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Burbank County, CA
Contra Costa Co., CA
Los Angeles, CA
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Wayne County, MA
Eastern, MA Sturdy Memorial Hospital
Brandon County, FL
Volusia County, FL
Pinellas County, FL
Hillsborough Co., FL
Sheriff's Tactical ARC

Madison County, AL
ESCA RACES, WA
Whatcom County, WA
San Juan County, WA
Davis County, UT
Nibley City CERT, UT
Ohio District 10, ARES
Franklin County, OH
Ashland County, OH
Morrow County, OH
Portage County, OH
Queen City, OH
Sandusky County, OH
Summit County, OH
Heart of TN ARES
BC Wireless Society
Burnaby Radio Club
South West, KS
Clark County, NV
Manchester Co., CT
Bremer County, IA
Cedar Valley, IA
Linn County, IA
Bexar County, TX
Collin County, TX
Denton County, TX
Garland County, TX
Tarrant County, TX
Tom Green Co., TX
Harris County, TX
Kaufman County, TX
North Central TX Trauma Regional Advisory Council
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Barrie ARC, ON
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Michigan Severe Storms and Flooding
Major Disaster Declaration number 4195 issued Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:00

California King Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5081 issued Wed, 09/17/2014 - 18:25

Oregon 36 Pit Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5080 issued Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:17

California Boles Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5079 issued Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:08

California Courtney Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5078 issued Sun, 09/14/2014 - 23:08

Hawaii Tropical Storm Iselle
Major Disaster Declaration number 4194 issued Fri, 09/12/2014 - 09:43

California Earthquake
Major Disaster Declaration number 4193 issued Thu, 09/11/2014 - 19:27

Guam Tropical Storm Halong
Major Disaster Declaration number 4191 issued Wed, 09/10/2014 - 16:30

American Samoa Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides
Major Disaster Declaration number 4192 issued Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:00

California Bridge Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5077 issued Fri, 09/05/2014 - 23:33


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FEMA Awards $11 Million to Increase Preparedness Through the Continuing Training Grants Program

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today awarded six training grants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Continuing Training Grant (CTG) program totaling $11 million. These awards will result in trained and certified members of the whole community to include first responders, emergency managers, technical specialists, community leaders, and tribal and local governments, and it will help prepare them for all types of disasters. The period of performance for the FY 2014 CTG program is 36 months. 

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Michigan Declaration

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

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Michigan

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Michigan and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding on August 11-13, 2014.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

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FEMA Unveils National Strategy to Strengthen Youth Preparedness

Ad Council, FEMA and Disney launch “Big Hero 6” PSAs to Encourage Emergency Preparedness for Kids

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Volunteer Fire Company in Rural NJ To Get New Turnout Gear

25 Firefighters on Duty 24/7 Year-Round in 50-Square-Mile District 

New York, NY -- “Eighty-four percent of our members have gear that is ten years old and the other 16 percent have no gear at all and are unable to receive training,” is the way Joseph Sterling, Captain of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company, described the condition of his department’s personal protective equipment.  

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Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas Receive More Than $1.6 Million in FEMA Preparedness Grants

DENTON, Texas — Emergency management agencies in five states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas – have been awarded more than $1.6 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

In Arkansas, the grants total $149,515 and cover:

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PRELIMINARY FLOOD MAPS RELEASED IN ARANSAS AND SAN PATRICIO COUNTIES IN TEXAS

DENTON, Texas – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Aransas and San Patricio counties in Texas are encouraged to look over newly-released preliminary flood maps in order to determine their flood risks and make informed decisions.

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Know Your Evacuation Routes For Emergency Departures

Eatontown, N.J.-- When an incident reaches the point that it’s unsafe for people to remain in the immediate area, getting everyone evacuated as safely and quickly as possible becomes crucial. One of the most – if not the most – important part of an evacuation is figuring out how to get out of the affected area.

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Grant to Secaucus, NJ Provides Town's Firefighters with Modern, Compliant Equipment

Federal Funding Also Offers Upgrades in Training

New York, NY -- An award from the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program will outfit 46 volunteer firefighters in Secaucus, New Jersey with personal protective equipment, in addition to funding advanced firefighter training. 

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FEMA Announces First Meeting of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that the first public meeting of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC) is scheduled for September 30 to October 1, 2014, at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Auditorium in Reston, Virginia. 

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FEMA Mitigation Experts Continue Outreach in Moses Lake and Yakima

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation experts will be available this week at home improvement stores in Moses Lake and next week in Yakima to provide information about ways to rebuild or remodel that can reduce the risk of damages from wildfire, flooding, flash flooding, and other disasters.

