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NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL082008
1100 PM AST TUE SEP 02 2008

HANNA NEARLY STATIONARY...
AT 1100 PM AST...0300 UTC...THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BAHAMAS HAS ISSUED A HURRICANE WATCH FOR THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS...INCLUDING THE ABACOS...ANDROS ISLAND...BERRY ISLANDS...BIMINI...ELEUTHERA...GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND...AND NEW PROVIDENCE. A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA...
GENERALLY WITHIN THE NEXT 36 HOURS.

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS...THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS...AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHERN COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FROM PUERTO PLATA WESTWARD TO BAHIA DE MANZANILLO. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR HAITI FROM THE NORTHERN BORDER WITH THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO PORT-AU-PRINCE. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN
THE NEXT 24
HOURS
.

..THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MIDLAND HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN TEXAS...due to hurricane Gustav

RIO GRANDE BELOW PRESIDIO 5SE AFFECTING PRESIDIO COUNTY
RIO GRANDE AT PRESIDIO INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE AFFECTING PRESIDIO COUNTY

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SHREVEPORT HAS ISSUED A
* FLOOD WARNING FOR THE BAYOU DORCHEAT NEAR SPRINGHILL LOUISIANA.
* FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...* AT 1100 AM TUESDAY THE STAGE WAS 4.7 FEET.
* FLOOD WARNING FOR
THE BAYOU DORCHEAT AT DIXIE INN LOUISIANA.
* FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT TO SUNDAY AFTERNOON...* AT 1130 AM TUESDAY THE STAGE WAS 2.0 FEET.
* FLOOD WARNING FOR THE BODCAU BAYOU AT BAYOU BODCAU LAKE.
* FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* AT 1100 AM TUESDAY THE POOL STAGE WAS 159.0 FEET.
* FLOOD POOL STAGE IS 172 FEET.
* FORECAST...RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE BY MONDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE TO RISE TO NEAR 176.0 FEET BY WEDNESDAY MORNING...

.THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN MISSISSIPPI.. TCHOUTACABOUFFA R. NEAR D`IBERVILLE AFFECTING HARRISON COUNTY A FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE TCHOUTACABOUFFA NEAR D`IBERVILLE.

Contracting

Contracting and Working with the Department of Homeland Security to Help Affected Areas of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita See Contracts

American Red Cross, 1-800-435-7669, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. donate at www.redcross.org.
America's Second Harvest, 1-800 771-2303, 35 E. Wacker Dr., #2000, Chicago, IL 60601. donate at http://www.secondharvest.org/default.asp.

Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, The fundraising effort is only available online. donate at http://www.bushclintonkatrinafund.org/.

Catholic Charities USA, 1-800-919-9338, Hurricane Katrina, P.O. Box 25168, Alexandria, VA 22313-9788. donate at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org.
Christian Contractors Association, 1-800-278-7703, 2009 S Broad St., Brooksville, FL 34604. donate at www.ccaministry.org.
Church World Service, 1-800-297-1516, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN, 46515. donate at www.churchworldservice.org.
Convoy of Hope, 1-417-823-8998, 330 S Patterson, Springfield, MO 65802. donate at www.convoyofhope.org.

Episcopal Relief and Development/U.S. Hurricane Relief Fund, 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129, P.O. Box 12043, Newark, NJ, 07101-5043. donate at www.er-d.org.

Florida Baptist Convention, 1-800-226-8584, Attention: Baptist Men's Department, Hurricane Disaster Relief, 1230 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207.
Florida Conference United Church of Christ, 407-835-7501, 924 N. Magnolia Ave., Suite 250, Orlando, FL 32803.

Habitat for Humanity, 229-924-6935, Partner Service Center, Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA, 31709-3498. donate at http://www.habitat.org/default.aspx.

Islamic Circle of North America, 718-658-7028, 166-26, 89th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432. donate at www.icna.org.

Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, Inc., 877-435-7521, 225-342-7000, 1201 North Third St., Suite 7-240, P.O. Box 94095, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9095. donate at www.louisiana.gov, or www.louisianahelp.org.
Lutheran Disaster Response, 1-800-638-3522, 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631. donate at www.elca.org.

Mennonite Disaster Service, 717-859-2210, 1018 Main St., Akron, PA 17501. donate at www.mds.mennonite.net.

PRC Compassion, 1-888-966-6600 or 1-800-765-7473, 18153 East Petroleum Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. donate at www.prccompassion.org.
Presbyterian Church, 1-800-872-3283, Attention: PCUSA, Individual Remittance Processing, P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15624-3700. Write on check: #000169. donate at www.pcusa.org.

Salvation Army, 1-800-725-2769, Salvation Army Headquarters, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22313. If you send a check, note "Katrina Disaster relief." donate at www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, 770-410-6133, P.O. Box 116543, Atlanta, GA 30368-6543. If you send a check, make it payable to North American Mission Board. donate at www.namb.net/dr.

United Way, Tampa Bay 813-274-0900 or 727-535-3545, 1000 N. Ashley Drive Suite 800, Tampa, FL, 33602. You can donate at www.uwtb.org.
United Jewish Communities, 877-277-2477 or P.O. Box 30, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113. Mark donations "Attention: Hurricane Katrina." donate at www.ujc.org.

Louisiana SPCA, To help animals stranded by Hurricane Katrina, wire cash to JP Morgan Chase, ROUTING # 065400137; ACCOUNT # 699118915.

Hurricane Katrina Animal Relief Fund
As people around the country unite to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Michigan Humane Society is preparing to send a rescue team to assist animal victims in the affected areas. calling the Development Department at (248) 799-7400, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. This office can also be reached by calling 1-866-MHUMANE (866-648-6263).
send donations to:
Development Department
Michigan Humane Society
26711 Northwestern Hwy., Suite #175
Southfield, MI 48034

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Hurricane Sandy Related Insurance Claims 

11-30.-2012 After meeting with top insurance company executives this week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a series of measures to expedite the payment of claims for New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy and launched a new online report card system, www.NYInsure.ny.gov, to hold insurance companies accountable.

At the Governor’s direction, the Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued a new regulation that will cut by more than half the amount of time insurers have to send adjusters to homes and businesses to inspect claims, thereby helping consumers receive their payments sooner. In addition, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order that will allow for expedited, temporary licenses to be issued to qualified out-of-state public insurance adjusters, increasing the number of adjusters available to New York consumers to help get their claim settlements faster. Finally, at the Governor’s direction, the DFS will publish report cards assessing insurance companies’ performance in responding to the disaster and paying claims. The report cards will be published on a new website, www.NYInsure.ny.gov, which the Governor launched today. The website will be updated regularly.

“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it is vital that New Yorkers receive their claim settlements as soon as possible, so that they can rebuild their homes, businesses and lives,” said Governor Cuomo. “There simply is no substitute for speed when it comes to insurance payouts after a storm. We must do everything possible to make sure we hold insurance companies accountable to their customers. Today’s actions do just that.”

Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, said, “The performance of insurance companies after a storm like Sandy is incredibly important. Homeowners and businesses have the right to know how their insurers are performing and how quickly the companies are handling claims.”

Governor Cuomo also announced today that, at his direction, DFS Superintendent Benjamin M. Lawsky will continue the moratorium barring insurance companies from cancelling or terminating homeowners’ and small business owners’ insurance policies in storm stricken areas for any reason, including non-payment of premiums, for an additional 21 days through December 15th.

This executive order and moratorium applies to residents and business owners in Bronx, Kings, Nassau New York, Orange, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester counties.

The Governor’s order also extends the time the Superintendent may deny applications by licensed mortgage bankers or registered mortgage brokers to open branch offices and temporarily suspends a requirement involving community development investments.

