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FEMA Releases Publication One: We are FEMA

WASHINGTON – Today, FEMA released the third edition of Publication 1 (Pub 1) and invites the whole community, including individuals and organizations, to read the new publication to better understand our mission and role in emergency management.

“Pub 1 is FEMA’s capstone doctrine, and explains the story of who we are, why we are here, what we face, what we do, and how we do it,” said Acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor. “It unites us in our purpose because together, we are FEMA.”

Posted on 20 November 2019 | 1:37 pm

PrepTalk Released: Jan Peelen's 'Living with Water: How the Netherlands Prevents Flood Disasters'

WASHINGTON — Today, FEMA and its emergency management partners released Jan Peelen’s PrepTalk “Living with Water: How the Netherlands Prevents Flood Disasters”. In his PrepTalk, Peelen tells the story of the Netherland’s historic battle with flooding and shares how the Dutch are learning to live with water.

Posted on 19 November 2019 | 4:26 pm

FEMA Awards Dania Beach Nearly $2.8 Million To Install Emergency Generators and Pumps at Wastewater Pumping Stations

ORLANDO, Fla. – The City of Dania Beach will receive nearly $2.8 million in federal grant money to install back-up generators and pumps at wastewater pumping stations to help them remain operational during severe storms.

Posted on 19 November 2019 | 4:03 pm

Best Practice: Montgomery County post-storm home replacements stand the tests of time, weather hazards

AUSTIN, Texas – A new life has literally been built for 54 residents of Montgomery County, Texas — residents whose mobile homes were damaged by the winds and rain of Hurricane Ike in 2008. Little did they know just how much that hurricane would change their lives.


Posted on 19 November 2019 | 11:09 am


Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump's disaster declaration issued for the state of South Dakota.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required: 

Posted on 19 November 2019 | 10:46 am

President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for South Dakota

WASHINGTON – FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of South Dakota to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding beginning on Sept. 9 -- Sept. 26, 2019.

Posted on 19 November 2019 | 10:39 am

Today is Last Day to Apply for Storm, Flooding Assistance from FEMA

JACKSON, Miss.  -You have until 11:59 p.m. (ET) tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 19 to apply for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

If your home or apartment is in Clay, Humphreys, Issaquena, Lowndes, Monroe, Sharkey, Warren or Yazoo county, and you experienced damage related to last February’s storms, you may qualify for a federal grant to help pay your storm-related expenses. But today is the last day you can register!

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 2:34 pm

FEMA Offers Free Rebuilding Tips at Local Home Improvement Stores

AUSTIN, Texas – Disaster survivors affected by the severe storms and floods from Tropical Storm Imelda, can visit local home improvement stores in Houston, Pasadena and Webster for rebuilding tips from mitigation experts. Mitigation specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be on hand to answer questions about home repair, making disaster plans, putting together supply kits and the importance of flood insurance.


Posted on 18 November 2019 | 2:19 pm

Course Builds Stronger Path to Fortifying Building Codes

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – Utilizing FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) recently provided its Division of Building Permits staff a chance to strengthen their knowledge during a four-day International Code Council (ICC) Building Inspector Academy.


Posted on 18 November 2019 | 12:16 pm

FEMA Obligates Over $3.7 Million in Additional Federal Grants to Coamo and Salinas

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA has awarded over $3.7 million in additional funds to Coamo and Salinas municipalities to cover costs related to Hurricane María.

These awards bring the amount of funds obligated under FEMA’s Public Assistance program to nearly $6 billion.

The latest grants are as follows:

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 8:52 am

$4.4 Million Approved for Florida Department of Agriculture

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — FEMA has approved $4,432,729 to reimburse the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the cost of emergency protective measures after Hurricane Michael.


Posted on 15 November 2019 | 3:02 pm

FEMA Awards Jacksonville Nearly $21.6 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses

ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $21,582,461 for the State of Florida to help the City of Jacksonville defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

Posted on 15 November 2019 | 2:41 pm

FACT SHEET: Citizenship Status and Eligibility for Disaster Assistance FAQ

Q.  If I am an undocumented immigrant, am I eligible for assistance for needs related to the disaster?

A:        Yes, you may be eligible under many different programs run by voluntary agencies for various types of assistance. Among these are:

Posted on 15 November 2019 | 1:04 pm

Santa Fe woman returns home with help from GLO, FEMA

AUSTIN, Texas — Recovering from a hurricane can be a long, process. But if you stick to the process, it often pays off.


“There were a few times I thought about giving up,” Sabrina Vanduser said as her grandmother moved into a brand new home. It is a lot to handle, especially [because] you have to get on with your life and do your other stuff.”


