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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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National Flood Insurance Program — Who’s Eligible?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri homeowners, renters and business owners are eligible and encouraged to purchase National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies even if their home or business isn’t located in a flood plain or high-risk zone.

The NFIP aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable flood insurance and encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations.


Get Advice on Rebuilding Stronger and Safer This Weekend in Batesville

OXFORD, Miss. – Home and business owners looking for information on how to rebuild safer and stronger following the destructive December storms will find help this weekend at Lowe’s in Batesville.

Mitigation specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be at Lowe’s on Highway 6 East in Batesville this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Help Remains After Benton, Marshall, Quitman Recovery Centers Close

OXFORD, Miss. – The disaster recovery centers operated by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Benton, Marshall and Quitman counties will close permanently Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. However, disaster survivor assistance teams continue to canvass these areas with information on available assistance.

Many services available at disaster recovery centers are also available by calling the FEMA helpline. Survivors of the December storms, tornadoes and flooding can get help by calling 800-621-3362 or


Commonly Asked Questions about Federal Disaster Aid

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After the severe storms and flooding that occurred in Missouri between December 23, 2015 and January 9, 2016, residents in the 33 declared counties became eligible for federal assistance. People who suffered losses and damage in the wake of the disaster are urged to seek help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


Be Sure to Read Any Correspondence from FEMA Carefully

OXFORD, Miss. – If you applied for disaster assistance after the severe storms which affected Mississippi in December, you may have received a letter or other correspondence from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The most common reason applicants are considered ineligible is the lack of an insurance document. An applicant may only need to provide FEMA with a copy of an insurance determination letter to complete the application and continue the assistance process. Other reasons for a determination of ineligibility include:


FEMA Applicant Service Centers in Amory, Booneville Closing Friday

OXFORD, Miss. – December storm survivors in Monroe and Prentiss counties have until Friday, Jan. 29, to visit the applicant service centers in Amory and Booneville.

The centers are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations: 


Franklin and Jefferson County Centers Open to Help Missouri Flood Survivors

JEFERSON CITY, Mo. – FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are opening Friday in Franklin County and Saturday in Jefferson County. The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in any of the 33 Missouri counties included in the January 21, 2016, Missouri federal disaster declaration. The declaration covers losses caused by flooding and severe storms between December 23, 2015, and January 9, 2016.


Revised Preliminary Flood Maps for Jim Wells County, Texas, Available for Review

DENTON, Texas – Homeowners, renters and business owners are encouraged to review revised preliminary flood maps for Jim Wells County, Texas. These maps help homeowners and businesses decide about purchasing flood insurance. By knowing the risks, individuals and community leaders can make informed decisions about building and development. 


Get Advice on Rebuilding Stronger and Safer This Week in Ashland and Holly Springs

OXFORD, Miss. – Home and business owners looking for information on how to rebuild safer and stronger following the destructive December storms will find help this week at local hardware stores in Ashland and Holly Springs.


Hidalgo DRC Transitions to Loan Center; Two Others to Close

AUSTIN, Texas—The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), operated by the State of Texas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the Porter P. Doss Memorial Library in Hidalgo County will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) beginning Monday, Feb. 1.


Helpline Still Available After Remaining Disaster Recovery Centers Close in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The three remaining disaster recovery centers in South Carolina will close Friday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m.:


Disaster Aid Does Not Affect Income Tax or Government Benefits for Mississippi Disaster Survivors

OXFORD, Miss. – As the income tax season nears, December storm survivors don’t have to worry that the disaster assistance they received from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency or from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will boost their tax bill or reduce their Social Security checks or any other federal benefits.


There Are Many Ways for Mississippi December Storms Survivors to Get Help

OXFORD, Miss. — In addition to causing physical damage, the December storms in Mississippi affected people’s jobs, emotional state or left them needing legal help. There are programs available to help survivors with these issues as they recover.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance


Help Remains Available After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Georgetown

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News Release

Help Remains Available After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Georgetown                                                                                                

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A disaster recovery center in Georgetown County will close Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m.:

  • Beck Recreation Center, 2030 West Church St., Georgetown


Help Remains After Coahoma, Tippah Recovery Centers Close

OXFORD, Miss. – The disaster recovery centers operated by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Coahoma and Tippah counties will close permanently Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m.


