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SBA to Open Disaster Loan Center in San Marcos; Martindale DRC to Close

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 10:45

AUSTIN, Texas—The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Hays County Government Center, 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos, TX 78666, will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The Caldwell County DRC, located at the Allen Bates River Park at the intersection of FM 1979 and Fannin Street, Martindale, TX 78617, will close at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14.

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Manmade Mercury Emissions Decline 30 Percent from 1990-2010

USGS Newsroom - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 10:00
Summary: Between 1990 and 2010, global mercury emissions from manmade sources declined 30 percent, according to a new analysis by Harvard University, Peking University, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, and the University of Alberta. These results challenge long-standing assumptions about mercury emission trends. Results show local and regional efforts can have significant effects on atmospheric mercury

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David  Krabbenhoft ( Phone: 608-821-3843 ); Alex Demas ( Phone: 571-335-6535 );



Between 1990 and 2010, global mercury emissions from manmade sources declined 30 percent, according to a new analysis by Harvard University, Peking University, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, and the University of Alberta. These results challenge long-standing assumptions about mercury emission trends.

Mercury is a metallic element that poses environmental health risks to both wildlife and humans when converted to methylmercury in ecosystems.  It can be converted into gaseous emissions during various industrial activities, as well as natural processes like volcanic eruptions.

“For years, mercury researchers have been unable to explain the apparent conundrum between declining air concentrations and rising emission estimates,” said lead author Yanxu Zhang from Harvard University. “Our work is the first detailed, mechanistic analysis to explain the declining atmospheric mercury trend.”

The observed reduction in atmospheric mercury was most pronounced over North America and Europe, where several factors have contributed to the observed declines in atmospheric mercury concentrations: 

  1. Mercury has been gradually phased out of many commercial products.
  2. Controls were put in place on coal-fired power plants that removed naturally occurring mercury from the coal being burned.
  3. Many power plants have switched to natural gas and stopped burning coal entirely, further reducing mercury emissions.

Finally, at the same time, efforts to combat acid rain resulted in controls being put in place on power plants to reduce nitrous oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions. This had the unintended benefit of also reducing mercury emissions.

“Previously, most mercury researchers subscribed to the notion that the ‘global mercury’ problem was largely manifested by a shared global emission inventory,” said USGS scientist David Krabbenhoft, one of the study’s co-authors. “However, our research shows that local and regional efforts to reduce mercury emissions matter significantly. This is great news for focused efforts on reducing exposure of fish, wildlife and humans to toxic mercury.”

The larger-than-anticipated role of local and regional efforts on global mercury emissions explains how increases in emissions in one area can be offset by decreases in other areas. Thus, while Asian mercury emissions increased between 1990 and 2010, European and North American emission reductions during the same time were enough to more than offset the Asian increases.

“This is important for policy and decision-makers, as well as natural resource managers, because, as our results show, their actions can have tangible effects on mercury emissions, even at the local level,” said study co-author Vincent St. Louis with the University of Alberta.

The study is entitled “Observed decrease in atmospheric mercury explained by global decline in anthropogenic emissions,” and is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more information about the study.

The USGS Toxic Substances Hydrology Program provides objective scientific information on environmental contamination to improve characterization and management of contaminated sites, to protect human and environmental health, and to reduce potential future contamination problems. As part of that research, USGS provides information on mercury sources; mercury cycling in the atmosphere, land surface, lakes, streams and oceans; and bioaccumulation and toxicity of mercury. This information helps land and resource managers understand and reduce mercury hazards to people and wildlife.

Flood Maps Become Final in May for Socorro County, New Mexico

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 15:35

DENTON, Texas ––New flood maps for Socorro County will become effective in May and be used for rating flood insurance policies. Local, state and federal officials encourage residents to view the maps before May 2, 2016, in order to understand their flood risk and then consider buying flood insurance. New flood risk maps have been created for the city of Socorro, unincorporated areas of Socorro County, and communities in the Navajo Nation and Pueblo of Acoma within the boundaries of Socorro County.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Coahoma County

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 14:51

OXFORD, Miss. – A disaster recovery center is open in Coahoma County to provide assistance to survivors of the December storms, tornadoes and floods that struck 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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How Texans Can Volunteer and Donate Responsibly

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 15:40

AUSTIN, Texas — In the face of disaster, Texans have always come together with courage, compassion and unity to ask, “How can I help?”

If you want to volunteer for disaster work, there are many tasks to do after a disaster— cleaning-up and rebuilding are two of the biggest. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests that volunteering through a local voluntary organization may be the best way to find meaningful volunteer work after the disaster.

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State, FEMA to Close Joint Field Office January 22, 2016

FEMA Region III News Releases - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 14:11

PHILADELPHIA – The State of West Virginia and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Joint Field Office in Charleston, WV will close January 22, 2016. For the past ten months the state and FEMA have been working closely to support the recovery from the 2015 spring and summer storms that impacted 67 Counties.

