storm mitigation News

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 …

NYC Sandy Victims Frustrated at Delays in City’s Home Rebuilding Program

A year and a half after Superstorm Sandy decimated New York City’s coastline, a city-run program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes has only begun construction on three houses, and officials say they will need another $1 billion from …

NYC Mayor Names New Team to Speed Up Sandy Rebuilding Efforts

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio named a new team on March 29 to speed up efforts to help New Yorkers still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, saying he was “thoroughly dissatisfied” with previous results. De Blasio joined Sen. Charles …