Environment & Weather
Anheuser-Busch Surprises Chad Pregracke and Living Lands & Water with $90,000 Donation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lindsey Herzog   
Friday, 06 June 2014 11:47

To celebrate World Environment Day, Anheuser-Busch employees spent the day sorting through 30,000 pounds of trash removed from the Mississippi River and beautifying the Soulard neighborhood with the help of Chad Pregracke, found Living Lands & Waters and winner of CNN’s 2013 Hero award.

That’s not the only way Anheuser-Busch gave back today, though. After the clean-up, A-B surprised Pregracke and Living Lands & Waters with a $90,000 donation. Anheuser-Busch has had a strong relationship with Pregracke for many years and was excited to honor his commitment to the environment.

Anheuser-Busch was also honored today by Missouri Speaker of the House and State Representative Timothy Jones, who issued a proclamation to A-B in recognition of the company’s environmental efforts.

View photos from today’s World Environment Day efforts here.

Ranger to Lead Family Campfire Program on West Branch Village Green PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 14:52

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Join a national park ranger for an evening family campfire program at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site on Saturday, June 14. The program is free and begins at 9:00 p.m. The ranger will discuss how national parks restore and preserve remnants of our nation’s once vast tallgrass prairie.

The campfire program takes place on the village green at the intersection of Parkside Drive and Main Street in historic downtown West Branch.  Visitors and their families are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, and toasting sticks and marshmallows.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. For more information go online at www.nps.gov/heho or call (319) 643-2541.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

110 Parkside Drive

PO Box 607

West Branch, Iowa 52358

319 643-2541 phone

319 643-7864 fax


Twitter: @HooverNPS

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Branstad issues disaster proclamation for Pottawattamie County PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 09:21
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad this evening issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for one county in response to today’s storms.
The Governor’s proclamation, for Pottawattamie County, allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of the storms.
As of 8:30 p.m., no other Iowa counties have requested state assistance. The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Governor’s Office continue to closely monitor the situation.

FEMA Urges Preparedness ahead of Severe Weather PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FEMA News Desk   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:00
Residents Encouraged to Monitor Conditions and Follow Direction of Local Officials

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—through its regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City and Denton (Texas)—is monitoring the possibility of tornadoes and large hail on Tuesday across parts of the Central Plains and Mid-Mississippi Valley. Residents in potentially affected areas should take the time now to prepare for severe weather and to monitor conditions via NOAA Weather Radio and local media.

FEMA is in close contact with the National Weather Service, which is forecasting the development of severe thunderstorms across the Great Plains into the Ohio Valley and central Appalachians Tuesday into Wednesday. The storms may bring the potential for significant severe weather events. Comprehensive forecasts for specific areas are available at www.weather.gov.

When natural disasters like severe weather and tornadoes strike, immediate aid often comes from neighbors, family, friends and co-workers. First responders—such as local emergency and public works personnel, volunteers, humanitarian organizations and numerous private interest groups—provide rapid emergency assistance to protect the public's health and safety and to meet immediate human needs.

Severe Weather and Tornado Safety Tips

• Maintain an emergency supply kit both at home and in the car to help prepare for power outages or impassable roads. Visit www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov to learn more about how to be better prepared and how to protect your family during emergencies. Find severe weather and tornado preparedness tips at www.ready.gov/severe-weather.

• Follow the instructions of state and local officials, and listen to local radio or TV station for updated disaster response and sheltering information. Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio and local news to monitor for severe weather updates and warnings. The National Weather Service is the official source for tornado watches and warnings.

• Many mobile devices are capable of receiving free Wireless Emergency Alerts, which are sent by public safety officials such as the National Weather Service about imminent threats like severe weather. They look like a text message and show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take and the agency issuing the alert.

• Become familiar with the terms used to identify severe weather. Discuss with your family what to do if a watch or warning is issued.

Terms Used to Describe Tornado and Other Severe Weather Hazards

• For flooding:

• A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding.

• A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

• A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding.

• A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.

• A Flash Flood Emergency is issued when severe threat to human life and catastrophic damage from a flash flood is imminent or ongoing.

• For a severe thunderstorm:

• A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is issued when severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area.

• A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued when severe thunderstorms are occurring or imminent in the warning area.

• For a tornado:

• A Tornado Watch is issued when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. It does not mean that they will occur. It only means they are possible.

• A Tornado Warning means a tornado is imminent, take shelter immediately.

• A Tornado Emergency is issued when severe threat to human life and catastrophic damage is imminent or ongoing, and reliable sources confirm a tornado.


Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Harkin, Senate Leader in Push for Clean, Renewable Fuels; Welcomes Climate Change Proposal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Monday, 02 June 2014 15:41

‘Climate change is real and this proposal is a major action to address it’

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement on the proposed rule released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The proposal aims to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030.  The draft rule will now will now go through an extensive public comment period and stakeholder feedback process before being finalized.

Harkin was an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Bingaman-Specter climate bill introduced in the Senate in 2007 and has been a long-time leader in the move toward clean, renewable fuels. He authored the first-ever energy title in the 2002 farm bill to promote the production and use of biofuels and biobased products,  and to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for farmers and rural small businesses.  The 2008 farm bill extended these energy programs, including the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) that has become hugely popular with farmers.   For background on Harkin’s renewable energy work, click here.

“Today’s announcement is a major step forward and I applaud the President and the EPA for this action.  Climate change is real, as we have seen by increased frequency of severe weather, in extended draughts and heat waves, in increases in heavy precipitation, and in flooding in Iowa and throughout the Midwest.  Today’s proposed rule will deliver a significant reduction in carbon pollution from our largest single source, and thus it represents a major action to address climate change.

“The last time major Clean Air Act regulations on air pollution took effect on the power sector in the 1990’s to limit emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and carbon monoxide; we were told that compliance would be an economic disaster.  Yet, the regulation had the opposite effect.  Environmental firms and small businesses generated $282 billion in new revenue and $40 billion in exports and supported 1.6 million new jobs.  There was no significant impact on electricity prices.  We are hopeful of the same, positive outcome from today’s announcement.

“We also know that renewables are rapidly expanding as effective and economic power supplies.  In Iowa, we get more than 25 percent of our electrical power from carbon pollution-free wind.  Moreover, our power companies have already begun to shut down some of the older, less efficient coal-burning power plants.

“What the Obama Administration is proposing is bold action.  It will take time to implement.  But I have no doubt that it is in the best interest of our climate and our country’s future.”


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