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FEMA Housing Inspectors in Mississippi Counties Damaged by March Floods

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 03/29/2016 - 11:50

PEARL, Miss. – Housing inspectors contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are assisting eligible survivors of the recent flooding by visiting neighborhoods and checking for damage.

“The free FEMA housing inspections are an essential step in the recovery process for survivors who sustained damage to their homes,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Lai Sun Yee. “It’s vital that survivors register with FEMA, ensure we have their current contact information and then coordinate with the housing inspector to schedule the inspection.”

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Arkansas April 5th is Deadline to Register for Disaster Assistance for December-January Storms

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 03/29/2016 - 11:49

 

April 5 is Deadline to Register for Disaster Assistance for December – January Storms

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Residents of 11 Arkansas counties who suffered damage from the severe storms of December – January have only until Tuesday, April 5, 2016 to register for federal disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Assistance can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property loss and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Satsuma, Livingston Parish, for Louisiana Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 03/28/2016 - 18:52

BATON ROUGE, La. –A disaster recovery center will open Tuesday, March 29, in Satsuma, Livingston Parish, to help Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice.

The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:

Satsuma Village Mall
28975 S. Satsuma Road, Suite D
Satsuma, La.

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Hot Days Can Trigger Yosemite Rockfalls

USGS Newsroom - Mon, 03/28/2016 - 11:00
Summary: After more than three years of monitoring the towering granite cliffs of Yosemite National Park, scientists have new insights into a potentially important mechanism that can trigger rockfalls in the park. Although many conditions can trigger rockfalls, some rockfalls are more likely to happen in the hottest part of the day, during the hottest part of the year.

Contact Information:

Leslie Gordon ( Phone: 650-329-4006 );



After more than three years of monitoring the towering granite cliffs of Yosemite National Park, scientists have new insights into a potentially important mechanism that can trigger rockfalls in the park. Although many conditions can trigger rockfalls, some rockfalls are more likely to happen in the hottest part of the day, during the hottest part of the year.

Rockfalls in Yosemite are common and part of the natural process of erosion, but they also pose hazards to park visitors. Improved understanding of this thermal triggering mechanism may assist the National Park Service in managing rockfall hazards in the park.

To explain this phenomenon, U.S. Geological Survey and NPS geologists placed sensitive deformation and temperature gauges in a crack behind a large, partially detached slab of granite clinging to a Yosemite Valley cliff.  The scientists found that daily heating and cooling of the rock surface caused the crack to open and close by nearly half an inch. The resulting stress can cause such cracks to grow, destabilizing the rock slabs to the point where they fall, in a process called exfoliation.

According to Brian Collins, USGS geotechnical engineer and coauthor of the study, “Our research provides clear evidence that thermal effects can move large slabs of rock and that these movements, over time, can lead to rock falls.”

“Summertime rockfalls have been something of a mystery,” said Greg Stock, Yosemite park geologist and coauthor of the study. “With this work we now have a plausible explanation for why they happen.”

The full report, “Rockfall triggering by cyclic thermal stressing of exfoliation fractures,” is published in the current issue of the journal Nature Geoscience, and is available online.

Yosemite National Park geologist Greg Stock and USGS civil engineer Brian Collins download data from instruments measuring how much granitic exfoliation sheets move from daily temperature variations as a precursor to rock fall. Photo credit: Valerie Zimmer, National Park Service.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish for Louisiana Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 03/26/2016 - 16:12

BATON ROUGE, La. –A disaster recovery center will open Monday, March 28, in Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish, to help Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice.

The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:

Parish Planning Commission
42271 S. Morrison Blvd.
Hammond, La.
(Directly behind the Red Roof Inn off I-55)

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More Louisiana Residents Now Eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance, Urged to Register

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 03/26/2016 - 15:48

Baton Rouge, La – Louisiana disaster survivors in Jackson, Rapides, Red River and Sabine parishes may now be eligible for federal disaster assistance.

