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California Valley Fire and Butte Fire
Major Disaster Declaration number 4240 issued Tue, 09/22/2015 - 17:21

Oregon Dry Gulch Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5114 issued Mon, 09/14/2015 - 02:23

Washington Horsethief Butte Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5113 issued Mon, 09/14/2015 - 01:42

California Valley Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5112 issued Sun, 09/13/2015 - 00:30

California Butte Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5111 issued Thu, 09/10/2015 - 19:18

Idaho Tepee Springs Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5110 issued Sat, 08/29/2015 - 21:00

Washington Goodell Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5109 issued Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:53

Washington Renner Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5108 issued Fri, 08/21/2015 - 19:52

Washington Wildfires
Emergency Declaration number 3372 issued Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:44

Oregon Grizzly Bear Fire Complex
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5107 issued Fri, 08/21/2015 - 03:15


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26 Mississippi Counties Approved for Infrastructure Disaster Aid

RIDGELAND, Miss. – The state of Mississippi, local governments and certain private nonprofits in 26 Mississippi counties are now eligible to receive federal assistance to help cover expenses and repair damage associated with the severe storms and flooding that occurred March 9-29, 2016, according to state and federal officials.

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FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Maryland and Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a biennial Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station. The exercise will occur during the week of April 25th, 2016 to assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Maryland to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

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Pearl River County Disaster Recovery Center Open Today Through Saturday

RIDGELAND, Miss. – A disaster recovery center will open at noon Tuesday, April 19, and remain open through 6 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in Pearl River County to provide assistance to survivors of the severe storms and flooding that occurred from March 9-29, 2016.

Recovery centers are run jointly by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Representatives of state, federal and voluntary agencies are available in the centers to explain the various programs designed to help survivors recover.

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Help Remains After Coahoma County Disaster Recovery Center Closes

RIDGELAND, Miss. –The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that the Coahoma County Disaster Recovery Center at the Clarksdale Civic Center in Clarksdale will close permanently Thursday, April 21, at 6 p.m. However, disaster survivor assistance teams continue to canvass the area with information on available assistance.

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FEMA, State Grants Will Not Affect Other Federal Benefits

RIDGELAND, Miss. – Disaster assistance for temporary housing, essential home repairs, replacement of personal property or for other serious needs does not count as taxable income.

Therefore, Mississippians affected by the severe storms and flooding who receive federal assistance will not lose Social Security or Medicare benefits, will not pay additional taxes, or give up income-based benefit programs.

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Help Available After Disaster Recovery Centers Close

RIDGELAND, Miss.  – When disaster recovery centers operated by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency close, help for survivors remains available.

  • Survivors may visit any of the remaining disaster recovery centers where they can speak with specialists who can help with appeals, answer questions, review applications and accept required documents.

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Disaster Recovery Center opens in Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, for Louisiana Survivors

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, for Louisiana Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. – A disaster recovery center will open Tuesday, April 19, in Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, to help Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice.

The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:

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Disaster Survivors in Ouachita, St. Tammany Parishes, Louisiana Can Get Rebuilding Tips from FEMA at Home Improvement Stores

Baton Rouge, La. — Survivors from Ouachita and St. Tammany parishes who are rebuilding after the March severe storms and floods can receive a free consultation with hazard mitigation specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The mitigation representatives will be available at Home Depot stores in Monroe and Covington, starting on Monday, April 18 and ending on Saturday, April 23.

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Disaster Survivors in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana Can Get Rebuilding Tips from FEMA at a Local Home Improvement Store

Baton Rouge, La. — Survivors from Beauregard Parish who are rebuilding after the March severe storms and floods can receive a free consultation with hazard mitigation specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The mitigation representatives will be available at Moses True Value in DeRidder, starting on Monday, April 18 and ending on Saturday, April 23.

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Tallahatchie County Added to Federal Disaster Declaration for March Severe Storms and Floods

Ridgeland, Miss. – At the request of Governor Phil Bryant, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration for severe storms and flooding from March 9-29, 2016. Survivors in Tallahatchie County can now register with FEMA for disaster assistance through the Individual Assistance program.

