Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) News

Kentucky Receives Federal Disaster Declaration for Winter Storms

President Joe Biden has approved a disaster declaration in Kentucky from winter storms in February, Gov. Andy Beshear said last week. The declaration is for harsh weather that hit the state from Feb. 8 to Feb. 19, including an ice …

Florida Man Sentenced to 3 Years for Lying About Hurricane Irma Damage

A Florida man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Steven Rembert, 49, of Orange County, was sentenced Monday in Orlando federal court, according to court records. He pleaded guilty …

FEMA Buys $1.153 Billion of Reinsurance for Flood Insurance Program for 2021

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has once again procured private sector reinsurance from more than 30 carriers for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to protect the government program from large losses. Under the 2021 reinsurance program, FEMA transferred …

Riskiest Counties for Natural Disasters Are Not Always Where People Think

Spending her life in Los Angeles, Morgan Andersen knows natural disasters all too well. In college, an earthquake shook her home hard. Her grandfather was affected by recent wildfires in neighboring Orange County. “It’s just that constant reminder, `Oh yeah, …

Viewpoint: How the Northeastern U.S. Private Flood Market Can Close the Coverage Gap

The northeastern U.S. is one of the key areas of the country at risk for flooding, as evidenced by the billions in losses from Superstorm Sandy, which saw more than $8.1 billion in 144,000 NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) claims. …

Tracking Tool Spotlights Repetitive Flood Loss Homes Receiving U.S. Taxpayer Funds

Passaic County in New Jersey is not in the hurricane belt nor is it on the banks of a major river, and yet 810 properties there received $170 million of taxpayer money through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) since …

Florida Couple Accused of Hurricane Irma Disaster Assistance Fraud

A Florida husband and wife have been charged with lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Christina Catalano, 38, and Joseph Catalano, 54, both of Holiday, were arrested Sept. 9, according to federal court records. Christina Catalano has been charged …

Texas Counties See Drop in Flood Policies, Insurance Department Says

A number of flood-prone Texas counties have seen a decline in the number of flood insurance policies in place, the state insurance department reported Despite hurricanes, Corpus Christi region has had a decrease in the number of flood insurance policies, …

Mississippi City Hit by April Tornado Awaiting Repayment for $1.45M Cleanup Costs

A southwest Mississippi city has paid $1.45 million to clean up from an April 23 tornado and now awaits reimbursement from federal and state disaster agency. The Enterprise-Journal reports McComb made its final payment to a debris removal contractor and …

Florida Woman Pleads Guilty to Hurricane Disaster Assistance Fraud

A Florida woman has pleaded guilty to lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Bernita Willette Carswell, 36, pleaded guilty in Jacksonville federal court last week to one count of disaster assistance fraud, according to court records. She faces up …