Federal Emergency Management Agency News

Firefighters Advance on California Blaze That’s Destroyed 200 Homes

Fire crews are making inroads against a raging wildfire in central California that has claimed two lives and destroyed 200 homes. Roughly 2,000 firefighters were battling the blaze, according to officials. Federal fire officials said Sunday evening that containment on …

Flawed Flood Maps Hurting Condo Sales in Ocean City, Maryland

Flawed Federal Emergency Management Agency flood insurance maps have caused insurance premiums at some Ocean City, Maryland, properties to skyrocket, but city officials say a resolution could still take months. The Daily Record reports that FEMA officials drew the line …

Arkansas Emergency Official Likes FEMA’s Disaster Deductible Proposal

Arkansas’ emergency management director said he favors a proposal from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that gives states disaster “deductibles” as an incentive for the state to be better prepared for natural disasters. FEMA’s proposal would give states deductibles to …

Louisiana Residents Face June 13 Deadline for FEMA Assistance

Louisiana disaster survivors in 36 parishes have until June 13 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for recovery assistance. The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness requested the extension to provide more time for those …

Disaster Declaration for 12 Arkansas Counties

President Barack Obama has declared a disaster for a dozen Arkansas counties affected by severe weather in early March. The White House announced the disaster declaration Friday for Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Columbia, Desha, Lincoln, Ouachita, Phillips, and …

Retrofitting in Utah, Nevada Spurred by Earthquake Report

A new report raising the likelihood of a destructive earthquake striking Salt Lake City, Utah in the next half century has underscored the urgency to retrofit more than 30,000 older brick homes and other unreinforced buildings at high risk of …

Sierras Along California, Nevada Line Long Overdue for Big Quake

Scientists say the Sierra’s eastern front is long overdue for a large earthquake along the California-Nevada line, where a magnitude-7 event expected on average every 30 years hasn’t occurred in six decades. Nevada Seismology Laboratory Director Graham Kent says the …

Proposed Restrictions Building in Oregon’s Flood Plains

Building in flood zones is about to get harder across much of Oregon, due to new federal recommendations. The government published the recommendations, called a biological opinion, in response to a lawsuit from environmental groups. The Audubon Society of Portland, …

Penn. Issues Consumer Alert for Homeowners on Appealing Flood Maps

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller issued a consumer alert this week telling homeowners about a process by which they can appeal their property’s placement in a flood zone by the federal government, which in many cases requires them to purchase …

USGS Report: North Texas Earthquake Risk ‘Elevated’

A U.S. Geological Survey report concludes the risk of earthquakes for the Dallas-Fort Worth area is higher than it’s ever been. The USGS review incorporates “induced” earthquakes into federal seismic hazard maps. That refers to quakes caused when wastewater from …