What does this mean for the people of West Virginia?

Regis Phelan, the Federal Coordinating Officer said, “FEMA will continue to work closely with the state to ensure the recovery process continues smoothly and projects are complete.”

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State, FEMA to Close Joint Field Office January 22, 2016

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 14:11

PHILADELPHIA – The State of West Virginia and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Joint Field Office in Charleston, WV will close January 22, 2016. For the past ten months the state and FEMA have been working closely to support the recovery from the 2015 spring and summer storms that impacted 67 Counties.

What does this mean for the people of West Virginia?

Regis Phelan, the Federal Coordinating Officer said, “FEMA will continue to work closely with the state to ensure the recovery process continues smoothly and projects are complete.”

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Help Remains Available After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Lake City

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 10:10

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A disaster recovery center in Florence County will close Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m.:

  • Lake City Pentecostal Holiness Church, 620 S. Ron McNair Blvd., Lake City

Many services available at disaster recovery centers are also available by calling the FEMA helpline. Survivors of Oct. 1-23 storms and flooding in Florence 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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Help Remains Available After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Columbia

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 10:07

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A disaster recovery center in Richland County will close Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m.:

  • Richland Main Library, 1431 Assembly St., Columbia

Many services available at disaster recovery centers are also available by calling the FEMA helpline. Survivors of Oct. 1-23 storms and flooding in Richland 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.

Survivors can use the helpline to:

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Mississippi Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Benton And Marshall Counties

FEMA Press Releases - Sun, 01/10/2016 - 17:06

OXFORD, Miss. – Disaster recovery centers are open in Benton and Marshall counties to help Mississippi survivors recover from the December storms, tornadoes and floods.

The centers will be open seven days a week until further notice. The disaster recovery centers are operated by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with county and local agencies.

Disaster recovery center locations:

Benton County

Ashland Fire Department

60 Third St.

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FEMA Teams in Neighborhoods Helping Mississippi Storm Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Sun, 01/10/2016 - 15:16

OXFORD, Miss. – Disaster survivor assistance teams are working in storm-stricken neighborhoods helping Mississippians recover from the December storms.

The teams are made up of disaster specialists from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 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 Aid for June Storms in South Dakota Tops $3.4 Million

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 20:08

PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (SDOEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that more than $3.4 million in disaster aid has been approved to help communities in twelve counties and three tribal nations in South Dakota recover from a series of June storms.  Those storms caused a swath of damage that stretched from southwest South Dakota through the center of the state.

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Public Open House about Flood Risks in Nueces County, Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 19:46

DENTON, Texas – Homeowners, renters and business owners are encouraged to look over newly released preliminary flood maps for Nueces County. Interested citizens can obtain more information about the proposed changes during an open house in Corpus Christi on Jan. 14.

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Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for St. Mary Parish, Louisiana

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 19:43

DENTON, Texas – Months of teamwork by local, state and tribal officials, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have led to revised preliminary flood maps in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana.

The public is encouraged to participate in an appeal and comment period about the maps. Anyone who wishes to file an appeal has until Feb. 27, 2016, for submission. 

St. Mary Parish communities included in the appeal period include: Towns of Baldwin and Berwick, Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, and the cities of Franklin, Morgan City and Patterson.

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Revised Preliminary Flood Maps for St. Bernard Parish Available for Review

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 19:39

DENTON, Texas – Homeowners, renters and business owners are encouraged to review revised preliminary flood maps for St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. These maps help homeowners and businesses decide about purchasing flood insurance. By knowing the risks, individuals and community leaders can make informed decisions about building and development. 

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FEMA Housing Inspectors In Mississippi Counties Damaged By December Storms

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 18:52

PEARL, Miss. – Housing inspectors contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are assisting eligible survivors of the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding by visiting neighborhoods and checking for damage.

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Disaster Recovery Center to Close in Harris County, Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 18:07

AUSTIN, Texas –The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), located at the Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center, 6402 Market St., Houston, TX, in Harris County, will close at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16.

 

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IBHS/FEMA Inform Applicants of Potential Assistance Grants following November Storm

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 15:47

 

BOISE, Idaho – Emergency management specialists from the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security (IBHS), with support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), completed a briefing Thursday in Coeur d’Alene as a first step in getting assistance dollars to local and tribal governments and nonprofit utilities affected by the November 17 severe storm and straight-line winds in four northern Idaho counties.

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SBA to Open Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Austin; Del Valle DRC to Close

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 13:40

AUSTIN, Texas—The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801Ainez Dr., Austin, TX 78744 in Travis County, will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) for five days only, beginning Monday, Jan. 11.

The Travis County DRC, located at the Elroy Community Library, 13512 FM 812, Del Valle, TX 78617, will close at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.

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FEMA Releases Severe El Nino Disaster Response Plan

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 17:00

FEMA Releases Severe El Nino Disaster Response Plan

 For California, Arizona, Nevada

Combined Federal, State task force to meet today at Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

 

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