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FEMA Public Assistance Extended to 51 Additional Texas Counties

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:18

AUSTIN, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended federal disaster aid to include 51 additional Texas counties. This amendment provides for supplemental funding for infrastructure repairs in the wake of May’s severe storms, tornadoes, straight line winds and flooding.

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USGS Webinar: Using The National Map Services to Enable Your Web and Mobile Mapping Efforts

USGS Newsroom Technical - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:30
Summary: Are you a developer, firm, or organization using mobile or web applications to enable your users

Contact Information:

Brian Fox ( Phone: 303-202-4140 ); Rob Dollison ( Phone: 703-648-5724 ); Mark Newell ( Phone: 573-308-3850 );



Are you a developer, firm, or organization using mobile or web applications to enable your users?  The USGS has publicly available geospatial services and data to help your application development and enhancement.

The USGS’ National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) will be hosting a 30- minute webinar on “Using The National Map services to enable your web and mobile mapping efforts” on June 16 at 9am Mountain Time.

This webinar will feature a brief overview of services, data and products that are publicly available, a quick overview on how AlpineQuest, a leading private firm, is leveraging this public data to benefit their users, and a Question & Answer session with a USGS developer to help you get the most out of the national geospatial services.

“This is an opportunity from NGTOC to bring developers and users together for some demonstrations and starting some dialogue,” said Brian Fox, the NGTOC Systems Development Branch Chief.  “The webinar format allows us to improve awareness of USGS geospatial services and develop a better understanding of what users and developers need to make our data and services more available and usable.” 

To access the webinar, you’ll need to activate Cisco WebEx and call into the conference number (toll free) 855-547-8255 and use the security code: 98212385.  The webinar will display through WebEx, and you can access it via this address: http://bit.ly/1RHayxY

To ensure that you have the appropriate players installed for this WebEx enabled webinar: https://usgs.webex.com/usgs/systemdiagnosis.php

The session will be recorded and closed caption option is available during the webinar at: https://recapd.com/w-a3c704

To find out more about this and other NGOC webinar conferences, go to: http://ngtoc.usgs.gov/webinars/webinar_june2015.html

Screen shot of a mobile mapping service integrating USGS topographic data; hiking and biking trails south of Golden, Colo. Imagery with road and contour data overlaid via AlpineQuest. (high resolution image 631 KB) Screen shot of a mobile mapping service integrating USGS topographic data; hiking and biking trails south of Golden, Colo. Trail data in KML/GPX overlaid via AlpineQuest. (high resolution image 613 KB)

Nine More Counties in Oklahoma Now Approved to Receive Federal Disaster Assistance under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 19:48

Oklahoma City – A June 9 amendment to the major disaster declaration for Oklahoma following the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding occurring May 5 to June 4 now includes Public Assistance (PA) funding for nine additional counties, or 25 counties in all.

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STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTERS OPEN IN CLEVELAND, GRADY OKLAHOMA AND PITTSBURG COUNTIES

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 17:36

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans affected by the recent severe storms occurring May 5 through June 4 now have another place to go to receive information about state and federal disaster assistance that may be available.

Another Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) officially opens Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 7 a.m. in Pittsburg County at this address:

Pittsburg County

Pittsburg County Fire Fighters Association

1505 East Wade Watts Avenue

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EASY WAYS TO REGISTER FOR STATE AND FEDERAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 14:39

OKLAHOMA CITY – People in Atoka, Bryan, Comanche, Cleveland, Grady, Johnston, Kiowa, Le Flore, McClain, McCurtain, Oklahoma, Pittsburg and Pottawatomie counties affected by the recent severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4 can use several easy ways to register for state and federal disaster assistance.

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More Than $6 Million in Federal Assistance Provided to West Virginia

FEMA Region III News Releases - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 14:04

Charleston, Wv. - State and federal officials say that more than $6 million in federal assistance has been delivered to the State of West Virginia to help cover the costs of the severe winter storm, flooding, landslides and mudslides March 3-14, 2015, that damaged infrastructure in 32 counties.

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More Than $6 Million in Federal Assistance Provided to West Virginia

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 14:04

Charleston, Wv. - State and federal officials say that more than $6 million in federal assistance has been delivered to the State of West Virginia to help cover the costs of the severe winter storm, flooding, landslides and mudslides March 3-14, 2015, that damaged infrastructure in 32 counties.

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Survivors Cautioned to Beware of Frauds and Scams

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 06/08/2015 - 11:35

AUSTIN, Texas – State and federal recovery officials urge Texans affected by the ongoing severe storms and floods to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud.

Even as government agencies and charitable groups continue to provide disaster assistance, scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals may attempt to prey on vulnerable survivors. The most common post-disaster fraud practices include phony housing inspectors, fraudulent building contractors, bogus pleas for disaster donations and fake offers of state or federal aid.

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Tectonic Model Shows North America May Once Have Been Linked to Australia or Antarctica

USGS Newsroom - Mon, 06/08/2015 - 10:00
Summary: North America may have once been attached to Australia, according to research just published in Lithosphere and spearheaded by U.S. Geological Survey geologist James Jones and his colleagues at Bucknell University and Colorado School of Mines

Contact Information:

Aleeza  Wilkins ( Phone: 703-648-6106 ); James  Jones ( Phone: 907-786-7442 );



North America may have once been attached to Australia, according to research just published in Lithosphere and spearheaded by U.S. Geological Survey geologist James Jones and his colleagues at Bucknell University and Colorado School of Mines.

