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Texans in Fayette County May Now Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 14:55

AUSTIN, Texas – The federal disaster declaration for Texas has been expanded to include Individual Assistance for Fayette County as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred between May 4 and June 19, according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Hidalgo County

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 14:52

AUSTIN, Texas – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Hidalgo 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 19.

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USGS Welcomes European Space Agency’s New Land Observing Satellite

USGS Newsroom Technical - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 14:18
Summary: The U.S. Geological Survey salutes the European Space Agency (ESA) on the successful June 23 launch of its Sentinel-2A satellite, the second satellite to be launched in Europe’s Copernicus environment monitoring program.&nbsp ESA Sentinel-2A to collaborate with USGS-NASA Landsat mission

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Jon Campbell ( Phone: 703-648-4180 );



The U.S. Geological Survey salutes the European Space Agency (ESA) on the successful June 23 launch of its Sentinel-2A satellite, the second satellite to be launched in Europe’s Copernicus environment monitoring program. 

"We are very pleased to have such a talented new player join the team in watching Earth from space,” said Suzette Kimball, acting USGS Director. “The aptly named Sentinel mission will help sharpen our focus on changes in Earth systems and contribute further insight to a great many global challenges at international to local scales, including food security, forest and wildlife conservation, and disaster response."  

Sentinel-2 imagery is expected to supply valuable parallels and counterparts to Landsat imagery provided by the United States. Before Sentinel-2A launched, USGS and ESA staff worked together at length to ensure that Sentinel-2 data would be as compatible as possible with Landsat data. 

First launched by NASA in 1972, the Landsat series of satellites has produced the longest, continuous record of Earth’s land surface as seen from space. Landsat images have been used by scientists and resource managers to monitor water quality, glacier recession, coral reef health, land use change, deforestation rates, and population growth.

Landsat is a joint effort of USGS and NASA. NASA develops remote-sensing instruments and spacecraft, launches the satellites, and validates their performance. USGS develops the associated ground systems, then takes ownership and operates the satellites (since 2000), as well as managing data reception, archiving, and distribution. Landsat data were made available to all users free of charge under a policy change by the U.S. Department of the Interior and USGS in late 2008.

"We are also pleased that a free and open data policy has been adopted for users of Sentinel data,"Kimball added. “Free, open access to Landsat and Sentinel-2 data together will create remarkable economic and scientific benefits for people around the globe."

Designed as a two-satellite constellation – Sentinel-2A and -2B – the Sentinel-2 mission carries an innovative wide swath high-resolution multispectral imager with 13 spectral bands. However, it will not fully duplicate the Landsat data stream, which includes thermal measurements. Sentinel-1A, a satellite with radar-based instruments, was launched April 3, 2014. 

Once it is fully operational following several months of on-orbit testing, Sentinel-2A alone could provide 10-day repeat coverage of Earth’s land areas. With Sentinel-2A data added to the 8-day coverage from Landsat 7/8 combined, users can look forward to better-than-weekly coverage at moderate resolution. Repeat coverage capabilities will further increase with the planned launch of a second Sentinel-2 satellite (Sentinel-2B) next year. 

NASA has published an online comparison of Sentinel-2A and Landsat bandwidths.

Learn more:

  Sentinel 2A liftoff (video - 4:32)
  USGS Landsat
  NASA Landsat
  Landsat: Continuing to Improve Everyday Life

State record 19-7 pound blueline tilefish caught in Baltimore Canyon by Lewes angler

DNREC News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 14:06
LEWES (June 26, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 19.7-pound blueline tilefish caught on June 19 in the Atlantic Ocean’s Baltimore Canyon, some 65 miles offshore.

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Nebraska Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 18:36

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 Nebraska.

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

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President Declares Disaster for the State of Nebraska

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 18:29

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 Nebraska to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of May 6 to June 17, 2015.

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STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTER REOPENS IN ATOKA COUNTY

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 16:20

OKLAHOMA CITY – A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will reopen in Atoka County to help people in Oklahoma who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4.

