Federal Emergency Management Agency News

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 …

Federal Government Will Shrink California Beach City’s Flood Zone

A report says a Southern California beach city has persuaded federal officials to exclude about 2,700 coastal properties from updated flood maps, saving homeowners thousands in insurance costs. The Los Angeles Times reported that as a result, homeowners in parts …

FEMA Awards Nearly $7.4M to Mississippi for Storm Safe Rooms in Schools

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved almost $7.4 million for the State of Mississippi to fund the construction of eight stand-alone safe rooms designed to withstand winds up to 200 mph at schools in Forrest County. The $7.38 …

Vermont to Hold Briefings for Those Interested in Storm Help

The Vermont Department of Public Safety is going to be holding briefings for municipalities and others interested in applying for federal disaster assistance to help pay for repairs made following storms May 4-5. Attendance is mandatory for any municipalities or …

Five Vermont Counties Get Disaster Declarations for May Storms

President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for five Vermont counties that were damaged during severe storms in early May. Republican Gov. Phil Scott says that a preliminary damage assessment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency identified almost $1.3 …