A Year After Hurricane Sandy, More Than $2.1 Billion In FEMA Public Assistance Grants In New York Helps Clear Debris, Reopen Public Facilities
NEW YORK – More than $2.1 billion in federal aid has been approved to reimburse state, local and tribal governments for Sandy-related response and recovery efforts in New York one year after the devastating storm.
Public Assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency reimburse local, state and tribal governments and eligible private nonprofits for eligible costs of emergency response, debris removal and repairing or rebuilding damaged public facilities. In New York, more than 2,700 grants have been approved so far.Language English
Oct. 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy strikes with a storm surge weather experts in New York had never seen before.
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DENVER – Colorado’s recovery from severe weather continues with changes at three Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC).
The DRCs in Colorado Springs and Golden will close at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 and both will transition on Monday, Oct. 28 to Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOC).
DLOCs are operated by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). At each DLOC, SBA representatives will answer questions, explain the application process and help survivors apply for low-interest disaster loans.Language English
WILLISTON, Vt. – A team of young Americans who have volunteered to serve their country during disasters is in Vermont learning more about the science of disaster response and recovery from observing Vermont’s recovery from flooding earlier this year as well as Tropical Storm Irene.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency welcomed a team of FEMA Corps members to the Joint Field Office in Williston for a two-week stint of education, which will be highlighted by actual site visits, as part of their nine-month assignment to FEMA’s Region I office in Boston.Language English
LINCROFT, N.J. -- As the sun rose over the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor on the morning after Superstorm Sandy, evidence of the storm’s destructive power lay everywhere.
The once-picturesque marina was in shambles. Some 200 sailboats, dinghies and massive cabin cruisers had been carried from the harbor by the storm surge, landing in parking lots, streets and yards across a wide swath of the 1.2 mile square borough.Language English
LINCROFT, N.J. -- Boardwalks are the backbone of many of New Jersey’s shore communities. Often lined with shops, amusements and restaurants, and serving as the main access points to beaches, boardwalks are the magnets that attract tourists to beach towns.Language English
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 Kansas.
Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:Language English
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 Kansas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding during the period of July 22 to August 16, 2013.Language English
FEMA and National Public Radio Work Together to Increase Emergency Alert Preparedness for People Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
WASHINGTON —The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced a cooperative pilot project with National Public Radio’s (NPR’s) technology research and development group, NPR Labs, to demonstrate the delivery of the first-ever, real-time emergency alert messages to people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in five Gulf states.Language English
Since January 2009, more than 200 magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes have rattled Central Oklahoma, marking a significant rise in the frequency of these seismic events.
The U.S. Geological Survey and Oklahoma Geological Survey are conducting collaborative research quantifying the changes in earthquake rate in the Oklahoma City region, assessing the implications of this swarm for large-earthquake hazard, and evaluating possible links between these earthquakes and wastewater disposal related to oil and gas production activities in the region.
Studies show one to three magnitude 3.0 earthquakes or larger occurred yearly from 1975 to 2008, while the average grew to around 40 earthquakes per year from 2009 to mid-2013.
"We've statistically analyzed the recent earthquake rate changes and found that they do not seem to be due to typical, random fluctuations in natural seismicity rates," said Bill Leith, USGS seismologist. "These results suggest that significant changes in both the background rate of events and earthquake triggering properties needed to have occurred in order to explain the increases in seismicity. This is in contrast to what is typically observed when modeling natural earthquake swarms."
The analysis suggests that a contributing factor to the increase in earthquakes triggers may be from activities such as wastewater disposal--a phenomenon known as injection-induced seismicity. The OGS has examined the behavior of the seismicity through the state assessing the optimal fault orientations and stresses within the region of increased seismicity, particularly the unique behavior of the Jones swarm just east of Oklahoma City. The USGS and OGS are now focusing on determining whether evidence exists for such triggering, which is widely viewed as being demonstrated in recent years in Arkansas, Ohio and Colorado.
This "swarm" includes the largest earthquake ever recorded in Oklahoma, a magnitude 5.6 that occurred near Prague Nov. 5, 2011. It damaged a number of homes as well as the historic Benedictine Hall at St. Gregory's University, in Shawnee, Okla. Almost 60 years earlier in1952, a comparable magnitude 5.5, struck El Reno and Oklahoma City. More recently, earthquakes of magnitude 4.4 and 4.2 hit east of Oklahoma City on April 16, 2013, causing objects to fall off shelves.
