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Queen City, OH
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Linn County, IA
Bexar County, TX
Collin County, TX
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Garland County, TX
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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Texas

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 Texas.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

Posted on 18 July 2019 | 3:31 am

President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Texas

WASHINGTON – FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding beginning June 24-25, 2019.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Posted on 18 July 2019 | 3:24 am

Three Weeks Left to Register for Arkansas Disaster Assistance

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – There are 3 weeks left to register for Federal assistance for damages sustained in the flooding that occurred from May 21 to June 14. The registration deadline is August 7


Posted on 17 July 2019 | 6:14 pm

FEMA Announces 2019 Youth Preparedness Council Members

WASHINGTON – FEMA announces today the selectees for the 2019–2020 Youth Preparedness Council.

FEMA selected eight new and seven returning members of the council based on their dedication to public service, community involvement, and potential to expand their impact as national supporters for youth preparedness.

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 5:24 pm

Iowa Storm Survivors Should ‘Stay in Touch’ with FEMA

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa homeowners and renters who have registered for disaster assistance with FEMA are encouraged by recovery officials to “stay in touch” with the agency after they have applied for assistance.

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 4:32 pm

FEMA Selects Madeline Ortiz for the 2019-2020 Youth Preparedness Council

BOTHELL, Wash. - FEMA welcomes Madeline Ortiz from Palmer, Alaska as one of the 15 national selectees for the 2019-2020 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 4:22 pm

FEMA Selects Hsin Ya Huang for the 2019-2020 Youth Preparedness Council

BOTHELL, Wash. - FEMA welcomes Hsin Ya (Jessie) Huang from Eugene, Oregon as one of the 15 national selectees for the 2019-2020 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC). FEMA created the YPC in 2012 to bring together young leaders who are interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities by completing disaster preparedness projects nationally and locally.

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 4:15 pm

Avoid Another Disaster: Beware of Fraud

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Scams seem to follow disasters. Don’t let your guard down and suffer another disaster such as identity theft or paying fees for services that are never provided.

Remember, FEMA never charges for services nor does it endorse any commercial business, product or service. All federal employees have an official badge/ID. Ask to see it.

The following are some common post-disaster fraud practices to avoid.

Fraudulent building contractors.
When hiring a contractor, the Missouri Attorney General suggests:

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 4:10 pm

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and FEMA Sign Historic Pact for Disaster Recovery

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have signed an historic agreement that paves the way for a nation-to-nation partnership in disaster recovery from the severe storms and flooding that occurred March 13 to April 1, 2019.

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 4:00 pm

Hurricane Irma Flood Insurance Payments Top $1 Billion in Florida

Officials Tout NFIP Coverage as First Line of Defense Against Flooding

Orlando, Fla. – Nearly two years after Hurricane Irma struck Florida, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has paid more than $1 billion towards 21,949 flood insurance claims by policyholders whose properties were flooded during the historic storm.

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 2:20 pm

FEMA Awards Southwest Ranches More Than $2 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses

ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $2,035,101 for the State of Florida to help the Town of Southwest Ranches defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

FEMA funds will reimburse the town for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris within Southwest Ranches between Sept. 18 and Oct. 17, 2017 following the September 2017 storm. During that time period, the town’s contractor gathered, hauled away and disposed of 115,110 cubic yards of vegetative debris from public rights of way.

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 1:55 pm

FEMA Selects Wyatt Reed for the 2019-2020 Youth Preparedness Council

DENTON, TEXAS – FEMA welcomes Wyatt Reed from Paragould, Ark., as one of the 15 national selectees for the 2019-2020 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).


Posted on 17 July 2019 | 11:47 am

Fact Sheet: Financial Disaster Aid Available for U.S. Citizens, Non-Citizen Nationals and Qualified Aliens

Information for undocumented immigrants regarding FEMA assistance for Arkansas residents affected by flooding and severe storms between May 21 and June 14


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is committed to helping all eligible disaster survivors recover from the recent Arkansas flooding and severe storms, including U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals and qualified aliens.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 5:50 pm

Fact Sheet: How to avoid fraud after the recent flooding

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – There are a number of fraud concerns flood survivors need to be aware of to protect themselves:


Posted on 16 July 2019 | 5:45 pm

Community Recovery Centers Will Close Early on Wednesday, July 17

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – All Community Recovery Centers will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17,2019 due to anticipated disruptions of transportation as a result of ongoing protests across the island.  


