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Contact FEMA If Insurance for Tornado-Related Living Expenses Expires

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 17:25

JACKSON, Miss. – Disaster survivors whose additional living expenses (sometimes termed “loss of use”) from their insurance company are running out and who still have a temporary housing need should contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency helpline (800-621-3362) immediately if they have not registered for disaster assistance.

Those who have registered should fax or mail a letter to the address below, explain the situation, document the use and expiration of living expenses from insurance and update their permanent housing plan.

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With quota landed Delawares horseshoe crab commercial fishery closes for 2014

DNREC News - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 15:56
DOVER (June 18, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has determined that Delaware’s 2014 horseshoe crab harvest limit has been reached, with the state’s annual commercial quota of 160,435 horseshoe crabs landed. In accordance with 7 DE Admin. Code 3214, DNREC’s Fisheries Section has established that the horseshoe crab fishery is to close effective 12:01 a.m., Thursday, June 19. After this date and time, it is unlawful in Delaware to harvest horseshoe crabs during 2014.

Unique Gordons Pond Trail opens at Cape Henlopen State Park

DNREC News - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 13:20
CAPE HENLOPEN STATE PARK (June 18, 2014) – On the eve of Cape Henlopen State Park’s 50th anniversary, hiking and biking trail fans, elected officials, park visitors and local residents today came out to celebrate the long-anticipated official opening of the Gordons Pond Trail at the park.

Misconceptions May Hinder Survivor Recovery

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 09:44

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Some survivors of the recent Alabama storms may not have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance because of misconceptions or lack of accurate information. Here are some examples:

I didn't know there was assistance available.
FEMA tries to let everyone know about disaster assistance, but some people miss the message. Please be sure to spread the word among your co-workers, neighbors and friends.

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Alabamians Can Go To Home Depot, Lowes For FEMA Advice On Rebuilding Stronger

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 09:41

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – As recovery continues from the April 28 to May 5 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that hit Alabama, federal officials are offering help on how to rebuild “stronger and safer” for the next disaster.

Specialists with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be at Home Depot and Lowe’s home improvement stores around Alabama to offer residents information about rebuilding their flood- and wind-damaged homes to make them better able to withstand future disasters.

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FEMA Rebuilding Experts to Provide Advice in Laurel

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 15:22

JACKSON, Miss. – Residents in the Laurel 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’s mitigation specialists know how and they are sharing their knowledge.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be at Lowe’s in Laurel for five days this week to discuss specific methods with anyone who stops by. They will have free booklets and pamphlets with additional details.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Nebraska Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:25

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 Nebraska.

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

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Recovery Centers Have Closed but FEMA Still Here to Help Alabama

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:22

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Closure of the FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers in Alabama does not mean FEMA has left Alabama.

All the assistance services available at the Recovery Centers are easily accessible online and by phone.   There also is a FEMA representative at the SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers, many of which are in the same location of the Recovery Centers.

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President Declares Disaster for Nebraska

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:22

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, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of May 11-12, 2014.

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FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Pennsylvania and West Virginia

FEMA Region III News Releases - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:14
Emergency preparedness exercise scheduled for the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a Biennial Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station. The exercise will occur during the week of June 16th, 2014 to assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of West Virginia to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

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FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Pennsylvania and West Virginia

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:14
Emergency preparedness exercise scheduled for the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a Biennial Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station. The exercise will occur during the week of June 16th, 2014 to assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of West Virginia to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

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Two Weeks Left To Register For Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:03

Montgomery, Ala. – Alabamians who had damage from the April 28 to May 5 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding have just two more weeks to register for FEMA assistance.

The deadline to register with FEMA is Tuesday, July 1. To register:

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Six Weeks After Disaster, Federal Aid for Alabama Totals More Than $27 Million

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:45

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- More than $17 million has been approved through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved nearly $10 million through its low-interest disaster loan program.

The following numbers, compiled June 12, provide a snapshot of the Alabama/FEMA disaster recovery to date:

Funds approved

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Use Caution When Hiring A Contractor

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:42

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – For Alabama storm survivors, hiring the right rebuilding contractor is a key step down the road to recovery.

