Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) News

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 …

FEMA Opens Intake Center in Nashville for Tornado Victims

As residents continued to dig out from a series of deadly tornadoes that hit Tennessee last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced it was opening an intake center in Nashville on Tuesday. The center is located at the Lee …

FEMA Grants $131M to Flooded Schools in West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice’s office announced on Friday that West Virginia will receive more than $131 million (118 million euros) to replace schools in Nicholas County that were destroyed by flooding in 2016. The money comes from the Federal Emergency Management …

Florida Man Accused of Making Fraudulent Hurricane Irma Claims

A Florida man has been accused of lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma, federal prosecutors announced this week. An indictment was returned charging Deontre Javan Taylor, 26, of Jacksonville, with disaster assistance fraud. He faces up to 30 years …

Feds Charge 2 Florida Women with Hurricane Irma Disaster Assistance Fraud

Two Florida women have been accused of lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma in separate cases, federal prosecutors announced last week. Indictments were returned charging Bernita Willette Carswell, 36, of Jacksonville, and Deannajo White, 39, Suwannee County, with disaster …

North Carolina to Create Program to Help Dorian Victims After FEMA Rejection

Gov. Roy Cooper aims to create a state-funded program to help residents in four North Carolina counties recover from Hurricane Dorian after the federal government declined a request for assistance targeting them. The Federal Emergency Management Agency this week told …

U.S. Private Flood Insurance: The Journey to Build a New Market

Not long ago, private flood insurance was thought to be an impossible dream in the property/casualty sector. There were numerous arguments supporting the common wisdom that a meaningful market for residential flood coverage from admitted private insurers would never exist. …

FEMA Officials Arrested on Fraud Charges Linked to Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Aid

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials who oversaw the reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid and the former president of Cobra Acquisitions were arrested on fraud and conspiracy charges linked to recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria, according to federal prosecutors. FEMA’s …

Update: Tropical Storm Dorian to Sideswipe Puerto Rico, but Heads to Florida

Tropical Storm Dorian is about to sideswipe Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. And if you live on Florida’s east coast, it may be time to start gathering supplies. Chances are increasing that the storm will approach Florida bringing …

FEMA Awards $2.7M to Orange County, Texas, for Flood Damage Project

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $2.7 million to Orange County through the Texas Division of Emergency Management to fund a project to acquire and demolish 20 structures impacted by flooding from Hurricane Harvey that may …