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Public Assistance Applicant Briefing for Johnson County

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

9 a.m.

Johnson County Fire District #1
790 Volunteer Lane
Buffalo, Wyoming

Public Assistance Applicant Briefing for Niobrara County

Thursday, July 30, 2015

1 p.m.

Lusk Town Hall
201 East 3rd Street
Lusk, Wyoming

These applicant briefings are for state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in these counties for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by flooding.

WYOMING DISASTER ASSISTANCE EXPANDED
Public Assistance Program Available for Four Counties

President Obama announced additional disaster assistance will be available for Wyoming communities impacted by the May 24 - June 6 flooding. The Public Assistance program is now available for Albany, Johnson, Niobrara and Platte counties.

As a result of the declaration, federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in these counties for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by flooding. Public Assistance will provide grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain Private Non-Profit (PNP) organizations.  The program comes with a 75 percent federal cost share, with the remaining costs borne by the state and local governments.

More information will be made available at a series of briefings for potential applicants that will be announced at a later date.

 

 

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers

Johnson County Disaster Recovery Center

The DRC in Johnson County will close Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 1 p.m. However, residents can still receive disaster assistance.

The fastest way to register with FEMA is by phone or online. Individuals or businesses can call 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) or go online at www.fema.gov or www.disasterassistance. The registration line is open daily from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. (MDT) until further notice. Individuals may also register by smart phone at m.fema.gov.

Johnson and Niobrara county residents who have been affected by the flooding that occurred from May 24 to June 6 can visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) if they have questions about recovery programs.

The DRCs are located in Buffalo and Lusk and have recovery program representatives available to help answer questions about assistance.
The DRC is set up for residents who like to speak one-on-one to recovery representatives, but it’s not necessary to visit a center to receive disaster assistance.

The fastest way to register with FEMA is by phone or online. Individuals or businesses can call 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) or go online at www.fema.gov or www.disasterassistance. The registration line is open daily from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. (MDT) until further notice. Individuals may also register by smart phone at m.fema.gov.

Even if residents previously registered with their local emergency manager or with a voluntary agency, they must still register with FEMA to access federal disaster assistance programs.

The DRCs will be open the following times.

Today – Friday, 24 July – No change 0700-1900 (7a-7p)

Saturday, 25 July – 0900-1300 (9a-1p)

Sunday, 26 July – CLOSED

Mondays-Fridays, beginning 27 July - 0900-1800 (9a-6p)

Saturdays – 0900-1300 (9a-1p)

Sundays – CLOSED

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Residents who plan to stop by the DRC are urged to register for assistance before their visit.

Johnson County (Opens July 14)      
Road and Bridge Building                             
325 Butte Street                                            
Buffalo, WY 82834                                         

Niobrara County (Opens July 16) 
Niobrara County Fairgrounds/Gun Club
310 West US HWY 20
Lusk, WY 82225
                                                      
Customer service representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the centers to answer questions about SBA’s federal low-interest disaster loans and help business owners and residents complete their application.

FEMA Mitigation specialists are scheduled to be on hand at the DRC to provide information and answer questions about cost-effective rebuilding and repair techniques to reduce property damage in future disasters.

Starting this Saturday, in Johnson County, and Monday in Niobrara County, FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams will be out in the community. The team members will be going door-to-door to reach out to people impacted by last month’s flooding and provide them help in registering for disaster assistance. The teams travel with hand held tablets that allow them to help individuals register for assistance immediately. They will also be able to answer questions about the assistance process. 

The teams will be readily identifiable by their FEMA shirts and will all be wearing FEMA badges.  Any residents who are concerned if they are visited by someone claiming to be from FEMA should be sure to ask to see their identification.  There is also never a charge related to registering for disaster assistance, so if someone without proper identification asks you for money to receive assistance, or asks for your personal information, report it to the local authorities.

Background

President Obama approved Gov. Matt Mead's request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance on July 7, 2015. The declaration is a result of the flooding damages that occurred in Johnson and Niobrara Counties during the time period of May 24 – June 6, 2015.

As a result of these severe weather related events, there were 14 homes destroyed, 50 with major damage, 95 with minor damages and 17 with some damage from flood waters. The Disaster Declaration also provides for Small Business Administration disaster loans as there were 12 business and non-profit organizations with major damage and 48 with minor damage.

The Individual Assistance Presidential Disaster Declaration triggers federal financial assistance or direct services to homeowners and small businesses.

The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), affected counties and communities to ensure individuals and businesses get registered for federal assistance and to assist as needed.  

Again, individuals in Johnson and Niobrara Counties can register with FEMA the following ways: 

 

2014 State Homeland Security Grant Program Information is now available.