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  • Release Date: 
    August 22, 2016

    August 22, 2016 - Louisiana Floods

    In support of the ongoing Federal, state, and local efforts to carry out response and recovery activities in the areas affected by the severe storms and flooding in the State of Louisiana, the Department of Homeland Security’s (“Department”) law enforcement components stand ready to help anyone in need of assistance.  As the Department has said during other disasters, given the situation, our priorities are to promote life-saving and life-sustaining activities, safe evacuation and sheltering, speedy recovery, and maintenance of the public order.  Consistent with their enforcement authorities, the Department’s immigration enforcement agencies (Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) are not conducting enforcement operations in connection with evacuation, sheltering and return, and disaster response activities in the impacted parishes.

    FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program is available to disaster-stricken U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals and qualified aliens in counties with a federal disaster declaration. Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include the provision of temporary housing or money for rental assistance, and money for essential home repairs for owners, personal property loss and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. 

    While undocumented immigrants are not eligible for FEMA cash, housing assistance or Disaster Unemployment Assistance, households with varying citizenship status, only one member needs to be a U.S. citizen, noncitizen national or qualified alien to be eligible to qualify that household for FEMA aid. 

    An undocumented parent or guardian may apply for monetary or housing assistance on behalf of a minor child who is a U.S. citizen, noncitizen national or Qualified Alien. Although the adult will be expected to sign a Declaration and Release (FEMA Form 009-0-3) in the child’s name, no information will be gathered on the person signing for the child.

    All individuals, regardless of citizenship status, affected by a major disaster may be eligible for other non-monetary, in-kind emergency disaster relief programs. These include search and rescue, medical care, shelter, food and water as well as Disaster Legal Services, Disaster Case Management and Crisis Counseling.

    People who don’t qualify for monetary or housing assistance may still call the FEMA registration line for referrals to voluntary agencies.

    Residents and business owners who sustained disaster-related losses can apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). If you use 711 relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362 directly. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Central Time) seven days a week until further notice.

    Download the FEMA App to locate and get directions to open shelters across the state, apply for FEMA assistance, and receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.

    *Translations available in Spanish, French, Chinese and Vietnamese available here.

     

  • Release Date: 
    August 20, 2016

    For Immediate Release
    DHS Press Office
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    This morning, I had the privilege of observing the New Jersey Marine Terminal full-scale explosion exercise at the Port of Newark. Given the current threat environment, these exercises are vital and allow for multi-discipline and multi-jurisdictional planning and coordination.  

    The Department of Homeland Security does a lot to support these types of training exercises. This one in particular included the participation of both Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Department of Homeland Security also supports these exercises through grants. For this exercise in particular, around $200,000 of UASI grant money was spent, in addition to the numerous pieces of equipment deployed today that was previously purchased through DHS grants over the years. This equipment included a mobile emergency operations center, medical ambulance bus, mass casualty response unit, and marine vessels.

    I'd like to thank the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for planning today's exercise, and thank and congratulate all of the participants. It is meaningful training like this that makes us stronger as a country and more prepared for when events require our quick response. 

    Secretary Johnson meets DHS Participants from Customs and Border Protection

    Secretary Johnson meets participants from Customs and Border Protection (U.S. Coast Guard Photo/Frank Iannazzo-Simmons)

     

    Secretary Johnson receives brief on equipment used during full scale exercise

    Secretary Johnson briefed on equipment to be used during the full scale exercise at New Jersey Marine Terminals (U.S. Coast Guard Photo/Frank Iannazzo-Simmons)

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  • Release Date: 
    August 17, 2016

    For Immediate Release
    DHS Press Office
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    On August 18, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will visit Baton Rouge, La. to meet with state and local officials and review ongoing response and recovery efforts in areas affected by severe flooding. While in Baton Rouge, Secretary Johnson will participate in a media availability to discuss the relief and recovery efforts, including assistance by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Additional details, including open press event details, are forthcoming.

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