Tag: Federal Emergency Management Agency

As Tropical Storm Barry Strengthens, FEMA Is Already Stretched Thin

WASHINGTON — Three years of crushing natural disasters have left the Federal Emergency Management Agency with even fewer staff available than usual, potentially straining the agency’s ability to help victims of Tropical Storm Barry. Less than one-quarter of FEMA’s trained disaster work force of 13,654 people is available to be deployed to Barry or any […]

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As Floods Keep Coming, Cities Pay Residents to Move

NASHVILLE — Jonna Laidlaw was terrorized by rain. Her house, with its lovely screened-in back porch, had flooded some 20 times since 2001, from a few inches to six feet. She and her husband would do their repairs with help from their flood insurance, but before long it would flood again. “Every time it sprinkled […]

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With More Storms and Rising Seas, Which U.S. Cities Should Be Saved First?

WASHINGTON — As disaster costs keep rising nationwide, a troubling new debate has become urgent: If there’s not enough money to protect every coastal community from the effects of human-caused global warming, how should we decide which ones to save first? After three years of brutal flooding and hurricanes in the United States, there is […]

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Even as Floods Worsen With Climate Change, Fewer People Insure Against Disaster

WASHINGTON — Despite years of devastating flooding and hurricanes, the number of Americans with flood insurance remains well below its level a decade ago, undermining the nation’s ability to cope with disasters just as climate change makes them more frequent and severe. In some of the states hardest-hit by the recent brutal flooding in the […]

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