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FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Reaching Out in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are working in Hurricane Florence affected-areas in North Carolina to help survivors register for assistance, identify and address immediate and emerging needs, and make referrals to other local, state and voluntary agencies to best meet survivors’ needs.



Posted on 19 September 2018 | 7:45 pm

FEMA Awards $571,573 Grant to Defiance County

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $571,573 in Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) funds to Defiance County, for the construction of a safe room at Camp Lakota Boy Scout Camp in Defiance, Ohio.


Posted on 19 September 2018 | 2:37 pm

Insurance Auto Dialer

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – FEMA wants eligible survivors to receive all their assistance. Virgin Islanders may receive a phone call as a reminder that survivors affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria have up to 12 months from the date of registration to submit insurance settlement documents, exclusion, or a denial letter, especially if there has been a 30 day or more delay.


Posted on 19 September 2018 | 2:10 pm

Hurricane María Was No Match for Survivor’s Spirit

 BAYAMÓN, Puerto Rico – Ilia González had to make some tough decisions in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane María’s landfall a year ago. Chief among them: whether to leave her home and support network in Barrio Santa Olaya and give up her job.



Posted on 19 September 2018 | 1:02 pm

FEMA Launches FEMA Integration Team in Virginia

PHILADELPHIAYou know a strategy is meaningful when you can see it brought to life in meaningful and practical outcomes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) just did that, during an active disaster nonetheless. In order to enhance the collaboration between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Fede


Posted on 18 September 2018 | 3:39 pm

Volunteers and Donations Fuel Response and Recovery Efforts after Hurricane Florence

WASHINGTON - As the flooding from Florence continues, dozens of voluntary organizations are on the ground assisting communities and supporting affected states in response and recovery.

After a disaster, state and federal governments are not the only responders. Voluntary organizations play a vital role in supporting communities affected by disasters. Time and time again, they exceed expectations through operations fueled by the generosity of the American people.


Posted on 18 September 2018 | 2:22 pm

Colville Tribes, FEMA Sign Historic Agreement for Flood Recovery Efforts on Tribal Reservation

NESPELEM, Wash. – The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have signed an historic agreement paving the way for a nation-to-nation partnership in flood recovery.



Posted on 18 September 2018 | 2:14 pm

Finding Assistance after Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH If you are a North Carolina homeowner or renter whose home is damaged, unsafe, or inaccessible because of Hurricane Florence, resources are available to help get you on the road to recovery.



Posted on 18 September 2018 | 1:50 pm

Voluntary Organizations Work to Repair, Furnish Homes

MAUNABO, Puerto Rico – Throughout Puerto Rico, voluntary organizations are addressing the disaster-related unmet needs of survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.   

More than 100 local and national voluntary organizations are helping Hurricane María survivors by cleaning and repairing damaged homes so they are safe and sanitary, and providing additional services to storm survivors to assist with their recovery.


Posted on 18 September 2018 | 11:25 am

FEMA Awards $49 Million to PR Emergency Management Agency, Electric Power Authority and Rio Grande

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA has awarded the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency, Electric Power Authority and the Municipality of Rio Grande $49.3 million to cover Hurricane Maria-related expenses.

The grants approved are distributed as follows:


Posted on 18 September 2018 | 10:54 am

Statement by FEMA Administrator Brock Long

WASHINGTON - “I am not focused on this investigation. I am fully focused on those impacted by Hurricane Florence. I am looking forward to meeting with Governor Cooper tomorrow and discussing with him how the federal government can best help him meet his response and recovery needs."



Posted on 18 September 2018 | 7:56 am

Ten Additional North Carolina Counties Designated for Individual Assistance

RALEIGH – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Lenoir, Jones, Robeson, Sampson and Wayne counties may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damages and losses resulting from Hurricane Florence.



Posted on 17 September 2018 | 7:25 pm


DENVER – The flood insurance rate map update process for the West Gallatin River and Bozeman Creek and its tributaries is getting closer to completion. Updated flood insurance maps will provide more accurate flood risk information that can help local officials and residents make informed decisions about reducing flood risks and purchasing flood insurance.


Posted on 17 September 2018 | 2:27 pm


DENVER – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced a federal grant for the State of Utah that will make $1,916,396 available to Salt Lake City to help retrofit 100 homes in a community built along the Wasatch Fault.

The money will go toward roof-to-wall connections and chimney bracing as part of Utah’s Fix The Bricks program, and will enhance life safety for residents during an earthquake.


