AUSTIN, Texas – Apply by Aug. 27 for assistance from FEMA or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). You have every reason to do so.
If you are among thousands of Texans affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred from May 4 to June 22, you may be eligible for a grant or low-interest loan from the SBA. If you answer YES to any of the following questions and were affected by the disaster, you may be eligible.
Are you a homeowner, renter or business of any size with disaster-related damage?
SAIPAN – Over 7,500 registrations have been received by FEMA for disaster assistance as a result of damages sustained by Typhoon Soudelor (DR 4235) and nearly $4.3 Million has been approved for survivors so far. FEMA encourages all who have been suffered damages from Typhoon Soudelor, August 1-3, to register for Disaster Assistance.Language English
SAIPAN – For residents rebuilding or cleaning up typhoon-damaged home or buildings, the EPA has provided instructions and guidance for the safe remove of household hazardous waste.
Be alert for leaking containers and household chemicals, such as caustic drain cleaners and chlorine bleach.Language English
SAIPAN – Concrete poles are being installed around Saipan, in a joint mutual aid effort between the Guam Power Authority (GPA) and the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC). These poles will assist in power restoration for the island and will be more resilient and disaster resistant.Language English
SAIPAN – Over 7,200 registrations have been received by FEMA for disaster assistance as a result of damages sustained by Typhoon Soudelor (DR 4235) and nearly $2.6 Million has been approved for survivors so far. FEMA encourages all who have been suffered damages from Typhoon Soudelor, August 1-3, to register for Disaster Assistance.Language English
SAIPAN – Homeowners and renters have been approved for over $2 million in individual aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) since Typhoon Souder.
The tallies are likely to rise, as the federal agency continues to review applications for assistance from the storm, which made impact August 1-3, and caused significant damage in Saipan. More than 7,000 survivors have already been in touch with FEMA seeking help or information on disaster assistance.Language English
Coastal managers and planners now have access to a new U.S. Geological Survey handbook that, for the first time, comprehensively describes the various models used to study and predict sea-level rise and its potential impacts on coasts.
Designed for the benefit of land managers, coastal planners, and policy makers in the United States and around the world, the handbook explains many of the contributing factors that account for sea-level change. It also highlights the different data, techniques, and models used by scientists and engineers to document historical trends of sea level and to forecast future rates and the impact to coastal systems and communities.
“Our goal was to introduce the non-expert to the broad spectrum of models and applications that have been used to predict environmental change for sea-level rise assessments,” said Thomas Doyle, Deputy Director of the National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, and the lead author of the guide. “We provide a simple explanation of the complex science and simulation models from published sources to help inform land management and adaptation decisions for areas under risk of rising sea levels.”
The scope and content of the handbook was developed from feedback received at dozens of training sessions held with coastal managers and planners of federal, state, and private agencies across the northern Gulf of Mexico. The sessions aimed to determine what tools and resources were currently in use and to explain the broad spectrum of data and models used in sea-level rise assessments from multiple disciplines, including geology, hydrology and ecology. Criteria were established to distinguish various characteristics of each model, including the source, scale and quality of information input and geographic databases, as well as the ease or difficulty of storing, displaying, or interpreting the model output.
“A handbook of this nature was identified as a high priority need by resource managers,” said Virginia Burkett, USGS Chief Scientist for Climate and Land Use Change. “[The handbook] will serve as a practical guide to the tools and predictive models that they can use to assess sea-level change impacts on coastal landscapes.”
The work was supported by the Department of Interior Southeast Climate Science Center, which is managed by the U.S. Geological Survey. The center is one of eight that provides scientific information to help natural resource managers respond effectively to climate change.
Trends in pesticide concentrations in 38 major rivers in the U.S. during 1992-2010 reflect large-scale trends in pesticide use and regulatory changes, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.
The study, the first to rigorously compare riverine pesticide concentrations with trends in pesticide use at the national scale, examined 11 pesticides that have sufficient historical data for trend analyses and that are among the top 20 most frequently detected in rivers and streams in the United States. Most of the 11 long-used chemicals had primarily downward trends in concentrations in most regions over the study period. Focusing on this group of 11 pesticides with the most extensive concentration data affords a unique opportunity to study the relations between river concentrations and use or other factors that may influence trends.
Trends in pesticide concentrations followed agricultural usage patterns and regulatory restrictions on use for pesticides used primarily on agricultural crops — cyanazine, alachlor, atrazine (and its degradate, deethylatrazine), metolachlor, and carbofuran.
"In major river basins, the overall influence of agricultural pesticide use is so strong," said Karen Ryberg, USGS statistician and lead of the study, "that any changes in other causes of trends in pesticide concentrations in the water — changes that might be traced to enhanced agricultural management practices — are difficult to discern, especially without improved data on both the use of specific pesticides and the timing, location, and extent of management practices."
Alachlor concentration trends in major rivers, for example, declined nationwide from 1992-2010 as the use of alachlor, a herbicide most commonly applied to corn, dropped from about 20,000 to 2,500 metric tons. The introduction of a new herbicide (acetochlor) and the increase in use of glyphosate-resistant corn and soybeans contributed to the nationwide decline in alachlor use.
For pesticides with substantial use in both agricultural and urban areas — simazine, chlorpyrifos, malathion, diazinon, and carbaryl — pesticide concentration trends in major rivers reflect both agricultural and nonagricultural usage patterns.
Urban contributions of pesticides have marked effects on concentration trends of some pesticides in major rivers, despite there being a much smaller area of urban land compared to agriculture in most river basins.
More than 400 pesticides are used in agriculture each year. Regulatory changes, market forces, and introduction of new pesticides continually alter the use of these pesticides over time. The USGS National Water-Quality Assessment Program currently monitors less than half of the pesticides currently being used for agriculture because of resource constraints. However, USGS is working to fill these gaps by monitoring new pesticides that come into use, such as the neonicotinoid and pyrethroid insecticides.
