Federal Emergency Management Agency News

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 …

FEMA to Louisiana Flood Victims: Don’t Wait to Begin Repairs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging Louisiana residents whose homes were damaged during recent floods not to wait for a FEMA inspector before beginning to clean up and conduct repairs. FEMA spokeswoman Deanna Frazier said in a news release …

Federal Disaster Aid OK’d for 6 More Texas Counties

Six more Texas counties hard-hit by flooding and severe storms this month are now eligible for federal disaster aid. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Hood, Marion and Parker counties have been added to a federal disaster …

Penn. Hails House Committee Passage of Private Flood Insurance Bill

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller hailed a recent vote by the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee approving the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act (H.R. 2901). Miller said this legislation encourages more private insurers to write flood …

Denied Federal Flood Help, Oklahoma Governor Appeals

Gov. Mary Fallin is appealing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s denial of individual assistance for residents and businesses in nine eastern Oklahoma counties hit by a winter storm. The storm began Dec. 26 and brought ice, sleet and flooding to …