FEMA approves more than $1 million for flood victims

first_imgMore than $1 million in federal disaster aid has been approved for eligible applicants in Vermont affected by the spring storms and flooding that occurred from April 23 to May 9.Since President Obama issued a major disaster declaration on June 15th for these storms in the counties of Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Orleans, over 800 people have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).The grants include $1,050,536 in housing assistance, such as rental and home repair assistance, and $25,820 in other needs assistance, such as replacement of personal property.Caledonia and Washington counties recently received federal declarations on Friday, July 8, for storms and flooding that occurred May 26th to 27th.FEMA assistance to individuals and families may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and families recover. Those who have experienced damage or loss from the flooding in the designated counties can register for disaster assistance at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Multilingual registration assistance is also available. Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY can call 800-462-7585 directly, or 800-621-3362, if using 711 or Video Relay Service. Registration can also be done online anytime at www.DisasterAssistance.gov(link is external) or through web-enabled mobile phone devices at m.fema.gov.The following is a recap of activities and assistance provided by FEMA and its partners:Community Relations: To help identify and assist those who have flooding damage, FEMA Community Relations field specialists have visited more than 2,500 homes, businesses, local agencies and community-based organizations, and houses of worship, and reached out to local officials, the visually impaired, deaf and those with limited English proficiency.Disaster Recovery Centers: Currently, four DRCs are open throughout the state, where those with questions about assistance after the floods can visit with a federal recovery specialist face-to-face. Those looking for the nearest disaster recovery center can check online at https://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/drcLocator.jsp(link is external) or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Low-Interest Loans: The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans to homeowners and renters as well as businesses. Find more information at www.sba.gov(link is external). Job Loss Due To Disaster: You may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance if the storms and flooding affected your ability to work. For more information call 877-214-3330 or visit www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external).Legal Services: If you need legal assistance with home repair contracts, insurance claims and other disaster-related issues, you can call 800-889-2047 for free legal advice. The service is a partnership between Vermont Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Vermont Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and FEMA.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.Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.  If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call  1-800-621-3362 FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. SBA disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov(link sends e-mail). Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external) or completed on-line at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).last_img read more

Drug suspect nabbed

first_imgSiasico was nabbed after he soldsuspected illegal drugs to an undercover cop for P500 around 7:45 p.m. onThursday, the report added. Suspected shabu valued around P2,000was seized from 25-year-old resident Raymar Siasico, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – Police arrested a drugsuspect in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Old Poblacion, Escalante City,Negros Occidental.center_img The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Escalante City police station, facing charges for violation ofRepublic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more

Guardiola salutes City’s winter wonders

first_imgCity have won their last 18 games in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last 26 matches.For the first time in 22 years, they won an away Premier League win after trailing at half-time — securing a club record 11th successive away win in all competitions.City are firm favourites to win the title after Guardiola went without a trophy for the first time in his managerial career last season.The Spaniard admits City are made of the right stuff to last the pace.“It is impossible to win every game easily, this league is so tough. They guys competed amazingly, which is why we won,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp Huddersfield, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola hailed Manchester City as a team for all seasons as the Premier League leaders survived a stern test at rain-lashed Huddersfield on Sunday.Guardiola’s side reestablished an eight-point lead over second-placed Manchester United thanks to a gritty second half fightback at the John Smith’s Stadium. Trailing to Nicolas Otamendi’s first half own goal, City were in danger of a first defeat of the season against fired-up opponents on a freezing afternoon in Yorkshire.It was exactly the kind of hostile environment that cynics claimed would be Guardiola’s downfall when he arrived at City before last season following glittering spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.But to Guardiola’s delight, City responded to the threat with Sergio Aguero’s penalty equaliser and a late Raheem Sterling winner.“The Premier League is so tough, now winter has come, we knew they were so aggressive so strong, but we are so happy for the way we won,” Guardiola said.“We spoke at half-time about how to react, we had enough chances to score and the first time Huddersfield had a chance they scored. We spoke about not giving up, to keep going.”It was a milestone victory for City, who are the first team to claim 37 points from their opening 13 Premier League games.last_img read more

