Federal Emergency Management Agency News

Superstorm Sandy Victims Allege Racketeering in Flood Claims Review

Wright National Flood Insurance Co. and U.S. Forensic LLC, an engineering firm, were sued by New York homeowners who claim the companies conspired to manipulate reports and avoid paying for damages from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Wright, which provides coverage …

New Jersey Sen. Menendez Presses for Sandy Flood Insurance Probe

The Federal Emergency Management Agency should investigate allegations that insurance companies handling Superstorm Sandy flood damage claims are manipulating them to shortchange victims, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said on Nov. 14. At a press conference in his Newark office, Menendez …

New York Rivers Getting New Flood Gauges

Areas along the Hudson, Mohawk and Oswego rivers will soon have new flood gauges to warn of possible floods. U.S. senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced on Nov. 7 that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has set aside nearly …

4 Sandy-Damaged NYC Hospitals to Get $1.6B in Federal Aid

New York City is getting at least $1.6 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to help public hospitals install floodwalls, flood proof elevators and otherwise become more storm-resilient, officials announced Thursday. The money for Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, …

NYC Flood Zone Properties’ Value Rose to $129B Under New FEMA Maps

The assessed value of properties in New York City that lie within Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) newly proposed 100-year floodplain maps is $129 billion, more than double the value under previous floodplain maps, according to a new analysis. The …

Vermont Town to Repay Disaster Overpayment

A Vermont town is going to repay $33,000 it received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for helping repair damage from flooding in 2011. Assistant town manager Dave Ormiston told the St. Johnsbury select board FEMA’s request to get the …

N.J. Sen. Menendez Urges FEMA to Reform NFIP’s Claims Process

Following up on issues that were raised at the July 30 hearing on post-Sandy flood insurance claims, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) sent a letter on Wednesday, Sept. 10, to Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate, urging him …

FEMA Wants at Least $5.8M in Superstorm Sandy Aid Repaid

After Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast nearly two years ago, the federal government quickly sent out $1.4 billion in emergency disaster aid to the hurricane’s victims. Now, thousands of people might have to pay back their share. The Federal …

FEMA Reimburses West Virginia Entities for Chemical Spill Costs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reimbursed $1.4 million to local and state governments, hospitals and some non-profit groups for costs related to January’s chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia. The Charleston Daily Mail reports FEMA assistance has been awarded …

Hundreds Of Oahu Properties At Flood Risk, Feds Say

New maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have reclassified hundreds of Oahu properties and placed them in a high-risk flood zone. Mortgage lenders will likely require property owners to buy flood insurance if they find themselves in the zone. …