Latest Federal Emergency Management Agency News

After Northeast flooding, insurance woes swamp residents

Sep. 23, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After being pummeled by two tropical storms that submerged basements, cracked home foundations and destroyed belongings, Northeastern U.S. residents still in the throes of recovery are being hit with another unexpected blow: Thousands of families are now swamped with...

FEMA denies disaster declaration for Nicholas County

Sep. 08, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's request for a major disaster declaration for Nicholas County, which was impacted by severe flash flooding in late July. Beshear said Tuesday that he will appeal the...

Rhode Island fire departments sharing $5.5M in FEMA grants

Sep. 05, 2021 09:23 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Nineteen Rhode Island fire departments are getting a total of $5.5 million in federal grants that can be used to buy new equipment and upgrade training to enhance public safety, the state's congressional delegation said. “These grants will help...

Where to turn when a natural disaster upends your finances

Sep. 01, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

Natural disasters can upend lives in an instant, but unwinding the financial damage can take many months. Still, those affected have many sources of help. Here’s how you can get help and be strategic with your resources as you begin to rebuild after a disaster. ...

Even in backup role, federal government supports Ida victims

Sep. 01, 2021 00:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Response to disasters such as Hurricane Ida falls primarily to state and local officials, but the federal government is playing an important support role — making available millions of dollars in aid and coordinating with local officials and private relief groups for...

Even in backup role, federal government supports Ida victims

Aug. 31, 2021 22:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Response to disasters such as Hurricane Ida falls primarily to state and local officials, but the federal government is playing an important support role — making available millions of dollars in aid and coordinating with local officials and private relief groups for...

Hurricane Ida traps Louisianans, shatters the power grid

Aug. 30, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rescuers in boats, helicopters and high-water trucks brought hundreds of people trapped by Hurricane Ida's floodwaters to safety Monday and utility repair crews rushed in, after the furious storm swamped the Louisiana coast and ravaged the electrical grid in the stifling,...

FEMA team from Vegas heads to Louisiana for hurricane relief

Aug. 30, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An urban search-and-rescue team from the Las Vegas area has been sent to Louisiana to help amid flooding and damage from Hurricane Ida. Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa said members of the regional Federal Emergency Management Agency unit known as...

'As long as it takes': FEMA, other agencies respond to Ida

Aug. 29, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

Hundreds of emergency responders were in place in Louisiana and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had power restoration experts and generators at the ready as Hurricane Ida hit on Sunday as one of the most powerful hurricanes to make landfall in the U.S., federal officials said. ...

Analysis: Louisiana still waiting for aid a year after Laura

Aug. 29, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Laura wrecked southwest Louisiana a year ago, leaving marks of devastation that remain evident today in blue-tarped roofs, damaged homes and boarded-up businesses that still dot the region. For the people who live there, the suffering seems even worse...