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Volcano-stricken Hawaiians could get up to $34,000 each in disaster aid approved by Trump

“In addition to housing assistance, Trump approved relief from several other FEMA programs, including crisis counseling, unemployment benefits and legal aid” writes Jolyn Rosa for businessinsider.com. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester HONOLULU (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday approved federal emergency housing aid and other relief for victims of the six-week-old Kilauea Volcano eruption on Hawaii’s Big Island, where hundreds of homes have been destroyed, state officials said.Trump previously issued a major disaster declaration weeks ago authorizing money from FEMA public assistance grants for the county of Hawaii, the island’s local…

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U.S. disaster-response force stretched thin as hurricane season starts

“We didn’t even hear from them,” Patrick Hernandez, who oversees FEMA’s disaster workforce, said in an interview” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Internal documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show the agency’s disaster-response force is understaffed by 26 percent.WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida last September, the top U.S. disaster-response official ordered all hands on deck. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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How do you count deaths from a hurricane?

“The National Hurricane Center, when it gives hurricane tallies, only reports direct deaths” writes Mike Stobbe for seattletimes.com. Some basics about counting disaster deaths and why it’s an issue now: Disaster deaths tend to be placed in two categories, “direct” and “indirect.” For a hurricane, direct deaths include people who drown in a storm surge or flooding, are hit by flying debris or crushed in a wind-toppled building.They believe that these “excess deaths” reflect direct and indirect hurricane-related deaths.No government agency has a good handle on counting disaster deaths, said…

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Airbnb will let hosts sign up to donate emergency housing before a disaster

“Last year, Airbnb unveiled a program called Open Homes, designed to allow Airbnb hosts to provide emergency housing after a disaster” writes Jun Edt for theverge.com. Presently, the program matches up users willing to donate space with emergency managers, who can then connect people who need housing with available space.The company is now expanding that program (via Techcrunch) with a pilot project that will allow hosts to list their properties ahead of a disaster.Airbnb hopes that having a list prior to a disaster will allow for a quicker response from…

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Guatemala warns of greater activity after volcano explodes again

“Guatemalan authorities warned that the Fuego volcano was showing signs of greater activity on Tuesday night as the death toll from a devastating eruption at the weekend climbed to 75 and nearly 200 people remained missing” writes Luis Echeverria for cnbc.com. The national disaster agency, CONRED, said 192 people remained missing after the disaster and the forensic agency, Inacif, raised the death toll to at least 75, up from 72. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupts, killing at least 25

“Guatemala’s disaster agency said 3,100 people had evacuated nearby communities, and the eruption was affecting an area with a population of about 1.7 million people” writes Our Foreign Staff for telegraph.co.uk. There are injured, burned and dead people,” Sergio Cabanas, the general secretary of Guatemala’s Conred disaster agency, said on radio. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Why a ‘boring’ Cavs-Warriors rematch isn’t a disaster for the NBA

“You might be tired of Cavs-Warriors, but the two teams have delivered a trio of NBA Finals that have been the most watched series in the last two decades” writes Ted Berg for usatoday.com. Even if the series is predictable, it’s not the disaster for the NBA some fans and analysts are making it out to be.Viewership has remained consistent for each chapter of the Cavs-Warriors saga, and Game 7 of the 2016 Finals drew 31 million viewers, making it the third-most watched game since 1987 (behind two Jordan series-clinchers). Source:…

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Hurricane Irma disaster loans available through June

“Other Florida counties eligible for disaster loans are Collier, Glades, Hendry, Hillsborough and St” writes Marcia Heroux Pounds for sun-sentinel.com. Low-interest loans are still available to small businesses and nonprofit groups in Broward County and the Seminole Tribe of Florida affected by Hurricane Irma from Sept. 4 to Oct. 4, 2017.The deadline for loan applications is June 27, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.The loans are available for up to $2 million at a 3.3 percent interest rate for small businesses, and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, with…

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LeBron James and Tyronn Lue reportedly didn’t want to do the Kyrie Irving trade that has turned into a disaster for the Cavs

“The further away we get, the more the Irving trade looks like a watershed moment for the Eastern Conference” writes Scott Davis for businessinsider.com. On Tuesday, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that James and Tyronn Lue, the Cavs’ head coach, were against trading Irving when he asked for a trade.Joe Vardon reported earlier this year that Irving had threatened to get knee surgery this season if the Cavs didn’t trade him. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Liberals sue Gov. Paul LePage for protecting them from fiscal disaster

“On the contrary, Medicaid may actually be worse for patient health than having no insurance at all” writes Ap Photo Robert for washingtonexaminer.com. Expansion advocates that growing the program would enable thousands of low-income residents to gain health coverage, improving overall patient well-being.The expansion didn’t improve patient health. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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