Stories tagged: FEMA
Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 3:59 p.m.
FEMA rethinking ban on disaster aid to church buildings
When disaster strikes, houses of worship are often on the front lines, feeding and sheltering victims. Yet churches, synagogues and mosques are routinely denied aid by the Federal Emergency Management …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 3:53 p.m.
FEMA chief says agency didn’t approve Whitefish contract
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials had nothing to do with approving a pricey no-bid contract to restore the power grid in Puerto Rico, the head of the agency told Congress …
Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 9:08 a.m.
$2.1M in funding secured for Baker Lake 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 …
Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 10:36 a.m.
Puerto Rico still stumbles in the dark a month after ‘Maria’
This is life one month after Hurricane Maria slammed into the U.S. territory on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm that killed at least 48 people, destroyed tens of …
Sun., Oct. 15, 2017, 5 a.m.
FEMA pays nearly $74M in aid for Montana disasters since ’98
An analysis by the Associated Press found that FEMA approved 241 funding requests from Montana over that period and denied money for just three that had gone through an appeals …
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 2:33 p.m.
FEMA restores tally of clean water, power in Puerto Rico
The Trump administration says it is restoring numbers on a government website that show a running tally of how many people have access to clean drinking water and electricity. The …
Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 10:44 a.m.
Mountain of supplies languishes on docks in storm-stricken San Juan
Thousands of cargo containers bearing millions of emergency meals and other relief supplies have been piling up on San Juan’s docks since Saturday – and may not reach storm survivors …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Puerto Ricans say U.S. relief efforts failing them
The Trump administration declared Thursday that its relief efforts in Puerto Rico are succeeding, but people on the island said help was scarce and disorganized while food supplies dwindled in …
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 3:08 p.m.
Disaster aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico
Relatives helped Maribel Valentin Espino find shelter when Hurricane Maria roared through her community in northern Puerto Rico. Neighbors formed volunteer brigades to cut fallen trees and clear twisty mountain …
Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 4:40 p.m.
Study: FEMA’s Houston flood maps outdated long before Harvey
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood plain maps for parts of southeastern Houston were woefully out-of-date long before Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, a new study suggests.
Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 6:36 a.m.
FEMA isn’t relying on trailers to house hurricane victims
The hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida have likely spawned the worst disaster-created housing crisis since Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents without homes more than …
Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 8:44 p.m.
FEMA auctioned disaster trailers before Harvey made landfall
The federal government auctioned off disaster-response trailers at fire-sale prices just before Harvey devastated southeast Texas, reducing an already diminished supply of mobile homes ahead of what could become the …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 2:04 p.m.
FEMA approves disaster assistance for 2 more Montana fires
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster assistance for two wildfires on northwestern Montana.
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 10:41 a.m.
Federal assistance approved for 3 more Montana wildfires
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster assistance for three large western Montana wildfires.
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 7:57 p.m.
FEMA sees trailers only as last resort after Harvey, Irma
In a 2017 hurricane season that has already seen two monster storms, Harvey and Irma, manufactured homes are turning out to be just a small fraction of the federal government’s …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 6:49 p.m.
Hurricane aid measure grows to $15 billion as Irma bears down
The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly backed a $15.3 billion aid package for victims of Harvey, nearly doubling President Donald Trump’s emergency request, and adding a deal between Trump and Democrats …
Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 4:22 p.m.
FEMA still focused on responding to Harvey as Irma looms
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is ramping up preparations for Hurricane Irma as it barrels toward the Florida coast, even as the agency continues the massive recovery effort in storm-battered …
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 2:53 p.m.
House overwhelmingly passes $7.9 billion Harvey aid bill
The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed $7.9 billion in Hurricane Harvey disaster relief as warring Republicans and Democrats united behind help for victims of that storm as an ever more …
Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 3:41 p.m.
As Houston recovers, House GOP eyes $1 billion in cuts to disaster funds to finance Trump’s border wall
President Donald Trump is promising billions to help Texas rebuild from Harvey-caused epic flooding, but his Republican allies in the House are looking at cutting almost $1 billion from disaster …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 8:36 p.m.
Trump offers flag-waving optimism in visit to Harvey’s path
Eager to show he’s attentive and on the job, President Donald Trump touched down in storm-ravaged Texas on Tuesday, taking pains not to interfere with Harvey recovery efforts.
Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 2:47 p.m.
FEMA chief Long a veteran of gov’t disaster response
Hurricane Katrina. Deepwater Horizon. And now, perhaps the worst disaster Texas has ever seen.
Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Don’t repeat Hurricane Katrina mistakes, senator warns Trump
WASHINGTON – A senior senator warned President Donald Trump on Friday not to underestimate Hurricane Harvey or have the same kind of lackluster federal response experienced during Hurricane Katrina. Sen. …
Tue., July 25, 2017, 6:21 p.m.
U.S. government rejects aid for Montana firefighting costs
U.S. government officials have rejected Montana’s request for aid in battling a group of wildfires that have been classified as the nation’s top firefighting priority.
UPDATED: Fri., April 7, 2017, 3:18 p.m.
Inslee seeks FEMA aid for storm damage
Gov. Jay Inslee asks for federal aid to help cover costs of winter storms.
UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 2:48 p.m.
Flood-damaged homes and businesses in Spokane County could qualify for emergency funding
Spokane County officials are asking businesses, renters and homeowners to report any property damage caused by late-winter flooding. They’re trying to determine whether the county meets cost thresholds to apply …
Fri., Sept. 9, 2016, 10:28 a.m.
Louisiana governor asks Congress for $2B for flood recovery
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday appealed to Congress to approve $2 billion in aid for his state, part of a two-day trip to Washington to ask for federal …
Mon., Aug. 29, 2016, 9:40 a.m.
FEMA criticized as slow on disaster housing aid in Louisiana
The first out-of-state congressman to survey Louisiana’s damage from catastrophic flooding says the Federal Emergency Management Agency response has been “pitiful.”
Thu., Aug. 18, 2016, 12:57 p.m.
Homeland Security chief pledges Louisiana aid amid floods
After a tour of flood-ravaged southern Louisiana, the nation’s Homeland Security secretary is pledging that the federal government “will be here as long as it takes to help this community …
Tue., Aug. 16, 2016, 12:57 p.m.
In flooded Louisiana, a cleanup and a search for bodies
At least 40,000 homes were damaged and 10 people killed in the historic Louisiana floods, the governor said Tuesday, giving a stark assessment of the widespread disaster.
Fri., Jan. 8, 2016, 6:15 p.m.
State files request for aid from storm damage
Washington has filed a formal request for federal disaster aid to help with damage from November’s windstorms and floods.