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 Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:Language English
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 Commonwealth of Kentucky and ordered federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of July 11-20, 2015.Language English
The results are in. And the public clearly wins.
In April 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Blue Legacy International (a nonprofit organization) challenged solvers to use open government data sources to create compelling visualizations that would inform individuals and communities about nutrient pollution (high-levels of nitrogen and phosphorous that cause excessive growth of algae).
Nutrient pollution is one of America’s most widespread, costly, and challenging environmental problems. It degrades the nation’s waterways, municipal and industrial water resources, wildlife, recreation, and fishing. Nutrient pollution is far reaching and affects more than 100,000 miles of rivers and streams, close to 2.5 million acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds, and more than 800 square miles of bays and estuaries in the United States.
The ultimate goal for the visualization challenge is to inspire citizens to take action at the local watershed level to reduce nutrient pollution and thus help to prevent algal blooms and hypoxia.
Here are the results of the 2015 Visualizing Nutrients Challenge.
A Resource Out of Place: The Story of Phosphorus, Lake Erie, and Toxic Algal Blooms
This visualization, created by Matthew Seibert, Benjamin Wellington, and Eric Roy, of Landscape Metrics, uses USGS monitoring data to inform individuals and communities about phosphorus runoff to Lake Erie. The authors sought to “inspire multiple stakeholders to strive toward both better resource management and improved environmental quality.”
Demonstrating creative use of open water data and effective storytelling, the following visualization submissions warranted special recognition.
Short film illustrating nutrient levels on the Los Angeles River using a digital elevation model.
Catherine Griffiths, Isohale
How does increasing nutrients affect you?
Animated illustration and interactive nitrogen concentration tool.
Dr. Zofia Taranu
Interactive chart illustrating water quality results on the Loxahatchee River.
The Silent Predator of the Deep Blue: Hypoxia
Infographic explaining hypoxia.
Kayla Brady - Computer Aid, Inc.
Sathya Ram - Computer Aid, Inc.
Michael Ruiz - Computer Aid, Inc.
Matthew Peters - Computer Aid, Inc.
Thaumas Mathew - Computer Aid, Inc.
VizNut48: Nutrient Pollution in the US Surface Waters and Management Actions
ArcGIS map of US surface water plotting nutrient pollution results.
Visualizing Water Pollution Data Using Beck-Style Flow Path Maps
Illustration of water systems and site results modeled after public transit maps
Prof. Edward Aboufadel
Department of Mathematics, Grand Valley State University
Daniel P. Huffman
* These Challenge submissions can be viewed online.
First Place will receive $10,000. Both the Challenge Winner and Runners Up visualizations will be highlighted in a number of important forums, including a showcase at the Nutrient Sensor Summit in Washington, DC on August 12, 2015.
The Visualizing Nutrients Challenge is part of the broader work of the Challenging Nutrients Coalition. The coalition was formed in 2013 when the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy convened a group of federal agencies, universities, and non-profit organizations to seek innovative ways to address nutrient pollution.
This Challenge marks the starting point for further discussion and application of data visualization tools to help tell the stories of our water. Blue Legacy International, a water advocacy organization championed by global explorer Alexandra Cousteau, will promote the results of the Challenge across a variety of digital platforms, where anyone can join the discussion to advance three critical areas of data visualization for public awareness:
- Reliable and accurate use of water data,
- Effective and clear communication of water issues supported by data, and
- Transformation of complex water issue into relatable, tangible stories that inspire and activate the public.
Visualizing Nutrients builds on the activities of the Open Water Data Initiative that seeks to further integrate existing water datasets and make them more accessible to innovation and decision making. The Open Water Data Initiative works in conjunction with the President's Climate Data Initiative.
For additional information, visit the prize competition website.The results of the 2015 Visualizing Nutrients Challenge can be viewed online
Advice on Preventing Damage from Future Storms Offered at Home Improvement Store in Hays County, Texas
AUSTIN, Texas – As Texans rebuild or repair their homes damaged by the May 4 through June 22 storms, 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.
FEMA specialists will be on hand in Hays County at in-store information centers to answer questions and offer home improvement tips and proven methods to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. Most of the information is geared for do-it-yourself work and general contractors.Language English
Advice on Preventing Damage from Future Storms Offered at Home Improvement Store in Denton County, Texas
AUSTIN, Texas – As Texans rebuild or repair their homes damaged by the May 4 through
June 22 storms, 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.Language English
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the May 5 through June 22 storms have less than two weeks to register for state and federal disaster assistance.
Homeowners, renters and businesses in 45 counties approved for Individual Assistance have until August 26 to seek assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).Language English
AUSTIN, Texas –A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m. in Ellis 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 22.Language English
OKLAHOMA CITY – Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Carter, McCurtain and Pontotoc Counties set up to help people in Oklahoma affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes will close on Friday, August 14.
The locations are listed below:
Convention Center (Conference Rooms 3 & 4)
2401 N. Rockford Road
Ardmore, OK 73401
Hours: Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closes on Friday, August 14 at 7 p.m.
AUSTIN, Texas –A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Hays County at a new location in San Marcos, Texas, for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 4 to June 22.Language English