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National Preparedness Month Kicks Off on September 1

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 16:18

Washington  – Disasters like floods, hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, and earthquakes are a harsh and frequent reality for much of the country. According to a recent survey conducted by FEMA, progress has been made; however, fewer than half of Americans have discussed and developed an emergency plan with their household.

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Two Kent County residents arrested on drug charges in Blackbird State Forest

DNREC News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:25
TOWNSEND (Aug. 31, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested two adults Sunday for drug possession and other charges at Blackbird State Forest.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking great shots of Delaware hunters for photo contest

DNREC News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:20
DOVER (Sept. 1, 2015) – With Delaware’s fall hunting seasons opening today, might you be pointing your camera at a Kodak moment afield in the months ahead? If so, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife invites you to enter the 2015/16 Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2016/2017 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide to be published next year.

Little River dredging project featured on DNREC’s YouTube Channel

DNREC News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:45
LITTLE CREEK (Sept. 1, 2015) – A DNREC dredging project on the Little River to improve navigation and boater access, and enhance wildlife habitat through beneficial use of dredged material is featured in a new video on the DNREC YouTube Channel.

Three Kentucky Counties Designated for Federal Assistance After July Storms

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 08:06

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration for severe storms in July in order to make survivors in Breathitt, Fleming and Perry counties eligible for its Individual Assistance program.

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FEMA provides federal funds to help fight the Tepee Springs Fire

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 21:30

SEATTLE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Tepee Springs Fire in Idaho County, Idaho.

FEMA Region X Regional Administrator Kenneth D. Murphy determined that the fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. Murphy approved the state of Idaho’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) at 6:00 p.m. PDT on Aug. 29, 2015. Idaho has had four FMAGs approved since July 2015.

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Volunteers to begin 2015 Hawk Watch at Ashland Nature Center and Cape Henlopen State Park

DNREC News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 16:52
DOVER (Aug. 31, 2015) – As the summer season slowly fades and an autumn chill returns to the air in Delaware, thousands of migrating raptors will travel south over the state on their way to warmer winter climes. Each fall, raptor enthusiasts rejoice as they flock to the First State’s two established raptor migration monitoring sites, or hawk watches, to observe and count these hawks, falcons, eagles, ospreys, and vultures as they pass by.

"Mutant" Fossils Reveal Toxic Metals May Have Contributed to World's Largest Extinctions

USGS Newsroom - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:29
Summary: A malformed (’teratological’) chitinozoan specimen of the genus Ancyrochitina (a) and a morphologically normal specimen (b) of the same genus. Both of these Silurian microfossils are from the A1-61 well in Libya and are about 415 Ma old. Scale bars are 0.1 mm. (High resolution image) Toxic metals such as iron, lead and arsenic may have helped cause mass extinctions in the world’s oceans millions of years ago, according to recent research from the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Center for Scientific Research, France; and Ghent University, Belgium. These findings largely came from studying “teratological” or malformed fossil plankton assemblages corresponding to the initial stages of extinction events approximately 420 million years ago that killed off most marine species

Contact Information:

Aleeza  Wilkins ( Phone: 703-648-6106 ); Poul Emsbo ( Phone: 303-236-1113 );



A malformed (’teratological’) chitinozoan specimen of the genus Ancyrochitina (a) and a morphologically normal specimen (b) of the same genus. Both of these Silurian microfossils are from the A1-61 well in Libya and are about 415 Ma old. Scale bars are 0.1 mm. (High resolution image)

Toxic metals such as iron, lead and arsenic may have helped cause mass extinctions in the world’s oceans millions of years ago, according to recent research from the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Center for Scientific Research, France; and Ghent University, Belgium. These findings largely came from studying “teratological” or malformed fossil plankton assemblages corresponding to the initial stages of extinction events approximately 420 million years ago that killed off most marine species

At that time, several mass extinction events shaped the evolution of life on our planet. Some of these short-lived events were responsible for eradication of up to 85 percent of marine species, however the exact kill-mechanism responsible for these crises remains poorly understood.

In a paper just published in Nature Communications, the scientists present evidence that malformed fossil remains of 415 million- year-old marine plankton contain highly elevated concentrations of heavy metals of the kind that can cause morphological abnormalities in today’s marine life. This led the authors to conclude that metal poisoning caused the observed malformation and may have contributed to the extinction of these and many other species.

“This paper is a testament to the power of multi-disciplinary research,” said USGS scientist Poul Emsbo, a lead author of the report. “Here, collaboration between a paleontologist and an ore-deposit geochemist has led to new data that unveils new processes that may ultimately explain the cause of catastrophic extinctions in earth history.”

The documented chemical behavior of the toxic metals correlates with previously observed disturbances in oceanic carbon, oxygen and sulfur signatures. Such behavior strongly suggests that these metal increases were a result of decreased oxygen in the ocean.

