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An earthquake measuring 6.2 rocked central Italy in the early hours of Aug. 24, leaving more than 200 dead and hundreds missing in the rubble of the disasters.

Given the devastation earthquakes cause, seismologists and public officials have long wanted to know when earthquakes will happen, and after the powerful 1964 Alaska earthquake, U.S. scientists proposed a worldwide research program on earthquake prediction.

In covering the initiative, Science magazine emphasized that “carrying out the proposal (i) would offer a fair chance to develop a method of giving warnings ‘hours to days’ in advance of major earthquakes and (ii) would, through engineering research, provide means of minimizing loss of life and property damage, even if a warning system were not achieved.”

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Predicting-Earhtquakes.html

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana renters who experienced losses due to the severe storms and flooding beginning on Aug. 11, 2016, may be eligible for disaster recovery assistance from FEMA and the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA).

Renters may be eligible for grants from FEMA to help with such disaster-related expenses as:

  • Renting a new place to live when the renter’s previous home was lost due to the disaster.
  • Disaster related medical and dental expenses.
  • Replacement or repair of necessary personal property lost or damaged in the disaster, such as appliances and furniture, textbooks and computers used by students, and work equipment or tools used by the self-employed.
  • Repair or replacement of vehicles damaged by the disaster.
  • Disaster-related funeral and burial expenses.

FEMA grants are not loans and do not have to be repaid. They are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, welfare assistance, SNAP benefits and several other programs.

Additionally, renters may qualify for a low-interest loan of up to $40,000 from the SBA to repair or replace personal property.

Renters who sustained losses can apply for assistance online with any computer, smart phone or tablet at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585.  Those who use 711 or video relay service can call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Download the FEMA mobile app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips. The app provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the Nation. The latest feature of the app allows you to send notifications to your device to remind you to take important steps to prepare your home and family for disasters. Go to Ready.gov for more details.

For more information about disaster loans, call SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit sba.gov/disaster.  TTY users may call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

For more information on Louisiana disaster recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4277, twitter.com/FEMA, facebook.com/FEMA and fema.gov/blog.

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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.  Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion6 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

Monday, 29 August 2016 00:00

The State Of Enterprise Big Data: Podcast

Hadoop may be 10 years old, but that doesn't necessarily mean that most enterprises have embraced and made the most of big data technologies yet. InformationWeek recently caught up with Bill Schmarzo, CTO for big data services at EMC to chat about the state of big data in the enterprise.

This podcast marks the second edition of InformationWeek's Expert Voice. In this new podcast series, InformationWeek editors talk with executives, consultants, and experts in areas that matter to IT professionals who want to build their skills and advance their careers.

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http://www.informationweek.com/big-data/the-state-of-enterprise-big-data-podcast/d/d-id/1326737

(TNS) - New Orleans-based disaster-recovery nonprofit SBP has released an 11-page guide to help flood victims navigate FEMA, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s low-interest loan programs.

The guide includes tips, checklists, a flow chart of what applications to file when, the basics of each program as well as the important notes that lurk in the fine print. It also covers the appeals procedures and other resources disaster victims have at their disposal.

Zack Rosenburg, SBP’s co-founder and chief executive officer, said that while it’s understandable for disaster victims to get discouraged by the complexity of the process or by reports of low payouts in FEMA's individual assistance grant program, it’s crucial they understand a counterintuitive point about federal disaster aid: rejection is baked into process.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/New-Orleans-nonprofit-SBP-releases-how-to-guide-for-navigating-FEMA-other-federal-disaster-aid-programs.html

Turnkey Private Cloud Infrastructure Provides Over 4X Higher Bandwidth and Up to 70% Lower TCO Than AWS

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (August 29, 2016) – iXsystems, the industry leader in storage and servers powered by Open Source, today announced iXRack™, a converged rack-scale solution enabling customers to quickly, easily, and automatically deploy thousands of virtual machines in support of hyperscale business-critical applications, including scale-out, scale-up, database and object storage, virtualization, VDI and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). iXRack offers over 4X higher bandwidth and up to a 70% lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) than Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other public cloud providers.

iXRack converged infrastructure provides your data center with converged and hyper-converged computing, storage, and networking that scales from terabytes to multi-petabytes and thousands of CPU cores per rack. It leverages proven and award-winning iXsystems servers, Intel's latest CPUs, and iXsystems TrueNAS unified storage along with other industry-leading components. Thanks to its "building block" architecture, iXRack does not lock you into one design, letting you change the infrastructure allocated to compute, storage and networking as your needs change. iXRack also does not lock you into any one virtualization platform, supporting VMware, KVM, XenServer and Kodiak Data. By using the latest 40Gb and 100Gb networking technologies, the performance of data-heavy applications can be over 4X higher than 10Gb public cloud solutions.

"Many customers feel tied to the cloud because it has a perceived lower cost," said Brett Davis, Executive Vice President, iXsystems. "In reality, customer studies have found that it is significantly more cost-effective to host applications in their own data centers on iXsystems' infrastructure, instead of using a public cloud, and the savings begin significantly sooner than expected. Customers are surprised to see the TCO advantage at only one quarter of a rack of servers and then quickly scale from there."

iXRack's building blocks enable rapid spin-up of turnkey racks with powerful compute, storage, and networking configured to user specifications. Customers can independently add storage and compute modules as demands increase, enabling iXRack systems to be initially deployed in half the time compared with discrete off-the-shelf components. Repeatable processes reduce risk and enable businesses to grow more smoothly.

"iXRack solves IT's challenge of data growth with a limited budget by providing a turnkey solution that is flexible, efficient, and scalable," said Morgan Littlewood, Vice President of Products, Kodiak Data. "Kodiak Data is teaming with iXsystems to virtualize clustered applications, such as Hadoop and Cassandra, with the performance, security, and lower TCO of private infrastructure."

Learn more about iXRack by coming to booth 645 at VMworld. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 1-866-GREP-4-IX, or visit www.iXsystems.com/iXRack.

About iXsystems:

By leveraging decades of expertise in hardware design, its contributions to many Open Source software communities, and corporate stewardship of leading Open Source projects (FreeNAS and PC-BSD), iXsystems has become an industry leader in building innovative storage solutions and superior enterprise servers for a global marketplace that relies on open technology.

Thousands of companies, universities, and government organizations have come to rely on iXsystems' storage, servers, and consultative approach to doing business. Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley since its founding in 1996, through incorporation into BSDi in 2000, and expansion as iXsystems in 2005, the dedication to white-glove customer service, industry-leading support, and transparent technological contributions has never wavered and continues to help lay the foundation for a new era powered by open technology.