Posted by: Public Affairs
Getting Assistance to Survivors
President Obama has made federal disaster assistance available to individuals and business owners in several states in the past two weeks – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee. If you are in an area that has received a disaster declaration, and you haven't yet, now is the time to register for assistance. Visit www.disasterassistance.gov to apply online, or http://m.fema.gov to apply on your smartphone. You can also call (800) 621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585 or visit a disaster recovery center in your area.
Ongoing and Potential Flooding in Central U.S.
As we continue to support the severe storms and tornadoes that affected the Southeast last week, we are also continuing to closely monitor the ongoing flood fight along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, their tributaries and other low-lying areas. Through our regional offices in Kansas City, Mo., Chicago, Ill., Denton, Texas and Atlanta, Ga., we are in close coordination with the affected states and stand poised to support them as needed.
The National Weather Service remains the source for official severe weather information, and has issued flood warnings across several states, from Cairo, Illinois to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, including Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana as rivers are forecast to crest over the next few weeks. On May 4th, President Obama declared emergency declarations for Mississippi and Tennessee, and a major disaster declaration for Kentucky, which allows for additional federal support to state and local governments.
If you are in a potentially affected area, follow the directions of local officials and heed all evacuation orders, and check out this blog post for more tips on flood safety.
Public Service Recognition Week, May 1-7
As Public Service Recognition Week comes to a close, we’d like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all those who work behind the scenes to support local communities, cities, and the nation. This video from the White House blog gives a special thank you to those in the Federal family from First Lady Michelle Obama: