Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Search Result

Collapse
21 results in 0.0041 seconds.
Keywords
Members
Tags
  • You can also choose from the popular tags.

disaster x

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Offers Military Personnel Disaster Assistance

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Offers Military Personnel Disaster Assistance



    (November 10, 2018) - - Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:

    Tallahassee, Fla. - - FEMA may provide disaster assistance to eligible, active-duty military and civilian military employees as long as it does not duplicate assistance from the military.

    Active-duty military and civilian military employees who live in privately owned housing on base may be eligible for all categories of housing assistance.

    Applicants living in military housing may receive Rental Assistance if they document that they are not receiving housing assistance from another source.

    Active-duty military personnel stationed outside the country may authorize a third party to be present for inspection of their damaged primary residence.

    To use a third party, a military applicant must provide the FEMA-contracted inspector with the name and contact information of the authorized agent. At the inspection the third party must have personal identification along with the nine-digit FEMA registration number of the applicant.

    When a FEMA inspector arrives, he must provide official government identification including a picture ID.

    Miscellaneous personal expenses related to the disaster that are not covered by insurance or defense department programs may also be eligible for FEMA Other Needs Assistance.

    Register or get information at DisasterAssistance.gov, through the FEMA app on phones/tablets, or call 800-621-3362, 800-462-7585 (TTY). Multilingual operators are available 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. If you need a sign language interpreter, foreign language translator, a Braille document or large-print or electronic file and it is not available on the FEMA website (Resources-people-disabilities-access-functional-needs), please call 470-364-7252.




    Credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency
    See more | Go to post

  • FEMA Publishes Fact Sheet Titled Rumors vs. Facts about Disaster Assistance

    FEMA Publishes Fact Sheet Titled Rumors vs. Facs about Disaster Assistance




    RUMORS VS. FACTS ABOUT DISASTER ASSISTANCE




    (November 2, 2018) - - Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:


    RUMOR: FEMA only helps insured homeowners.

    FACT: FEMA assistance is not just for homeowners. FEMA also may provide assistance to renters who lost personal property or who were displaced. Not having insurance has no effect on a survivor’s eligibility for assistance.



    RUMOR: FEMA is paying insurance deductibles.

    FACT: By law, FEMA cannot pay insurance deductibles.



    RUMOR: FEMA is charging for debris removal.

    FACT: FEMA does not charge for debris removal. In fact, FEMA can reimburse cities, towns and state agencies reasonable costs associated with debris removal such as labor, disposal fees, equipment costs, material costs or contract costs.



    RUMOR: FEMA is covering food loss.

    FACT: FEMA's disaster assistance program does not cover food losses. The Department of Children and Families, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has initiated the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) for eligible families in 12 Florida counties. Visit the D-SNAP website for information on registration, site locations and hours of operation.



    RUMOR: FEMA is giving out $500 to everyone who has registered.

    FACT: FEMA doesn’t hand out money for registering. Grants for survivors dealing with disaster recovery is determined by factors such as insurance coverage and the amount of damage incurred in the disaster.



    RUMOR: FEMA grant money is a loan and must be paid back.

    FACT: FEMA grants do not have to be repaid.



    RUMOR: FEMA is paying volunteers and has asked them to keep track of hours.

    FACT: FEMA does not employ volunteers. Those looking to work for FEMA should visit USAJOBS.gov.



    RUMOR: Survivors are unable to contact inspectors.

    FACT: Inspectors contact survivors only after they’ve registered with FEMA to schedule an inspection of an applicant’s damaged dwelling. There is no need to contact an inspector before the inspection.



    RUMOR: Comcast is giving away three months of cable service to survivors registered with FEMA.

    FACT: Untrue. FEMA does not make such arrangements and does not endorse private companies.



