Latest Federal Emergency Management Agency News

US gives Colorado $10M to fix dam upstream of ski resort

Feb. 8, 2020 11:42 AM EST

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — U.S. emergency management officials have given Colorado a $10 million grant to fix a dam upstream of the ski resort town of Breckenridge that's listed in unsatisfactory condition and would likely lead to deadly flooding if it were to fail. The Federal Emergency Management Agency...

Small Missouri village moved to uphill site after 1993 flood

Feb. 7, 2020 1:02 AM EST

RHINELAND, Mo. (AP) — The Rhinelanders knew how to handle floods. When the water rose, they just moved everything up. “All our furniture would go up on the dining room table and upstairs,” Betty Gosen-Gerber, a former Rhineland resident, said. “And then we had cousins across the...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Feb. 5, 2020 1:52 PM EST

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Feb. 4 The Martinsburg Journal on the next steps for a bill that would give businesses relief from property taxes: Regarding an important bill in the West Virginia Legislature, both Republican and Democrat lawmakers deserve plaudits for making their branch of...

FEMA denies aid for tornado damages, Benton County to appeal

Feb. 4, 2020 4:41 PM EST

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Benton County plans to appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision to not help pay for the costs to clean up damages from two tornadoes that struck in October, officials said. The county was notified of the decision by letter on Jan. 24, the Northwest Arkansas...

West Virginia gets $131M in FEMA funds for flooded schools

Feb. 1, 2020 9:55 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice's office announced on Friday that West Virginia will receive more than $131 million (118 million euros) to replace schools in Nicholas County that were destroyed by flooding in 2016. The money comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and will be used to...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, airport employees wear face masks in Terminal 5 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. On Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that chlorine dioxide will help get rid of the new virus from China. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that drinking products containing the chemical can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and symptoms of severe dehydration. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jan. 31, 2020 4:39 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Chlorine dioxide will help get rid of the new virus from China. THE...

Evers requests FEMA storm damage assessments in SE Wisconsin

Jan. 28, 2020 4:27 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to do a preliminary damage estimate of severe winter storm and lakeshore flooding that struck southeastern Wisconsin earlier this month. The process is the first step in determining whether Wisconsin will request a...

Members of the US army reserve set up tents for portable showers at a tent city set up to house hundreds of people displaced by earthquakes in Guanica, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. More than 1,280 earthquakes have hit Puerto Rico’s southern region since Dec. 28, more than two dozen of them magnitude 4.5 or greater, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Displaced families await post-quake housing in Puerto Rico

Jan. 16, 2020 3:41 PM EST

PONCE, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Antonetti family sat in the shade of a tree eating orange slices while contemplating the long day ahead of them in a dusty parking lot in southern Puerto Rico. Behind them stood their temporary home: a four-door compact car whose back seat is reserved for 89-year-old Luis...

Senate approves former Rhode Island official to lead FEMA

Jan. 15, 2020 10:20 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Senate approved a former Rhode Island official to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency. President Donald Trump's nomination, Peter Gaynor, the former director of Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, was appointed to lead the national agency on Tuesday. Gaynor...

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, an excavator loads debris onto a truck while clearing a property burned by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. A $13.5 billion settlement covering most of the losses from a series of catastrophic wildfires that drove Pacific Gas and Electric into bankruptcy is turning into a financial tug of war pitting the interests of U.S. taxpayers against the disaster victims still trying to rebuild their lives. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Federal government blasts PG&E's deal with fire victims

Jan. 14, 2020 3:01 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tensions between the U.S. government and Pacific Gas & Electric are boiling over as the two sides battle over whether a taxpayer-funded agency should be allowed to stake a claim on a $13.5 billion settlement covering most of the losses from catastrophic wildfires blamed on the...