FEMA News

Climate Groups Cringe at Virginia Tax Cut for Oft-Flooded Homes

A measure approved by Virginia voters this week to cut taxes on homes in flood-prone areas of the flood-prone commonwealth has climate experts warning that it might encourage people to remain in vulnerable areas – and could spread to other …

AAA Bond Ratings Still Being Issued to Coastal Cities Threatened by Climate Change

Last fall, after a trio of deadly hurricanes, ratings companies warned vulnerable coastal cities to get ready for climate change – or face higher borrowing costs on the $3.9 trillion municipal bond market. Climate advocates cheered, hoping the prospect of …

How Real-Time Information Can Assist Insurers During Natural Disasters

At every phase of disaster preparation and recovery, time is of the essence. Today, social media platforms allow authorities to share critical updates with the public instantaneously and coordinate relief efforts. It also allows those in need to request assistance …

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S.C. Coastal County’s New Flood Map May Already be Outdated

A South Carolina county is getting new flood maps for the first time in 14 years, but it’s possible they’re already out of date.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 …