    NOTE: FEMA maintains a Hurricane Michael rumors page at https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-michael-rumor-control




    Credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency
    See more | Go to post

  • U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Declares Fishery Disaster in Florida following Hurricane Michael

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Declares Fishery Disaster in Florida following Hurricane Michael



    (November 1, 2018) - - Today, in response to a request from Governor Rick Scott on October 23, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that a commercial fishery failure occurred in Florida as a result of Hurricane Michael, which struck the panhandle with devastating force on October 10.

    “The Department of Commerce stands ready to support communities across Florida in their hour of need,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The Trump Administration is committed to ensuring that all Americans receive the necessary aid to recover and rebuild following the destruction and harm caused by Hurricane Michael.”

    This determination provides the basis for Congress to appropriate fishery disaster assistance for the new fiscal year, which began in October. In 2018, Secretary Ross has previously declared fishery disasters in Texas after Hurricane Harvey and in California, Oregon, and Washington.

    To further facilitate recovery efforts in Florida and beyond, the Department of Commerce can look to the Economic Development Administration, which spearheads the Federal government’s efforts to deliver economic assistance and support long-term growth after natural disasters.




    Credit: U.S. Department of Commerce...
    See more | Go to post

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Selects Pilot Projects to Demonstrate Better Approach to Disaster Medical Care

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Selects Pilot Projects to Demonstrate Better Approach to Disaster Medical Care




    (September 27, 2018) - - Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:

    In a disaster, thousands of Americans may require immediate medical specialty care, surpassing the care available in the community. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) today awarded two $3 million grants to demonstrate how a new Regional Disaster Health Response System could meet these needs, including trauma, burn or other specialty care, during a national emergency and save more lives.

    “Our nation faces real and serious threats that represent a looming risk to healthcare delivery,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. Robert Kadlec. “This system offers a powerful way to form alliances and build specialized capabilities that save more lives in overwhelming, catastrophic emergencies. The system draws on the existing U.S. healthcare infrastructure, pulling together private sector and federal resources in a way that has never been done. I encourage all healthcare delivery facilities and providers to get involved.”

    Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, received the grants from ASPR’s Hospital Preparedness Program to conduct pilot projects that show the potential effectiveness and viability of a Regional Disaster Health Response System.

    The Regional Disaster Health Response System will build on local health care coalitions and trauma centers, creating a tiered system of disaster care. The system will integrate local medical response capabilities with emergency medical services, burn centers, pediatric hospitals, labs, and outpatient services, to meet the overwhelming health care needs created by disasters.

    More than 31,000 health care organizations participate in health care coalitions nationwide, which are funded by the Hospital Preparedness Program. Coalitions create partnerships among health care facilities and providers in communities, primarily from the private sector, to prepare for disasters and respond.

    In demonstrating a Regional Disaster Health Response System, each pilot project must:
    • build a partnership for disaster health response to support clinical specialty care;
    • align plans, policies, and procedures for clinical excellence in disasters;
    • increase state-wide and regional medical surge capacity;
    • improve state-wide and regional situational awareness, such as the availability of hospital beds; and
    • develop metrics and test the regional system’s capabilities.

    Nebraska Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital were selected from among 19 applicants nationwide by a panel of experts from professional associations, academia, and federal agencies.



    Courtesy: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    See more | Go to post

  • U. S. Department of Agriculture Announces Approval of D-SNAP for North Carolina Disaster Areas

    U. S. Department of Agriculture Announces Approval of D-SNAP for North Carolina Disaster Areas




    Washington, DC - - (September 25, 2018) - - North Carolina residents recovering from Hurricane Florence could be eligible for disaster food benefits through the availability of USDA’s Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

    Households that may not normally be eligible under regular SNAP rules may qualify for D-SNAP if they meet the disaster income limits and have qualifying disaster-related expenses.

    “Our department is committed to providing the assistance needed to our neighbors, as they pull themselves to recovery,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said. “The D-SNAP program USDA is announcing today is an important step forward in bringing back normalcy to those impacted.”