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Centro de recuperación por desastre abre en Sicily Island para ayudar a los sobrevivientes de Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. – Un Centro de Recuperación por Desastre (DRC, por sus siglas en inglés) abrirá el domingo 17 de abril, en Sicily Island, Parroquia de Catahoula, para ayudar a los sobrevivientes de las inundaciones en Louisiana. El centro abre de 8:00 a.m. a 6:00 p.m., lunes a sábado y de 12:00 p.m. a 5:00 p.m. los domingos.

  El DRC estará localizado en la siguiente dirección:

Old Martin Junior High School
825 Highway 8
Sicily Island, La.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, for Louisiana Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. – A disaster recovery center will open Sunday, April 17, in Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, to help Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice.

The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:

Old Martin Junior High School
825 Highway 8
Sicily Island, La.
                                                         

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Several Disaster Recovery Centers Will No Longer Be Open Sundays, But Help Remains for Louisiana Disaster Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La – All but eight disaster recovery centers will not be open on Sundays beginning April 17, but help will still be available for Louisiana disaster survivors every day.

The following centers will remain open seven days a week:

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Help Remains for Louisiana Disaster Survivors after Disaster Recovery Centers Close in Colfax, Grant Parish and Winnfield, Winn Parish

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Colfax and Winnfield disaster recovery centers will close Saturday, April 16, at 6 p.m.

The centers are located at the following addresses:

Grant Parish Civic Center
1208 Main St.
Colfax, La.

Winn Parish Library
200 N. St. John St.
Winnfield, La.

Louisiana disaster survivors in Colfax and Winnfield may still visit other centers to meet with recovery officials. For other locations go to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or call 800-621-3362.

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Help Remains for Louisiana Disaster Survivors after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Gonzales, Ascension Parish

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Gonzales disaster recovery center will close Friday, April 15, at 6 p.m.

The center is located at the following address:

Lamar Dixon Expo Center
9039 S. St. Landry Avenue
Gonzales, La.

Louisiana disaster survivors in Gonzales may still visit other centers to meet with recovery officials. For other locations go to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or call 800-621-3362.

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Spend FEMA Grants Wisely

RIDGELAND, Miss. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has already put more than $5 million in federal disaster relief funds in the hands of Mississippians recovering from flooding and severe weather. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and FEMA want to remind those receiving grant payments to spend those funds wisely. Survivors should use Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance grants on housing repairs and other essential needs.

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A Disaster Recovery Center Is Scheduled To Close in Stephenville

AUSTIN, Texas - The disaster recovery center, located at Erath County Fire Station, 830 A East Road, Stephenville, will close at 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 16.

DRCs are operated jointly by FEMA and the state. After the center closes, Texans whose homes or businesses were affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred March 7-29, can still register for assistance, get questions answered and check on the status of their claim the following ways:

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Prevent Mold From Ruining Your Home and Your Health

JACKSON, Miss. – Floodwaters have receded from the severe storms that hit beginning March 9, but they are leaving behind the perfect damp environment for mold and mildew to thrive, advises state health officials.

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Help Remains After Greene County Recovery Center Closes

JACKSON, Miss. – The disaster recovery center operated by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Greene County will close permanently Saturday, April 16, at 6 p.m. However, disaster survivor assistance teams continue to canvass the area with information on available assistance. Survivors also may call the FEMA helpline listed below or visit the center in Forrest County.

The Forrest County disaster recovery center is open this week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Help Remains After Tunica Recovery Center Closes

JACKSON, Miss. – The disaster recovery center operated by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Tunica County will close permanently Saturday, April 16, at 6 p.m., and recovery center hours are changing at all other centers beginning Saturday, April 16.

Disaster survivor assistance teams continue to canvass flood-affected areas throughout Mississippi with information on available assistance. Area residents may still call the FEMA helpline listed below or visit nearby centers.

