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  • FEMA Announces 140 Million Dollars for Emergency Food and Shelter Program

    FEMA Announces 140 Million Dollars for Emergency Food and Shelter Program

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces $140 Million for Emergency Food and Shelter Program | site |


    (Information included in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release: November 23, 2020) WASHINGTON -- FEMA has announced that $140 million will be available to communities across the county to assist with feeding and sheltering. Congress made $125 million available for Fiscal Year 2020, and this year, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board is including an additional $15 million from funds that have not been used from prior grant years. FEMA awarded the $125 million to the National Board, which is now allocating the funds, combined with the additional $15 million, to qualifying jurisdictions (counties and cities). EFSP funds assist local organizations dedicated to feeding, sheltering, and providing critical resources to people with economic emergencies, including our nation's hungry and homeless populations. These fun...
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  • CPSC says ´Tis the Season to Be Safe - - - Top Tips for Your Family During COVID-19

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says ´Tis the Season to Be Safe: Top Tips for Your Family During COVID-19 | site |



    CPSC releases latest data for injuries and deaths related to toys, holiday decorating and cooking; announces 2020 toy recalls


    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) press release: November 19, 2020)

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The holidays normally are a time to get together in person with friends and family. However, the pandemic may mean virtual celebrations this year. Regardless of how you celebrate, it’s important to protect yourself from possible dangers associated with holiday trees, candles, and cooking fires, as well as unsafe toys.

    To keep the season safe, here’s what you need to know:


    TOYS

    Data:
    • Choking on small parts and riding toy injuries: CPSC reports that in 2019, there were an estimated 162,700 toy-related, emergency
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  • IRS says Register by Nov. 21 to get an Economic Impact Payment - - same Deadline for Federal Beneficiaries to get missed 500 Dollars per Child Payments

    IRS says Register by Nov. 21 to get an Economic Impact Payment; same Deadline for Federal Beneficiaries to get missed $500 per Child Payments | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release: November 19, 2020)

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded people who don't normally file tax returns that they have until November 21 at 3 p.m. Eastern time to register for an Economic Impact Payment. They also may be eligible to get to a $1,200 payment for their spouse and $500 for each qualifying child.

    The extended November 21 deadline also gives more time to federal beneficiaries who already received an EIP but didn't register to receive supplemental $500 payments for qualifying children. Those eligible to provide this information include people with qualifying children who receive Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Railroad
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  • CDC says 50.6 Million U.S. Adults Currently Use Tobacco Products

    CDC says 50.6 Million U.S. Adults Currently Use Tobacco Products

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 50.6 Million U.S. Adults Currently Use Tobacco Products | site |


    Cigarettes remain most used tobacco product in 2019


    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release: November 19, 2020)

    Findings from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released today show that approximately 1 in 5 U.S. adults reported currently using a tobacco product in 2019, with about 80% of those adults reporting that they use combustible products such as cigarettes. To assess recent national estimates of tobacco product use among U.S. adults 18 years or older, CDC analyzed data from the 2019 National Health Interview Survey. The survey measured use of five tobacco products: cigarettes, cigars (cigars, cigarillos, or filtered little cigars), pipes (regular pipes, water pipes, or hookahs), e-cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco (ch
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  • Federal Emergency Management Agency says Use FEMA Grants for Intended Purpose

    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Use FEMA Grants for Intended Purpose

    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Use FEMA Grants for Intended Purpose | site |


    (November 17, 2020) - - On November 17, 2020 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information: PENSACOLA, Fla. – FEMA reminds Panhandle residents who have received federal disaster assistance for Hurricane Sally to use the money for its intended purpose and to keep receipts for three years. Disaster assistance is intended to help residents meet basic disaster-related needs. A letter explaining what the payment is to be used for arrives within a day or two of the check or direct deposit payment. If applicants spend the payment on anything other than the purpose for which it is intended, they may be denied future disaster assistance. In some cases, FEMA may ask that the money be returned. Those receiving assistance are urged to keep receipts for their disaster spending for three years to document that the money was used to meet disaster-relate...
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  • FEMA Releases National Risk Index - - - New Online Data Shows Natural Hazards Risks for Communities

