Hurricane Laura Recovery Efforts After Six Months

BATON ROUGE, La. – Six months ago, communities across 21 parishes in Louisiana experienced the devastating effects of Hurricane Laura. Neighborhoods were shattered, homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed, and lives were upended. Day after day Louisianans continue to recover. FEMA and its partner federal agencies are still in Louisiana and will remain in the state to provide all the assistance that individuals, state and local governments are eligible to receive. Here for the long-term, FEMA’s Interagency Recovery Coordination (IRC) team has ramped up its engagement with local, state and...

Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Craighead County, Arkansas

DENTON, Texas – New preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in Craighead County, Arkansas. Property owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the 90-day appeal and comment period. The new flood hazard information from FEMA has been generated in coordination with local community, state and FEMA officials. Significant community...

Happy to Be Home

BATON ROUGE, La. – Sandra’s voice smiles as she says she is “so comfortable now” living in a FEMA temporary housing unit on her own property in a remote area of Calcasieu Parish. Her trailer sits on a concrete slab that used to hold her carport. Next to it are the remnants of her old home, destroyed by the two hurricanes. She says, “FEMA saved my life” by helping her return to her own yard. Being forced to live with friends and relatives had left her depressed. Now she feels settled...

Don’t Get Scammed: Protect Yourself from Contractor Fraud

DENTON, Texas – State and federal recovery officials urge disaster survivors in the 16 designated counties to register for disaster assistance as soon as possible. If you have insurance and are applying for assistance for damages your home sustained following the winter storms, you must also file a claim with your insurance company. The quickest and easiest way to apply is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov. If it is not possible to register online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). Oklahomans are also asked to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud....

Texas Winter Storm Survivors in 18 Additional Counties Can Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

DENTON, Texas – Texas homeowners and renters in 18 additional counties who suffered damage from the winter storm that recently struck Texas may now apply for disaster assistance with FEMA. If you have insurance and are applying for disaster assistance, you must also file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If insurance does not cover all your damage, you may be eligible for federal assistance. The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov....

Oklahomans Affected by Winter Weather Can Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

DENTON, Texas – Oklahoma homeowners and renters in the 16 counties designated for individual assistance who sustained damage may now apply for disaster assistance with FEMA. If you have insurance and are applying for disaster assistance, you must also file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If insurance does not cover all your damage, you may be eligible for federal assistance. The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov. If it is not...

FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update

WASHINGTON -- FEMA continues taking action to support President Joseph R. Biden, Jr’s COVID-19 response plan, as Community Vaccination Centers opened Feb. 24 in Brooklyn and Queens, New York and Dallas and Houston, Texas. An additional center will open in Texas later this week, while four centers in Florida, four in New York and one in Philadelphia are scheduled to open next week. Earlier this month, two Community Vaccination Centers opened in California. FEMA is working with other federal agencies to coordinate with state, tribal and territorial authorities and private sector...

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

WASHINGTON — FEMA announced federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Oklahoma to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe winter storms from Feb. 8-20, 2021. The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Comanche, Cotton, Hughes, Jefferson, Le Flore, McIntosh, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Stephens, Tulsa and Wagoner counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover...

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Help Texans Affected by Winter Storms: Donate Blood, Donate Money

DENTON, Texas – Last week’s winter storms wreaked havoc on communities across Texas. To make the most of your contributions, consider these tips for donating and volunteering responsibly. Cash is the most efficient method of donating. Financial contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are the fastest, most flexible and most effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through businesses local to the disaster, which supports economic recovery. Cash donations rather than unsolicited donated...

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