Approximately every 300 million years, the Earth completes a supercontinent cycle wherein continents drift toward one another and collide, remain attached for millions of years, and eventually rift back apart. Geologic processes such as subduction and rifting aid in the formation and eventual break-up of supercontinents, and these same processes also help form valuable mineral resource deposits. Determining the geometry and history of ancient supercontinents is an important part of reconstructing the geologic evolution of Earth, and it can also lead to a better understanding of past and present mineral distributions.

North America is a key component in reconstructions of many former supercontinents, and there are strong geological associations between the western United States and Australia, which is one of the world’s leading mineral producers.

In this study, Jones and others synthesized mineral age data from ancient sedimentary rocks in the Trampas and Yankee Joe basins of Arizona and New Mexico. They found that the ages of many zircon crystals—mineral grains that were eroded from other rocks and embedded in the sedimentary deposits—were approximately 1.6 to 1.5 billion years old, an age range that does not match any known geologic age provinces in the entire western United States.

This surprising result actually mirrors previous studies of the Belt-Purcell basin (located in Montana, Idaho and parts of British Columbia, Canada) and a recently recognized basin in western Yukon, Canada, in which many zircon ages between 1.6 and 1.5 billion years old are common despite the absence of matching potential source rocks of this age.

However, the distinctive zircon ages in all three study locations do match the well known ages of districts in Australia and, to a slightly lesser known extent, Antarctica.

This publication marks the first time a complete detrital mineral age dataset has been compiled to compare the Belt basin deposits to strata of similar age in the southwestern United States.  “Though the basins eventually evolved along very different trajectories, they have a shared history when they were first formed,” said Jones. “That history gives us clues as to what continents bordered western North America 1.5 billion years ago.”

The tectonic model presented in this paper suggests that the North American sedimentary basins were linked to sediment sources in Australia and Antarctica until the break up of the supercontinent Columbia. The dispersed components of Columbia ultimately reformed into Rodinia, perhaps the first truly global supercontinent in Earth’s history, around 1.0 billion years ago. Continued sampling and analysis of ancient sedimentary basin remnants will remain a critical tool for further testing global supercontinent reconstructions.

The paper can be accessed online. For information about USGS mineral resource modeling efforts, visit the USGS Mineral Resources Program Web site or follow us on Twitter.

Texans in 20 More Counties May Now Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 19:04

AUSTIN, Texas – The federal disaster declaration has been expanded to include Individual Assistance for 20 more counties as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that began May 4, according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Two Mobile Registration Intake Centers Open in San Marcos

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 16:55

AUSTIN, Texas – Two Mobile Registration Intake Centers (MRIC) have opened in San Marcos, Texas, to serve homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms and flooding.

Specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are there to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

Location and dates of operation:

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Two Mobile Registration Intake Centers Open in Houston

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 15:07

AUSTIN, Texas – Two Mobile Registration Intake Centers (MRIC) have opened in Houston, Texas, to serve homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms and flooding.

Specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are there to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

Locations and dates of operation:

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Federal Aid Programs for the Territory of Guam Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 21:50

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 Territory of Guam.

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

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President Declares Disaster for Guam

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 21:42

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 Territory of Guam to supplement territory and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Typhoon Dolphin during the period of May 13-16, 2015. 

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STATE AND FEDERAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE TOPS $1.7 MILLION FOR RECENT OKLAHOMA STORMS

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 18:22

OKLAHOMA CITY – Today, there are signs of recovery in Oklahoma following the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding occurring May 5 through June 4, the official “incident period.” In just a matter of days since the May 26 major disaster declaration, state and federal disaster assistance already tops $1.78 million for homeowners and renters affected by those storms.

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Mobile Registration Intake Center Opens in Van Zandt County

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 17:15

AUSTIN, Texas – A Mobile Registration Intake Center (MRIC) has opened in Van, Texas, to serve homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms and flooding.

Specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are there to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

Location and dates of operation:

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Mobile Registration Intake Center Opens in Wimberley

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 17:01

AUSTIN, Texas – A Mobile Registration Intake Center (MRIC) has opened in Wimberley, Texas, to serve homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms and flooding.

Specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are there to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

Location and dates of operation:

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Preventing Post-Flooding Mold at Home: Clean It, Dry It or Discard It

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 16:54

AUSTIN, Texas – Recovery specialists have some sound advice for Texans whose homes and property took on floodwaters: Protect your family’s health and your own by treating or discarding mold- and mildew-infected items.

Health experts urge those who find mold to act fast. Cleaning mold quickly and properly is essential for a healthy home, especially for people who suffer from allergies and asthma, said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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16 Counties in Oklahoma Now Approved to Receive Federal Disaster Assistance under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 20:27

Oklahoma City – A June 4 amendment to the major disaster declaration for Oklahoma following the recent severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding now includes Public Assistance (PA) funding for 16 counties.

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DISASTER ASSISTANCE EXPANDS TO INCLUDE 10 MORE COUNTIES FOR RECENT OKLAHOMA STORMS

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 20:14

OKLAHOMA CITY – Homeowners, renters and business owners in 10 more Oklahoma counties affected by the recent severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding starting on May 5 and continuing can now apply for state and federal disaster assistance. Those counties include Atoka, Bryan, Comanche, Johnston, Kiowa, Le Flore, McClain, McCurtain, Pittsburg and Pottawatomie.

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