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- A record number of disaster survivors -- primarily from Hurricane Isaac -- used DisasterAssistance.gov to apply for assistance, update their information, and check the status of their application online. Read more about Hurricane Isaac surv...ivors going mobile for assistance on our blog: www.fema.gov/blog/2012-09-11/isaac-survivors-go-mobile-assistance. Disaster survivors who live in designated counties declared in Mississippi and Louisiana, register for assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov.
- Disaster survivors in 13 additional Mississippi counties affected by Hurricane Isaac can now register online or by phone for federal disaster assistance. Survivors who had losses in Adams, Amite, Clarke, Forrest, George, Hinds, Lincoln, Mar...ion, Pike, Stone, Walthall, Warren and Wilkinson counties are now eligible to register. Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Pearl River counties also are designated.
Register at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone number will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
- FEMA Flat Stella wants you to make a communication plan with your family during National Preparedness Month. This communication plan should include important information, like how to stay in touch if your cell phones don’t work. Your family should also decide where your emergency meeting spot will be. Find more tips on making your plan at www.Ready.gov/make-a-plan.
- It's National Preparedness Month and we're encouraging residents to be informed, make a plan, build a kit, then get involved. There are many ways for you to get involved in your community before a disaster strikes. Visit www.ready.gov/get-involved for more information on how you can help your community before, during and after a disaster.
- This weekend we're watching tropical activity in the Atlantic and National Preparedness Month. Also, a photo recap of Hurricane Isaac recovery: www.fema.gov/blog/2012-09-07/what-were-watching-9/7/12.
- FEMA Flat Stanley and Flat Stella visit the American Red Cross Disaster Operations Center in Washington, D.C. to learn how they help people during and after a disaster. Read about their adventure at http://www.fema.gov/blog/2012-09-06/our-visit-american-red-cross.
Read more about FEMA's voluntary organization partners at www.nvoad.org.
- New Orleans, La., Sep. 4, 2012 -- A billboard near the I-10 Freeway in New Orleans, La., lists the contract information for FEMA registration. FEMA is working with the private sector to insure that Hurricane Isaac survivors are able to receive this registration information.
- FEMA community relations teams are in St. John Parish, Louisiana visiting damaged homes from Hurricane Isaac. They are encouraging those in eligible parishes who sustained losses from Isaac to register for FEMA assistance by going to www.disasterassistance.gov (http://m.fema.gov/ on a mobile device), or by calling 1-800-621-3362.
More info on the recovery in Louisiana at http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4080.
- In addition to AmeriCorps NCCC, many nonprofit organizations have been supporting the response and recovery efforts for Isaac. Our blog has more: http://www.fema.gov/blog/2012-09-03/aftermath-isaac-support-volunteers-key
- Flat Stanley & Stella want you to stock your family emergency kit like theirs as part of National Preparedness Month. They've got important items like canned food, a can opener, weather radio, first aid kit, extra prescription medications, and of course...their flashlights!
More tips on building your kit at www.Ready.gov.
- In the aftermath of Isaac, the support of volunteers is key www.fema.gov/blog/2012-09-03/aftermath-isaac-support-volunteers-key
Administrator Fugate commented: When disasters occur, local and national voluntary agencies are often among so...me of the first responders on the ground to help survivors with the support and resources that they need. In Isaac, we’ve already seen field kitchens opening in the hardest hit neighborhoods with thousands of meals being served; dozens of shelters available for temporary housing relief; and teams on the ground to assist with debris removal and temporary roofs.
Please show your support. Thank you.
- A few of our non-profit partners providing assistance to those affected by Isaac:
- American Red Cross
- The Humane Society of the United States
- Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services USA
To learn more about voluntary organizations active after disasters, visit the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) page.
- (September 3) While we continue to provide recovery efforts in the aftermath of Isaac, we wanted to share this information for survivors, and encourage everyone to share it.
For survivors in declared parishes and counties, please register for assistance on the web www.disasterassistance.gov and on our mobile site http://m.fema.gov/
Here is a full list of declared parishes in Louisiana http://www....fema.gov/disaster/4080& a full list of counties in Mississippi http://www.fema.gov/disaster/
You can also download the FEMA smartphone app to see a list of open Disaster Recovery Centers.
apps/ details?id=gov.fema.mobile.andr oid
Learn more about Disaster Recovery Centers and the types of services that are offered: www.fema.gov/
- (September 2) Multiple emergency management partners continue to provide comfort and relief to communities impacted by Isaac. Check out this photo slide show from the American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/news/galleries/Responding-to-Isaac---Slide-Show
- (September 2) We wanted to share some information about the declaration process after disasters, because we understand that not everyone may understand the process. Here's some background info, which we hope is helpful: www.fema.gov/declaration-process
Specific declared disaster pages for Isaac:
- This video from Cal EMA takes you behind the scenes as emergency managers fight wildfires in California. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asA_MGOQK24
Additional info: http://calemanews.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/new-video-takes-viewers-behind-the-scenes-at-californias-most-destructive-wildfires/
- Federal assistance is now available for individuals in the following *Mississippi* counties: Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, and Pearl River AND the following *Louisiana* parishes: Ascension, Lafourche, Livingston & Orleans.
