FEMA News

Federal Legislation Introduced to Help Connecticut Homeowners With Crumbling Foundations

Connecticut’s Democratic U.S. senators announced Wednesday they’ve introduced federal legislation to help state homeowners with concrete foundations crumbling from the presence of an iron sulfide. One bill would provide $100 million in federal funding over five years for states like …

Advocates Say Harvey Recovery Funds May Prioritize Wealthy

Advocacy groups said Friday that Texas is poised to unfairly distribute billions in federal funding provided for housing repairs following Hurricane Harvey‘s devastation – prioritizing wealthy homeowners over poorer victims in ways that could constitute racial discrimination. At issue is …

FEMA Eyes Letting People Rebuild Homes After Taxpayer Buyouts

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is proposing to allow owners of homes destroyed by storms and bought out by the government to rebuild on the same flood-prone land. Currently, FEMA offers to buy homes that have been repeatedly damaged by …

FEMA Faulted for Failed Contracts to Deliver Hurricane Aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded contracts for hurricane supplies without adequately researching whether winning bidders could deliver what they promised, according to a new investigation by Democrats on a Senate oversight committee. The investigation followed disclosures by The Associated …

FEMA Says Flood Insurance Rates Going up Again This Year

Flood insurance premiums will rise again this year, according to federal officials. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said flood premiums will jump about 8 percent, the Asbury Park Press reported. The average flood policy will cost $935 annually, up from …

Harvey-Related Flood Control Projects’ Fate Remains Unclear

Large-scale projects long considered essential to easing Houston’s flooding woes went to the top of the area’s to-do list after Hurricane Harvey inundated large swaths of the nation’s fourth-largest city. Seven months later, local officials are still looking for funding …

Emails Reveal FEMA’s Silence as Puerto Rico Sought Generator Fuel

As hundreds of people stood in line for food and many went hungry during the days and weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Walmart Inc. and local supermarkets threw out tons of spoiled meat, dairy and produce. Emails and …

Despite Growing Climate Risk, Storm-Prone States Ease Building Codes

The showdown in the Florida statehouse last year had all the drama of a knock-down political brawl: Powerful industries clashing. Warnings of death and destruction. And a surprise last-minute vote, delivering a sweeping reform bill to the governor’s desk. The …

FEMA to End Hotel Room Shelters for Florida Irma Victims

Federal disaster officials are ending a program that paid for hotel rooms for more than 27,000 Florida households in the wake of Hurricane Irma. FEMA officials announced Tuesday that the short-term emergency sheltering program will end March 10, six months …

Texas Launches Tool to Track Harvey Recovery

Texas launched a public online tool to track incoming and outgoing funds for Hurricane Harvey recovery on Monday, six months after the storm hit and two months after The Associated Press reported that it did not have one. Gov. Greg …