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California Valley Fire and Butte Fire
Major Disaster Declaration number 4240 issued Tue, 09/22/2015 - 17:21

Oregon Dry Gulch Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5114 issued Mon, 09/14/2015 - 02:23

Washington Horsethief Butte Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5113 issued Mon, 09/14/2015 - 01:42

California Valley Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5112 issued Sun, 09/13/2015 - 00:30

California Butte Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5111 issued Thu, 09/10/2015 - 19:18

Idaho Tepee Springs Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5110 issued Sat, 08/29/2015 - 21:00

Washington Goodell Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5109 issued Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:53

Washington Renner Fire
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5108 issued Fri, 08/21/2015 - 19:52

Washington Wildfires
Emergency Declaration number 3372 issued Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:44

Oregon Grizzly Bear Fire Complex
Fire Management Assistance Declaration number 5107 issued Fri, 08/21/2015 - 03:15

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of South Carolina Emergency Declaration

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

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


President Obama Signs Emergency Declaration for South Carolina

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of South Carolina to supplement state, local, and tribal response efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding beginning on October 1, 2015, and continuing.


New State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Lake County

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Clearlake is open to help survivors impacted by the Valley Fire. Disaster Recovery Centers are operated by the California Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the county and local agencies. 

DRC Location:

The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center in Clearlake

Old Apria Health Care


FEMA Eligibility Letter May Not Be Last Word on Disaster Assistance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – If you applied for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and received a letter or text message saying you were not eligible for disaster aid, you should know that the first communication may not be the last word.  While applicants may be ineligible for FEMA disaster grants, they may receive assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

And there may be an easy-to-resolve reason why some wildfire survivors received a notice stating that they are ineligible for assistance. 


FEMA Awards More than $5.6 Million to Louisiana for Flooding and Wind Damage Protection Measures

DENTON, Texas – More than $5.6 million in federal funding was recently awarded to the state of Louisiana to fund wind damage and flood protection measures in Jefferson and Terrebonne parishes.

In Jefferson Parish, more than $2.8 million covers mitigation measures taken to protect government facilities such as fire headquarters and the police department from wind and debris damage. The measures include 571 impact-resistant screens and roll-down shutters.


Wildfire Survivors Warned: Beware of Fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As Californians work to recover from the wildfires, FEMA is warning of another danger: Fraudulent building contractors and other scam artists who often appear in communities recovering from a disaster.
Here are a few common post-disaster fraud practices:

Fraudulent phone calls or visits: Be wary of individuals claiming to be from FEMA without proper FEMA photo identification asking for survivor information.

Survivors will be asked to provide their Social Security number and banking information only when registering for FEMA assistance.


Safe Room Program Offers Cooke County, Texas Residents Peace of Mind

COOKE COUNTY, Texas – Faced with a long local history of dangerous tornadoes, Cooke County officials wanted to help residents protect themselves. They achieved that goal by offering homeowners financial incentives to build tornado shelters and safe rooms. 

Established in May 2011 with the help of federal funds, the county’s Residential Safe Room Rebate Program reimburses homeowners for part of the cost of installing safe rooms and shelters on their property. The rebate covers 50 percent of the total cost, up to $3,000. To date, 365 residents have participated.


Public Invited to Comment on San Patricio County, Texas Preliminary Flood Maps

DENTON, Texas– Months of teamwork by local officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have led to new preliminary flood maps in San Patricio County. The public is encouraged to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period about the maps. Anyone who wishes to file an appeal has until December 22, 2015 for submission.  


Public Invited to Comment on Bernalillo County, New Mexico Preliminary Flood Maps

DENTON, Texas– Months of teamwork by local officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have led to new preliminary flood maps in Bernalillo County. The public is encouraged to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period about the maps. Anyone who wishes to file an appeal has until December 21, 2015 for submission  


FEMA Ready to Review Your Sandy Flood Claim, Just Call and Ask

Two weeks remain for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) insurance policyholders to submit their Hurricane Sandy Claims for review by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The last day to submit claims is Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015.

NFIP-certified insurance adjusters are currently reviewing more than 15,000 Sandy flood claims, looking for any instance of underpayment. Where warranted by the review, additional payments are being made to policyholders who suffered losses from the storm.


FEMA Assistance Will Not Change Social Security, Medicare Benefits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance grants do not count as income. Survivors who receive federal disaster assistance as a result of the wildfires will not pay additional income taxes or see any reduction in their Social Security checks or any other federal benefits.

Grants for temporary housing, essential home repairs, replacement of personal property or other disaster-related needs do not count as income. Donations from charitable organizations will not affect Social Security payments or Medicare benefits.


FEMA Phones and Help Available at Disaster Recovery Centers

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – Many survivors of the recent wildfires in Lake and Calaveras counties have lost both landline and cellular telephone service. The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants them to know that two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) have operational phone lines and are staffed with FEMA representatives who are ready to help residents register for disaster assistance.

