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Bellaire, Texas Celebrates a Safer Community

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 16:23

DENTON, Texas – Residents, business and residential renters, and business owners in Bellaire, Texas can now enjoy a 5 to 15 percent reduction in flood insurance premiums because of the city’s active participation in the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS).

This means those policyholders who reside in Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) will receive a 15 percent reduction on flood insurance premiums, and policyholders located outside the SFHA will enjoy a 5 percent discount.

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Disaster Assistance Tops $110 Million One Year after Oklahoma May Tornadoes

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 15:44

OKLAHOMA CITY – One year after severe storms and tornadoes, including an EF-5 tornado, devastated the central region of Oklahoma, progress continues to be made for survivors and communities affected.

Millions of dollars in state and federal assistance has helped in repairing and rebuilding homes, businesses and schools damaged by the storms.

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Agricultural and Aquaculture Businesses May Be Eligible for Disaster Aid

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 14:53

JACKSON, MS – Mississippians engaged in agriculture or aquaculture who sustained damage from recent tornadoes or storms might be eligible for financial assistance for damage or losses occurring during that period.

Along with residents of the 12 counties named in the presidential major disaster declaration for tornado and storm damage April 28 through May 3, they may be eligible for federal help to repair or replace their primary residence.

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Survivors have until 8 p.m. Friday to Visit the Canton Disaster Recovery Center

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 14:51

JACKSON, Miss. – The Canton Disaster Recovery Center in Madison County will be open until 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, to assist Mississippi residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 28 to May 3.

The center will be open at 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Friday at:

Madison County Road Department

3137 S. Liberty St.

Canton, MS 39046

After Friday, disaster survivors can still get help by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362

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Disaster Recovery Center Schedule Changes Begin Saturday, May 17

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 14:48

JACKSON, Miss. – Beginning Saturday, May 17, hours of operation of the eight Disaster Recovery Centers open in Mississippi will change. Survivors may visit any center for assistance. The new schedules are:

 

Itawamba County:

265 Tishtontee Dr., Mantachie, Miss.

8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.

 

Jones County:

1425 Ellisville Blvd., Laurel, Miss.

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (unchanged).

 

Lee County:

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FEMA Provides Federal Funding to Assist Cocos Firefighting Efforts in San Diego County, California

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 14:30

OAKLAND, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California combat the Cocos Fire burning in San Diego County, in the San Marcos community.

On May 14, 2014, the State of California submitted a request for a fire management assistance declaration for the Cocos Fire.  The authorization makes FEMA funding available to reimburse up to 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire.

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Remember Pets When Planning For Emergencies

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:54

LINCROFT, N.J. – For many households, there is an extra element to account for when making plans for disasters – the family pet.

Pets are an important part of many households and their unique needs should be taken into account, as they are particularly vulnerable when a disaster strikes, particularly one that requires evacuation or relocation. They are unlikely to survive on their own if left behind, and if they do, they could run away and be difficult to find afterwards.

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Global Platinum-Group Resources Estimated at More than 150K Metric Tons

USGS Newsroom - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 09:00
Summary: The first-ever inventory and geological assessment of known and undiscovered platinum-group element (PGE) resources estimates that more than 150,000 metric tons of PGEs may exist in the two southern African countries that produce most of the global supply of these critical elements.

Contact Information:

Mike Zientek ( Phone: 509-368-3105 ); Diane Noserale ( Phone: 703-648-4333 );



The first-ever inventory and geological assessment of known and undiscovered platinum-group element (PGE) resources estimates that more than 150,000 metric tons of PGEs may exist in the two southern African countries that produce most of the global supply of these critical elements.

The USGS study identifies 78K metric tons of known PGE resources in South Africa and Zimbabwe and estimates 75K metric tons in PGE resources that may be present, but are undiscovered. This is more than 20 times the total tonnage produced since the 1920s when PGE mining began in these countries.

