August 11, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 11, 2018 Significant Activity – Aug 10-11 Significant Events: Wildfires – CA Tropical Activity: •  Atlantic – Disturbance 1: Low (10%); Disturbance 2: Low (20%)•  Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1: Low (30%); Tropical Storm Kristy•  Central Pacific – Hurricane Hector (CAT 3)•  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •  Elevated/critical fire weather – WA, ID, MT, ND, SD, OR, WY, CA, NV, & UT•  Isolated dry thunderstorms – WA, ID, & MT•  Red Flag Warnings – WA, ID, MT, SD, OR,...

Disaster Survivors Can Get Rebuilding Tips from Local Home Improvement Stores

AUSTIN, Texas – Disaster survivors from Hidalgo, Cameron and Jim Wells counties who are rebuilding and repairing their homes can visit local home improvement stores to get free hazard mitigation consultations from FEMA mitigation representatives. Mitigation advisors will be on-hand to answer questions about rebuilding and protecting homes from future disaster related damage. Topics include flood insurance and elevating of utilities. Most of the information provided is geared toward do-it-yourself work and general contractors. FEMA Mitigation Specialists will be available at these stores: CountyLocationsDatesHoursCameronLowe’s Store4705 South Expy 77/83Harlingen, TX 78550Monday, Aug. 20Tues. Aug. 21...

August 10, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 10, 2018 Significant Activity – Aug 9-10, 2018 Significant Events: CA Wildfires Tropical Activity: •  Atlantic – Post-Tropical Cyclone Debby – Last Advisory; no tropical cyclone activity expected the next 48 hours•  Eastern Pacific –Tropical Storm John; Tropical Storm Kristy•  Central Pacific – Hurricane Hector (CAT 4)•  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •  Severe thunderstorms possible – Southwest•  Flash flooding possible – Southwest; Southern Rockies to Southern Plains; Mid-Atlantic to Northeast•  Elevated/critical fire weather – Northern CA, NV, OR, &...

Fact Sheet: FEMA housing recipients must comply with license agreement

AUSTIN, Texas — More than 2,300 Texas households affected by Hurricane Harvey are currently living in temporary housing units (THUs) provided by FEMA. THU occupants may be eligible to stay in their FEMA unit for up to 18 months from the date of the disaster declaration while securing a permanent housing solution, but they must abide by the terms of their license agreement.   Only people listed on the license are allowed to occupy the THU, and the license cannot be transferred to another party. FEMA retains the right to enter the...

New housing development brings hope to survivors in LaGrange

AUSTIN, Texas – The Fayette County Disaster Recovery Team plans to bring hope to Hurricane Harvey survivors in LaGrange through a planned 64-home subdivision. The subdivision project, Hope Hill, is being funded and developed by the recovery team in collaboration with the nonprofits Samaritans’ Purse and Mennonite Disaster Services.  The goal of Hope Hill is to provide affordable housing to survivors whose homes along the Lower Colorado River flooded after Hurricane Harvey. The project will move residents out of the floodplain and onto higher ground.  Disaster survivors moving into Hope Hill...

NFIP Proof of Loss claim deadline is just weeks away

AUSTIN, Texas — The time for Hurricane Harvey survivors to file a National Flood Insurance Policy (NFIP) Proof of Loss claim is drawing to a close. The deadline to file for flood damages is one year from the date of their loss.  Harvey first made landfall in Texas on Aug. 25, 2017, with heavy rainfall and flooding occurring for several days after it hit. For this reason, the date of loss varies for property owners. NFIP usually requires policyholders to submit a Proof of Loss claim within 60 days from the date...

Mattress Mack turns showrooms into shelters

AUSTIN, Texas – As Hurricane Harvey approached Houston last year, thousands of people began gathering their emergency kits and mapping out evacuation routes. Not many Houstonians prepared the way Jim McIngvale did.  “We’d done a fairly decent job of preparing for this hurricane,” said McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture, who is better known in the area as “Mattress Mack.” “We had rented about 20 of these 24-foot trucks with 26-foot beds on them, very high off the ground, to get through a lot of water.” What McIngvale hadn’t anticipated was that Harvey...

Kids: An Important Part of a Family Disaster Plan

AUSTIN, Texas – As September looms, children are looking forward to a new school year. September is also National Preparedness Month, a fine opportunity for parents to involve kids in creating a family disaster plan in case of emergency. Youngsters can be directly involved in putting together a family emergency preparedness kit and in making plans for the care of pets in case of disaster. Talking with kids about the dangers that families can face is an important first step toward preparedness. Hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods or acts of terrorism are frightening to...

How FEMA’s Mitigation Programs Cut Losses in Disasters

AUSTIN, Texas – It has been estimated that for every dollar spent on hazard mitigation, six dollars are saved when trouble strikes. So, whenever the president signs a major disaster declaration for any state, territory or tribal nation, FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is automatically triggered for the entire jurisdiction. HMGP authorizes the spending of funds in any area designated by the governor or chief to alleviate the potential damage from future disasters, thus reducing or eliminating the danger to people and buildings and the potential costs of dealing with such...

If You Need Disaster Assistance, Deadline to Apply is Less Than 30 Days Away

AUSTIN, Texas— If you are a survivor from the severe storms and flooding that occurred from June 19 – July 13, 2018, and your home is still not safe, sanitary and functional, the deadline to apply for aid is Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018,  less than 30 days away.  Even if you have insurance, you can apply for disaster assistance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but if you are underinsured, you may receive help after your claims have been settled. Applying for disaster assistance is a two-step process that involves FEMA help and...

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Tallahassee search and rescue crews on the ground in Mexico Beach -...

WCTVTallahassee search and rescue crews on the ground in Mexico BeachWCTV(WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue team is sifting through debris in Mexico Beach, checking for those who may have been trapped or killed in the hurricane. The search and rescue team arrived Thursday afternoon and...

Central Florida rescuers return home from hurricane-ravaged Panhandle - Orlando Sentinel

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Tampa Bay Search-And-Rescue Task Force Now Has Grim Duty - Patch.com

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Ohio Task Force 1 coming home after Florida deployment - WDTN.com

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Hurricane Relief Drive Going Strong - MyWabashValley.com

MyWabashValley.comHurricane Relief Drive Going StrongMyWabashValley.comTerre Haute - An item collection drive continues for victims of Hurricane Michael. There's a truck set up at 25th and Wabash, where two local men are collecting necessities to take down to the Florida Panhandle. They also did this last year for victims ...

Victims IDed as Hurricane Michael recovery effort drags on - ABC News

ABC NewsVictims IDed as Hurricane Michael recovery effort drags onABC NewsA family can begin to grieve after officials confirmed Friday the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who had been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach home in rubble. Joanne Garone Behnke said it's been an agonizing wait...

'Just praying for it to end': Family rides out Hurricane Michael in...

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Family of 12 struggling to find shelter more than a week after...

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Light mag. 4.0 earthquake - NORTHERN ALASKA on Saturday, 20...

VolcanoDiscoveryLight mag. 4.0 earthquake - NORTHERN ALASKA on Saturday, 20 OctoberVolcanoDiscovery... the epicenter), please share your experience with us and submit a short "I felt it" report. You can use your GPS or device location as well to show where you were during the earthquake. - thank you. Data for...

Earthquake report world-wide for Saturday, 20 Oct 2018 - VolcanoDiscovery

VolcanoDiscoveryEarthquake report world-wide for Saturday, 20 Oct 2018VolcanoDiscoveryEarthquake report world-wide for Saturday, 20 Oct 2018. Saturday Oct 20, 2018 00:20 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR. World map showing earthquakes above magnitude 3 during the past 24 hours on 20 Oct 2018. Summary: 38 quakes M3+, 16 quakes ...

Tokyo 2020 Olympics venues linked to earthquake safety data scandal...

fox2now.comTokyo 2020 Olympics venues linked to earthquake safety data scandalfox2now.comA major Japanese hydraulics company has admitted to doctoring earthquake safety data for buildings across the country, including some venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Tokyo-based KYB and a subsidiary admitted to routinely doctoring data for ...Tokyo 2020 Olympics venues linked to...

California Today: What an Earthquake Could Do to the State's...

New York TimesCalifornia Today: What an Earthquake Could Do to the State's Housing CrisisNew York TimesGood morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here's the sign-up.) The turnout was thin in Berkeley on Thursday for ShakeOut, an earthquake drill that has expanded to seismic-prone areas across the globe. It's...