Thus, metal toxicity, and its expressions in fossilized malformations, could provide the missing link that relates organism extinctions to a widespread absence of ocean oxygen. As part of a series of complex systemic interactions accompanying oceanic geochemical variation, the mobilizations of metals in spreading low-oxygen waters may identify the early phase of the kill-mechanism that led to these catastrophic extinction events.

The recurring correlation between fossil malformations and Ordovician-Silurian extinction events raises the provocative prospect that toxic metal contamination may be a previously unrecognized contributing agent to many, if not all, extinction events in the ancient oceans.

The paper can be accessed here. For information about USGS mineral resources information, visit the USGS Mineral Resources Program Web site or follow us on Twitter.

Kentucky Storm Survivors Urged to Stay in Touch with FEMA

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 09:06

FRANKFORT, Ky.-- Kentucky storm survivors who have registered for disaster assistance are urged to stay in touch with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and keep their contact information current throughout the recovery process.

If survivors change their addresses, telephone numbers, bank accounts or insurance information, it is important that they share the new information with FEMA.

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Nine arrested in connection with vandalism at Woodland Beach on Aug 26

DNREC News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:23
DOVER (Aug. 28, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers Thursday arrested five adults and four juveniles in connection with the vandalism of a porta potty in the public fishing pier parking lot at Woodland Beach after hours on Aug. 26.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter Aug 17 to 23

DNREC News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:23
DOVER (Aug. 28, 2015) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Aug. 17-23 made 1,543 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 231 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 71 citations.

Delaware’s deer, dove, resident Canada goose and teal seasons to open in September

DNREC News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 15:55
DOVER (Aug. 28, 2015) – Delaware’s hunting seasons will start Tuesday, Sept. 1 with the opening of the archery and crossbow deer season and mourning dove and resident Canada goose seasons on private lands and state wildlife areas.

Garrisons Lake north parking lot and footbridge to reopen temporarily

DNREC News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 15:38
DOVER (Aug. 28, 2015) – The first phase of dam repairs at Garrisons Lake has been completed ahead of schedule. With the second phase scheduled to begin Wednesday, Sept. 9, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife will temporarily re-open the north parking lot and fishing footbridge from Aug. 29 through Sept. 8. This area will close again from Sept. 9 through Sept. 30 to allow contractors to complete Phase II of the construction work along the dam.

DNREC's next scrap tire recycling drop-off set for Saturday, Sept. 19 at Middletown DelDOT Yard

DNREC News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 14:31
DOVER (Aug. 28, 2015) – DNREC is once again rolling out an opportunity for Delaware residents to recycle old and disused tires by way of another DNREC Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day. The event, scheduled from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., rain or shine, on Saturday, Sept. 19 is to be held at the Middletown DelDOT Maintenance Yard, 5369 Summit Bridge Road, Middletown, DE 19709.

An Inside Look at a FEMA Housing Inspection Visit

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 08:11

SAIPAN – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspectors continue to examine property damage as part of the FEMA process that brings assistance to Saipan, CNMI residents who have registered with FEMA in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor.

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Starting your Sandy Claims Review is as Simple as Making a Call

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 13:33

Some policyholders have already received additional payments on their claim

It takes only a few minutes to ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to review a flood insurance claim filed as a result of Hurricane Sandy. And it doesn’t cost anything.

More than 11,500 policyholders of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) have entered the review process and some policyholders have already received additional payments on their claim. The deadline for requesting a review is Sept. 15, 2015.

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Texans Have Every Reason to Register for Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 13:21

AUSTIN, Texas – Apply by Aug. 27 for assistance from FEMA or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). You have every reason to do so. 

If you are among thousands of Texans affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred from May 4 to June 22, you may be eligible for a grant or low-interest loan from the SBA. If you answer YES to any of the following questions and were affected by the disaster, you may be eligible.

  • Are you a homeowner, renter or business of any size with disaster-related damage? 

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Registration open now for vendors exhibitors at the Blackbird Creek Fall Festival on Oct 17

DNREC News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:03
TOWNSEND (Aug. 27, 2015) – Vendors, artisans and educational exhibitors are invited to participate in the eighth annual Blackbird Creek Fall Festival, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Blackbird Creek Reserve in Townsend. Reservations for taking part are being accepted now by the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) for the rain-or-shine event, which features heritage and recreational activities offered by the Delaware Bay.

What to Expect After You Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:23

SAIPAN – Over 7,500 registrations have been received by FEMA for disaster assistance as a result of damages sustained by Typhoon Soudelor (DR 4235) and nearly $4.3 Million has been approved for survivors so far.  FEMA encourages all who have been suffered damages from Typhoon Soudelor, August 1-3, to register for Disaster Assistance.

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Household Hazardous Waste Removal Guidance

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:20

SAIPAN – For residents rebuilding or cleaning up typhoon-damaged home or buildings, the EPA has provided instructions and guidance for the safe remove of household hazardous waste.

Be alert for leaking containers and household chemicals, such as caustic drain cleaners and chlorine bleach.

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