    D-SNAP eligible households in the affected areas will receive one month of benefits, equivalent to the maximum amount of benefits normally issued to a SNAP household of their size, to meet their food needs as they settle back home following the disaster. To be eligible for D-SNAP, a household must live in one of the affected counties. North Carolina will share information about eligible counties, D-SNAP dates, and locations through the local media.

    D-SNAP timing varies with the circumstances of each disaster, but always begins after commercial channels of food distribution have been restored and families are able to purchase food to prepare at home. Before operating D-SNAP in an approved county, the State must ensure that conditions related to safety and readiness are in place. For example, power must be restored, roads must be passable, and a sufficient amount of stores must be open and available to redeem D-SNAP benefits. Affected households should look for public information notices from the State regarding the location of application sites and dates of application in each county.

    Disaster supplements will be provided to ongoing SNAP households up to the maximum allotment for their household size in counties most affected by the storm. Recipients may receive automatic disaster supplements if they file an affidavit with the local office attesting to food losses and disaster expenses.

    Current participants may have also had a portion of their September benefits replaced since many lost food as a result of the storm. Late this week, participants in the State identified counties most affected by the storm and who have not already requested benefit replacement via an affidavit will automatically receive 60 percent of their regular September SNAP benefit to allow for replacement of perishable food lost due to storm-caused power outages.

    The D-SNAP announcement today is the latest in a battery of USDA actions North Carolina Disaster Nutrition Assistance taken to help North Carolina residents cope with the storm and its aftermath that also include a waiver to allow SNAP participants to buy hot foods and hot food products prepared for immediate consumption with their benefits at authorized SNAP retailers statewide through October 31, 2018.

    In addition, local disaster organizations, such as The Salvation Army and NC Baptist Men continue to utilize USDA Foods to serve hot meals in congregate shelters. Individuals seeking more information about this and other available aid should dial 2-1-1.

    USDA's Food and Nutrition Service administers 15 nutrition assistance programs. In addition to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, these programs include the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, the National School Lunch Program, and the Summer Food Service Program which together comprise America's nutrition safety net. For more information, visit www.fns.usda.gov.






    Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    See more | Go to post

  • U.S. Small Business Administration Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of South Carolina Affected by Hurricane Florence

    U.S. Small Business Administration Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of South Carolina Affected by Hurricane Florence



    Washington, DC - - (September 22, 2018) - - U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in South Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence beginning Sept. 8, 2018:

    “The U.S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing South Carolina residents with the most effective response possible to assist businesses, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans. Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority.”

    The disaster declaration covers Dillon, Horry, Marion and Marlboro counties in South Carolina which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Chesterfield, Darlington, Florence, Georgetown and Williamsburg in South Carolina; and Anson, Brunswick, Columbus, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland in North Carolina.

    Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Applicants may be eligible for a loan increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

    For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

    Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.

    Interest rates are as low as 3.675 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations and 2.0 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

    Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.

    To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

    Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@s ba.gov (link sends e-mail).

    The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 20, 2018. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 21, 2019.




    Credits: U.S. Small Business Administration
    See more | Go to post

  • U.S. Department of Labor Awards Disaster Recovery Grant to North Carolina in Wake of Hurricane Florence

    U.S. Department of Labor Awards Disaster Recovery Grant to North Carolina in Wake of Hurricane Florence




    Washington, DC - - (September 21, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) to the North Carolina Department of Commerce to assess workforce needs in response to Hurricane Florence.

    Hurricane Florence brought record amounts of rainfall and flooding to the affected counties. The storm received a major disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on September 14, 2018, enabling the State to request DWG funding to assess workforce needs in the following 18 counties declared eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance Program: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Jones, New Hanover, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, and Wayne.

    Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Dislocated Worker Grants temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated worker training and employment programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events that cause significant job losses.





    Courtesy: U.S. Department of Labor
    See more | Go to post

  • What to Expect After Registering for Disaster Assistance

    in News

    What to Expect After Registering for Disaster Assistance

    What to Expect After Registering for Disaster Assistance



    Editor's note: On September 21, 2018 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:


    Raleigh, NC - - (September 21, 2018) - - After registering for disaster assistance, you may be contacted by a FEMA-contracted housing inspector to schedule an appointment for a housing inspection.

