Craig Fugate News

Why Storm-Prone States Continue to Balk at Tough Building Codes

The showdown in the Florida statehouse last year had all the drama of a knock-down political brawl: Powerful industries clashing. Warnings of death and destruction. And a surprise last-minute vote, delivering a sweeping reform bill to the governor’s desk. The …

Q&A with FEMA’s Fugate: Capitalism, Socialism and Disaster Mitigation

In January, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate gave states a choice for dealing with climate change. Option A: Do nothing about the rising toll of extreme weather, and hope Congress’s threats to restrict disaster aid — by raising …

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 …

Florida Realtors Join Call to Delay Flood Insurance Hikes

Real estate brokers have joined the chorus of those asking Congress to halt some of the changes to the nation’s flood insurance program that will raise premiums for some owners of property in flood zones. At the invitation of Florida …

FEMA Chief Disappoints Senators, Says He Can’t Delay Flood Insurance Rates

Pressure continues to build in Congress to delay implementation of flood insurance reforms that are raising premiums for thousands of property owners across the country. But the man in charge of administering the program says he does not have the …

Floridians ‘in Denial’ About Storm Dangers: FEMA Chief Fugate

The emergency management chief for the United States is warning that Floridians are in “denial” about the threat posed by hurricanes. Craig Fugate is the administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He said many Floridians wrongly believe they have …

Flood Insurance Policyholders Told to Expect Big Premium Hikes

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said people who buy federal flood insurance need to plan for big rate hikes. FEMA director Craig Fugate said some people now paying hundreds of dollars a year could wind up paying …

Law Change Brings Disaster Declaration for Tribes

President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration for the Navajo Nation this week, making it the second American Indian tribe to receive such a declaration after a law change in January. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina …

FEMA Will Need More Funds for Sandy Relief: Fugate

The U.S. disaster fund likely will run out of money by early spring because of costs from Superstorm Sandy, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said on Tuesday. FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund has about $4.88 billion but …

Hurricane Region Residents Urged to Have Tech Backups

People living in hurricane prone areas should have a backup tech plan in case a storm hits, because Internet and cell phone connections are likely to go out, FEMA director Craig Fugate said recently during the first day of the …