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FEMA Assistance Based on Individual Loss, Needs

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:31

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama residents eligible for Individual Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency need to know that the help they may receive will be based on their own unique circumstances and needs. 

“While not everyone may qualify, our ultimate goal is for anyone who suffered damages from the tornadoes, storms, straight-line winds and flooding to receive the maximum assistance he or she qualifies for,” said Albie Lewis, federal coordinating officer for FEMA’s disaster operations in Alabama.

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Survivors with Ongoing Housing Needs Should Stay in Touch with FEMA

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 10:13

JACKSON, Miss. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency understands that some Mississippi disaster survivors may need additional temporary rental assistance to help them achieve their permanent housing goals.

All applicants who received temporary rental assistance from FEMA were mailed a “Declaration for Continuing Need for Rental Assistance” letter.

This form is mailed 15 days after applicants receive their initial rental assistance grant and explains how to request additional temporary rental assistance from FEMA.

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Disaster Assistance Registration Deadline Approaching

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 17:44

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama storm survivors have less than one month to register for federal disaster assistance.

The deadline to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help with damage as a result of Alabama’s recent severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding is Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 

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Disaster Recovery Centers Transitioning to SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:29

JACKSON, Miss. — Disaster recovery centers in Louisville and Tupelo will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, and will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 12, as disaster loan outreach centers to continue serving disaster survivors.

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FEMA Rebuilding Experts to Provide Advice in Canton

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 11:20

JACKSON, Miss. – Residents in the Canton area can learn how to build or rebuild to reduce the likelihood of damage the next time severe storms, tornadoes or floods hit. Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation specialists know how and they are sharing their knowledge.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be at Phillips Lumber in Canton for five days to discuss specific methods with anyone who stops by. They will have free booklets and pamphlets with additional details.

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FEMA Rebuilding Specialists to Provide Advice in Starkville and West Point

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 11:18

JACKSON, Miss. – Residents in the Starkville and West Point areas can learn how to build or rebuild to reduce the likelihood of damage the next time severe storms, tornadoes or floods hit. Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation specialists know how and they are sharing their knowledge.

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Hundreds of Volunteers Return to Repair and Rebuild Homes

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 18:46

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The first teams of skilled volunteers arrived in Alaska earlier this week to continue rebuilding efforts in four Interior communities affected by the 2013 floods. The State of Alaska has been working closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure a speedy recovery on all fronts, which includes bringing volunteers to the state.

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Renters May be Eligible for Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 18:12

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Individuals and families who incurred damage to their rented homes or apartments and suffered personal property loss in Alabama may be eligible for disaster-related assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or disaster loans from the SBA.

If you lived in one of the nine Alabama counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance following the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding of April 28 through May 5, register for assistance now.

The deadline to register for FEMA assistance is July 1, 2014.

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Federal Aid for Alabama Disaster Totals More Than $24 Million

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 17:56

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- More than $16 million has been approved through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $7 million through its low-interest disaster loan program.

The following numbers, compiled June 5, provide a snapshot of the Alabama/FEMA disaster recovery to date:

Funds approved

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More Than $14 Million Approved for Mississippi Disaster Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 13:19

JACKSON, Miss. Federal assistance approved for disaster survivors in 12 Mississippi counties has reached more than $14.3 million.

Here is a summary through Thursday, June 5, of all federal assistance to individuals and households in the 12 counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance. The severe storms, tornadoes and flooding occurred from April 28 through May 3, 2014.

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Through the Eyes of a Polar Bear

USGS Newsroom - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 10:38
Summary: ANCHORAGE— The first "point of view" video from a polar bear on Arctic sea ice has just become available courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey. Scientists applied video camera collars to four female polar bears on the sea ice north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska this past April and are releasing the first clips of footage that provide unique insight into the daily lives of the bears.

Contact Information:

Anthony Pagano ( Phone: 907-538-2399 ); Paul  Laustsen ( Phone: 650-329-4046 );



ANCHORAGE— The first "point of view" video from a polar bear on Arctic sea ice has just become available courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey. Scientists applied video camera collars to four female polar bears on the sea ice north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska this past April and are releasing the first clips of footage that provide unique insight into the daily lives of the bears.

"We deployed two video cameras in 2013, but did not get any footage because the batteries weren’t able to handle the Arctic temperatures,” said Dr. Todd Atwood, research leader for the USGS Polar Bear Research Program. “We used different cameras this year, and we are thrilled to see that the new cameras worked."

