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FEMA Urges Residents Across the South and Southeast to Prepare for Severe Winter Weather

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 20:48
Residents Should Follow the Direction of Local Officials Language English
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Alapocas Through the Seasons photo exhibit to be displayed at Blue Ball Barn in Wilmington

DNREC News - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 18:07
WILMINGTON (Feb. 12, 2014) – The Blue Ball Barn at Alapocas Run State Park will be featuring a new exhibit highlighting the work of the participants from the Photo Hike series with photographer Lynn McDowell. The exhibit will showcase photos taken throughout the four seasons, drawing attention to each participant’s unique point of view. The exhibit will open with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Light refreshments will be served. Photos will be on display from Monday, Feb. 17-Sunday, March 1.

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Georgia Emergency Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 13:40

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's emergency disaster declaration issued for the State of Georgia.

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

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President Obama Signs Georgia Emergency Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 13:38

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of Georgia to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from a severe winter storm on February 10, 2014, and continuing.

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Learn About Laser Spectrometry Online for Free

USGS Newsroom Technical - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 10:43
Summary: The USGS and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) have teamed up to teach six online workshops open to public discussing Laser Specs for Field Hydrology and Biogeochemistry: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects.

Contact Information:

Ethan Alpern ( Phone: 703-648-4406 ); Donna Myers ( Phone: 703-648-5012 );



The USGS and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) have teamed up to teach six online workshops open to public discussing Laser Specs for Field Hydrology and Biogeochemistry: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects.

The goal of this video workshop series is two-fold:

  1. To exchange technical information on application of laser spectrometry, both in field deployment and for analyzing field samples in the lab, and to compare performance with isotope-ratio mass spectrometry, the laboratory standard.
  2. To highlight research that makes use of this relatively recent and novel technology, both for understanding basic hydrologic processes, and as part of multi-tracer projects that allow new insights into hydrologic and geochemical systems.

Laser spectrometry enables new insights in environmental sciences for many problem-solving applications in hydrology, the science behind our understanding of water resources. Laser spectrometry enables measurements of the relative ratios of the stable isotopes of hydrogen and oxygen, found in all water, by determining absorption of water vapor of selected wavelengths of light reflected ten thousand times between mirrors in the spectrometer laser.

“With a commitment to both the advancement of water-quality science and education, this partnership with CUAHSI to promote these new breakthroughs in Laser Spectrometry is very exciting,” said Donna Myers, Chief of the USGS Office of Water Quality.

Participants are able to view the workshops live and participate by asking questions and posting comments on the discussion boards. By being a virtual workshop held online, national and international experts are able to provide their insights to participants on this new technology and its applications without traveling to a meeting. Each session of the series will be recorded and posted online after the event for those who cannot attend live or would like to watch them again.

"These visual workshops provide a no-cost, informative, and exciting opportunity for anyone interested to learn about hydrological science and technology from anywhere at their convenience," said Dr. Richard P. Hooper, Executive Director & President of CUAHSI, and former National Coordinator of the National Stream Quality Accounting Network (NASQAN) in the USGS Office of Water Quality from 1998-2003.

Education technology, specifically within higher education, is moving in the direction of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which is the newest innovation in distance learning, allowing students from all over the world to enroll in the courses.

This is the third such workshop jointly organized by USGS and CUAHSI, and the first to be held on-line. Past workshops have similarly focused on bringing new technologies to the forefront of water monitoring and research. CUAHSI is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Jan 28 to Feb 3

DNREC News - Mon, 02/10/2014 - 17:28
DOVER (Feb. 7, 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 Jan. 28-Feb. 3 made 556 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including two vessel boardings for boating safety, hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 36 citations.

Sweets and Spa Valentines Getaway offered at the Indian River Inlet Cottages

DNREC News - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:32
REHOBOTH BEACH (Feb. 7, 2014) – Delaware State Parks announces a special Valentine’s romantic getaway at the Indian River Marina Cottages now through Sunday, Feb. 16. Through unique public-private partnerships, the Indian River Marina is offering a “Sweets and Spa” Valentines special, featuring stays at the waterfront cottages along the Indian River Inlet.

Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Emergency Declaration

FEMA Region III News Releases - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 15:07

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's emergency disaster declaration issued for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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

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Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Emergency Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 15:07

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's emergency disaster declaration issued for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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

Language English
Categories: Federal News

President Obama Signs Pennsylvania Emergency Declaration

FEMA Region III News Releases - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 15:03

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to supplement the commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from a Severe Winter Storm on February 4, 2014, and continuing.

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President Obama Signs Pennsylvania Emergency Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 15:03

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to supplement the commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from a Severe Winter Storm on February 4, 2014, and continuing.

