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Texas Storm Survivors Urged to Register for Federal Disaster Assistance

AUSTIN, TX – State and federal officials are encouraging Texas residents in the two counties hardest hit by the ongoing severe storms and flooding to register for disaster assistance with FEMA as soon as possible.


If you live in Cameron and Hidalgo counties and suffered damage from the severe storms and flooding of June 19, 2018, and continuing, you may be eligible for federal disaster assistance.


Posted on 16 July 2018 | 5:12 pm

Finding Assistance after a Disaster

Austin, Texas – Are you a Texas homeowner or renter whose home is damaged or uninhabitable because of recent severe storms and floods? Resources are available to help get you on the road to recovery.


Do you have insurance?

If you have a homeowner’s or flood insurance policy, contact your insurance company and file a claim first.


Posted on 16 July 2018 | 5:07 pm

FEMA approves another $140 Million for Recovery in Puerto Rico

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA awarded more than $140 million in Public Assistance grants for Hurricane María recovery in Puerto Rico.

To date, the FEMA Public Assistance program has obligated $2.6 billion in total funding to the Government of Puerto Rico and municipalities for debris removal and emergency protective measures.


Posted on 16 July 2018 | 2:31 pm

1946 Tsunami a Turning Point for FEMA Mitigation Expert

HILO, HI—Hawaii-born Jeanne Johnston can still vividly recall the huge tsunami that devastated the big island of Hawai’i in 1946.



Posted on 16 July 2018 | 2:15 pm

Keep Your Pets in Mind When You Prepare for Hurricane Season

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – When preparing for an emergency, keep in mind: What’s good for you is good for your pet.


Posted on 16 July 2018 | 1:55 pm

Fact Sheet: Voluntary Agencies Leading and Organizing Repairs

The Voluntary Agencies Leading and Organizing Repair program, or VALOR, provides operational support to voluntary agencies performing work and services essential to sustaining life and protecting health, safety and property. Voluntary agencies perform minor emergency repairs to homes that enable residents to return or remain in their homes for shelter while permanent repairs are completed. FEMA pays for the materials and supplies. How it Works Voluntary agencies perform minor home repairs such as:


Posted on 16 July 2018 | 1:03 pm

2017 Hurricane After-Action Report: The Full Story

WASHINGTON - The objective of the After-Action Report is to identify the challenges FEMA faced as a result of three catastrophic hurricanes and California’s wildfires and makes transformational recommendations to improve the entire emergency management community.

FEMA admits failure.


Posted on 14 July 2018 | 1:24 pm

Federal Disaster Assistance Is for Texas Renters, Too

Austin, Texas – Renters in Texas counties whose homes and property were damaged by the severe storms and flooding may be eligible for federal disaster assistance, state and federal recovery officials said today.

Aid is available to residents of Hidalgo and Cameron counties that suffered damage from the severe storms, and flooding June 19, 2018 and continuing.



Posted on 13 July 2018 | 5:06 pm

The Disaster Recovery Centers have New Hours

HONOLULU – The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Hanalei and Honolulu will have new hours beginning Monday, July 16. The DRCs will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The DRCs will be closed on Sundays.


Posted on 13 July 2018 | 4:29 pm

Get Home Repair Advice July 16 - 21 in Bayamón, Carolina, Guaynabo, Ponce and San Juan

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Fort Buchanan and Home Depot have teamed with FEMA to provide residents of Puerto Rico with free information and tips on how to make homes stronger and safer for hurricane season as they repair and rebuild their homes.



Posted on 13 July 2018 | 12:32 pm

President Donald J. Trump Amends Seminole Tribe of Florida Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that additional disaster assistance is available to the Seminole Tribe of Florida by authorizing increased federal funding for Public Assistance projects undertaken as a result of Hurricane Irma during the period of September 4 – October 4, 2017.


Posted on 13 July 2018 | 9:02 am

Applicants for FEMA Aid have the Right to Appeal Agency’s Decision

Kaua’i County and the City and County of Honolulu residents who have registered with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance have the right to appeal any of the agency’s decisions made about their eligibility or the assistance they received. Applicants have 60 days from the date on FEMA’s decision letter to file an appeal.

