Author: Monica Vargas

FEMA: Now is the best time to purchase flood insurance


Mar 27, 2017 5:19 pm

Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. Without the financial protection of flood insurance, a single event could put your family’s finances at risk.

There is a 30-day waiting period from the date of purchase before your policy goes into effect. That means the best time to buy flood insurance is always right now.

Flood insurance is available for those who own or rent homes, condominiums and commercial properties, as long as their community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Flood insurance costs vary depending on how much insurance is purchased, what it covers and the property’s flood risk. Flood insurance can only be purchased from a licensed property and casualty insurance agent. Talk to your local insurance agent now.

Coverage is available for buildings and for contents. Since contents coverage … continue reading »


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Honoring Leaders and Pioneers During Women’s History Month


Mar 22, 2017 4:59 pm

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, today we honor achievements by Hedy Lamarr and Dr. Shirley Jackson that have helped shape the world we live in.

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor. At the beginning of World War II, Lamarr and her co-inventor George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes, which used spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers. The principles of their work are now incorporated into modern Wi-Fi, Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), and Bluetooth technology, and this work led to their induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

The theoretical physicist Dr. Shirley Jackson was the … continue reading »


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A Look Back at the 1964 Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami


Mar 9, 2017 4:47 pm

The most powerful earthquake in United States history was recorded 53 years ago this month. At 5:36 p.m. local time, a magnitude 9.2 earthquake occurred in the Prince William Sound region in Alaska on March 27, 1964.

In all, 139 people were believed to have died as a result of the earthquake. Fifteen died from the earthquake alone, while 106 died in Alaska, 13 died in California and five died in Oregon all related to tsunamis.

In addition to a tectonic tsunami, about 20 smaller and local tsunamis occurred. Smaller tsunamis were created by submarine and subaerial landslides, and tsunami waves were measured in over 20 countries including Peru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Japan and Antarctica.

The earthquake rupture started approximately 15 miles beneath the surface, with its epicenter about 6 miles east of the mouth of … continue reading »


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March is Women’s History Month


Mar 8, 2017 4:30 pm

March is Women’s History Month and a time to honor the accomplishments and contributions of the many women who have left their mark in American history. This month is especially notable as the nation pays tribute to them and the important role they have played in our country’s past, present and future. As part of celebrating Women’s History Month, we will feature various leaders and pioneers that have helped shape our country.

The first in the series of remarkable women leaders is one of the most honored women in American history: Clarissa “Clara” Harlowe Barton. Clara began teaching school at a time when most teachers were men. She was among the first women to be employed by the federal government. Barton risked her life securing supplies and nursing soldiers during the Civil War. In 1881, at age … continue reading »


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Swiftwater Rescue Teams Pre-Positioned Throughout State Ahead of Storms


Feb 20, 2017 6:01 pm

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services pre-positioned nine Swiftwater Search and Rescue teams throughout the state as a precautionary measure with another significant storm pounding Northern California. The teams are currently staged in the counties of Butte, Yuba, Sutter, Sacramento, Stanislaus, and Merced.

The pre-positioning of these specialized resources is a proactive measure to protect lives and provide rapid response to requests for assistance from local government during the current storms. Teams are deployed as part of the Cal OES Fire & Rescue Mutual Aid system, which is a neighbor helping neighbor sharing of resources.

“The pre-deployment is a move by Cal OES to be proactive in our ability to protect lives in the event that the resources are needed and to decrease the response time for specialized resources that we have available,” said Brian Woodbeck, … continue reading »


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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for California


Feb 15, 2017 1:11 am

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Press Release issued on February 14, 2017: 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of California to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from January 3 to January 12, 2017.

Federal funding is available to State, tribal, 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 severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides in Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Humboldt, Inyo, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Santa … continue reading »


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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Hoopa Valley Tribe


Feb 15, 2017 1:09 am

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Press Release issued on February 14, 2017: 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Hoopa Valley Tribe to supplement the Tribe’s recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe winter storm from January 3 to January 5, 2017.

Federal funding is available to the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm.

Federal funding is also available to the Tribe on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures.

Timothy J. Scranton has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Scranton said additional designations may be made at a later date if … continue reading »


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