A mobile DRC officially reopens for four days on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 7 a.m. in Atoka County at:

Kiamichi Technology Center, Business Center

1301 West Liberty Road

Atoka, OK 74525

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Flood Insurance Policyholders have until September 15 to Request their Hurricane Sandy Claims be Reviewed

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 15:50

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is committed to ensuring every National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholder who filed a claim as a result of Hurricane Sandy receives every dollar they are due under their policy. The NFIP established a process for Hurricane Sandy survivors who feel they were underpaid to have their claims reviewed. Where warranted, additional payments will be made to those policyholders.

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FEMA Announces Notice of Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2015 Homeland Security National Training Program/Continuing Training Grants Program

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 15:48

WASHINGTON — Today, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate announced the release of the Notice of Funding Opportunity, or NOFO, for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP) Continuing Training Grants (CTG) program with a total $11,521,000 available for awards in four focus areas.  

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Delaware to participate in Operation Dry Water June 26 through 28 to prevent alcohol related boating accidents and save lives

DNREC News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:47
DOVER (June 24, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police today announced Delaware’s active participation in Operation Dry Water, an annual nationwide enforcement and education event aimed at preventing alcohol and drug-related boating accidents and fatalities. Over the June 26-28 weekend before the Fourth of July holiday, Fish & Wildlife officers will increase their presence on Delaware’s waterways.

Texas Mobile Registration Intake Center in Williamson County Transitions to Disaster Recovery Center

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:26

AUSTIN, Texas – The Mobile Registration Intake Center (MRIC) in Williamson County is transitioning into a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), Thursday, June 25, to provide one-stop service for those affected by the storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred from May 4 to June 19.

A DRC provides expanded services to survivors including general information, help applying for assistance and information on repairing and rebuilding structures.

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Texas Mobile Registration Intake Center in Fort Bend County Transitions to Disaster Recovery Center

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:23

AUSTIN, Texas – The Mobile Registration Intake Center (MRIC) in Fort Bend County is transitioning into a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), opening Thursday, June 25, to provide one-stop service for those affected by the storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred from May 4 to June 19.

A DRC provides expanded services to survivors including general information, help applying for assistance and information on repairing and rebuilding structures.

Location and dates of operation

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Texas Mobile Registration Intake Center in Fort Bend County Transitions to Disaster Recovery Center

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:20

AUSTIN, Texas – The Mobile Registration Intake Center (MRIC) in Fort Bend County is transitioning into a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), opening Thursday, June 25, to provide one-stop service for those affected by the storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred from May 4 to June 19.

A DRC provides expanded services to survivors including general information, help applying for assistance and information on repairing and rebuilding structures.

Location and dates of operation

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STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTER OPENS IN WAGONER COUNTY

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 16:42

OKLAHOMA CITY – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open in Wagoner County to help people in Oklahoma who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4.

The DRC officially opens Thursday, June 25, 2015 at:

Coweta Intermediate High School

14699 South 305 East Avenue

Coweta, OK 74429

Hours: Monday – Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Public Invited to Comment on Flood Maps for Plano, in Collin County Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 15:35

DENTON, Texas – After working together for months to create new preliminary flood maps, officials with the city of Plano and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now want to hear from the public.

Homeowners, renters and business owners in Plano, Texas are encouraged to look at the preliminary flood maps to understand where flood risks have been identified. Anyone who has comments or who would like to file an appeal has until August 25, 2015 to submit them.

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Public Invited to Comment on Flood Maps for Orleans Parish in Louisiana

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 15:33

DENTON, Texas – After working together for months to create new preliminary flood maps, Orleans Parish and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials now want to hear from the public.

