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FEMA News: President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Iowa

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Iowa to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding beginning on March 12, 2019, and continuing. The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, … Continue reading FEMA News: President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Iowa

FEMA News: FEMA Awards $1.66 Million in Public Assistance Grants

Tallahassee, FL (STL.News) – FEMA has approved $1,659,907 to the state of Florida to assist 16 eligible applicants with reimbursement for eligible costs of emergency response and protective measures, as well as temporary facilities, for Hurricane Michael under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. The following projects have been obligated by FEMA to the Florida Division of … Continue reading FEMA News: FEMA Awards $1.66 Million in Public Assistance Grants

FEMA News: Disaster Recovery Center Transitioning to Community Recovery Center

TALLAHASSEE, FL (STL.News) – The State/FEMA disaster recovery center in Panama City will close at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16. At 9 a.m. Monday, March 18, a Community Recovery Center will open in the same location, the Bay County Public Library. The purpose of the Community Recovery Center is to encourage and support a localized, community-based … Continue reading FEMA News: Disaster Recovery Center Transitioning to Community Recovery Center

Texas News: Houston Resident, Patricia Rodriguez Convicted of Fraud Scheme Linked to Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON, Ts. ‐ A Houston area resident has entered a guilty plea to fraud in connection with a major disaster for her scheme to defraud the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Patricia Rodriguez, 38, of Houston, entered her guilty plea today before U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore. As part of … Continue reading Texas News: Houston Resident, Patricia Rodriguez Convicted of Fraud Scheme Linked to Hurricane Harvey

Missouri News: Branson Receives Federal Reimbursements for 2015 Flood

BRANSON, MO – Jan. 31, 2019 – The City of Branson has received a reimbursement check from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for 66% of what the City of Branson paid for Dredging the Meadows Water Treatment Plant from the December 2015 floods. In late December 2015, … Continue reading Missouri News: Branson Receives Federal Reimbursements for 2015 Flood

FRB News: Agencies issue statement on financial institutions issuing loans when National Flood Insurance Program is unavailable

WASHINGTON – The federal bank regulatory agencies remind banks, savings associations, and Farm Credit System institutions that they can continue to make loans during periods when the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is unavailable. The attached guidance issued in 2010 is generally applicable whenever the NFIP is … Continue reading FRB News: Agencies issue statement on financial institutions issuing loans when National Flood Insurance Program is unavailable

NAR Expresses Disappointment Over FEMA’s Latest NFIP Ruling

  WASHINGTON/ December 28, 2018 (STL.News) Today, FEMA issued a new opinion disallowing new or renewal flood insurance policies during the partial shutdown of the federal government. Shannon McGahn, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Association of Realtors®, issued the following in response to FEMA’s ruling. “Today’s ruling comes contrary to Congressional … Continue reading NAR Expresses Disappointment Over FEMA’s Latest NFIP Ruling

United States News: The U.S. Attorney’s Office Announces the Upcoming DHS Bombing Prevention Awareness Course, Dec. 5th and 6th in St. Thomas

United States – U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today the upcoming Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Bombing Prevention Awareness Course (BPAC) that will be offered on both Dec. 5th and 6th at the VITEMA offices on St. Thomas. Both courses run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30p.m. The BPAC provides participants with training regarding general … Continue reading United States News: The U.S. Attorney’s Office Announces the Upcoming DHS Bombing Prevention Awareness Course, Dec. 5th and 6th in St. Thomas

California News: California Secures Federal Assistance to Support Communities Impacted by Wildfires

SACRAMENTO, CA – Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that the President and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have granted California’s request, submitted yesterday, for a Presidential Emergency Declaration for direct federal assistance to supplement the state and local emergency response to major wildfires burning in Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. “California is … Continue reading California News: California Secures Federal Assistance to Support Communities Impacted by Wildfires

California News: Acting Governor Newsom Requests Presidential Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance for Wildfires

SACRAMENTO, CA – Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday sent a letter to the President and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting a Presidential Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance to support the communities impacted by wildfires burning across the state, including the Camp Fire in Butte County, the Hill and Woolsey fires in Ventura … Continue reading California News: Acting Governor Newsom Requests Presidential Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance for Wildfires

Georgia News: Governor Deal, FEMA approves Public Assistance for additional 34 counties

