Notations From the Grid (W-End Edition): Out & About in Our World This Week

 Our team reached a milestone here in our Esparanza Property as we begin with this 'single dot" that happens to be Mother Earth as we look forward to the pleasure to serve: 


5 people share what it meant to grow up with Earth Day

Here are five incredible stories from people who first experienced Earth Day as children.

A penguin counter’s Earth Day

Penguins have left indelible impressions that have changed my life.

Want to protect the planet? Start at home.

An Earth Day coordinator talks citizen science.

Earth Day Live and the Three Parallel Summits

Earth Day unites millions around the world for climate action

Around the world, Earth Day 2021 brought massive action.

Earth Uprising demands climate action with youth-centered climate summit

Interview with a youth organizer about Earth Uprising's Youth Speaks 2021 Global Climate Summit.

We shall breathe: Hip Hop Caucus pushes for systemic, equitable environmental change

Holistic environmental change requires equitable solutions that eliminate pollution, poverty and environmental racism in marginalized communities.

Sustainable tomorrow: It has to start at school

Education International's summit focused on education's role in addressing the climate crisis.

FEMA COVID-19 Update  

Key Messages

  • On May 4, President Biden set a goal to have 70% of American adults fully vaccinated by July 4 and to administer an additional 100 million vaccines in the next 60 days.
  • A new website launched to make getting a COVID-19 vaccine as easy as possible. Individuals can visit to find a location close to them and make an appointment. Individuals can also text their zip code to 438829 and get a text with the closest COVID-19 vaccine location.
  • On May 3, US Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, announced the Coverage Assistance Fund reimbursement program that covers healthcare provider costs of administering COVID-19 vaccinations to under or uninsured individuals.
  • Working with state governments, FEMA will continue to provide federal support to community vaccination centers, including supplemental vaccine allocation to pilot sites.
  • There are 23 active or temporarily closed federal community vaccination center pilot sites and 55 mobile pop-up sites in 27 states. Additionally, there are 13 mobile vaccination units deployed to support states and the Indian Health Service. The federal community vaccination center pilot sites have administered more than 4.6 million vaccinations. The mobile units have delivered more than 28,000 vaccines.
    • Although FEMA transitioned management of the federal community vaccination center pilot sites in California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas to the states, the agency continues to support those sites with federal personnel.
    • Mobile vaccination units are deployed to Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and South Dakota. One unit is supporting the Indian Health Services mission to vaccinate tribal communities across the Great Plains. 
  • On April 12, FEMA began processing applications for funeral assistance to provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
  • Applicants may apply by calling 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Please note, phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number.
    • Multilingual services are available. The assistance line has helped applicants in nearly 40 languages.
    • It is important that FEMA can contact applicants, so callers should ensure their contact information is correct. Callers who use a relay service, videophone or captioned telephones should provide their specific number assigned to that service.
  • As of May 3, FEMA has received more than 164,900 funeral assistance applications and has awarded more than $7.8 million.


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