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Second Disaster Recovery Center To Open In Jeffferson County

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:37

 

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – A second disaster recovery center operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will open at noon Monday, May 18, in Jefferson County.

The new Jefferson center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EDT) weekdays and Saturday. It is located at 205 W. Wellington Ave. (Beechmont Community Center) in Louisville. The other Louisville center is located at 8501 Preston Highway and has the same hours of operation.

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Bounce Back Faster from Disaster- Build to Code

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:03

CHICAGO – May is Building Safety Month, a public awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures by increasing awareness about how building codes and code officials improve and protect the places where we live, learn, work, worship and play.

“We’re all at some level of disaster risk,” said Andrew Velasquez III, FEMA Region V administrator.  “It is important that we prepare now for the impacts that disasters can have on our homes, our businesses and in our communities.”

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Delaware middle school, junior high students “sun their engines” in 2015 Junior Solar Sprint

DNREC News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:53
DOVER (May 15, 2015) – More than 100 middle and junior high school students from 10 schools participated in Delaware’s 20th Annual Junior Solar Sprint Competition on Wednesday at Dover International Speedway in Dover.

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife seeking great shots of Delaware anglers for annual photo contest

DNREC News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:24
DOVER (May 15, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife invites angling and photography enthusiasts to enter the 2015 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2016 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: May 4-10

DNREC News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:16
DOVER (May 15, 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

Federal Aid Programs for the State of West Virginia Declaration

FEMA Region III News Releases - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:31

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 West Virginia.

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

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of West Virginia Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:31

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 West Virginia.

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

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President Declares Disaster for West Virginia

FEMA Region III News Releases - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:26

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 West Virginia to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of April 3-5, 2015. 

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President Declares Disaster for West Virginia

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:26

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 West Virginia to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of April 3-5, 2015. 

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June 13 Deadline for Severe Weather-related Unemployment Insurance

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 15:30

 

FRANKFORT, Ky.  —  Officials from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that 10 Kentucky counties have qualified for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

 

Kentuckians in Bath, Bourbon, Carter, Elliott, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Rowan and Scott counties who have lost work or whose businesses were damaged due to severe weather that occurred from April 2 to April 17, 2015, may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

 

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Disaster Recovery Center To Open In Bourbon County

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 15:25

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – A disaster recovery center operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will open at noon Friday, May 15, in Bourbon County.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EDT) Saturday through Friday, May 22. The Bourbon center is located at 525 High St. (Paris Municipal Service Building) in Paris.

Specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

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Preliminary Wind Energy Impacts Assessment Methodology Released

USGS Newsroom Technical - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:54
Summary: USGS has released a preliminary methodology to assess the population level impacts of onshore wind energy development on birds and bats

Contact Information:

Alex Demas ( Phone: 703-648-4421 ); Jay Diffendorfer ( Phone: 303-236-5369 );



USGS has released a preliminary methodology to assess the population level impacts of onshore wind energy development on birds and bats.  This wind energy impacts assessment methodology is the first of its kind, evaluating national to regional scale impacts of those bats and birds that breed in and migrate through the United States.  The methodology focuses primarily on the effects of collisions between wildlife and turbines.

Primary uses of this new methodology, which is complementary to and incorporates detailed studies and demographic models USGS conducts on key species, include:

  • Quantitative measuring of the potential impacts to species’ populations through demographic modeling and the use of potential biologic removal methods.
  • Ranking species in terms of their direct and indirect relative risk to wind energy development.
  • Recommending species for more intensive demographic modeling or study.
  • Highlighting species for which the effects of wind energy development on their populations are projected to be small.

This new draft methodology is based on a robust quantitative and probabilistic framework used by the USGS in energy resource assessments. The assessment methodology also incorporates publicly available information on fatality incidents, population estimates, species range maps, turbine location data and biological characteristics.

The methodology includes a qualitative risk ranking component, as well as a generalized population modelling component. The USGS also repurposed a well-established marine mammal conservation method known as Potential Biological Removal.  This methodology identifies the maximum number of animals—not including natural deaths—that may be removed from a marine mammal population while allowing it to reach or maintain its optimum sustainable population.  The USGS uses the Potential Biological Removal tool to compare the observed fatalities from collisions with wind turbines to the estimated number of fatalities that can occur before a population would decline.