They will also be there to answer questions about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.

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Federal Assistance Expanded in Washington State to Kittitas County

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency  today announced it is expanding disaster assistance to Kittitas County.

The disaster aid helps the county pay for repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public facilities, roads and bridges, water facilities and other infrastructure damaged or destroyed by wildfires that occurred between July 9 and Aug. 5.

Kittitas County has been added to the major disaster declaration of Aug. 11, which provided assistance to Okanogan County and the Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation.

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FEMA Mitigation Experts Continue Outreach in Wenatchee at Home Depot and Lowe’s

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation experts will be available this week at home improvement stores in Wenatchee and next week in Moses Lake to provide information about ways to rebuild or remodel that can reduce the risk of damages from wildfire, flooding, flash flooding, and other disasters.

They will also be there to answer questions about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.

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FEMA Mitigation Experts Offer Free Advice in Omak at Home Depot and Big-R Store

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation experts are on hand this week at Home Depot and the Big-R store in Omak to provide information about ways to rebuild or remodel that can reduce the risk of damages from wildfire, flooding, flash flooding, and other disasters.

They also will be there to answer questions about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.

Rebuilding or repairing a home after a disaster can be a daunting task – but, with the right information, homeowners can build back safer, smarter and stronger.

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Stay Prepared: Hurricane Season Doesn’t End with Summer

Eatontown, N.J. --  Hurricane season officially begins each year on June 1, but unlike firemen’s fairs, cookouts and fun at the beach, the season for hurricanes doesn’t end along with the summer.

As a new school year begins, now may be a good time to check your stock of batteries, bottled water and other emergency supplies that may be needed should New Jersey experience an autumn hurricane.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Hawaii Declaration

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Hawaii.

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

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President Declares Disaster for Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Hawaii to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Tropical Storm Iselle during the period of August 7-9, 2014.

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FEMA, West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Announce a Statewide Test of the Public Alert and Warning System in West Virginia

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the West Virginia Broadcasters Association, and others will conduct a statewide test of the Public Alert and Warning System on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The test will begin at approximately 2:00 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and will last approximately two minutes.  

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of California Declaration

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of California.

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

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President Declares Disaster for California

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of California to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by an earthquake during the period of August 24 to September 7, 2014.

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Federal Aid Programs for the Territory of Guam Declaration

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the Territory of Guam.

Assistance for the Territory and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Guam

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the Territory of Guam to supplement territory and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Tropical Storm Halong during the period of July 28 - 31, 2014.

The President's action makes federal funding available to territory and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Tropical Storm Halong.

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Public Invited to Comment on Flood Maps for Otero County, New Mexico

DENTON, Texas –– After working together for months to create new preliminary flood maps, Otero County and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials want to hear from the public about preliminary flood maps.

Homeowners, renters and business owners in the Village of Tularosa and unincorporated areas of Otero County are encouraged to look at the preliminary flood maps to learn where flood risks have been identified. Anyone who has comments or who would like to file an appeal has 90 days, from September 16, 2014 until December 15, 2014 to submit them.

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Ten Years Later: Remembering Hurricane Ivan

ATLANTA—Ten years ago “Ivan the Terrible,” as the deadly hurricane was dubbed, ripped across the Gulf Coast as the strongest storm of the 2004 season. Ten years later, Hurricane Ivan serves as a reminder that the time to prepare for the next hurricane is now.

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Federal Aid Programs for the Territory of American Samoa Declaration

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the Territory of American Samoa.

Assistance for the Territory and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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The K7RA Solar Update

Solar activity was down this week (September 18-24) when compared with a week earlier, but solar flux is on a rising trend.

Average daily sunspot numbers dropped from 124.9 (for September 11-17) to 80.9, and average daily solar flux slipped from 139.8 to 128.3.

The latest predicted solar flux and planetary A index has flux values at 165 on September 26-28, 170 on September 29-30, 165 and 160 on O...


The Old Man: Rotten Weather Relays

In the early years of the ARRL, co-founder and first President Hiram Percy Maxim occasionally penned editorials in QST magazine using the pseudonym "The Old Man." These "rants" became legendary. As part of the ARRL Centennial celebration, we have been re-publishing a number of The Old Man's observations.

Rotten Weather Relays (originally published in the April 1920 QST)

By The Old Man

It certainly...


ARRL Presents Barry Goldwater, K7UGA, Achievement Award to Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI

The ARRL Board of Directors created the Barry Goldwater, K7UGA, Achievement Award last spring to recognize outstanding support of Amateur Radio by an elected federal official. The recipient must be an official who has, in a significant way, supported the well-being and continuity of the Amateur Service in the US. Earlier this month, the Board voted to confer the first such award upon US Rep Gre...


