FEMA News

FEMA to Provide Additional $10M in Aid to South Carolina Flood Victims

South Carolinians who were originally refused help following last October’s historic floods will be getting about $10 million in aid. The State of Columbia reports that the money became available through a program in which Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster …

Californians Purchased 28K New Flood Policies in Anticipation of El Nin᷈o

New data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on National Flood Insurance Program policies shows a big increase in NFIP policies written in California during the month of November 2015, a jump FEMA is crediting to the anticipation of an …

FEMA Continues to Examine Thousands of Sandy Claims Review Cases

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) still has thousands of Superstorm Sandy claims review cases that are waiting to be examined, latest figures show. FEMA said that as of Dec. 11, the agency has closed 2,694 Sandy flood insurance claims …

El Nin᷈o Talk Growing Louder Amid Southern California Storms

A whopper of a winter appears to be brewing for the Western U.S. and more conversations are turning to preparations for what could be one of the strongest El Nin᷈os on record. Strong rains throughout much of California and snow …

North Carolina Denied Disaster Declaration for 8 Counties by FEMA

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he will appeal the federal government’s decision refusing aid for eight coastal North Carolina counties for damage caused by heavy rains and flooding in late September and early October. McCrory said Tuesday the Federal …

FEMA’s Sandy Flood Insurance Review Taking Longer Than Expected

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s review of Superstorm Sandy flood insurance claims is taking longer than expected, with fewer than 200 checks issued. FEMA announced in March the review for as many as 142,000 claims after homeowners complained they were …

Shortchanged Sandy Victims Get More Flood Insurance Cash After Claims Review

Many people who complained a federal insurance program shortchanged them after Superstorm Sandy swamped their homes are getting some validation three years later in the form of cash. A Federal Emergency Management Agency review launched in the spring has been …

N.Y. Sen. Gillibrand Calls for More Transparency in NFIP Claims Process

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, is announcing legislation to require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be more accountable to property owners who file claims. Gillibrand says many New Yorkers whose homes were damaged or destroyed during Superstorm Sandy …

N.J. Lawmakers: FEMA Maps May Have Exaggerated Flood Risk Across State

New Jersey’s Congressional delegation members sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Oct. 23, expressing “significant concerns with the methodology” of the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for New Jersey. In a letter to FEMA Administrator …

FEMA Urges Californians to Buy Flood Insurance Ahead of El Nin᷈o

Federal emergency officials are urging Californians to buy flood insurance – even those who don’t live near creeks or rivers – as El Nin᷈o conditions get underway in the Pacific Ocean, increasing chances for heavy storms this winter. Roy Wright, …