Latest Federal Emergency Management Agency News

FEMA: proposed Hurricane Ida housing site comment period

May. 23, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A three-day comment period opens Tuesday for a proposed group housing site for Hurricane Ida survivors in one southeast Louisiana parish, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday. Up to 75 families could be housed at the site in the St. Charles...

'Cat 6' hurricane simulator with 200 mph winds

May. 14, 2022 03:14 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — The Category 6 hurricane’s howling winds accelerate to a startling 200 mph in Miami, mercilessly pummeling a two-story wood-frame house until the roof tears off and the rattling windows explode. And a towering 20-foot storm surge spawns battering waves,...

Once dead, twice billed: GAO questions COVID funeral awards

Apr. 27, 2022 20:27 PM EDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency may have been double-billed for the funerals of hundreds of people who died of COVID-19, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report Wednesday. The GAO identified 374 people who died and were listed on more than one application...

Private nonprofits affected by storms near deadline for aid

Mar. 25, 2022 04:01 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency says private nonprofits affected by tornadoes and flooding in some Kentucky counties in late December and early January may be eligible for assistance. Houses of worship are included in the designation, the agency said....

Thunderstorms, high winds pound North Texas; at least 4 hurt

Mar. 21, 2022 22:45 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Severe thunderstorms with reports of possible tornadoes spread damage across parts of North Texas on Monday, injuring at least four people, officials said. Officials reported damage throughout Jacksboro, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Fort Worth. There,...

FEMA trailers for 2020 hurricanes soon to require rent

Mar. 21, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will soon be charging rent to about 1,750 households displaced by Louisiana’s 2020 hurricanes and still living in mobile homes and similar housing provided by the agency. At Louisiana's request, FEMA had extended...

US funeral assistance for COVID tops $2B, more eligible

Mar. 15, 2022 09:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government has provided more than $2 billion to help cover funeral costs for more than 300,000 families of people who died from COVID-19, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Tuesday as it launches a new campaign to raise awareness about the aid to...

FEMA: More than $64M in aid OK'd after Kentucky tornadoes

Mar. 14, 2022 03:04 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than $64 million in federal assistance has been approved for people in Kentucky affected by deadly storms and tornadoes three months ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said. Some of the aid has been in the form of temporary housing in Caldwell,...

FEMA assistance available to Kentucky areas hit by storms

Mar. 02, 2022 16:10 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — President Joe Biden has approved a disaster declaration that qualifies severe storms in Kentucky from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2 as a major disaster. He has ordered federal assistance for some recovery efforts in the affected areas, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. ...

Biden outlines COVID plans, says it's time to return to work

Mar. 01, 2022 23:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden declared Tuesday that “it's time for Americans to get back to work” as he announced new efforts to allow people to return to normal activities safely after two years of pandemic disruptions. Biden used his State of the Union address to...