Posted on 15 November 2019 | 10:31 am

GUJARATI TRANSLATION: હાર્વે વાવાઝોડાથી બચનારાઓ જો ઇમેલ્ડાથી અસરગ્રસ્ત થયા હોય તો સંઘીય સહાય માટે અરજી કરી શકે છે

ઓસ્ટિન, ટેક્સાસ - જો તમે હાર્વે વાવાઝોડાથી નુકસાન થયું હોવાના કારણે સંઘીય સહાય માટે નોંધણી કરાવી લીધી હોય તો પણ, જો તમે ઉષ્ણકટિબંધીય તોફાન ઇમેલ્ડાથી અસરગ્રસ્ત થયા હોવ તો પણ તમે સહાય માટે નોંધણી કરાવી શકો છો. એક હોનારત માટે અરજી કરવા અને /અથવા સહાય પ્રાપ્ત કર્યા પછી સંઘીય સહાય બંધ થતી નથી. જો તમને અગાઉની, સંઘીય ઘોષિત હોનારત માટે સહાય મેળવી હોય તો પણ સહાય ઉપલબ્ધ થઈ શકે છે.


Posted on 14 November 2019 | 4:31 pm

FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency will evaluate a biennial emergency preparedness exercise at the Limerick Generating Station in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The exercise will take place November 19, 2019 to test the ability of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 4:00 pm

FEMA Approves $1,606,065.75 to the town of Brookfield, Connecticut

REGION 1 – The town of Brookfield will receive $1,204,542,56 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the costs incurred for debris removal operations as a result of Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Straight-line Winds event from May 15, 2018.

This funding is a result of a partnership between FEMA and the State of Connecticut Emergency Management Agency.

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 2:03 pm

FEMA Approves more than $2.3 million to the town of Hamden, Connecticut

REGION 1 – The town of Hamden will receive more than $2.3 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the costs incurred for debris removal operations as a result of Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Straight-line Winds event from May 15, 2018.  A Presidential declaration was declared on August 20, 2018.


Posted on 14 November 2019 | 1:44 pm

Community Recovery Centers Scheduled to Close by Early December

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – As long-term recovery continues, the remaining 10 Community Recovery Centers, known as CRCs, will close on Nov. 21 and Dec. 5.


Posted on 14 November 2019 | 11:40 am

FEMA Grants Santa Rosa $1M To Ensure Effective Evacuation Routes

Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted $1 million to the City of Santa Rosa for the installation of battery back-up systems to 175 traffic signals. Recent wildfires and Public Safety Power Shutoffs have highlighted the need to maintain established evacuation routes. When traffic signals lose power, intersections become four-way stops, dramatically slowing evacuations and increasing driver uncertainty.

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 11:35 am

Don’t Let Misconceptions Stop You from Applying for FEMA Aid

JACKSON, Miss. – If you were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding which began in February, the last day to register for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. You are eligible to apply if you live in Clay, Humphreys, Issaquena, Lowndes, Monroe, Sharkey, Warren, and Yazoo counties.

If your friends experienced damage related to last February’s storms, they may have misconceptions about federal disaster assistance and may assume they are not eligible.

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 10:24 am

FEMA Awards Collier County More Than $3 Million To Install Emergency Generators at Wastewater Pumping Stations

ORLANDO, Fla. – Collier County will receive a $3 million federal grant to install back-up generators at wastewater pumping stations to help them remain operational during severe storms.

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 8:19 am

Hurricane Harvey Survivors May Apply for Federal Assistance if Affected by Imelda

AUSTIN, TX – Even if you registered for federal assistance because you suffered damage from Hurricane Harvey, you can register for assistance if affected by Tropical Storm Imelda. Federal aid does not stop after applying for, and/or receiving assistance from a single disaster. Assistance may be available if you received assistance from a previous, federally declared disaster.


Posted on 13 November 2019 | 3:17 pm

$1.4 Million Approved for Bay County Hurricane Michael Expenses

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — FEMA has approved $1,433,086 for the state of Florida to reimburse Bay County debris removal activity costs following Hurricane Michael.


Funds will reimburse the county for debris removal from canals and waterways following the October 2018 storm.


Posted on 13 November 2019 | 2:55 pm

Florida Dept. of Military Affairs Approved for Additional $4 Million

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. FEMA has approved an additional $4,042,880 to reimburse the Florida Department of Military Affairs for the cost of emergency protective measures taken after Hurricane Michael.


Posted on 13 November 2019 | 2:53 pm

American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.

The K7RA Solar Update

We have not seen any sunspots since November 2, and at that time they were only visible for two days, and prior to that no sunspots since October 2.

According to Spaceweather.com, that recent sunspot, though very short lived, was a new Cycle 25 spot: https://bit.ly/2KJ7cyy

The average daily solar flux this week dipped slightly from 70.3 to 69.9. Geomagnetic conditions were quiet, with average dai...

