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Coping with Holiday Stress after a disaster

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 11:45am

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The holiday season can be a stressful time. For individuals and families looking to rebuild from recent disasters, the approaching holiday may be especially difficult.

Taking care of yourself and staying in touch with your family and friends during the holidays is an important part of maintaining your physical and mental health as you continue to recover from the Florida hurricanes.

Some signs of disaster-related stress may include:

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Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Nassau County

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 11:04am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) operated by the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Fernandina Beach, will close permanently on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m.

The center is located at the Peck Center, 516 South 10th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

Disaster Survivor Assistance teams will continue to canvass disaster affected communities in Nassau County with information on available assistance. They can answer questions and support you with on-the-spot registration.

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Holiday hours set for DRCs; Chesapeake, Norfolk close permanently 6 p.m. Saturday

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 8:44am

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach will close for the holidays on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, and Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

DRCs will be open on Saturday, Nov. 26; however, the Chesapeake and Norfolk DRCs will close permanently at 6 p.m. that evening. The Virginia Beach DRC will be open on Sunday, Nov. 27 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will remain open until further notice.

DRC Holiday hours include:

Virginia Beach

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Daylight Savings: Three Tips to “Fall Back” into Fall

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 8:20am

CHICAGO – Sunday, November 6, Daylight Saving Time ends and we set our clocks back an hour. Take advantage of extra sleep, then take a few simple steps to make your home more disaster-resilient:

  1. Verify your carbon monoxide and smoke detector work. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for testing the equipment to ensure it is functioning appropriately. Invest in new detectors if they’re near or past the manufacturer’s recommended replacement age. 

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Make Safety a Reason to Give Thanks this Holiday Weekend

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 8:17am

CHICAGO –Thanksgiving is a time of celebration, but do so safely. Keep in mind the following tips, for whatever you might have planned this weekend:

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Register with FEMA Even If You Registered with Other Agencies

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 7:27am

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Reporting personal damage to a county emergency management agency or getting help from the American Red Cross is not the same as registering for federal disaster assistance with FEMA.

Georgia residents affected by Hurricane Matthew may have reported damage to their local, state or volunteer agencies. They may have even registered for assistance with those other agencies.

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After Disaster Recovery Centers Close Help Is Just a Phone Call Away

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 7:21am

RALEIGH, N.C. – Disaster recovery centers operated by North Carolina Emergency Management and FEMA are a source of support for Hurricane Matthew survivors. However, when a center closes, you can still get the help you need with just a phone call. FEMA will be working with the state and our other partners as long as we are needed.

Here’s how you can stay in touch with FEMA – Call us!  

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Disaster Recovery Centers Closed for Thanksgiving Day

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 1:12pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) serving Hurricane Matthew survivors will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving.

The DRCs will reopen on Friday, Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. at the following locations:

  • Harry T. Moore Social Service Center, 725 South Deleon Ave., Titusville, FL 32780 (Brevard County).

  • Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast,

    FL 32137 (Flagler County).

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Virginians should review flood insurance policies, learn about National Flood Insurance Program

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 12:33pm

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Virginia residents still recovering from Hurricane Matthew should review their insurance policies carefully before filing claims, said the Virginia Department of Emergency Management today.

Residents who have experienced flood damage as a result of the hurricane are filing claims with their property insurers as they recover and rebuild. Many homeowners are discovering that their insurance policies do not cover flood damage to their homes.

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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Jacksonville, Florida

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 10:56am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be available for two days in Jacksonville to help survivors with disaster assistance registration and answer questions on storm recovery. The registration deadline for damages from Hurricane Matthew is Dec. 16, 2016.

The DRC will be available Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at:

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FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds to Help Battle Tennessee Wildfires

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 10:48am

ATLANTA, Ga. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to fight the East Miller Cove Fire burning in Blount County.

This authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire. Eligible costs can include labor, equipment and supplies used for fighting the fire and costs for emergency work such as evacuations and sheltering, police barricading and traffic control.

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FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds to Help Battle Kentucky Wildfires

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 10:46am

ATLANTA, Ga. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to Kentucky to fight the Southeastern Kentucky Fire Complex burning in Harlan, Knox, Letcher, and Pike counties.

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FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds to Help Battle North Carolina Wildfires

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 10:43am

ATLANTA, Ga.-- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to North Carolina to fight the Chestnut Knob Fire burning in Burke County.

This authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire. Eligible costs can include labor, equipment and supplies used for fighting the fire and costs for emergency work such as evacuations and sheltering, police barricading and traffic control.

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Hermine Survivors: One Week Left to Register for Federal Disaster Aid

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 10:36am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – If you suffered losses or damages due to Hurricane Hermine, the time to register for federal disaster assistance is now. With only 7 days left to apply, Florida officials along with FEMA are urging eligible residents in designated counties to apply for assistance as soon as possible. The registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 28, 2016.

Floridians with disaster-related damage or loss from Hurricane Hermine may be eligible for assistance

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North Carolina in Recovery: Six Weeks After Hurricane Matthew

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 7:23am

RALEIGH, N.C. – Six weeks since President Obama declared a major federal disaster after Hurricane Matthew brought severe flooding to North Carolina, FEMA and its federal partners are working urgently to support the state and its residents as they rebuild their lives and communities.

As of Nov. 18, more than $152 million has been approved in federal grants, loans and flood insurance payments to those affected by the flooding.

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FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center in Pitt County to Close Tuesday, November 22

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 7:18am

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Disaster Recovery Center in Pitt County will close Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m.

The center is located at:

Pitt County Agricultural Center

403 Government Circle

Greenville, NC 27834

 

At this time, visits to the center have decreased. Therefore, FEMA and the state will close the center and relocate resources to other centers in the affected counties.

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Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Sumter

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 6:55am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Friday, Nov. 18) – A mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will make a three- day stop in Sumter County Nov. 21-23. The center will serve homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage or losses from Hurricane Matthew.

The DRC will be located at:

Cherryvale Community Center 4340 Confederate Rd.
Sumter, S.C. 29154
9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Wednesday

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Help Remains After Summerville Disaster Recovery Center Closes

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 6:18am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Friday, Nov.18) – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Summerville, Dorchester County, will close permanently Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.

Survivors of Hurricane Matthew can still get help with just a phone call. To apply for disaster assistance, call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay services) or 800-462-7585 (TTY).  Lines are open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice.

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Got Questions? A New Address? Stay in Touch via FEMA Helpline

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 5:45am

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Georgia survivors who registered with FEMA for disaster assistance after Hurricane Matthew are encouraged to “stay in touch” to resolve issues, get updates on their applications or provide new information.

Survivors can call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 for status updates on their applications or to check whether they submitted the correct documents. Applicants changing addresses, phone numbers or banking information should notify FEMA. Missing or erroneous information could result in delays in receiving assistance.

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U.S. Citizens, Anyone with Social Security Number or Green Card May Apply for Disaster Help

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 1:50pm

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Survivors of Hurricane Matthew may be eligible for disaster assistance if they have a Social Security number or permanent residency card (green card) or if a minor child who lives in the household has a Social Security number.

What this means: Parents or guardians of minors living in the household during the storm are encouraged to register for assistance using the child’s Social Security number.

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