Certain Non-Profit Organizations May Qualify for FEMA Disaster Assistance

Austin, Texas – Nonprofit organizations that experienced damage or losses from Hurricane Harvey may apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance to help them get back to the business of helping others.The FEMA Public Assistance program may reimburse for eligible expenses incurred before, during and after Hurricane Harvey on a cost-share basis.Federal cost-share for all categories of Public Assistance (PA) is 90 percent of total eligible costs, except for assistance previously approved at 100 percent.Only certain nonprofit organizations (PNPs) are eligible. If they provide critical services, such as education, utility,...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Significant Activity for October 30-31, 2017 Significant Events: •  Response and Recovery – Tropical Cyclones Harvey, Irma, and Maria•  Severe Weather – Northeast – Final Tropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Disturbance 1: Low (20%)•  Eastern Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours •  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours •  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •  Heavy Snow – Northern Rockies•  Space Weather:   ○  Past 24 hours: None observed   ○  Next 24...

Hotel Stays Extended to Nov. 27 for Eligible Harvey Survivors

AUSTIN, Texas – Eligible Hurricane Harvey survivors receiving Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) may receive an extension to stay temporarily in hotels while they look for an alternative place to live. Disaster survivors with a continuing need for the hotel sheltering program may be extended to Nov. 27. However, there is a mid-term eligibility review on Nov. 7 where survivors participating in TSA will receive a phone call, email, and/or text message advising them if they have continued eligibility for assistance through a TSA participating hotel. Hurricane Harvey survivors who recently applied for assistance...

October 30, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for October 30, 2017 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for October 30, 2017 Significant Activity – Oct 28-30 Significant Events: Response and Recovery – Tropical Cyclones Harvey, Irma, and Maria Severe Weather – Northeast – Final Tropical Activity: Atlantic – Disturbance 1: Medium (40%) Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1: Low (20%) Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: Flash Flooding Possible – New England High Wind Warnings - ME Space Weather: Past 24 hours: None...

Harris County Disaster Recovery Center Change Hours Saturday

AUSTIN, Texas – The State/Federal Disaster Recovery Center located at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Harris County will change their hours of operation beginning Saturday, Oct. 28.The center will be closed on Oct. 28 and reopen Oct. 30 through Nov. 1.  The center will then close Nov. 2 and reopen Nov. 7.Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and...

October 29, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for October 29, 2017 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for October 29, 2017 Significant Activity – Oct 28-29 Significant Events: Response and Recovery – Tropical Cyclones Harvey, Irma, and Maria Tropical Activity: Atlantic – Tropical Storm Philippe; Disturbance 1: Medium (40%) Eastern Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: Flash Flooding Possible – Mid-Atlantic & Northeast Space Weather: Past 24 hours: None observed: Next 24 hours:...

October 28, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for October 28, 2017 Significant Activity – Oct 27-28 Significant Events: •  Response and Recovery – Tropical Cyclones Harvey, Irma, and Maria Tropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Potential Tropical Cyclone Eighteen •  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Selma; Disturbance 1 •  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours •  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •  Flash Flooding Possible – FL •  Space Weather:   ○  Past 24 hours: None observed   ○  Next 24 hours: None predicted Earthquake Activity: No significant activity...

Friday, October 27, 2017

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, October 27, 2017 Significant Activity for October 26-27, 2017 Tropical Activity:•  Atlantic – Invest 93L: Medium (60%)•  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Selma•  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours •  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •  Elevated Fire Weather – CO, NE & KS•  Heavy Snow possible – Great Lakes•  Space Weather:   ○  Past 24 hours: None observed   ○  Next 24 hours: None predicted Earthquake Activity: No significant activity Declaration Activity: •  Amendment No. 1 to...

Fact Sheet:FEMA Determination Letters: How to File an Appeal

If your application for disaster assistance following Hurricane Harvey was denied or you feel the award amount is insufficient, you have the right to an appeal. The determination letter is intended to explain which category of assistance was processed, the decision made including amount, what action can be taken, and if any additional information should be provided.Applicant needs are assessed based on a number of factors, including eligibility requirements. In addition to missing information, applications may be turned down because:Damage is not to the primary residenceAnother household claim is already in existenceDisaster-related...

Help Remains after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Polk County

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center in the city of Livingston will close permanently at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or a tap on the FEMA app away.The center is at the following location:Dunbar Gym Facility1103 Dunbar StreetLivingston, TX 77351Individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods can still get help, and register if they still haven’t done so, in the following ways:Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.Calling the...

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