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Disaster Recovery Centers To Close For Memorial Day

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 14:25

 

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – Disaster recovery centers, which are operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will not be open on Memorial Day.

April storm survivors can continue to call FEMA’s toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585, Video Relay Service 800-621-3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

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Hurricane Season Approaches

FEMA Region III News Releases - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 13:50

PHILADELPHIA – As the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season approaches, FEMA Region III continues to proactively work with its state, local, and federal partners to increase preparedness, coordinate response and recovery capabilities, and empower individuals to take an active role in their community’s emergency management team.

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Hurricane Season Approaches

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 13:50

PHILADELPHIA – As the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season approaches, FEMA Region III continues to proactively work with its state, local, and federal partners to increase preparedness, coordinate response and recovery capabilities, and empower individuals to take an active role in their community’s emergency management team.

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DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter May 11 to 17

DNREC News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:53
DOVER (May 22, 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 May 11-17 made 1,257 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 111 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 33 citations.

Piping plover nesting season in full swing at Cape Henlopen

DNREC News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:41
LEWES (May 22, 2015) – Delaware beach-nesting bird monitors report that nesting season is progressing by leaps and bounds, with a flurry of activity by piping plovers and oystercatchers at Cape Henlopen and Delaware Seashore state parks.

Churchmans Road boat ramp on Christina River reopened by DNREC after temporary closure for access evaluation

DNREC News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:27
NEWARK (May 22, 2015) – The Churchmans Road boat ramp located on the Christina River – closed over the last year while it was evaluated for public access – has reopened in time for the Memorial Day weekend and for continuous recreational use, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Federal Aid Programs Available for the State of West Virginia Declaration

FEMA Region III News Releases - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 22:19

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 Available for the State of West Virginia Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 22:19

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, 05/21/2015 - 22:11

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 13-15, 2015. 

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President Declares Disaster for West Virginia

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 22:11

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 13-15, 2015. 

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DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police advise Don’t drink and boat on Delaware waterways

DNREC News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:49
DOVER (May 21, 2015) – For the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind boaters that drinking and boating don’t mix –

Disaster Recovery Center to Close in Franklin County

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:08

 

 

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – A disaster recovery center operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Franklin County will close Saturday, May 23, at 6 p.m. (EDT).

The Franklin center is located at 101 University Drive (Kentucky State University Exum Center) in Frankfort.

After the center closes, help is still available to survivors who suffered losses in Bath, Bourbon, Carter, Elliott, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Rowan and Scott counties during the severe April storms.

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Three Delaware commercial fishermen cited for violations

DNREC News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:43
DOVER (May 20, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers cited three commercial fishermen in Kent County for violations last week.

‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ dates announced by DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife

DNREC News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:54
DOVER (May 21, 2015) – Do you know a child or young teen who might enjoy learning about fishing and trying to catch a fish? The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s “Take a Kid Fishing!” program provides five upcoming dates when budding anglers age 6 through 15 and a parent/guardian are invited to come out and learn to fish.

Delaware’s Recycling Public Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, May 27 in Dover

DNREC News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:09
DOVER (May 21, 2015) – The Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) will meet from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 at the DelDOT Administration Building, Farmington/Felton Conference Room, 800 Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901

DNREC recommends leaving young wild animals where they are

DNREC News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:02
DOVER (May 20, 2015) – With spring mowing and haying season underway and with DNREC having received recent calls from people who have found what they believe are “abandoned” newborn rabbits, the Division of Fish & Wildlife would like to remind well-meaning wildlife watchers not to “rescue” recently-born wild animals.

Division of Fish and Wildlife announces dates for Sussex County Young Waterfowlers hunter education program

DNREC News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:45
SUSSEX COUNTY (May 20, 2015) – Young hunters eager to take up the sport of waterfowling in the fall, take note: the upcoming Sussex County Young Waterfowlers Program is now open for registration, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Hart County Added to Disaster Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:42

ATLANTA— The Federal Emergency Management Agency added Hart County to the State of Georgia’s recent disaster declaration from the severe winter storm of Feb. 15-17.

Hart County joins 15 other counties already receiving federal assistance as a result of the presidential disaster declaration signed April 20, 2015.

Hart County was added to the declaration following new damage assessments requested by the state, and conducted by local officials, representatives of Georgia Emergency Management Agency and FEMA.

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DNRECs Sportsmen Against Hunger program distributes more than 18000 pounds of venison to Delawareans in need

DNREC News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:39
DOVER (May 20, 2015) – During the 2014/15 deer season, Delaware hunters donated 604 deer to DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program. The donations were processed into 18,016 pounds of venison, which will provide more than 72,000 meals for needy Delawareans. Division of Fish & Wildlife staff distributed the frozen ground venison to 36 charitable organizations and food pantries statewide.

Long-term Prognosis for Florida Manatees Improves

USGS Newsroom - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:11
Summary: The risk of extinction for the endangered Florida manatee appears to be lower, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey led study 2012 analysis shows reduced estimates of long-term risk, but mortality events since then raise questions

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Michael  Runge ( Phone: 301-497-5748 ); Hannah Hamilton ( Phone: 703-648-4356 );



The risk of extinction for the endangered Florida manatee appears to be lower, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey led study.

Based on the data available in 2012, the long-term probability of the species surviving has increased compared to a 2007 analysis, as a result of higher aerial survey estimates of population size, improved methods of tracking survival rates, and better estimates of the availability of warm-water refuges.

USGS scientists, working with colleagues from several other agencies and universities, used the manatee Core Biological Model to analyze the long-term viability of the manatee population in Florida, and to evaluate the threats it faces.  A similar analysis completed in 2007 was used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of its 5-year Review of the status of manatees. 

“Our analysis using data from 2007 estimated that there was nearly a nine percent chance of Florida manatee numbers falling below 250 adults over the next 100 years on either the Atlantic or Gulf Coast,” said Michael Runge, a USGS research ecologist and lead author of the study.  “The current analysis, using data available in 2012, has the estimate dropping to a fraction of one percent, but we need to be cautious in our conclusion, because the analysis did not include several mortality events that have occurred since then.

The mortality events Runge was referencing were cold winters, loss of seagrass in prime habitat, and a red tide event, all of which affected the population.

“Although the estimated status in 2012 was better than in 2007, questions still remain about the population effects of the more recent cold-related mortality events in the winters of 2009-10 and 2010-11,” Runge said. “The 2012 analysis also does not account for the extensive loss of seagrass habitat in Indian River Lagoon in 2011 and 2012 nor the severe red tide event in the Southwest region of Florida in 2013.”

The potential effects of these events will be analyzed in the next update of the Core Biological Model, which is underway in collaboration with Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and Mote Marine Laboratory, and is expected to be complete within the next year.

The major threats to long-term survival of Florida manatees remain boat-related deaths and loss of warm-water winter habitat.  In the Southwest region, an increasing frequency of red-tide deaths also warrants concern.

Manatees are large, gentle, herbivorous, slow-moving mammals. They are entirely aquatic, and their range is limited by temperature. Manatees cannot survive for extended periods in water colder than about 17°C (63°F), and prefer temperatures warmer than 22°C (72°F). Manatees live in shallow fresh, brackish, and marine aquatic habitats, traveling readily among them. In Florida, they travel considerable distances during the winter to access warm water refuges, such as artesian springs and the heated discharges of power generating plants. Some individuals also travel long distances during the warm season.

The publication “Status and threats analysis for the Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris), 2012,” USGS Open-File Report 2015-1083, by M. C. Runge, C. A. Langtimm, J. Martin, and C. J. Fonnesbeck is available online.