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Free Advice on Preventing Damage from Future Storms Offered at Home Improvement Stores in Hays County, Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 15:14

AUSTIN, Texas – As Texans rebuild or repair their homes resulting from the storms during May 4 through June 19, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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Disaster Recovery Center Will Open in Nueces County Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 13:29

AUSTIN, Texas – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open on Monday, July 13, at 9 a.m. in Nueces County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 4 to June 19.

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Free Advice on Preventing Damage from Future Storms Offered at Home Improvement Stores in Harris County, Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 10:50

AUSTIN, Texas – As Texans rebuild or repair their homes resulting from the storms during May 4 through June 19, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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Texans in Six More Counties May Now Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance, and Individual Assistance Registration Deadline Extended

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 08:52

AUSTIN, Texas – The federal disaster declaration for Texas has been expanded to provide Individual Assistance to six additional counties as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred between May 4 and June 19, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

In addition, FEMA today approved an extension of the deadline to register for assistance in the 42 counties designated for Individual Assistance. The new deadline is August 27, 2015.

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DNREC’s Polly Drummond Hill Road yard waste drop-off site shortens schedule; will be closed Monday through Thursday starting August 3

DNREC News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 17:08
DOVER (July 9, 2015) – To reduce operating costs and to discourage non-residential use of DNREC’s Polly Drummond Hill Road Yard Waste Drop-off Demonstration Site in northern New Castle County, the site will run on an abbreviated schedule effective August 3

Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Howard, Jefferson Counties

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 16:28

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Disaster recovery centers will open in Howard and Jefferson counties at noon on Wednesday, July 8 to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms of late spring.

Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Howard County

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FEMA Home Inspectors Help Start Arkansas Recovery from Spring’s Severe Storms

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 15:48

 

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Residents and business owners who have registered for disaster assistance with FEMA should expect a housing inspector to verify damage soon after they’ve applied.

Identifying damage helps determine both the amount and the types of assistance FEMA or other state and federal agencies may provide. There is no fee for the inspection. The inspector does not determine the amount of assistance an applicant will receive.

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State/FEMA Recovery Center Reopens in Le Flore County

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 15:18

OKLAHOMA CITY – A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will reopen in Le Flore County to help people in Oklahoma who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4.

The Mobile DRC officially opens Friday, July 10, 2015 at 7 a.m. at:

Poteau High School

100 Pirate Lane

Poteau, OK 74953

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Monday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday

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Disaster Recovery Center to Close in Fort Bend County, Texas, But Help is Still Available

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 14:58

AUSTIN, Texas –The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), located at Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, Texas, in Fort Bend County will close at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 14.

DRCs, operated by the State of Texas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and supported by other agencies, remain open until the needs of area residents have been met. The centers serve as a one-stop shop for information and guidance about disaster assistance.

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Upstate NY Fire Department Replaces Worn Out Breathing Gear with Modern Apparatuses

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 11:21

Fire Chief Sees Boost in Confidence for Unit’s 10 Firefighters

New York, NY -- The fire company of the Village of Delanson, located some 25 miles west of Albany, has been awarded 10 self-contained breathing apparatuses, or SCBAs.  “This new equipment will take the place of 23-year-old gear whose straps were falling off and that used heavy steel packs that we had to lug around when confronted by a fire,” said Fire Chief Kevin Morrison.  The company’s old equipment was also out of compliance with state safety regulations, he added.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Grayson County for Texas Flood Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:53

AUSTIN, Texas – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Grayson County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 4 to June 19.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Rusk County for Texas Flood Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:52

AUSTIN, Texas – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Rusk County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 4 to June 19.

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Disaster Assistance for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 17:19

OKLAHOMA CITY The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are ready to assist everyone, including seniors, persons with disabilities and others with an access and functional need before, during and after a disaster.

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Residents of Newly Designated Oklahoma Counties Should Beware of Fraud

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 17:17

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma residents whose properties were damaged in the recent storms and flooding are warned to be alert for, and urged to report, any potential fraud during recovery and rebuilding efforts, according to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The aftermath of a disaster can attract opportunists and confidence artists. Homeowners, renters and businesses can follow some simple steps to avoid being swindled.