Launches Online Report Card System of Insurance Companies

At the Governor’s direction, DFS Superintendent Lawsky launched an online report card system concerning insurance companies who are operating in the areas that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. This action will hold insurance companies accountable to consumers and allow New Yorkers to see the performance of their insurance company compared to other companies. The report cards will be published on the DFS website and will be frequently updated. They will be available today at www.NYInsure.ny.gov.

Among other criteria, insurance companies will be graded on:

Number of claims and dollar amount of claims

Average time for an adjuster to inspect

Number of claims closed with and without payment so far

Total number of consumer complaints

Number of complaints as a percentage of number of claims

Hurricane Gustav

AT 1000 PM CDT...0300Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM GUSTAV WASLOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 31.1 NORTH...LONGITUDE 92.7 WEST OR ABOUT 20 MILES...30 KM...SOUTHWEST OF ALEXANDRIA LOUISIANA.
GUSTAV IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 13 MPH...20 KM/HR...AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. THIS MOTION SHOULD BRING THE CENTER OF GUSTAV ACROSS WESTERN LOUISIANA TONIGHT...AND INTO NORTHEASTERN TEXAS ON TUESDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 60 MPH...95 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. CONTINUED WEAKENING IS FORECAST AND GUSTAV IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION ON TUESDAY.

GUSTAV IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 12 INCHES OVER PORTIONS OF LOUISIANA...SOUTHERN AND WESTER MISSISSIPPI...ARKANSAS AND NORTHEASTERN TEXAS...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF UP TO 20 INCHES POSSIBLE THROUGH THURSDAY. ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE CENTRAL GULF COAST TODAY.

Louisiana Governor Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Time

On August 27, 2008, Governor Bobby Jindal issued a state declaration of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Fay which could potentially make landfall in Louisiana by early next week.  The state of emergency extends from August 27, 2008 through September 26, 2008, unless terminated sooner.

From Mayor Nagin 4 p.m. press conference:
• Nagin to tourists: It's time for you to go
• Nagin - Mandatory evacuation likely to be called at 7 pm
• Nagin: Strongly encourages everyone to evacuate now.
• No need to register any longer for bus service, just go to pickup points.

Governor Riley Gets Federal Disaster Declaration for Alabama From the President

CLANTON – Governor Bob Riley announced that he has received approval from the President for a federal disaster declaration in response to Hurricane Gustav. Some Louisiana evacuees en route to Birmingham.

Texas Governor Rick Perry

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today ordered the pre-deployment of state resources in anticipation of Hurricane Gustav’s potential landfall.  Today’s action follows the governor’s disaster declaration for 61 counties issued on Thursday and readies the state to provide assistance to local officials.

“For the past few days, the Texas emergency management team has been implementing our tested and proven operational plan, placing key personnel on standby, and moving resources toward the anticipated area of impact,” said Gov. Perry. “We will continue to watch the storm closely and ramp up our efforts as conditions dictate, so that we will be ready regardless of what Mother Nature sends our way.”

Governor Perry was joined by state Homeland Security Director Steve McCraw, Chief of the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management Jack Colley and the entire Emergency Management Council at the State Operations Center (SOC) today. More

Governor Harry Barbour of Mississippi

(JACKSON, Mississippi)—In his role as the state’s chief executive, today Governor Haley Barbour continued with first steps to ensure Mississippi is as prepared as possible for the potential impact of Hurricane Gustav.
In a letter to President Bush, the Governor requested a federal disaster declaration for  the entire state.  This will begin the process of securing emergency assistance through  the Federal Emergency Management Agency should Hurricane Gustav impact the Gulf  Coast region.Barbour also expands designated emergency impact area to combat potential price gouging.

Florida Governor Charlie Christ

Florida Governor Charlie Christ must not have any emergency plans in place as there were no notices on the forida governors official web site at all.

TROPICAL STORM FAY

 Governor Charlie Crist announced that Florida has received a Presidential Declaration from the President of the United States, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as a result of the flooding rains and severe weather caused by Tropical Storm Fay.