The applicant’s appeal letter must explain the reason(s) for appeal and must be signed by the applicant or a person authorized to act on his/her behalf. The appeal should also include the following:


Posted on 12 July 2018 | 9:20 pm

FEMA Releases the 2017 Hurricane Season FEMA After-Action Report

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency released today the 2017 Hurricane Season FEMA After-Action Report. The report examines the agency’s performance during the record breaking season. Last year, hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria devastated the nation at a time when FEMA was already supporting 692 federally declared disasters. During response to the three catastrophic hurricanes, FEMA also responded to the historic wildfires in California.


Posted on 12 July 2018 | 8:50 pm

Disaster Officials Caution Quake Damage Not Immediately Evident

Registering for Aid with FEMA May Cover Repairs

HONOLULU—Residents of Hawai’i County who have felt the ground rumble beneath their homes as a result of the ongoing Kilauea eruptions and earthquakes are encouraged to look carefully for damage.


Signs of earthquake damage are not immediately evident and can be cumulative.  Even small quakes can cause damage. Residents should check their property periodically and document any damage. Look for:


Posted on 12 July 2018 | 4:31 pm


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 West Virginia.

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


Posted on 12 July 2018 | 2:58 pm

President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for West Virginia

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of West Virginia to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides from May 28 to June 3, 2018.


Posted on 12 July 2018 | 2:35 pm

Fort San Jerónimo Faced Fierce Battles, and Then María

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Among the ramparts of the Fort San Jerónimo del Boquerón, a small defense battery located at the east of San Juan islet, is the site of historic events in Puerto Rico.

The fort, built in the 16th century and rebuilt in 1799 by the Spanish, has faced fierce battles – and often very bad weather.


Posted on 11 July 2018 | 4:36 pm

Local Hires Support FEMA, Alabama Emergency Agency in Assisting State’s Recovery

Anniston, Ala. - Magnum Waldrop of Attalla is a busy guy. Not only is he working on an EMT certification, he is one of eight Alabamians who are working for FEMA to help local governments and persons affected by the March 19-20 storms and tornadoes. 



Posted on 11 July 2018 | 1:57 pm

FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Virginia

PHILADELPHIAThe Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a Biennial Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the North Anna Power Station in Louisa County, Virginia.


Posted on 11 July 2018 | 1:25 pm

FEMA Announces Grant For New Haven

Boston - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is announcing funding for New Haven, Connecticut, for projects related to DR-4087-CT through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). HMGP provides federal funds to eligible communities after a Presidentially-disaster declaration to reduce the impact of future events.


Posted on 11 July 2018 | 9:03 am

FEMA Provides Federal Funds to Help Fight the Ryegrass Coulee Fire

BOTHELL, Wash. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Ryegrass Coulee Fire in Kittitas County, Washington.



Posted on 10 July 2018 | 5:32 pm

FEMA grants more than $9.2 million to Orange County for debris removal

AUSTIN, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $9.2 million for Orange County debris removal following Hurricane Harvey.



Posted on 10 July 2018 | 4:59 pm

Advice on Building Back Stronger Available at Recovery Center

HONOLULU–FEMA recovery experts at the Kea’au Disaster Recovery Center are offering residents advice on building back stronger from disaster damage and tips on retrofitting to protect against earthquake damage.


Whether from wind, fire, flooding or earthquake, FEMA specialists can offer advice on how to rebuild and how to prepare for multiple hazards.



Posted on 10 July 2018 | 3:53 pm

Progress Made in Disposal Operations for Hurricane Debris

U.S. Virgin Islands – Hurricanes Irma and Maria left behind 580,000 cubic yards of debris in the U.S.Virgin Islands, enough to fill 177 Olympic size swimming pools. All eligible debris has been collected and significant progress is being made toward the goal of shipping it away from the territory.


