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Mississippi Severe Storms and Tornadoes
Major Disaster Declaration number 4205 issued Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:18

New York Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding
Major Disaster Declaration number 4204 issued Mon, 12/22/2014 - 09:56

Arizona Slide Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5083 issued Thu, 11/06/2014 - 13:00

Arizona Severe Storms and Flooding
Major Disaster Declaration number 4203 issued Wed, 11/05/2014 - 18:00

Nevada Severe Storms and Flooding
Major Disaster Declaration number 4202 issued Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:00

Hawaii Pu?u ?O?o Volcanic Eruption and Lava Flow
Major Disaster Declaration number 4201 issued Mon, 11/03/2014 - 17:00

Missouri Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding
Major Disaster Declaration number 4200 issued Fri, 10/31/2014 - 13:10

New Mexico Severe Storms and Flooding
Major Disaster Declaration number 4199 issued Wed, 10/29/2014 - 09:00

Montana Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding
Major Disaster Declaration number 4198 issued Thu, 10/09/2014 - 21:35

California Applegate Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5082 issued Wed, 10/08/2014 - 21:48


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Federal Aid Programs for Mississippi Disaster Recovery

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s major disaster declaration issued for Mississippi.

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

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President Declares Disaster for Mississippi

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 Mississippi to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and tornadoes on December 23, 2014.

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Revised Preliminary Flood Maps in El Paso County, Texas Ready for Public View

DENTON, Texas – Homeowners, renters and business owners in El Paso County in Texas are encouraged to look over newly-revised preliminary flood maps in order to determine their flood risks and make informed decisions.

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Public Invited to Comment on Dona Ana County, NM Preliminary Flood Maps

DENTON, Texas– Months of teamwork by officials from Dona Ana County and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have led to new preliminary flood maps. Now, the public is encouraged to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period about the maps.

Homeowners, renters and business owners in Dona Ana County are encouraged to view the preliminary flood maps to better understand where flood risks have been identified. Those who would like to file an appeal have until March 11, 2015 to submit them. 

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Stay Safe During Bitterly Cold Temperatures and Dangerous Snow Conditions

CHICAGO – Dangerously low temperatures and accumulating snow are in the forecast for much of the Midwest and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants individuals and families to be safe when faced with the hazards of cold temperatures and winter weather.

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FEMA Housing Mission Sees Continued Progress

DENVER - As 2014 comes to an end, the temporary housing program managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the aftermath of the September 2013 foods continues to assist Colorado families while helping them secure permanent housing.  There are 13 households in Boulder, Weld and Larimer counties still residing in FEMA-provided manufactured housing units, with the program scheduled to be completed by mid-March. Over the course of this housing program, a total of 47 households in the three counties have found housing in FEMA-provided manufactured homes. 

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Public Invited to Comment on Aransas County, Texas, Preliminary Flood Maps

DENTON, Texas– Months of teamwork by officials from Aransas County and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have led to new preliminary flood maps. Now, the public is encouraged to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period about the maps.

Homeowners, renters and business owners in Aransas County are encouraged to view the preliminary flood maps to better understand where flood risks have been identified. Those who would like to file an appeal have from December 18, 2014 until March 17, 2015 to submit them. 

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Federal Aid Programs for State of New York Disaster Recovery

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

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

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President Declares Disaster for New York State

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 New York to supplement state, local and tribal recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm, snowstorm, and flooding during the period of November 17-26, 2014.

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Disaster Assistance Tops $30 Million for South Napa Earthquake

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – State and federal disaster assistance now totals more than $30 million for people and businesses affected by the South Napa Earthquake. The current total includes $8.8 million in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), as well as $21.2 million in low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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One Week Left to Apply for South Napa Earthquake Disaster Assistance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Individuals and business owners in Napa and Solano counties who had damages or losses as a result of the South Napa Earthquake have one week left to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Officials with FEMA and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) urge anyone who still needs help to register before the deadline – Dec. 29, 2014.

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FEMA Announces Launch of the Interim Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate

WASHINGTON –  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate today announced the launch of the Interim Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate, led by the Acting Flood Insurance Advocate, David Stearrett. The Interim Flood Insurance Advocate office will stand up effective December 22, 2014.

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Two Weeks Left to Apply for South Napa Earthquake Disaster Assistance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Individuals and business owners in Napa and Solano counties who had damages or losses as a result of the South Napa Earthquake have two weeks left to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Officials with FEMA and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) urge anyone who still needs help to register before the deadline – Dec. 29, 2014.

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FEMA Flood Help Ending: Register by Sunday

WARREN, Mich. – Sunday is the final day to register for FEMA disaster assistance for Michigan residents affected by the August floods.

As the registration and application deadline nears more than 125,000 residents in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties have registered for assistance and more than $240 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved.