    Your first contact with a housing inspector may be by text or phone call and may come from an area code different than yours. The inspection is needed to verify and assess damage indicated when you registered. The inspection generally takes about 20-40 minutes but may take longer. The inspector will want to see the damaged areas of your home, as well as damaged furniture and personal property. There is no fee for the inspection.

    When a housing inspector comes to visit your home, ask to see a FEMA photo ID badge. If you are not shown photo identification, then do not allow the inspection. Disasters often bring out scam artists who prey on the needs of disaster survivors.

    All FEMA-contracted housing inspectors will be able to identify you by the unique nine digit number you were assigned when you applied for assistance. FEMA inspectors will never ask for this information. They already have it in their records. If you are unsure if the inspector is with FEMA, call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) to confirm.

    Someone 18 years of age or older must be present during the inspection. The inspector will also ask to see:
    • Photo identification;
    • Proof of ownership/occupancy of damaged residence (structural insurance, tax bill, mortgage payment book/utility bill);
    • Insurance documents: home and/or auto (structural insurance/auto declaration sheet);
    • List of household occupants living in the residence at time of disaster; and
    • All disaster-related damage to both real and personal property

    Once the inspection process is complete, your case will be reviewed by FEMA and you will receive a letter outlining the decision about your claim. Inspectors do not make eligibility determinations for assistance.

    Read all communications from FEMA carefully. If you are eligible for disaster assistance, FEMA will send you a check by mail or deposit it directly into your bank account. If you receive money for rental assistance, be sure to keep documentation and receipts of payments. If you pay

    to stay somewhere, you should have a written landlord/tenant agreement for the time frame you use the assistance.

    If you are not eligible for federal disaster assistance, you will receive a letter from FEMA explaining why you may not be eligible for this form of disaster assistance. You will be given a chance to appeal the decision. Appeals must be in writing and mailed within 60 days of FEMA’s decision. Many times, your letter will say you’re ineligible because FEMA needs additional information from you, like proof of an insurance settlement.

    Although FEMA assistance cannot make you whole, it may help your recovery move forward by providing grants for basic repairs to make your home safe, sanitary and secure. FEMA assistance may also provide temporary help with a place for you and your family to stay while you build your recovery plan.

    After registering for disaster assistance, you may be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In times of disasters, the SBA offers low-interest loans for businesses, homeowners and renters. The SBA will contact you with information on how to apply. There’s no obligation to accept a loan, but you may miss out on the largest source of federal disaster recovery funds if you don’t submit an application.

    Information about low-interest SBA disaster loans and application forms are available online at SBA.gov/disaster. You may also call 800-659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@s ba.gov. If you use TTY, call 800-877-8339. Applicants may apply online at SBA’s secure website, https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.




    Courtesy: Federal Emergency Management Agency
    See more | Go to post

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Puerto Rico Ink 1.5 Billion Dollars Disaster Recovery Grant Agreement

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Puerto Rico Ink $1.5 Billion Disaster Recovery Grant Agreement

    Action paves the path to repair housing, businesses and infrastructure




    Washington, DC - - (September 20, 2018) - - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson and Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rosselló today announced the formal execution of a $1.5 billion grant agreement to help citizens in Puerto Rico to recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The signing of this grant agreement now paves the way to speed recovery dollars needed to restore damaged and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure.

    Puerto Rico's long-term recovery is supported through HUD's Community Development Block Grant—Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program, which requires grantees to develop thoughtful recovery plans informed by local residents. Learn more about CDBG-DR and the State's role in long-term disaster recovery (en español).

    "Today, HUD and Puerto Rico are moving forward to speed recovery on the island," said Secretary Carson. "Now that we have a framework in place, implementing Puerto Rico's disaster recovery program can move full steam ahead."

