FEMA

A cracked dam and flood devastation imperils Puerto Ricans outside San Juan

A day crisscrossing unpredictable country roads outside San Juan reveals the crushing misery inflicted by Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico.<p>The storm …

Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria: 'Failing' dam in Puerto Rico sparks mass evacuation

Thousands of people downstream of a failing dam in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico have been evacuated, but emergency services say they have been unable to …

Puerto Rico

Flood insurance is broken. Here are some ways to fix it

The country needs a plan for fixing the deeply flawed federal system for managing and financing flood risks<p>0 Comments<p>While the House bill would not solve all of the program’s problems, the Senate bills fall even shorter. However, the Senate bills would substantially increase funding for …

Liberal View

Hurricane Maria leaves more than 3 million Americans without power. Is help on the way?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Imagine having no electricity for months. Credit and debit cards are useless. ATMs are out. No Internet, television or air conditioning. Dead cellphone batteries. Everything from the water supply to sewage treatment to the preservation of food is threatened. What happens to the most …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Flood Insurance Claim Denied? Don’t Panic; Appeal

Having a flood insurance policy is a relief if you’ve suffered water damage. But it doesn’t guarantee that your troubles are over, because your claim …

Insurance

Hurricane pushes long-suffering Puerto Rico to the edge

Puerto Rico faces a long road to recovery from Hurricane Maria, and it's not all because of the storm.<p>The island was suffering through a decade of …

Business

GOP Senators Propose Bill Allowing Churches to Get FEMA Relief Money

Houses of worship are different from other nonprofits because they don't have to report who's funding them, for how much, and where that money is …

Hurricane Harvey

6:04am: In the wake of Irma, Sen. Nelson for FEMA expansion by WLRN - Listen to music

How to Join a Deluge of Insurance Claims for Flooded Cars

The one-two punch of Harvey and Irma will make this one of the most destructive hurricane seasons ever for cars.<p>Together, the two storms rendered …

Insurance

Officials warn Puerto Rico could be without power for 6 months

Puerto Rico could be without electricity for up to six months following Hurricane Maria, the mayor of the island’s largest city warns.<p>San Juan Mayor …

Puerto Rico

Hurricane-ravaged U.S. cities hit by rising cleanup costs

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Communities in Texas and Florida, each swamped by a hurricane within two weeks of one another, are rewriting debris removal …

Stock Markets

8 Ways to Take Care of Your Employees (and Their Loved Ones) When a Disaster Strikes

Your team is a family, and in a family, no one gets left behind.<p>Hurricanes like Harvey and Irma are pummeling the Americas and Gulf. Mexico is reeling from not one, but two major earthquakes just 12 days apart. Major fires continue to burn throughout America's western states. These undoubtedly will …

Former congresswoman defends applying for FEMA aid: 'I'm a taxpayer like everyone else'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown was spotted at FEMA headquarters, Wednesday, while applying for federal assistance.<p>The viewer …

Hurricane Maria may spell more trouble for Puerto Rico bondholders

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria could imperil Puerto Rico's long-term economic recovery and hinder its ability to pay back bondholders waiting …

World Economy

Puerto Rico could suffer more than $30 billion in damages from Maria, modeler says - MarketWatch

Hurricane Maria could cause $30 billion or more in damages to Puerto Rico, a disaster-modeler says, as President Donald Trump plans to visit the …

Caribbean

Trump wants to eliminate the federal program that oversees long-term hurricane relief

The federal agency tasked with managing billions in long-term hurricane-relief money is on the Trump administration’s chopping block.<p>In May, …

An accounting for meteorological violence among insurers

NEW YORK (AP) — Allstate expects insurance losses of about $593 million in August after Hurricane Harvey left a path of destruction along the Gulf …

Weather

In the West, communities pioneer cooperative approach to fighting wildfires

Instead of having understaffed towns try to do their own research in the middle of an emergency, the FAC Network offers a cooperative model where …

Oregon

One section of Trump's US-Mexico border wall could prompt 'decades of court cases' from private landowners

A U.S. border patrol agent looks over the Rio Grande river at the border between United States and Mexico, in Roma, Texas, U.S., May 11, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria<p>The Trump administration could end up seizing land from private-property owners in Texas for its US-Mexico border wall.<p><b>Possible</b> …

Immigration

Study: FEMA's Houston flood maps outdated long before Harvey

HOUSTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood plain maps for parts of southeastern Houston were woefully out-of-date long before Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers at Rice University and Texas A&M University at Galveston studied one section …

News (U.S.)

Michael Brown: Hurricane Maria highlights lack of long-term planning in disaster relief

The federal government is, by nature and design, inefficient. An example of this inefficiency is the general lack of long-term strategic planning. …

U.S. Virgin Islands

Houston mayor eyes smaller tax hike for hurricane costs

(Reuters) - Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday slashed his proposed one-year property tax increase by more than half, citing higher reimbursements from the U.S. government for cleanup costs related to Hurricane Harvey.<p>Turner told the city council that the Federal Emergency Management …

Business

Gov. Greg Abbott writes Trump a letter requesting FEMA funding for Texas churches

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton sent an open letter to President Trump on Wednesday, asking to ensure that religious …

Hurricane Harvey

Flood Insurance Lessons Learned From Hurricane Irma | Investopedia

As an Ohio native, I am still getting used to Florida life and adapting to "hurricane days" instead of "snow days." The entire city of Jacksonville …

Insurance

Ryan: More hurricane aid likely coming in October

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that he expects Congress will approve more emergency aid in October to help communities affected by recent …

U.S. Coast Guard

9:35am: FEMA's director of flood insurance expects 2017 claims to reach the billions by WLRN - Listen to music

Flood Insurance

Puerto Rico: 11 years in recession and now no electricity

Puerto Rico is already in an 11-year economic recession. Now it must start rebuilding after Hurricane Maria left the island knocked out flat.<p>The island was completely without electricity Wednesday.<p>"This is total devastation," said Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico's governor. "Puerto …

Caribbean

For the first time, Trump’s approval rating has increased for three weeks in a row

President Trump’s average weekly approval rating in Gallup polling has ticked one percentage point upward over the past four weeks. Thirty-five, then 36, then 37 and now 38 percent of the country thinks that Trump is doing a good job.<p>Political observers would be justified in wondering why. Is this, …

Politics

U.S. Flood-Insurance Program Could Run Out of Money By October - EXCLUSIVE

The U.S. government's flood-insurance program could run out of funding by late October based on the staggering volume of claims expected from …

National Flood Insurance Program

Verify: Is FEMA giving out $250 to people who lost power after Hurricane Irma?

<b>QUESTION:</b><p>Is FEMA giving out $250 to people who lost power after Hurricane Irma?<p><b>ANSWER:</b><p>No, this is false.<p><b>SOURCES:</b><p>FEMA spokesperson, …

Hurricane Irma