Disaster Management

Tropical Storm Imelda Left 5 Dead in Texas and Many Flooded. Will FEMA Aid Come Next?

While Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency for Tropical Storm Imelda, it does not qualify individuals for financial assistance. That will have to come from FEMA.

HHS Lacked Adequate Staffing in 2017 Hurricane Responses, Watchdog Finds

Coordination with other agencies and patient tracking were also problems.

FEMA Officials Charged With Bribery Over Puerto Rico Power Contracts

A 15-count federal indictment accuses two former FEMA officials and a contractor with bribery, fraud and other offenses related to disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017.

Agencies Offer Accommodations for Feds Affected by Hurricane Dorian

The Office of Personnel Management reminds agencies of options for federal employees in Dorian’s path.

FEMA Officials Confident About Dorian Response Despite Shortage of 2,000 Reserve Workers

The agency has deployed roughly 1,500 employees to prepare for the hurricane’s possible landfall.

Despite Outrage, Moving Money from FEMA to ICE Is Unlikely to Affect Hurricane Response

The transfer could spur Congress to cut off the Homeland Security secretary's spending flexibility, however, which could have long-term impact.

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Improve Federal-State-Local Coordination

Bipartisan bill would create an updated version of a former intergovernmental commission.

Senate Panel Advances Merit Board, FEMA Administrator Nominees

The federal employee appeals board may soon have a quorum for the first time in 2.5 years.

Why Good Census Numbers Are Vital To Hurricane Recovery

Researchers have four reccomendations for community leaders counting on accurate statistics about their populations in the wake of natural disasters.

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Did FEMA Shortchange Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria?

The federal response to hurricanes Harvey and Irma was faster and more generous than the help sent to Puerto Rico in preparation for and in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, a new study shows.

Better Forest Management Won’t End Wildfires, But It Can Reduce The Risks – Here’s How

Forest management is not a cure-all for wildfires, although it can help reduce the chances of massive burns. Making this happen will require broad collaborative efforts and more money.