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29 June 2022

  • FEMA Announces 2022 Youth Preparedness Council
    FEMA Announces 2022 Youth Preparedness Council

    WASHINGTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced the 2022-2023 Youth Preparedness Council members today.

    FEMA selected 15 new members to join 10 returning council members. Members were selected based on their dedication to public service, community involvement and potential to increase levels of community resilience throughout the country.

    This year, FEMA celebrates the council’s 10th anniversary. FEMA created the council in 2012 to bring together diverse young leaders interested in strengthening disaster preparedness across the nation and within their communities.

    “Today, we welcome and celebrate the new Youth Preparedness Council members, who represent the next generation of emergency managers,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “This culturally diverse, creative and dedicated group of young leaders will build upon the significant contributions made by past council members over the last decade, helping to make their communities more resilient to disasters.”

    Youth Preparedness Council Members

    The New 2022 Council Members

    Sophie Fares of California

    Lauren Coval of Colorado

    Taylor Worbington of Florida

    Vaishnavi Kumbala of Louisiana

    Navin Ramesh of Massachusetts

    Theo Illarionov of Massachusetts

    Janice Saji of Michigan

    Aarushi Bute of Missouri

    Meher Harjani of New Jersey

    Amanda Cisse of New York

    Kemi Heyward-Rotimi of North Carolina

    Neha Srinivasan of Oregon

    Ryan Liu of Texas

    Layla Ibrahim of Virginia

    Katie Clark of Washington

    The Returning Council Members

    Isaac Doll of Colorado

    Aubrey Dockins of Florida

    Miles Butler of Idaho

    Beitris Boyreau-Millar of Maryland

    Ranjana Ramesh of Massachusetts

    Alexia Nastasia of Missouri

    Mirika Jambudi of New Jersey

    Megan Cameron of New York

    Amira Seay of Texas

    Shivani Jayaprakasam of Washington

    The council demonstrates FEMA’s commitment to promote and sustain a prepared nation. The council provides an avenue to engage young people by considering their perspectives, feedback and opinions. Council members meet with FEMA staff throughout their term to provide input on strategies, initiatives and projects.

    This year, each council member, all eighth through 12th graders, will participate in the Youth Preparedness Council summit held virtually in late July. During this annual event, members will participate in online preparedness activities, learn from senior leaders in national preparedness and engage with FEMA community preparedness staff who offer support and mentorship throughout their term.

    To learn more about FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council, visit: fema.gov/ypc 

    mayshaunt.gary Tue, 06/28/2022 - 14:42
  • President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Kansas
    President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Kansas

    WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Kansas to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms and straight-line winds from March 17-22, 2022.

    Federal funding is available to the state, eligible local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities in Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Ellis, Ford, Graham, Gray, Hodgeman, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Ness, Pawnee, Phillips, Rooks, Rush, Stafford, Trego and Wallace counties.

    Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

    DuWayne Tewes has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

    zella.campbell Wed, 05/25/2022 - 23:02
  • FEMA Comment Period Open for Certain Disaster Recovery Activities in Kansas Resulting from the December 2021 Severe Storms
    FEMA Comment Period Open for Certain Disaster Recovery Activities in Kansas Resulting from the December 2021 Severe Storms

    Kansas City, Mo. —The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is announcing that an Initial Public Notice (IPN) is now available for review and comment in connection with disaster recovery activities associated with the Dec. 15, 2021 severe storms and straight-line winds in Kansas.  

    Persons wanting to provide input on FEMA’s proposed activities have until May 6, 2022 to submit comments or questions in writing. A copy of this public notice is posted online.

    Specifically, this IPN announces the agency’s intention to reimburse eligible local and state governmental entities, tribal nations and certain non-profits in Kansas for approved costs to repair or replace public facilities damaged by the Dec. 15, 2021 storms. 

    This public notice concerns activities that may affect historic properties, activities located in, or may affect wetland areas or the 100-year floodplain, and critical actions within the 500-year floodplain.

    FEMA is required by law to provide a public notice of its intent to provide federal assistance and grant opportunities via the Public Assistance (PA), Individual Assistance (IA), or Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMGP) programs.  The general public is not required to comment on the agency’s proposed activities, but comments received are taken into consideration as the agency evaluates the recovery activities’ impact to or by floodplains and wetlands, and effects to historic resources.

    This may be the only public notice provided regarding these FEMA actions.

    Questions and/or comments should be directed to Kate Stojsavljevic, Regional Environmental Officer, Federal   Emergency Management Agency, Region 7, 11224 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131 or by emailing Kate.stojsavljevic@fema.dhs.gov.

    mayshaunt.gary Thu, 04/21/2022 - 20:47
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