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Emergency Management

2021-10-27 23:04:01
by Tom Ramstack
Lawmakers Decry ‘Inequities’ in Disaster Relief Assistance

WASHINGTON — Emergency management officials who testified to Congress Wednesday described U.S. policies on disaster relief as long on inspiration... Read More

WASHINGTON — Emergency management officials who testified to Congress Wednesday described U.S. policies on disaster relief as long on inspiration but short on administration. In other words, communities devastated by hurricanes, wildfires, floods or tornadoes receive disaster relief but in... Read More

2021-09-23 15:58:41
by Reece Nations
Louisiana Gov. Edwards Requesting Federal Aid in Wake of Severe Weather

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to request federal assistance in... Read More

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to request federal assistance in recovery efforts for portions of the state that have been devastated by natural disasters over the past year. Edwards met... Read More

2021-09-02 20:29:33
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Experts Weigh Policy Options For Increasingly Costly Wildfires

Wildfires are an increasingly big and increasingly costly reality.  The "severity and overall size" of wildfires has expanded considerably in... Read More

Wildfires are an increasingly big and increasingly costly reality.  The "severity and overall size" of wildfires has expanded considerably in recent decades, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. California's 2018 fire season, in particular, broke several dubious records, including... Read More

2021-08-31 13:03:37
by Tom Ramstack
Biden Pledges Hurricane Recovery But Can’t Give a Timeline

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden tried to sound reassuring Monday afternoon but could not guarantee a quick recovery from the... Read More

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden tried to sound reassuring Monday afternoon but could not guarantee a quick recovery from the devastation Hurricane Ida caused to southeastern Louisiana. “We’re going to stand with you and the people of the Gulf for... Read More

2021-08-17 18:10:37
by Daniel Mollenkamp
USAID Sends Search and Rescue Teams to Assist With Haitian Quake Response

In the wake of a powerful earthquake, the U.S. has sent rescue personnel and air support to assist with the... Read More

In the wake of a powerful earthquake, the U.S. has sent rescue personnel and air support to assist with the search and rescue efforts in Haiti. On Sunday, the U.S. Agency for International Development said it had sent a 65-member... Read More

2021-08-13 13:16:13
by Victoria Turner
First Responders Want High Tech But Lack Funding

An in-depth study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology based on interviews and surveys of first responders -... Read More

An in-depth study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology based on interviews and surveys of first responders - Communications Center Services (911 call centers), Emergency Medical Services, Fire Services and Law Enforcement - show they want new technology,... Read More

2021-08-12 19:03:21
by Reece Nations
Dixie Fire May Have Been Sparked by Power Lines

GREENVILLE, Calif. — Northern California’s extensive Dixie Fire has enveloped over 510,000 acres across four counties as crews work tirelessly... Read More

GREENVILLE, Calif. — Northern California’s extensive Dixie Fire has enveloped over 510,000 acres across four counties as crews work tirelessly to contain the nation’s largest active wildfire. Smoke and ash from various wildfires are causing poor air quality conditions around... Read More

2021-07-23 12:40:07
by Ansley Puckett
Preparing Animals for Natural Disasters

Hurricane season is underway and climate experts warn of increasingly severe and frequent storms. Animal advocacy groups are reminding the... Read More

Hurricane season is underway and climate experts warn of increasingly severe and frequent storms. Animal advocacy groups are reminding the public and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to protect animals during natural disasters.  Often left out of disaster planning and... Read More

2021-06-23 21:38:44
by Tom Ramstack
President to Meet with Governors to Prepare for Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden announced Tuesday he would meet with state governors next week to map out a strategy... Read More

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden announced Tuesday he would meet with state governors next week to map out a strategy for handling disasters from severe weather. Heat and drought in western states is creating wildfires and crop damage. The National... Read More

2021-04-27 13:07:36
by Kate Michael
Disaster Recovery Agents Push to Codify HUD Recovery Grant Program

WASHINGTON — First used in 1993, HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Recovery Program enhances the agency’s already flexible grants that... Read More

WASHINGTON — First used in 1993, HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Recovery Program enhances the agency’s already flexible grants that help cities, counties, and states recover from presidentially declared disasters. These special recovery grants supplement disaster programs of the Federal... Read More

2020-07-31 13:10:21
by Jacob Pederson
Hurricane Hanna Clean-Up Going Smoothly Despite the Challenges of COVID-19

Disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Hanna’s arrival on the coast of Texas last week are going well despite the challenges... Read More

Disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Hanna’s arrival on the coast of Texas last week are going well despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, according to the Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Administration.  Hurricane Hanna hit Texas with winds... Read More

2020-07-02 13:45:10
by Gaspard Le Dem
New Online Map Shows U.S. Flood Risk Considerably Higher Than Shown In Federal Data

A new virtual map unveiled this week provides a comprehensive and precise look at the risk of flooding across America... Read More

A new virtual map unveiled this week provides a comprehensive and precise look at the risk of flooding across America through a free online tool called Flood Factor. The website, developed by the First Street Foundation, a non-profit research and... Read More

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