FEMA News

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 …

New Jersey Accuses 4 of Sandy Aid Fraud

State prosecutors in New Jersey have charged four people with filing fraudulent applications for federal Superstorm Sandy relief funds. They’re among 20 people accused since March of bilking the system. Authorities say 65-year-old Nabil Girgis received nearly $42,000 by claiming …

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, …

Hawaii’s Post-Storm Disaster Request Denied by FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency late last week denied Hawaii’s request for a major disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Iselle. Iselle made landfall over the Big Island’s isolated and rural Puna region nearly three weeks ago, knocking down trees and power …

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. …

Audit Says Georgia’s Cobb County Owes FEMA $558,000

A federal audit says Cobb County in Georgia must repay about $558,000 it received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after a severe storm in 2009. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the audit found the county received dual payments from insurance …

Vermont Enticing Disaster Preparedness With Money

Vermont is preparing to implement new rules that encourage communities to take steps to reduce future flood damage in exchange for more money to help them recover from the next big flood. Communities across Vermont have known for almost two …

FEMA Administrator Questioned Over Sandy Flood Claims

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked an independent watchdog to examine whether the flood-insurance program is shortchanging Superstorm Sandy victims. Administrator Craig Fugate testified before a subcommittee chaired by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Wednesday. The …