No information has come from his office as to the two new hurricanes headed to Florida coastlines. He does not have any information on his governors web site about disasters, and as many people know in the country Florida has had its share of hurricane disasters. hmm relection time!


A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS...AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.

Tropical Storm Hanna headed to the East coast of Florida, which would give Florida a double whammy being hit from two sides at the same time. That kind of event creates tornados.

Click here fro evacuation maps from Red Cross

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Tornado Safety Saves Lives More

Eligibility for Disaster Assistance Katrina Victims 8-27-2007


The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have signed an Interagency Agreement under which HUD will administer a pilot program to provide temporary long-term housing rental assistance and case management for Katrina/Rita households. HUD will administer the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) through its Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) for eligible Katrina/Rita households that currently are receiving rental assistance from FEMA.

The transition from FEMA rental assistance to the Disaster Housing Assistance Program will officially take place on Nov. 1, 2007 and will be in effect until March 1, 2009. Meanwhile, FEMA has notified eligible applicants that they will continue to fund their rental housing until then.  If applicants have any questions about their eligibility for HUD's Disaster Housing Assistance Program, they should call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-362-FEMA.

HUD has established a referral call center with a toll-free number for eligible families and PHAs seeking additional information about the transition to the DHAP.  FEMA families currently receiving rental assistance who have been notified by FEMA that they will be transitioned to rental assistance may contact HUD at 1-866-373-9509. Operators are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. More information is available at www.hud.gov/news/dhap.cfm.

Public Citizen Lawsuit Forces FEMA to Restore Housing Assistance Benefits the Agency Denied to Evacuees 11-30-2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a landmark victory for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a federal judge today granted Public Citizen’s request for a preliminary injunction against the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to prevent the agency from terminating housing benefits for hurricane survivors without first adequately explaining its decisions.
Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the agency to restore short-term housing assistance to all evacuees whom FEMA found ineligible since Aug. 31, 2006, until they receive adequate explanation for the decision and time to appeal. In a further rebuke, FEMA was also required to pay the short-term housing assistance benefits that evacuees would have received between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30.

Public Citizen filed the emergency injunction Aug. 29 on behalf of four Katrina and Rita evacuees and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) as part of a lawsuit to order FEMA to continue benefits for thousands of hurricane evacuees until it provided constitutionally sufficient notice of why their benefits were being denied, what steps, if any, they could take to fix the situation, and how they could appeal the decisions. 

“FEMA’s intransigence in the face of such overwhelming tragedy and need was truly stunning,” said Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen. “Now victims of these horrible natural disasters will have the tools they need to receive the assistance that they are entitled to.”

Termination letters sent by FEMA after March 2006 only informed evacuees of their ineligibility for benefits, followed by an obscure computer code or phrase representing the reason for that status. FEMA claimed that recipients could use an agency manual to make sense of the code, but the lawsuit asserted that these sources and even the agency’s own employees could not provide comprehensible or adequate explanations. Although FEMA said it distributed the manual to evacuees shortly after the hurricanes and that the code book was available online, the agency’s actions were clearly inadequate to address the needs of families displaced by such a severe natural disaster.

“It is unfortunate, if not incredible, that FEMA and its counsel could not devise a sufficient notice system to spare these beleaguered evacuees the added burden of federal litigation to vindicate their constitutional rights,” Leon wrote in the decision.

The judge found that the Katrina evacuees’ “interest in continued housing assistance… could not be more fundamental and overarching than it is here” and that FEMA’s procedures for notifying evacuees of the reasons for denying them assistance fell short of constitutionally minimum standards. He concluded that FEMA’s notice procedures were “unconstitutionally vague and uninformative,” and described them as “Kafkaesque” and “cryptic.”

This decision is a clear vindication of the evacuees’ entitlement to critical housing benefits that Congress guaranteed them in the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act,” said Michael Kirkpatrick, an attorney for Public Citizen.
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Austin served as co-counsel with Public Citizen for ACORN and for the four individual plaintiffs, all of whom now reside in Texas.

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