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Oglala Sioux Tribal Members Valuable Part of FEMA Team

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 14:58

PINE RIDGE, S.D. – For six months, FEMA has had a continued presence on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, supporting the Oglala Sioux Tribe in response and recovery efforts following a series of severe storms and flooding in May 2015.  As part of that team, FEMA has hired about 20 tribal members to assist in operations.  FEMA frequently hires within communities impacted by disasters for the local knowledge and expertise that such individuals can bring, and at Pine Ridge that has been no exception.

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Disaster Recovery Progress at Pine Ridge

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 14:55

PINE RIDGE, S.D. – Recovery efforts continue in the aftermath of severe storms and flooding that struck the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation last spring.  In the six months since President Obama’s disaster declaration, hundreds of households have received assistance funds and FEMA and the Oglala Sioux Tribe have engaged in the largest housing effort in the tribe’s history.  To support this effort, FEMA has established offices on the reservation, as well as in Hot Springs and Rapid City.

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Federal Aid Programs for the Arkansas Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 00:39

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 Arkansas.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Arkansas

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 00:32

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Arkansas and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of December 26, 2015 to January 22, 2016.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Louisiana Emergency Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 23:02

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

Assistance for State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Obama Signs Emergency Declaration for Louisiana

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 22:55

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of Louisiana to supplement state and local response efforts in the areas affected by flooding during the period of December 28, 2015 to February 1, 2016.

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FEMA Offers Free Rebuilding Tips at Local Home Improvement Stores

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:23

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As Missourians rebuild and repair after the recent severe storms and floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.                                             

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February 8 Deadline Approaching in First Step for Grants to Strengthen Communities

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 19:21

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – The Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security (IBHS), in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is seeking applicants wanting grants to help build stronger, safer communities.

As a result of the Dec. 23, 2015, presidential disaster declaration for Idaho, cost-share grants will be available under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) for approved projects aimed at saving lives and property and promoting community resilience in future disasters.

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Centers Opening in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties to Help Missouri Flood Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 18:01

JEFERSON CITY, Mo. – FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are opening Thursday, February 4, in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 33 Missouri counties included in the Jan. 21, 2016, Missouri federal disaster declaration.

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After the Flood: What Texans Need to Do to Prepare For the Next Disaster

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 17:29

AUSTIN, Texas – So, you and your family survived the big storm.

The water has been pumped out of your basement. Your walls and floors are dry. Your roof seems to be intact. Your electrical appliances are working fine. And your flood-soaked refuse has been removed to the landfill. You are grateful it’s all over. But is it really? Ask yourself, “Are my house and property ready for the next big one? Will my family be safe the next time we flood?”

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Washington Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:09

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 Washington.

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

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President Declares Disaster for State of Washington

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:04

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Washington to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, mudslides, and a tornado during the period of December 1-14, 2015.

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FEMA Public Assistance Added for Smith County in Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 17:19

AUSTIN, Texas—Federal disaster assistance to Texas for the October severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding has been expanded to include Smith County in Texas for FEMA Public Assistance (PA).

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Idaho Receives Second Major Disaster Declaration in Six Weeks

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:39

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Local crews worked around the clock to restore power and clear roads after severe winter storms in December brought heavy snow and frigid temperatures to northern Idaho. As a result of President Obama’s February 1 disaster declaration, the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security (IBHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be working to reimburse eligible applicants for costs incurred in keeping citizens safe and in cleaning up and repairing afterward.

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FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Virginia

FEMA Region III News Releases - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:54

PHILADELPHIA - The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a biennial Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the North Anna Power Station. The exercise will take place during the week of February 8, 2016 to assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Virginia to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

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FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Virginia

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:54

PHILADELPHIA - The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a biennial Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the North Anna Power Station. The exercise will take place during the week of February 8, 2016 to assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Virginia to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Idaho Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 20:29

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 Idaho.

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

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President Declares Disaster for State of Idaho

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 20:19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Idaho to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe winter storms during the period of December 16-27, 2015. 

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Flood Risk Open House to View Updated Addicks Reservoir Maps in Harris County, Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:43

DENTON, Texas ––Residents and business owners in Harris County have new preliminary flood maps to examine. These maps will help people determine their flood risks and make informed decisions about buying flood insurance.

The preliminary maps are for the Addicks Reservoir watershed. Producing the maps was a joint effort by several entities. Harris County Flood Control District, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Harris County and community officials prepared them.

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Global Earthquake Numbers on Par for 2015

USGS Newsroom - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 07:34
Summary: Globally there were 14,588 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater in 2015.  This worldwide number is on par with prior year averages of about 40 earthquakes per day of magnitude 4.0, or about 14,500 annually.  The 2015 number may change slightly as the final results are completed by seismic analysts at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado.

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Globally there were 14,588 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater in 2015.  This worldwide number is on par with prior year averages of about 40 earthquakes per day of magnitude 4.0, or about 14,500 annually.  The 2015 number may change slightly as the final results are completed by seismic analysts at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado.

In 2015, there were 19 earthquakes worldwide with a magnitude of 7.0 or higher. Since about 1900, the average has been about 18 earthquakes per year.

Earthquakes caused 9,612 deaths worldwide in 2015, a significant increase compared to 664 deaths in 2014. The majority of these fatalities – 8,964 people as reported by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – are attributed to the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that occurred on April 25 in Nepal. This was followed by another deadly earthquake with magnitude 7.3 on May 12 that killed an additional 218 people in Nepal. Deadly quakes also occurred in Afghanistan, Malaysia and Chile.

The biggest earthquake in the United States, a magnitude 6.9 southwest of Umnak Island, Alaska, occurred on July 27. This occurred in a remote location so there was no damage.  In the central United States, seismicity continued to increase, with 32 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 and greater in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas in 2015 compared to 17 in 2014. Moderate earthquakes also occurred in Nevada and Arizona. A magnitude 5.0 east of Challis, Idaho, hit on January 3. In the United States, there were no fatalities caused by earthquakes.

The USGS monitors earthquakes around the world, responds rapidly to events of magnitude 5.0 or greater and for the final catalogs publishes earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.0 or greater. In the United States, earthquakes with magnitude 2.5 or greater are published.

To monitor earthquakes worldwide, the USGS NEIC receives data in real-time from about 1,800 stations in more than 90 countries. These stations include the 150-station Global Seismographic Network, which is jointly supported by the USGS and the National Science Foundation and operated by the USGS in partnership with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology consortium of universities. Domestically, the USGS partners with 11 regional seismic networks operated by universities that provide detailed coverage for the areas of the country with the highest seismic risk.

Real-time information about earthquakes around the world can be found at earthquake.usgs.gov. Visit the USGS Significant Earthquakes Archive to see the complete list of notable earthquakes from 2015 and previous years. Read about other natural disasters that occurred in 2015 here.

More than 143 million residents living in the 48 contiguous states may potentially be exposed to damaging ground shaking from earthquakes. When the people living in the earthquake-prone areas of Alaska, Hawaii and U.S. territories are added, this number rises to nearly half of all Americans. The USGS and its partners in the multi-agency National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program are continually working to improve earthquake monitoring and reporting capabilities via the USGS Advanced National Seismic System