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Nearly $700,000 Awarded in FEMA Public Assistance Grants for Northern Idaho

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 10:23

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Federal grants to help northern Idaho communities recover from severe winter storms late last year have reached nearly $700,000, according to officials with the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security (IBHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This figure is expected to continue to grow. The grants were made available under major presidential disaster declarations for a November windstorm and severe storms in December.

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Disaster Declaration Process and Cleaning Up After a Disaster

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 18:43

Disaster Declaration Process and Cleaning Up After a Disaster

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Three months later: More than $75 million approved for Missouri flood survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 17:15

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Almost three months ago, heavy rains brought flooding and storms to cities along the Mississippi, Missouri and Meramec Rivers. Since that time, more than $75 million has been approved in the form of disaster grants to individuals and families, flood insurance payments, and low-interest loans to renters, homeowners and businesses.

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Douglas County Added to Oregon Disaster Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 14:15

SALEM, OR – Federal disaster assistance has been extended to public entities in Douglas County as a result of the severe winter storms, straight-line winds, flooding, and landslides and mudslides occurring Dec. 6-23, 2015, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.

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FEMA Offers Free Resources for Property Owners Rebuilding after Disaster

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 12:34

NORTH LITTLE ROCK –  FEMA offers a wide range of free resources for Arkansas homeowners who are either rebuilding after the winter storms or preparing for the next time disaster strikes.

FEMA maintains an extensive online library, including bilingual and multimedia resources, which describe the measures contractors or do-it-yourselfers can take to reduce risks to property. FEMA publications can be viewed online and downloaded to any computer.

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Apply Now for 2016 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 12:13

DENTON, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is accepting applications for the 2016 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards through March 28.

The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, stronger, better prepared and more resilient.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Delaware Declaration

FEMA Region III News Releases - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 20:35

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 Delaware.

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

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Delaware Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 20:35

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 Delaware.

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

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President Declares Disaster for Delaware

FEMA Region III News Releases - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 20:32

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 Delaware to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the severe winter storm and flooding during the period of January 22-23, 2016.

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President Declares Disaster for Delaware

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 20:32

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 Delaware to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the severe winter storm and flooding during the period of January 22-23, 2016.

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USGS Offers Earthquake Research Grants

USGS Newsroom Technical - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 14:14
Summary: The U.S. Geological Survey will award up to $7 million in grants for earthquake hazards research in 2017.

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Jessica Fitzpatrick ( Phone: 703-648-6642 ); Thomas Pratt ( Phone: 703-648-6709 );



The U.S. Geological Survey will award up to $7 million in grants for earthquake hazards research in 2017.

"The USGS has a long-standing grants program that supports innovative earthquake research, and we are currently soliciting project proposals for 2017," said Bill Leith, who is the USGS Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake and Geologic Hazards. "We seek proposals to better characterize earthquake sources, reduce uncertainty in earthquake hazard assessments or improve forecasts and other efforts to reduce risk. In addition, we welcome proposals that provide more accurate and timely earthquake information or aim to better inform the public about earthquakes and earthquake safety."

Interested researchers can apply online at GRANTS.GOV under funding opportunity number G16AS00024. Applications are due May 25, 2016.

Every year the USGS awards earthquake research grants to universities, state geological surveys and private institutions. Past projects included:

  • trench investigations to better understand the size and age of large earthquakes between Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah;
  • the application of innovative techniques to map seismic hazards near the nation’s capital;
  • exploring the use of rapid and precise GPS recordings to improve earthquake early warning;
  • analysis of the potential for large earthquakes in the Gorgonio Pass, an area of complex faulting east of San Bernardino, Calif.;
  • investigation of recent earthquake activity along major fault lines crossing southeast Alaska; and
  • studies to characterize and understand the causes of potentially induced earthquakes in California, Kansas, Wyoming, Texas and Ohio.

complete list of funded projects and reports can be found on the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program external research support website.

FEMA Public Assistance Added for 26 Texas Counties

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 03/16/2016 - 09:14

AUSTIN, Texas— Twenty-six additional Texas counties are now eligible for Federal disaster assistance for FEMA Public Assistance (PA). The added counties received damage as a result of the severe winter storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding, which took place between Dec. 26, 2015 and Jan. 21, 2016.

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Free FEMA advice available at Crawford County stores

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 15:57

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two home improvement stores in Crawford County are teaming up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide local residents with free information, tips, flyers and brochures to prevent and lessen damage from disasters. 

FEMA mitigation specialists will be available over the next five days to answer questions and offer home improvement tips on making homes stronger and safer against disasters. Most of the information is geared toward do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

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Free FEMA advice available at Osage Beach store

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 15:55

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Home Depot in Osage Beach is teaming up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide local residents with free information, tips, flyers and brochures to prevent and lessen damage from disasters. 

