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Two Kentucky Counties Designated for Public Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 14:33

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration for severe winter storms in February in order to make Ballard and Wayne counties eligible for its Public Assistance program.

Local governments and eligible private nonprofit organizations in Ballard and Wayne may apply for federal funds to pay 75 percent of the approved cost of emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. FEMA’s Public Assistance is a cost-share reimbursement program.

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DNREC offers new heating fuel underground storage tank closure assistance program to help property owners remove old and disused underground tanks

DNREC News - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 08:47
Citing the prevalence of old and disused USTs throughout the state, the Tank Management Section recently initiated a heating fuel Underground Storage Tank Closure Assistance Program to assist property owners with removal or proper closing off of their underground storage tanks if left in place

USGS Ups Ease of Use for Landsat Data

USGS Newsroom Technical - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 16:38
Summary: Landsat satellite data have been produced, archived, and distributed by the U.S. Geological Survey since 1972

Contact Information:

Jon Campbell ( Phone: 703-648-4180 ); Tom Holm ( Phone: 605-594-6127 );



Landsat satellite data have been produced, archived, and distributed by the U.S. Geological Survey since 1972. Data users in many different fields depend on this basic Earth observation information to conduct broad investigations of historical land surface change that cross large regions of the globe and span many years. Accordingly, this community of users requires consistently calibrated radiometric data that are processed to the highest standards.

Recognizing the need, the USGS has begun production of higher-level (more highly processed) Landsat data products to help advance land surface change studies. One such product is Landsat surface reflectance data. 

Surface reflectance data products approximate what a sensor held just above the Earth’s surface would measure, if conditions were ideal without any intervening artifacts (interference or changing conditions) that may come from the Earth’s atmosphere, different levels of illumination, and the changing geometry of the view by the sensor from hundreds of miles above the Earth. The precise removal of atmospheric artifacts increases the consistency and comparability between images of the Earth’s surface taken at different times of the year and different times of the day. 

Surface reflectance and other high level data products can be requested through the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center by accessing the EROS Science Processing Architecture (ESPA) interface. Surface reflectance data are also available using the USGS EarthExplorer; select “Landsat CDR” under the tab for datasets.

More information on Landsat surface reflectance data is available at the USGS Landsat website and in an updated USGS Fact Sheet

Texans Have Three Ways to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 12:59

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans who sustained property damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms and flooding are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as they may be eligible for federal and state disaster assistance.

The presidential disaster declaration of May 29 makes disaster aid available to eligible families, individuals and business owners in Hays, Harris and Van Zandt counties.  

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Public asked to report sick or dead wild birds to DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section for 2015 West Nile virus monitoring

DNREC News - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 17:07
DOVER (June 1, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Section is asking for the public’s help in monitoring West Nile virus in Delaware by reporting the discovery of sick or dead wild birds that may have contracted the virus. West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne disease of considerable concern to human health and to owners of unvaccinated horses.

FEMA Reminds Residents to be Ready for the 2015 Hurricane Season

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 16:10

WASHINGTON – Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges residents across the nation to prepare for the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season, which begins today and runs through November 30. 

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FEMA Announces Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 15:15

WASHINGTON – Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is announcing $180 million in funding available through two Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM). These two grant programs assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in strengthening our nation’s ability to reduce the potential cost of natural disasters to communities and their citizens.

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Anglers invited to fish for free in Delaware waters June 6 and 7

DNREC News - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:10
DOVER (June1, 2015) – Been thinking about casting a line into a nearby stream or daydreaming of a sunny afternoon at the beach with your surf rod, but just haven’t gotten around to purchasing your 2015 Delaware fishing license yet? DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has an opportunity that might tempt you into it.

DNREC seeks Delaware students who make a difference in the environment for 2015 Young Environmentalist Awards

DNREC News - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:05
DOVER (June 1, 2015) – Do you know a Delaware student who is working to make a difference for the environment? The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is encouraging teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others to nominate these students for the 2015 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation named a finalist for 2015 National Gold Medal Awards

DNREC News - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 10:29
DOVER (June 1, 2015) – The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), has announced that DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation (Delaware State Parks) is one of four finalists for the 2015 National Gold Medal Awards

Slaughter Beach unveils new Bayshore signage highlighting shorebirds horseshoe crabs terrapins and wildlife habitat

DNREC News - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 09:26
SLAUGHTER BEACH, Del. (May 30, 2015) – Town of Slaughter Beach officials and residents gathered with DNREC Secretary David Small, National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Collin O’Mara, state legislators and representatives from the Delaware Nature Society and the Alliance of Bay Communities to celebrate Slaughter Beach’s new designation as a National Wildlife Federation-certified Community Wildlife Habitat.

Federal Aid Programs for State of Texas Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 00:09

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 Texas.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 00:05

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 Texas and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period beginning on May 4, 2015 and continuing.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Harris, Hays, and Van Zandt counties.

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DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter May 18 to 24

DNREC News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 19:52
DOVER (May 29, 2015) – 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 Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between May 18-24 made 2,784 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 667 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 108 complaints and issued 94 citations.

FEMA Announces Launch of Hurricane Sandy Flood Insurance Claims Review Process

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 18:14
FEMA Officials Encourage Those With Concerns about Hurricane Sandy Flood Insurance Claims to Call 866-337-4262


WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) announced the start of Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claims review. The review is part of a broad process to reform NFIP claims and appeals procedures.       

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STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTER OPENS IN OKLAHOMA COUNTY

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 17:26

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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First piping plover chicks spotted at Cape Henlopen

DNREC News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 15:12
LEWES (May 29, 2015) – One of five piping plover nests this spring on the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park has hatched and chicks have been spotted on the beach, while a second nest is in the process of hatching, Division of Fish & Wildlife beach-nesting monitors reported today. The fifth and most recent nest was found last weekend and contains two eggs so far.

Milton pedestrian fishing bridge and fishing pier deck replacement proceeding

DNREC News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 15:03
MILTON (May 29, 2015) – Access to the pedestrian fishing bridge and the fishing pier on the Broadkill River in Milton will be closed to complete the replacement of decking surfaces on each facility, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. The fishing pier is expected to reopen by Wednesday, June 3 and the pedestrian fishing bridge is expected to reopen by Friday, June 12.

Deadline For Federal Assistance For Kentucky Storm Survivors Approaching

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 09:58

 

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – Kentucky storm survivors have until June 30 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance and complete their Small Business Administration disaster loan application.

Survivors who suffered losses during the severe storms in April in Bath, Bourbon, Carter, Elliott, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Rowan and Scott counties who have delayed registering for any reason should apply for potential assistance that could include:

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OKLAHOMA STORM SURVIVORS URGED TO REGISTER FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 19:08

OKLAHOMA CITY – Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the recent severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding in Oklahoma are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as they may be eligible for disaster assistance.

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