storm mitigation News

Mississippi, Alabama Homes Recognized As Storm Fortified

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety has recognized three South Mississippi home builders for building homes that are more disaster-resistant. IBHS also recognized three homes in south Alabama. In January, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security implemented the …

Building Stronger, Other Lessons from Hurricane Ivan at 10th Anniversary

This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Ivan, one of the costliest tropical storms to ever hit the U.S. Ivan came ashore near Gulf Shores, Alabama, on Sept. 16, 2004, as a Category 3 storm. The storm also battered …

Connecticut to Receive Additional $32M in Storm Aid

Connecticut is receiving nearly $32 million in additional federal aid to fix multi-family housing, infrastructure and public facilities affected by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the some of the money will also be used by …

Maine Residents Urged to Prepare for Severe Summer Weather

Maine officials are encouraging residents to protect their homes against severe summer weather. Maine Gov. Paul LePage and Bureau of Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa say that the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season means that residents should be ready for …

Feds Give $102M in Storm Prevention Funds to 11 Eastern States

Eleven states in the eastern U.S. will share $102.7 million in grants from the federal government to protect against future storms, with the greatest amount of funded projects in New Jersey and New York. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s …

Poll: N.J. Residents Back Gov’t Storm Mitigation Efforts but Few Willing to Pay

A newly published study from Rutgers University in New Jersey shows that most state residents strongly support government programs aimed at lowering the likelihood of severe damage from future hurricanes. The study also found, however, that only a small fraction …

Rhode Island Homeowners Seek FEMA Grants to Elevate Houses

Some Rhode Island residents are seeking federal grant money to help pay for elevating their homes to reduce the risk of flooding —  and avoid spikes in flood insurance rates. Seven homeowners in Barrington who want to elevate their homes …

Local Officials Urged to Educate Public on Storm Risks, Building for Future

Two of the country’s top disaster experts challenged emergency managers and forecasters from Texas to Maine to help educate coastal residents and developers about hurricane hazards. Speaking at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, the head of the Federal Emergency …

South Carolina Looks to Increase Home Mitigation Funding

South Carolina lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to increase grants to homeowners who strengthen their homes against storm damage. The South Carolina Senate Finance Committee approved the “Competitive Insurance Act,” which will provide $1.6 million additional funding for …

N.J. Residents Providing Valuable Storm-Proofing Ideas for Post-Sandy Rebuilding Efforts

While scientists, politicians and engineers ponder ways to better protect New Jersey from storms like Superstorm Sandy, some of the best ideas are coming from those who suffered the most. As the second summer after Sandy approaches, several of the …