Three DRCs Open in Ascension and East Baton Rouge Parishes

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Tuesday, August 23, in Gonzales in Ascension Parish and in Baton Rouge and Zachary in East Baton Rouge Parish to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday until further notice.Disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:2nd Baptist Church 914 N. Acadian ThruwayWest Baton Rouge, La. 70802Zachary Men’s Club 5746 Rollins RoadZachary, La. 70791 Survivors may locate other centers near them at fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Survivors may...

FEMA Extends Grace Period to Renew Flood Insurance Policies in Declared Louisiana Parishes

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that due to the damage and displacement caused by recent flooding, the grace period to renew flood insurance policies has been extended to 120 days, for certain parishes in Louisiana.“We’ve seen major destruction to communities across the state; thousands of Louisianans have been displaced,” said Roy Wright, deputy associate administrator for FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration.  “This extension will give policyholders one less thing to worry about, at a time when they are trying to focus on getting back into...

Monday, August 22, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, August 22, 2016 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, August 22, 2016 Significant Activity - August 19-22 Significant Events: Gulf Coast Flooding Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Tropical Depression Fiona; Disturbance 1 - Low (20%); Disturbance 2 - High (near 100%) •Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Kay; Disturbance 1 – Low (10%) •Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected through Wednesday Morning •Western Pacific – No activity threatening U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Rain and thunderstorms – California, Southwest, Southern Plains, Southeast, Great Lakes •Critical/Elevated Fire Weather...

Update on FEMA and Federal Partners’ Support to Disaster Recovery in Louisiana Parishes Affected by Floods

WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), federal partners’ and the state of Louisiana continue to work together to support relief efforts in Louisiana, to include opening Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) today.FEMA and the State of Louisiana opened two DRCs today, and will continue to open additional centers in locations identified by the state to provide information to survivors. Three additional centers are scheduled to open on Monday. These centers bring together federal, state, and local representatives to share information and answer questions of disaster survivors. Survivors can apply for...

DRCs Open in East Baton Rouge, Tangipahoa and West Feliciana Parishes

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Sunday, August 21, in Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until further notice.The centers are at the following addresses:Former Parish Tourism Building42271 S. Morrison Blvd.Hammond, La. 70443 St. Helena Environmental Health Unit53 N. 2nd St.Greensburg, La. 70441 Survivors may locate centers near them at fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. That information is also available on the FEMA mobile app. Survivors may register at any open...

Louisiana Flooding, One Week Later

A photo of a member of Texas Task Force 1 member conducting search and rescue operations on the flooded streets of Louisiana. Unprecedented. Historic. Epic. Three words that have been used to describe this month's flooding in Louisiana. Last Friday, as the rains came down and over 31 inches of water fell in some areas, we knew it was a big deal. A week later, this remains a very significant disaster. Our Administrator traveled down on Tuesday. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security traveled down on Thursday. Next Tuesday, the President will travel. With disasters like these, the federal family wraps its arms around affected communities. Large and small. The...

Recovery Workers Stepping Up to the Plate Share Thoughts from the Front Lines

AmeriCorps member mucks out home in Texas With more than half its 254 counties eligible to receive assistance under six federal disaster declarations in the past year, Texas remains in recovery from severe storms and flooding.   Recovery help has come from many sources, including three AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT) programs: Texas Conservation Corps, Southwest Conservation Corps and Hoopa Tribal Civilian Community Corps. Teams from the programs stepped up to the plate this summer in Brazoria County, about 40 miles southwest of Houston. They mucked out more than 40 homes and cleared nearly 1,500 cubic yards...

Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4277)

Sources of Financial Help After a Disaster• Insurance• FEMA• Disaster Loan from the Small Business Administration• Voluntary Agencies Designated Parishes: Acadia Parish, Ascension Parish, Avoyelles Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, East Feliciana Parish, Evangeline Parish, Iberia Parish, Iberville Parish, Jefferson Davis Parish, Lafayette Parish, Livingston Parish, Pointe Coupee Parish, St. Helena Parish, St. Landry Parish, St. Martin Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Vermilion Parish, Washington Parish and West Feliciana Parish.Apply for assistance:Online at disasterassistance.govCall 800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service). If you use TTY, call 800-462-7585.Visit a Disaster Recovery Center.Stay in Touch After you apply, we may need to contact you to schedule an inspection or to get...

Smoke, Skies, and Sand

Los Angeles County Fire/Air Operations--via Twitter https://twitter.com/LACoFireAirOps/status/757357182253883392) According to its website, the Angeles National Forest offers "natural environments, spectacular scenery, developed campgrounds and picnic areas, swimming, fishing, skiing, and the solitude of quiet wilderness areas." Not cited on that webpage, it also provides a scenic background for one of the most hustling and bustling cities in the country: Los Angeles, California. This weekend, this serene, picturesque forest became home to an incredibly active, dangerous blaze known as the Sand Fire. (For reference, fire names are often determined by their proximity to certain landmarks; this one is in...

Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4270)

Map of declared counties for [Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4270)] News May 6, 2016 - News Release WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Arkansas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of March 8-13, 2016. Geographic Information Financial Assistance If and when individual assistance money is approved for this disaster, it will be displayed here. Information is updated every 24 hours. Public Assistance - Dollars Approved Public Assistance Definitions Public...

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