Latest Federal Emergency Management Agency News

Biden: 'Our country hurts' after Hurricane Ian slams Florida

Sep. 29, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday said “our entire country hurts” along with the people of Florida after Hurricane Ian flooded communities across the state, knocked out power, forced people into shelters and raised fears of a “substantial loss of life." Biden...

Louisiana town settling with FEMA over Rita, Gustav payments

Sep. 23, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

BALL, La. (AP) — A Louisiana town is preparing to settle a 20-year dispute with the Federal Emergency Management Agency by making a repayment of $163,102. The Town Talk of Alexandria reports that the Town of Ball Council voted unanimously Tuesday to make the payment to settle a...

Biden vows US won't walk away from storm-struck Puerto Rico

Sep. 22, 2022 23:14 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, Puerto Rico (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday the full force of the federal government is ready to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Fiona, while Bermuda and Canada's Atlantic provinces prepared for a major blast from the Category 4 storm. ...

Continued rental aid available in 12 Kentucky counties

Sep. 13, 2022 04:02 AM EDT

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Continued rental assistance is available for eligible people in 12 eastern Kentucky counties who were affected by flooding in July, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said. The counties are Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin,...

FEMA offering flooding victims home rebuilding tips

Sep. 12, 2022 03:01 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering home improvement sessions for eastern Kentucky flooding victims who are rebuilding after the July floods. The rebuilding and repair tip sessions will be held at hardware stores in Clay and Floyd Counties...

McConnell says he's unsatisfied with federal flood response

Aug. 29, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he's far from satisfied with the federal response to catastrophic flooding in eastern Kentucky, but acknowledged communication problems have complicated outreach to flood victims. McConnell visited the...

One month later, Kentucky flood evacuees weigh cloudy future

Aug. 24, 2022 01:13 AM EDT

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Nearly a month after deadly flooding engulfed their houses, some eastern Kentuckians sheltering at state parks continue to wrestle with the same life-defining question — whether to rebuild at the place they call home or start over somewhere else. Ivallean...

Beshear calls special session to take up flood relief

Aug. 23, 2022 19:27 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday that he’s calling Kentucky's Republican-led legislature into a special session to take up a relief package for flood-ravaged eastern Kentucky. The special session will begin Wednesday and is expected to last...

Record-setting wildfire in New Mexico declared contained

Aug. 23, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than four grueling months and $300 million later, the federal government has declared the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s recorded history 100% contained, a notable milestone but just another step in what local residents and officials say will be a long journey...

FEMA declares new strategy to engage Native American tribes

Aug. 18, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed a new strategy to better engage with hundreds of Native American tribes as they face climate change-related disasters, the agency announced Thursday. FEMA will include the 574 federally recognized tribal nations in discussions...