Posted on 17 September 2018 | 2:26 pm

Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alerting Systems

WASHINGTON –FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), postponed the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and


Posted on 17 September 2018 | 1:10 pm

NC, SC and VA Receive Interstate Support for Hurricane Florence Response

Support received from as far as California

WASHINGTON - As Florence continues to cause flooding through the east, 29 different states are sending support through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). EMAC is the nation’s congressionally ratified state-to-state mutual aid system to help facilitate resources during a disaster.

As of Sept. 16, more than 90 missions and 1,200 people have been requested from the following states:


Posted on 17 September 2018 | 12:43 pm

Federal assistance helping restore iconic Fulton convention center

AUSTIN, Texas — The Paws and Taws Convention Center hosted more than five decades of events in Fulton, Texas, before Hurricane Harvey tore through it in August. The beloved structure unfortunately could not be repaired, but its demolition didn’t end the Paws and Taws story or the memories created in the building.



Posted on 17 September 2018 | 11:56 am

Federal Aid Programs for The State Of South Carolina

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 Carolina.

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


Posted on 17 September 2018 | 11:39 am

A New Sense of Hope for Hurricane María Survivors in Bayamón

BAYAMÓN, Puerto Rico – Hurricane María survivor Francisco Diffut remembered what crossed his mind when he saw 20 volunteers standing outside the remnants of his home.

"They said more were coming but I thought that wasn’t true," he said. "Then a van full of people appeared. When I saw all those other people arrive, I was so stunned I just cried."


Posted on 17 September 2018 | 11:37 am

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

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of South Carolina to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence from September 8, 2018, and continuing.


Posted on 17 September 2018 | 11:07 am

How You Can Help Disaster Survivors

WASHINGTON – In the wake of a disaster, Americans have always come together with compassion and courage to ask how they can help survivors of Hurricane Florence. There are many ways that you can help survivors and ensure that an individual contribution – whether financial donation or personal time – is carried out responsibly.

The fastest way to help – cash is best


Posted on 16 September 2018 | 11:56 am

Practice Flood Safety as Florence Brings Rain to Virginia

PHILADELPHIA – As Tropical Storm Florence approaches Virginia, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III continues to prepare for potential impacts and support the Commonwealth. FEMA is currently responding to Florence in the Carolinas and planning for recovery in the hardest hit communities.


Posted on 15 September 2018 | 1:59 pm

FEMA and Partners Continue Response to Tropical Storm Florence

WASHINGTON – Tropical Storm Florence continues hammering the Carolinas with heavy rains, high winds and flash flooding today. Dangerous flooding is occurring across the impacted area, and residents and visitors should remain indoors until told by local officials that it is safe to go outside.

Residents in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia should:


Posted on 15 September 2018 | 1:00 pm

West Virginians Encouraged to Monitor Flood Risk from Remnants of Florence

PHILADELPHIA – As Hurricane Florence makes its way inland, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III and the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) are encouraging the State of West Virginia to prepare for potential flash flooding, rising rivers and streams, and landslides from the remnants of Florence over the weekend.


Posted on 15 September 2018 | 12:18 pm

Remnants of Florence Pose Major Flood Risk for Virginia

PHILADELPHIA – As Hurricane Florence makes its way inland, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) are encouraging everyone in the Commonwealth to prepare for potential inland or flash flooding, rising rivers and streams, and landslides from the remnants of Florence over the weekend.


Posted on 15 September 2018 | 12:14 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.

AMSAT Announces 2018 Board of Directors Election Results

AMSAT-NA has announced that Tom Clark, K3IO; Mark Hammond, N8MH, and Bruce Paige, KK5DO, have won new 2-year terms on the AMSAT Board of Directors. The First Alternate is Peter Portanova, W2JV. The Second Alternate is Scott Harvey, KA7FVV. Both will serve 1-year terms. The results of the voting, with 698 ballots cast, were: Tom Clark, K3IO, 574; Mark Hammond, N8MH, 507; Bruce Paige, KK5DO, 402,...

Posted on 19 September 2018 | 11:26 am

Nominations Sought for 2018 ARRL Bill Leonard Award

The ARRL Public Relations Committee is seeking nominations for the 2018 Bill Leonard Award, which recognizes this year’s best newspaper, radio, or television news story about Amateur Radio. The award honors professional journalists or journalistic teams whose outstanding coverage highlights the enjoyment, importance, and public service value that Amateur Radio offers. It was created as a tribut...

