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Houston-Area Economy Got a Boost from Harvey

State figures show the spending that came in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey generated jobs in construction, retail and other sectors, giving a surprising boost to the Houston-area economy. The Houston Chronicle reports that billions of dollars in insurance payments …

FEMA Declares Church Centers Now Eligible for U.S. Disaster Aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that private nonprofit houses of worship are now eligible for disaster assistance as community centers, without regard to their secular or religious nature. The change is effective for disasters declared on or after …

Disasters Affected 8% of U.S. Population in 2017, FEMA Notes in Review of Historic Year

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supported 59 major disaster declarations and 16 emergency declarations in 2017, a year during which unprecedented disasters affected more than 25 million Americans, almost eight percent of the U.S. population. In its year-end review, …

Texas’ Use of Federal Harvey Funds Clouded by Lack of Transparency

Texas has been awarded billions in federal aid to help recover from Hurricane Harvey and the devastating flooding that followed, but it’s unclear how the state is spending its share of the money. State records don’t indicate which contracts are …

Trump Administration Seeks $29B in Hurricane Disaster Relief Funds

The Trump administration on Wednesday asked U.S. lawmakers to approve $29 billion in disaster relief funds to assist victims of recent hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The aid request includes $12.8 billion in new funds to help …

National Flood Insurance Program Extended Until Dec. 8

President Donald Trump last Friday signed legislation reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program until Dec. 8, 2017, which buys more time for Congress to consider reforms of the program. The NFIP was set to expire in a few weeks on …

Hurricane Harvey Looks to Be First Big Test for Trump FEMA Director Long

Brock Long knew it was just a matter of time. “We’ve gone 11 years without a major hurricane land-falling in the U.S.—that’s a one-in-2,000 chance,” said Long, President Donald Trump’s administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in an interview …

One More Oklahoma County Gets Post-Storm Disaster Aid

Federal disaster assistance is now available for some businesses and homeowners in Oklahoma’s Beckham County who had property losses as a result of severe weather last month. Gov. Mary Fallin said that the U.S. Small Business Administration is providing low-interest …

18 Kansas Counties Hit by Ice Storm in January to Get Federal Aid

Eighteen Kansas counties affected by a severe ice storm in January will receive federal disaster aid. The Kansas Adjutant General’s office announced that President Donald Trump has granted Gov. Sam Brownback’s request for the disaster declaration. The 18 counties were …

In Washington, Louisiana Governor Seeks More Flood Assistance

Gov. John Bel Edwards is making his sixth trip to Washington to lobby for $2 billion more federal flood aid for Louisiana. The state has received $1.6 billion from Congress so far to respond to the March and August flooding. …