Individuals and ho...useholds who sustained losses in these counties can begin applying for assistance by registering at www.disasterassistance.gov or http://m.fema.gov/
For additional updates:
- September is National Preparedness Month. Join us and *pledge to prepare* for emergencies. www.ready.gov/pledge Tell your family and friends, including those who are not on Facebook. After you take the pledge, leave a comment on how you're getting prepared.
- August 31 - Federal assistance is now available to individuals affected by Isaac in the Louisiana parishes of Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist, and St. Tammany.
Individuals and households who sustained losses in the designated parishes can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/.
- Even while Isaac was miles away from landfall, we were readying critical supplies and commodities to make sure they could be rapidly distributed to support the affected states, and ultimately reach disaster survivors. Here’s a look at how w...e had critical supplies ready to distribute after Isaac: http://go.usa.gov/rPpw.
What’s pictured is one of the generators that was pre-staged in the Gulf Coast region as Isaac approached the coast. Generators like this are used to generators power critical infrastructure, like hospitals or water treatment facilities, if they are requested by the affected state.
- August 30: We continue to coordinate federal response efforts for tropical depression Isaac. Our blog has an overview of today's action, detailing the federal assets that are on the ground or those supporting the response from across the U.S.
- August 30 - DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano (head of the table) participates on the daily FEMA meeting regarding Hurricane Isaac response. Seated around the table are numerous agencies and departments of the federal government, who are closely coordinating response and recovery efforts.
- Rains from Isaac continue for much of the Gulf Coast region. A few flood safety reminders:
- After a flood, return home when authorities indicate it is safe. Don’t drive or walk through flooded roads *turn around, don’t drown*
- Almost ...half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When driving, watch for flooding in low lying areas or at bridges & highway dips.
- Visit www.Ready.gov/floods or http://m.fema.gov/floods.htm on your phone for more flood safety tips.
(Radar image courtesy of U.S. National Weather Service, 2:30 p.m. EDT, August 30.)
- Shelters are currently open in several Gulf Coast states in response to Hurricane Isaac. One place you can find shelter locations is the FEMA app. Here's a screenshot showing open shelters in Mississippi and Louisiana as of 12:30 p.m. EDT, August 30. The FEMA app is available for Android, Apple, and Blackberry devices: https://www.fema.gov/smartphone-app.
- August 30 photo from NORAD and USNORTHERN Command - Soldiers from the 7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division land at Cairns Army Airfield, Fort Rucker, Ala., as a staging area awaiting the call to assist relief efforts resulting from Hurricane Isaac. The Soldiers and a combination of HH-60 Alpha Plus Black Hawk and CH-47F Chinook helicopters stand ready to support our federal and State partners. (U.S. Army photo by Kelly Pate)
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 29, 2012 -- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal leads the Louisiana Unified Coordination meeting in response to Hurricane Isaac. To his right is FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, who is on the ground in Louisiana to meet with state and local officials as Isaac moves through the area. The latest Isaac update from FEMA can be found on our blog: http://www.fema.gov/blog/hurricanes.
- (August 29) Power outages are being reported across the impacted area of Hurricane Isaac. A few safety reminders:
- Do not run a generator indoors, or near an open door or window. Generators give off carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas that...can kill.
- If you don’t need to use your cell phone, conserve your phone’s battery. Reduce the brightness of your screen, place your phone in airplane mode, and close apps you are not using.
- Group food together in the freezer and keep your freezer & refrigerator doors closed – this will help keep food cold longer.
- More power outage tips at www.Ready.gov/blackouts.
- (August 29) The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, is providing updates on their page and their Twitter account (www.twitter.com/nolaready). If you're in the New Orleans area, call 311 for questions/non-emerg...ency issues like downed lines/trees, flooding. Call 911 for emergencies.
And as always, your local officials are the place to go for updates on what's happening in your area, including evacuation orders. Be safe.
- August 29, 8:30 a.m. CDT: A good resource to know before, during, and after disasters is the Disaster Distress Helpline.
- Photos & highlights of the August 28 Hurricane Isaac federal response efforts, including U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NORAD and USNORTHERN Command, and Corporation for National and Community Service