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FEMA Urges Preparedness in Hawaii Ahead of Hurricanes Iselle and Julio

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:54

Hawaii Residents and Visitors Urged to Follow Direction of Local Officials

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its National Watch Center in Washington and its Pacific Area Office in Oahu, is continuing to monitor Hurricanes Iselle and Julio in the Pacific Ocean. FEMA is in close contact with emergency management partners in Hawaii.

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FEMA provides federal funds to help fight Hansel Fire

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:20

August 6, 2014
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FEMA provides federal funds to help fight Hansel Fire

Seattle, WA - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Hansel Fire, burning in Chelan County, Washington.

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Revised Arkansas and South Carolina Maps Feature New Design

USGS Newsroom - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:00
Summary: US Topo maps now have a crisper, cleaner design - enhancing readability of maps for online and printed use Newly designed US Topo maps covering Arkansas and South Carolina are now available online for free download

Contact Information:

Mark Newell, APR ( Phone: 573-308-3850 ); Bob Davis ( Phone: 573-308-3554 );



US Topo maps now have a crisper, cleaner design - enhancing readability of maps for online and printed use. Map symbols are easier to read over the digital aerial photograph layer whether the imagery is turned on or off. Improvements to symbol definitions (color, line thickness, line symbols, area fills), layer order, and annotation fonts are additional features of this latest update. The maps also have transparency for some features and layers to increase visibility of multiple competing layers.

This new design was launched earlier this year and is now part of the new US Topo quadrangles for Arkansas (874 maps) and South Carolina (519 maps), replacing the first edition US Topo maps for those states. 

"Users in our state are very excited about the three year revision cycle of the US Topo maps," said Bill Sneed, the Geospatial Liaison for Arkansas and Tennessee.  "With the Fayetteville Shale activity, our maps are increasing in popularity outside the normal recreational/hunting community."  

US Topo maps are updated every three years. The initial round of the 48 conterminous states coverage was completed in September of 2012.  Hawaii and Puerto Rico maps have recently been added. More than 400 new US Topo maps for Alaska have been added to the USGS Map Locator & Downloader, but will take several years to complete.

Re-design enhancements and new features:

  • Crisper, cleaner design improves online and printed readability while retaining the look and feel of traditional USGS topographic maps
  • New functional road classification schema has been applied
  • A slight screening (transparency) has been applied to some features to enhance visibility of multiple competing layers
  • Updated free fonts that support diacritics
  • New PDF Legend attachment
  • Metadata formatted to support multiple browsers
  • New shaded relief layer for enhanced view of the terrain
  • Military installation boundaries, post offices and cemeteries
  • The railroad dataset is much more complete

The previous versions of US Topo maps for these states, published in 2011, can still be downloaded from USGS web sites. Also, scanned images of older topographic maps from the period 1884-2006 can be downloaded from the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. These scanned images of legacy paper maps are available for free download from The National Map and the USGS Map Locator & Downloader website.

US Topo maps are created from geographic datasets in The National Map, and deliver visible content such as high-resolution aerial photography, which was not available on older paper-based topographic maps. The new US Topo maps also provide modern technical advantages that support wider and faster public distribution and on-screen geographic analysis tools for users. The new digital electronic topographic maps are delivered in GeoPDF ® image software format and may be viewed using Adobe Reader, available as a no-cost download.

For more information, go to: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

2014 US Topo map of the North Little Rock, Arkansas, area with image layer turned on (1:24,000 scale). (high resolution image 1.4 MB) Scan of the 1891 USGS topographic map of the Little Rock, Arkansas, area from the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection (1:125,000 scale). (high resolution image 1.8 MB)

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Iowa Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:06

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 Iowa.

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

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Volunteers Complete Repairs to Flooded Homes in Hughes and Emmonak

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 19:02

ANCHORAGE, AK – Volunteers with the Disciples of Christ have returned home after repairing nine homes in Alaska that were damaged by last year’s spring breakup flooding along the Yukon River.  Last summer, the volunteers completed repairs to seven homes in Hughes. This July, a team of 11 volunteers, three of whom returned for a second season, finished construction on two homes in Emmonak.

“It went really well,” said Disciples of Christ Volunteer Team Leader, David Bell. “We were able to get on the ground and start working right away. Before we knew it, everything was completed.”

