FEMA Updates

  • Puerto Rico Hurricane Survivors Should ‘Stay in Touch’ With FEMA
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Homeowners and renters who have registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are encouraged by recovery officials to “stay in touch” with the agency after they have applied for assistance. Language English
  • AmeriCorps Helping Hurricane Survivors in St. Thomas
    ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – They’ve come from as far away as Washington and California to help Virgin Island survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Young women and men from AmeriCorps are taking on some of the toughest jobs in hurricane recovery – mucking out sodden homes, cleaning up debris and working on rooftops to make emergency repairs. Language English
  • FEMA Disaster Recovery Center now open in Lares
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The government of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Lares on Thursday Nov. 16. Language English
  • Federal Aid Programs for the State of New York
    Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump's disaster declaration issued for the state of New York.Assistance for State, Tribal and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required: Language English
  • President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for New York
    WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of New York to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by flooding from May 2 to August 6, 2017.Federal funding is available to 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 flooding in Jefferson, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wayne counties. Language English
  • Mitigation Fact Sheet and Advice for Home Owners
    As Puerto Rico rebuilds after the devastating effects of Hurricanes Irma and María, communities have the opportunity to rebuild stronger than ever and mitigate the effects of future disasters. As people work on reconstructing their homes, here are tips to make homes safer and more secure. Language English
  • National VOAD and Other Voluntary Organizations Play Critical Role in Housing Cleanup
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Dozens of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) member organizations, in addition to many other volunteer agencies, are present in Puerto Rico providing essential services for those affected by Hurricane Maria. Together with Puerto Rico VOAD members, volunteers are working closely with local communities to perform housing cleanup and debris removal in addition to providing food, shelter, water, and medical services. Language English
  • FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers now open in Adjuntas, Guánica and Gurabo
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The government of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Adjuntas, Guánica and Gurabo on Sunday Nov. 12. Language English
  • Medical System, Private Sector Rebound to Signify a Stabilizing Puerto Rico
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico–While the federal government continues its historic response in Puerto Rico to hurricanes Irma and Maria, strong indicators of stability are evident. Language English
  • FEMA Disaster Recovery Center now open in Utuado
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The government of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Utuado on Saturday Nov. 11. Language English
  • Cultural Institutions Urged to Apply for Disaster Assistance to Help Protect Islands’ History
    ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The U.S. Virgin Islands has a rich cultural heritage, with museums, archives, libraries, archeological sites and historic districts across the territory. Many of these precious cultural resources sustained serious damage during hurricanes Irma and Maria – and time could be of the essence in making repairs and saving historical documents and artwork. Language English
  • St. Thomas Disaster Recovery Center Closing and New One Opening
    ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands — The Disaster Recovery Center at the New Hotel Company Omar Brown Fire Station in St. Thomas will close permanently at 5 p.m. Saturday, and a new recovery center will open on Monday.The new DRC will be located in Charlotte Amalie at the former Scotiabank, 81 CC&DD Kronprindsens Gade.Like all recovery centers across the islands, it will be open Monday through Saturday from8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice. Language English
  • Non-Governmental Organizations Work Together to Provide Water to Communities
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are supporting over 89,000 total residents in 237 communities all across Puerto Rico that rely on water sources from pumps and wells for their drinking water. Language English
  • FEMA Disaster Assistance Will Not Affect Social Security or Other Benefits
    ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Hurricane survivors who receive federal disaster assistance will not pay additional taxes, lose their Social Security or disability benefits, or face a reduction in benefits from any other income-based program. Language English
  • FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers now open in Canóvanas, Culebra, Fajardo and Vieques
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The government of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Canóvanas, Culebra, Fajardo and Vieques on Thursday Nov. 9. Language English
  • FEMA Works to Ensure Equal Access to All Disaster Survivors
    ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – To ensure all U.S. Virgin Islanders have equal access to disaster assistance programs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating with federal, territorial and local agencies as well as volunteer organizations to identify survivors’ needs and connect them with resources. Language English
  • Fact Sheet: Resources to Help Hurricane Maria Survivors
    Resources to Help Hurricane Maria SurvivorsSurvivors of Hurricane Maria and the devastating floods may require assistance from various organizations as they recover. The below organizations may provide help and support Puerto Rico residents in an assortment of ways.Puerto Rico Emergency Resources Language English
  • Hurricane Survivors Warned to Be Aware of Fraud and Scam Artists
    ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) are raising awareness that scam artists could be at work in the U.S. Virgin Islands, targeting survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria who are seeking federal disaster assistance.While disasters always bring out the best in most people, they can bring out the worst in some. Survivors should remain vigilant at all times to keep from falling victim to unscrupulous individuals. Language English
  • New or Extended Federal Programs Available to Help Virgin Island Hurricane Survivors
    ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Several new or extended federal programs are available to help eligible Virgin Islanders recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners continue to support efforts by the U.S. Virgin Islands territorial government to help get hurricane survivors on the road to recovery. Survivors should be aware of these programs: Language English
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Extended to January 11, 2018
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –The United States Department of Labor extended the filing deadline for Disaster Unemployment Assistance claims related to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria toJanuary 11, 2018 based on Puerto Rico’s continued recovery from hurricane impacts.Employees or self-employed individuals who became unemployed as a direct consequence of Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. All 78 municipalities are authorized for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Language English
  • FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers now open in Bayamón, Manatí, Naranjito, Orocovis
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The government of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Bayamón, Manatí, Naranjito and Orocovis on Tuesday Nov. 7. Language English
  • Hurricane Maria Update
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – One and a half months after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico nearing category 5 strength, the government of Puerto Rico, FEMA and its federal partners have been making progress in one of the nation’s most logistically complex responses in history. Language English
  • Virgin Islands Disaster Recovery Centers to be Closed on Sundays
    ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands — All nine Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) across the territory will be closed on Sundays starting this Sunday, November 12. The centers provide information and help for survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria.DRCs will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice. Language English
  • Operation Blue Roof Application Deadline Extended in U.S. Virgin Islands
    ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The deadline for Virgin Island hurricane survivors to sign up with Operation Blue Roof for free temporary roofing repairs to their homes has been extended to Thursday, November 23.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the territorial government’s request to extend the deadline to allow those who left the islands due to impacts from hurricanes Irma and Maria to take full advantage of the program.  Language English
  • Fact Sheet: Rumor Control
    During times of crisis, there are often broken lines of communication and false information being shared. Although the circulation of incorrect information is not always intended, some may use the opportunity to take advantage of others’ vulnerability. Below are some trending topics with answers as to what is true and what is not:Can I get money at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)? Language English

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