Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Recovery Activities

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USGS supports recovery efforts in declared natural disaster areas through supplemental appropriations. This site describes the USGS activities related to recovery and rebuilding after natural disasters.

Landslide Mapping for Glacier Bay National Park

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Landslide Guide for Puerto Rico Residents

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FY2019 Supplemental Funding Activities

FY2019 Supplemental Funding Activities
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When natural disasters strike our nation, Congress can appropriate funding under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.) and supplemental funding acts for Federal disaster relief activities. In 2018 and 2019, Congress funded USGS under these Acts to aid recovery efforts from widespread wildfires, devastating hurricanes, prolonged volcanic eruptions, and damaging earthquakes. This enables USGS to repair and replace equipment and facilities, collect high-resolution elevation data, and conduct scientific studies and assessments to support recovery and rebuilding decisions. 

News

Date published: May 20, 2020

Supplemental Funds Support USGS Readiness for 2020 Hurricane Season

Completed 2018 and 2019 Supplemental Appropriations activities are being used to prepare for the 2020 Hurricane season in Puerto Rico and the...

Date published: August 30, 2019

Supplemental Funds Make a Difference in USGS Readiness for Hurricane Dorian

Completed 2018 Supplemental Appropriations activities are being used to prepare for Hurricane Dorian in Puerto Rico and Florida. 

Attribution: Natural Hazards
Date published: August 23, 2019

Testing Replaced Instruments on Coral Reefs Could Help Protect Puerto Rico From Future Hurricanes

When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, it also damaged USGS oceanographic instruments installed just offshore.

Publications

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Year Published: 2020

Accurate bathymetric maps from underwater digital imagery without ground control

Structure-from-Motion (SfM) photogrammetry can be used with digital underwater photographs to generate high-resolution bathymetry and orthomosaics with millimeter-to-centimeter scale resolution at relatively low cost. Although these products are useful for assessing species diversity and health, they have additional utility for quantifying benthic...

Hatcher, Gerry; Warrick, Jonathan; Ritchie, Andrew C.; Dailey, Evan; Zawada, David G.; Kranenburg, Christine; Yates, Kimberly K.

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Year Published: 2019

2019 Disaster Relief Act: USGS recovery activities

The Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 (H.R. 2157) was signed by the President on June 6, 2019. The U.S. Geological Survey received $98.5 million for repair and replacement of facilities and equipment, collection of high-resolution elevation data in affected areas, and scientific assessments to support recovery...

Hinck, Jo Ellen; Stachyra, Joseph
Hinck, J.E., and Stachyra, J., 2019, 2019 Disaster Relief Act—USGS recovery activities: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3066, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193066.

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Year Published: 2019

Forecasts of coastal change hazards

Model predictions of severe storm impacts provide coastal residents, emergency managers, and partner organizations valuable predictive information for planning and response to extreme storm events. The foundation of this work is a USGS-developed numerical model to forecast storm-induced coastal water levels and expected coastal change, including...

Doran, Kara S.; Stockdon, Hilary F.; Joseph Long; Plant, Nathaniel G.