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President Declares Disaster for Iowa

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 18:58

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 Iowa to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of June 26 to July 7, 2014.

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FEMA Administrator Appoints National Advisory Council Members

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:36

Today, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate appointed twelve new members and reappointed two current members to FEMA’s National Advisory Council (NAC).

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Augustine Beach Boat Ramp to begin periodic closings for maintenance dredging from Aug 4 to 7

DNREC News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 15:10
DOVER (Aug. 4, 2014) – The Augustine Beach Boat Ramp near Port Penn and adjacent intertidal beach located on the south side of the existing groin will be closed periodically starting Monday, Aug. 4 through Thursday, Sept.18, for maintenance dredging of the boat ramp access channel, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. This week, the ramp will be closed today through 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, and reopening for weekend use.

DNREC announces final regulation for shellfish aquaculture in the Inland Bays

DNREC News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 14:49
DOVER (Aug. 1, 2014) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today that the final regulation for shellfish aquaculture in the Inland Bays was published in the Aug. 1, 2014, Delaware Register of Regulations. The shellfish aquaculture regulation will go into effect Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.

FEMA provides federal funds to help fight Snag Canyon Fire

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:35

August 4, 2014
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FEMA provides federal funds to help fight Snag Canyon Fire

Seattle, WA - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Snag Canyon Fire, burning in Kittitas County, Washington.

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Federal funds authorized to help fight Oregon Gulch Fire

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:33

August 2, 2014
News Release


Federal funds authorized to help fight Oregon Gulch Fire

Seattle, WA - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Oregon Gulch Fire, burning in Jackson and Klamath Counties, Oregon.  

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FEMA Provides Federal Funding to Combat Day Fire in Modoc County, California

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 11:53

FEMA Public Affairs (626) 431-3843

OAKLAND, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California combat the Day Fire currently burning in Modoc County.

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FEMA Provides Federal Funding to Combat Bald Fire in Lassen County, California

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 11:51

FEMA Public Affairs (626) 431-3843

OAKLAND, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California combat the Bald Fire currently burning in Lassen County.

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FEMA Provides Federal Funding to Combat Oregon Gulch Fire in Siskiyou County, California

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 11:40

FEMA Public Affairs (626) 431-3843

OAKLAND, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California combat the Oregon Gulch Fire currently burning in Siskiyou County.

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FEMA Provides Federal Funding to Combat Eiler Fire in Shasta County, California

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 11:33

FEMA Public Affairs (626) 431-3843

OAKLAND, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California combat the Eiler Fire currently burning in Shasta County.

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DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter July 22 to 28

DNREC News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:04
DOVER (Aug. 1, 2014) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between July 22-28 made 1,714 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 276 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 74 complaints and issued 90 citations.

DNREC recycling grant and loan opportunities help Delaware schools, businesses and institutions achieve recycling goals

DNREC News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 08:54
DOVER (August 1, 2014) – To help Delaware’s schools, businesses and institutions start or expand their recycling programs, DNREC is once again offering the Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan Program, with up to $500,000 in funding available for 2014 grants and loans.

Central NY State Fire Department to Receive Tanker Truck

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:24

New York, NY -- The fire district of Watkins Glen, New York is 58 square miles.  Only some 20 percent of their area – roughly 12 square miles – is equipped with fire hydrants, posing a major challenge to Chief Smith, the department’s fire chief.  “We and our mutual aid partners are heavily dependent upon mobile water to execute our firefighting obligations in this rural response area,” he says.

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Federal Disaster Aid for Alabama Reaches More Than $43.6 Million

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:51

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Federal aid provided to Alabama residents affected by the April 28 through May 5 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding has reached more than $43.6 million.

The following numbers, compiled July 25, provide a snapshot of the Alabama/FEMA disaster recovery to date:

Funds approved:

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Flood Insurance is an Essential Ingredient for Protecting Your Family

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:43

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – In 2013, the National Weather Service issued 332 flash flood and flood watches/warnings for the state. The state also reported one tropical storm in the Gulf Coast. More severe weather came this spring with tornadoes and more than two feet of rain.

Between the Gulf Coast’s tropical storms and the numerous rivers and streams, the potential for flooding in Alabama is ever present, according to the National Weather Service Office in Birmingham.

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