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Dana Milbank: An unstoppable Florence meets an immovable Washington

After last year’s Hurrican Maria debacle, let’s pray FEMA has healed itself and is now up to the task of dealing with Hurricane Florence – despite the inaction of a …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

U.S. says transfer from FEMA funds won’t harm hurricane relief

Trump administration officials pushed back Wednesday against a Democratic senator’s claim that nearly $10 million from the government’s disaster relief agency was transferred to immigration enforcement.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 3:01 p.m.

In simulation, Category 4 hurricane devastated East Coast

Just months ago, disaster planners simulated a Category 4 hurricane strike alarmingly similar to the real-word scenario now unfolding on a dangerously vulnerable stretch of the East Coast.


FEMA official harassed women, hired some as possible sexual partners for male employees, agency chief says

The personnel chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency – who resigned just weeks ago – is under investigation after being accused of creating an atmosphere of widespread sexual harassment …


Housing extended for 1,700 Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees

A judge ordered federal emergency officials to extend vouchers for temporary hotel housing for nearly 1,700 Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees, saying ending the program could cause irreparable harm.


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018, 11:20 p.m.

FEMA: Puerto Rico running out of time as storm season nears

The administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it will take up to an estimated $50 billion to help rebuild Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and warned …


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 1:53 p.m.

7 months after Hurricane Harvey, flood-control projects’ fate unclear

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.


FEMA says it is not cutting off aid to Puerto Rico

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it is not cutting off food and water supplies to Puerto Rico despite reports that it intended to do so.


FEMA says it is not cutting off aid to Puerto Rico

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it is not cutting off food and water supplies to Puerto Rico despite reports that it intended to do so.


Dana Milbank: Trump just told the truth. He may wish he hadn’t.

Last Wednesday, the 335th day of his presidency, Donald J. Trump did something most extraordinary and uncharacteristic: He told the truth.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 5:06 p.m.

FEMA sells disaster trailers cheaply despite victim demand

The federal government typically spends up to $150,000 apiece – not counting utilities, maintenance or labor – on the trailers it leases to disaster victims, then auctions them at cut-rate …


Internal watchdog to probe FEMA contracts to tiny firm

The Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog is investigating how a fledgling Florida company won more than $30 million in contracts for desperately needed disaster relief supplies in Puerto Rico …


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 …


$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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …