Latest Federal Emergency Management Agency News

FEMA releases largest update to its mobile app in a decade

Jun. 30, 2022 09:59 AM EDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is releasing the largest update to its mobile application in a decade, the agency announced today. FEMA is releasing the app at the beginning of a hurricane season that experts predict will be above average and a wildfire season that's already devastating,...

Biden grants South Dakota disaster declaration for May storm

Jun. 29, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday granted South Dakota's request for a presidential disaster declaration to aid the recovery from May storms that included over a dozen tornadoes. Gov. Kristi Noem requested the declaration, which allows the Federal Emergency...

Housing market slows retreat from rising seas, bigger storms

Jun. 18, 2022 08:10 AM EDT

Chuck and Terry Nowiski lived in their country-style farmhouse with a wrap-around porch for 36 years before it flooded. After hurricanes Matthew and Florence, they said “yes” to the state's offer to buy their place and tear it down. Nearly three years later, they’re still...

FEMA awards $10M to Martha's Vineyard town to fight erosion

Jun. 16, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A town on Martha’s Vineyard is getting a $10 million federal grant to help rebuild a badly-eroded bluff and protect a key road from storm surge and sea level rise. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday that Oak Bluffs was awarded the “pre-disaster...

In Louisiana, Native Americans struggle to recover from Ida

Jun. 16, 2022 00:07 AM EDT

ALONG BAYOU POINTE-AU-CHIEN, La. (AP) — Driving through her village along the southeastern Louisiana bayou, tribal official Cherie Matherne points out remnants of house after house — including her own — wrecked nine months ago when Hurricane Ida roared through the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe...

In Louisiana, Native Americans struggle to recover from Ida

Jun. 16, 2022 00:00 AM EDT

ALONG BAYOU POINTE-AU-CHIEN, La. (AP) — Driving through her village along a southeastern Louisiana bayou, tribal official Cherie Matherne points out the remnants of house after house — including her own — wrecked nine months ago when Hurricane Ida roared through the Pointe-au-Chien Indian...

Biden ramps up federal help for New Mexico wildfire fight

Jun. 11, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — President Joe Biden said Saturday he was escalating federal assistance for New Mexico as it faces its largest wildfire in recorded state history. The fire began with prescribed burns that were set by the U.S. Forest Service, a standard practice that’s...

NJ residents say they're waiting for Ida aid 9 months later

Jun. 01, 2022 20:17 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey resident Shashuna Atwater is still living with the awful smell of sewage that inundated her basement when the remnants of Hurricane Ida struck New Jersey nine months ago, destroying photographs, diplomas and other irreplaceable belongings. Atwater,...

FEMA: proposed Hurricane Ida housing site comment period

May. 23, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A three-day comment period opens Tuesday for a proposed group housing site for Hurricane Ida survivors in one southeast Louisiana parish, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday. Up to 75 families could be housed at the site in the St. Charles...

'Cat 6' hurricane simulator with 200 mph winds

May. 14, 2022 03:14 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — The Category 6 hurricane’s howling winds accelerate to a startling 200 mph in Miami, mercilessly pummeling a two-story wood-frame house until the roof tears off and the rattling windows explode. And a towering 20-foot storm surge spawns battering waves,...