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New Tool Available to Help Track Spilled Oil

USGS Newsroom - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 13:30
Computer model can help with current, future clean-up efforts

Contact Information:

P. Soupy  Dalyander ( Phone: 727-502-8124 ); Hannah Hamilton ( Phone: 703-648-4356 );



St. Petersburg, Fla. – A newly developed computer model holds the promise of helping scientists track and predict where oil will go after a spill, sometimes years later.  U.S. Geological Survey scientists developed the model as a way of tracking the movement of sand and oil found along the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  The new tool can help guide clean-up efforts, and be used to aid the response to future oil spills. 

Following the Deepwater Horizon spill, denser-than-water conglomerates of sand and oil have been found in the surf zone, ranging in size from less than a millimeter to mats up to a few meters in size.  The surf zone is where waves break as they approach the shore. The USGS study looked at conglomerates several centimeters thick – known as "surface residual balls," or "SRBs", which continue to emerge in some beach locations more than three years after the first oil reached the shoreline.

Applying the model to movement of SRBs along the coast of Alabama and western Florida showed that normal wave conditions, less than 1.5 to 2 meters, will not move centimeter-sized SRBs alongshore.  However, tropical storms, or winter storms can mobilize and redistribute these SRBs alongshore.

The numerical model indicated that inlets trap SRBs, where they could accumulate over time. The model also suggests that when larger SRBs are found they are more likely to have been formed locally when the oil came ashore, rather than being transported from a different location along the coast.  

Published this week in Marine Pollution Bulletin, the report also shows that SRBs are likely to be covered and uncovered by sand that is relatively easily moved by waves and currents in the surf zone.  

"SRBs are dense enough to rest on the seafloor, rather than floating.  Because sand grains are smaller and more mobile than the larger SRBs, under non-storm conditions when the SRBs themselves are not moving, they can be buried and exhumed by mobilized sand," said P. Soupy Dalyander, a research oceanographer and lead author of the study.

In addition to providing guidance for the Deepwater Horizon clean-up effort, the USGS methodology has broader potential application.

"The techniques developed here can be applied to evaluate the potential alongshore movement of SRBs in other locations or from any future spill where large quantities of oil and sand mix in the surf zone", said Dalyander.

DNREC Watershed Assessment Section, DelDOT sponsor youth artist rain barrel-painting contest

DNREC News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:07
DOVER (Feb. 6, 2014) – DNREC’s Watershed Assessment Section and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) are sponsoring a contest to educate the state’s young people on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality.

Fun February at Cape Henlopen State Park

DNREC News - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 17:06
LEWES (Feb. 4, 2014) – It may be February, but there’s plenty of fun to be had for all ages at Cape Henlopen State Park. Three to five-year olds are invited to learn about nature through stories, games, crafts, and outdoor adventures at the monthly Guppy Club program on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m. This month’s topic will be Loving Sea Shells. Kids will discover how different animals make shells, and why they love to carry them wherever they go. The program costs $3 per child. Children must be accompanie

Review and Update Your Insurance Policies In New Year

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 16:53

LINCROFT, N.J. -- With a new year upon us, now is an ideal time for people to review their insurance policies. Understanding the details of what specific policies cover and what the policyholder is responsible for after a disaster is important as both clients’ needs and insurance companies’ rules change.

Insurers’ decisions and legislative changes have the biggest effect on changes in policies. Consumers should make themselves aware of possible changes in these areas and know what to look for while reviewing their policies.

What’s Covered

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Federal Tornado Assistance to Illinois Tops $21 Million

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:33

SPRINGFIELD, IL – FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration report federal disaster assistance to Illinois tornado survivors affected by the November storms has surpassed $21 million. 

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FEMA Awards $441,750 Grant to City of Chicago: Hazard Mitigation funds will be used to make flood retrofits to River City Condominium

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:30

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $441,750 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to the City of Chicago, Ill., for the proposed structural retrofits to the River City Condominium building. The project includes the elevation of an existing marina wall and the installation of a sewer backflow preventer. <?xml:namespace prefix = o />

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FEMA Releases Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:43

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today released Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties that reflect the latest refinements to the ongoing analysis of flood hazards. This release is the next step in the coastal Flood Insurance Study update. The Preliminary FIRMs replace the Preliminary Work Maps for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties that were released in June/July of 2013 as an interim product.

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Fish and Wildlife Enforcement cautions public to keep off of melting ice on ponds waterways

DNREC News - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 14:54
DOVER (Feb. 3, 2014) – DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section, urges the public to use extreme caution if considering walking on ice, ice fishing, skating or taking any type of vehicle onto seemingly-solid ice formed by the recent extreme cold over many Delaware ponds, lakes and smaller waterways.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Jan 21 to 27

DNREC News - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 09:48
DOVER (Jan. 31, 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 Jan. 21-27 made 714 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 18 vessel boardings for boating safety, hunting and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 35 citations.