Latest Federal Emergency Management Agency News

New federal grant program allots $10M for dams in 26 states

Nov. 10, 2019 7:48 AM EST

Built for irrigation in 1884, Smith Reservoir in Colorado no longer can hold as much water as it once did. To keep the dam from leaking, the water level at the suburban Denver reservoir is kept at least 2 feet below the level of the spillway — a critical safety precaution for the shopping center,...

Trump administration pays NGOs who helped migrants

Oct. 11, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Federal officials began Friday to reimburse organizations that fed, sheltered and transported migrants released this year in American towns near the U.S.-Mexico border, according to Democratic lawmakers and some organizations receiving the funds. The Federal Emergency Management...

Trump wants acting FEMA head to have job permanently

Sep. 26, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants Pete Gaynor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's acting administrator, to have the job permanently. Trump says in a statement Thursday that he intends to nominate Gaynor to be the permanent head of the government's disaster response agency. Gaynor has...

As police and firefighter numbers fall, officials urge prep

Sep. 22, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — With natural disasters increasing in frequency and intensity, first responders are finding it more difficult to reach and rescue the thousands of victims of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. Throughout the country, many emergency units have fewer people to navigate disaster...

Puerto Rico faces slow recovery 2 years after Maria

Sep. 20, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Weekly power outages. Hundreds of uncleared landslides. More than 25,000 homes with blue tarps as roofs. Recovery from Hurricane Maria has been slow as Puerto Rico on Friday remembered those who died two years ago. The Category 4 storm killed an estimated 2,975 people in its...

Buttigieg unveils disaster relief plan in hurricane-hit city

Sep. 17, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday visited a South Carolina city ravaged by hurricanes twice in three years and pledged to improve the government response to disasters as part of an effort to combat storm damage that he says is the result of climate change. In...