Federal Emergency Management Agency News

3 Weeks Later, Alabama Awaits Federal Relief for Zeta Damage

More than three weeks after Hurricane Zeta barreled across the Southeast and left destruction in its wake, Alabama is still waiting on a federal disaster declaration and the emergency relief that comes with it, according to state and federal agencies. …

Deadline for Louisiana Residents to Apply for Laura Aid Extended

Louisiana residents with damage from Hurricane Laura will get an extra month to sign up for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The deadline to register with FEMA had been set for Oct. 27. But the agency announced …

Environmental Groups Warn South Carolina Development Project Will Worsen Flood Risk

Conservation groups in South Carolina are challenging a 3,000-acre (12,100-hectare) development project in Charleston over concerns that a loss of wetlands could worsen flooding in an already flood-prone area. The Sierra Club and the South Carolina Wildlife Federation argue that …

Flood Disaster Declaration Declared for Oregon, Funding Available

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says Oregon will receive federal help for flooding and storms that happened in February in the northeastern section of the state. Federal disaster assistance will supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas …

West Virginia to Receive More Funds for 2016 Flood Recovery

President Donald Trump has increased the federal share of costs to help West Virginia recover from floods that ravaged the state in June 2016. Gov. Jim Justice’s office said Friday that Trump approved his request to increase the federal share …

Arkansas’ Benton County to Appeal FEMA Denial of Aid for Tornado Damages

Benton County plans to appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision to not help pay for the costs to clean up damages from two tornadoes that struck in October, officials said. The county was notified of the decision by letter …

Wisconsin Governor Declares State of Emergency After Flooding, Storms

Gov. Tony Evers has declared a state of emergency in southeastern Wisconsin in the wake of severe winter storms that struck the region. The governor issued an executive order declaring an emergency in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties in response …

Florida Woman Pleads Guilty to Hurricane Irma Disaster Assistance Fraud

A Florida woman has pleaded guilty to lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Deannajo White, 39, pleaded guilty in Jacksonville federal court Friday to one count of disaster assistance fraud, according to court records. She faces up to 30 …

Vermont Seeks Storm Damage Assessment of Private Property

Vermont is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess damage to private property from a storm beginning on Halloween to determine if the state qualifies for federal aid for homeowners and renters. The state says 323 Vermont homeowners and …

Florida Woman Found Guilty of Hurricane Irma Relief Fraud

A Florida woman has been convicted of fraudulently obtaining Hurricane Irma disaster relief money. Court records show that 37-year-old Karen Latrice Houston was convicted by a jury in Tampa federal court this week of three counts of theft of government …