Posted on 22 November 2019 | 10:31 am

ARRL Self-Guided Emergency Communication Course EC-001-S is Now Available On Demand

ARRL’s EC-001-S online “Introduction to Emergency Communication” course is now available to students in an on-demand format, allowing students to register for the course and begin work at any time. This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer.

In response to the great course demand and to expand access to EC-001, ARRL developed a self-g...

Posted on 21 November 2019 | 3:55 pm

ARRL Legislative Advocacy Committee Drafting New Bill Addressing Antenna Restrictions

The ARRL Board of Directors Legislative Advocacy Committee is in the process of drafting a new bill to address the issue of private land-use restrictions on amateur radio antennas. The proposed legislation would be the successor to the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The Legislative Advocacy Committee, chaired by Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, will report to the Board soon, once plans...

Posted on 21 November 2019 | 3:53 pm

WA6QBU Wins the November QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the November 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “A 160-Meter Window Line Loop” by Jim McLelland, WA6QBU.

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 December issue today.


Posted on 21 November 2019 | 9:44 am

WRC-19 Okays Agreement on 6-Meter Band in ITU Region 1

Delegates to World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) have approved a 6-meter allocation for International Telecommunication (ITU) Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East). The decision followed more than 2 weeks of strenuous negotiations to reconcile widely disparate views of Region 1 administrations.

“The result is a dramatic improvement in the international Radio Regulations for am...

Posted on 21 November 2019 | 9:43 am

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Posted on 21 November 2019 | 8:00 am

OH2BH to be on the Air from Myanmar

The government in Myanmar has given limited amateur operating privileges to Martti Laine, OH2BH. He will use XZ2D. Laine reports that authorities in the Southeast Asian nation have only permitted him to operate on 15 meters and higher, but he is hoping to obtain permission to operate on a spot frequency on 20 meters.

“Getting 14.065 kHz temporarily for the duration of 48 hours would be magic,” ...

Posted on 20 November 2019 | 4:57 pm

Alaska and Tennessee Getting New Section Managers

Two new Section Managers have been declared elected in the just-concluded fall election cycle. Ballots for the Alaska and the Tennessee Section Manager elections were counted on November 19 at ARRL Headquarters. Eight incumbent Section Managers ran without opposition during this election cycle. All of terms of office start on January 1.

In a very close race in Alaska, David Stevens, KL7EB, recei...

Posted on 20 November 2019 | 4:39 pm

Happy 45th Birthday, AMSAT-OSCAR 7!

The world’s longest-lived satellite, AO-7, turned 45 years old this month. It was launched on November 15, 1974, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. After nearly 7 years of service, AO-7 was thought to have reached the end of its life in June 1981 due to battery failure, and a premature obituary appeared in the AMSAT Satellite Report.

In an interesting footnote, although AO-7 was thoug...

Posted on 20 November 2019 | 9:11 am

Melissa Stemmer Joins ARRL Headquarters as Development Manager

Connecticut native Melissa Stemmer has joined the ARRL Headquarters staff as Development Manager. Born and raised in Waterbury, Stemmer earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut in 1998, and she worked in that field for more than 15 years. After deciding that a career change was in order, Stemmer went back to school, earning a master’s in organizational leadershi...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 5:46 pm

Don Greenbaum, N1DG, appointed to NOAA and US Fish and Wildlife Service Community Group

Don Greenbaum, N1DG, of Duxbury, Massachusetts, has been appointed to the NOAA/US Fish and Wildlife Service Community Group. He will participate in meetings to discuss the development of the Monument Management Plan that will provide for effective direction over the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM). He will serve as a citizen-at-large representative.

His input in the disc...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 12:45 pm

WRC-19 Grinds On Into Third Week

With just 3-1/2 days left for substantive work, delegates at World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) face a daunting workload as the conferees try to reach consensus on several remaining issues including the agenda for the next WRC. The final session of the conference plenary to approve texts for inclusion in the Final Acts of the conference is set to wrap up at noon on Thursday, Nove...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 12:34 pm

Nominations Invited for CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW

CWops is now accepting nominations for its Award for Advancing the Art of CW for 2020. The award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations that have made the greatest contribution(s) toward advancing the art or practice of radio communication by Morse code. Candidates for the award may be authors of publications related to CW; CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coaches, and instructors; p...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 10:04 am

2019 ARRL Board of Directors Election Results

A new Director and Vice Director have been elected in the ARRL’s Southeastern Division, based on results from ballot tabulations on Friday, November 15, in the 2019 ARRL Board of Director elections. Mickey Baker, N4MB, defeated incumbent Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, 2,132 votes to 1739 votes. Also, challenger James Schilling, KG4JSZ, (1,356 votes)  defeated incumbent Vice Director Joseph Tirit...

Posted on 15 November 2019 | 6:33 pm

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

Posted on 15 November 2019 | 3:57 pm

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