Posted on 16 July 2019 | 5:13 pm

Some Residents in High-Risk Areas Must Maintain Flood Coverage or Risk Missing Out on Future Aid

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – If disaster strikes once, it can strike again. Make sure you’re prepared — and remain eligible for assistance from the federal government — by buying and maintaining flood insurance.


Posted on 16 July 2019 | 4:50 pm

Arkansas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers to Close in Pope and Perry Counties

Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Atkins (Pope County) is scheduled to close on Wednesday, July 17 at 3 p.m., and the DRC in Houston (Perry County) will close on Friday, July 19 at 3 p.m.

The Disaster Recovery Centers are located at:


Posted on 16 July 2019 | 4:48 pm

Guam-Based FEMA Team Provides Local Support Before, During, and After Disasters

Oakland, CA – This year, Guam welcomed two employees of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to work directly with Guam Homeland Security – Office of Civil Defense (GHS-OCD). The FEMA staff form one of 25 FEMA Integration Teams (FIT) that work in territorial and state emergency management offices to address needs and challenges. The structure of each FIT is determined through discussions between FEMA and individual states or territories and varies according to local needs.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 3:26 pm

FEMA grants $4.6 million to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

AUSTIN, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $4.6 million to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, an eligible nonprofit organization, for repair and replacement at several facilities following Hurricane Harvey.


Posted on 16 July 2019 | 3:07 pm

FEMA Awards School Board of Bay County More Than $1.2 Million for Hurricane Michael Expenses

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – FEMA has approved $1,273,313 to the state of Florida to assist the School Board of Bay County with reimbursement for the costs of temporary facilities following Hurricane Michael under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.


Posted on 16 July 2019 | 1:56 pm

Be Flood Smart. Protect Your Property

DES MOINES, Iowa – Floods are a fact of life in some parts of Iowa. Floods can affect anyone and are the most common and most costly natural disasters in the United States. Flooding occurs in moderate-to-low risk areas as well as in high-risk areas.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 1:53 pm

Use Disaster Funds as Intended to Ensure Continued Eligibility

PIERRE, S.D. – State and federal disaster assistance is bringing needed financial help to homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered damage or loss as a result of the severe storms and flooding occurring between March 13 and April 26. Emergency management officials encourage recipients to use disaster funds wisely and for their intended purpose to ensure continued eligibility for assistance.

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 1:31 pm

Federal Dollars Approved to Assist Cal Fire with Camp, Hill and Woolsey Wildfires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Recovery continues for California communities impacted by the Camp, Hill and Woolsey wildfires, which all started November 8, 2018. FEMA has now approved $76,755,681 to reimburse the State for emergency protective measures performed by the California Department of Forestry and Fire (Cal Fire) for costs associated with battling last November’s wildfires under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 9:38 pm

FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted For Jasper Fire

Oakland, Calif. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of Nevada to combat the Jasper Fire burning in Washoe County.

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 12:23 pm

Storm Preparations for the Senior Citizen Population

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – When a hurricane is approaching, senior citizens may need the assistance of family members or friends to be fully prepared. Barriers to preparation may be physical, emotional or financial.  Having somewhere to take shelter with people they know would be best to ensure their safety. 

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 11:24 am

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 Doctor Will See You Now!

Posted on 18 July 2019 | 8:00 am

ARRL Board to Meet on July 19 – 20

Posted on 17 July 2019 | 1:00 pm

Major WSJT-X Upgrade Boosts FT4 into “a Finished Protocol for HF Contesting”

The WSJT Development Group has announced the “general availability” release of WSJT-X version 2.1.0. This major upgrade formally introduces FT4 as a finished protocol for HF contesting. WSJT-X version 2.1.0 supplants any “release candidate” (beta) versions, and users should discontinue using any beta versions of the software. The latest edition of the popular digital software suite also include...

