Latest Federal Emergency Management Agency News

Feds stop sending nursing homes gowns described as useless

Jul. 3, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The federal government is no longer sending nursing homes disposable isolation gowns described in New Hampshire as useless garbage bags and instead is providing a different style, according to a spokesperson for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The New Hampshire Health Care...

Maine has widest virus racial disparity gap in the country

Jun. 21, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The widest racial disparity in the U.S. stemming from the coronavirus pandemic is in Maine, where Black residents are contracting the virus at 20 times the rate of their white neighbors, according to a report in the Portland Press Herald. Maine has the highest percentage of white...

Members of the South Korean military band wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus cross a road during an event to commemorate the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Korean War, in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, June 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: Coronavirus still spreading in 2nd S Korea wave

Jun. 18, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — The coronavirus continues to spread in South Korea, particularly in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan region, which is home to half the country’s 51 million people. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 49 new cases for the nation Friday, with 26...

FEMA: Families will not receive aid after sinkhole collapse

Jun. 17, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

BLACK HAWK, S.D. (AP) — Several South Dakota residents who evacuated from their homes after a sinkhole collapsed, exposing an abandoned mine, in April are not eligible to receive federal aid, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA told Sen. Mike Rounds in a June 12 letter that the...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, an evacuee lies on a cot at an evacuation shelter for people with special needs, in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, at Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School in Stuart, Fla. Local officials across the South are still scurrying to fix their hurricane evacuation and sheltering plans because of changes needed due to coronavirus and a cratering economy. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Many states scrambling to update hurricane plans for virus

May. 31, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

Officials across the U.S. South are still scrambling to adjust their hurricane plans to the coronavirus. The big unknown: Where will people fleeing storms go? The Associated Press surveyed more than 70 counties and states from Texas to Virginia, with more than 60% of coastal counties saying as of late May that...

Georgia to give counties $6M to repair flood-damaged roads

May. 23, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia counties that saw flooding earlier this year can apply for up to $6 million in emergency road repair grants. Gov. Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Transportation announced the grants Friday. Any of more than 50 counties for which Kemp declared a state of emergency can apply....

FILE - In this April 5, 2020, file photo, Navy Rear Adm. John Polowczyk, supply chain task force lead at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington. U.S. officials are invoking a rarely used provision of American law that would shield companies from antitrust regulations to help the country from again running out of medical supplies in a pandemic. Polowczyk, who was appointed to run a White House supply chain task force in response to the outbreak, told reporters last week that the government is expanding the emergency stockpile of critical supplies and medicines managed by the Department of Health and Human Services. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

US seeking industry cooperation on future medical supplies

May. 21, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials are invoking a rarely used provision of American law that would shield companies from antitrust regulations to help the country from again running out of medical supplies in a pandemic. The government began formal discussions Thursday with private industry representatives...

Children of migrant workers from other states wait outside a railway station to catch a train to return to their hometowns, in Mumbai, India, Friday, May 15, 2020. The pandemic has exposed India's deep economic divide as millions of migrant workers have left Indian cities with luggage bags perched on their heads and children in their arms, walking down highways in desperate attempts to reach the countryside. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The Latest: India surpasses China in coronavirus cases

May. 16, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India surpasses China in coronavirus infection cases. ...