Posted on 17 September 2018 | 7:30 pm

Radio City Announces Closing, Owners to Retire

Amateur Radio retailer Radio City, Inc. of Mounds View, Minnesota, has announced it is closing.

“It's been a wonderful 36 years for us at Radio City, and we have decided to retire and close,” owners Dan, KB0XC, and Maline Fish said in a message on the retailer’s website. “We are so thankful for the many years of support and we have enjoyed working you, our customers. The technical, intelligent a...

Posted on 16 September 2018 | 1:44 pm

South Carolina Amateur Radio Volunteers Assist with Emergency Communication

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers from several South Carolina counties are pitching in to help support emergency communication, as the state deals with the aftereffects of Hurricane Florence. The storm, now a tropical depression, continues to generate heavy rainfall in the Carolinas.

“Amateur Radio operators are far from ‘amateurs’ when it comes to providing communication in an ...

Posted on 16 September 2018 | 1:41 pm

FCC Grants ARRL Temporary Waiver Request to Permit PACTOR 4 Use in Hurricane Relief

The FCC has granted an ARRL request for a temporary waiver of Section 97.307(f) of the FCC’s Amateur Service rules to permit the use of PACTOR 4 digital mode for Amateur Radio communication within the continental US related to Hurricane Florence relief. The grant extends through Tuesday, September 18, and a formal order addressing the request for a 30-day waiver will be issued next week, the FC...

Posted on 16 September 2018 | 8:24 am

Hurricane Watch Net Stands Down after Nearly 40 Hours of Operation

[UPDATED 2018-09-15@1515 UTC] The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has announced that it’s shutting down its activation for Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a Tropical Storm but still “a formidable system that will affect the coastal states for days,” HWN Assistant Manager Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said. “Because the storm is moving inland, Amateur Radio activity will shift to the various state and r...

Posted on 14 September 2018 | 8:07 pm

Hurricane Watch Net Remains Active as Florence Makes Landfall in North Carolina

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), which has been tracking the approach of Hurricane Florence, plans to remain active “until no longer needed.” The net activated on Thursday, September 13, at 1300 UTC on both its 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz frequencies.

The storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, early today (September 14) and has been scaled back to a Category 1 storm. The Nationa...

Posted on 14 September 2018 | 12:43 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 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 14 September 2018 | 11:48 am

The K7RA Solar Update

We observed a return of sunspot activity during the past reporting week (September 6-12), with spots on four days, but not consecutive. Sunspots were visible on September 8-9 and 11-12. Average daily sunspot numbers increased to 7.6, compared to zero over the previous seven days.

Average daily solar flux increased from 67.8 to 68.6, and planetary A index doubled from 6.3 to 12.6, while mid-latit...

Posted on 14 September 2018 | 7:43 am

W1AW Suspending Scheduled Transmissions on Friday, September 14

As part of the ongoing communication efforts with Hurricane Florence, Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will suspend its regular bulletin and code practice transmissions on Friday, September 14. The station will resume its normal operating schedule on Monday, September 17. Radio amateurs are reminded to avoid the various Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and SATERN frequencies, as well as any sta...

Posted on 13 September 2018 | 3:13 pm

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Tools for the Amateur Station” is the topic of the new (September 13) 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 t...

Posted on 13 September 2018 | 8:00 am

IARU Region 1 Monitoring System Reports Disappearance of Two 40-Meter Broadcast Intruders

The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that two long-time broadcast intruders on 40 meters are gone. IARUMS Coordinator Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, said in the August IARUMS newsletter that Radio Hargeisa in the Republic of Somaliland on 7.120 MHz, and Radio Ethiopia on 7.140 MHz, departed the band during the last week of August.

“We did not miss them,” he commented.

IARUMS did report increa...

Posted on 12 September 2018 | 2:57 pm

ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team to Activate on September 12

[UPDATED: 2018-09-12 @ 1435 UTC] The ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team will activate today (September 12), ARRL Emergency Response Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, has announced, as what the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is calling “dangerous Hurricane Florence” heads toward the southeastern US coast, where it’s “expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to portions of the ...

Posted on 11 September 2018 | 3:51 pm

NOAA Issues Moderate (G2) Geomagnetic Storm Watch for September 11

Just as Hurricane Florence approaches the US mainland and Hurricane Olivia is poised to affect Hawaii, NOAA has issued a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm watch for September 11. The G2 storm could exacerbate already modest propagation on HF bands as the planetary K index rises to an estimated value of 6. The G2 forecast stems from a fast-moving stream of coronal hole solar wind that’s expected t...

Posted on 11 September 2018 | 10:54 am

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