Their first step is to register with FEMA.

Individuals and business owners in the designated parishes who had storm damage may apply for assistance three ways:

Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov

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Mississippi Flood Survivors Urged to Register for Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 03/26/2016 - 14:07

Mississippi Flood Survivors Urged to Register for Disaster Assistance

PEARL, Miss. – Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the recent severe storms and flooding in Mississippi that began March 9, 2016, are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as they may be eligible for disaster assistance.

The March 25, 2016, presidential disaster declaration makes federal assistance available to eligible individuals and business owners in Bolivar, Coahoma and Washington counties.

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Six Additional Texas Counties May Now Apply for Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 03/25/2016 - 19:06

AUSTIN, Texas – At the request of the state of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has added Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Hood, Marion and Parker counties to the federal disaster declaration of March 19. They join the three counties already approved for both Individual Assistance and Public Assistance: Jasper, Newton and Orange.  

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Mississippi

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 03/25/2016 - 17:04

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Mississippi.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Major Disaster for Mississippi

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 03/25/2016 - 17:01

WASHINGTON –The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Mississippi to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding beginning on March 9, 2016, and continuing.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Bastrop, Rayville and West Monroe, Louisiana

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 03/25/2016 - 09:17

BATON ROUGE, La. –Disaster recovery centers will open Saturday, March 26, in Bastrop, Rayville and West Monroe to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice. The centers will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 27.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Fifth Judicial Court Building
112 Morgan St., Suite D
Rayville, Richland Parish, La.

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USGS Bolsters Better References for Mass Spectrometers

USGS Newsroom Technical - Fri, 03/25/2016 - 07:38
Summary: USGS scientists Haiping Qi and Tyler Coplen were key contributors, among 24 contributing scientists, to a recently completed international project to develop isotopic reference materials for mass spectrometers. An article in the journal Analytical Chemistry details the findings.  

Contact Information:

Jon Campbell ( Phone: 703-648-4180 ); Tyler B. Coplen ( Phone: 703-648-5862 );



USGS scientists Haiping Qi and Tyler Coplen were key contributors, among 24 contributing scientists, to a recently completed international project to develop isotopic reference materials for mass spectrometers. An article in the journal Analytical Chemistry details the findings.  

The team established 19 new organic reference materials for stable hydrogen, carbon, and nitrogen stable isotope-ratio measurements. These materials will be used by isotope laboratories worldwide to calibrate their mass spectrometers so that the complex instruments will indicate the same measurement results on the same sample.

The announcement of so many isotopic reference materials at one time is unprecedented since isotope measurements of the elements hydrogen, carbon and nitrogen began expanding in the early 1950s. Authoritative standard references for mass spectrometers help advance their use in many disparate fields, including anthropology, archaeology, atmospheric sciences, biology, chemistry, ecology, environmental sciences, food and drug authentication, forensic applications, fossil fuel and biofuel research, geochemistry, geology, medical diagnostics, oceanography and paleoclimatology.

The USGS scientists performed most of the testing of the materials to confirm isotopic homogeneity prior to the distribution of those materials to 11 isotope laboratories that participated in the project.

Learn more                                                                      

USGS Reston Stable Isotope Laboratory

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Shreveport

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 17:27

BATON ROUGE, La. –A disaster recovery center will open Friday, March 25, in Shreveport to help Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice. The center will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 27.

The disaster recovery center is located at the following addresses:

Independence Stadium Ground Floor
3301 Pershing Blvd.
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, La.

More centers are planned to open in other parishes.

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FEMA Officials Visiting Southeast Texas Communities to Link Residents with Resources for Recovery

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 13:48

AUSTIN, Texas – Residents in Jasper, Newton and Orange counties may see FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams in their communities, offering a personal link to the resources for recovery.

Using the latest mobile technology, DSA team members can help survivors register for disaster assistance, update information on applications, assist with determining ongoing needs, and make referrals to whole community partners.

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More Science at Your Fingertips

USGS Newsroom Technical - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 09:30
Summary: The USGS Science Data Catalog (SDC) recently completed and launched a new and improved interface, making USGS data more accessible and discoverable for users. The USGS SDC is a searchable public data catalog for more than 7,000 USGS data assets and 20 USGS collections. New USGS Science Data Catalog interface improves searches for USGS scientific data

Contact Information:

Mark Newell, APR ( Phone: 573-308-3850 ); Michelle Chang ( Phone: 303-202-4333 );



The USGS Science Data Catalog (SDC) recently completed and launched a new and improved interface, making USGS data more accessible and discoverable for users. The USGS SDC is a searchable public data catalog for more than 7,000 USGS data assets and 20 USGS collections.

The SDC was launched in January of 2014, in response to the White House Open Data Initiatives to make federally funded data more available and open to the public.

The SDC serves as the single point of entry that connects USGS data listings to the Department of the Interior and data.gov catalog. USGS programs and science centers partner with SDC as data providers to contribute data from a wide array of relevant science topics including energy and minerals, land cover, natural hazards, hydrology and ecosystems research.

To search for a USGS data asset, go to the Search page and enter one or more search terms. Alternatively users can search by location using the map tool. Results will be displayed with further information about each particular resource. Users can further sort or filter results to discover and explore data assets. The SDC will point to the location where the data can be downloaded.

Notable updates to the SDC include:

  • New Home page – View frequently accessed USGS datasets and data highlighted from USGS programs and science centers
  • Addition of collection-level datasets – Search datasets within large USGS collections (i.e. US Topo Maps and National Land Cover Dataset)
  • New Browse page – Discover USGS datasets by browsing through newly implemented Science Topics, in addition to USGS Mission Areas and data sources represented by USGS Programs and Centers
  • Easy-to-use myReports Page – For USGS data providers, easily access record reports and monitor the records that your center or program is providing to the SDC
  • Data visualization feature for comma delimited value (.csv) data – Instantly visualize selected USGS data in comma separated value (.csv). Future improvements are continuing on this feature.

All USGS programs and science centers are encouraged to participate as data providers, as outlined in the new USGS Instructional Memoranda for Data Management.

For further information about SDC or how to visualize your csv datasets for users, contact sciencedatacatalog@usgs.gov.

The SDC was developed in collaboration with the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and also serves as a Member Node to the National Science Foundation sponsored DataONE project

The new home page of the USGS Science Data Catalog. Image: USGS Science Data Catalog home page featuring the National Water Information System (NWIS)]

 

The new search page allows users to search for USGS datasets based on keywords, location and other filters. Image: Screenshot of a search page results for the keyword, “sediment samples.”

 

A new exploratory and discovery feature allows the catalog to visualize selected USGS datasets for users. Datasets with the "View Data" button allow users to visualize csv datasets in a variety of different charts and graphs. Image: Example screenshot of a pop up page displaying a graph with a display of different variables contained in the dataset. 

First-Ever Maps to Show Induced and Natural Earthquake Hazards -- Press Conference

USGS Newsroom - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 09:09
Summary: On March 28, USGS scientists will release a report and the first-ever maps showing potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes. In the past, USGS maps only identified natural earthquake hazards.

Contact Information:

Jessica Fitzpatrick ( Phone: 703-648-6624 );



On March 28, USGS scientists will release a report and the first-ever maps showing potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes. In the past, USGS maps only identified natural earthquake hazards.

This will also be the first one-year outlook for the nation’s earthquake hazards, and is a supplement to existing USGS assessments that forecast earthquake shaking over 50 years.

This report can be used by government officials to make more informed decisions as well as emergency response personnel to assess vulnerability and provide safety information to those who are in potential danger. Engineers can use this product to evaluate earthquake safety of buildings, bridges, pipelines and other important structures.

