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HHS grants boost disaster preparedness in hospitals, health care systems

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today awarded more than $352 million to continue improving disaster preparedness of hospitals and health care systems within every state, and three large metropolitan areas.

These Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grants support preparedness activities for hospitals and health care facilities, including the medical surge capability in communities across the nation.

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Briefing On the Current Situation in Sudan

Special Briefing
Princeton Lyman
Special Envoy for Sudan
Washington, DC
July 1, 2011

MS. FULTON: Good afternoon and welcome to the State Department. We’re very happy to have with us today U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan Ambassador Princeton Lyman to talk to us about the – to give an update about the situation in Sudan, his upcoming trip to the region, as we move toward the independence to be – take place next week on July 9th.

Without further ado, Ambassador Lyman.

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Disaster Recovery Center in Metropolis Set to Reopen

Release Number: 1991-021

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MARION, Ill. – A temporary Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Metropolis is set to reopen on July 6 for southern Illinois storm and flood survivors to meet face-to-face with disaster recovery specialists.

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More Than $14.7 Million Approved for Survivors of Mississippi'’s April Storms and Tornadoes

CLINTON, Miss. -- Federal assistance approved for people in 29 Mississippi counties designated in a major disaster declared by the president because of devastating storms and tornadoes has reached $14,767,611. The registration period closed June 28, 2011.

Here is a summary through Wednesday, June 29, of all federal assistance to individuals who suffered losses due to the storms and tornadoes April 15-28, 2011:

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Disaster Assistance to North Carolinians Exceeds $18 Million

RALEIGH, N.C. – Federal and state grants and loans for disaster assistance now total more than $18 million to help North Carolinians in 20 counties recover from the severe storms and tornadoes of April 16.

Tuesday, July 5, is the deadline for individuals to register with FEMA and to return disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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Disaster Assistance Exceeds $5 Million For Oklahomans

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Just over three weeks after President Obama signed a major disaster declaration for the Sooner State, nearly $5.6 million in disaster assistance has been approved for Oklahomans, according to officials with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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More Than $16.2 Million Approved for Flood Survivors

CLINTON, Miss. -- Federal assistance approved for people in 14 Mississippi counties designated in a major disaster declared by the president following the historic flooding of the Mississippi River and its tributaries has reached $16,244,123.

While many recovery efforts along the Mississippi River were slowed by the heavy flooding, state and federal disaster officials are responding as receding water allows access to flood-damaged areas.

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Federal Aid Programs For State Of Missouri Emergency

Release Date: June 30, 2011 Release Number: HQ-11-109Factsheet

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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 Missouri.

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

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President Declares Emergency For Missouri

Release Date: June 30, 2011 Release Number: HQ-11-109

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal aid has been made available to the state of Missouri to supplement state and local response efforts in the area struck by flooding beginning on June 1, 2011, and continuing.

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Cred Crunch Newsletter, Issue No. 24, July 2011 - Natural Disasters in Countries with Very High Human Development

Natural Disasters in Countries with Very High Human Development

Merely halfway through the year 2011, disaster figures continue to show the tremendous impacts that natural disasters have on human societies. The end of 2010 and the first months of 2011 were particularly marked by extreme events in several developed countries.

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Monthly Update, June 2011

USAID Responds to Crisis in Abyei and Southern Kordofan

USAID is responding to humanitarian needs in Sudan, including assisting tens of thousands of Sudanese affected by recent fighting in the Abyei Area and Southern Kordofan State.

The humanitarian community estimates that the Abyei Area clashes displaced nearly 111,000 people. In Southern Kordofan, unconfirmed estimates put the number of displaced at approximately 73,000.

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OSCE Members called to join the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

Vienna, 29 June 2011 – A call has been made for all European and Central Asian States to join the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention. The appeal was made today at the headquarters of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) by H.E. Gazmend Turdiu, the senior Albanian diplomat currently presiding over the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.

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Experts warn epic weather ravaging US could worsen

CHICAGO — Epic floods, massive wildfires, drought and the deadliest tornado season in 60 years are ravaging the United States, with scientists warning that climate change will bring even more extreme weather.

The human and economic toll over just the past few months has been staggering: hundreds of people have died, and thousands of homes and millions of acres have been lost at a cost estimated at more than $20 billion.

And the United States has not even entered peak hurricane season.

Agence France-Presse:

©AFP: The information provided in this product is for personal use only. None of it may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Agence France-Presse.

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Red Cross Continues Disaster Response in New Mexico, North Dakota

With the New Mexico wildfire still out of control, and North Dakota flood waters only slowly receding, the American Red Cross continues to help residents in these communities.

It is estimated that the wildfire near Los Alamos, N.M., has burned more than 60,000 acres, which has led to a mandatory evacuation of the entire town of Los Alamos. An additional fire farther south also prompted the evacuation of 300 people on Tuesday.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


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Disaster assistance reaches $2 million in Massachusetts

Release Date: June 28, 2011
Release Number: 1994-009

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WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Less than two weeks after President Obama signed a major disaster declaration for Hampden and Worcester Counties, more than $2 million in disaster assistance has been approved, according to officials with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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FEMA registration deadline extended to July 29

Release Date: June 28, 2011
Release Number: 1980-094

» More Information on Missouri Severe Storms, Tornadoes, And Flooding

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- At the request of the state of Missouri, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the deadline for renters, homeowners and business owners who suffered damages from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding to register for state and federal disaster assistance. The new deadline is July 29, 2011.

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2011 Spring storms: CWS expanded appeal update

DEVELOPMENT AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

EXPANDED APPEAL: 2011 Spring Storms – June 29, 2011 update Appeal Number 627-P Appeal Goal: $280,000 Amount contributed by CWS Communions: over $114,500 or 40% of need

Situation:

Tornadoes, storms and floods have caused extensive loss of life and massive amounts of damage across the United States from North Carolina to Oklahoma and from North Dakota to Alabama. The ultimate cost of these tragic events will be in the billions of dollars.

CWS Response:

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Fires, Floods Still Wreaking Havoc Across U.S.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 — A spring marked by several major disasters, including tornadoes, floods and wildfires, has now turned into a summer filled with more of the same—and with a predicted busy hurricane season on the horizon.

In New Mexico, a fast-moving wildfire has so far destroyed more than 43,000 acres. Approximately 7,500 residents within the affected area of Los Alamos County are now under a mandatory evacuation order.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


© Copyright, The American National Red Cross. All Rights Reserved.

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Direct Relief USA Reaching Out to Partners in New Mexico Following Extensive Wildfires

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Direct Relief

Direct Relief reached out today to seven New Mexico-based community health center and free clinic partners to determine the medical needs of those affected by the Las Conchas fire burning near Los Alamos. Key items often needed during wildfire events include N95 particulate respirators (masks), inhalers for asthma patients, and respiratory medications to prevent and treat respiratory conditions exacerbated by smoke and particulate matter during fire incidents.