The article, "Trends in Pesticide Concentrations and Use for Major Rivers of the United States" by Karen Ryberg and Robert Gilliom, has recently been published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.
National maps and trend graphs that show the distribution of the agricultural use of 459 pesticides for each year during 1992-2012 in the conterminous U.S. are available online.
Disaster Recovery Center in Nueces County Texas Transitioning to SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center August 28
AUSTIN, Texas – To meet the needs of Texans affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 4 to June 22, a State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Nueces County will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center on Friday, Aug. 28.
Thursday, Aug. 27, is the final day for survivors to register for FEMA recovery assistance or to apply for a loan from SBA.Language English
Disaster Recovery Center in Harris County Texas Transitioning to SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center August 28
AUSTIN, Texas – To meet the needs of Texans affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 4 to June 22, a State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Harris County will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center on Friday, Aug. 28.
Thursday, Aug. 27, is the final day for survivors to register for FEMA recovery assistance or to apply for a loan from SBA.Language English
AUSTIN, Texas – The Disaster Recovery Center located at the Hidalgo County WIC Building, 1903 N. Knights Drive, Pharr, TX, 78577, will cease operations at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29. The final day for survivors to register for FEMA recovery assistance or to apply for a loan from the U. S. Small Business Administration is Thursday, Aug. 27.Language English
SEATTLE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Goodell Fire in Skagit and Whatcom counties, Washington.Language English
AUSTIN, Texas – As Texans rebuild or repair their homes damaged by the May 4 through June 22 storms, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.Language English
DENVER – State and federal officials have scheduled meetings with local governments and other entities in Adams, Boulder, Park and Denver Counties to help them apply for federal assistance for this spring’s storms.Language English
BATON ROUGE, La. – Nearly a decade after hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated Louisiana, hard-hit communities are coming back stronger than ever. To date, assistance to Louisiana’s residents and communities from the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency totals more than $19.6 billion.Language English
AUSTIN, Texas – Seven Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Caldwell, Harris, Hays, Jim Wells and Nueces counties will close Aug. 27. That also is the final day for survivors of the May 4 to June 22 storms and flooding to register for FEMA recovery assistance or a loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The following DRCs will cease operations at 6 p.m. that Thursday:
Caldwell County: Martindale Baptist Church, 12351 Highway 142, Martindale, TX 78655.Language English
AUSTIN, Texas – If you are among the thousands of Texans who filed insurance claims for damage related to the May 4 to June 22 storms, you may be eligible for additional state-federal assistance. The key is to register with FEMA before the Aug. 27 deadline. Filing a claim under FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program is different than registering for a FEMA disaster assistance grant.Language English
Drought- and bark-beetle-induced mortality in high- elevation whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) forests, northern Warner Mountains (Drake Peak), Oregon. (High resolution image)
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON, Calif. — A new paper published today in Science magazine has synthesized existing studies on the health of temperate forests across the globe and found a sobering diagnosis. Longer, more severe, and hotter droughts and a myriad of other threats, including diseases and more extensive and severe wildfires, are threatening some of these forests with transformation. Without informed management, some forests could convert to shrublands or grasslands within the coming decades.
“While we have been trying to manage for resilience of 20th century conditions, we realize now that we must prepare for transformations and attempt to ease these conversions,” said Constance Millar, lead author and forest ecologist with the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station.
Many forests are remarkably resilient, re-growing after years of logging. Yet, the researchers note from review of the enormous body of work on the subject, climate change and rising global temperatures are giving rise to “hotter” droughts — droughts that exhibit a level of severity beyond that witnessed in the past century. During a hotter drought, high air temperatures overheat leaves and also increase the stress on trees by drawing the moisture from their tissues at faster rates than normal. Snow that would normally act as emergency water storage for trees during the dry season instead falls as rain.
Combined, these factors may cause abnormally high levels of forest mortality during hotter droughts.
“Some temperate forests already appear to be showing chronic effects of warming temperatures, such as slow increases in tree deaths,” said Nathan Stephenson, coauthor and ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “But the emergence of megadisturbances, forest diebacks beyond the range of what we’ve normally seen over the last century, could be a game-changer for how we plan for the future.”
Chronic stress from drought and warming temperatures also expose temperate forests to insect and disease outbreaks. And as temperatures rise in many regions, fires grow in frequency and severity causing losses in private property, natural resources and lives.
Losing temperate forests to worsening droughts, megafires and insect and disease outbreaks could lead to widespread losses of forest ecosystem services like national park recreational areas, the researchers caution. Forests also play an important role in storing atmospheric carbon dioxide and watershed protection, for example. The scientists encourage future studies identifying forests most vulnerable to the effects of mega-disturbances. In some cases, forest managers may be able to preserve ecosystem services like carbon storage as temperate forests transition to new ecological states.
The paper “Temperate Forest Health in an Era of Emerging Megadisturbance” was released in the journal Science.
The Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, headquartered in Albany, Calif., develops and communicates science needed to sustain forest ecosystems and other benefits to society. It has research facilities in California, Hawaii and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands.
BILOXI, Miss. -- More than $3.2 billion in FEMA funding has been allocated to Mississippi for Public Assistance after Hurricane Katrina. FEMA’s Public Assistance program includes grants for the repair and rebuilding of public infrastructure, such as bridges, roads, schools, hospitals and sewer treatment facilities. The PA program also provides funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures, such as search and rescue operations, temporary roads and overtime for other emergency workers, including police and firefighters.Language English
SEATTLE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Renner Fire in Ferry and Stevens County, Washington.Language English