FEMA has approved nearly $139 million in grants, while the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $101 million in low-interest loans.

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Tropical Storm Iselle Disaster Assistance Update

HONOLULU – Three months after President Barack Obama approved supplemental federal aid to help local government agencies and eligible non-profit organizations recover from Tropical Storm Iselle, state and federal disaster recovery employees have:

  • Conducted a Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment;

  • Held four Applicant Briefings on Hawaii Island, Maui, and Oahu;

  • Received requests for FEMA public assistance from16 applicants who were impacted during Tropical Storm Iselle, which affected the Hawaiian Islands Aug. 7-9, 2014;

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More Than $6.8 Million in Federal Grants Awarded for Schools Impacted by May 2013 Tornadoes

DENTON, Texas — A year-and-a-half after tornadoes and severe storms ripped through central Oklahoma, recovery efforts are still under way. Grants totaling nearly $7 million have recently been awarded to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Public Assistance grants will fund the repair and replacement of numerous educational structures damaged and destroyed by the tornadoes.

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FEMA Registration Deadline December 14, Disaster Assistance Tops $230 Million

Warren, Mich. –Disaster survivors in Southeast Michigan have until Sunday, Dec. 14 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As the registration and application deadline nears more than $230 million in disaster assistance has been approved for survivors. 

Survivors from the August flooding who have delayed registration for any reason should apply for potential assistance that could include:

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Nearly $1.4 Million Awarded to New Mexico and Pueblo of Acoma for Irrigation Channel Repair

DENTON, Texas - Nearly $1.4 million was awarded recently to the Pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for repair of the Anzac Irrigation Channel System.

Nearly five miles of the concrete-lined channel received severe damage as a result of torrential rains and severe flooding in Cibola County in July and August 2010. Structural flaws and damages were revealed following the removal of accumulated silt from the channel.

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Give the Gift of Awareness and Preparedness This Holiday Season

WARREN, Mich. – The holiday season is here, and the state of Michigan and FEMA wish you all the best during this special time of the year.  The heavy demands of the holiday season can be a busy time for all. Managing family obligations and handling seasonal preparations along with regular day-to-day activities can make disaster awareness and preparedness less of a priority.

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FEMA publishes Environmental Impact Statement for proposed $5.67 million federal wildfire risk reduction projects in East Bay Hills

Final EIS revises fire reduction methodologies; provides for gradual invasive species reduction, encourages reestablishment of native vegetation

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Michigan’s Disaster Assistance Tops $215 Million; Registration Deadline Nears

WARREN, MICH. – The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) report more than 122,000 southeast Michigan residents affected by the August floods have registered for assistance and nearly $216 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved. Survivors are strongly encouraged to register for FEMA assistance by the Dec. 14 deadline.           

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Give the Gift of Preparedness this Holiday Season

CHICAGO – With the holidays fast approaching, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V office encourages everyone to consider giving gifts that will help protect their family members and friends during a future emergency.

“A gift to help prepare for emergencies could be life-saving for friends and family,” said FEMA Region V acting regional administrator, Janet Odeshoo. “These gift ideas provide a great starting point for being prepared for an emergency or disaster.”

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FEMA: December 4th Deadline for the Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribal Nation to Request Federal Public Assistance

Major disaster declaration opens grant eligibility for hazard mitigation funding statewide

Release date: November 25, 2014
Release Number: DR-4202-1
Media Contacts:  FEMA Newsdesk: (510) 627-7006 or (510) 627- 7785; Nevada (775) 687-0325; Moapa River Indian Reservation (702) 865-2787   

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Agencies Impacted by Pu‘u ‘O‘o Lava Flow Reminded to Apply for Assistance No Later Than Dec. 3

Agencies Impacted by Pu‘u ‘O‘o Lava Flow Reminded to Apply for Assistance No Later Than Dec. 3

HONOLULU – The deadline for state, county, and certain private, non-profit organizations with eligible costs for the Pu‘u ‘O‘o lava flow to submit applications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program is Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.

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FEMA’s Wayne County Recovery Center Becomes SBA Loan Center

Warren, Mich. – The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located at the Wayne County Community College District will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) on Monday, Dec. 1.

A DLOC focuses on funds needed for long-term rebuilding and recovery. Homeowners, renters and businesses will be able to talk individually with SBA representatives. Specialists from FEMA will also be available.

At this center:

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New World Record Claimed on 10 GHz

Two Amateur Radio microwave enthusiasts in Australia are claiming a new distance record on 10 GHz. On January 5, during a tropo opening across the Great Australian Bight, VK6DZ and VK7MO exchanged reports over a 2732 km path, using JT4f mode as well as SSB. The distance surpasses by 36 km the previous World Record of 2696 km from Southern Portugal to Cape Verde Island.

VK6DZ was portable at Torb...


