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SANTA FE, N.M. – Those impacted by recent flooding in San Miguel County may be eligible for relief through the FEMA Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Office (“Claims Office”). 

Large-scale wildfires can alter ground conditions and increase the risk of flooding; individuals impacted by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire (“fire”) and living within the burn scar are at greatest risk. Flood damage directly related to the 2022 fire is compensable if an individual does not have flood insurance or is not fully compensated through their flood insurance. The Claims Office legally cannot duplicate benefits and therefore can only compensate for damages and other expenses that are not already covered through insurance. 

“Because the recent flooding is a cascading impact from the 2022 fire, anyone affected by the flooding should know that there are resources available,” said Jay Mitchell, Director of Operations for the New Mexico Joint Recovery Office. “First, if you have flood insurance, you will need to work with your insurance provider to access the benefits of your policy. If you do not have flood insurance, are partially covered, or your flood insurance has not yet taken effect, you should work with the Claims Office to either begin a Claims Office claim or pursue additional compensation through an existing Claims Office claim to receive compensation for damages from the floods.”

Those experiencing cascading impacts who opted

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BOTHELL, Wash. –  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Larch Creek Fire burning in Wasco County, Oregon. 

The state of Oregon’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) was approved by FEMA Region 10 Deputy Administrator Vincent J. Maykovich on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at 10:09 p.m. PT. He determined that the Larch Creek Fire threatened to cause such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. This is the second FMAG declared in 2024 to help fight Oregon wildfires. 

At the time of the state’s request, the wildfire threatened homes in and around the communities of Pine Hollow, Shady Grove and Tygh Valley. The fire also threatened County Highway 216 and State Highway 197, cellular towers, gas utilities, electric utilities and White River Falls recreational park. 

FMAGs are provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund and are made available by FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause a major disaster. Eligible items can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair, and replacement; mobilization and demobilization activities; and tools, materials, and supplies. This authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state’s eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating, and controlling designated fires. These grants do not provide assistance to individual home or business owners and

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WASHINGTON – FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced the new group of dedicated young people who are committed to advocating for disaster preparedness as part of the 2024-2025 FEMA national Youth Preparedness Council.

“Today, we welcomed an inspirational new group of young people to the national Youth Preparedness Council,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “Each year, council members share fresh perspectives and ideas about topics important to all of us, including climate change. I am confident their hard work and passion will enable our nation to be stronger for future generations.”

The council consists of student leaders in grades 8-11 who devote their time and effort to learn about emergency management and serve as preparedness ambassadors in their community. Members are chosen based on their dedication to public service, community involvement and potential to increase levels of community resilience throughout the country. 

These 15 youth leaders will spend a year on the national council supporting FEMA’s commitment to promote and sustain a prepared nation. The council provides FEMA with an avenue to engage young people and gain direct insights on ways to consider their perspectives, feedback and opinions. 

This year’s National Youth Preparedness Council Members are Advik Nadikota of Missouri, Ashton Dolce of Arizona, Emily Feichthaler of Florida, Jason Kitchens of Missouri, Kailyn Rominger of Montana, Katherine (Katie) Liu of Texas, Madison Malo of Wisconsin, Marissa (Apollo) Rodriguez of Connecticut, Megana Madhurakavi of New Jersey, Nandika Devarajan of Washington, Sophia Calvillo of California, Sophia

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — FEMA is providing enhanced customer service in Kentucky to help all survivors of the April 2 severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, landslides and mudslides receive much-needed assistance.

If you have applied for FEMA assistance, you may receive a call, text or email from the Emergent Survival Services (ESS) team. These calls may come from unfamiliar area codes and phone numbers or show no caller ID. You should take the opportunity to let FEMA know about your current needs and how FEMA can better serve you. It is important to answer phone calls from FEMA, even if the caller ID is unknown. When taking calls about your FEMA application, keep in mind that only FEMA knows your nine-digital application number. 

FEMA ensures that all survivors, particularly those with additional needs, receive the assistance they are entitled to rebuild and recover. As of July 8, the team has already contacted 387 applicants to assist with completing applications. These outreach efforts contributed significantly to the total $1.3 million approved for survivors of the April 2 disaster. 

Homeowners and renters in Boyd, Carter, Fayette, Greenup, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Mason, Oldham, Union and Whitley counties can apply for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by calling 800-621-3362 7 a.m. – midnight local time daily or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS),

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