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Two Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Chicago

By on May 31, 2013 in Uncategorized |

May 31, 2013 AURORA, Ill. – Two Disaster Recovery Centers are now open. One is in North Park Village and the other is in South Chicago. The DRCs provide an opportunity for those affected by the recent storms and flooding to meet with disaster recovery specialists to ask questions and register for FEMA assistance. The facilities, operated jointly by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and FEMA, will operate from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. The locations are: North Park Village 5801 N. Pulaski, Bldg. C Chicago, IL  60646 Hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily.   Royal Savings Bank 9226 S. Commercial Ave. Second Floor Chicago, IL 60617 Hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. (Bank parking is free but limited. Additional free parking is at 9137 S. Exchange Ave.) DRC services include help with applying for disaster assistance and finding out about other disaster programs available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), state and local agencies, and voluntary organizations. Residents must apply with FEMA even if they already provided damage information to local officials, other agencies or organizations. SBA low-interest disaster loans may be available for homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations of all sizes to repair or replace real estate, contents and/or personal property damaged in the severe storms and flooding. SBA customer service representatives will be present to answer questions and accept completed loan applications. Information and assistance from SBA is also available at 800-659-2955, (TTY) 800-877-8339 or online at Survivors do not have to visit a DRC to register for FEMA assistance. Individuals can register online at or via web-enabled phone at Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT seven days a week until further notice. FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all...

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‘Know Your Zone’ to prepare for Hurricane Season

By on May 30, 2013 in Uncategorized |

May 30, 2013 TALLAHASSEE – In preparation for the start of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season on June 1, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) urges all Floridians to “Know Your Zone.” Knowing your evacuation, storm surge, and flood zone is an important step to ensuring you and your family are prepared for a hurricane. “Knowing your evacuation zone, and how storm surge or flooding may affect you, is an important part of preparing for hurricane season,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “When you plan for and mitigate these hazards, you can lessen the impact a storm may have on you and your family.” Evacuation zones are designated by local emergency management agencies, and give guidance on when certain areas should or are required to evacuate prior to a hurricane making landfall. It is important that residents of coastal counties know their evacuation zone, as well as the route they should take should they need to evacuate. Storm surge zones and flood zones show officials and residents how certain amounts of storm surge or flood waters may affect coastal or low-lying areas. Storm surge is extreme coastal flooding that can penetrate several miles inland. Storm surge and flooding are two of the most dangerous impacts of a tropical system and all Floridians should be prepared for possible effects to themselves and their communities. Floridians can find their local evacuation, storm surge and flood maps on the public mapping page of Maps are also available via the Division’s geospatial mapping tool, GATOR, at The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. For more information on the Florida Division of Emergency Management and to GET A PLAN!, visit, or follow the division on Twitter at @FLSERT, and on Facebook at and...

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Free Advice on Rebuilding Stronger, Safer, Smarter

By on May 23, 2013 in Uncategorized |

May 22, 2013 CHICAGO – If your home was damaged by the spring floods and you are beginning to make repairs, you can get advice on how to rebuild stronger, safer and smarter. Federal Emergency Management Agency hazard mitigation specialists will be at two home improvement stores this week: Ellis Ace Hardware 255 S. Main St. Seneca, IL 61360 Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Lembke & Sons True Value Hardware 6734 Pershing Road Berwyn, IL 60402 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sunday FEMA specialists can answer your specific questions about building techniques that can reduce the potential for damage to your home, business and property from future storms. Topics include: Flood cleanup tips and techniques Flood- and wind-resistant building methods Elevating utilities Flood insurance FEMA publications are available online at or can be ordered by calling toll-free 800-480-2520. FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Media Contact: 571-408-1835 Related Links: FEMA Disaster Assistance Illinois Emergency Management Agency Last Updated: May 22, 2013 – 09:47 State/Tribal Government or Region: Illinois and Region V Related Disaster: Illinois Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and...

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Forget About FEMA?

By on May 20, 2013 in Uncategorized |

May 20, 2013 You’ve cleaned up and started making the necessary repairs from last month’s storms and flooding. Now the bills are coming due. Your insurance may cover some of those costs, but if you haven’t registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), you may be missing out on additional assistance you need to recover. Until you register for assistance, FEMA has no way of knowing who you are, where you are, or what you need. Calling your insurance agent does not register you with FEMA. Contacting county or municipal agencies does not register you with FEMA. Receiving assistance from volunteer agencies does not register you with FEMA. The only way to determine whether you’re eligible for federal disaster assistance is to register with FEMA by phone or online, or by visiting a Disaster Recovery Center. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams are also registering applicants for assistance in neighborhoods throughout the declared disaster area. Individuals can register online at or via web-enabled phone at Applicants may also call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT seven days a week. FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration representatives are available at all five state-federal Disaster Recovery Centers now open in Illinois. These centers are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a...

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New Flood Maps

By on May 17, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Second Look Flood Offers Updated FEMA Maps and Tools To Help Homebuyers and Homeowners More Accurately Determine Flood Risk Protect Your Most Valuable Asset By Getting Your Own Flood Determination DeKalb County, Georgia Releases New FEMA Flood Maps on May 16   St. Cloud, MN — May 16, 2013 — Second Look Flood, an expert flood vendor and mapping analysis company, offers updated FEMA maps and tools to help homebuyers and homeowners more accurately determine their flood risk. Second Look Flood goes far beyond traditional automated mapping programs of banks, lenders and insurance companies, which only approximate a property’s location. New flood maps and preliminary data provides the public an early look at their home or community’s projected flood risk. “FEMA is in the process of updating Flood Maps in every state,” says Bryan Baumann, senior mapping analyst. “Each year, thousands of homeowners that are wrongly placed in the high-risk flood zone, and those that should be there might not have adequate coverage when a flood does occur. Everyone should know about these updates.” Well-trained mapping analysts manually research each property using multiple resources. An aerial overlay is constructed showing the property on the newest FEMA flood zone maps. Amendments are also identified, such as a Letter of Map Corrections (LOMC’s) – which are often missed by automated systems. “Every homebuyer and homeowner deserves the peace of mind of a well-trained mapping professional working on their behalf,” Baumann adds. A Second Look Flood LLC flood determination and report includes:   Visual Evidence showing the property’s FEMA flood zone. An official Flood Determination on the FEMA Standard Flood Hazard Determination Form (SFHDF). Preliminary and Advisory Flood Map research. Letter of Map Correction (LOMC) information that may include the client’s property and/or other properties nearby, including information on how to apply for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA). Expert analysis detailing the client’s specific situation and options. Ongoing assistance if a customer has further questions and/or concerns. About Second Look Flood Second Look Flood is a leading flood vendor located in St. Cloud, MN. The company offers the newest FEMA Flood Maps, Flood Risk Reports with overlay and Flood Determination, Preliminary and Advisory Map research, and Nationwide Service. FEMA is in...

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