CQ Magazine Combining January, February 2015 Issues, Closing CQ Plus Digital Supplement

CQ magazine has announced that it will publish a combined January/February 2015 issue and cease publication of its CQ Plus digital supplement as of the March 2015 issue. Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, said that both moves are intended to help restore the magazine’s normal schedule for its print edition and to strengthen its foundations moving forward as it enters its 8th decade of publication.

“The...


The K7RA Solar Update

All solar activity indicators rose this week: sunspot numbers, solar flux and geomagnetic indices.

On January 7 the interplanetary magnetic field tipped south, opening a crack to admit solar wind. This triggered the largest geomagnetic storm since September 2014. That same day the planetary A index jumped to 38, pushing the average for the week to 17.7. The previous seven days (the final seven d...


The February Issue of Digital QST is Now Available

The February issue of QST is overflowing with articles and columns you’re sure to enjoy!

• How well does your transceiver’s noise reduction feature really work? Find out!

• Build a shock-mounted boom microphone.

• Make your homebrewed projects look like they were built in a factory.

• Hunt down RF noise in your home.

… and much more.

Enjoy Content You Won’t Find in the Print Edition…

• A video overvie...


ARRL's "First Couple" Spotlighted in Article Highlighting SKYWARN’s Role

SouthWest Ohio DX Association to Sponsor Dayton DX Dinner

The SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) will sponsor the 30th DX Dinner, held in conjunction with the 2015 Dayton Hamvention®. The DX Dinner will take place on Friday, May 15, at the Dayton Marriott, 1414 South Patterson Boulevard in Dayton.

A social hour precedes the dinner at 5:30, with dinner at 7 PM. SWODXA is offering tables (10 seats) at a discounted price.

Tickets now are available on t...


UK Telecoms Regulator Ofcom Concedes Call Sign Error

The UK’s telecommunications regulator Ofcom has surprised some Amateur Radio license recipients in England by issuing call signs with a “GE” or “ME” prefix. It's been reported that one amateur who contacted the agency was told that the staff had been instructed to issue call signs for England with a Regional Secondary Locator (RSL) of "E."

A Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) statement said t...


Processing of New WAS Award Applications on Hold

CQ Soliciting Hall of Fame Nominations

CQ is seeking nominations for the Contest and DX Halls of Fame. Nominations are made by contesting or DX clubs or national organizations and must be submitted by March 1 to be considered. Up to two individuals may be inducted into each Hall of Fame each year.

Direct nominations via e-mail or via USPS to CQ (DX or Contest) Hall of Fame, c/o CQ magazine, 25 Newbridge Rd., Hicksville, NY 11801 US. ...


Nuts and Volts Magazine Launches New Ham Radio Column by Ward Silver, N0AX

Unexpected Geomagnetic Storm Could Disturb HF Bands, Enhance 6 Meters

Spaceweather.com reports that a G2-class geomagnetic storm erupted during the early hours of January 7, sparking bright auroras around the Arctic Circle. “The interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) near Earth tipped south, opening a crack in our planet's magnetosphere,” Spaceweather explained. “Solar wind poured in to fuel the storm.”

With the A index at 20 and the K index at 7 (as of 1430 UTC), HF...


Deadline is January 15 for 2014 Intrepid Spirit Award Nominations

The Intrepid-DX Group is seeking nominations for the individual or group that most displayed their “Intrepid Spirit” this past year. Nominations are due by Thursday, January 15. For purposes of the award, an Intrepid Spirit is defined as “bold, courageous, dedicated, innovative, fearless, generous, resolute and visionary in their approach to Amateur Radio.”

“We are seeking to make this award to ...


Radio Amateurs Aid Animal Rescue Effort Following South Australian Bushfires

Members of Australia’s Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network in South Australia (WICEN SA) have been assisting an emergency animal rescue and recovery organization in the wake of the so-called Sampson’s Flat bushfire in the sheep and cattle-ranching region of Adelaide Hills. The fire, which has burned uncontrolled since early January, has blackened some 31,000 acres of land and destroyed n...


ARRL Survey Underway

The ARRL has asked an independent research company specializing in survey research to conduct a survey of Amateur Radio operators in the US. Readex Research -- headquartered in Stillwater, Minnesota -- has conducted similar studies for ARRL in the past, including QST readership studies and other large national surveys. This most recent survey is being conducted by mail and e-mail, and includes ...


ARRL Lab Receives a Major Upgrade – Thanks to Tektronix

Alan Wolke, W2AEW, Senior Applications Engineer for Tektronix Corporation, visited ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut on January 6, 2015 to introduce the ARRL Laboratory Engineers to their new Tektronix Mixed Domain Oscilloscope, model MDO4104B-3, which is being donated to the ARRL by Tektronix.

Alan, an ARRL Life Member, arranged for the donation. The dual function instrument has a ban...






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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.