Consumers who need repair work done quickly following a natural disaster are sometimes targets of unscrupulous business practices.

“Homeowners should look for a contractor with a proven track record who readily offers client references. Most service providers in the building industry are honest, but it’s sad to say that disasters sometimes attract scam artists,” officials say.

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Gov. Markell, Sens. Carper and Coons, Congressman Carney announce funding to increase resiliency of vulnerable Bayshore habitats

DNREC News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 20:14
DELAWARE BAYSHORE (June 16, 2014) –Today, Governor Jack Markell and Delaware’s Congressional Delegation of U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Rep. John Carney and DNREC Sec. Collin O’Mara announced that the state has received $6.9 million in federal funding to design and construct projects for Delaware Bay wetland and beach habitats that will minimize coastal flooding and enhance the resiliency of communities and ecosystems degraded by storms, including Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Nominations still open for Delaware 2014 Wetland Warrior

DNREC News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 15:37
DOVER (June 16, 2014) – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is still seeking nominations for the 2014 Delaware Wetland Warrior Award to recognize exemplary efforts to protect wetlands and the critical services they provide to all Delawareans.

Five finalists in youth rain barrel painting contest to be displayed at State Fair for voting by fairgoers

DNREC News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 15:33
DOVER (June 16, 2014) – The top five painted rain barrels from the youth rain barrel painting contest sponsored by DNREC and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) have been chosen by public online voting, DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section announced today.

Two Disaster Recovery Centers Closing, But Assistance Is Still Available

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 13:51

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Survivors have until 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, to visit two joint state/federal disaster recovery centers in Okaloosa and Walton counties, but assistance is still available and only a phone call away.

It is not necessary for those affected by the disaster to visit a center in order to register for or receive disaster assistance. In fact, people with storm-related losses are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a center.

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Reservoirs Affect the Movement of Carbon in Large Rivers of the Central and Western United States

USGS Newsroom - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:47
Summary: A recent study conducted by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and published in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences found that a combination of climate and human activities (diversion and reservoirs) controls the movement of carbon in two large western river basins, the Colorado and the Missouri Rivers

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Heidi  Koontz ( Phone: 303-202-4763 );



A recent study conducted by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and published in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences found that a combination of climate and human activities (diversion and reservoirs) controls the movement of carbon in two large western river basins, the Colorado and the Missouri Rivers. 

Rivers move large amounts of carbon downstream to the oceans. Developing a better understanding of the factors that control the transport of carbon in rivers is an important component of global carbon cycling research. 

The study is a product of the USGS John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis and the USGS Land Carbon program. 

Different downstream patterns were found between the two river systems. The amount of carbon steadily increased down the Missouri River from headwaters to its confluence with the Mississippi River, but decreased in the lower Colorado River. The differences were attributed to less precipitation, greater evaporation, and the diversion of water for human activities on the Colorado River.

For upstream/headwater sites on both rivers, carbon fluxes varied along with seasonal precipitation and temperature changes. There was also greater variability in the amount of carbon at upstream sites, likely because of seasonal inputs of organic material to the rivers. Reservoirs disrupted the connection between the watershed and the river, causing carbon amounts downstream of dams to be less variable in time and less responsive to seasonal temperature and precipitation changes. 

The study presents estimates of changes in the amount of carbon moving down the Colorado and Missouri Rivers and provides new insights into aquatic carbon cycling in arid and semi-arid regions of the central and western U.S, where freshwater carbon cycling studies have been less common. This work is part of an ongoing effort to directly address the importance of freshwater ecosystems in the context of the broader carbon cycle. In the future, changing hydrology and warming temperatures will increase the importance of reservoirs in carbon cycling, and may lead to an increase in Greenhouse Gas Emissions that contribute to global warming, but may also increase the amount of carbon buried in sediments.  

FEMA Offers Rebuilding Advice at Area Home Improvement Stores

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:25

PENSACOLA, Fla. – People who are repairing or rebuilding damaged property can get advice from a Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation specialist at two Pensacola home improvement stores.

Hazard mitigation specialists who are knowledgeable about property cleanup and rebuilding safer and smarter will be offering advice and guidance Tuesday, June 17, through Thursday, June 26.

Specialists will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays at the following locations:

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