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FEMA Rebuilding Experts to Provide Advice in Tupelo

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 05/24/2014 - 12:20

JACKSON, Miss. – Residents in the Tupelo area can learn how to build or rebuild to reduce the likelihood of damage the next time severe storms, tornadoes or floods hit. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mitigation experts know how and they are sharing their knowledge.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be at Lowe’s in Tupelo for five days next week to discuss specific methods with anyone who stops by. They will have free booklets and pamphlets with additional details.

Tuesday, May 27, through Saturday, May 31

Lowe’s

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Survivors Have until Next Week to Visit two Disaster Recovery Centers

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 16:04

JACKSON, Miss. – Survivors have until 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, to visit the disaster recovery center located on Stadium Drive in Columbus and until 6 p.m. Friday, May 30, to visit the disaster recovery center in Waynesboro. Both centers will be closed this Sunday and Memorial Day and then reopen for two and four days respectively.

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More Than $10 Million Approved for Mississippi Disaster Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 15:58

JACKSON, Miss. Federal assistance approved for disaster survivors in 12 Mississippi counties has reached more than $10 million.

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Federal Aid for Alabama Disaster Tops $12 Million

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 15:33

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- More than $12 million has been approved through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $3 million through its low-interest disaster loan program.

The following numbers, compiled May 23, provide a snapshot of the Alabama/FEMA disaster recovery to date:

Funds approved

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Disaster Recovery Centers Will Be Open Memorial Day

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 15:03

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Disaster recovery centers will remain open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, to assist survivors of the recent severe storms and flooding in Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties.

Operating hours of the centers are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., until further notice.

Center locations are:

Escambia County

Brownsville Community Center

3100 W. DeSoto St.

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Florida Survivors Have Access to a Wide Array of Disaster Services

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 14:56

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are working together to connect survivors to a wide array of disaster services and resources. This includes crucial help for people who are experiencing disaster-related unemployment, legal issues or stress.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

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Closeout Process Begins For New Jersey Public Assistance Projects

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:51

LINCROFT, N.J. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has closed its first Public Assistance projects undertaken in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

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Mississippi Disaster Survivors: Check on a Contractor Before You Sign

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:00

JACKSON, Miss. – Disaster survivors should check a contractor’s credentials before signing a rebuilding contract. The Mississippi Board of Contractors cautions that fraudulent contractors are contacting survivors and asking them to sign contracts in the amount of their entire homeowner insurance benefit.

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Genetic Analysis Reveals Fish Eggs Found in Upper Mississippi River are not Asian Carp

USGS Newsroom - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:00
Summary: Scientists have extracted DNA from fish eggs found in northern sections of the Upper Mississippi River and have determined that the eggs and larvae are not from Asian carp

Contact Information:

Dave Ozman ( Phone: 303-202-4744 ); Catherine Puckett ( Phone: 352-377-2469 );



Scientists have extracted DNA from fish eggs found in northern sections of the Upper Mississippi River and have determined that the eggs and larvae are not from Asian carp.  Genetic analysis instead shows that the fish eggs collected in the summer of 2013 likely belong to a native North American species in the same family as carp.  All Asian carp species are considered invasive species and belong to the cyprinid fish family.  

To confirm visual identification of the eggs’ species, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey genetically tested 41 of the 65 eggs and larvae that were collected from the Upper Mississippi River (Pool 9 and Pool 11) in Wisconsin and Iowa.  DNA sequences successfully obtained from 17 eggs revealed that they were similar to those of other cyprinid fishes and did not come from Asian carp.  The one exception was an egg collected from Pool 19 in southern Iowa, which had been visually identified as an Asian carp, and was later genetically confirmed by the USGS as a grass carp, one of the four Asian carp species.  

“What we have learned from this research is that non-Asian carp cyprinid eggs in the northern portions of the Upper Mississippi can closely resemble Asian carp eggs in size and shape,”  said Leon Carl, USGS Midwest Region Director.  “These findings underscore the importance of using genetic testing to confirm the results of visual identification.” 

