The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) grant to the State of Wyoming.The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security is looking forward to working with our communities in building and sustaining core capabilities to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond and recover from acts of terrorism, major disasters and other emergencies - ultimately creating a safer and more resilient nation.

The SHSP assists state, tribal and local preparedness activities that address high-priority preparedness gaps across all core capabilities and mission areas where a nexus to terrorism exists. The SHSP supports the implementation of risk driven, capabilities-based approaches to address capability targets set in urban area, state, and regional Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (THIRAs). The capability targets are established during the THIRA process, and assessed in the State Preparedness Report (SPR) and inform planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.

To facilitate appropriate allocations of funding, please download the project application and budget worksheets below. Funding will no longer be allocated based on jurisdictional size but rather based competitively on application and need. All units of local government and federally-recognized tribal governments within the State of Wyoming are eligible to apply. Completed applications must be received in this office no later than Sept. 15, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m.

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Kevin's Law - Notice of Intent to Adopt New Rules and Regulations

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Governor Mead Secures Additional Emergency Housing Resources for Flood Survivors

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Governor Mead’s request for a direct housing benefit for Niobrara County. This stems from the flood disaster from early this summer. FEMA’s direct housing program provides a temporary house for those eligible individuals after a disaster.

“People lost their homes, their businesses and more,” said Governor Mead. “Those people are working hard to rebuild and temporary housing will help. I have asked the agencies involved to do all they can for those who suffered damages as a result of severe weather around the state.”

Interim housing – up to 18 months – is put into place by FEMA while repairs are made to damaged homes or alternative permanent housing is secured. Families should work directly with FEMA to determine eligibility. FEMA specialists will provide monthly assistance to families on permanent housing plans over the 18 month interim period.

Questions about this and other disaster assistance should be directed to the Disaster Recovery Center. The DRC is located at:

Niobrara County Fairgrounds
Shooting Sports Multiplex Complex
310 West US HWY 20
Lusk, WY 82225

Assistance is also available through the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 (option 2) or TTY 1-800-462-7585

For information on SBA loans call (800) 659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov. Hearing-impaired individuals may call TTY (800) 877-8339.  Applicants may also apply for SBA loans online at SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

WYOMING DISASTER ASSISTANCE EXPANDED
Public Assistance Program Available for Four Counties

President Obama announced additional disaster assistance will be available for Wyoming communities impacted by the May 24 - June 6 flooding. The Public Assistance program is now available for Albany, Johnson, Niobrara and Platte counties.

As a result of the declaration, federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in these counties for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by flooding. Public Assistance will provide grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain Private Non-Profit (PNP) organizations.  The program comes with a 75 percent federal cost share, with the remaining costs borne by the state and local governments.

More information will be made available at a series of briefings for potential applicants that will be announced at a later date.

 

 

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers

Niobrara County Disaster Recovery Center Update

Starting this Saturday (August 15), the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located in the Town of Lusk will be closed on weekends.  The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on Saturday and Sunday.
The DRC is located at:
Niobrara County                                           
Niobrara County Fairgrounds
Shooting Sports Multiplex Complex
310 West US HWY 20
Lusk, WY 82225

The center is set up for residents who would like to speak one-on-one to recovery representatives, but it’s not necessary to visit a center to receive disaster assistance. The fastest way to register or receive information on the status of you application with  FEMA is by phone or online. Individuals or businesses can call 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) or go online at www.fema.gov or www.disasterassistance.gov. The registration line is open daily from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. (MDT) until further notice. Individuals may also register by smart phone at m.fema.gov. 

Even if residents previously provided information to their local emergency manager or with a voluntary agency, they must still register with FEMA to access federal assistance programs.

Customer service representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the center to answer questions about SBA’s federal low-interest disaster loans and help residents and business owners and complete their application.

 FEMA Mitigation specialists are on hand at the DRC to provide information and answer questions about cost-effective rebuilding and repair techniques to reduce property damage in future disasters and information on the National Flood Insurance Program. Referrals can also be made to other state and federal programs as well as to voluntary agencies for assistance.

Flood victims facing legal issues who are unable to afford a lawyer may call 1-877-432-9955.

Even if residents previously registered with their local emergency manager or with a voluntary agency, they must still register with FEMA to access federal disaster assistance programs.

Residents who plan to stop by the DRC are urged to register for assistance before their visit.                                        

Niobrara County (Opens July 16) 
Niobrara County Fairgrounds/Gun Club
310 West US HWY 20
Lusk, WY 82225
                                                      
Customer service representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be at the centers to answer questions about SBA’s federal low-interest disaster loans and help business owners and residents complete their application.

FEMA Mitigation specialists are scheduled to be on hand at the DRC to provide information and answer questions about cost-effective rebuilding and repair techniques to reduce property damage in future disasters.

The teams will be readily identifiable by their FEMA shirts and will all be wearing FEMA badges.  Any residents who are concerned if they are visited by someone claiming to be from FEMA should be sure to ask to see their identification.  There is also never a charge related to registering for disaster assistance, so if someone without proper identification asks you for money to receive assistance, or asks for your personal information, report it to the local authorities.

Background

President Obama approved Gov. Matt Mead's request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance on July 7, 2015. The declaration is a result of the flooding damages that occurred in Johnson and Niobrara Counties during the time period of May 24 – June 6, 2015.

As a result of these severe weather related events, there were 14 homes destroyed, 50 with major damage, 95 with minor damages and 17 with some damage from flood waters. The Disaster Declaration also provides for Small Business Administration disaster loans as there were 12 business and non-profit organizations with major damage and 48 with minor damage.

The Individual Assistance Presidential Disaster Declaration triggers federal financial assistance or direct services to homeowners and small businesses.

The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), affected counties and communities to ensure individuals and businesses get registered for federal assistance and to assist as needed.  

Again, individuals in Johnson and Niobrara Counties can register with FEMA the following ways: