savings to residents through lower insurance premiums.”

    Activities that help communities raise their CRS standing include public outreach programs, higher mapping and regulation standards, and flood mitigation initiatives that help save lives and protect property from flooding.

    Fenton added, “Getting flood insurance is the smart thing to do, because just an inch of water in your home can cost $25,000 to fix. Homeowners’ and renters’ policies do not cover floods, so flood insurance can help protect you from a potential financial disaster.”

    NFIP policies are available through private insurance companies and agents, with a 30-day waiting period before coverage goes into effect.

    For information about floods, flood insurance and your own flood risk, visit floodsmart.gov.


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    robert.barker Tue, 05/24/2022 - 16:10
  3. FEMA Awards $2.4 Million to Marshall County for Tornado Debris Removal

    FEMA Awards $2.4 Million to Marshall County for Tornado Debris Removal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. –FEMA has approved $2,409,846 to reimburse Marshall County for expenses paid for the collection and proper disposal of storm debris after the Dec. 10-11, 2021, tornadoes.

    Marshall County hired a contractor to remove and dispose of vegetative debris between Dec. 27 and Jan. 25. The work and costs associated with the Marshall County debris removal project include expenses for labor, equipment, material and contract costs.

    FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants on a cost share basis to reimburse state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent repair work.

    Because of the magnitude of damage from the tornadoes, President Biden in January authorized a cost share adjustment to 100% federal funding for debris removal for a 30-day period of the commonwealth’s choosing (Dec. 27 – Jan. 25).

    FEMA’s award is paid directly to the commonwealth to disburse to agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs.

    neily.chapman Mon, 05/16/2022 - 19:41
  4. Union County Residents Invited to Attend Virtual Flood Map Information Open House

    Union County Residents Invited to Attend Virtual Flood Map Information Open House

    CHICAGO – Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host a Virtual Flood Map Information Open House for communities in Union County, Ohio, on June 1, 2022, from 5 – 7 p.m. ET. The open house will give residents the chance to review preliminary versions of a recently completed Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM).

    The FIS and the FIRMs provide base flood (also known as the 1-percent-annual-chance event) information, designate areas that are subject to significant flood hazards within areas of the county, and offer information that public officials may use when permitting development in the floodplain.

    Experts at the virtual open house will help residents understand flood risk and flood insurance, floodplain development regulations and the mapping process in Union County. The newly prepared preliminary floodplain maps can also be reviewed at the meeting.

    Once the maps become effective, they will be used as the basis for flood insurance ratings as well as local flood protection regulations adopted under the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA encourages public officials to use the maps to assist planning processes and prepare communities to quickly respond to and recover from future events.

    WHAT:              Union County virtual Flood Map Information Open House 

    WHEN:             June 1, 2022, 5–7 p.m. ET

    WHERE:           Visit www.zoom.com and enter the following meeting ID and passcode. This requires registering for a free Zoom                           account or clicking the following link:                           https://stantec.zoom.us/j/94912145193?pwd=amZpSnN2VkdybHNKZGtsOUM1M3FvZz09                           Meeting ID: 949 1214 5193, Passcode: Union

    You may also call into the meeting using one of the following telephone numbers and entering the meeting ID and passcode shown above. Long-distance charges may apply.

                              (301) 715 8592                           (312) 626 6799                           (646) 876 9923

    Property owners, realtors, lenders, and insurance agents are urged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within their community. Digital files of the Preliminary FIRM and FIS report can be downloaded from www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata.

    If you need a reasonable accommodation (sign language interpreters, Braille, CART, etc.), please send an e-mail to FEMA-Region5-FloodInsuranceOutreach@fema.dhs.gov at least 48 hours before the event. Last minute requests will be accepted but may not be possible to fulfill.

    For more information, contact the FEMA News Desk at FEMA-R5-News-Desk@fema.dhs.gov.

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    troy.christensen Tue, 05/24/2022 - 13:51
  5. FEMA Distributes Over $1 Million in Individual Assistance

    FEMA Distributes Over $1 Million in Individual Assistance

    San Juan, Puerto Rico - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $1 million in disaster assistance for survivors of the severe storm, floods and landslides that occurred on February 4 – 6, 2022.

    Disaster Assistance grants distributed to survivors include over $507,500 in Housing Assistance to repair damaged homes and nearly $496,000 in Other Needs Assistance, which covers personal property damaged during the disaster.

    FEMA assistance for individuals and families affected by the severe storm, floods and landslides can help with rental assistance, temporary housing, home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Both homeowners and renters may be eligible for assistance. The deadline to apply for disaster assistance is May 31.

    Survivors from the affected municipalities ofCataño, Dorado, Toa Baja, Vega Alta, and Vega Baja are eligible to apply for disaster assistance. To get additional information, find the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) nearest you, click on the FEMA DRC link: Fema.gov/drc.

    The temporary centers are located at:

    Pabellón Comercial Rafael Hernández Colón


    Calle Méndez Vigo #349

    (in front of Residencial El Dorado), Dorado

    Junta de Inscripción Permanente de Candelaria


    Barrio Candelaria, Toa Baja

    Centro de Usos Múltiples

    Carr. PR-5, Km 2.6

    Sector Juana Matos, Cataño

    Centro Comunal Los Naranjos

    Barrio Cabo Caribe Comunidad Los Naranjos,

    Parcela 119-A Vega Baja

    Regular hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    You may also apply with FEMA through your smart phone, home computer or by phone. The fastest ways to apply for assistance are:

    • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
    • By phone at 800-621-3362. Press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish and 3 for all other languages. Those who use a relay service such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Phone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week
    • Download FEMA’s mobile app. Select Disaster Resources and click on Apply for Assistance Online.

    For more information about Puerto Rico’s recovery from the February floods, visit Fema.gov/disaster/4649. Follow us on social media at Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico, Follow the FEMA Region 2 Twitter account at www.twitter.com/FEMAregion2.

    frances.acevedo-pico Tue, 05/24/2022 - 13:54

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