Be suspicious if a contractor:

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Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Visit Arkansas Communities

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 15:52

July 8, 2015

DR-4226-AR

FEMA News Desk: 501-399-4075

State Public Affairs: 501-683-6700

publicaffairs@ADEM.arkansas.gov

SBA: William Koontz 916-847-2346

Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Visit Arkansas Communities

 

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The residents of nine Arkansas counties included in a federal disaster declaration may see FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams in their communities, offering a personal link to the resources for recovery.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Walker County for Texas Flood Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:35

AUSTIN, Texas – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Walker County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 4 to June 19.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Liberty County for Texas Flood Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 10:32

AUSTIN, Texas – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Liberty County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 4 to June 19.

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Power of Prediction: Avian Fatalities at Wind Facilities

USGS Newsroom - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 09:31
Summary: The U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has released a study that will enable ecologists, managers, policy makers, and industry to predict the bird fatalities at a wind facility prior to it being constructed

Contact Information:

Leslie New ( Phone: 360-546-9309 ); Brian Milsap ( Phone: 505-559-3963 ); Hannah Hamilton ( Phone: 703-648-4356 );



The U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has released a study that will enable ecologists, managers, policy makers, and industry to predict the bird fatalities at a wind facility prior to it being constructed.

The study examined golden eagles as a case study because they are susceptible to collisions with wind turbines in part because of their soaring and hunting behavior. 

Bird fatalities due to collisions with rotating turbine blades are a leading concern for wildlife and wind facility managers. This new model builds upon previous approaches by directly acknowledging uncertainty inherent in predicting these fatalities. Furthermore, the computer code provided makes it possible for other researchers and managers to readily apply the model to their own data. 

The model looks at only three parameters:  hazardous footprint, bird exposure to turbines and collision probability. “This simplicity is part of what makes the model accessible to others,” said Leslie New, assistant professor of statistics at Washington State University, who led the research project as a USGS postdoctoral fellow. “It also allows wind facility developers to consider ways to reduce bird fatalities without having to collect a complicated set of data.”

High rates of bird fatalities do not occur at every wind facility. The geographic location, local topographic features, the bird species and its life history, as well as other factors all play a role in the number of fatalities.

Taking advantage of publically available information, research scientists incorporated a wealth of biological knowledge into their model to improve fatality predictions.

“Uncertainty in this model can be reduced once data on the actual number of fatalities are available at an operational wind facility,” said New.

To establish the utility of their approach, the scientists applied their model to golden eagles at a Wyoming wind facility. Their long-life span combined with delayed reproduction and small brood size means that there are potential population-level effects of this additional source of mortality.  

Golden eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The combination of law, conservation concerns, and renewable-energy development led the USFWS to develop a permitting process for wind facilities.  The USFWS permitting process requires that fatality predictions be made in advance of a wind facility’s construction. This allows the facility’s impact to be assessed and any mitigation measures related to turbine placement on the landscape to be taken. The new model was developed specifically for the purpose of assessing take as part of the preconstruction permitting process.

The study supports a conservative approach and the researchers’ model is used to inform this permitting process and balance management of eagle fatalities.

The article, “A collision risk model to predict avian fatalities at wind facilities: an example using golden eagles, Aquila chrysaetos by L.F. New, E. Bjerre, B. Millsap, M. Otto and M. Runge, is available in PLOS ONE online.

About the Golden Eagle:

The golden eagle has a vast range, from the tundra through grassland, forested habitat and woodland brushland south to arid deserts including Death Valley, California. They are aerial predators that build nests on cliffs or in the largest trees of forested stands that often afford an unobstructed view of the surrounding habitat.

Federal Aid Programs for State of Wyoming Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 22:54

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 Wyoming.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Wyoming

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 22:46

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 Wyoming and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of May 24-June 6, 2015.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Johnson and Niobrara counties.

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