    "We are grateful for the great working relationship we have established with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and for their continuous consideration in terms of the housing, infrastructure, and economic revitalization needs of the American citizens living in Puerto Rico," said Governor Ricardo Rosselló. "The Island continues to recover from the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria, but with the trust and support of HUD we will definitely rebuild better and stronger than ever. The People of Puerto Rico thank Secretary Ben Carson and Deputy Secretary Pam Patenaude for their committed attention to the recovery of the Island."

    To address unmet needs, Puerto Rico identified several housing, infrastructure and economic development recovery needs arising from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Puerto Rico's disaster recovery action plan includes the following activities:
    • Housing ($1 billion) - Puerto Rico is investing more than $1 billion to restore the island's severely damaged housing stock. As part of the plan, Puerto Rico intends to provide up to $120,000 to rebuild destroyed homes for each qualified homeowner and up to $48,000 to repair each eligible damaged property. Additional housing investments include funding for rental assistance ($10,000,000), specifically for properties serving the elderly and other vulnerable households. Puerto Rico has also proposed a $36 million Home Emergency Resilience Program that provides up to $6,000 per household for individual solar appliances to help families.
    • Economic Revitalization ($145 million) - Puerto Rico's recovery plan provides $145 million for several activities to help revitalize the post-disaster economy, grants of up to $50,000 for eligible businesses. The plan also targets grants of up to small business incubators and accelerators ($10,000,000) awards of up to $2,500,000 for each eligible incubator operation, a workforce training program ($10,000,000) awards of up to $2,000,000 to train eligible Section 3 residents, and a construction and commercial revolving loan program ($35,000,000) that will provide up to $1,000,000 per loan to eligible businesses.
    • Infrastructure ($100 million) - To support the repair of damaged infrastructure on the island, Puerto Rico intends to target $100 million to match federal investments through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program projects.
    Read Puerto Rico's recovery plan.

    Background

    On September 8, 2017, President Trump signed the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017. The Act appropriated $7.4 billion in CDBG-DR funding for major disasters declared in 2017. To distribute these funds, the Act requires HUD to direct the funds to the areas most impacted by last year's major disasters. On February 1, 2018, HUD allocated $1.5 billion of that appropriation to Puerto Rico to address the serious unmet needs on the island. The action plan approved today will put these funds to work.

    On April 10, 2018, HUD allocated another $18.5 billion to further support recovery in Puerto Rico and to rebuild communities impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Irma and to protect them from major disasters in the future. HUD will shortly publish program rules to guide Puerto Rico and others on the use of those funds.

    CDBG-DR grants support a variety of disaster recovery activities including housing redevelopment and rebuilding, business assistance, economic revitalization, and infrastructure repair. Grantees are required to spend the majority of these recovery funds in "most impacted" areas as identified by HUD. HUD will issue administrative guidelines shortly for use of the funds to address grantees' long-term recovery needs, particularly in the area of housing recovery.





    Courtesy: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    See more | Go to post

  • FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Reaching Out in North Carolina

    in News

    FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Reaching Out in North Carolina

    FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Reaching Out in North Carolina





    Raleigh, NC - - (September 19, 2018) - - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are working in Hurricane Florence affected-areas in North Carolina to help survivors register for assistance, identify and address immediate and emerging needs, and make referrals to other local, state and voluntary agencies to best meet survivors’ needs.

    Using the latest mobile technology, DSA staff can register survivors for disaster assistance, update their records and make referrals to local, state, and voluntary agency partners. During this process, specialists will ask for some personal information including: social security number, annual income and bank information, as well as names of occupants of the impacted property.

    Like all FEMA field personnel, team members can be identified easily by their photo identifications and the FEMA logo on their shirts. Residents are encouraged to ask for official identification before providing personal information.

