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  • FEMA Urges Mid-Atlantic Residents to Prepare for Tropical Depression Ida

    FEMA Urges Mid-Atlantic Residents to Prepare for Tropical Depression Ida

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Urges Mid-Atlantic Residents to Prepare for Tropical Depression Ida | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: August 31, 2021) Philadelphia - - Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana on Sunday afternoon with devastating consequence. Ida has been downgraded to a tropical storm but will continue to bring life-threatening flash, urban and river flooding to communities throughout the mid-Atlantic over the coming days. Tropical Storm Ida is expected to bring three to six inches of rainfall to the Ohio Valley, southern/central Appalachians, and Mid-Atlantic today through Wednesday. A few areas could see higher amounts. Portions of our region have received several inches of rainfall over the past two weeks from weather systems including but not limited to Fred and Henri, which have primed soils and rivers for additional w...
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  • FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance State-by-State Breakdown

    FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance State-by-State Breakdown

    Federal Emergency Management Agency COVID-19 Funeral Assistance State-by-State Breakdown | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: August 23, 2021)

    Washington - - FEMA has provided over $1.044 billion to nearly 159,000 people to assist with COVID-19-related funeral costs for deaths occurring on or after Jan. 20, 2020.

    Eligibility determinations are not driven by state/location; instead, they are based on when the applicant submits all required documentation.

    “Applications” in the below chart reflect the number of individuals who called to begin the assistance process.

    Please find state-specific information below:



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  • U.S. DOT Launches “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Labor Day High- Visibility Enforcement Campaign

    U.S. Department of Transportation Launches “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Labor Day High- Visibility Enforcement Campaign | site |



    August 18 – September 6, 2021


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: August 17, 2021)

    August 17, 2021 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration kicked off its annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Labor Day high-visibility enforcement campaign today, aimed at preventing impaired driving and improving safety for all road users. Joining NHTSA Acting Administrator Dr. Steven Cliff in spreading awareness about the deadly consequences of impaired driving and the steps being taken across the country to save lives and ensure equity in enforcement were representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Governors’ Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Car
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  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Launches National Risk Index Update

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Launches National Risk Index Update

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Launches National Risk Index Update | site |



    Full Application Now Available with More Customization and Reporting


    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: August 16, 2021)

    Washington - - FEMA announced the full application launch of the National Risk Index, a new online resource that provides a clear, visual guide to natural hazard risks throughout the United States, and information to help communities to understand and reduce those risks, whether they involve flooding, wildfire, extreme heat, or drought. Developed with attention to the increased risks from climate change, and the need to develop new approaches to reduce those risks, this online mapping application provides simple measures of a community’s risk for 18 natural hazards. The online mapping application also measures resilience, social vulnerability and expecte
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  • Consumer Alert - - GM Issues New Recall, Safety Instructions for 2017-19 Chevrolet Bolt Vehicles

    Consumer Alert: GM Issues New Recall, Safety Instructions for 2017-19 Chevrolet Bolt Vehicles | site |



    Owners urged to limit charging capacity, park away from structures, charge after every use


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: July 23, 2021)

    July 23, 2021 | Washington, DC - - This alert applies to all affected vehicles, even if the owner has had the previous recall repairs completed. GM has issued a new recall affecting the 50,932 Model Year 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles covered under the original recall announced in November 2020 and revised in May 2021. NHTSA is aware of one fire with the interim remedy and two fires with the final remedy. Due to the risk of fire, vehicle owners should continue to park these vehicles outside, away from structures, and not charge them overnight. Additionally, GM is instructing owners of these affected vehicles to take the fo
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  • CPSC Urges Vacation Rental Platforms to Require Owners to Disable Home Elevators Immediately

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Urges Vacation Rental Platforms to Require Owners to Disable Home Elevators Immediately | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission press release dated: July 20, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - Following another report of a tragic death of a young child in a residential elevator, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Acting Chairman Robert Adler today asked the vacation rental community for help. In a letter to vacation rental platforms, AirBnB, Vrbo, and others, Adler urged the companies to take steps immediately to protect vulnerable consumers. “The agency is taking steps with the manufacturers, but we need the businesses that facilitate vacation rentals to join us,” said Adler. “These injuries and deaths are horrific, and we need property owners and rental agencies to disable elevators immediately until they have been inspected....
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  • FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Aug. 11

    FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Aug. 11

    Federal Emergency Management Agency and Federal Communications Commission Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Aug. 11 | site |



    Test Messages Will be Sent to TVs and Radios Along with Select Cell Phones That Have Opted-in to Receive Test Messages



    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 11, 2021)

    Washington - - FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) this summer. The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests will begin at 2:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 11. The Wireless Emergency Alert portion of the test will be directed only to consumer cell phones where the subscriber has opted-in to receive test messages. This will be the second nationwide WEA test, but the first nationwide WE...
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  • NHTSA says 2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic

    NHTSA says 2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic | site |



    Risky Driving Behaviors Including Failure to Wear a Seatbelt, Speeding, and Drinking While Driving Identified as Contributing Factors


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: June 3, 2021)

    June 3, 2021 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today released preliminary estimates of crash fatalities in 2020 involving motor vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, and people walking and biking. Alongside the release of the 2020 fatality projections, Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2020, the agency issued two special reports, Early Estimates of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities and Fatality Rate by Sub-Categories in 2020, and Update to Special Reports
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  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Report Shows Child Drownings Remain High; Most Fatalities to Children Under Five

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Report Shows Child Drownings Remain High; Most Fatalities to Children Under Five | site |




    Fewer Kids Took Swim Lessons During COVID-19 Pandemic Putting Them at Risk


    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission press release dated: June 8, 2021)

    Washington - - The annual drowning and submersion report released today by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds families to make water safety a priority, particularly as they return to community pools and resume warm-weather activities near water. Child drownings remain the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages one to four years old.

    CPSC’s latest data show:
    • an increase in pool-or spa-related fatal drowning incidents among children younger than 15 years old;
    • on average, there were 397 reported pool-or-spa-related fatal drownings per
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  • The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting

    The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting

    The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 17, 2021) Washington, June 17, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules to improve the way the public receives emergency alerts on their mobile phones, televisions, and radios. The nation’s Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts help keep the public safe and informed and are of ever-increasing importance given the emergencies and disasters Americans have faced in recent years. In 2018, however, a false emergency alert in Hawaii mistakenly warned of an incoming ballistic missile and highlighted the need to improve these systems. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 subsequently directed the Commission, in consultation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to adopt rules to strengthen emergency...
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