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Mississippi Disaster Recovery Centers Change Hours, Days

FEMA Press Releases - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 21:16

OXFORD, Miss. – The disaster recovery centers open in Benton, Coahoma, Marshall, Quitman and Tippah counties are changing their hours of operation, effective Monday, Jan. 18.

The centers will now be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday until further notice. The centers will be closed on Sundays.

Anyone who needs reasonable accommodations when visiting the centers may request them by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired and use a TTY should call 800-462-7585.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Michigan Emergency Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 17:43

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's emergency disaster declaration issued for the State of Michigan.

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

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President Obama Signs Emergency Declaration for Michigan

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 17:40

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of Michigan to supplement state and local response efforts in the area affected by contaminated water beginning on April 25, 2014, and continuing.

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Additional Mississippi Counties Approved for Disaster Aid

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 00:26

OXFORD, Miss. – The state of Mississippi and local governments and certain private nonprofits in Coahoma, Panola and Quitman counties are now eligible to receive federal assistance to help cover expenses and repair damage associated with the tornadoes and severe weather in late December, according to state and federal officials.

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More Than $1.5 Million in Disaster Assistance Approved for Mississippi Storm Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 00:21

OXFORD, Miss. – Less than a month after severe storms, tornadoes and flooding swept across Mississippi, more than $1.5 million in state and federal disaster assistance has been approved to help those affected by the storms.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been contacted by 775 people for help or information regarding disaster assistance.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Washington Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 22:08

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 Washington.

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

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President Declares Disaster for Washington

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 22:03

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 Washington to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of November 12-21, 2015.

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National Disaster Recovery Group to Assess Lake County Fire-Related Needs

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 19:29

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In response to the unmet needs of survivors following the Valley Fire, a long term recovery committee (LTRC) has been established. This committee, Team Lake County (TLC), has requested the expertise of a national disaster recovery group to determine who in the community will need additional assistance from voluntary agencies to rebuild and recover from the fire.

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Help Remains Available After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Darlington

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 19:04

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A disaster recovery center in Darlington County will close Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 5 p.m.:

  • South Carolina National Guard Armory, 1764 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington

Many services available at disaster recovery centers are also available by calling the FEMA helpline. Survivors of Oct. 1-23 storms and flooding in Darlington County can get help by calling 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585; those who use 711/VRS can call 800-621-3362. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

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Biodiversity Critical to Maintaining Healthy Ecosystems

USGS Newsroom - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 12:12
Summary: Researchers have found clear evidence that biological communities rich in species are substantially healthier and more productive than those depleted of species.

Contact Information:

Jim Grace ( Phone: 337-298-1671 ); Vic Hines ( Phone: 813-855-3125 );



Researchers have found clear evidence that biological communities rich in species are substantially healthier and more productive than those depleted of species.

Using new scientific techniques, U.S. Geological Survey research ecologist Jim Grace and a group of international scientists have resolved a long-standing debate about   whether species diversity is necessary for a healthy ecosystem.

Scientists have long hypothesized that biodiversity is of critical importance to the stability of natural ecosystems and their abilities to provide positive benefits such as oxygen production, soil genesis, and water detoxification to plant and animal communities, as well as to human society. In fact, because this assumption is intuitively true to the general public, many of the efforts of conservation agencies around the world are driven by the assumption that this hypothesis is scientifically proven. Although theoretical studies have supported this claim, scientists have struggled for the past half-century to clearly isolate such an effect in the real world. This new study does just that.

“This study shows that you cannot have sustainable, productive ecosystems without maintaining biodiversity in the landscape,” said Grace.

The scientists used data collected for this research by a global consortium, the Nutrient Network, from more than a thousand grassland plots spanning five continents. Using recent advances in analytical methods, the group was able to isolate the biodiversity effect from the effects of other processes, including processes that can reduce diversity., Using these data with “integrative modeling”--integrating the predictions from multiple theories into a single model—scientists detected the clear signals of numerous underlying mechanisms linking the health and productivity of ecosystems with species richness.

“The ability to explain the diversity in the number of species is tremendously important for potential conservation applications,” said Grace. “The new type of analysis we developed can predict how both specific management actions (such as reduction of plant material through mowing or increase in soil fertility through fertilization), as well as shifts in climate conditions, may alter both productivity and the number of species.”

According to Debra Willard, Coordinator for the USGS Climate Research & Development Program, “These results suggest that if climate change leads to reduced species or genetic diversity, which is a real possibility, that then could lead to a reduced capacity for ecosystems to respond to additional stresses.”

As an indication of the global awareness of this issue, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services was recently created to help policy-makers understand and address problems stemming from the global loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems.

The article, “Integrative modeling reveals mechanisms linking productivity and plant species richness,” is available online in the journal Nature. 

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Tippah County

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 18:16

OXFORD, Miss. – A disaster recovery center is open in Tippah County to provide assistance to survivors of the December storms, tornadoes and floods that affected Mississippi.

The recovery center is run jointly by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and hosts representatives of federal and state agencies who can explain the various programs designed to help survivors recover.

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