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 Nebraska to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, winter storms, tornadoes, and flooding during the period of October 2-6, 2013.Language English
Federal Emergency Management Agency news desk (816) 283-7095
Jodie Fawl, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (402) 471-7428
Stefanie Bond, Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management (515) 725-3231
FORT CALHOUN NUCLEAR STATION EXERCISE PROCESS TO BE DISCUSSED AT PUBLIC MEETINGLanguage English
DENVER – The Loveland Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Larimer County will permanently close at 3 p.m., MST, on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology
815 14th St. SW.
Loveland, CO 80537
DRCs are operated by the Colorado Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), county and local governments.
To find the DRC closest to you, go to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centersLanguage English
DENVER – FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) will close at 3 p.m., MST, on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and remain closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28.
All five DRCs - Boulder, Estes Park, Evans, Longmont and Lyons - will reopen at 9 a.m., MST, on Friday, Nov. 29.
To find the DRC closest to you, go to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centersLanguage English
DENVER – Colorado residents and business owners with damage from September’s severe weather have only one week left to register for help from FEMA. There is also only one week left to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The deadline for both is Dec. 2, 2013, for those with physical losses.Language English
Ray Byrnes ( Phone: 703-648-4787 );
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA will host a public meeting on December 4 in which both agencies will provide details about how user needs will be assessed to help inform NASA's Sustainable Land Imaging Program. User requirements will be a key consideration in the design and implementation of future space-borne systems that are intended to provide global, continuous Landsat-quality observations of Earth for at least the next 25 years.
The Users Forum will feature a structured methodology that USGS has been developing for acquiring and evaluating user requirements for Earth observation. USGS presenters at the forum will explain some preliminary findings and offer opportunities for feedback about the approach and the requirements gathered to date.
Both USGS and NASA value public participation in establishing long-term user needs for Landsat or equivalent Earth observation data. This is a notice of a meeting, not a solicitation of any kind.
Event: USGS/NASA Sustainable Land Imaging Users Forum
Time: 1:00 – 4:15 p.m. EST
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Location: NASA Goddard Visitors Center Auditorium, 8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD, 20771.
Registration: Online at NASA website.
Learn further details and register.
Ethan Alpern ( Phone: 703-648-4406 );
For the first time since 1995 the U.S. Geological Survey will reinstate reporting the amount of water consumed in the production of thermoelectric power.
Tracking the consumptive use of water by thermoelectric power plants could allow water resource managers to evaluate the influence of this type of use on the overall water budget of a watershed. The use of heat and water budgets to estimate water consumption at individual thermoelectric plants provides a useful check on other estimation approaches and in many cases may be the most accurate method available.
Thermoelectric water withdrawal refers to the water removed from groundwater or surface water for use in a thermoelectric power plant, mainly for cooling purposes. Much of the water that is currently withdrawn for cooling is reintroduced into the environment, and immediately available for reuse.
The consumptive use occurs when some of the water is evaporated during the cooling process or incorporated into byproducts as a result of the production of electricity from heat. Once the water is consumed, it is no longer able to be reintroduced into the environment.
"Thermoelectric withdrawal occurs in both freshwater and saline water sources," says Eric J. Evenson, Coordinator, USGS National Water Census. "It is the most significant use of saline water in the country."
This study presents a method for collecting location and cooling-equipment data. An upcoming study will be released providing the consumption numbers derived from our heat/water budget models. About half of the water withdrawals in the United States are for thermoelectric cooling water, however, most of the water is returned to the environment after use.
The methods for estimating evaporation presented in this study will play a key role in the National Water Census, a USGS research program on national water availability and use that develops new water accounting tools and assesses water availability at the regional and national scales.
"The most significant contribution of this report," according to Timothy H. Diehl, Hydrologist at the Tennessee Water Science Center, "is to present an updated method for estimating evaporation from surface water downstream from once-through cooling systems, and make the tool available in the form of a spreadsheet."
The USGS classifies water withdrawals for thermoelectric cooling by the two types of cooling systems used at the plants: recirculating systems and once-through systems. A recirculating cooling system circulates water through the generating plant condensers and is then cooled in a structure such as a cooling tower or cooling pond, before it is re-used in the same process. A once-through cooling system withdraws water from a surface-water source to circulate through the generating plant condensers and then discharges the water back to surface water at a higher temperature.
"Most consumption by once-through cooling systems and recirculating ponds takes the form of evaporation from surface water. This type of consumption has been estimated by a variety of methods and sometimes considered insignificant, " according to Diehl.
This action was taken at the recommendation of Government Accountability Office reports on the Energy Water Nexus and represents a joint effort between the USGS and the Energy Information Administration.
- Methods for Estimating Water Consumption for Thermoelectric Power Plants in the United States
- Tennessee Water Science Center
- National Water Census
- Progress Toward Establishing a National Assessment of Water Availability and Use
SANTA FE – State and federal officials announced today that Sierra County and the Navajo Nation have been added to the disaster declaration signed by President Barack Obama on September 30, 2013. Sierra County and the Navajo Nation are now eligible to apply for reimbursements under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program.Language English
SANTA FE – Severe storms and flooding that took place September 9th through 22nd damaged public facilities and roads in 15 New Mexico counties. President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for Catron, Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Eddy, Guadalupe, Los Alamos, McKinley, Mora, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, and Torrance counties on October 29, 2013.Language English
LINCROFT, N.J. -- Among the most devastating effects of Hurricane 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 along the coast 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).Language English
DENTON, Texas – People living in parts of New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma are urged to get ready now for potential severe winter weather over the next few days in the form of freezing rain and possible ice accumulation.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 6 office continues to monitor the situation and stands ready to support state and local partners as needed and requested in the affected areas.Language English
DENVER – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Brush, Morgan County, will close at 3 p.m. MST on Saturday, Nov. 23.
Morgan County Fairgrounds
750 Ellsworth St.
Brush, CO 80723
DRCs are operated by the Colorado Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), county and local governments.Language English
New York—The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today released a flood map revision for areas in Dutchess County which received flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs) in 2012. Communities impacted by this map change include the Town of Fishkill and the Town of Wappinger.
This revision shows the 1% annual chance flood hazard as decreasing, and incorporation of this new information into the maps will allow for an improvement in the precision of the flood hazard information shown on the 2012 effective maps.Language English
DENVER – The deadline to register with FEMA has been extended to December 2, 2013 because of the long Thanksgiving weekend.
There are now two weeks remaining to register with FEMA. December 2 is also the new deadline to complete and return U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan applications.Language English
Disaster Recovery Center relocates in Boulder County
DENVER – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Lyons, Boulder County, will close at 6 p.m., MST, today, Nov. 18, and relocate to the Foothills Baptist Church, opening at 9 a.m., MST, on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Foothills Baptist Church
12650 North Foothills Hwy.
Lyons, CO 80540
The DRC will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MST on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.Language English
FEMA Monitoring Severe Weather in the Midwest; Urges Residents to Follow Direction of Local Officials
WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its regional offices in Chicago and Kansas City, is monitoring severe weather, including strong tornadoes, that continues to impact the Midwest and staying in close coordination with officials in affected and potentially affected states. Earlier today, FEMA elevated its National Watch Center in Washington, D.C. to a 24/7 enhanced watch, and has deployed liaisons to support state emergency operation centers in a number of impacted states.Language English