WV residents in flood-prone areas urged to work with county governments for mitigation grants

BY: - November 29, 2023

West Virginians living in areas that are at risk for flooding or other natural disasters are being urged by the state Emergency Management Department to work with their local governments to apply for federal hazard mitigation grant funds. The grants are available through the Federal Emergency Management Association and were created to help localities invest […]

Few Kanawha flood victims had flood insurance, official says 

BY: - October 15, 2023

Of the families in eastern Kanawha County that filled out a damage survey following a late August flood, only 9% had flood insurance, a county official told state lawmakers Sunday. The flash floods were brought on by several inches of rain that fell Aug. 28 and during the weekend before, slamming several eastern Kanawha County […]

Homes and businesses destroyed by wildfire are seen on August 14, 2023 in Lahaina, Hawaii.

FEMA’s disaster relief fund is running low on cash. What happens now?

BY: - August 21, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund is in desperate need of cash, with the agency projecting at least a $4 billion deficit in the weeks ahead — even as the government responds to devastating fires in Hawaii and hurricane season continues. FEMA, however, won’t simply stop the response and recovery activities […]

Joe Biden sits at his desk with one hand on his chin, covering his mouth, and the other on his desk as he looks at a piece of paper.

Biden asks Congress for $40B for Ukraine aid, U.S. disaster response, border security

BY: - August 10, 2023

WASHINGTON —  The Biden administration is asking Congress to approve more than $40 billion in additional spending for Ukraine, border security, FEMA’s disaster response and wildland firefighters pay. The supplemental spending request comes in the middle of Congress’ annual August recess, giving lawmakers weeks to mull over the proposal for additional spending before returning to […]

The wreckage o a car teeters on a buckled roadway in Matlacha, Florida.

FEMA disaster relief fund faces August shortfall as feds scramble to find cash

BY: - July 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund is on track to run out of money as soon as next month, though the agency’s administrator told Congress on Thursday that she’s working with the White House to find a solution. “Our current projections on the disaster relief fund is that we will go […]