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Releases National Risk Index: New Online Data Shows Natural Hazards Risks for Communities | site |


    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:

    Washington - - FEMA announced the Phase 1 rollout of the National Risk Index, a new online resource that helps illustrate communities most at risk from natural hazards. This online mapping application analyzes risk factors from 18 natural hazards. Additionally, to provide a holistic view of community risk, the application includes expected annual losses, social vulnerability and community resilience layers. This release makes the underlying data available for use by state, local, tribal and territorial partners. The interactive mapping tool can help communities, especially those with limited flood mapping and risk assessment capabilities, better prepare for natural hazards by providing standardized risk data
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  • Trump Administration Grants Gold Star Families and Military Veterans Free Entrance to National Parks, Refuges and Other Public Lands Starting Veterans Day

    Trump Administration Grants Gold Star Families and Military Veterans Free Entrance to National Parks, Refuges and Other Public Lands Starting Veterans Day | site |


    (November 10, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of the Interior published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — On behalf of the Trump Administration and in support of America’s military members and families, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt signed Secretary’s Order 3387 at the Iowa Gold Star Museum in October, announcing that Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans will be granted free access to national parks, national wildlife refuges and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior starting on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) this year and every day onward. “The Trump Administration is committed to honoring American patriots – the men and women who have served in our armed forces,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “With the utmost respect and gratitu
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  • FEMA says Wildfire Survivors Must Apply To Extend Time For FEMA Rental Assistance

    FEMA says Wildfire Survivors Must Apply To Extend Time For FEMA Rental Assistance

    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Wildfire Survivors Must Apply To Extend Time For FEMA Rental Assistance| site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information: SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Wildfire survivors who received an initial rental assistance award may be eligible for an extension of that after two months but must request it. Many individuals and households who had to move after their homes were damaged or lost due to August/September wildfires in 13 counties have been receiving help from FEMA paying rent on temporary alternative housing. The counties are Butte, Lake, Lassen, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Trinity, Tulare and Yolo. Two weeks after a household initially receives rental assistance, FEMA mails them a letter or an application for an extension. Anyone currently receiving temporary housing assistance who has not received a l...
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  • Understanding Your FEMA Letter

    Understanding Your FEMA Letter

    Understanding Your FEMA Letter | site |


    (November 3, 2020) - - Today, November 3, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information: SACRAMENTO, Calif. – FEMA reminds wildfire survivors in Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, Napa, San Bernardino, San Diego, Shasta, Siskiyou and Sonoma counties that your application for assistance cannot be processed until FEMA has a report of the fire damage to your home and personal property. You may not have been able to make a report because you were or still are under an evacuation order. When permitted to return home, speed up the decision about a recovery grant by providing your damage report to FEMA as quickly as possible. Some survivors may have received letters from FEMA stating that the agency cannot refer them to its Individuals and Households Program. This does not mean a denial, but that FEMA cannot move your application forward until you report your damage. Bottom line, m...
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  • Social Security Begins New Electronic Social Security Number Verification Service

    Social Security Begins New Electronic Social Security Number Verification Service

    Social Security Begins New Electronic Social Security Number Verification Service | site |


    (October 29, 2020) - - Today, October 29, 2020, the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information: The Social Security Administration has begun the initial rollout of its new electronic Consent Based Social Security Number (SSN) Verification (eCBSV) service. The agency is rolling out the service to selected participants through 2020, and plans on expanding the number of users in 2021. “Our new electronic SSN verification service helps reduce synthetic identity fraud by comparing agency records with data provided electronically by approved participants,” said Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security. “This is an important online service that helps us provide participants and their customers fast, secure, and more efficient SSN verifications.” Social Security created eCBSV, a fee-based electronic SSN verification service, to allow sele...
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