disaster relief News

Legislators Introduce Bill to Improve Wildfire Disaster Relief and Prevention

Yesterday, the Wildfire Prevention Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill that would update the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s guidelines for releasing disaster relief funds to ensure that victims of wildfires have access to the same resources as victims of other …

West Virginia High School Students Help With Disaster Relief

Martinsburg High School junior Camila Taylor-Perotti may have a broader perspective since she grew up in a military family, and has seen some of the problems faced by people in other countries – experiences that only heighten her desire to …

Japan PM Visits Deadly Landslide Site

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Hiroshima on Monday as rescuers expanded their search for 28 people missing in landslides five days ago that killed more than 50 people. Rain showers raised risks for more slides, hampering the search effort …

Georgia County Owes FEMA Nearly $558,000

A federal audit says Cobb County, Ga., must repay about $558,000 it received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after a severe storm in 2009. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the audit found the county received dual payments from insurance and …

Maryland County Gets Disaster Relief Pet Trailer

A county in Maryland has put a pet disaster trailer into service to help residents care for their pets during severe weather and other emergencies. The Department of Emergency Services put the trailer into service on Tuesday in Harford County. …

New Jersey Dispersed Just 25% of Sandy Aid

New Jersey officials say they dispersed just 25 percent of the state’s first large allocation of federal Superstorm Sandy aid in the first 11 months. That is a finding of a quarterly state report released last week on the dozens …

Disaster Relief for 9 Counties Sought by Tennessee Governor

Gov. Bill Haslam is requesting a presidential disaster declaration for nine Tennessee counties affected by extreme winter weather last month. The federal assistance programs would provide access to a 75 percent reimbursement of the eligible costs to Carroll, Cheatham, Dickson, …

Additional $199M to Colorado for Flood Recovery

Colorado is getting an additional $199 million from the federal government to help communities devastated by September’s historic floods, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced Friday. The funds from HUD will help with housing and infrastructure repairs …

Some in West Seething Over Slow Aid Distribution

Frustration is building in the Texas town where an April fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people, injured hundreds more and caused $100-plus million in damages. Residents of West desperate for cash to rebuild their lives have seen a foundation overseeing …

Ceres Report Highlights Rising Taxes Due to Climate Change

A new Ceres report documents rising taxpayer costs to federal programs that provide flood insurance, crop insurance, wildfire protection and disaster relief. Some extreme weather-prone states such as Florida and Texas are also facing more acute financial exposure. The report, …