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Three Years after Sandy: Recovery and Resiliency at Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 10:23

EATONTOWN, N.J. -- Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission’s Newark Bay Treatment Plant is New Jersey’s largest sewer treatment plant and the fifth largest sewage treatment facility in the nation.

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Deadline to Request Sandy Flood Claims Review is a Week Away

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 09:48

The deadline for flood insurance policyholders to request a review of claims related to Hurricane Sandy is only a week away. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reviewing claims for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders who file a request by the deadline, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015.

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Federal Disaster Assistance Tops $6 Million: California Wildfire Recovery Is Underway

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 20:15

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – Recovery from the Butte Fire in Calaveras County and Valley Fire in Lake County is underway. More than $6.1 million in state and federal assistance grants to individuals and households has been approved.

Destruction of most dwellings in the fire paths, plus the small town and rural nature of the areas creates a difficult challenge for finding temporary housing for survivors while they rebuild.

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Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma Agencies Receive More than $1.7 Million in FEMA Grants to Assist with Flood Mapping Activities

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 15:08

DENTON, Texas — More than $1.7 million has been awarded to agencies in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma to maintain up-to-date flood hazard maps and other flood hazard information.

These grants are made possible by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) program.

The cities and agencies that received the grants include:

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Texas Cities and Agencies Receive More than $3.1 Million in FEMA Grants to Assist with Flood Mapping Activities

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:55

DENTON, Texas — More than $3.1 million has been awarded to cities and agencies in Texas to maintain up-to-date flood hazard maps and other flood hazard information.

These grants are made possible by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) program.

The cities and agencies that received the grants include:

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FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Visiting Neighborhoods

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 11:40

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – People in California who have been affected by the recent wildfires may see Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in their neighborhood, knocking on doors.

DSA teams can help connect homeowners, renters, business owners, faith-based and community organizations with the necessary resources to start the recovery process.

The teams offer survivors registration assistance; up-to-date information on their application status; on-the-spot needs assessment; and referrals to help fill outstanding needs.

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FEMA help still just a phone call away

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 03:05

SAIPAN, CNMI – Although the Disaster Recovery Center is closing Friday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency remains just a phone call away.

Typhoon Soudelor survivors who have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency can call the toll-free registration number to get help with their application process.

Issues such as status updates, appeals and other questions can be checked by calling 800-621-3362.

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Disaster Recovery Center in Susupe Transitioning to SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 19:16

SAIPAN, CNMI – The joint Disaster Recovery Center will transition to a

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center next week.

 

The DRC will close at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. Following Commonwealth Cultural Day, the DLOC will open in the same location Tuesday, Oct. 13.

 

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Five More South Carolina Counties Designated for Federal Assistance after Flooding

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 19:15

COLUMBIA, S.C.  -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended its disaster declaration for the recent flooding in order to make survivors in Calhoun, Darlington, Florence, Kershaw and Lee counties eligible for Individual Assistance.

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Last day to register for FEMA assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 19:14

SAIPAN, CNMI – Monday is the last day people who sustained damage from Typhoon Soudelor on Saipan can register for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

 

FEMA Individual Assistance is available to U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, and qualified aliens with disaster-related damages on Saipan.

 

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FEMA Rebuilding Experts to Provide Advice in Saipan

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 19:08

SAIPAN, CNMI – Typhoon Soudelor survivors who want to build back better and stronger can learn how from experts for the next few weeks.

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency Mitigation specialists have been at the True Value store on Beach Road, talking with customers and handing out free booklets and pamphlets.

 

The hours FEMA Mitigation will be at the True Value are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

 

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USGS Seismologist Lucy Jones to Receive Prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

USGS Newsroom - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 16:51
Summary: To honor groundbreaking earthquake research by U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Dr. Lucile “Lucy” Jones, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will present Jones with the prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammies) at an awards ceremony this evening at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Secretary Jewell will present award at ceremony tonight

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Arlene Compher ( Phone: 703-648-4282 );



To honor groundbreaking earthquake research by U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Dr. Lucile “Lucy” Jones, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will present Jones with the prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammies) at an awards ceremony this evening at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.

South Carolina Storm Survivors Urged To Register For Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 16:05

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the recent flooding in South Carolina can now register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance.

The presidential disaster declaration of Oct. 5 makes federal assistance available to eligible individuals and business owners in Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.

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Three More South Carolina Counties Designated for Federal Assistance after Flooding

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 15:37

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended the disaster declaration for the recent flooding in order to make survivors in Berkeley, Clarendon and Sumter counties eligible for its Individual Assistance program.

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Sewer Authority Mitigation Plan Reduces Risk of Environmental Disaster

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 09:43

EATONTOWN, N.J. - Among the most devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey was the storm’s impact on sewage treatment facilities along the coast.

During and after the storm, sewage plants and pump stations were inundated by flood waters and without power for as long as three days, resulting in the discharge of some two billion gallons of untreated and partially treated sewage into New Jersey waterways (New York Daily News, 4/30/2013).

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Cal OES/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Middletown Changes Hours

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 20:04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Middletown, CA is changing its hours. The DRC is operated by the California Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the county and local agencies. 

