FEMA News

Insurers, Agents Propose Pandemic Business Relief Plan; Plaintiffs Offer BIG Compromise

Key segments of the property/casualty insurance industry, which is facing mounting claims for business interruption losses from the pandemic, have thrown their lobbying weight behind a proposed federal program to replace revenues lost by businesses shut down during pandemics like …

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 …

Federal Disaster Declaration Approved for Louisiana Due to COVID-19

President Donald Trump has granted a federal disaster declaration in Louisiana and ordered assistance to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by COVID-19. Louisiana’s governor asked the White House to declare a major disaster in his state to free …

Louisiana Governor Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration for State

Louisiana’s governor has asked the White House to declare a major disaster in his state to free up more direct federal aid to cope with the surging coronavirus outbreak, warning that the New Orleans area could run out of hospital …

PG&E Has Settled One Battle Involving California Wildfire Fund

Pacific Gas & Electric told a federal bankruptcy judge that it has settled a dispute with disaster-relief agencies that threatened to siphon money away from a $13.5 billion fund earmarked for victims of catastrophic wildfires in California caused by the …

FEMA to Texans with Post-Harvey Group Flood Insurance: Plan for Standard Coverage

Following Hurricane Harvey in late August 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued three-year group flood insurance policies (GFIPs) to nearly 7,000 households in Texas that were impacted by the storm. FEMA says those policyholders need to plan now for …

FEMA Administrator: We Want California Wildfire Costs From PG&E, Not Victims

A regional director for the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday said FEMA is going after California utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric for $3.9 billion owed the government due to wildfires that PG&E was found to have caused in …

Aid Request for 6 South Dakota Counties Rejected by FEMA

South Dakota has lost an appeal for federal funding to rebuild from tornadoes and floods that hit six counties in August. The Federal Emergency Management Agency ruled that the damage was not severe enough to qualify for federal funding and …

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 …

FEMA Envisions High-Tech Flood Insurance Program Using Parametrics, Blockchain

Blockchain technology and parametric insurance should be included in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s toolbox as it strives to close the nation’s flood insurance coverage gap, according to a draft report by an advisory committee that makes recommendations to the …