ATLANTA, GA – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal received notice from the White House and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that an additional 34 Georgia counties impacted by Hurricane Michael have been approved for Public Assistance, which provides assistance for state and local costs incurred during preparation, recovery, restoration and cleanup related to Hurricane Michael. … Continue reading Georgia News: Governor Deal, FEMA approves Public Assistance for additional 34 counties

Hurricane Michael News: Understanding Your FEMA Letter

TALLHASSEE, FL — Hurricane Michael survivors who applied for disaster assistance will receive a “letter of eligibility” following an initial application review by FEMA.  Survivors should carefully read this letter as it explains the status of their application, how to respond, the amount of any assistance that FEMA may provide, and how to appropriately use … Continue reading Hurricane Michael News: Understanding Your FEMA Letter

Homeland Security News: FEMA Leads Massive Whole Community Response Effort for Hurricane Michael Survivors

WASHINGTON – Thousands of first responders and volunteers continue working together to save lives, restore power and help survivors affected by Hurricane Michael. More than 16,000 federal employees, including over 8,000 military personnel have been deployed to support Hurricane Michael response efforts. Since Michael’s landfall, search and rescue teams from FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, … Continue reading Homeland Security News: FEMA Leads Massive Whole Community Response Effort for Hurricane Michael Survivors

New Jersey News: Ambler Man, Nicholas Ochs Admits Defrauding FEMA Relating To Major Disaster

CAMDEN, N.J. – An Ambler, Pennsylvania, man today admitted defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of thousands of dollars after Hurricane Sandy, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Nicholas Ochs, 54, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden federal court to Counts One (disaster benefit fraud) and Four (mail fraud) of … Continue reading New Jersey News: Ambler Man, Nicholas Ochs Admits Defrauding FEMA Relating To Major Disaster

North Carolina News: Greene Becomes 28th County Eligible for Florence Disaster Assistance

RALEIGH, NC – North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s request for major federal disaster assistance for Greene County has been approved by FEMA to help individuals and communities recover from Hurricane Florence. With the addition of Greene County, 28 counties have now been approved for federal assistance in recovering from Hurricane Florence: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, … Continue reading North Carolina News: Greene Becomes 28th County Eligible for Florence Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, DC | Rogers Announces Grant of Over $18 Million for Jacksonville State University

Washington, DC – Congressman Mike Rogers made the following statement congratulating Jacksonville State University (JSU) today for receiving an $18,117,223.83 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “I am so proud to see how resilient the University and community have been. My wife and I are JSU alumni and … Continue reading WASHINGTON, DC | Rogers Announces Grant of Over $18 Million for Jacksonville State University

South Carolina News: Georgetown County Residents Eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance Program

COLUMBIA, S.C. – At the request of Governor Henry McMaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has amended its disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence to make residents in Georgetown County eligible to apply for the Individual Assistance program. Residents in Chesterfield, Dillon, Horry, Marion, and Marlboro counties were previously made eligible to apply for aid … Continue reading South Carolina News: Georgetown County Residents Eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance Program

South Carolina News: Chesterfield County Residents Eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance Program

COLUMBIA, S.C. – At the request of Governor Henry McMaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has amended its disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence to make residents in Chesterfield County eligible to apply for the Individual Assistance program.  Residents in Dillon, Horry, Marion, and Marlboro counties were previously made eligible to apply for aid through … Continue reading South Carolina News: Chesterfield County Residents Eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance Program

North Carolina News: Governor Roy Cooper Requests FEMA To Cover 100% of Initial Florence Response Costs

RALEIGH, NC – As catastrophic effects from Hurricane Florence persist, Governor Cooper Friday asked President Donald Trump to cover 100% of initial disaster response costs for North Carolina.  Typically, 75% of these costs are covered by FEMA with the remaining 25% paid by the state. “North Carolinians are a resilient people, but the recovery from … Continue reading North Carolina News: Governor Roy Cooper Requests FEMA To Cover 100% of Initial Florence Response Costs

South Carolina News: S.C. Agencies, Residents Prepare for Hurricane Florence

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Emergency Management Division continues to monitor Hurricane Florence, which forecasters say could affect the East Coast as a powerful storm.  The state Emergency Operations Center is operational, staffed by emergency personnel from various state agencies and emergency organizations.  The SEOC will be operational 24 hours a day until further … Continue reading South Carolina News: S.C. Agencies, Residents Prepare for Hurricane Florence

U.S. Political News: Wicker, Hyde-Smith Announce $852K in Grants for Mississippi Fire Departments