Researchers were surprised to learn that the large eggs from Pools 9 and 11 belonged to other species in the cyprinid family rather than to Asian carp species.  Such findings are contrary to previously published work that had established that non-Asian carp cyprinids indigenous to the Midwest have considerably smaller eggs compared to the invasive carp that were the focus of the study. 

Detailed visual analysis of the eggs’ size and shape earlier this year indicated that they were consistent with the eggs of Asian carp species and led scientists to believe that invasive carp may have successfully spawned in this northern portion of the Upper Mississippi.  Given the seriousness of the Asian carp spread northward, USGS scientists alerted partners and the general public about that potential in March and decided to pursue genetic testing to confirm the visual findings.

Scientists emphasized that the recent genetic data will modify their application of visual identification methods to distinguish fish eggs and larvae collected in the Upper Mississippi River. The difficulty USGS scientists had in genetically testing the eggs suggests that researchers and managers studying or monitoring Asian carp reproduction in North America should consider separately preserving, for genetic analysis, a subset of collected embryos to confirm visual identification. 

USGS researchers will continue efforts to gain a better understanding of how egg size, location of eggs within the river and flow conditions may help to identify those habitats important to reproduction of native and non-native cyprinids including Asian carp.  Understanding habitat requirements will assist in the development of methods to control invasive Asian carp.

May 25-31 is Hurricane Preparedness Week. Be Prepared. Get a Plan. Know Your Evacuation Zone

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:23

DENTON, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is joining its federal, tribal, state and local partners in Louisiana and Texas to commemorate Hurricane Preparedness Week by sharing critical information about the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season which starts on June 1 and ends on Nov. 30.

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Website Helps Arkansans Protect Lives and Property When Severe Weather Strikes

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:53

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have joined together to bring Arkansans a “one stop” spot on the Internet for information on protecting lives and property from tornadoes and floods.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Closed on Memorial Day

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:31

JACKSON, Miss. – The six disaster recovery centers open in Mississippi to provide information for survivors of the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding will be closed on Memorial Day, May 26. They will reopen on their regular schedule at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Regular hours of operation are 8 a.m. to   6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.

Survivors will still be able to receive information about their case on Memorial Day by calling the FEMA helpline for assistance at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

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Revised North Dakota, Delaware and Maryland Maps Feature New Design

USGS Newsroom - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 09:30
Summary: US Topo maps now have a crisper, cleaner design - enhancing readability of maps for online and printed use. Map symbols are easier to read over the digital aerial photograph layer whether the imagery is turned on or off Newly designed US Topo maps covering North Dakota, Delaware and Maryland are now available online for free download

Contact Information:

Mark Newell, APR ( Phone: 573-308-3850 ); Bob Davis ( Phone: 573-308-3554 );



US Topo maps now have a crisper, cleaner design - enhancing readability of maps for online and printed use. Map symbols are easier to read over the digital aerial photograph layer whether the imagery is turned on or off. Improvements to symbol definitions (color, line thickness, line symbols, area fills), layer order, and annotation fonts are additional features of this latest. The maps also have transparency for some features and layers to increase visibility of multiple competing layers.

This new design was launched earlier this year and is now part of the new US Topo quadrangles for North Dakota (1,402 maps), Delaware (38 maps) and Maryland (213 maps), replacing the first edition US Topo maps for those states.

 "This US Topo map update will be quite popular with users in our state, where rapid changes accompanying the oil boom are impacting a large area,” said Steve Shivers, the USGS Geospatial Liaison for North Dakota. “The three year revision cycle is invaluable in keeping up with these changes. Improvements on the maps will be quite useful to recreational users and developers, who will also enjoy the new capabilities to use the US Topo map data on mobile devices.”

US Topo maps are updated every three years. The initial round of the 48 conterminous states coverage was completed in September of 2012.  Hawaii and Puerto Rico maps have recently been added. More than 400 new US Topo maps for Alaska have been added to the USGS Map Locator & Downloader, but will take several years to complete.