DRC Location:

The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center in Middletown

21256 Washington St., Middletown, CA 95461

Hours of operation will be:

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USGS Estimates 21 Million Barrels of Oil and 27 Billion Cubic Feet of Gas in the Monterey Formation of the San Joaquin Basin, California

USGS Newsroom - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:00
Summary: The Monterey Formation in the deepest parts of California’s San Joaquin Basin contains an estimated mean volumes of 21 million barrels of oil, 27 billion cubic feet of gas, and 1 million barrels of natural gas liquids, according to the first USGS assessment of continuous (unconventional), technically recoverable resources in the Monterey Formation

Contact Information:

Alex Demas ( Phone: 703-648-4421 ); Chris Schenk ( Phone: 303-236-5796 );



The Monterey Formation in the deepest parts of California’s San Joaquin Basin contains an estimated mean volumes of 21 million barrels of oil, 27 billion cubic feet of gas, and 1 million barrels of natural gas liquids, according to the first USGS assessment of continuous (unconventional), technically recoverable resources in the Monterey Formation.

“Understanding our domestic oil and gas resource potential is important for many reasons, including helping policy makers to make informed decisions about energy policy, leasing of federal lands, and impact on other resources such as water,” said Vito Nuccio, Acting USGS Energy Resources Program Coordinator. “That’s why the USGS maintains a strong oil and gas assessment team whose goal is to assess new domestic and global areas and continually update previous assessments as warranted.”

The volume estimated in the new study is small, compared to previous USGS estimates of conventionally trapped recoverable oil in the Monterey Formation in the San Joaquin Basin. Those earlier estimates were for oil that could come either from producing more Monterey oil from existing fields, or from discovering new conventional resources in the Monterey Formation.

The area of the potential continuous accumulation assessed in this study is limited to where the Monterey Formation is deeply buried, thermally mature, and thought to be generating oil.

The assessment team concluded that most of the petroleum that has originated from shale of the Monterey Formation in the assessment area has migrated from the source rock, so there is probably relatively little recoverable oil or gas remaining there, and most exploratory wells in the deep basin are unlikely to be successful.  

Geological data from more than 80 older wells that penetrated the deep Monterey Formation indicate that retention of oil or gas in the Monterey Formation shale source rock is poor, probably because of natural fracturing, faulting, and folding.

The oil and gas readily migrates from the deep Monterey Formation to fill the many shallower conventional reservoirs in the basin, including some in fractured Monterey Formation shale, and accounts for the prolific production there.

Although the data suggest that there is apparently not a large volume of unconventional oil and gas resources in the Monterey in the deep part of the basin, there are still substantial volumes of additional conventional oil and gas resources oil in the Monterey Formation in the shallower conventional traps in the San Joaquin Basin, as indicated by earlier assessments.

In 2003, USGS conducted an assessment of conventional oil and gas in the San Joaquin Basin, estimating a mean of 121 million barrels of oil recoverable from the Monterey. In addition, in 2012, USGS assessed the potential volume of oil that could be added to reserves in the San Joaquin Basin from increasing recovery in existing fields. The results of that study suggested that a mean of about 3 billion barrels of oil might eventually be added to reserves from Monterey reservoirs in conventional traps, mostly from a type of rock in the Monterey called diatomite, which has recently been producing over 20 million barrels of oil per year.

The estimate of undiscovered continuous oil in the deep Monterey ranges from 3 million to 53 million barrels (95 percent to 5 percent probability, respectively). The estimate of natural gas ranges from 5 to 72 billion cubic feet (95 percent to 5 percent probability, respectively), and the estimate of natural gas liquids ranges from 0 to 3 million barrels (95 percent to 5 percent probability, respectively).

These new estimates are for technically recoverable oil and gas resources, which are those quantities of oil and gas producible using currently available technology and industry practices, regardless of economic or accessibility considerations.

USGS is the only provider of publicly available estimates of undiscovered technically recoverable oil and gas resources of onshore lands and offshore state waters. The USGS Monterey Formation assessment was undertaken as part of a nationwide project assessing domestic petroleum basins using standardized methodology and protocol.

The new assessment of the Monterey Formation in the San Joaquin Basin may be found online. To find out more about USGS energy assessments and other energy research, please visit the USGS Energy Resources Program website, sign up for our Newsletter, and follow us on Twitter.

A map showing the extent of the San Joaquin Basin, as well as the location of the two assessment units of the Monterey Formation that were included. (High resolution image)

Federal Aid Programs for the State of South Carolina

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 20:27

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 South Carolina.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for South Carolina

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 20:23

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 South Carolina to supplement state, local and tribal recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding on October 1, 2015 and continuing.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, and Williamsburg counties.

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Fire Prevention Week: Learn the Dos & Don’ts of House Fire Safety

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:53

CHICAGO –October 4 – 10, 2015 marks Fire Prevention Week, a commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 and an opportunity to emphasize fire safety and preparedness.

Remember these dos and don’ts to help you and your family protect against the dangers of a house fire:

• DO keep a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Half of home fire deaths happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Stay safe with smoke alarms outside of every bedroom and each separate sleeping area.

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