Mississippi Senators Applaud FEMA Grants for Fire Departments WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., August 3rd announced the award of $851,954 in FEMA grants to fire departments in Columbus, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Senatobia, Laurel, Bentonia, and Woodville.  The grants are being awarded as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Assistance to … Continue reading U.S. Political News: Wicker, Hyde-Smith Announce $852K in Grants for Mississippi Fire Departments

Political News: Murphy, Blumenthal, DeLauro, Courtney, Esty Announce Over $330,000 For Fire Departments in Suffield, Middlefield, Plymouth

Hartford, CT – Thursday, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Joe Courtney (CT-2) and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced $330,536 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) for fire departments in Middlefield, Plymouth, and Stafford. “Day in and day out, firefighters put their … Continue reading Political News: Murphy, Blumenthal, DeLauro, Courtney, Esty Announce Over $330,000 For Fire Departments in Suffield, Middlefield, Plymouth

North Carolina News: North Carolina Governor Cooper requests federal disaster declaration for Western North Carolina flooding, mudslides

RALEIGH, NC – North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting a major federal disaster declaration for 13 Western North Carolina counties that were affected by heavy rains, flooding and mudslides in May. The request is for federal disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help local … Continue reading North Carolina News: North Carolina Governor Cooper requests federal disaster declaration for Western North Carolina flooding, mudslides

WASHINGTON | Former FEMA head of personnel accused of sexual misconduct

WASHINGTON — The former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s personnel office had improper sexual relationships with subordinates and created a “toxic” work environment that included giving preferential treatment to his fraternity brothers, according to a summary of an internal investigation obtained Monday by The Associated Press. FEMA officials said Corey Coleman resigned June … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Former FEMA head of personnel accused of sexual misconduct

Homeland Security News: Secretary Nielsen Statement on FEMA 2017 Hurricane Season After-Action Report

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement regarding the release of FEMA’s 2017 Hurricane Season After-Action Report yesterday: “By capturing the insights gained from the previous hurricane season, this report, which is focused only on the efforts of DHS and FEMA, provides a transformative roadmap for how we respond … Continue reading Homeland Security News: Secretary Nielsen Statement on FEMA 2017 Hurricane Season After-Action Report

Texas News: Federal Disaster Declaration Granted For Texas Counties Following Severe Weather, Flooding In The Rio Grande Valley

AUSTIN, TX – United States President Donald J. Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today granted Governor Greg Abbott‘s federal disaster request for Individual Assistance for Cameron and Hidalgo Counties following recent severe weather and flooding.  The Governor requested this assistance following his visit to the Emergency Operations Center in Edinburg, Texas where … Continue reading Texas News: Federal Disaster Declaration Granted For Texas Counties Following Severe Weather, Flooding In The Rio Grande Valley

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Announces Over $1 Million Awarded for Stormwater Drainage System in Ellicott City

Howard County Residents, Businesses to Benefit from Multiyear Project Developed by State and County ANNAPOLIS, MD – Maryland Governor Hogan today announced that Maryland, in collaboration with Howard County, has been awarded $1,044,224 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fund a project that will reduce the flood risk of areas surrounding Main Street … Continue reading Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Announces Over $1 Million Awarded for Stormwater Drainage System in Ellicott City

North Carolina Governor Cooper Announces Aid for Guilford and Rockingham Residents Affected by Tornado

RALEIGH, NC – North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s request for a federal disaster declaration to help tornado victims in Guilford and Rockingham counties was approved today by President Donald Trump.  The declaration means people recovering from the April 15 storm will be able to apply for low-interest federal loans or grants to help them repair … Continue reading North Carolina Governor Cooper Announces Aid for Guilford and Rockingham Residents Affected by Tornado

FEMA Statement provided to CBS News from Public Affairs Director William Booher

May 2, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — The fact is that FEMA will pay every dime to a policyholder that they are due based on the coverage in their policies and the damage that occurred. For the 2016 floods in Louisiana, the NFIP had over 29K claims with just over 300 appeals and has paid out $2.4B … Continue reading FEMA Statement provided to CBS News from Public Affairs Director William Booher

FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted For Tinder Fire

OAKLAND, Calif./ April 30, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News)  — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of Arizona to combat the Tinder Fire burning in Coconino County. On April 29, 2018, the State of Arizona submitted a request for a Fire Management … Continue reading FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted For Tinder Fire