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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of Commissioners are happy to report that the Deal Fire Company No. 2 will receive a $60,000 federal grant to replace out-of-date rescue equipment.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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Oklahomans Have Less than Two Weeks to Register for Federal Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 17:06

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).

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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Ellis County for Texas Flood Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 16:11

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.

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State/FEMA Recovery Centers to Close in Carter, McCurtain and Pontotoc Counties

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 15:55

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:

Carter County
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.

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DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter July 27 to Aug 2

DNREC News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 14:48
DOVER (Aug. 7, 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 July 27-Aug. 2 made 1,900 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 277 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 90 complaints and issued 60 citations.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens at New Location in San Marcos for Texas Flood Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 14:37

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.

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LUSK DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER HOURS TO CHANGE

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 17:43

CHEYENNE, WYO. – Starting this Saturday (August 15), the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located in Lusk will be closed on weekends. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on Saturday and Sunday.

The DRC is located at:

Niobrara County                                       

Niobrara County Fairgrounds

Shooting Sports Multiplex Complex

310 West US HWY 20

Lusk, WY 82225

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FEMA Provides Federal Funds to Help Fight Oregon’s Krauss Lane Fire

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 16:45

SEATTLE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Krauss Lane Fire in Josephine 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 11:34 p.m. PDT on Aug. 8, 2015.

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Six Months Remain Before Flood Maps Become Final in Travis, Williamson and Bastrop Counties, Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 13:50

News Release
 
Six Months Remain Before Flood Maps Become Final in Travis, Williamson and Bastrop Counties, Texas

DENTON, Texas ––In six months, new flood maps for parts of Travis, Williamson and Bastrop counties in  Texas will become effective. This includes the following cities and communities: Austin; Cedar Park; Creedmoor; Mustang Ridge; Rollingwood; Webberville; West Lake Hills; and unincorporated areas of Travis and Bastrop counties.

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Over $31 Million Provided to West Virginia for March, April Storms

FEMA Region III News Releases - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 13:15

Charleston, W.Va. - State and federal officials say that more than $31 million in combined state and federal disaster assistance has been delivered to the State of West Virginia to help cover the costs of the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in March and April that damaged infrastructure across the State.

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Over $31 Million Provided to West Virginia for March, April Storms

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 13:15

Charleston, W.Va. - State and federal officials say that more than $31 million in combined state and federal disaster assistance has been delivered to the State of West Virginia to help cover the costs of the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in March and April that damaged infrastructure across the State.

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