Federal Emergency Management Agency News

U.S. Rolls Out First Update to Flood Insurance Pricing in 50 Years

NEW YORK — Hundreds of thousands of Americans will pay significantly more to insure their homes in coastal areas and flood zones under new rules released on Thursday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the first major update to …

Pandemic Aid Helps New Mexico Tribe Fix Damaged Adobe Homes

SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — First came the hail — sheets of it, pounding the centuries-old adobe homes at Santo Domingo Pueblo. Roofs were perforated “like a machine gun,” with some vigas broken and windows shattered. The floods came …

Cedar Rapids, Marion Seek Federal Aid for Waterway Cleanup

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids and Marion are pursuing federal assistance to help pay for millions of dollars worth of tree debris cleanup in waterways as recovery from last summer’s devastating derecho continues. The two Linn County communities …

Kentucky Governor Tours Flooded Counties, Promises Help

BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear reiterated his promise to seek federal disaster relief on Friday while touring several flooded counties in Eastern Kentucky, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. “What I saw was the worst flash-flooding that I’ve seen in …

Setting Up Mobile Homes After Louisiana Storms is Slow-Going

BATON ROUGE, La. — Six months after Hurricane Laura wrecked southwest Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency still is trying to set up temporary mobile homes for several thousand families who need a place to live, with an estimate the …

Kentucky Seeking Federal Help As Floodwaters Cause Damage

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s governor toured parts of his state hard by heavy rains Tuesday and pledged to seek federal assistance after massive flooding inundated several areas. Gov. Andy Beshear said “parts of cities are underwater in eastern Kentucky” …

Watch Out Los Angeles: Feds Calculate Riskiest, Safest Places In U.S.

Spending her life in Los Angeles, Morgan Andersen knows natural disasters all too well. In college, an earthquake shook her home hard. Her grandfather was affected by recent wildfires in neighboring Orange County. “It’s just that constant reminder, `Oh yeah, …

Emergency Experts Contemplate What FEMA Should Do Next

Perhaps no single federal agency has been tested as much by 2020 as the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It has been a year of disaster. In addition to Covid-19, it was the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record, and wildfires …

Few Requests for Help With Graves Damaged by Hurricane Laura

NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane Laura damaged nearly 1,900 graves in Louisiana, but fewer than 25 families have asked for help with them, officials say. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office has surveyed 127 cemeteries in nine parishes, and found about …

Recovery From Hurricane Sally Incomplete on Alabama Coast

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Alabama’s beaches have reopened, but the state’s coast has hardly recovered fully from the effects of Hurricane Sally last month. Visitors still have limited options for getting to the sand because so many boardwalks and beach …