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FEMA Region VII News

26 January 2023

  • Winter Storm Approaching So Now is the Time to Prepare
    Winter Storm Approaching So Now is the Time to Prepare

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Severe winter weather is expected to take aim at much of the Midwest this week so emergency management professionals are urging residents and business owners to be ready for everything from snow covered roads and power outages, to wind chills well below zero.

    “Now is the time to get prepared,” said Andrea Spillars administrator of the Kansas City, Mo. office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “With dangerous winter weather around the corner, we’re urging residents and business owners in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa to take this storm seriously, get ready now and stay informed.”  

    Officials from the National Weather Service and FEMA’s Region 7 office in Kansas City have been monitoring the development of a powerful winter weather system that will likely impact multiple states in the Midwest. Forecast models indicate the winter system could bring dangerously cold temperatures and strong winds, which could generate blizzard conditions that may cause treacherous road conditions, damage to structures, and may result in power outages.

    Tips to Help Individuals, Families and Business Owners Prepare

    Have a Plan

    Severe winter weather can include snow or subfreezing temperatures, strong winds and ice or heavy rainstorms.  What would you do if you are stranded at home or on the road?  How will your family reunite if separated by severe weather?  Do you have food and supplies on hand to survive for at least three days, especially without power?  Your plan should cover a range of hazards with an immediate focus on winter weather-related hazards including power outages.  To learn more, go to: www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.

    Gather Emergency Supplies for Your Home

    Include a three-day supply of food and water for each person along with items for any pets, as well as personal essentials such as medicine and clothing, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries, and first-aid supplies.   

    Gather Emergency Supplies for Your Vehicle

    It’s best to avoid traveling by car if there is a severe weather threat.  If it’s unavoidable, make sure to have emergency supplies in the vehicle. These supplies should include the same essentials as you have at home, plus the following:

    • Adequate clothing and blankets to help keep you warm – don’t forget mittens, scarves, hats;
    • Sand to improve traction;
    • A snow shovel;
    • Cash (ATMs won’t work without power);
    • Jumper cables;
    • Bottled water and non-perishable snacks;
    • A full tank of gas before the storm arrives.

    If you need to go outside, limit your time outside and wear layers of warm clothing. During winter weather, it is important to watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Winter weather also increases the risk of heart attacks from overexertion, use caution when doing physical activity such as shoveling snow. For more information, go to: www.ready.gov/winter-weather

    Monitor Media for Updated Information on the Storm and/or Actions to Take

    Follow the Directions Provided by Local, State or Tribal Officials Regarding Emergency Actions

    If you are told to stay off the roads, don’t venture out.  Shelter in place at your home or business.   

    Check on your Neighbors or Friends, Particularly Those Who Are Vulnerable or Need Extra Support

    Older adults and individuals who are dependent on life-sustaining medical equipment or assistive devices such as a ventilator or mobility devices, may need additional support in areas that have lost power.

    Other Important Tips

    Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage, even if doors and windows are open. Keep generators outside and far away from windows, doors and vents. Read and follow instructions on the generator label and in the owner’s manual. Any electrical cables you use with the generator should be free of damage and suitable for outdoor use.

    Never use charcoal grills or camp stoves indoors.Deaths have occurred when consumers burned charcoal or used camp stoves in enclosed spaces, which produced lethal levels of carbon monoxide.

    Stay away from downed wires, including cable TV feeds. They may be live with deadly voltage.

    Use caution with candles. If possible, use flashlights instead. If you must use candles, do not burn them on or near anything that can catch fire. Never leave burning candles unattended. Extinguish candles when you leave the room.

    mayshaunt.gary Thu, 12/22/2022 - 16:55
  • Last Day to Apply for FEMA Individual Assistance for Missouri Flooding
    Last Day to Apply for FEMA Individual Assistance for Missouri Flooding

    Homeowners and renters who had property damage or losses caused by the storms and flooding, or those whose apartment complex was damaged and had to move out, may be eligible for federal disaster Today, November 7, is the last day for people directly affected by the July 25-28 severe storms and flooding in St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County to apply for FEMA disaster assistance. assistance.

    There are several ways for renters and homeowners who were affected by the July disaster to apply for FEMA disaster assistance.

    • Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov
    • Download and use the FEMA mobile app to apply
    • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 to apply
    • If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service. The Helpline is open seven days a week.Press 2 for Spanish or 3 for an interpreter who speaks your language.
    • Survivors may also apply in person at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC).

    Ranken Technical College

    Mary Ann Lee Technology Center

    1313 N. Newstead Ave.

    St. Louis, MO 63113

    (On the corner of Newstead and Page)

    Opens at 8 a.m. and closes permanently today, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.  

    No appointment is necessary to visit a DRC. Walk-ins are welcome.

    Have the following information available:

    • Phone number where you can be contacted
    • Address at the time of the flooding
    • Address where you are staying now
    • Social Security Number of one member of the household
    • Basic list of damage and losses
    • Bank information if you choose direct deposit for any FEMA money you may be awarded
    • Insurance Information if you have insurance, including the policy number

    If you have homeowners, renters or flood insurance, you should file an insurance claim as soon as possible. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If your policy does not cover all your damage expenses, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

    For updates, follow us on Twitter @MOSEMA and @FEMARegion7.

    Get the latest information at Recovery.MO.gov and FEMA.gov/disaster/4665.

    Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.

    tiana.suber Mon, 11/07/2022 - 18:26
  • One Day Left to Apply for FEMA Individual Assistance for Missouri Flooding
    One Day Left to Apply for FEMA Individual Assistance for Missouri Flooding

    People affected by the July storms and floods in St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County have just one day left to apply for FEMA assistance before the November 7 deadline.

    FEMA and the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) remind homeowners and renters who suffered damage as a result of the July 25-28 severe storms and flooding in Missouri, that there are several ways to apply for assistance before tomorrow’s deadline:

    • Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov
    • Download and use the FEMA mobile app to apply
    • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 to apply
    • If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service. The Helpline is open seven days a week.Press 2 for Spanish or 3 for an interpreter who speaks your language.
    • Survivors may also apply in person at the Disaster Recovery Center

    Ranken Technical College

    Mary Ann Lee Technology Center

    1313 N. Newstead Ave.

    St. Louis, MO 63113

    (On the corner of Newstead and Page)

    Closed on Sunday

    Open Monday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Closes permanently tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.

    If you have homeowners, renters, or flood insurance, you should file an insurance claim as soon as possible. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If your policy does not cover all your damage expenses, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

    If you have been asked to complete a disaster loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration, or SBA, please complete it as soon as possible. If the SBA does not offer you a low interest loan, you may be eligible for additional FEMA grant assistance.

    FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is non-taxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, or other federal benefits.

    For updates, follow us on Twitter @MOSEMA and @FEMARegion7.

    Get the latest information at Recovery.MO.gov and FEMA.gov/disaster/4665.

    Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status.

    tiana.suber Sun, 11/06/2022 - 16:54
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