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38 Arkansas Counties Declared Disaster Areas Due to Severe Weather

Dozens of Arkansas counties have been declared disaster areas by President Barack Obama after severe weather and flooding inundated the state between December and January. After the president’s disaster declaration on Feb. 5, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management says …

Mississippi Granted Federal Aid for December Storms

Five Mississippi counties hit hard by late December storms and tornadoes are eligible for federal disaster aid. The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in the state, making funds available to people and businesses …

Massachusetts to Receive $120M in Disaster Aid for Last Winter’s Snowfall

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Massachusetts is expecting to receive $120 million in federal disaster assistance following last winter’s record snowfall. That’s the most ever awarded to the state as the result of a single natural disaster. Half of the …

Audit: FEMA Should Recover $3.2M for Sandy Boardwalk Repair in N.J. Town

The Federal Emergency Management Agency should recover nearly half of the $7 million grant it gave to a New Jersey shore town to fix its boardwalk after it was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, a government audit found. Spring Lake’s two-mile …

Federal Aid to Rhode Island for January Blizzard Tops $1M

Officials say federal aid to Rhode Island to help cover costs of a January blizzard that dumped nearly 2 feet of snow in parts of the state has topped more than $1 million. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, …

Maryland to Appeal FEMA Denial of Millions in Riot Disaster Aid

The state of Maryland says it will appeal the federal government’s denial of disaster aid to help the state and Baltimore city recover millions of dollars in riot-related costs. A spokesman for Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said Monday the administration …

Massachusetts Governor Asks for Snow Disaster Declaration

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker formally asked the federal government on Friday, March 27, to declare a disaster in 10 Massachusetts counties after a relentless series of winter storms brought record snowfall and frigid temperatures, causing 25 deaths and costing the …

N.J. Senate President: Bill to Give Sandy Victims Estimates of Aid Receipt

New Jersey residents still recovering from Superstorm Sandy would get individual estimates of when they can expect to receive rebuilding aid under legislation proposed by the state Senate president. Steve Sweeney says his bill is designed to increase transparency and …

Mass. Gov. Baker: Federal Officials Encouraging on Disaster Relief

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he’s gotten encouraging signs from federal officials as he’s begun reaching out to them with Massachusetts preparing a formal request for disaster relief following the spate of snowstorms. Back home after a National Governors …

FEMA Found to Have Overpaid Florida Residents by $177M

The federal agency that provides grants to states following a major catastrophe is under fire for providing Florida residents an estimated $177 million in funds that should have been covered by private insurers. A recent report by the Department of …