Federal Emergency Management Agency News

Virginia Flood Damage from Matthew Costliest Since Isabel, Officials Say

Virginia suffered only a glancing blow from Hurricane Matthew last month when unprecedented amounts of rain fell, but on Wednesday officials estimated flood damage to be hundreds of millions of dollars, making it the costliest storm since Hurricane Isabel in …

FEMA Extends Deadline for Louisiana Flood Aid Applications to Nov. 14

People seeking disaster aid to help them recover from Louisiana’s catastrophic August flooding have an extra month to apply for assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced this week that the deadline to register for federal disaster assistance has been …

Louisiana State, Local Governments Awarded $146M to Cover Flood Costs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Louisiana an additional $146 million to reimburse state and local governments for debris removal and other expenses related to this summer’s historic flooding. The funding announced by FEMA includes nearly $95 million for …

Louisiana’s Flooding Response Costs Could Reach $81M

Louisiana’s share of response costs to the August flooding could reach $81 million or more. That’s the estimate lawmakers received on Sept. 16, in a first accounting by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration about the possible exposure for a state …

Louisiana Disaster Response Improved Post-Katrina but Gaps Remain

Eleven years ago, Sam Barbera hooked up his boat and headed to New Orleans to ferry people from Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters. Four weeks ago, he found himself in another boat for rescues — this time at home in Baton Rouge, …

Louisiana Governor: Flood Damage at Least $8.7B

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says his state had more than $8.7 billion in damage from catastrophic flooding in August, and the figure will increase as officials finish assessing damage to roads and other public infrastructure. The governor’s office on …

Senator Says FEMA to Fund Crisis Counseling for Louisiana Flood Victims

A U.S. senator says the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide Louisiana with $6.8 million to fund crisis counseling for flood victims. Sen. David Vitter’s office announced the grant in a news release Wednesday. The release says the money is …

3 California Entitles Get FEMA Preparedness Awards

Three California entities were named by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as winners for its annual preparedness awards. The winners of the 2016 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards were announced today. The awards are to recognize outstanding efforts of …

FEMA Claims Mississippi Misused $30M in Funds to Retrofit Homes After Katrina

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it won’t repay Mississippi for nearly $30 million spent to retrofit homes after Hurricane Katrina unless the state can prove the money was well spent. The state failed to provide documentation for the program, …

86,500 People Affected by Louisiana Floods Seek Federal Aid

Some 86,500 people have filed for federal aid after deadly flooding hit Louisiana in the past several days and damaged some 40,000 homes, Gov. John Bel Edwards told a news conference on Aug. 18. He said the death toll from …