Disaster Management

FEMA Chief Says Her Top Priority Is to Ensure the Agency has Adequate Staffing for Upcoming Emergencies

Employees and managers alike continue to warn lawmakers about the impact that growing demands will have on the agency's ability to respond to disasters.

House Approves Massive $31 Billion 'Ike Dike' Project to Protect Texas Coast from Hurricanes

The U.S. House voted to authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning for the massive coastal barrier project in Galveston Bay, but funding is not yet secured. The largest civil engineering project in U.S. history would permanently alter the Texas coast.

DOE Shares the Playbook for Energy Emergencies

The Energy Emergency Response Playbook for States and Territories is designed to help state officials respond to threats to the energy infrastructure from cyberattacks, man-made damage and weather-related incidents like drought, flooding, storms, extreme heat or earthquakes.

Data Collection Features in a New Bill Targeting Equity at FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Advancement of Equity Act would instruct the disaster response to improve its data collection systems to help identify inequities in its distribution of federal assistance.

Feds Say Texas Discriminated against Communities of Color when It Denied Houston Flood Aid

Land Commissioner George P. Bush is in the middle of a fierce runoff in the Republican primary for Texas attorney general against incumbent Ken Paxton. During the race, several of Bush’s opponents have criticized his office’s work in distributing Hurricane Harvey relief funds.

GovExec Daily: Fauci's 'All-of-Government' Pandemic Approach

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the President and NIAID chief, joins Courtney Bublé on the podcast to discuss prep for the next crisis.

GovExec Daily: Securing FEMA Networks

Dr. Gregory Edwards, FEMA’s Chief Information Security Officer, joins the podcast to discuss innovation and technology at his agency.

FAA Suggests Steps to Improve Aviation Safety in Alaska. Some Experts Say They’re Not Enough.

In a recently released report, the FAA recommended safety measures to address Alaska’s high share of aircraft accidents. The report, which contains few new initiatives or calls for funding, falls short of what’s needed, according to experts.

FEMA's Deanne Criswell Talks Following Your Gut and the Agency’s Focus on Equity in Disaster Response

The first woman in the agency’s top job said FEMA has to make sure it’s helping those who face barriers navigate bureaucracy.

COVID Hits Wildfire Fighters Even Harder Than Last Year

At least 421 U.S. Forest Service fire personnel tested positive for COVID-19 this year.

HUD Cuts ‘Red Tape’ for Hurricane Ida Victims

Department announces a package of 27 administrative and regulatory waivers.

Why People Resist Disaster Preparedness Spending

Some people may oppose disaster preparedness spending because it "only seems worthwhile to those personally affected by extreme weather events."

California, Louisiana Receive Outside Help to Support Natural Disaster Response

Both states have units deployed that would otherwise be helping in their efforts.

OPM Issues Guidance on Weather Leave in Age of Telework, Disasters

As the remnants of Hurricane Ida created disruptions throughout the eastern United States, the Office of Personnel Management highlighted how workplace flexibilities can mesh with the federal government’s current maximum telework posture.

FEMA and Other Federal Agencies Respond to Storm Henri 

The emergency assistance agency is also helping Tennessee following the massive floods. 

Analysis: As Colorado River Basin States Confront Water Shortages, It’s Time to Focus on Reducing Demand

A long-expected federal drought declaration underlines how serious the Colorado River water shortage has become for Western states.

Senate-Approved Infrastructure Bill Would Raise Wildland Firefighter Pay

The bill also would increase the number of full-time federal firefighters.