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 3:24 pm

International Telecommunication Union Accepts EURAO as a Sector Member

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) accepted the European Radio Amateurs’ Organization (EURAO) as a sector member at the recent meeting of the ITU Council. It joins the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in representing the Amateur Service at ITU conferences. IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, said his organization welcomes EURAO to ITU membership and hopes to work closely...

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 2:14 pm

No Consensus Reached for FCC on “Symbol Rate” Issues

ARRL-initiated efforts for rival parties to reach consensus on some of the issues they raised in the so-called “Symbol Rate” proceeding have ended. In April, the FCC granted ARRL’s request for a 90-day hold in the proceeding, FCC Docket WT 16-239, to provide an opportunity for ARRL to lead an effort to determine whether consensus could be reached on some or all of the issues that commenters hav...

Posted on 16 July 2019 | 12:28 pm

Dutch IARU Member-Society Invites Hams to Participate in 2-Meter Propagation Experiment

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society in the Netherlands, VERON, has invited radio amateurs from around the world to take part in what it’s calling a 2-meter propagation experiment. VERON said the aim is to collect as much data as possible about contacts made on 2 meters. All modes are welcome. The event is set for July 20 from 1700 to 1900 UTC. Submit logs to ClubLog befo...

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 6:28 pm

Well-Known DXer and DXpeditioner Anath Pai, VU2PAI, SK

Well-known contester and DXpeditioner Ananth Pai, VU2PAI, of Mangalore, India, died on July 13. He was 47 and was reported to have suffered a heart attack while on a business trip. He was on the VU4CB, VU7AG, 8Q7KP, HB0/VU2PAI, and VU7LD excursions, among others. On his QRZ.com profile, Pai described himself as “a die-hard DXer.”

Licensed in 1995, he was active on all bands from 160 through 6 me...

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 6:15 pm

WB8VGE Wins the July QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the July 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “The Vibro-Debugger” by Mike Bryce, WB8VGE.

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 15 July 2019 | 5:18 pm

Dayton Hamvention 2019 Attendance Approaches All-Time Peak

The Hamvention Executive Team announced on July 15 that attendance at Dayton Hamvention® 2019 was 32,472. This marks the highest attendance recorded since Hamvention moved in 2017 from Hara Arena to the Greene County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Xenia, Ohio. This year’s attendance also approached an all-time Hamvention high. Attendance at the show peaked in 1993 at 33,669, before the 19...

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 2:51 pm

Shop AmazonSmile on Prime Day and Support ARRL

Amazon's Prime Day is almost here! Deals start at 3 AM ET on Monday, July 15, and continue through Tuesday, July 16. 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, A...

Posted on 15 July 2019 | 8:02 am

Hurricane Watch Net Secures after Hurricane Barry Activation

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) officially secured operations for Hurricane Barry at 1900 UTC. “When we first activated the Net on Friday, July 12 at 2300 UTC, Barry was a tropical storm forecast to become a hurricane prior to landfall,” Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. “The storm was finally upgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane at 1500 UTC Saturday. Barry made landfall near Intracoastal Cit...

Posted on 13 July 2019 | 6:24 pm

IARU HF Championship Contesters: Clear Frequencies Requested for Storm Emergency Traffic

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is active on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz in response to Category 1 Hurricane Barry. WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center has activated and plans to operate through landfall on Saturday. In addition, the Maritime Mobile Net is expected to be active on 14.300 MHz. All amateurs not involved in the storm response are encouraged to avoid these frequencies, allowing some...

Posted on 13 July 2019 | 1:56 pm

FAA Reauthorization Act Language Serves to Exclude Vast Majority of Amateur Radio Towers

Language in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 will exclude all but a small number of Amateur Radio towers from marking requirements. Thanks to action taken in 2017 and 2018 by ARRL, the bill’s original language was amended to the extent that amateur towers, as well as residential towers used for over-the-air TV reception, were effectively exempted from markin...

Posted on 12 July 2019 | 1:20 pm

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