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Fraud Plagues Disaster Relief Efforts

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — As the scale and frequency of major disasters escalate, millions of dollars in federal, state and insurance payments intended for recovery efforts are being stolen by fraudsters taking advantage of chaos and the pipeline of aid …

MEMA Hopes for Federal Aid for Storm Victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration joined Mississippi and local officials to tour the Columbia area, as well as Jones and Lamar counties that were hit by tornadoes and high winds on Dec. 23. Robert Latham Jr., …

FEMA Approves Public Assistance for Oklahoma Storms

Gov. Mary Fallin says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved public assistance for 16 counties hit by May storms that brought tornadoes and flooding to Oklahoma. Fallin said FEMA on Friday approved the request that she submitted Wednesday. Approval …

Crowd-Funding Draws Donations for Sandy Relief

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, some who lost their homes or businesses have turned to crowd-funding websites to elicit a faster and more direct response than they could expect from the government or traditional charities. While Congress considers a …

New Jersey Storm Victims Headed Soon to Mobile Homes

Some New Jersey families displaced by Superstorm Sandy could be living in federal government-supplied mobile homes as early as next week. Forty units – all one- and two-bedroom – are being temporarily kept at Six Flags Great Adventure in Ocean …

Deal Struck on Housing for New York City Storm Victims

Sandy victims will be given priority for about 2,500 vacant New York City apartments under a deal struck between property owners and government officials. The Wall Street Journal says the apartments are owned by private landlords. The storm displaced tens …

FEMA Chief: Sandy Fund Should Last Until Spring

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday there’s enough money in the government’s disaster relief fund for Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts until early spring. FEMA Director Craig Fugate told the House Transportation Committee that the fund still …

New Jersey Storm Victims Scrambling to Find Rental Homes

Irene Cramer threaded her Mercury Mountaineer around fallen branches, slowing down in front of a squat white ranch to see if, maybe, it could be the temporary home she is desperate to find. Cramer and her husband, Tommy, left their …

6 Years Later, Katrina Victims Fight FEMA Debts

When the Federal Emergency Management Agency mailed out 83,000 debt notices this year to victims of Hurricane Katrina and other 2005 storms, one of the letters showed up in David Bellinger’s mailbox. Bellinger, who is blind, needed a friend to …