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Partnerships and Progress: Louisiana Flooding and Severe Storms 30 Days Later

BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 30 days ago, many witnessed Louisiana residents and emergency responders from all levels of government join forces with voluntary groups, faith and community-based organizations, and neighbors helping neighbors to face the unprecedented challenges brought on by historic flooding and severe storms that began March 8 in the Pelican State.
    

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Disaster Assistance Is for Texas Renters, Too

AUSTIN, Texas – Renters in Texas counties whose homes and property were damaged by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding may be eligible for federal disaster assistance. Aid is available to residents of Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hood, Jasper, Limestone, Marion, Newton, Orange, Parker, Shelby and Tyler counties.

Federal grants can help pay for temporary housing not covered by insurance. These rental grants are initially for two months.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Jonesboro, Jackson Parish and Greensburg, St. Helena Parish for Louisiana Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Wednesday, April 13, in Jonesboro, Jackson Parish and Greensburg, St. Helena Parish to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The Jonesboro center will be open six days only and will close on Monday, April 18.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Dr. Charles Garrett Community Center
182 Industrial Drive
Jonesboro, La.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Pineville, Rapides Parish and Many, Sabine Parish for Louisiana Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Wednesday, April 6, in Pineville, Rapides Parish and Many, Sabine Parish to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

 

The Old Cleco Bldg
201 Cleco Drive
Pineville, La.

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Flood insurance: The time to buy is while it’s dry

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Until it happens to them, most people don’t realize that even an inch or two of water can cause thousands of dollars in damage. During the recent floods in Missouri, thousands experienced the trauma of flooded homes and businesses. The toll not only includes the heartbreak of losing precious possessions, but financial hardship, especially for those who don’t have flood insurance.

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SHARES Interoperability Exercise to Use 5 MHz Channels, Involve Amateur Radio

Lack of Power Stymies Amateur Radio Post-Quake Aid in Ecuador

On-the-Air Activity to Highlight International Marconi Day on April 23

“Zorro” Miyazawa, JH1AJT, Presented with Intrepid Spirit Award at Visalia

The Intrepid-DX Group has announced that noted DXer and DXpeditioner Yasuo “Zorro” Miyazawa, JH1AJT, is the recipient of its 4th annual Intrepid Spirit Award. The award recognizes his efforts in activating Eritrea, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.

“Zorro is largely responsible for fulfilling the need for Eritrea, Myanmar, and Bangladesh contacts,” Intrepid-DX Group President Paul Ewing, N6PSE, said. “We...


Brazil Eases Authorization for Radio Amateurs Attending the 2016 Summer Olympics

IARU Region 2 News Editor Joaquín Solana, XE1R, reports that radio amateurs hoping to operate in Brazil during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this summer are in luck and will be able to be on air without bureaucracy.

During August and September any foreign radio amateur will be able to operate in Brazil, whether or not a reciprocal agreement between the respective countries exists. No IARP or CEP...


Commemorative ARISS Slow-Scan TV Transmissions a Success

The recent commemorative Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions from April 11 to April 14 were successful, with images received by many stations around the world. The SSTV transmissions marked the 15th anniversary (in 2015) of continuous Amateur Radio operations on the International Space Station.

The first ISS crew conducted its inaugu...


New ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, Pledges World-Class Service, Openness, Inclusiveness

The ARRL’s new Chief Executive Officer Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, got down to work on his first day in office by promising to make the League’s foundational business processes “rock solid” and bring them up to state of the art, which members have a right to expect. Gallagher, who arrived at Headquarters on February 29 as CEO-Elect, has now assumed the top leadership post long held by David Sumner, K...


Radio Amateurs Asked to Keep 7.060 MHz Clear for Ecuador Earthquake Emergency Traffic

In the wake of the April 16 earthquake in Ecuador, the Amateur Radio community is being asked to keep 7.060 MHz clear for “Cadena HC” emergency traffic. DXpeditions operating RTTY on 40 meters are requested to keep pileups below 7.060 MHz. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake has resulted in dozens of deaths and many more injuries.

Most earthquake damage has occurred in the Guayaquil (HC2) and Portoviej...


It’s World Amateur Radio Day!