Posted on 10 July 2018 | 3:08 pm

FEMA and Emergency Management Partner Organizations Release PrepTalks on Youth Preparedness

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with organizations that collectively represent the emergency management profession, released today two video presentations from the PrepTalks Symposium on May 30, 2018 in Long Branch, NJ. These two presentations are from thought leaders in youth preparedness and provide concrete actions that can reduce children’s vulnerability to disasters.


Posted on 10 July 2018 | 12:26 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.

WRTC 2018 Teams Produce Amazing Contact Totals Despite Poor Conditions

A crack team of contesters from Lithuania has won the gold medal in World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018), held over the weekend in Germany. Operating as Y81N, Gedas Lucinskas, LY9A, and Mindis Jukna, LY4L, topped the real-time scoreboard for much of the event, which is held as a competition within a contest in conjunction with the IARU HF Championship. Lucinskas and Jukna had end...

Posted on 16 July 2018 | 3:11 pm

Shop AmazonSmile on Prime Day and Help Support ARRL!

Amazon Prime Day is here! Deals started at 3 PM EDT (1900 UTC) today, July 16 and run through Tuesday, July 17. Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. As you browse the great deals available exclusively to Amazon Prime members, we invite you to shop at AmazonSmile, choosing the ARRL as your charity of choice.

With every qualifying purchase you make through AmazonSmile, Amazon...

Posted on 16 July 2018 | 2:56 pm

ARRL Represented at IEEE Symposium in Boston

Posted on 13 July 2018 | 3:18 pm

Friedrichshafen Emergency Communications Gathering Hears Reports

IARU Region 1 Emergency Coordinator Greg Mossup, G0DUB, has posted a report on the Emergency Communications Meeting held at June’s Ham Radio event in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Mossup said some 20 emergency communicators attended the June 1 meeting, sponsored by the IARU.

“After the introduction and Region 1 report, there were interesting presentations followed by a good exchange of information i...

Posted on 13 July 2018 | 2:32 pm

The K7RA Solar Update

As of Thursday, July 12, there have been no sunspots visible for 16 days consecutively.

Spaceweather.com pointed out that to find an equally long stretch of no sunspots, we must look back to November 2009 when we were emerging from the deepest solar minimum in a century. At the lowest of the low activity in 2008, the sun was blank for 52 consecutive days, they reported, and that seems to be from...

Posted on 13 July 2018 | 7:24 am

WRTC 2018 Call Signs Will Be Y81A through Y89U

WRTC 2018 organizers today officially announced the list of call signs to be used during the World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) competition that gets under way at 1200 UTC on Saturday, July 14. The call signs to be used will be Y81A through Y89U.

Y##-prefix call signs, once used by radio amateurs in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) were inherited by the Germa...

Posted on 12 July 2018 | 5:34 pm

FCC Administrative Law Judge Dismisses Radio Amateur’s Long-Standing License Renewal Application

[UPDATED 2018-07-12 @ 1937 UTC -- This story corrects some incorrect statements included in an earlier post.]

A California man embroiled in a long-running license renewal proceeding has lost the next step in his fight to remain a radio amateur. In a July 9 Order, FCC Administrative Law Judge Richard L. Sippel terminated the decade-old license renewal application of William Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6A...

Posted on 12 July 2018 | 4:00 pm

Some ARRL Contest Award Certificates Now Available for Download

The ARRL Contest Branch has announced that some contest award certificates now are available for download from the ARRL website in PDF and JPEG formats. Just enter the call sign. 

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, credited “the extraordinary efforts of Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, together with Trey Garlough, N5KO; Ward Silver, N0AX, and the ARRL IT team,” for making this a reality.


Posted on 12 July 2018 | 9:27 am

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Mailbag” is the topic of the current (July 5) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel ...

Posted on 12 July 2018 | 9:00 am

VE7CA Wins the July QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the July 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “An Antenna for 630 to 10 Meters” by Markus Hansen, VE7CA. 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 August issue today.


Posted on 11 July 2018 | 3:46 pm

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