Tag: Federal Emergency Management Agency

In Houston, a Rash of Storms Tests the Limits of Coping With Climate Change

After Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, Houston jumped to the front of the pack in adapting to the threat of climate change. It passed tougher building codes, offered more buyouts for flood-prone homes and budgeted billions of dollars in new funding for flood control. It even poached a well-regarded urban planner from Los Angeles to […]

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Former FEMA Official Accused of Taking Bribes in Hurricane Maria Recovery

MIAMI — A former top administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was arrested on Tuesday in a major federal corruption investigation that found that the official took bribes from the president of a company that secured $1.8 billion in federal contracts to repair Puerto Rico’s shredded electrical grid after Hurricane Maria. Federal authorities arrested […]

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As Disasters Multiply, Billions in Recovery Funds Go Unspent

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is sitting on tens of billions of dollars in unspent recovery money meant to help Americans recover from disasters, leaving people less able to rebound from the effects of Hurricane Dorian and other storms. As of June 30, the government had spent less than one-third of the $107 billion provided […]

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Hurricane Dorian in Pictures

By The New York Times Aug. 30, 2019 [Here is the latest coverage on Hurricane Dorian as heads toward the United States.] The northern Bahamas were bashed by a hurricane of dreadful power, as severe flooding and winds reaching 180 miles per hour led to the deaths of at least five people and wrecked thousands […]

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The Lessons Florida Has Learned From Past Hurricanes

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida has survived so many major hurricanes that the lessons the state has learned the hard way could fill a textbook for disaster preparation and response. Perhaps no truth is more frightening than the fact that a storm need not reach Category 5 strength — or even strike land — […]

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Alert System Delays on Puerto Rico Raise Fears as Hurricane Dorian Skims Island

Even before Hurricane Dorian grazed Puerto Rico on Wednesday, some of the island’s emergency preparation systems had already fallen short despite a scramble to ready residents for disaster. Last year, federal and local emergency managers announced with fanfare that they had installed the first technologically advanced emergency alert siren downstream of the Guajataca Dam, the […]

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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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