The U.S. is 90 percent reliant on imports of PGEs which are essential for cleaning automobile exhaust, for manufacturing glass, fertilizer, high-octane fuel, and a variety of chemicals, including cancer fighting drugs. They are widely used in jewelry and electronics such as hard drives, circuitry, and cell phones. PGEs could play a crucial role in fuel cell technology to produce clean energy for cars, homes, and businesses.

The identified resources will meet global demand for many decades, given current growth rates and with supplies also coming from recycling, according to the study. About 90 percent of PGEs in the Earth occur in limited areas of only three countries: South Africa’s Bushveld Complex, Zimbabwe’s Great Dyke, and Russia’s Norilsk region.

“The potential global PGE supply is nearly double what we understood from previous studies, but the geographic concentration of the world’s resources in a few locations leaves the supply of this critical resource open to short-term disruptions,” said USGS Mineral Resources Program Coordinator Larry Meinert. “The supply will more likely be affected in the short term by social, environmental, political and economic factors than from depletion from mining. This finding is consistent with previous studies of known PGE resources and with other studies that characterize future supplies of mineral resources that are critical to the nation,” said Meinert.

For example, water and energy supply shortages, which are common in southern Africa, could result in sudden PGE supply disruptions and may limit the recoverability of resources using advanced methods.

Increased population and higher standards of living have doubled global demand for PGEs in only 20 years. The global net demand for PGEs in 2012 was approximately 470 metric tons.

The USGS Mineral Resources Program delivers unbiased science and information to understand mineral resource potential, production, consumption, and how minerals interact with the environment.

Graph showing the amounts of PGE and minor gold in three major areas compared with the rest of the world. (High resolution image 1.2 MB)

FEMA Provides Federal Funding to Combat Poinsettia Fire in San Diego County, California

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 19:36

OAKLAND, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California combat the Poinsettia Fire currently burning in Carlsbad, Calif.

On May 14, 2014, the State of California submitted a request for a fire management assistance declaration for the Poinsettia Fire.  The authorization makes FEMA funding available to reimburse up to 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire.

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FEMA Public Assistance Now Available in Four Florida Panhandle Counties

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 17:46

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Four Florida Panhandle counties are now eligible for additional disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The aid will help the state, local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofits cover disaster-related expenses and the repair or rebuilding of critical infrastructure.

Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties were added Wednesday to the May 6 major disaster declaration for the severe storms and flooding that overwhelmed parts of the Panhandle from April 28 through May 6.

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Don’t Be Victimized by Fraudulent Contractors or Disaster Workers

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 14:04

JACKSON, MS – Mississippians whose homes were damaged in the recent storms and tornadoes may encounter people attempting to cheat them by posing as inspectors, government officials or contractors. These persons may try to obtain personal information or collect payment for disaster assistance or repairs.

Please keep in mind that FEMA employees DO NOT solicit or accept money from disaster survivors. Many legitimate disaster assistance employees may visit your property such as insurance agents, FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams and inspectors.

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Completing SBA Disaster Loan Application Keeps the Recovery Process Moving

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 14:03

JACKSON, MS. — If disaster survivors in Mississippi apply for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and are referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration, it’s important for them to submit a loan application to assure that the federal disaster recovery process continues and they keep their options open.

FEMA and SBA encourage homeowners, renters and businesses to apply for low-interest disaster loans to help fund their losses:

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FEMA Public Assistance Extended in Nine Mississippi Counties Hit by Storms

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 14:01

JACKSON, MS – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended federal disaster aid in nine Mississippi counties to help the state, local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofits cover disaster-related expenses and the repair or rebuilding of critical infrastructure.

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Disaster Recovery Center Now Open in Jones County

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 13:59

RIDGELAND, Miss. – A disaster recovery center is now open in Jones County to assist Mississippi residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 28 to May 3.

The disaster recovery center will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice and is located at:

The Jones County 361 Saferoom

1425 Ellisville Blvd.

Laurel, MS 39440

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Disaster Recovery Center Now Open in Madison County

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 13:43

PEARL, Miss. – A disaster recovery center is now open in Madison County to assist Mississippi residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 28 to May 3.