This methodology also builds on previous USGS research on wind energy, for example, the USGS WindFarm map, released early 2014, that shows the location of all land-based wind turbines in the United States.

Applying expertise in biology, ecology, mapping and resource assessment, the USGS has contributed to the Department of the Interior’s Powering Our Future Initiative with this methodology to quantify the impact of wind energy development on birds and bats.

Throughout the course of this project, USGS scientists have engaged in discussions with a variety of partners and stakeholders, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Bureau of Land Management, Department of Energy, and Department of Defense, as well as industry, non-governmental organizations, and universities.  The USGS will now solicit technical comments on this methodology from an expert panel external to the USGS and will consider these comments in developing the final methodology.

Additional ongoing USGS research is focused on understanding potential impacts to wildlife species on a national, regional, and localized scale. Examples of these efforts include developing wildlife and mortality survey protocols, estimating causes and magnitude of fatalities, assessing population level effects, describing bird migration and movement patterns, understanding wildlife interactions with turbines, and developing technologies to reduce fatalities from interactions with turbines.

The new methodology can be accessed here. For more information about USGS wind energy impacts efforts, visit the USGS Energy Resources Program Web site or follow us on Twitter.

Division of Fish & Wildlife treating several downstate ponds for nuisance aquatic weeds

DNREC News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:38
DOVER (May 14, 2015) – As inland water temperatures rise and aquatic plants emerge, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has started treating several downstate ponds for nuisance aquatic weeds.

DNREC's next scrap tire recycling drop-off set for Saturday, May 16 at Delaware State Fairgrounds

DNREC News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 08:12
DOVER (May 7, 2015) – DNREC is rolling out another opportunity for Delaware residents to recycle their old tires at a Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day. The next event is scheduled from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., rain or shine, Saturday, May 16 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, 18500 S. DuPont Highway Harrington, DE 19952.

Monitoring for Potential Flooding in Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 17:02

DENTON, Texas – People who live in Texas are urged to get ready now for the possibility of flooding, following days of rain and with more potential rain in the forecast.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 6 office continues to monitor the flooding threat across parts of the state and stands ready to support state and local partners as needed and requested in any affected areas.

Know Your Risk Before a Flood:

•    Do your homework. Be aware of the potential flooding risks for the particular area where you live.

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Sussex man charged with felony reckless endangering and disorderly conduct in boating incident

DNREC News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 15:41
DOVER (May 13, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested a Sussex County man May 11 on endangerment and other charges related to an incident in the Indian River Inlet where a vessel operator allegedly threw a filet knife that narrowly missed anglers and bystanders onshore. No injuries were reported.

FEMA Teams in Neighborhoods Helping Kentucky Storm Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 14:19

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Disaster survivor assistance teams are working in storm-stricken neighborhoods helping Kentuckians recover from the April storms.

 

The teams are made up of disaster specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and FEMA Corps. They are canvassing areas to give residents an opportunity to register for disaster assistance and to quickly address immediate and emerging needs. The teams can also provide application updates and referrals to additional resources when needs remain.

 

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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Franklin County to Help Kentucky Storm Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 14:15

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – A disaster recovery center operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will open at noon Wednesday, May 13, in Franklin County.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EDT) Monday through Saturday. The Franklin center is located at 101 University Drive (Kentucky State University Exum Center) in Frankfort.

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FEMA Teams in Neighborhoods Helping Kentucky Storm Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 14:12

FEMA Teams in Neighborhoods Helping Kentucky Storm Survivors

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Disaster survivor assistance teams are working in storm-stricken neighborhoods helping Kentuckians recover from the April storms.

 

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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Rowan County to Help Kentucky Storm Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 14:09

Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Rowan County to Help Kentucky Storm Survivors

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – A disaster recovery center operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will open at noon Tuesday, May 12, in Rowan County.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EDT) Monday through Saturday. The Rowan center is located at 314 Bridge St. (Morehead City Administration Building) in Morehead.

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