Federal Emergency Management Agency News

Connecticut Receives Federal Declaration for Rain Storms

Connecticut state agencies, municipalities, and the state’s two federally recognized tribes are now eligible to receive federal financial assistance to help repair the damage caused by severe rain and flooding in September. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday his …

New Virginia Building Code Could Alter Coastal Neighborhoods

A regulation in Virginia’s new building code could alter the look and feel of some neighborhoods near the state’s coast in the coming decades. The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that the change will impact some of the Hampton Roads region’s historic, …

Climate Groups Warn About Virginia Tax Cut for Homes in Flood-Prone Areas

A measure approved by Virginia voters this week to cut taxes on homes in flood-prone areas of the flood-prone commonwealth has climate experts warning that it might encourage people to remain in vulnerable areas – and could spread to other …

Head of Crumbling Foundations Fund in Connecticut Says $1B Needed

The superintendent of a new captive insurance company charged with distributing millions of dollars to Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations is warning he doesn’t have nearly enough money to address the problem. Michael Maglaras said he hopes to secure funding …

Michael Leaves Path Of Destruction Through Florida Panhandle

Hurricane Michael’s assault on the Florida Panhandle left nothing more than empty foundations and heaps of rubble in some parts of the small towns it crashed into with near-record force. Communications outages and roads blocked by downed trees, strewn power …

Federal Officials Assessing Wisconsin Flood Damage

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are touring Wisconsin to assess damage in communities that were hit by flooding and tornadoes in August. Five FEMA teams are assessing damage to public infrastructure and homes in order to determine whether Wisconsin qualifies …

Feds Say Maryland Man Stole Hurricane Victim’s IDs as Part of $8M Scam

A Maryland man is accused of stealing hurricane victim’s identities as part what the Secret Service describes as an $8 million effort to scam a Federal Emergency Management Agency program. News outlets reported Tuesday that 30-year-old Tare Stanley Okirika is …

Hurricane Florence Likely to Expose Gaps in Flood Insurance

The number of Americans with flood insurance is on the rise, yet Hurricane Florence is likely to make it painfully clear that too many homeowners in the Carolinas and other vulnerable regions remain unprotected. . An analysis of federal flood …

Vermont Electric Co-Op Gets $1.7M for Storm Damage Repair

The Vermont Electric Co-Operative is getting a federal grant to help repair 54 transformers and nearly 2,900 miles of transmission and line poles damaged by a severe storm and flooding last October. The $1.7 million grant from the Federal Emergency …

As Hurricane Lane Neared Hawaii FEMA Promises to Do Better

As a Category 4 hurricane roared toward Hawaii, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it’s learned the lessons of last year’s devastation of Puerto Rico and is vowing a better response. Calling 2017 “historic,” Jeff Byard, FEMA’s associate administrator for …