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

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 18:10

OKLAHOMA CITY – People in Oklahoma affected by the recent flooding, severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes May 5 and continuing may now visit Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Cleveland, Grady and Oklahoma counties to get information about disaster assistance that may be available.

The DRC in Cleveland County officially opens Friday, June 5, 2015 at 7 a.m. at this address:

Cleveland County
Noble High School
4601 E. Etowah Road
Noble, OK 73068
Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice

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STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTERS OPEN IN GRADY COUNTY AND OKLAHOMA CITY

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 18:06

OKLAHOMA CITY – People in Oklahoma affected by the recent flooding, severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes can soon visit a Disaster Recovery Center in Grady County to get information about disaster assistance. The center officially opens on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7 a.m. at this address:

Grady County
Bridge Creek School, Upper Grade Cafeteria
2209 E. Sooner Road
Blanchard, OK 73010
Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice


A Disaster Recovery Center is also open in Oklahoma City at this address:

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Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Visit Oklahoma Neighborhoods

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 18:02

Oklahoma City – People in Oklahoma who’ve been affected by the recent severe storms and flooding may soon see Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams in neighborhoods, knocking on doors.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are partnering to provide this mobile resource to help connect homeowners, business owners and faith-based and community organizations with the necessary resources to start the recovery process.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Individual Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 17:11

Who should apply for federal disaster assistance?

Texas homeowners, renters and business owners in disaster-designated counties who sustained damage to their homes, vehicles, personal property, business or its inventory as a result of the ongoing severe storms and floods may apply for disaster assistance.

The three counties currently designated for Individual Assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are: Harris, Hays, and Van Zandt.

How do I apply?

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STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTER OPENS IN OKLAHOMA COUNTY

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 17:09

OKLAHOMA CITY – People in Oklahoma affected by the recent severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding can soon visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Oklahoma City. The DRC officially opens tomorrow, Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 7 a.m.

While a visit to the DRC is not required for those applying for federal aid, it is a one-stop shop where survivors can go for one-on-one information about state, federal or other disaster assistance that may be available. The center is located at this address:

Oklahoma County

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Kentucky Storm Survivors Urged to Stay in Touch with FEMA

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 16:16

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky storm survivors who have registered for disaster assistance are urged to stay in touch with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and keep their contact information current throughout the recovery process.

If survivors change their addresses, telephone numbers, bank accounts or insurance information, it is important that they share the new information with FEMA.

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