List of “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” Co-Sponsors Swells Before Congressional Recess

An intense effort during the few days in September that Congress was in session has resulted in 47 co-sponsors for the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 (H.R. 4969). Another half-dozen or so US House Members have indicated that they will sign aboard when Congress returns, something they can do only while Congress is in session. Congress went into recess on September 19. ARRL Hudson Division Dire...


FT4TA DXpedition Team Aims to Take Tromelin Island Off the Top 10 Most-Wanted Lists

The FT4TA DXpedition to Tromelin Island in the Indian Ocean is in its final stages of preparation, and in less than 1 month the six-man team will depart. Operation is scheduled to commence on October 30 and continue until November 10. The DXpedition is the recipient of an ARRL Colvin Award grant.

 

I and about 10,000 of your ‘best friends’ will be tuned up and listening for you,” Warren Croke, N...


Dayton Hamvention Seeks 2015 Award Nominations

Dayton Hamvention® is seeking nominations for its 2015 awards for Amateur of the Year, Special Achievement, Technical Excellence and Club of the Year. Completed nomination forms and supporting documentation are due by January 16, 2015. All Amateur Radio operators (and clubs) are eligible. Winners will be recognized at the 2015 Hamvention®, which takes place May 15-17.

The Amateur of the Year Awa...


Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Launched to International Space Station

When the commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 resupply vehicle lifted off from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station on September 21, it also carried theSpinSat satellite, which includes an Amateur Radio payload. The satellite will be stowed aboard the ISS until deployment later this fall from the airlock of the Japanese Experiment Module.

Developed by the Naval Research Laboratory, the 125-po...


K4ZA Wins September QST Cover Plaque Award

The winner of the September QST Cover Plaque award is Don Daso, K4ZA, for his article “Antenna Masts: Safety and Selection.”

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 October issue

 


ARRL Invites Nominations for 2014 International Humanitarian Award

The ARRL is inviting nominations for its 2014 ARRL International Humanitarian Award, conferred upon an amateur or amateurs who demonstrate devotion to human welfare, peace, and international understanding through Amateur Radio. The League established the annual prize to recognize Amateur Radio operators who have used ham radio to provide extraordinary service to others in times of crisis or dis...


ARRL Deploying Ham Aid Kits to Hawaii to Assist in Possible Lava Flow Response

ARRL Headquarters is deploying Ham Aid kits to Hawaii as ARES volunteers stand ready to activate in the wake of the massive Puna volcanic lava flow that has been threatening some communities on the Big Island of Hawaii. The lava originated from new “vents” in the Earth as a result of the Mt Kilauea volcano, which began erupting more than 30 years ago. ARRL Pacific Section Manager Bob Schneider,...


Amateur Radio is “Communications Superpower,” IARU Region 1 Delegates are Told

European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva told delegates to the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU Region 1) General Conference on September 22 that Amateur Radio is a reliable information tool that can save lives in disasters. In a statement read to the conference attendees on her behalf by the EC’s Encho Gospid...


Space Symposium October 10-12 to Mark AMSAT’s 45th Anniversary

AMSAT reports that preparations for its Space Symposium in Baltimore October 10-12 are moving into high gear. The deadline to submit AMSAT Symposium papers has been extended until September 30. Papers and presentations on any subject of interest to the amateur satellite community are welcome. This year’s Space Symposium will, in part, celebrate AMSAT’s 45th anniversary. Registration remains ope...


ARDF Team USA Takes Home a Silver Medal from World Championships

A member of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Team USA medaled in the 17th ARDF World Championships earlier this month in Kazakhstan. Vadim Afonkin, KB1RLI, of Boston, Massachusetts, took home a silver medal in the men’s age 40-49 category in the 2 meter competition on September 8, the first day of competition. The Kazakhstan Federation of Radiosport and Radioamateur (KFRR) hosted the cham...


ARRL Simulated Emergency Test Set for October 4-5 Weekend

The national ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is slated for the October 4-5 weekend, although the window for local and regional exercises is September 1 through November 30 each year. All groups conduct their events over the course of 48 hours. The SET is a nationwide exercise in disaster response and emergency communication, administered by ARRL emergency coordinators and net managers, in w...


W1AW Centennial Operations Heading to New Mexico and Idaho

The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in North Carolina (W1AW/4) and Connecticut (W1AW/1). W1AW operations will transition starting at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, September 24 (the evening of September 23 in US time zones), to New Mexico (W1AW/5) and Idaho (W1AW/7). W1AW has visited each of the 50 states for at least 1 week so fa...






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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.