FEMA News

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 …

Lower Insurance Rates Expected with Accreditation of West Monroe Levee

The 10-mile stretch of levee protecting West Monroe has been accredited by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “It’s great news for West Monroe and for the district,” said Tensas Basin Levee District executive director John Stringer. “It’s a good first …

1,300 N.Y., N.J. Households Losing FEMA Rental Aid This Week

Over 1,000 families in New York and New Jersey displaced by Superstorm Sandy are losing their federal rental assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency benefit that helped them obtain temporary housing runs out on Thursday, May 1. Citing FEMA statistics, …

FEMA Extends ‘Proof of Loss’ Deadline for Sandy Flood Insurance Claims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a bulletin Monday announcing that it will grant an additional extension to Superstorm Sandy victims for the “proof of loss” filing deadline for their flood insurance claims. Under the National Flood Insurance Program …

N.J. Gov. Asks FEMA to Give Sandy Victims More Time to File Flood Claims

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration is urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to give the state’s residents and businesses who suffered flood damages from Superstorm Sandy an additional six-month extension to file a complete flood insurance claim, or …