Federal Emergency Management Agency News

Sandy Flood Insurance Issues Said to Be Focus of Criminal Probe

New York’s attorney general has opened a criminal probe into accusations by Hurricane Sandy victims that insurance companies rejected claims for flood damage to their properties based on falsified engineering reports, a person familiar with the matter said. New York …

Politicians Vow to Block FEMA From Taking Mistaken Sandy Aid

About 3,000 Superstorm Sandy victims who were either wrongly given storm recovery aid or who were overpaid would not have to repay the federal government under legislation to be introduced this week by two New Jersey Congressmen. U.S. Sen. Robert …

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 …

Insurers Dogged by Claims of Slanted Sandy Reports

When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, flood insurance companies working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency dispatched an army of structural engineers to do some detective work. Their assignment: Find out how much damage to policyholders’ homes was caused …

FEMA Sets Up Interim Flood Insurance Advocate

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched the interim office of the Flood Insurance Advocate. The interim office will be led by Acting Flood Insurance Advocate David Stearrett beginning Dec. 22. Stearrett most recently served as chief of Floodplain …

North Dakota to Receive $1.2M for Flood Mitigation Efforts

North Dakota is receiving $1.2 million in federal funds for flood mitigation efforts and home buyouts in Cass County. Members of the state’s congressional delegation announced the funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funds are to be used …

SBA Loans Impacting Grant Money for Sandy Victims

When Superstorm Sandy left Denise Erickson’s home with a collapsed foundation, a loan from the Small Business Administration looked like the best deal in town. She got more than $150,000 from the SBA to help fix her family’s Bellmore home …

FEMA Provides $3.9M Funds for Tornado Debris Removal in Mississippi

The city of Louisville and Winston County in Mississippi are being given $3.9 million in federal funds to assist with removal of debris from an April tornado. The money has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The announcement …

Sandy Flood Insurers Ordered to Disclose Drafts of Engineering Reports

A Travelers Cos. unit and other flood insurers accused by Hurricane Sandy victims in New York of using falsified engineering reports must turn over the drafts to policyholders, a three-judge panel ruled amid allegations that manipulation may have been widespread. …

Travelers Unit Sued Over Allegedly Manipulated Sandy Report

A Travelers Cos. unit was sued by two New York homeowners who accused it of using a doctored engineering report to reject much of their claim for flood damage from Hurricane Sandy, making it the third insurer to face such …