Following the earthquakes that occurred near Prague in 2011, the agencies issued a joint statement, focusing on the Prague event and ongoing seismic monitoring in the region. Since then, the USGS and OGS have continued monitoring and reporting earthquakes, and have also made progress evaluating the significance of the swarm.
Important to people living in the Oklahoma City region is that earthquake hazard has increased as a result of the swarm. USGS calculates that ground motion probabilities, which relate to potential damage and are the basis for the seismic provisions of building codes, have increased in Oklahoma City as a result of this swarm. While it’s been known for decades that Oklahoma is "earthquake country," the increased hazard has important implications for residents and businesses in the area.
To more accurately determine the locations and magnitudes of earthquakes in Oklahoma, the OGS operates a 15-station seismic network. Data from this system, and from portable seismic stations installed in the Oklahoma City region, are sent in real-time to the USGS National Earthquake Information Center, which provides 24x7 reporting on earthquakes worldwide.
COOK, Wash. — The eggs of endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon are less likely to hatch on some of the surfaces that have been made more common by human, or anthropogenic, changes on the river, a new U.S. Geological Survey report has found.
The white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus), once common in much of North America, is a very large, slow-to-mature fish that has evolved little from its late Cretaceous ancestors 175 million years ago. It has great cultural significance for the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and many other Northwest Tribes. White sturgeon was harvested in many places for caviar, and dams and other development have altered its habitat in ways whose implications are still being studied. White sturgeon in Idaho and Montana’s Kootenai River basin were listed as endangered in 1994, and poor recruitment (the number of a species’ young to survive to maturity) in other West Coast populations is a concern.
"Sturgeons are imperiled across the globe. Our scientists are committed to working with partners, including tribes, to address sturgeon issues across the region," said Jill Rolland, director of the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center.
In the report, prepared in cooperation with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, USGS research fishery biologist Mike Parsley and biological science technician Eric Kofoot examined hatch success in the laboratory on various surfaces, such as clean rocks, algae-covered rocks and sand, that sturgeon eggs settle and adhere to in the wild while they develop into larvae. The scientists found sand to be a poor surface, because the developing sturgeon embryos failed to attach to it. River rocks covered in algae yielded poor results, in part because they were more hospitable to fungus that threatens sturgeon embryos, while waterlogged wood and clean rocks performed well.
The report notes that sand substrates, or surfaces, now dominate the highly altered Kootenai River in areas currently used by spawning sturgeon, and that dam operation for flood management and hydropower during the spawning season have largely eliminated spring scouring flows that typically would clean rocks of algae and other growth. Finally, the report raises several possibilities, based on the findings, for maximizing white sturgeon recruitment, including substrate-type recommendations for spawning-habitat restoration and the incorporation of scouring flows to clean spawning substrate prior to the spawning season.
"This is another piece in the puzzle of understanding why some white sturgeon populations in highly altered river systems succeed and others don’t," Parsley said.
The publication, "Hatch Success of White Sturgeon Embryos Incubated on Various Substrates," USGS Report Series 2013-5180, by Michael J. Parsley and Eric Kofoot, is available online.
DENVER – FEMA mitigation specialists will be in Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland offering building tips at four home improvement stores beginning Thursday, Oct. 24, through Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Advice about protecting properties and limiting damages from future extreme weather events will serve not only homeowners but also renters and business owners. Mitigation measures also may reduce mold and mildew, and protect electrical systems, furnaces and appliances.
FEMA mitigation specialists will be at these four locations:Language English
DENVER – Residents of Fremont and Morgan counties whose homes were damaged in the September floods are now eligible for Individual Assistance from FEMA.
Also, eight additional counties are now eligible for FEMA Public Assistance: Arapahoe, Crowley, Denver, Fremont, Gilpin, Lake, Lincoln and Sedgwick. The eight new counties receive public assistance in all categories A-G.
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DENVER – The FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Greeley will temporarily close at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23 and will resume normal business hours at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 28.
Island Grove Exhibition Hall
527 N. 15th Ave.
Greeley, CO 80631
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., MDT.Language English
DNREC Environmental Crimes Unit finds illegal storage of hazardous materials in New Castle warehouse
DENVER – Due to a reduced number of visiting applicants, the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Nederland Community Center will close at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. The DRC will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. MDT Sunday, Oct. 20, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. MDT Monday through Wednesday.
Nederland Community Center
750 Highway 72 North
Nederland, CO 80466Language English