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U.S. Spends Billions on Disaster Aid Over Investing in More Lasting Preparedness

Forecasters are expecting this year’s North Atlantic hurricane season to be roughly average, with about 14 named storms including six full-fledged hurricanes. Last week, the government finally dealt with the fallout from 2018, enacting a $19.1 billion relief package to …

House-Passed Hurricane, Farm Disaster Aid Bill Includes Flood Insurance Extension

The House on Friday passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill that would deliver long-sought relief to farmers, victims of hurricanes and floods, and rebuild southern military bases, as Democrats try to dislodge the legislation from a Senate logjam over …

Maine to Get More Than $1M in FEMA Aid for Severe Fall Storm

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has obligated more than $1 million in assistance to Maine stemming from a severe storm and flooding last fall. The agency says the storm impacted 13 of the state’s 16 counties. It hit …

Federal Disaster Declared in 33 Georgia Counties From Winter Storms

President Barack Obama has declared that a major disaster exists in 33 Georgia counties following recent severe storms and flooding that affected the state. The White House announced Feb. 26 that federal aid will be available to state and eligible …

Maryland Gov. O’Malley Announces Disaster Relief for June Flooding

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has announced a disaster relief package to help residents of Allegany and Washington counties who were affected by flooding in June. The governor announced the relief last Friday. The governor’s office says residents may receive up …

Disaster Cost Has Quadrupled Since 1980s: EU Commissioner

The average annual cost of natural disasters has quadrupled over the last three decades and it makes economic sense to boost spending on preparedness to ensure a stable future, a senior European official said last week. Kristina Georgieva, European Commissioner …

Kansas, Missouri Could Be Hit by Disaster Aid Fight

Midwesterners accustomed to generous government aid after ice storms, floods and tornadoes may soon have to look somewhere else for help when disaster strikes. Even as the U.S. House on Jan. 15 passed a $50.7 billion aid package for victims …

U.S. House Skips Vote on Sandy Aid, Angering Members From Storm-Hit States

The U.S. House of Representatives adjourned on Tuesday night without acting on a $60.4 billion Superstorm Sandy disaster aid bill, prompting angry denunciations from members from the states hardest hit by the storm.”I have just been informed that we will …

FEMA: Over 507,950 Individuals Registered for Assistance Post-Sandy

More than 507,950 individuals have registered for the Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance in wake of Superstorm Sandy, as of Dec. 17. FEMA also said this week that $1.09 billion in disaster aid has been approved so far. Additionally, FEMA …

FEMA Gives $19M to Help Rebuild Virginia High School

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded $19 million to help rebuild Louisa County High School, which was damaged during the Aug. 23 earthquake. A news release from Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office last Thursday said rebuilding the school will cost …