Two DRCs are currently open in Calaveras and Lake counties:

The Calaveras County DRC in San Andreas:

891 Mountain Ranch Rd.


Unique Wildfire Mitigation Efforts in Bastrop County Trim Risks

During September, National Preparedness Month, the Austin Joint Field Office is releasing a series of stories highlighting FEMA’s support of Texas communities as they take steps to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property.


Five Disaster Prep Hacks You Need to Know

CHICAGO –Disasters can happen with little or no warning, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be ready for them. Use these five life hacks to help you better prepare for whatever the unexpected may be:


Arkansas Awarded More Than $2.7 Million for the Replacement of the Bella Vista Lake Dam

DENTON, Texas – The state of Arkansas has been awarded more than $2.7 million for the replacement of the Bella Vista Lake Dam in Bentonville. This comes in the aftermath of the 2011 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

The storms and ensuing flooding overtopped the entire length of the Bella Vista Lake Dam resulting in extensive erosion; a loss of support beneath the dam’s concrete slope cover; and damage to much of the structure’s other sections of concrete.


Washington Wildfire Survivors Urged to Act Now on Flood Insurance

SEATTLE – Flood risk is higher this year as a direct consequence of the wildfires that burned thousands of acres in eastern and central Washington. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents in areas affected by the wildfires to consider purchasing flood insurance now.

When fire burns away trees and other vegetation, healthy roots that soak up rainwater are lost. Heavy rains on burn scars can cause flash flooding or debris flows that can severely damage homes and businesses.


National PrepareAthon! Day: Take Action and Be Disaster Ready

CHICAGO –Join National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30 and take action to improve your family’s emergency preparedness and resilience to potential disasters.

“Disaster risks in the Midwest can range from severely cold temperatures, to high heat, severe storms and flooding. It’s important to understand each of these risks and what you and your family will need to do to stay safe,” said FEMA Region V Administrator Andrew Velasquez III. “Be proactive, and engage your family, friends and neighbors in one of the many simple ways to prepare for emergencies.”


Kentucky Storm and Flood Survivors Urged to Beware of Frauds and Scams

FRANKFORT, Ky – Kentuckians recovering and rebuilding from recent storms and flooding are urged to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud.


Texas Receives More Than $2.2 Million in FEMA Preparedness Grants

DENTON, Texas — Fire departments and cities in Texas have received more than $2.2 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Since August, the grants have been awarded in 16 counties across the state, paying for everything from firefighting equipment to fire vehicles. Here’s how the grants break down by county:

Anderson County:
•    City of Palestine Fire Department – firefighting equipment - $170,667


FEMA Announces Grant Awards for Fiscal Year 2015 Homeland Security National Training Program/Continuing Training Grants Program

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency today announced the award of five training grants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP) Continuing Training Grants (CTG) totaling $11,521,000. These awards will provide additional FEMA certified training and certification for first responders, emergency managers, technical specialists, local government and community leaders, preparing them for all types of emergencies. The period of performance for the FY 2015 CTG program is 36 months. 


FEMA Encourages Families and Communities to Participate in National PrepareAthon! Day

WASHINGTON –Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging individuals, families, workplaces, schools, and organizations across the nation to take part in National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30th, 2015. Extreme weather is occurring more often across the United States, which is increasing the costs of natural disasters. According to a recent survey conducted by FEMA, fewer than half of Americans have discussed and developed an emergency plan with their household.


FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Calaveras County

SACRAMENTO – The Calaveras County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in San Andreas is opening Monday September 28 at noon, to help survivors impacted by the Butte Fire. Regular hours will begin Tuesday September 29.  The DRCs are operated by the California Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the county and local agencies.

DRC Location:
Calaveras County Government Center
891 Mountain Ranch Road San Andreas, CA 95249
Hours of operation until further notice:


FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Lake County

SACRAMENTO – The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Middletown will be open Monday September 28, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., to help survivors impacted by the Valley Fire. Regular hours will begin Tuesday September 29. The DRCs are operated by the California Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the county and local agencies.

DRC Location:
Middletown Senior Center
21256 Washington St., Middletown, CA 95461
Hours of operation until further notice:
Tuesday - Tuesday 8 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


What to Expect During the FEMA Housing Inspection Process

SACRAMENTO - After residents in Lake and Calaveras Counties affected by the Valley and Butte Fires apply for federal disaster assistance for damage to their homes, the next step is a housing inspection.

A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspector will contact you to schedule an appointment 7-10 days after registration.  The inspection is needed to verify and assess damages listed in your application. The inspection generally takes 30-40 minutes and consists of a general inspection of the home. There is no fee for the inspection.


Just one week left to register for FEMA assistance

SAIPAN, CNMI – Monday marks one week left for Typhoon Soudelor survivors on Saipan to register for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The deadline is Monday, Oct. 5.

FEMA Individual Assistance is available to U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, and qualified aliens who have disaster-related damages on Saipan.
“People must register to get help,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Stephen M. DeBlasio Sr. “We don’t want anyone to lose benefits just by not registering.”