    In addition to the registration opportunity offered by DSA teams, survivors can register for assistance by the following methods:
    • Visit DisasterAssistance.gov.
    • Call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY users) (Multilingual operators are available, press 2 for Spanish)to register. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, seven days a week.
    After registering for disaster assistance,you may be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In times of disasters, the SBA offers low-interest loans for businesses, homeowners and renters.The SBA will contact you with information on how to apply. There’s no obligation to accept a loan, but you may miss out on the largest source of federal disaster recovery funds if you don’t submit an application.

    Information about low-interest SBA disaster loans and application forms are available online at SBA.gov/disaster. You may also call 800-659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@s ba.gov. If you use TTY, call 800-877-8339.

    Although the federal government cannot make you whole, it may help your recovery move forward by providing grants for basic repairs to make your home safe, sanitary and secure. FEMA disaster assistance may also provide temporary help with a place for you and your family to stay while you build your own recovery plan.



    FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.



    Courtesy: Federal Emergency Management Agency
    See more | Go to post

  • Justice Department Reminds the Public to be Aware of Fraud When Disaster Strikes and Report It

    U.S. Department of Justice Reminds the Public to be Aware of Fraud When Disaster Strikes and Report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud



    National Center For Disaster Fraud Partners With National Association of Attorneys General to Combat Disaster-Related Fraud



    (August 29, 2018) - - The Department of Justice established the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when billions of dollars in federal disaster relief poured into the Gulf Coast region, which opened opportunities for criminals to exploit people during vulnerable times. The NCDF, a national coordinating agency within the Department’s Criminal Division, operates a call center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and serves as a centralized clearinghouse for disaster fraud complaints and information relating to both natural and man-made disasters. The NCDF seeks to improve and further the detection, prevention, investigation, and prosecution of fraud related to natural and man-made disasters, and to advocate for victims of such fraud. More than 20 federal, state, and local agencies participate in the NCDF, which allows them to forward on complaints to the appropriate agency for investigation.

    “Committing fraud against natural disaster victims is an inexcusable crime,” said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “We are now in hurricane season, and it is important for people to be on the lookout for fraudsters who seek to profit from natural disasters through identity theft schemes and solicitations for fake charities. The Department of Justice is committed to detecting this type of fraud, and we will aggressively prosecute the offenders. Through our National Center for Disaster Fraud, and in conjunction with our law enforcement partners, we are working to keep Americans from becoming victims of these schemes.”

    The recent Carr Fire in California, though largely contained, has caused severe damage; the Pacific Hurricane Season has already proven to be quite active, as demonstrated by Hurricane Lane’s destructive landfall in Hawaii; and we are already 90 days into the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Unfortunately, and inevitably, natural and man-made disasters will continue to occur across our great nation. These terrible and often tragic events leave many people without food, water, or shelter, and often cause devastating damage to life and property. Nevertheless, there are criminals ready to take advantage of victims before, during, and especially after a natural disaster. They are looking to strike those at their most vulnerable time.

    While compassion, assistance, and solidarity are generally prevalent in the aftermath of natural disasters, unscrupulous individuals and organizations also use these tragic events to take advantage of those in need. Examples of illegal activity being reported to the NCDF and law enforcement include:
    • Impersonation of federal law enforcement officials;
    • Identity theft;
    • Fraudulent submission of claims to insurance companies and the federal government;
    • Fraudulent activity related to solicitations for donations and charitable giving;
    • Fraudulent activity related to individuals and organizations promising high investment returns from profits from recovery and cleanup efforts;
    • Price gouging;
    • Contractor Fraud;
    • Debris removal fraud;
    • Theft, looting, and other violent crime
    Numerous U.S. Attorney Offices in districts impacted by recent hurricanes have established task forces comprised of local, state and federal agencies in their respective areas to combat disaster fraud.

    In ongoing efforts to strengthen partnerships and better inform the American people of its mission, the NCDF has joined with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who was recently installed as the President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), in an effort to spread the message of the NCDF to more of our partners nationwide. We at the NCDF are collaborating with Attorney General Landry and the NAAG to inform every state Attorney General of the mission and function of the NCDF as part of Attorney General Landry’s presidential initiative on disaster fraud.

