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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

New Mexico Severe Storms and Flooding
Major Disaster Declaration number 4197 issued Mon, 10/06/2014 - 19:20

Kentucky Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides
Major Disaster Declaration number 4196 issued Tue, 09/30/2014 - 16:35


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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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Vallejo Disaster Recovery Center to Close Nov. 25, But Help is Still Available

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After serving more than 283 homeowners, renters and business owners who had damages from the South Napa Earthquake, the Disaster Recovery Center at 1155 Capitol St. in Vallejo will end operations at 6 p.m. on Tue., Nov. 25. But help is still available in person, online and over the phone.

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FEMA Announces Second Meeting of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced the second public meeting of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC), scheduled for December 4 - 5, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia. The public meeting will be held at the FEMA South Arlington Office on December 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and December 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST) located at 1800 South Bell Street, Arlington, Virginia 20598.

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Take Time to Check for Earthquake Damage

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – When earthquakes occur, some of the damage happens in areas of our homes and businesses that may be nearly impossible to spot without close attention. Residents and business owners in Napa and Solano Counties continue to discover damage from the South Napa Earthquake.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge people in those counties to take time to check for any signs of potential damage and register for assistance as soon as possible.

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By the Numbers: Flood Recovery in New Mexico on Schedule as Partners Collaborate & Coordinate

SANTA FE – Less than two months after two presidential disaster declarations, one approved on Oct. 6 followed by an amendment on Oct. 24 for July 27 – August 5 flooding, and the other approved on Oct. 29 for September 15-26 flooding, recovery partners are already seeing great progress through collaboration and coordination.

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By the Numbers: Flood Recovery in New Mexico on Schedule as Partners Collaborate & Coordinate

SANTA FE – Less than two months after two presidential disaster declarations, one approved on Oct. 6 followed by an amendment on Oct. 24 for July 27 – August 5 flooding, and the other approved on Oct. 29 for September 15-26 flooding, recovery partners are already seeing great progress through collaboration and coordination.

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Disaster Assistance Exceeds $12 Million for South Napa Earthquake

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – State and federal disaster assistance now totals $12.1 million for those affected by the South Napa Earthquake. The current total includes $5.6 million in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), as well as $6.5 million in low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

A recap of the disaster recovery operation by the numbers, as of Nov. 16:

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Disaster Recovery Centers Announce New Hours of Operation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – State and federal officials announced a change of hours for the disaster recovery centers, which serve individuals affected by the South Napa Earthquake. Since Oct. 31, nearly 1,100 people have visited the centers:

Napa Earthquake Local Assistance Center
301 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559

Solano County Disaster Recovery Center
1155 Capitol Street, Vallejo, CA 94590

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FEMA Continues to Inspect Quake-Damaged Homes

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspectors have completed more than 2,000 inspections of homes damaged or destroyed by the South Napa Earthquake. Homeowners and renters in Napa and Solano counties became eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance on Oct. 27 following the presidential declaration for Individual Assistance. FEMA must verify damages for every application.

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FEMA Awards $454,808 Grant to Vernon County: Hazard mitigation funds will be used to acquire and demolish seven flood prone structures

CHICAGO –The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $454,808 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to Vernon County, Wis., for the acquisition and demolition of seven residential structures in the floodplain. Following demolition, these properties located in the Town of Webster and Town of Christiana will be maintained as permanent open space in the community.

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FEMA Awards $2,889,864 Grant to Village of Lisle: Hazard mitigation funds will be used to acquire and demolish 13 flood prone structures and elevate six structures

CHICAGO –The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $2,889,864 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to the village of Lisle, Ill., for the acquisition and demolition of 13 residential structures in the floodplain. In addition, six structures will be elevated three feet above the base flood elevation along the east branch of the DuPage River.

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FEMA Awards $2,999,992 Grant to the Village of Glenview: Hazard mitigation funds will be used to acquire and demolish 16 flood prone structures

CHICAGO –The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $2,999,992 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to the village of Glenview, Ill., for the acquisition and demolition of 16 residential structures in the Chicago River floodplain. Following demolition, these properties will be maintained as permanent open space in the community.

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FEMA registration deadline Monday, November 24

Warren, Mich. – Disaster survivors in Southeast Michigan have until Monday Nov. 24, to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and return their disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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

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FEMA Awards $300,000 Grant to Delaware County: Hazard Mitigation funds will be used to construct two tornado safe rooms

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released an initial amount of $300,000 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to Delaware County, Ohio, for the construction of two community safe rooms at the Delaware State Park. Additional federal funding will be provided based on project completion. Following the completion, the community safe rooms will be made available to the citizens of Delaware County.

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FEMA Registration Deadline Nears

WARREN, MI – The State of Michigan and FEMA report that the registration deadline for Michigan residents affected by last August’s severe storms and flooding is approaching.