The USGS is the only federal agency with responsibility for recording and reporting earthquake activity nationwide and assessing seismic hazard. USGS hazard assessments are incorporated into building codes that influence a trillion dollars in new construction annually and improve the nation’s resilience to earthquake disasters.

What:

The USGS invites media to join a telephone press conference to discuss this new research and updates to the nation’s earthquake hazards.

Who: 

  • Mark Petersen, Chief of the National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project, USGS
  • Michael Blanpied, Associate Coordinator, Earthquake Hazards Program, USGS
  • Justin Rubinstein, Deputy Chief of the Induced Seismicity Project, USGS

When:

Monday, March 28, 2016

1:00 pm ET

Where:

To join, please call 1-888-989-7565 and use the passcode 1317771.

For those outside of the U.S., call 517-308-9122 and use the passcode 1317771.

A recording of the event will be available approximately one hour after the call is completed, and it will be accessible for 30 days. It can be retrieved at 1-800-925-4633 (toll free) or 203-369-3529 (toll for those outside of the U.S.).

Learn more about induced earthquakes by visiting the main USGS website as well as reading six facts and common questions.

First-Ever Maps to Show Induced and Natural Earthquake Hazards -- Press Conference

USGS Newsroom Technical - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 09:09
Summary: On March 28, USGS scientists will release a report and the first-ever maps showing potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes. In the past, USGS maps only identified natural earthquake hazards.

Contact Information:

Jessica Fitzpatrick ( Phone: 703-648-6624 );



On March 28, USGS scientists will release a report and the first-ever maps showing potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes. In the past, USGS maps only identified natural earthquake hazards.

This will also be the first one-year outlook for the nation’s earthquake hazards, and is a supplement to existing USGS assessments that forecast earthquake shaking over 50 years.

This report can be used by government officials to make more informed decisions as well as emergency response personnel to assess vulnerability and provide safety information to those who are in potential danger. Engineers can use this product to evaluate earthquake safety of buildings, bridges, pipelines and other important structures.

The USGS is the only federal agency with responsibility for recording and reporting earthquake activity nationwide and assessing seismic hazard. USGS hazard assessments are incorporated into building codes that influence a trillion dollars in new construction annually and improve the nation’s resilience to earthquake disasters.

What:

The USGS invites media to join a telephone press conference to discuss this new research and updates to the nation’s earthquake hazards.

Who: 

  • Mark Petersen, Chief of the National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project, USGS
  • Michael Blanpied, Associate Coordinator, Earthquake Hazards Program, USGS
  • Justin Rubinstein, Deputy Chief of the Induced Seismicity Project, USGS

When:

Monday, March 28, 2016

1:00 pm ET

Where:

To join, please call 1-888-989-7565 and use the passcode 1317771.

For those outside of the U.S., call 517-308-9122 and use the passcode 1317771.

A recording of the event will be available approximately one hour after the call is completed, and it will be accessible for 30 days. It can be retrieved at 1-800-925-4633 (toll free) or 203-369-3529 (toll for those outside of the U.S.).

Learn more about induced earthquakes by visiting the main USGS website as well as reading six facts and common questions.

What Texans Should Expect after FEMA Registration

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 19:35

AUSTIN, Texas—After disaster survivors have registered for federal disaster assistance, FEMA will ask them to provide information on disaster damage, proof of identity and residence, insurance and other documentation, to determine eligibility.

If you registered with FEMA for disaster assistance, a FEMA contract inspector may contact you to make an appointment to view disaster damage. It is important to provide good contact information at the time of registration.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Grand Cane and Winnfield, Louisiana

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 18:41


BATON ROUGE, La. –Disaster recovery centers will open Wednesday, March 23, in Grand Cane and Winnfield to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice. The centers will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 27.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Center
120 Sprocket Lane
Grand Cane, Desoto Parish, La.

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Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Declaration

FEMA Region III News Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 18:20

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Assistance for the Commonwealth and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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