The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announce Wednesday May 16th, it is making $85 million available to state housing agencies to provide affordable supportive housing for extremely low-income persons with disabilities. This is the first time in the history of HUD’s Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/mfh/progdesc/disab811 that funding will be offered to state housing agencies that meet new eligibility criteria, including having a partnership with a state health and human services and Medicaid agency to provide essential support and services. The Notice of Funding for the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance was posted on Grants.gov here. http://go.usa.gov/pCO
Entities have until July 31, 2012 to apply for funding, which is expected to provide housing for 2,800 extremely low-income persons with disabilities.
All thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, Click here for a Emergency Plan Kit
Even though lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States.
In 2010 there were 29 fatalities and 182 injuries from lightning.
Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.
Flash flooding is responsible for more fatalities – more than 140 annually – than any other thunderstorm-associated hazard.
Dry thunderstorms that do not produce rain that reaches the ground are most prevalent in the western United States.
Falling raindrops evaporate, but lightning can still reach the ground and can start wildfires.
You may recall how dry it was last summer and the wild fires that happened in the Midwest and down through Texas.
Before Thunderstorm and Lightning starts there are some things you can do to prepare.
- To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
- Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
- Postpone outdoor activities if you know a storm is approaching.
- Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
- Secure your outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
- Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
- Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle does provide increased protection if you are not touching metal.
- Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
- Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.
During Thunderstorms and Lightning there are some things you can do also.
- Use your battery-operated radio or a NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
- You should avoid contact with corded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
- Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
- Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
- Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
- Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
- Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
- Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water.
- Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
- Avoid contact with anything metal—tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
- If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.
Facts about Lightning. 200252. A two-page facts sheet for boaters. Available online at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/lightning/resources/LightningFactsSheet.pdf
How to Guides to Protect Your Property or Business from High Winds. Available online at http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=3263
Family Disaster Planning - Disaster Plan Guide
There are many different kinds of disasters, such as fires, floods, airplane crashes, chemical spills, pipeline leaks and explosions, which seldom give warning and can be equally devastating to their victims. The planning you and your family do will be of benefit for any type of disaster that can strike your community.
This guide is a plan template and is intended to provide you a simple format and possible suggestions about information you might want to include in your family disaster plan. It is not all inclusive and should be modified by the user to suit individual or family needs.
This plan can be filled in electronically or printed and filled in by hand. If filled in by hand, we recommend that you use a pencil for ease of making future corrections to information contained in the document.
Are you a wheelchair user who would like to share your experiences in trying to visit the inaccessible homes of family and friends?
Dot Nary is a researcher at the University of Kansas who is conducting a study on the effects of invisitable homes on wheelchair users.
Wednesday February 22, 2012
HUD AND THE NATIONAL FAIR HOUSING ALLIANCE LAUNCH MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Fair Housing Alliance(NFHA) announced today the launch of a new series of radio and print public service advertisements (PSAs). The advertisements are designed to teach individuals and families how to recognize and report discrimination in housing because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status and disability, including discrimination in mortgage lending because of issues related to pregnancy and/or parental leave.