200 Olympia Teenagers and Adults Re-Enact Historic Pioneer Trek

first_imgFacebook568Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Kathryn R. BatesAnyone who’s done a road trip this summer has done so in style!  At least compared to road trips of the past with no AC, nor an I-pad to entertain the little ones. It was quite a different time without seat belts in the over packed car, and all the windows rolled down to catch a breeze. Yes, the key word being “rolled” down….no touch of a button to get that window open.  Using paper maps wide open trying to locate where we were.The company consisted of 149 teenagers ages 14 – 18, and a brave volunteer crew of adults who went along as Trail Boss and Company Captains, as well as a Medical Team, and Cooks. Photo credit: Daren FalterThat was comfortable. At least compared to how our ancestors did road trips in the 1840’s and ’50’s. Our ancestors rode in covered wagons and pushed and pulled their way west using hand carts.  No AC, no fast food breaks, not even a port-a-potty.  They traveled on, relying on courage, unity, sacrifice and faith.Over 200 people just experienced this for themselves. These folks reenacted the Mormon pioneer’s move west this past July 10 – 13.  The company consisted of 149 teenagers ages 14 – 18, and a brave volunteer crew of adults who went along as Trail Boss and Company Captains, as well as a Medical Team, and Cooks. The Olympia Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which consists of church members throughout Olympia and Tumwater, spent close to two years planning and preparing for this momentous and strenuous activity to help the youth relate to what the Mormon pioneers endured.  The event took place at Gnats Flats, in the Cascades.  Handcarts had been previously built, and the teens showed up in traditional pioneer garb, leaving behind cell phones, cameras, watches, make up, and other commonly used items by teens. They came ready to hit the dusty trails in boots, long skirts, bonnets, cowboy hats, and suspenders.  You’d think teenagers would shun such an activity, but the kids came out in larger numbers than expected.  One of the girls said, “It’s something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time.”Upon arriving, the youth were divided into families, led by a volunteer couple they referred to as “Ma and Pa”.  The Trail Boss, Greg Rightmier, who in his daily life is a firefighter, told the kids before they even started, “You’re going to have hard trials.  It’s going to be hard on you.” But youth of all statures and abilities took on the challenge.After loading their carts weighing between 400-500 pounds, the trek began with each family pushing and pulling their way up and down a difficult trail.  At night they would gather in the meadow to set up their tents.  After a hard day of physical challenges, the evenings were welcome for enjoying some true pioneer unity with folk dances and visiting, as well as singing and reflection time writing in journals.  But when the sun set, it was time to hunker down and get some sleep, knowing that the next day would ask even more of them physically.Norman Mitchell, President of the Olympia Washington Stake said, “The strengths and the virtues of the pioneers, I think we share that today.  Faith, sacrifice, unity, those are virtues … that are timeless.”McKynlee Blatter, a senior at Black Hills High School said, “You learn more by actually doing it.”  These youth will never hear another pioneer story quite the same.  They have walked, literally, in the pioneer’s shoes.Eric Engen, a CRNA and one of the Pa’s said, “The next time they hear these stories about pioneers, it’s going to mean something to them.  This changed their entire outlook.”The hardest part of the trek came when they faced a grueling long, upward climb.  After enduring their way to the top, many youth were touched by the struggles of those below, and ran back down to help the next family.  One boy was overheard saying, “Helping others is helping Christ.”  This was demonstrated over and over as the youth helped one another in every situation.  Braden Pierson, a recent graduate of Capitol High School said, “It was pretty awesome seeing everyone work together.”During the grueling heat, they would find “trading posts” along the trail, manned by a costumed Union Soldier, or a Native American (Dan Olson), who would sell or trade food and supplies.  On the final day of the trek, a Fair was held which included leather working, hatchet throwing, potato sack races, and black powder rifle shooting.After 4 days and 25 miles of rock-strewn trails, it was a sweaty, dirty and frankly, a smelly group that arrived at the base camp, greeted by well-wishers.  They had blisters and mosquito bites.  They had well-worn shoes and torn skirts.  But they were smiling!“One thing I noticed is I had a lot more conversations with people face to face especially since we were all unplugged from our devices,” said Braden.  Although this is one positive outcome, Ma, Melanie Engen summed up a common theme when she said, “We learned that we can do hard things.”Olympia businessman and Company Captain Reid Bates, added, “That sense of unity; literal brotherhood and sisterhood, was really exhibited this week.”Why would 149 youth from our area do such a thing?   Local Orthodontist and Company Captain Steven Alexander said, “It helps history to be more real.  It helps to tie them to their heritage.”Norman Mitchell added, “Think about what legacy you’ll leave behind for those who come after you.  We have trek to build faith in Christ.”Would our ancestor pioneers think our air conditioned cars are a wimpy way to travel?  Probably.  But these youth learned that you can sacrifice, and work together as a family in our day, too.  You can do hard things. 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