Re-design enhancements and new features:

  • Crisper, cleaner design improves online and printed readability while retaining the look and feel of traditional USGS topographic maps
  • New functional road classification schema has been applied
  • A slight screening (transparency) has been applied to some features to enhance visibility of multiple competing layers
  • Updated free fonts that support diacritics
  • New PDF Legend attachment
  • Metadata formatted to support multiple browsers
  • New shaded relief layer for enhanced view of the terrain
  • Military installation boundaries, post offices and cemeteries
  • The railroad dataset is much more complete from a new contractor

The previous versions of US Topo maps for these states, published in 2011, can still be downloaded from USGS web sites. Also, scanned images of older topographic maps from the period 1884-2006 can be downloaded from the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. These scanned images of legacy paper maps are available for free download from The National Map and the USGS Map Locator & Downloader website.

US Topo maps are created from geographic datasets in The National Map, and deliver visible content such as high-resolution aerial photography, which was not available on older paper-based topographic maps. The new US Topo maps provide modern technical advantages that support wider and faster public distribution and on-screen geographic analysis tools for users. The new digital electronic topographic maps are delivered in GeoPDF ® image software format and may be viewed using Adobe Reader, available as a no cost download.

For more information, go to: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

2014 US Topo map of the Keedysville, Maryland area, with ortho image turned on . (high resolution image 1.3 MB) 1894 USGS 30 minute (1:250,000 –scale) quadrangle of the Harpers Ferry, Maryland area. (high resolution image 1.7 MB)

Three-Step Process to FEMA Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 17:36

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Florida survivors who sustained property damage or loss from the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding should apply for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency — even if you have insurance or believe you won’t qualify for assistance.

Survivors in Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance that may include money to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs or other serious disaster-related expenses.

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Disaster Recovery Center Now Open for Survivors in Okaloosa and Walton Counties

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 17:33

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Additional disaster recovery centers are now open in Okaloosa and Walton counties to assist Florida Panhandle survivors affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

The disaster recovery centers will be open until 5 p.m. today, Saturday, May 17, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 18.

Beginning Monday, May 19, the centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays. The centers are located at:

 

Okaloosa County

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DR-4177-FL, Florida Disaster Assistance Reaches Nearly $28 Million in Two Weeks

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 17:25

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Just two weeks since the May 6 major disaster declaration for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in the Florida Panhandle, nearly $28 million in disaster assistance has been approved to help survivors and their communities recover.

The following is a summary of ongoing recovery efforts by the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to date:

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Beware Those Uninvited Guests at Picnics and Beach Excursions: Thunder and Lightning Can Be Dangerous

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 14:02

LINCROFT, N.J. – Beach, softball and picnic season offers lots of opportunities for outdoor fun.

Most of us look forward to these sunny day celebrations all year, but unfortunately Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate.

Most of us have had the experience of being outdoors when we feel the first few drops of rain on our shoulders, hear rumbles of thunder in the sky or spot a flash of lightning in the distance.

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Disaster Survivors Urged to Register with FEMA Even if They Have Insurance

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 13:21

JACKSON, Miss. – FEMA does not duplicate benefits that homeowner or renter insurance covers, but it may be able to provide disaster assistance when insurance coverage is not enough to cover the damage. The only way to obtain that potential benefit is to register now for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.

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FEMA Calls for Focus on Resilience and Risk during May Observance

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 08:48

LINCROFT, N.J. -- The New York and New Jersey Sandy Recovery field offices are supporting a national initiative to maximize resilience and minimize risk. FEMA is encouraging those rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy to join the agency in its recognition of the 34th annual Building Safety Month (BSM) to promote the importance of high building standards, protecting the environment and saving energy.

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MEMA, FEMA, Volunteers Working Together to Help Disaster Survivors Recover in Mississippi

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 16:00

JACKSON, Miss. – A cooperative effort involving the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), federal agencies including FEMA, local governments and volunteer groups is underway to help disaster survivors recover from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that swept across Mississippi between April 28 and May 3.

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