Homeowners, renters and business owners in Orleans Parish are encouraged to review the preliminary flood maps to understand where flood risks have been identified. Anyone who has comments or who would like to file an appeal has until August 6, 2015 to submit them.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in San Marcos, Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 15:23

AUSTIN, Texas – A second State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Hays County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

Specialists from the State of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the

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Past Water Patterns Drive Present Wading Bird Numbers

USGS Newsroom - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 14:59
Summary: Wading bird numbers in the Florida Everglades are driven by water patterns that play out over multiple years according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and Florida Atlantic University

Contact Information:

James Beerens ( Phone: 561-809-9793 ); Gabrielle Bodin ( Phone: 337-266-8655 ); Hannah Hamilton ( Phone: 703-648-4356 );



Wading bird numbers in the Florida Everglades are driven by water patterns that play out over multiple years according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and Florida Atlantic University. Previously, existing water conditions were seen as the primary driving factor affecting numbers of birds, but this research shows that the preceding years’ water conditions and availability are equally important.

“We’ve known for some time that changes in water levels trigger a significant response by wading birds in the Everglades,” said James Beerens, the study’s lead author and an ecologist at USGS.  “But what we discovered in this study is the importance of history. What happened last year can tell you what to expect this year.”

From 2000 to 2009, scientists examined foraging distribution and abundance data for wading bird populations, including Great Egrets, White Ibises, and threatened Wood Storks.  To do the research, they conducted reconnaissance flights across the Greater Everglades system, an area that includes Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. They found climate and water management conditions going as far back as three years influenced current bird population numbers and distribution.

“We know wading birds depend on small fish and invertebrates for food,” said Dale Gawlik, director of FAU’s Environmental Science Program and study coauthor. “What is interesting is the ‘lag effect’; wet conditions that build up invertebrate and fish numbers may not immediately result in increased bird numbers until after several more wet years.”

This new information has allowed scientists to improve existing wading bird distribution models providing a more accurate tool to estimate wading bird numbers under climate change scenarios and hydrological restoration scenarios proposed for the Everglades.

In the Everglades, food items such as small fish and crayfish are concentrated from across the landscape into pools as water levels recede throughout the dry season.  It does not always work that way anymore due to a lack of water and loss of habitat in Everglades marshes. This new research shows that under the right dry season conditions following a water pulse in previous years, wading bird food is even further concentrated in near-perfect water depths, setting off a boom in the numbers of young wading birds that add to the population.

Beerens and computer scientists from the USGS have also developed publically available software as an extension to this work that predicts wading bird numbers in the Everglades based on real-time, current conditions, in addition to historical settings. This new model allows managers to simulate the effect of various management strategies that can have an impact on future bird numbers. The number and distribution of wading birds serve as an important indicator of ecosystem health in the Everglades. Beerens further explained that “increased seasonal water availability in drier areas of the Everglades stimulates the entire ecosystem, as reflected in the wading birds.”

Altered water patterns resulting from land-use and water management changes have reduced wading bird numbers throughout the Everglades by about 90 percent since the turn of the 20th Century. This research shows that current management and use of water is equally important.

“Our findings also suggest that we can continue to improve the Everglades and its wading bird community by restoring water availability to areas that are over drained,” said Beerens. “There is increasing understanding that water availability and proper management make this entire ecological and economic engine work.”

Florida generates more than $3 billion in annual revenue from resident and nonresident wildlife watchers according to estimates from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Of the 1.9 million people who view wildlife in Florida while ‘away-from-home’ each year, more than 1.3 million watch wading birds and other water-dependent birds.

The study, “Linking Dynamic Habitat Selection with Wading Bird Foraging Distributions across Resource Gradients,” was published in the journal PLOS ONE and can be found online.

STATE AND FEDERAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE TOPS $14 MILLION FOR RECENT OKLAHOMA STORMS

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 16:59

OKLAHOMA CITY – More than $14.3 million has been granted to Oklahomans, helping to rebuild the lives of families and businesses impacted by the recent storms.

Signs of recovery are becoming visible following the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding occurring May 5 through June 4. Since the May 26 major disaster declaration, state and federal disaster officials say residents continue to seek help.

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STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTERS OPEN IN BECKHAM AND MARSHALL COUNTIES

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 16:41

OKLAHOMA CITY – Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will open in Beckham and Marshall counties to help people in Oklahoma who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4.

A DRC opens Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 7 a.m. in Beckham County at:

Old City Hall

120 South Jefferson Avenue

Elk City, OK 73644

Hours: Monday – Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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