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Trump Administration Seeks $29B in Hurricane Disaster Relief Funds

The Trump administration on Wednesday asked U.S. lawmakers to approve $29 billion in disaster relief funds to assist victims of recent hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The aid request includes $12.8 billion in new funds to help …

National Flood Insurance Program Extended Until Dec. 8

President Donald Trump last Friday signed legislation reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program until Dec. 8, 2017, which buys more time for Congress to consider reforms of the program. The NFIP was set to expire in a few weeks on …

Hurricane Harvey Looks to Be First Big Test for Trump FEMA Director Long

Brock Long knew it was just a matter of time. “We’ve gone 11 years without a major hurricane land-falling in the U.S.—that’s a one-in-2,000 chance,” said Long, President Donald Trump’s administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in an interview …

One More Oklahoma County Gets Post-Storm Disaster Aid

Federal disaster assistance is now available for some businesses and homeowners in Oklahoma’s Beckham County who had property losses as a result of severe weather last month. Gov. Mary Fallin said that the U.S. Small Business Administration is providing low-interest …

18 Kansas Counties Hit by Ice Storm in January to Get Federal Aid

Eighteen Kansas counties affected by a severe ice storm in January will receive federal disaster aid. The Kansas Adjutant General’s office announced that President Donald Trump has granted Gov. Sam Brownback’s request for the disaster declaration. The 18 counties were …

In Washington, Louisiana Governor Seeks More Flood Assistance

Gov. John Bel Edwards is making his sixth trip to Washington to lobby for $2 billion more federal flood aid for Louisiana. The state has received $1.6 billion from Congress so far to respond to the March and August flooding. …

Western Wisconsin to Receive More Federal Flood Disaster Aid

Gov. Scott Walker says the U.S. Small Business Administration will make low-interest disaster loans available for people and businesses in western Wisconsin affected by flash flooding in September. The SBA lists Vernon County, along with the contiguous counties of Crawford, …

RMS: Flood Insurance Uptake Low in Areas Hit Hardest by Louisiana Flooding

Calling the recent flooding event in Louisiana one of the most significant natural disasters in the United States, catastrophe modelling firm RMS said flood insurance participation is low in the parishes most affected by floods. Flooding since Aug. 11 has …

Federal Disaster Declared in 3 Mississippi Counties After Floods

President Barack Obama has declared a disaster in three Mississippi counties following flooding this month. Residents in the Bolivar, Coahoma and Washington counties can apply for individual assistance, including grants for temporary housing and repairs worth up to $33,000, as …

Obama OKs Disaster Aid for N.J.’s January Snowstorm Damage

President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration to help parts of New Jersey recover costs stemming from the blizzard dumped nearly 3 feet of snow in January. The White House says federal funding is available to state and local …