ARRL Invites Nominations For 2015 International Humanitarian Award

Nominations are open for the 2015 ARRL International Humanitarian Award. The award is conferred upon an amateur or group of 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 cris...

Pope Francis Visit Amateur Radio Special Events Log More Than 26,000 Contacts

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, Visits WX4NHC

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator (FEMA) Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, dropped by the WX4NHC station at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) as the station was activated for Hurricane Joaquin. While there, he met with WX4NHC operator Hank Collins, W8KIW, and his wife Pat.

“They discussed the reports being received from stations in the Bahamas,” WX4NHC Assistant Coordinator Julio Ripoll, W...

TX3X Chesterfield Island DXpedition Up and Running

The K7RA Solar Update

Solar activity spiked up again this week, with average daily sunspot numbers rising from 73 to 120.9.  Likewise, average daily solar flux tracked upward from 106.7 to 122.7. Nice to have increased solar activity coincide with the autumnal equinox, right when HF hams are more likely to be active.

Predicted solar flux is 120 on October 2, 115 and 105 on October 3-4, 100 on October 5-8, 115 on Octo...

AMSAT Makes Special Membership Offer for Pending Fox-1A Launch

With AMSAT’s Fox-1A set to launch on October 8 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, AMSAT is offering its book, Getting Started with the Amateur Radio Satellites 2015 by Gould Smith, WA4SXM (and friends) for a limited time as a download with any paid new or renewal membership purchased via the AMSAT Store. Fox-1A will go up on an Atlas V vehicle as an auxiliary GRACE (Government Ridesh...

Hurricane Watch Net Enters Third Day of Hurricane Joaquin Response

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has entered its third day of its activation for Hurricane Joaquin, which the National Hurricane Center is calling “extremely dangerous.” The net was active on October 1 for 17 hours, although a class M-5 solar flare early on October 2 (UTC) caused the net to shift operations from 14.325 MHz to 7.268 MHz before shutting down at 0100 UTC because of deteriorating cond...

Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Now Has 100 Proponents in the US House

ARRL Executive Committee to Meet in Minneapolis

The ARRL Executive Committee will gather on Saturday, October 3, in Minneapolis. During its meeting the EC will address and review a plethora of regulatory and legislative matters, and it will hear reports on the progress of work by various ARRL committees.

Topping the agenda is a review and discussion of a proposed Enforcement Strategy and Plan. At its July 2015 meeting, the ARRL Board of Direc...

Jamboree On The Air 2015 Stations Urged to Register

As of October 1, more than 350 US stations had signed up to take part in the 2015 Jamboree On The Air (JOTA). The 58th annual event takes place October 16-18, and JOTA organizers are urging all who plan to participate to register, so they can provide a list of participating stations and their locations. A list of US-registered stations is available on the K2BSA website. JOTA is aimed at fosteri...

Processing of Amateur License and Exam Session Files Resumes at FCC

The FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) electronic batch filing (EBF) system is back up and running. The system had not processed any VEC license and examination session files since early on September 28. ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, said she was told that the root cause was a process that had stopped running on an FCC server.

“ARRL VEC has begun to transmit into FCC EBF system the appr...

ARRL Reiterates Call for FCC to Allocate 630 Meters, Okay Rules for 2200 Meters

The ARRL has again urged the FCC to go forward with a proposed new Amateur Radio allocation at 472-479 kHz (630 meters) and to establish service rules for Amateur Radio operation at 135.7-137.8 kHz (2200 meters). The League reiterated its August 31 arguments in favor of flexible FCC Part 97 regulations it its September 30 reply comments to the FCC’s April Report and Order, Order, and Notice of ...

ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program Accepting 2016-17 Academic Year Applications

The ARRL Foundation is accepting academic year 2016-17 applications from eligible young radio amateurs planning to pursue higher education. All applicants must be active FCC licensees and submit an online application. More than 80 scholarships ranging from $500 to $5000 will be awarded in 2016. In addition, one applicant will be selected to receive the prestigious William R. Goldfarb Memorial S...

Hurricane Watch Net Keeping Tabs on Strengthening Hurricane Joaquin

[UPDATED: 2015-10-01 1756 UTC] It’s been a quiet season so far for the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), but Hurricane Joaquin, now a Category 3 storm, has been keeping net members busy this week. Joaquin hit the Bahamas September 30, with maximum sustained winds of 120 MPH. After initially activating on September 30 at 1500 UTC on 14.325 MHz, the net shut down on October 1 at 0445 UTC, as conditions ...

Government Shutdown Averted, FCC Shutdown Plan Shelved, for Now

The US House has gone along with the US Senate in passing a continuing resolution to fund the US Government until December 11. This means the FCC will continue in operation for another 10 weeks or so. In the hours before the House acted, however, the FCC released a “Plan for Orderly Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations.”

In 2013 a more truculent Congress failed to approve a budg...

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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.