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Media Advisory: USGS to Host Congressional Briefing: Safer Communities, Stronger Economies - in 3D

USGS Newsroom - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:00
Summary: Outdated and inconsistent elevation data cost lives and hinder prosperity across our Nation. Current and accurate 3D elevation data are essential to help communities cope with natural hazards, support infrastructure, ensure agricultural success, strengthen environmental decision making and bolster national security

Contact Information:

Mark Newell, APR ( Phone: 573-308-3850 ); Kathleen  Gohn ( Phone: 703-648-4242 );



Outdated and inconsistent elevation data cost lives and hinder prosperity across our Nation. Current and accurate 3D elevation data are essential to help communities cope with natural hazards, support infrastructure, ensure agricultural success, strengthen environmental decision making and bolster national security. Flood and landslide maps are just a few of the hundreds of applications benefiting from enhanced lidar data.  A coordinated effort among Federal, State, local government and the private sector could meet our country’s needs for high-quality, 3D elevation data in just 8 years. Come learn how the USGS and its partners are working to assemble and apply better data to keep citizens safe and help America thrive.

Speakers:
  • Douglas Bausch – Region VIII Earthquake Program Manager and Senior Physical Scientist, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • John Dorman – Assistant State Emergency Management Director for Geospatial & Technology Management, North Carolina
  • Jonathan Godt- Landslide Hazards Program Coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey

Emcee: Kevin Gallagher – Associate Director for Core Science Systems, USGS

Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325, Washington, D.C.

When: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 11:00 a.m.

Host: Refreshments provided courtesy of Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS)

High-resolution lidar image of Mount St. Helens, Washington.

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Minnesota Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 18:33

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 Minnesota.

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

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President Declares Disaster for Minnesota

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 18:19

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 Minnesota to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of June 11 to July 11, 2014.

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FEMA Rebuilding Specialists Providing Advice in Jackson and Ridgeland

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:01

JACKSON, Miss. – Rebuilding or repairing property damaged from the recent severe storms?  Residents in Jackson and Ridgeland can get advice on building safer and stronger this week from Federal Emergency Management Agency specialists.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be at two Jackson-area Lowe’s locations to offer information on rebuilding after a disaster. The advisors can answer questions about protecting homes from future disaster-related damage and offer tips to build hazard-resistant homes.

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Coffee and Collaboration: FEMA and NEW JERSEY Share Office Space at SRO

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:44

EATONTOWN, N.J. – When the NJ-Sandy Recovery Office moved from their previous facility in Lincroft to new office space in Eatontown last June, FEMA’s state partners moved their offices, too.

FEMA’s key partners in the state Office of Emergency Management work just down the hall from their FEMA colleagues in the new facility.

That proximity is a big plus when it comes to sharing expertise and working together to resolve any potential stumbling block.

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FEMA Deadline Not the End of Flood Recovery in Florida

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:37

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Those affected by the spring storms and flooding will still be able to reach the Federal Emergency Management Agency for follow-up questions and will have access to other disaster services and resources after today’s registration deadline of July 21.

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FEMA & ARRL Announce Disaster Communication Partnership

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:55

Hartford, Conn. – Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that increases cooperation between FEMA and ARRL in the area of disaster communication.  FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, and ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed the agreement during the ARRL National Centennial Convention at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Federal funds authorized to help fight Watermelon Hill Fire

FEMA Press Releases - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 13:05

Seattle, WA - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Watermelon Hill Fire, burning in Lincoln and Spokane County, Washington.

FEMA Region X Regional Administrator, Kenneth D. Murphy determined that the Watermelon Hill Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.  Murphy approved the state’s request for federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) on July 19, 2014 at 11:14 p.m. PDT.

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Federal funds authorized to help fight Saddle Mountain Fire

FEMA Press Releases - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 13:01

Seattle, WA - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Saddle Mountain Fire, burning in Kittitas County, Washington.

FEMA Region X Regional Administrator, Kenneth D. Murphy determined that the Saddle Mountain Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.  Murphy approved the state’s request for federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) on July 19, 2014 at 10:43 a.m. PDT.

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Federal Disaster Aid for Alabama Tops $40 Million

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 17:16

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Federal aid provided to Alabama residents affected by the April 28 through May 5 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding has reached more than $40 million.

The following numbers, compiled July 17, provide a snapshot of the Alabama/FEMA disaster recovery to date:

Funds approved:

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FEMA local hires and spending boost Alabama’s economy as tornado recovery continues

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 17:11

MONTGOMERY, Ala.  – Some Alabamians saw their homes and cars destroyed by this spring’s tornadoes and floods while others saw their jobs or businesses demolished.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is helping put the state’s economy back on track, not only by providing financial assistance to families and state and local governments, but also by hiring Alabama residents to help with the recovery efforts and spending money in the local economy.

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Volunteers: The Often Overlooked Backbone of Disaster Recovery

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 16:22

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The backbreaking work accomplished by volunteers in Alabama  following the April 28 through May 5 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding seems to have occurred out of the clear blue sky.

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Being Alert to Fraud Helps Both Recovery and the Taxpayer

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 16:19

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The great majority of people registering with Federal Emergency Management Agency for help have genuine needs.

Unfortunately, the rush to get assistance by those affected by the Alabama tornadoes, severe storms and flooding of April 28 through May 5 also may present opportunities to defraud taxpayers.

Fraud increases the cost of recovery after a disaster and gives money to those without disaster-related losses, say emergency management officials.

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FEMA Registration Period in Alabama Closes Tuesday

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 15:08

Tuesday, July 15 is the deadline in Alabama to register with FEMA and to return an application for physical damage to the SBA.

Persons who suffered damage in the spring storms of April 28 through May 5 who have yet to register with FEMA should do so as soon as possible. The registration process takes about 30 minutes. The ways to register are:

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Disaster Federal Aid for Alabama Reaches More Than $38 Million

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 15:04

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Federal aid provided to Alabama residents affected by the April 28 through May 5 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding has reached nearly $38 million.

The following numbers, compiled July 10, provide a snapshot of the Alabama/FEMA disaster recovery to date:

Funds approved:

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Online registration open now for 2014 Delaware Coastal Cleanup volunteers

DNREC News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 14:33
DOVER (July 18, 2014) – Online volunteer registration is now open for the 28th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 20.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: July 8-14

DNREC News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 14:19
DOVER (July 18, 2014) – 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between July 8-14 made 1,498 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public,

With last piping plover chicks fledged Gordons Pond beach reopens at Cape Henlopen State Park

DNREC News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 13:48
LEWES (July 18, 2014) – The last of this year’s newly hatched piping plover chicks at Gordons Pond have fledged and are flying well, allowing the reopening of the oceanside beach today at Cape Henlopen State Park.

Town of Bethel receives $100,000 grant for innovative green infrastructure

DNREC News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:20
BETHEL, Del. (July 18, 2014) – The Town of Bethel in Sussex County is getting help to reduce flooding, manage stormwater runoff and improve the water quality of Broad Creek, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The town is receiving $100,000 in grant funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) program that will help the community implement innovative green infrastructure and green street practices.

Portland Disaster Relief Trials Pedal for Earthquake Preparedness

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:42

Portland, Ore. – Gear up for the third annual Portland Disaster Relief Trials (DRT), taking place this upcoming Saturday, July 19. This 30-mile earthquake preparedness exercise is designed to highlight how cargo bikes can be used in disaster supply runs, helping mitigate some of the fuel and transportation problems that typically affect cars and other vehicles after major earthquakes.

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