Federal Emergency Management Agency News

Texas Agency Wants to Know: How Much Damage Remains from Harvey

More than nine months after Hurricane Harvey devastated homes in nearly 50 Texas counties, the state agency charged with overseeing the largest housing recovery in American history is trying to gauge how much devastation remains. The General Land Office is …

With a Roar, Flash Flood Smashes Into a Maryland Community

Roaring flash floods struck a Maryland city Sunday that had been wracked by similar devastation two years ago, its main street turned into a raging river that reached the first floor of some buildings and swept away parked cars, authorities …

Maryland’s Frederick County to Conduct Flood Damage Survey

A western Maryland county hit hard by flooding last week is surveying residents and businesses to get a handle on the extent of the damage. Frederick County announced Saturday that the survey will help determine whether the county is eligible …

Delaware DOI Working With FEMA to Fine-Tune Disaster Response

The Delaware Department of Insurance (DOI) is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during the next two weeks as part of a National Level Exercise designed to help FEMA and other federal partners, state and local governments, as …

Some Tornado Victims in Pennsylvania Struggle with Uninhabitable Homes

God put Brian Cross’s home in a bubble. That’s his explanation for why the tornado that blasted through Uniontown and North Union Township, Penn., last month didn’t inflict as much damage on his Millview Street home in the city as …

Fate of Houston Flood-Control Projects Unclear 7 Months After Harvey

Large-scale projects long considered essential to easing Houston’s flooding woes went to the top of the area’s to-do list after Hurricane Harvey inundated large swaths of the nation’s fourth-largest city. Seven months later, local officials are still looking for funding …

6 Months After Storm, Texas Launches Harvey Recovery Funds Tracker

Texas has launched a public online tool to track incoming and outgoing funds for Hurricane Harvey recovery, six months after the storm hit and two months after The Associated Press reported that it did not have one. Gov. Greg Abbott …

FEMA OKs Disaster Declaration for California

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has made federal disaster assistance available to California to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires from Dec. 4, 2017 and continuing. Federal funding is available to state and …

Texas’ Use of Federal Harvey Funds Clouded by Lack of Transparency

Texas has been awarded billions in federal aid to help recover from Hurricane Harvey and the devastating flooding that followed, but it’s unclear how the state is spending its share of the money. State records don’t indicate which contracts are …

$2.1M in Funding For Montana Town’s Tornado Recovery Efforts

Montana officials say they have secured $2.1 million in federal disaster aid for ongoing cleanup efforts in the town of Baker where a tornado tore up homes, leaving a lake covered in hundreds of tons of debris. The Billings Gazette …