Every April 18, hams around the globe observe World Amateur Radio Day (WARD). Sponsored by the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), World Amateur Radio Day marks the founding of the IARU in 1925. Radio amateurs worldwide will celebrate Amateur Radio’s contribution to society. WARD 2016 coincides with National Parks Week in the US, so listen for amateurs on from NPS units for National Parks...


The K7RA Solar Update

There was an upward bump in recent solar activity, with average daily sunspot number for the April 7-13 period at 32 (compared to 19.1 for the previous seven days) and average daily solar flux rising 23 points to 106.1.

Note that what we are seeing now is the occasional uptick in solar activity as the Sun continues its decline to solar minimum, perhaps sometime around 2020.

Average daily planetar...


ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology Application Deadline is May 1

Time is running short to apply for a spot in the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology this summer. The deadline is May 1. Now in its 13th year, the Teachers Institute is an intensive expenses paid professional development opportunity for educators who want to receive training and resources to explore wireless technology in the classroom.

Topics at the Introduction to Wireless Technolog...


ARRL VHF Contest Revitalization Committee Calls for Comments on Proposed “UHF and Up” Event

The ARRL VHF Contest Revitalization (VCR) Committee has drafted rules for a proposed new UHF and Up Contest and now is seeking input from the contesting community. The invitation follows the Committee’s review of “considerable input from the amateur community.” 

“In proposing the new rules, the Committee sought to respond to some of the most frequently received comments and to provide a ‘test be...


The “Other” Heard Island DXpedition — VK0LD

The just-ended Heard Island VK0EK DXpedition logged more than 75,000 contacts, but the under-the-radar, contemporaneous VK0LD operation also put a new one into a few more logs. VK0EK logistics team member Mike Coffey, KJ4Z, operated as VK0LD from California, remotely controlling one of the VK0EK Elecraft K3S operating positions. He used a K3/0-Mini and the free RemoteHams.com RCForb client and ...


ARRL Rookie Roundup Returns with SSB Event on Sunday, April 17!

The SSB version of ARRL Rookie Roundup is back on Sunday, April 17. The event gets under way at 1800 UTC and continues through 2359 UTC. For the purposes of this operating event, a “Rookie” is any radio amateur licensed within the current calendar year or in the previous two calendar years, regardless of license class. The goal of Rookie Roundup is to encourage recently licensed operators in No...


K1KP Wins April QST Cover Plaque Award

The winner of the April 2016 QST Cover Plaque award is Can Home Solar Power and Amateur Radio Coexist?” by Tony Brock-Fisher, K1KP.

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the May issue today.

 






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Text-a-Tip Programs Promote Campus and Public Safety

University of Southern California's text message tip program guarantees user anonymity while promoting campus security.


States Scored on Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities

Arkansas, Delaware and New York among top-ranking states; Montana has the lowest score, according to nonprofit's report.


Web-Based System Simplifies South Carolina's Disaster Data Collection

South Carolina's Web-based data management system simplifies the HAZUS updating process and provides redundancy in case of disaster.


New York Testing Emergency Alerts Over Xbox, PlayStation, Wii Online Networks

The state's free, subscription-based emergency alert system hopes to expand to online gamers in 2010.


States Receiving Long-Awaited Funds for Enhanced 911

A $40 million federal grant will address switching to an IP-based network and quicker service for wireless calls.


Coast Guard Contingency Planner John Stanley Develops Strategies for Natural Disasters and ...

John Stanley discusses port security and military preparedness for disasters.


Flood Management and Rebuilding Plans Help Iowa Town Recover

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, recovers from 2008's record floods.


Virtual Alabama Facilitates Data Sharing Among State and Local Agencies

Alabama lets law enforcement, first responders share important data as incidents happen.


Satellite Technology Provides Disaster Communications When Cell Towers Fail

Satellite communication includes unmanned aerial vehicles and satellite images.


Social Media Brings Together Resources, Creates More Resilient Communities (Analysis, Social ...

Web 2.0 allows communities that have been affected by a disaster to converge online.