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ENJOY THE SUN, BUT BE CAREFUL ON THE ROADS 1/17/18

ENJOY THE SUN, BUT BE CAREFUL ON THE ROADS January 17, 2018 The sun is out and temperatures are rising gradually, most of our area will be in the upper 30’s by this afternoon. We recognize that most roadways have improved, but travel conditions remain hazardous. If you need to get out on the roads, please continue to use extreme caution and maintain a low rate of speed. There could still be ice on the roads today and through tonight as the temperatures are expected to drop below freezing again. At the height of the wintery weather we saw all of our roads impacted by ice and snow, with over 26 major road closures. Montgomery County did see one fatality as a result of an auto accident on Hwy 105. Over the last 48 hours, we also saw between 300 and 600 homes lose power as a result of the storm. Our Power companies’ worked diligently to get powered restored, and at the time of this release all power has been restored. We witnessed one house fire related injury, where the victim suffered 2nd degree burns and was transported to the hospital for treatment. We continue to stress the importance of winter safety, and below are some heating safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association: Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater. Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters. Never use your oven to heat your home. Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions. Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters. Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home. Test smoke alarms at least once a month. Remember your neighbors around you, and check on anyone that has limited mobility. Our winter weather will still be with us through tonight, so do not forget your 4 P’s, People, Pets, Pipes, and Plants. For help and information on preparing for disasters, download our new preparedness app ReadyMCTX to your mobile device. Now is the time to prepare. To receive emergency alerts to your phone or email from Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, register at http://www.mc911.org/page/ecd.AlertMCTX. When you are creating your profile, you must check the box next to Share my Smart911…

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Group Flood Insurance Program

SBA Dependent Types of Other Needs Assistance are only for individuals or household who do not qualify for the SBA may be eligible for the following types of assistance: Group Flood Insurance Policy- FEMA may pay $600 under ONA for three years of flood insurance for eligible recipients of assistance for flood-damaged property (personal or real) located in a SFHA on which FEMA places a flood insurance requirement. As part of the effort to reduce future expenses from floods, FEMA directly purchases GFIP certificates on behalf of applicants who are required to purchase and maintain flood insurance but who may not otherwise be able to purchase a policy. The GFIP is a policy that is established for each disaster declaration that results from flooding and authorizes the provision of Individual Assistance. In addition to meeting general conditions of eligibility, applicants must meet the following conditions in order to be considered for a GFIP certificate: FEMA verifies that damage to the applicant’s property is caused by flooding and the damaged items are insurable under NFIP. The applicants does not have flood insurance coverage at the time of the disaster The applicants damaged residence is located in a SFHA The applicants damaged residence is not located in a sanctioned community, CBRS area, or OPA The applicant does not have a previous requirement to maintain flood insurance as a condition of receiving IHP assistance. The applicant is referred to ONA The applicant is eligible for Home Repair, Replacement, or Personal Property Assistance, prompting the requirement to maintain flood insurance on the damaged residence and initiating the GFIP. Notification and Response: Pre-disaster owners included in the GFIP receive notification from FEMA stating they have been included in the policy as well as a “Certificate of Flood Insurance” but do not receive the actual policy. Applicants do not have the ability to decline the GFIP. FEMA give applicants 60-day notice of policy expiration and a final notice of termination of coverage. When GFIP expires, the applicant is responsible for purchasing and maintaining flood insurance on their own. Failure to maintain flood insurance will affect applicant eligibility for future disaster assistance. Limitations and Exclusions: If the cost of a GFIP policy exceeds the remaining amount of IHP Assistance available to the applicant, then FEMA will not purchase a policy. The applicants will still be responsible for purchasing a policy on their own. Applicants who own or rent travel trailers on non-permanent foundations are not eligible for GFIP.

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