    “The NCDF has an excellent staff of investigators, analysts, call center operators, and managers who are well prepared to handle the anticipated volume of complaints during hurricane season and help ensure that each report of fraud reaches the appropriate investigative agency,” said U.S. Attorney Brandon J. Fremin for the Middle District of Louisiana, who is also the NCDF’s Executive Director. “Our collaboration with the National Association of Attorneys General and Attorney General Landry is yet another example of our efforts to better serve the American people before, during and after a natural disaster. Raising public awareness by spreading the message of the NCDF through the state Attorneys General is a great way for the NCDF to reach thousands of people who may one day be subjected to fraudulent schemes.”

    “As President of the National Association of Attorneys General, my goal is to use the next 18 months to gather as much intel as possible so we may better prepare state and federal leaders for future crises,” said Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. “We are fortunate to have the NCDF right here in Louisiana and it has served as a great resource to our citizens through hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters. I am proud to team up with U.S. Attorney Fremin and the great men and women at the NCDF as we continue to look for ways to move our Louisiana and other states forward in terms of emergency preparedness and management.”

    Members of the public are reminded to apply a critical eye and do their due diligence before trusting anyone purporting to be working on behalf of disaster victims and before giving contributions to anyone soliciting donations on behalf of disaster victims as well as being extremely cautious before providing personal identifying or financial information to anyone, especially those who may contact you after a natural disaster. Solicitations can originate from e-mails, websites, door-to-door collections, mailings and telephone calls, and similar methods. Members of the public who suspect fraud, waste, abuse, or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, or believe they have been the victim of fraud from a person or organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of disaster victims, should contact the National Disaster Fraud Hotline toll free at (866) 720-5721. The telephone line is staffed by live operators 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also fax information to the Center at (225) 334-4707, or email it to disaster@leo.gov . Learn more about the NCDF at www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud and watch a public service announcement here. Tips for the public on how to avoid being victimized of fraud are at https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/tips-...bution-schemes .



    Courtesy: U.S. Department of Justice
    See more | Go to post

  • President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for North Carolina

    President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for North Carolina




    Washington, DC - - (September 15, 2018) - - The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of North Carolina to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 7, 2018, and continuing.

    The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pender counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

    Federal funding is also available to the state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Florence in Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pender Counties for debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B), including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program counties.

    Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and Indian Tribes throughout the state.

    Albert Lewis has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Lewis said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of further damage assessments.


    Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.go v or by calling 1-800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.




    Courtesy: Federal Emergency Management Agency
    See more | Go to post

  • U.S. Small Business Administration Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of North Carolina Affected by Hurricane Florence

    U.S. Small Business Administration Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of North Carolina Affected by Hurricane Florence




    Washington, DC - - (September 15, 2018) - - U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence beginning Sept. 7, 2018 and continuing:

    “The U.S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing North Carolina residents with the most effective response possible to assist businesses, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans. Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority.”

    The disaster declaration covers Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender counties in North Carolina which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Bladen, Columbus, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Pitt, Sampson and Washington in North Carolina; and Horry in South Carolina.

    Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Applicants may be eligible for a loan increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

    For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

    Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.

    Interest rates are as low as 3.675 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations and 2.0 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

    Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov .

    To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

    Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@s ba.gov .

    The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 13, 2018. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 14, 2019.




    Courtesy: U.S. Small Business Administration
    See more | Go to post

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Approved 1.5 Billion Dollars Disaster Recovery Plan in Puerto Rico

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Approves $1.5 Billion Disaster Recovery Plan in Puerto Rico




    Action plan focuses on housing, infrastructure and economic development


    Washington, DC - - (July 30, 2018) - - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced HUD has approved a $1.5 billion disaster recovery plan to help citizens in Puerto Rico to recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Puerto Rico recently submitted the plan for HUD’s review which primarily focuses on the restoration of damaged and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure. Read Puerto Rico’s recovery plan.

