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Statewide Flooding Event Prompts Additional Damage Assessments

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 16:41

DENVER – The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have scheduled Preliminary Damage Assessments for several additional counties in Colorado as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, landslides, and mudslides that occurred between May 4 and June 16, 2015.

Assessments are scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 29, in Boulder and Park Counties, Thursday, July 30, in Arapahoe and Denver Counties, and Tuesday, August 4 in Adams County.

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FEMA provides federal funds to help fight Cornet-Windy Ridge Fire

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 16:23

SEATTLE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Cornet-Windy Ridge Fire burning in Baker County, Oregon.

FEMA Region X Regional Administrator Kenneth D. Murphy determined that the fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. Murphy approved the state of Oregon’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) at 2:24 a.m. PDT on Aug. 13, 2015.

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Double lane boat ramp reopens at Phillips Landing following repairs

DNREC News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 12:12
DOVER (Aug. 13, 2015) –The double-lane boat ramp at Phillips Landing near Bethel has reopened with full access restored following repairs, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

FEMA Seeks Texans to Work at Disaster Recovery Offices

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 11:34

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans will have the opportunity to assist with the state’s disaster recovery from the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred from May 4 to June 22. Dozens of qualified Texans will be offered temporary jobs as local hires of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in its Austin, Denton, and Houston offices.

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Survivors Who Are Not U.S. Citizens May Be Eligible for FEMA Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 11:04

SAIPAN – Typhoon Soudelor survivors including those who are not U.S. citizens may be eligible through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance. If you are unsure of your eligibility, FEMA will walk you through the process when you call and register. 

The aid may be available to citizens, non-citizen nationals, and qualified aliens. Qualified aliens include those with legal permanent residence (shown by Green Cards). Their status will not be jeopardized by requesting disaster assistance.

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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Susupe

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 11:02

SAIPAN – A joint Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open on August 12 in Susupe to help individuals and families affected by Typhoon Soudelor with the recovery process.

The DRC will open on Wednesday, August 12, at 12 p.m.:

Pedro P Tenorio Multi-purpose Center

Beach Rd, Susupe, Saipan MP 96950, Northern Mariana Islands

Aug. 12 (opening day) hours of operation: 12 p.m.-5 p.m. 

Normal hours of operation: Monday-Saturdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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CNMI, Red Cross and FEMA Announce Enhanced Aid for Typhoon Soudelor Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:49

SAIPAN, CNMI – The government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI), the American Red Cross (ARC) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced an expansion of enhanced resource assistance for Saipan residents affected by Typhoon Soudelor. Using FEMA supplies, the ARC, which has already provided assistance to some 3,000 residents, will make the aid available.

Residents already registered with the ARC and are considered to have the greatest need will be processed first, said the ARC’s Operations Director, Denise Everhart.

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Officials cut the ribbon to open the new Assawoman Canal Trail

DNREC News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 08:40
OCEAN VIEW (Aug. 12, 2015) – Governor Jack Markell joined DNREC Secretary David Small, federal highway officials and community leaders and groups, to cut the ribbon officially opening the new Assawoman Canal Trail. The one-mile trail is part of a regional network of trails, sidewalks and pathways for pedestrians and bicyclists, physically linking communities that share a boundary with the trail.

Arizona to receive FEMA funding to battle Willow Fire in Mohave County

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 18:40

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 Arizona to combat the Willow Fire burning in Mohave County.

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

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 16:55

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.

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Disaster Help is Available Even After Recovery Centers Close

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 16:54

OKLAHOMA CITY – The remaining Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) set up by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are closing this Friday, August 14 but FEMA help is still available for those in need.

Anyone who has not yet registered for disaster aid has until August 26 to do so. For the more than 10,000 Oklahomans who have registered, information and guidance is only a phone call or mouse click away.

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Advice on Preventing Damage from Future Storms Offered at Home Improvement Store in Fort Bend County, Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 16:50

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.

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Volunteer Firefighters in Chenango County Village to Receive Air Compressor to Fill Breathing Cylinders

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 16:10

Assistant Fire Chief Sees Gear as “Fundamental to Safety”

NEW YORK, NY -- The Sherburne Village Fire Department will receive equipment to fill self-contained breathing apparatuses used to provide 39 volunteer firefighters with breathing air as they fight blazes or encounter toxic fumes.

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New Rescue Equipment to Be Awarded to New Jersey Fire Company

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 16:04

NEW YORK, NY -- The Borough of Deal’s Board of Commissioners are happy to report that the Deal Fire Company No. 2 will receive a $60,000 federal grant to replace out-of-date rescue equipment.  The Borough of Deal is located within Monmouth County, New Jersey.

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Last Day to Submit Hurricane Sandy Claims for Review is Four Weeks Away

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 15:42

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reminding National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders who filed a claim as a result of Hurricane Sandy that there are four weeks remaining to request a review if they believe their claims were underpaid for any reason. FEMA set a Sept. 15, 2015 deadline for policyholders to request a review.

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Federal Aid Programs for Commonwealth of Kentucky Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 14:58

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:

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President Declares Disaster for Commonwealth of Kentucky

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 14:40

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.

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Seeing into Water in New Ways: Winners of the Visualizing Nutrients Challenge

USGS Newsroom Technical - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 09:45
Summary: 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)

Contact Information:

Jon Campbell ( Phone: 703-648-4180 ); Nate Booth ( Phone: 703-648-5014 );



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. 

First Prize  

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.”

Runners Up*  

Demonstrating creative use of open water data and effective storytelling, the following visualization submissions warranted special recognition. 

Visualization Name

Description

Author(s)

LA River

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. 

 

Amanda Winegardner
Dr. Zofia Taranu
Monica Granados
Kristina Enciso

Visualizing Nutrients

Interactive chart illustrating water quality results on the Loxahatchee River.

 

Chris Echezabal

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.

 

 

Kerem Gungor

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
somethingaboutmaps

 *  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

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 18:47

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.

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Advice on Preventing Damage from Future Storms Offered at Home Improvement Store in Denton County, Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 18:39

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.

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