Federal Emergency Management Agency News

Penn. Encourages Homeowners to Look at Private Market Flood Coverage

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has created a new “one-stop shop” webpage to make information on private market flood insurance more accessible to Pennsylvania homeowners and renters. In announcing the new webpage, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said Pennsylvania homeowners, who …

Federal Disaster Declaration Approved for Missouri

President Barack Obama approved a major disaster declaration for 33 Missouri counties damaged by severe weather and flooding in late December and early January. The declaration makes assistance programs available to eligible residents for such things as temporary housing and …

N.Y. Aims to Improve Storm Forecasts With Automated Weather Stations

Counting every raindrop or measuring every gust of wind is impossible, but New York is getting closer with a uniquely extensive statewide system of automated weather stations that should paint a dramatically clearer picture of developing storms. Described as the …

Californians Purchased 28K New Flood Policies in Anticipation of El Nin᷈o

New data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on National Flood Insurance Program policies shows a big increase in NFIP policies written in California during the month of November 2015, a jump FEMA is crediting to the anticipation of an …

FEMA Continues to Examine Thousands of Sandy Claims Review Cases

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) still has thousands of Superstorm Sandy claims review cases that are waiting to be examined, latest figures show. FEMA said that as of Dec. 11, the agency has closed 2,694 Sandy flood insurance claims …

Illinois Budget Mess Leaves Families’ Flood Buyouts in Limbo

After the Mississippi River flooded four years ago, more than 100 Illinois families agreed — some reluctantly — to sell their homes to the government for demolition so they could move to higher ground. With the paperwork finally coming together …

FEMA’s Sandy Flood Insurance Review Taking Longer Than Expected

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s review of Superstorm Sandy flood insurance claims is taking longer than expected, with fewer than 200 checks issued. FEMA announced in March the review for as many as 142,000 claims after homeowners complained they were …

Shortchanged Sandy Victims Get More Flood Insurance Cash After Claims Review

Many people who complained a federal insurance program shortchanged them after Superstorm Sandy swamped their homes are getting some validation three years later in the form of cash. A Federal Emergency Management Agency review launched in the spring has been …

N.Y. Sen. Gillibrand Calls for More Transparency in NFIP Claims Process

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, is announcing legislation to require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be more accountable to property owners who file claims. Gillibrand says many New Yorkers whose homes were damaged or destroyed during Superstorm Sandy …

N.J. Lawmakers: FEMA Maps May Have Exaggerated Flood Risk Across State

New Jersey’s Congressional delegation members sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Oct. 23, expressing “significant concerns with the methodology” of the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for New Jersey. In a letter to FEMA Administrator …