Disaster Assistance Teams Helping Mississippi Storm Survivors in Three Newly Designated Counties

OXFORD, Miss. – State and federal disaster survivor assistance teams are now working in three more Mississippi counties, helping residents recover from destructive tornadoes, severe storms and flooding in late December.

The teams are made up of disaster specialists from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They are canvassing neighborhoods in Monroe, Panola and Prentiss counties, which were designated for disaster assistance last week.


FEMA Seeks Applicants for Youth Preparedness Council

Washington – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council was formed in 2012 to bring together leaders from across the country who are interested and engaged in advocating youth preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities, and their potential to expand their impact as national advocates for youth preparedness.


FEMA Representatives Visit Missouri Neighborhoods

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Residents of 33 Missouri counties who have been affected by the recent severe storms and flooding may soon see Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams and home inspectors in their neighborhoods.


Three Mississippi Counties Designated for Individual Assistance After December Storms

OXFORD, Miss. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration for severe storms in December in order to make survivors in Monroe, Panola and Prentiss counties eligible for its Individual Assistance program.


Deadline Looms for Texans with Storm Damage

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas homeowners and renters with damage from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding Oct. 22-Oct. 31 have only until Monday, Jan. 25, to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


Federal Aid Programs for the State of Alabama 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 Alabama.

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


President Declares Disaster for State of Alabama

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 Alabama to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of December 23-31, 2015.


Federal Aid Programs for the State of Missouri

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 Missouri.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:


President Declares Major Disaster for Missouri

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Missouri to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of December 23, 2015 to January 9, 2016.


Mississippi Disaster Recovery Centers Closed Friday and Saturday Due to Winter Weather

OXFORD, Miss. – The disaster recovery centers located in Benton, Coahoma, Marshall, Quitman and Tippah counties will be closed all day Friday, Jan. 22, and all day Saturday, Jan. 23, because of the inclement weather.



Ohio SEC Hoping to Expand “NVIS Antenna Day” Activity this Year

 ARRL Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, says he is hoping to expand his section’s “NVIS Antenna Day” on April 23 by encouraging participation by stations in neighboring states. This year’s activity also will offer the concept of establishing “anchor stations” around Ohio to provide consistent signal reports to other participants. The Near-Vertical Incidence Skywave or NVI...

Visalia 2016 Top Band Dinner Set for April 15

The Top Band Dinner at the International DX Convention in Visalia, California, will take place on April 15 in the ballroom of the Marriott hotel adjacent to the Visalia Convention Center. Craig Thompson, K9CT, will present, “Top Band from Palmyra, K5P.” The dinner will be a buffet. Check in starts at 6:30 PM. Complete details and registration information are on the Top Band Dinner website. 

FEMA Issues Call for Youth Council Members

Applications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) are currently open. The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, March 1.

Members represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and share information with their communities. They also meet with FEMA on a regular basis to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives, and projects....

The K7RA Solar Update

Solar activity increased last week (January 21-27), compared to the previous seven days. Average daily sunspot numbers increased from 46 to 57.3, and average daily solar flux went from 100.7 to 106. Geomagnetic indices were also higher, with planetary A index going from 9 to 11.6.

Predicted solar flux for the short term is 110 and 108 on January 29-30, 105 on January 31 through February 1, 108 o...

ARES Volunteers Help to Distribute Water in Ohio Community with Lead-Tainted Water

Flint, Michigan, is not the only community with water problems due to high lead content. During the week of January 18, some 8100 water customers in Sebring, Ohio, were notified that they, too, had problems with high lead content in their drinking water. On January 22, both Ohio and Mahoning County emergency management agencies began passing out bottled water in Sebring. Mahoning County ARES Em...

