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Viewpoint: Washington Needs to Embrace Its Role as Ultimate Risk Manager

The actions that the federal, state and local governments in the U.S. have taken to stop the spread of the new coronavirus and to mitigate the resulting economic fallout have been tagged with the term “unprecedented” a lot over the …

Senate Passes $19.1 Billion Relief Package for Natural Disasters

The Senate passed a $19.1 billion disaster-aid plan Thursday for areas hit by hurricanes, Midwest floods and California wildfires after lawmakers resolved months of disagreement over funds for Puerto Rico. President Donald Trump said he supports the bill. The 85-8 …

IBM-Backed Project Creates Wi-Fi Network For Natural Disasters

About the photo: Hardware from Project OWL, an IoT software solution that keeps first responders and victims connected in a natural disaster, at their work space in Brooklyn, New York on May 2, 2019. Photographer David Williams/Bloomberg. From a cramped …

U.S. Disaster Aid Won’t Cover Crops Drowned by Midwest Floods

MALVERN, Iowa — The Black Hawk military helicopter flew over Iowa, giving a senior U.S. agriculture official and U.S. senator an eyeful of the flood damage below, where yellow corn from ruptured metal silos spilled out into the muddy water. …

Congressional Deal Could Solve Louisiana Flooding Issue

Thousands of Louisiana flood victims who have been barred from homeowner rebuilding grants because they borrowed money through the federal Small Business Administration could soon see that change. A deal to rework federal disaster-relief policy was included in a compromise …

Treasury Cuts Puerto Rico’s $4.7B Disaster Relief Loan to $2B

Puerto Rico’s governor said Tuesday that the U.S. Treasury Department has cut a $4.7 billion disaster relief loan available to the U.S. territory by more than half, and he demanded help from Congress. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said federal officials reduced …

Texas Governor Says Federal Disaster Aid Bill is Inadequate

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday criticized as “completely inadequate” the Trump administration’s $44 billion request to Congress for disaster relief in his hurricane-ravaged state and other areas hammered by storms. The White House shot back that Texas may …

Iran Plans to Probe State-Built Homes Destroyed by Deadly Earthquake

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani launched an investigation Tuesday into why government housing built by his hard-line predecessor collapsed while others withstood a powerful earthquake near the border with Iraq that killed more than 530 people. In the Kurdish town of …

North Carolina Gov. Wants $200M From Legislature for Matthew, Wildfires

On the eve of a special session for disaster relief, Gov. Pat McCrory asked the North Carolina legislature to approve $200 million to help with short-term recovery and long-term rebuilding after Hurricane Matthew and mountain wildfires this fall. In a …

Closed Businesses, Damaged Homes: Matthew May Cost $10B

For a storm that inflicted less damage than many had feared, Hurricane Matthew nevertheless impaired or destroyed more than 1 million structures, forced businesses from Florida to North Carolina to close and put thousands temporarily out of work. In many …