    Puerto Rico’s long-term recovery is supported through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant—Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program which requires grantees to develop thoughtful recovery plans informed by local residents. Learn more about CDBG-DR and the State’s role in long-term disaster recovery (en español).

    “Today, we turn an important corner in our long-term effort to rebuild hard-hit communities in Puerto Rico,” said Secretary Carson. “This is just the beginning – billions in federal disaster recovery funding will soon be put to work and help our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico rebuild their homes and their lives.”

    Background

    On September 8, 2017, President Trump signed the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017. The Act appropriated $7.4 billion in CDBG-DR funding for major disasters declared in 2017. To distribute these funds, the Act requires HUD to direct the funds to the areas most impacted by last year’s major disasters. On February 1, 2018, HUD allocated $1.5 billion of that appropriation to Puerto Rico to address the serious unmet needs on the island. The action plan approved today will put these funds to work.

    On April 10, 2018, HUD allocated another $18.5 billion to further support recovery in Puerto Rico and to rebuild communities impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Irma and to protect them from major disasters in the future. HUD will shortly publish program rules to guide Puerto Rico and others on the use of those funds.

    CDBG-DR grants support a variety of disaster recovery activities including housing redevelopment and rebuilding, business assistance, economic revitalization, and infrastructure repair. Grantees are required to spend the majority of these recovery funds in "most impacted" areas as identified by HUD. HUD will issue administrative guidelines shortly for use of the funds to address grantees' long-term recovery needs, particularly in the area of housing recovery.

    To address unmet needs, Puerto Rico identified several housing, infrastructure and economic development recovery needs arising from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Puerto Rico’s disaster recovery action plan includes the following activities:
    • Housing ($1 billion) – Puerto Rico is investing more than $1 billion to restore the island’s severely damaged housing stock. As part of the plan, Puerto Rico intends to provide up to $120,000 to rebuild destroyed homes for each qualified homeowner and up to $48,000 to repair each eligible damaged property. Additional housing investments include funding for rental assistance ($10,000,000), specifically for properties serving the elderly and other vulnerable households. Puerto Rico has also proposed a $36 million Home Emergency Resilience Program that provides up to $6,000 per household for individual solar appliances to help families.
    • Economic Revitalization ($145 million) - Puerto Rico’s recovery plan provides $145 million for several activities to help revitalize the post-disaster economy, grants of up to $50,000 for eligible businesses. The plan also targets grants of up to small business incubators and accelerators ($10,000,000) awards of up to $2,500,000 for each eligible incubator operation, a workforce training program ($10,000,000) awards of up to $2,000,000 to train eligible Section 3 residents , and a construction and commercial revolving loan program ($35,000,000) that will provide up to $1,000,000 per loan to eligible businesses.
    • Infrastructure ($100 million) - To support the repair of damaged infrastructure on the island, Puerto Rico intends to target $100 million to match federal investments through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program projects.



    Courtesy: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    See more | Go to post

  • U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in North Carolina Following Secretary of Agriculture Drought Disaster Declaration for April Freeze

    U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in North Carolina Following Secretary of Agriculture Drought Disaster Declaration for April Freeze




    July 24, 2018


    Atlanta, GA - - (July 23, 2018) - - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Cherokee and Clay counties in
    North Carolina as a result of the freeze on April 17, 2018.

    “These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in Georgia. The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” said Kem Fleming, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East.

    Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible
    farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers.

    The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations of all sizes and 3.58 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

    Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at Disasterloan.sba.gov.

    Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@s ba.gov (link sends e-mail). Loan applications can be downloaded from Disasterloan.sba.gov. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

    Submit completed loan applications to SBA no later than March 4, 2019.
    Internet Address:
    http://www.sba.gov


    Courtesy: U.S. Small Business Administration

    Note: The SBA says similar loans are available for similar entities in certain counties in Georgia and Tennessee

    ...
    See more | Go to post
Working...
X