disaster assistance News

Trump Administration Approves Disaster Assistance for Hawaii After Floods

President Donald Trump’s administration has approved federal disaster assistance for individuals affected by flooding on two Hawaii islands in April. People on Kauai and Oahu may apply for grants to cover damage to their homes, for disaster unemployment insurance and …

Maryland’s Frederick County to Conduct Flood Damage Survey

A western Maryland county hit hard by flooding last week is surveying residents and businesses to get a handle on the extent of the damage. Frederick County announced Saturday that the survey will help determine whether the county is eligible …

US Disaster Assistance OK’d for County After Oklahoma Wildfires

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says home and business owners in Dewey County who sustained uninsured damage from wildfires can now receive disaster assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Fallin says the designation provides SBA low-interest disaster loans to replace …

Deadline Looms for Va. Businesses Seeking SBA Loans for July Storm Damage

A deadline is looming for Virginia businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters to seek disaster loans for physical damage caused by severe weather and flooding on July 5. The U.S. Small Business Administration says low-interest loans are available in Bland, …

19 Oklahoma Counties Denied Federal Disaster Assistance

Gov. Mary Fallin says the federal government has rejected the state’s request for disaster assistance for 19 Oklahoma counties affected by severe weather, flooding and tornadoes in May and June. Fallin said Wednesday the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the …

U.S., Rockefeller $100M Fund Promotes Natural Disaster Mitigation, Insurance for Poor

The U.S. Agency for International Development and the Rockefeller Foundation are starting a $100 million project to prepare vulnerable communities for climate- caused humanitarian disasters before they happen. The initiative, which will start in Africa’s Sahel region and was announced …

Vermont Seeks Flood Damage Assessment After Storm

The state of Vermont is asking officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help them determine if repairs to damage from flash flooding in the Chester area would be eligible for disaster assistance. If the damage is judged to …

In N.Y., N.J., Disparities Emerge in How Quickly Sandy Victims Get Federal Aid

As a second New Year since Superstorm Sandy approaches, many coastal residents are still waiting for New York, New Jersey and New York City to distribute billions of federal dollars that were intended to go directly to people struggling to …

Vermont FEMA Office Closing 2 Years After Irene

Vermont’s Federal Emergency Management Agency office closed its doors last Friday, Dec. 20, after more than two years of helping the state recover from flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene, but the agency will continue to process property buyouts and …

Flood Grant Program Proving Popular In North Dakota City

A program that will help homeowners in Minot, N.D. with repair costs following devastating Souris River flooding two years ago is proving popular. More than 700 people have applied for assistance from a program that offers grants of up to …