November 24th is the last day that homeowners, renters and businesses can apply for federal disaster assistance.  To date, more than 111,000 residents have registered with FEMA online at disasterassistance.gov or have called 800-621-3362. Hundreds more are registering every day.

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Two FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Transitioning to SBA Loan Centers

Warren, Mich. – Two State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Macomb and Oakland counties will transition to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOC) on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The State/FEMA recovery centers will remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Wednesday, Nov. 12, before transitioning to DLOCs, which focus 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 these centers:

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N0KC Wins December QST Cover Plaque Award

Financial Woes Reported at Dayton Hamvention® Venue, Hara Arena

Philippine Hams Support Emergency Communication for Typhoon Hagupit

Preliminary ARRL November Sweepstakes CW Results Posted

QST Celebrates Its Centennial in 2015

Although the ARRL celebrated its centennial this year, 2015 is the centennial year for QST magazine.

First published in December 1915, QST is the not only the official membership journal of the ARRL, it is also the most widely read Amateur Radio magazine in the world with a monthly circulation of more than 165,000.

QST kicks off its celebration with a photo contest announced in the January issue,...


IARU Region 3, Asia-Pacific Telecommunity Formalize Relationship

International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 (IARU-R3) and the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at establishing collaboration between the two bodies in areas of mutual interest. IARU Region 3 Chairman Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN, and APT Secretary-General Toshiyuki Yamada signed the MOU on their respective organizations’ behalf. Headquartered in...


AMSAT Board Approves Technology Development Seed Funding

As a part of AMSAT’s “Design The Next AMSAT Satellite” challenge, the Board of Directors has allocated $5000 from the 2015 engineering budget as seed money for future satellite development. Meeting December 2, the Board said it would also investigate and pursue additional funding sources.

“We’re prepared to return to space starting in 2015 with a fleet of satellites that will equal, if not excee...


Art Zygielbaum, K0AIZ, Appointed ARRL Midwest Division Vice Director

ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has appointed Art Zygielbaum, K0AIZ, of Lincoln, Nebraska, as Midwest Division Vice Director. He will fill the vacancy created when incumbent Vice Director Rod Blocksome, K0DAS, was elected Midwest Division Director. Zygielbaum said that when it was first suggested that he consider the appointment, he hesitated because of his already-full schedule of teaching, ...


Antenna Designer WA3FET Says Ham Radio Led to His Electrical Engineering Career

In an online “Spotlight” interview published recently in EEWEB, antenna designer Jim Breakall, WA3FET, explains that he got interested in ham radio and electronics as a youngster, and that led to his becoming an electrical engineer.

“I knew at that time that I was going to be an electrical engineer and specialize in antenna and radio engineering,” Breakall said in the wide-ranging interview.

An e...


DX Engineering Acquires Bencher, Butternut Antenna Product Lines

DX Engineering has acquired Bencher’s Skyhawk, Skylark, and Butternut antenna product lines. Headquartered in Talmadge, Ohio, DX Engineering announced on December 5 that it will exclusively manufacture and market the three antenna lines as well as provide service, repairs, and replacement parts. The deal did not include the Bencher line of CW keyer paddles. 

The Skyhawk is a trap-free tribander ...


W1AW Centennial Operations Up Next in Indiana and Montana

The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Maine and Illinois. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, December 10 (the evening of December 9 in US time zones), to Indiana (W1AW/9) and Montana (W1AW/7). W1AW has visited each of the 50 states once, and by December 31 W1AW will have been on the air from every state at lea...


NASA Announces CubeQuest Challenge

Amateur Radio satellite development teams take note: Registration is now open for NASA’s CubeQuest Challenge, the agency’s first in-space competition that also offers its largest-ever prize. Competitors have a shot at a share of $5 million in prize money and an opportunity to participate in space exploration and technology development. This includes a chance at flying their very own CubeSat to ...


The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers rose substantially over the past week, from 97.4 in the previous seven days to 152 for the most recent. Average daily solar flux rose from 168.9 to 172.1.

Predicted solar flux is currently 150 on December 5-6, 145 on December 7, 140 on December 8-12, 180 on December 13-14, 185 on December 15-19, 170 on December 20-23, 175 on December 24-27, 180 on December 28-30, 17...


Conditions Look Good for ARRL 10 Meter Contest December 13-14

Always a favorite among serious and casual contesters alike, the 2014 ARRL 10 Meter Contest may enjoy excellent worldwide openings, plus a record number of participants! Activity in the CQ World Wide CW contest in late November was through the roof, with some operators reporting better 10 meter conditions than they could ever remember.

“Don’t miss out on this opportunity to work the world, befor...


Japanese Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads are Launched into Deep Space

Japan has successfully launched its Hayabusa 2 asteroid sample-return mission into deep space, and with it, two satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads. A Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) rocket lifted off on schedule early on December 3 (UTC), carrying the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft on the first leg of its journey to Asteroid 1999 JU3. Along for the ride into deep space are two Amateur ...






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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.