FEMA disaster aid News

U.S. Report Says Lack of Staff, Resources, Planning Hurt FEMA’s 2017 Disaster Response

The federal government’s chief watchdog slammed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to the hurricane that killed thousands of people in Puerto Rico last year, saying it was unprepared and failed to deploy enough qualified staff. The U.S. Government Accountability …

FEMA Criticized for Suppliers Not Delivering Hurricane Aid as Promised

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded contracts for hurricane supplies without adequately researching whether winning bidders could deliver what they promised, according to a new investigation by Democrats on a Senate oversight committee. The investigation followed disclosures by The Associated …

Common Reasons FEMA Denies Disaster Funds

Local governments and nonprofits trying to recover from major disasters have sometimes learned the hard way that money spent on protective measures, cleanup and rebuilding is not always reimbursed by the U.S. government. The Associated Press analyzed more than 900 …

Congress Eyes More FEMA Disaster Aid, Short-Term Flood Insurance Renewal

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency will run out of disaster assistance funding on Friday unless Congress approves more money, two Florida senators warned on Thursday. As Hurricane Irma barrels through the Caribbean on its way to an expected landfall …

FEMA Extends Aid Deadline for North Carolina Victims of Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew victims in North Carolina have more time to apply for federal disaster assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a news release that it has approved a 31-day extension for applications. Residents now have until Jan. 9, …

Mobile Homes, not Travel Trailers, Headed to Louisiana after Deadly Flooding

Mobile homes will fill front yards across southern Louisiana again, just like after Hurricane Katrina, as federal authorities bring in temporary housing for thousands of people displaced by catastrophic flooding. These houses, though, will be on blocks and strapped down …

Federal Disaster Declared in 33 Georgia Counties From Winter Storms

President Barack Obama has declared that a major disaster exists in 33 Georgia counties following recent severe storms and flooding that affected the state. The White House announced Feb. 26 that federal aid will be available to state and eligible …

5 New Jerseyans Charged With Filing False Applications for Sandy Funds

Five people are charged in New Jersey with filing false applications for Superstorm Sandy relief funds. Prosecutors allege the suspects, in most cases, sought money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In many cases, prosecutors say they also applied for …

FEMA to Provide Additional $10M in Aid to South Carolina Flood Victims

South Carolinians who were originally refused help following last October’s historic floods will be getting about $10 million in aid. The State of Columbia reports that the money became available through a program in which Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster …

Disaster Loans Available to Agricultural Entities in South Carolina

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Dec. 8 that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations located in South Carolina as a result of …