The video collars were deployed as part of a new study to understand how polar bears are responding to sea ice loss from climate warming. The study, led by USGS research biologist and University of California Santa Cruz PhD student Anthony Pagano, is taking a close look at polar bear behaviors and energetics. 

Scientists with the USGS have been studying polar bear movement and habitat use for decades using radio and satellite telemetry, mostly used to determine a polar bear’s location. New video collars allow scientists to link the location data from the collar with the actual behavior recorded by the cameras.

Although these collars were only on for about 8-10 days, scientists can start to understand the activity patterns of polar bears, for example how often they eat, hunt, rest, walk, and swim and how these behaviors may be affected by sea ice conditions and other variables. Ultimately, this information will help scientists examine the energetic rates and nutritional demands of these animals and the potential effects of declining sea ice conditions,” said Pagano. 

This ongoing research is part of the USGS Changing Arctic Ecosystems Initiative. This research is also relevant to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Polar Bear Recovery Team of which the USGS is a member. The team is drafting the Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan, which will meet requirements of both the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act. The required plan, when finalized, will guide activities for polar bear conservation in response to the 2008 determination that the polar bear is a threatened species due to the ongoing loss of sea ice habitat from global climate-change.

FEMA Rebuilding Specialists to Provide Advice in West Point

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 10:21

JACKSON, Miss. – Residents in the West Point area can learn how to build or rebuild to reduce the likelihood of damage the next time severe storms, tornadoes or floods hit. Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation specialists know how and they are sharing their knowledge.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be at Phillip’s Hardware in West Point Monday and Tuesday to discuss specific methods with anyone who stops by. They will have free booklets and pamphlets with additional details.

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Bullock County in Alabama Now Eligible for FEMA Public Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:43

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – County and local governments and certain nonprofit organizations in Bullock County, Alabama may now apply for federal disaster assistance under the Public Assistance program for eligible response and recovery expenses related to this spring’s violent weather.

Bullock County was added Thursday to the May 2 major disaster declaration issued by President Barack Obama for the April 28 to May 5 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that struck Alabama.

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Disaster Survivors in Alabama may be Eligible for Child Care Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 14:24

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Child care costs following a presidential disaster declaration have been added as a reimbursable expense in some cases.

The child care program falls under the Individuals and Households Program within Individual Assistance. Child care costs will be subtracted from the applicant’s total grant amount.

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Disaster Survivors Advised to Register with FEMA even if Insured

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 14:13

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama storm survivors should register for disaster assistance even if they may believe insurance will cover their losses from the recent storms.

“Insurance is an important part of the recovery process,” said Federal Coordinating Officer for Alabama storm recovery, Albie Lewis. “But, insurance may not meet all your needs, so registration with The Federal Emergency Management Agency and staying in touch with FEMA is very important.”

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75 Days after the SR 530 Slide: 10 Stories of Recovery

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 14:00

It has been 75 days since the SR 530 slide took the lives of dozens and left thousands without access to their normal routes traveled for work, medical purposes and other critical life necessities. As recovery continues, here is a look back at 10 stories about the work of tireless emergency workers, volunteers and community organizers.

$1.7 million

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Ahead of the Game: New Jersey’s Hazard Mitigation Initiative Will Pay Off in Future Storms

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 12:00

LINCROFT, N.J. – New Jersey’s 21 counties are following the state’s lead in developing hazard mitigation plans that will ensure all of the state’s 565 municipalities will be eligible for federal funding for mitigation projects.

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Federal Help May be Available for Vehicles Damaged in the Mississippi Storms

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:13

JACKSON, Miss. – Anyone who had a car damaged or destroyed by the April 28 through May 3 storms in any of the 12 Mississippi counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance may be eligible for federal help. The deadline to register for FEMA assistance is Monday, June 30, 2014.

Those who may be eligible include not just residents of the designated counties, but also those who were working or visiting those areas and had disaster-related damage to their vehicle during the tornadoes.

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We’re listening: saying thank you, a source of healing

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:05

EVERETT, Wash.

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We’re listening: SR 530 slide memorial song a source of healing

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 18:46

EVERETT, Wash. Girls who lost friends in the SR 530 slide sang out their feelings in a song they wrote with the help of Grammy-winning musician Star Nayea and Sauk-Suiattle elder Mary Jack, enrolled at Tulalip.

The girls represented the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe, Tulalip tribes and the town of Darrington at a community meeting in Darrington on April 3 – by singing their song “Oso Strong, Highway 530.”

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