FEMA mitigation specialists will be available over the next five days to answer questions and offer home improvement tips on making homes stronger and safer against disasters. Most of the information is geared toward do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

Advisers will be available March 17-21 at the

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Free FEMA advice available at Jefferson City stores

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 15:48

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two home improvement stores in Jefferson City are teaming up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide local residents with free information, tips, flyers and brochures to prevent and lessen damage from disasters. 

FEMA mitigation specialists will be available over the next five days to answer questions and offer home improvement tips on making homes stronger and safer against disasters. Most of the information is geared toward do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

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USGS Partners with European Space Agency to Deliver Copernicus Earth Data

USGS Newsroom - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 14:24
Summary: The U.S. Geological Survey and the European Space Agency (ESA) have established an innovative partnership to enable USGS storage and redistribution of Earth observation data acquired by Copernicus program satellites.  Part of broader US-Europe science agreement

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Jon Campbell ( Phone: 703-648-4180 );



The U.S. Geological Survey and the European Space Agency (ESA) have established an innovative partnership to enable USGS storage and redistribution of Earth observation data acquired by Copernicus program satellites

The ESA-USGS collaboration will serve scientific and commercial customers who are interested in the current conditions of forests, crops, and water bodies across large regions and in the longer term environmental condition of the Earth. Data acquired by the European Union’s Sentinel-2A satellite launched in June 2015 are highly complementary to data acquired by USGS/NASA Landsat satellites since 1972. 

"Landsat and Sentinel data will weave together very effectively," said Dr. Virginia Burkett, USGS Associate Director for Climate and Land Use Change. "Adding the image recurrence of two Sentinel-2 satellites to Landsats 7 and 8 will increase repeat multispectral coverage of the Earth’s land areas to every 3 to 4 days. With more frequent views of the Earth, we will significantly improve our ability to see and understand changes taking place across the global landscape.” 

The agreement is part of a broader understanding between the European Union and three U.S. federal science agencies — NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and USGS — that was signed in October 2015. All parties are committed to the principle of full, free and open access to Earth observation satellite data produced by the European Union’s Sentinel program and by the respective U.S. agencies. An ESA article further describes the cross-Atlantic collaboration. 

"Free and open access to Landsat and Sentinel-2 data together will create remarkable economic and scientific benefits for people around the globe," said Dr. Suzette Kimball, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey. "At the outset of our partnership we can only imagine the synergies between our two perspectives from space. But I'm confident that the final product of our partnership will be an enriched knowledge of our planet." 

Sentinel data are available at no cost from the Copernicus Scientific Data Hub. Additionally, in order to expedite data delivery around the globe, users may also download both Sentinel-2 and Landsat data at no charge in a familiar digital environment from USGS access systems such as EarthExplorer. Presently, only selected Sentinel data are available from the USGS in an early testing phase. Timely access to all Sentinel data will follow as the procedures for data transfer, user access, and data delivery continue to be optimized at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center

The MultiSpectral Instrument (MSI) sensor on board Sentinel 2A acquires 13 spectral bands that parallel and contrast to data acquired by the USGS Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+). Unlike the Sentinel-2 satellites, Landsat satellites also include a capability to collect thermal infrared data which is used in a variety of water and agricultural monitoring applications. NASA has published an online comparison of Sentinel-2A and Landsat bandwidths. 

For technical details such as data availability, geographic coverage, acquisition frequency, and resolution, visit the Copernicus and Landsat websites. 

The Landsat program is a joint effort of USGS and NASA. First launched by NASA in 1972, the Landsat series of satellites has produced the longest, continuous record of Earth’s land surface as seen from space. Landsat data were made available to all users free of charge by the U.S. Department of the Interior and USGS in 2008. 

Louisianans in Seven Parishes Encouraged to Apply for Federal, State Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 14:24

Louisianians in Seven Parishes Encouraged to Apply for Federal, State Disaster Assistance
 
Baton Rouge, La. – Louisiana homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained property damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms and flooding are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as they may be eligible for federal and state disaster assistance.

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Federal Disaster Aid to Local Governments Helping Rebuild Arkansas Communities

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 12:21

NORTH LITTLE ROCK Federal officials today estimated more than $11.7 million in disaster assistance will help fund local governments’ recovery from this winter’s severe storms and flooding.

That funding is in addition to more than $2 million in federal disaster assistance to date that has helped individuals, families and businesses repair property and replace essential household items.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of New Jersey Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 09:25

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 New Jersey.

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

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President Declares Disaster for the State of New Jersey

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 09:17

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of New Jersey to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of January 22-24, 2016.\

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