University Radio Club Donates Vintage J-37 Key to B-29 Radio Position Restoration

The Amateur Radio Club of the University of Arkansas (W5YM), which celebrates its centennial this year, has donated a J-37 telegraph key to be used in a radio position under restoration onboard “Fifi,” a World War II vintage B29 Superfortress. Members of the Rockwell-Collins Amateur Radio Club have been recreating a radio operator’s position on the aircraft.

“It’s a grand addition to ‘Fifi’s’ re...

FCC Waives Filing Deadlines Due to Weather-Related Closures

Due to adverse weather conditions, FCC headquarters closed early on January 22 and was closed altogether on January 25 and 26. “In recognition of the numerous closings and disruptions caused by the weather in the Washington, DC, area, all paper and electronic filings that were due on January 22 through January 27, 2016, will now be due on Thursday, January 28, 2016,” the FCC announced on Januar...

IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Honors Ulrich Rohde, N1UL

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, has been honored with the 2016 Microwave Application Award by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. He was credited with “Significant contributions to the development of low-noise oscillators.” The Microwave Application Award recognizes an individual, or a team, for an outstanding application of microwave theory and techniques that have been put into practice wit...

A VHF Contest in January — How Cool is That?

If El Niño has your weather upside down, perhaps the ARRL January VHF Contest will get you right side up and back in a contesting mood! This annual event begins at 1900 UTC on Saturday, January 30, and it wraps up at 0359 UTC on Monday, February 1. The object is for amateurs in the US and Canada (and possessions) to work as many stations in as many different Maidenhead grid squares as possible ...

ARES Volunteers Support Major Flood Responses

Amateur Radio operators put their skills to work during flooding in the Centralia area of Southwest Washington and historic flooding in the Greater St Louis area in December and January. In Missouri ARES® volunteers from three counties pitched in. According to Bill Grimsbo, N0PNP, District C Emergency Coordinator, Amateur Radio volunteers contributed more than 170 hours of service just in his d...

Deadline is February 1 to Submit Nominations for Dayton Hamvention 2016 Awards

Monday, February 1, is the deadline for Dayton Hamvention® 2016 nominations for Amateur of the Year, Special Achievement, Technical Excellence, and Club of the Year awards. All Amateur Radio operators/clubs are eligible. Winners will be recognized at Hamvention® 2016, May 20-22 at Hara Arena.

Additional details and nomination forms are available on the Dayton Hamvention® website. Send nomination...

ARRL Network Maintenance Set for January 30

The ARRL IT Department will conduct overnight maintenance on its network on Saturday, January 30, to improve reliability and security. The work will occur between 8 PM EST on Saturday, January 30, and 6 AM EST on Sunday, January 31. (January 31, from 0100 UTC until 1100 UTC).

During this period some or all systems may be temporarily unavailable.

The website will remain up but online purchasing wi...

Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, Will Succeed David Sumner, K1ZZ as ARRL CEO

Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, of West Palm Beach, Florida, will succeed David Sumner, K1ZZ, as the chief executive officer of ARRL, effective April 18. In that role, he will oversee all activities at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. Meeting in a special webinar session on January 25, all 15 ARRL Directors voted to elect Gallagher as CEO and Secretary, positions that Sumner will relinquish o...

North American “RST” Stations on the Air Activity Set for February and March

The “RST” stations will take to the airwaves in February and March from several locations in Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, with members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA) at the helm. All call signs will have “RST” suffixes: KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, and VY0RST. The idea is to further promote Amateur Radio in that part of the world. The joint KL7, VY1, VE8,...

VP8STI Shuts Down, Operators Return to Ship

[UPDATE: 2016-01-27 1350 UTC] The Braveheart crew has been able to remove all of the VP8STI equipment from  Southern Thule on January 26. Nothing was left behind. The DXpedition team now is headed for South Georgia where it plans to operate for 8 days as VP8SGI. 


After managing to recover from the effects of a fierce South Atlantic storm, an emergency resulting from the storm has force...

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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.