Federal Emergency Management Agency News

South Dakota Officials Assess Delmont-Area Tornado Damage

South Dakota and federal officials this week were assessing tornado damage to homes and businesses in Charles Mix and Douglas counties, including the town of Delmont. Officials say the preliminary assessment is the first step to determining whether aid will be made …

FEMA Sends Out 1st Round of Letters Offering to Review Sandy Flood Claims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday mailed out its first round of letters to the National Flood Insurance Program policyholders who filed Superstorm Sandy-related claims, asking whether they want their claims reviewed. FEMA is mailing its letters beginning Monday …

Michigan Village Outlines Plans to Keep Federal Flood Insurance

A southeastern Michigan community has told federal officials that its plans to comply with a flood insurance program include taking a resident to court to make him raise his home. The Monroe News reported Saturday that Estral Beach President Danny …

Flood-Prone Houses in Louisiana Set for Demolition

Charles and Gloria Newton are at peace with their decision to accept a government buy-out of the Louisiana home they’ve called home for 25 years. Charles remembers having more than 3 feet of water in his house on Greenway Drive …

N.H. Gov. Hassan Appeals FEMA Decision to Deny Disaster Extension

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is appealing FEMA’s decision to deny an extension for towns’ snow-removal efforts following a blizzard in January. In March, a disaster declaration was approved for the state, ordering federal aid to help recovery efforts in …

Sen. Schumer Warns N.Y. Homeowners About Flood Insurance Surcharge

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to make major changes to what he described as a new, unfair flood insurance rule that has led to the “misapplication of an additional fee of $250 …

FEMA to Ask Sandy Homeowners If They Want to Reopen Claims

Homeowners insured through the National Flood Insurance Program who think they were shortchanged for Superstorm Sandy damage are getting another chance for reimbursement. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin asking whether they want to reopen their claims, Rep. Chris …

FEMA Chief on Sandy Flood Insurance Claims: ‘We Want to Fix This’

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says he wants to fix what went wrong with the process of paying flood insurance claims following Superstorm Sandy. Craig Fugate told the first meeting of a congressional task force in Washington …

Hurricane Sandy Judges Demand Clearing of Settlement Roadblocks

Federal officials and flood insurance companies were chastised by a panel of New York judges for imposing delays on settlements with hundreds of Hurricane Sandy victims who alleged their claims were wrongfully denied or underpaid. Officials with the Federal Emergency …

Task Force Launching to Examine Superstorm Sandy Problems

A task force will begin work this week with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s national flood insurance program to examine problems that arose after Superstorm Sandy and to develop recommendations to correct them. U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, …