Monday, October 10, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, October 10, 2016 Significant Activity - October 8-10 Significant Events: Post-Tropical Cyclone Matthew (FINAL) Tropical Activity: •Atlantic –  Tropical Storm Nicole •Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (30%); Disturbance 2 – Low (20%) •Central Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (20%); Disturbance 2 – Low (10%) •Western Pacific – No tropical cyclone activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Rain and thunderstorms – Central Great Basin and Central Rockies, Southwest, Southern/Central Plains, Middle Mississippi Valley •Rain – Portions of the Pacific Northwest, Upper Mississippi Valley &...

Sunday, October 9, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Sunday, October 9, 2016 FEMA Daily Ops Briefing 10-9-2016.pdf Significant Events: Post-Tropical Cyclone Matthew Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Post-Tropical Cyclone Matthew; Tropical Storm Nicole •Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (20%); Disturbance 2 – Low (20%) •Central Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (20%) •Western Pacific – No tropical cyclone activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Flash flooding possible – Southeast to Mid-Atlantic •Rain and thunderstorms – Southwest to Southern Plains; coastal Southeast to Mid-Atlantic •Rain – Pacific Northwest to Northern Rockies; Southeast to Northeast...

Saturday, October 8, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Saturday, October 8, 2016 Significant Events: Hurricane Matthew Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Hurricane Matthew (Category ); Tropical Storm Nicole •Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (20%) •Central Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (20%) •Western Pacific – No tropical cyclone activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Flash flooding possible – Southeast to Mid-Atlantic •Rain and thunderstorms – Southwest to Southern Plains •Rain – Pacific Northwest to Northern Rockies; Southeast to Northeast •Critical/Elevated Fire Weather – southern CA; Lower Mississippi to Tennessee valleys •Red Flag Warnings...

Contact Local Officials About Substantial Damage and Permits Before Starting Work

BATON ROUGE, La.— Move your recovery forward and get informed to make sure you invest resources properly and rebuild or repair wisely. Contact your community’s floodplain management or building officials to start the inspection process to determine if your home or business is substantially damaged. Also get the proper permits for things like plumbing, electrical system, foundation and structural repairs.Substantial damage exists in Special Flood Hazard Areas, or floodplains—areas that have increased flooding risks— when the cost of restoring a structure equals or exceeds 50 percent of the structure’s pre-damage market value....

Friday, October 7, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, October 7, 2016 Significant Events: Hurricane Matthew Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Hurricane Matthew (Category 3); Hurricane Nicole (Category 2) •Eastern Pacific – Tropical cyclone activity not expected next 48 hours •Central Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (20%) •Western Pacific – No tropical cyclone activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Flash flooding possible – Southeast to Mid-Atlantic and Central Appalachians •Severe thunderstorms possible – coastal South Carolina •Rain and thunderstorms – Southwest to Southern Plains and Middle Mississippi Valley; Southeast to Mid-Atlantic and Appalachians; Middle...

FEMA Approves $2.1 Million for Deweyville School’s Temporary Classrooms

AUSTIN, Texas—Federal officials today announced more than $2.1 million had been approved to install and lease for 18 months the Deweyville Elementary School’s temporary modular classrooms.The school was devastated by the severe storms and flooding in March. The 11 modular classrooms, which serve students in grades K-5, were available at the start of this school year while the district begins rebuilding a permanent facility.The funding represents the federal share—75 percent—of the $2.87 million project. The district was one of 64 applicants in 21 counties that were eligible to be reimbursed for...

Thursday, October 6, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Thursday, October 6, 2016 Significant Activity for October 6 - 7 Significant Events: Hurricane Matthew Tropical Activity: •Atlantic –  Hurricane Matthew (Category 3); Tropical Storm Nicole; Disturbance 1 – Low (near 0%) •Eastern Pacific – Tropical cyclone activity not expected during next 48 hours •Central Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (20%) •Western Pacific – No tropical cyclone activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Flash Flooding – Southern/Central Plains and Middle Mississippi Valley •Severe Thunderstorms – Southern/Central Plains and Middle Mississippi Valley •Rain and Snow –...

Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Calcasieu Parish In Louisiana

DENTON, Texas– New preliminary flood maps in Calcasieu Parish within the Lower Sabine Watershed are now ready for residents and business owners to review. The maps were produced by a team of local, state and FEMA floodplain officials.Residents and business owners are encouraged to view the maps to see if their property is at risk of flooding. This understanding will help residents and business owners make informed decisions about building plans. Flood Insurance is recommended for all areas of risk, even low risk areas.The public is invited to participate in appeal...

Some Nonprofits May Qualify for FEMA Disaster Grants

BATON ROUGE, La. – Nonprofit organizations that experienced damage or losses from the August floods may apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance grants to help them get back to the business of helping others.As part of its mission, FEMA provides grants to state, tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofits through its Public Assistance program. For the August floods, these grants reimburse 90 percent of eligible costs for emergency protective measures, and repair and restoration of public facilities and infrastructure to pre-disaster condition.Only certain nonprofit organizations (PNPs) are...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Significant Activity for October 4-5, 2016 Significant Events: Hurricane Matthew Tropical Activity: •Atlantic –  Hurricane Matthew (Category 3); Tropical Storm Nicole; Disturbance 1 – Low (10%) •Eastern Pacific – Disturbance 1 – Low (10%) •Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones are expected through Friday morning •Western Pacific – No tropical cyclone activity affecting U.S. interests Significant Weather: •Rain and Thunderstorms – Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, Ohio and Tennessee valleys, Southeastern U.S. to the Mid-Atlantic •Rain and Snow – Northern Intermountain...

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