The disaster recovery center will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice and is located at:

Madison County Road Department

3137 S. Liberty St.

Canton, MS 39046

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Myth vs. Fact: The Truth about Registering for Federal Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 13:42

PEARL, Miss. – In the aftermath of a disaster, misconceptions about disaster assistance can often prevent survivors from applying for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration. A good rule of thumb: register, even if you’re unsure whether you’ll be eligible for assistance.

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Disaster Recovery Center Now Open in Wayne County

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 13:39

PEARL, Miss. – A disaster recovery center is now open in Wayne County to assist Mississippi residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 28 to May 3.

The disaster recovery center will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice and is located at:

City #4 Voting Precinct Building

810 Chickasawhay Street

Waynesboro, MS 39367

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Another Disaster Recovery Center Open in Mississippi

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 13:36

PEARL, Miss. – An additional disaster recovery center is open in Lowndes County to assist survivors   affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in Mississippi.

The disaster recovery center will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice and is located at:

East Columbus Gym

222 Lawrence Drive

Columbus, MS 39702

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Meeting the Elevation Needs of the Nation

USGS Newsroom - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:00
Summary: Want to know how elevation will benefit your state? The USGS National Geospatial Program is advancing the 3D Elevation Program, known as 3DEP, in response to the growing need for high-quality three-dimensional representations of the Nation’s natural and constructed features Nearly 25 state-specific fact sheets are now available to understand 3DEP applications

Contact Information:

Mark Newell, APR ( Phone: 573-308-3850 ); Pat  Phillips ( Phone: 703-648-5931 ); Vicki  Lukas ( Phone: 703-648-4646 );



Want to know how elevation will benefit your state? The USGS National Geospatial Program is advancing the 3D Elevation Program, known as 3DEP, in response to the growing need for high-quality three-dimensional representations of the Nation’s natural and constructed features. 3DEP uses modern technology to systematically collect high-density light detection and ranging (lidar) elevation data over the U.S. and interferometric synthetic aperture radar (ifsar) data above Alaska where cloud cover and remote locations preclude the use of lidar for much of the State. 

"Looking at lidar is like looking at the world through 3D glasses” said Kevin Gallagher, the USGS Associate Director for Core Science Systems. “Phenomena that were once obscured are suddenly fully evident in rich color and detail. As you might expect, the applications of such new and transformational data are growing rapidly, from civil engineering, precision agriculture and flood inundation modeling, to forest management, intelligent vehicle navigation and emergency response. A national dataset of such data will drive innovation, transform government and industry, and stimulate the economy."

Elevation data are essential to a broad range of applications and support a large range of business uses including national security, wildlife and habitat management, water resource management, and geologic hazards mitigation, to name a few.

Examples of how each state benefits from current high accuracy elevation data are explained in the 24 3DEP state fact sheets available on the 3DEP or The National Map websites. Those states include:

Remaining state-specific fact sheets will continue to be released in the near future.

The use of 3DEP technology has been recommended and endorsed by National Digital Elevation Program Committee and its 12 member agencies, the National States Geographic Information Council, the Management Association for Private Photogrametric Surveyors and the National Geospatial Advisory Committee.

Since 1990, USGS has collected National Elevation Data and has the Federal lead responsibility for terrestrial elevation data. The 3DEP project is designed to fulfill that coordination responsibility and to assure the Nation receives the essential high quality coverage.

For more information, visit the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) website.

Lidar image showing the upper parts of the landslide that occurred in northwest Washington on March 22, 2014. (high resolution image) Enhanced lidar image from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, October 2012. (high resolution image)

Additional Alabama Counties Now Eligible for FEMA Public Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 08:12

CLANTON, Ala. – State and local governments and certain nonprofit organizations in thirteen additional Alabama counties may now apply for federal disaster assistance under the Public Assistance program for eligible response and recovery expenses.

Blount, Butler, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Geneva, Lamar, Perry, Pickens, and Tuscaloosa counties were added Tuesday to the May 2 major disaster declaration for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that overwhelmed parts of Alabama from April 28 through May 5.

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