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Farmers Insurance, Nonprofit, Team Up on Disaster Recovery in Oklahoma

As storm season ramps up in Oklahoma, a nonprofit group formed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is teaming with a national insurance company to help better prepare communities for the recovery after a natural disaster. The St. Bernard Project …

In Search of Scientific, Engineering Solutions to Make Cities Resilient

Sandia National Laboratories is bringing decades of experience solving problems with practical engineering and modeling complex systems to cities around the world under a new agreement to support the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. The …

Vermont Already Preparing for the Next Big Storm

Vermont and federal officials Monday highlighted the state’s ongoing efforts to prepare for what is expected to be increasingly severe weather, most likely floods, in the coming years as the effects of a warming world continue to be felt. They …

New Jersey Criticized for Holding Onto Storm Housing Aid

New Jersey officials said Tuesday that they have distributed just over one-third of the federal aid allocated for housing for families affected by Superstorm Sandy. The state’s Community Affairs Department released the figure, which contradicts an analysis released earlier Tuesday …

Maine, Rhode Island Granted Disaster Aid for February Storm

Maine will be eligible for federal help to cover the costs of a blizzard that hit in early February. President Barack Obama on Monday approved Gov. Paul LePage’s request for a disaster declaration. The declaration means Androscoggin, Cumberland, Knox, and …

Feds Seek Insurance Funds from Former Louisiana Mayor

A federal magistrate has ordered the garnishment of money from a life insurance policy owned by former Ball, La., Mayor Roy Hebron, who is serving a four-year prison sentence for defrauding a federal agency. The Town Talk reports U.S. Magistrate …

More Families Building Their Own Tornado Shelters

When deadly twisters chewed through the South and Midwest in 2011, thousands of people in the killers’ paths had nowhere to hide. Now many of those families are taking an unusual extra step to be ready next time: adding tornado …

Kansas Tornado Relief Efforts Turn Toward Housing

With debris cleanup now in its second week, immediate relief efforts for Kansas tornado victims have been scaled back as disaster help moves into the next stage. The Small Business Administration is taking applications for low-interest federal loans to homeowners, …

Bill Would Funnel Fines Paid by BP to Gulf States

U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) say they are hopeful that a key Senate committee will this week approve legislation to direct a significant portion of federal fines paid by BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill …

Former Florida Governor Bush Goes into Disaster Response Business

Jeb Bush, former Florida Governor, has entered into one of the state’s for-profit disaster response businesses. Bush has joined O’Brien’s Response Management Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc. The Fort Lauderdale-based SEACOR is a multinational company that provides …