Latest Federal Emergency Management Agency News

Housing vouchers ending for Hurricane Michael survivors

Apr. 9, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of residents in the county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael faced losing a roof over their heads on Tuesday as housing vouchers allowing them to stay at hotels after the Category 4 storm expired. Around 250 households in Bay County, Florida, faced eviction from hotels since...

Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released personal data of victims

Mar. 22, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. The Homeland...

King: Katrina victims only asked for help, unlike Iowans

Mar. 22, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Steve King says he was told that victims of Hurricane Katrina only asked for help, unlike people in his home state of Iowa, who "take care of each other." The Iowa congressman on Thursday told a town hall meeting in Charter Oak he visited New Orleans multiple times after the...

Trump surveys devastation, pays respects to tornado victims

Mar. 8, 2019 7:25 PM EST

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Standing near the slab that's all that is left of one family's garage, President Donald Trump on Friday surveyed the devastation wrought by a powerful tornado that ripped through a rural Alabama town, uprooting trees, tearing homes from their foundations and killing nearly two dozen...

US disaster agency rejects $306M for California dam repair

Mar. 8, 2019 5:34 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government has rejected $306 million in reimbursements for California's repair of damaged spillways on the nation's tallest dam, a state agency said Friday. California has so far requested about $639 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the Oroville...

The Latest: Search ongoing for Alabama tornado victims

Mar. 4, 2019 10:14 PM EST

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the tornado that killed more than 20 people in Alabama (all times local): 5 p.m. An Alabama woman is picking through the ruins of a shattered life after her husband died in a tornado blamed for killing 23 people. Carol Dean said Monday that her husband, 53-year-old...

'It's pure hell': Hurricane Michael leaves housing crisis

Mar. 4, 2019 10:24 AM EST

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A small village of the forgotten has popped up in Diahnn "Shelly" Summers' backyard outside Panama City. Where there once was empty grass abutting woods, 10 tents now encircle a fir tree with Christmas lights. The tents shelter those still homeless more than four months after...