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Strong job market hampers FEMA hiring in flood-hit states

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is facing an unexpected challenge in meeting the needs of the many people affected by this spring’s widespread flooding and violent storms: a strong economy.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 4:55 p.m.

Hurricane Harvey survivors feel grief, distress months later

Deb Eberhart couldn’t sleep and was easily moved to tears as she worked to coordinate repairs to her Houston home in the months after flooding from Hurricane Harvey besieged it …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 24, 2017, 5:58 p.m.

Athletes heeded call for help when disasters struck in 2017

J.J. Watt had a modest goal when he launched a fundraiser to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.


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 …


After deployment to Puerto Rico, Spokane Valley volunteer describes difficult, uplifting experience

When Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, it caused catastrophic damage to the island – flooding roadways, collapsing power grids and destroying homes. Valley resident Devin …


Yellen sounds upbeat note on economy and inflation prospects

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Sunday sketched a bright outlook for the U.S. economy and for inflation prospects in coming months, saying the impact of the recent hurricanes will …


White House to seek almost $30 billion in new disaster response funding

The White House as soon as Wednesday will ask Congress to authorize almost $30 billion in new funding to address recent natural disasters, a senior administration official said, adding to …


Floods, fires, other disasters add stress to state budgets

A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 8:48 a.m.

SBA assistance available to Idaho nonprofits

Federal officials say certain private nonprofit organizations are eligible for low-interest disaster loans following President Donald Trump’s disaster declaration due to heavy flooding, landslides and mudslides that occurred earlier this …


Obama signs disaster declaration for November storms

President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for damage done by storms throughout the state in November, making federal assistance available in 16 Washington counties.


Obama declares Washington wildfire emergency

OLYMPIA — Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history under control. With more rain in the forecast, …


Commerce secretary declares Alaska salmon disaster

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — King salmon fisheries in major Alaska watersheds have been declared failures by the U.S. Department of Commerce, making commercial fishermen eligible for disaster relief.


Mexicans Accuse Soldiers Of Hoarding Aid

Growing tension between Acapulco residents and hurricane aid workers added to Mexico’s hardships Sunday, as the nation tries to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Pauline. About 2,000 people lined …


Counties Eligible For Disaster Relief

Eighteen Eastern Washington counties have been declared eligible for federal natural disaster relief from drought and low temperatures that have occurred since Sept. 1, 1993. The Rural Economic and Community …