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FEMA Chief Slams U.S. Failure to Prepare, Evacuate Before Storms

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long angrily criticized the failure of citizens to heed evacuation warnings and leaders to better prepare for natural disasters such as Hurricane Michael. “It’s frustrating to us because we repeat this same cycle over …

S.C. Coastal County’s New Flood Map May Already be Outdated

A South Carolina county is getting new flood maps for the first time in 14 years, but it’s possible they’re already out of date. The Post and Courier reports Charleston County’s new flood maps won’t include data from floods of …

California Wildfire Victims Voice Complaints During Cleanup

One year after a devastating series of wildfires ripped through Northern California wine country, destroying thousands of homes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ first experience cleaning up after a wildfire has turned into an expensive bureaucratic mess and California’s …

FEMA Officials Assess Wisconsin Flood Damage

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are touring Wisconsin to assess damage in communities that were hit by flooding and tornadoes in August. Five FEMA teams are assessing damage to public infrastructure and homes in order to determine whether Wisconsin qualifies …

Changes in Florence’s Path, Strength Muddy Cat Bond Traders Understanding of Risk

Catastrophe-bond investors are trying to assess the potential fallout from Hurricane Florence and whether they’re in store for painful losses. If the storm’s path of destruction – which is aimed at North and South Carolina – causes enough damage in …

How Much Hurricane Damage Will it Take for Congress to Pass Flood Insurance Reform

U.S. taxpayers who spent billions of dollars after a trifecta of hurricanes last year are poised to do so again after a fix to the nation’s troubled flood insurance program remains stalled in Congress – and as a dangerous new …

As Florence Takes Aim at East Coast, 1 Million Told to Evacuate

Florence was slightly weakened but unbowed as it continued to barrel toward the U.S. East Coast on Tuesday, with forecasters saying they expect the storm to soon re-strengthen near Category 5 levels. The hurricane, now packing 130 mile-per-hour winds, remains …

Wisconsin Flood Damage Estimated to be $209M

Damage estimates are soaring in southern Wisconsin after weeks of severe flooding and storms destroyed pavement and damaged hundreds of homes. Here’s a look at where things stand: Gov. Scott Walker said the flooding and storms that began on Aug. …

FEMA Slammed for Puerto Rico Hurricane Response by Government Watchdog

The federal government’s chief watchdog slammed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to the hurricane that killed thousands of people in Puerto Rico last year, saying it was unprepared and failed to deploy enough qualified staff. The U.S. Government Accountability …

FEMA Promises to Do Better as Hurricane Lane Threatens Hawaii

As a Category 4 hurricane roars toward Hawaii, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it’s learned the lessons of last year’s devastation of Puerto Rico and is vowing a better response. Calling 2017 “historic,” Jeff Byard, FEMA’s associate administrator for …