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I-95S at MM 149.8

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:30
Description:
On I-95 at mile marker 149.8 in the County of Prince William, motorists can expect potential delays due to a multi-vehicle accident. The south left shoulder is closed.
Last updated:
Mon 05/21/2018 4:20 PM EDT

I-66E at MM 45.8

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:30
Description:
On I-66 at mile marker 45.8 in the County of Prince William, motorists can expect potential delays due to a disabled vehicle. The east right shoulder is closed.
Last updated:
Mon 05/21/2018 4:04 PM EDT

On US-60W at 15th View

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:30
Description:
On US-60W at 15th View in the City of Norfolk, motorists can expect potential delays due to an incident. The west entrance ramp is closed.
The 15th View gate is closed.
Last updated:
Mon 05/21/2018 3:59 PM EDT

I-264W at Downtown Tunnel West

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:30
Description:
On I-264 West in the City of Norfolk, at Downtown Tunnel West, motorists can expect major delays due to congestion. Traffic backups are approximately 1.0 mile.
Last updated:
Mon 05/21/2018 4:01 PM EDT

Rt. 1003W (Chesterfield County) at Salisbury Dr

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:30
Description:
On Rt. 1003 (Salisbury Dr) in the County of Chesterfield, in the vicinity of Headwaters Rd; Salisbury Dr; Rt. 1003E/W (Chesterfield County); Rt. 1003E/W (Chesterfield County), Rt. 1075N/S (Chesterfield County), near Castlebridge Road, motorists can expect delays due to weather. The North left shoulder and right shoulder are closed. The South left shoulder and right shoulder are closed.
Last updated:
Mon 05/21/2018 3:35 PM EDT

I-395 at 14th Street Bridge

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:30
Description:
On I-395 North in the County of Arlington, at 14th Street Bridge, motorists can expect major delays due to congestion. Traffic backups are approximately 1.0 mile.
Last updated:
Mon 05/21/2018 3:59 PM EDT

I-495N at MM 45.1

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:30
Description:
On I-495N Express Lanes at mile marker 45.1 in the County of Fairfax, motorists can expect major delays due to congestion. Traffic backups are approximately 2.0 miles.
Last updated:
Mon 05/21/2018 3:15 PM EDT

I-64W at Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel West

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:30
Description:
On I-64 West in the City of Norfolk, at Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel West, motorists can expect major delays due to congestion. Traffic backups are approximately 5.0 miles.
Last updated:
Mon 05/21/2018 4:14 PM EDT

I-495S at MM 49.0

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:30
Description:
On I-495 South at mile marker 49 in the County of Fairfax, motorists can expect major delays due to congestion. Traffic backups are approximately 3.0 miles.
Last updated:
Mon 05/21/2018 4:03 PM EDT

I-95S at MM 132.3

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:30
Description:
On I-95 at mile marker 132.3 in the County of Spotsylvania, motorists can expect potential delays due to a disabled vehicle. The south left shoulder is closed.
Last updated:
Mon 05/21/2018 4:22 PM EDT

VA-122N at 7.6 mi N of Bedford

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:30
Description:
On VA-122 North in the County of Bedford, in the vicinity of Coltons Mill Rd; Rt. 639N/S (Bedford County); / COLTONS MILL RD, motorists can expect delays due to a multi-vehicle accident. Lane closures exist.
Last updated:
Mon 05/21/2018 4:24 PM EDT

I-95 at Woodrow Wilson Bridge

STATE - VA - Traffic Incidents - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:30
Description:
On I-95 North in the City of Alexandria, at Woodrow Wilson Bridge, motorists can expect major delays due to congestion. Traffic backups are approximately 8.1 miles.
Last updated:
Mon 05/21/2018 4:05 PM EDT

Nurse Accused of Drugging, Sexually Assaulting Patient

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:27


The trial is underway for a former Methodist Southlake Hospital nurse accused of allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a patient at the hospital.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

Restoring Touch for Amputees: Sci-Fi Becomes Reality

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:25


It was a scene in the 1980 iconic Star Wars film Empire Strikes Back. A young Jedi receives a prosthetic hand capable of touch. Now nearly 40 years later, that sci-fi technology has become a reality.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

Ziyad Brothers Importing Recalls Tahini Because of Possible Health Risk

CDC Food Safety - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:09
Ziyad Brothers Importing is voluntarily recalling certain lot codes of Ziyad Brand Tahini because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.

DHS Announces Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Preparedness Grants

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 14:32
Release Date: May 21, 2018

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen today announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department’s focus on funding for programs that address our nation’s immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities.

“The administration remains committed to strengthening the security and resilience of our state and local communities,” said Secretary Nielsen. “The DHS grant programs are flexible by design and will be used to help address evolving threats.  They will go toward building and sustaining capabilities across all levels of government and the whole community to maximize preparedness.”

The FY 2018 grant guidance will continue to focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that face the most significant threats.  For FY 2018, the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) will enhance regional preparedness and capabilities by funding 32 high-threat, high-density urban areas. This represents Congressional intent to limit FY 2018 UASI funding to those Urban Areas that represent up to 85 percent of the nationwide risk, as stated in the Explanatory Statement accompanying the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2018 (Pub. L. No. 115-141).

Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention throughout the country to prepare for, prevent and respond to pre-operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity.

Grant recipients are encouraged to use grant funding to maintain and sustain current critical core capabilities through investments in training and exercises, updates to current planning and procedures, and lifecycle replacement of equipment. New capabilities that are built using homeland security grant funding must be deployable if needed to support regional and national efforts. All capabilities being built or sustained must have a clear linkage to the core capabilities articulated in the National Preparedness Goal.

Preparedness Grant Program Allocations for Fiscal Year 2018:

Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)—provides more than $350 million to assist state, local, tribal, territorial governments in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities.

Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)—provides more than $1 billion for states and urban areas to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other threats.

  • State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)—provides $402 million to support the implementation of risk-driven, capabilities-based State Homeland Security Strategies to address capability targets. States are required to dedicate 25 percent of SHSP funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.
  • Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)—provides $580 million to enhance regional preparedness and capabilities in 32 high-threat, high-density areas. States and Urban Areas are required to dedicate 25 percent of UASI funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.
  • Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)—provides $85 million to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state and federal law enforcement agencies to jointly enhance security along the United States land and water borders.

Since the enactment of the 9/11 Act, FEMA has required states to ensure that at least 25 percent of the total funds awarded to them under SHSP and UASI are dedicated toward law enforcement terrorism prevention activities (LETPA).  The total LETPA allocation can be satisfied from SHSP, UASI or both. In addition, states must obligate at least 80 percent of the funds awarded under SHSP and UASI to local or tribal units of government within 45 days of receipt of the funds.

Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP)—provides $10 million to eligible tribal nations to implement preparedness initiatives to help strengthen the nation against risk associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)—provides $60 million to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. This year, $50 million is provided to nonprofits in UASI-designated urban areas, and $10 million is provided to nonprofits located in any state or territory.

Intercity Passenger Rail - Amtrak (IPR) Program—provides $10 million to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and increase the resilience of the Amtrak rail system.

Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)—provides $100 million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.

Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP)—provides $88 million to owners and operators of transit systems to protect critical surface transportation and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.

Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP)—provides $2 million to owners and operators of intercity bus systems to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.

All preparedness Notices of Funding Opportunities can be found at www.grants.gov. Final submissions must be made through the Non-Disaster (ND) Grants system located at https://portal.fema.gov.

Further information on DHS’s preparedness grant programs is available at www.dhs.gov and http://www.fema.gov/grants.

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Keywords:  FEMA, preparedness grants
Categories: Homeland Security

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