FEMA

Government, Safety

House Panel Advances FEMA Relief Bill

Building destroyed by wildfire in Oregon The Oregon Department of Forestry North Cascade District Office was destroyed by a wildfire in September in Lyons, Ore. (Rob Schumacher/Statesman-Journal via AP, Pool, File)

Legislation that would adjust the cost share of federal disaster assistance recently was approved by the House transportation committee.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 2, 2020
Government

House Democrats Press for FEMA Benefits

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is a co-sponsor of the bill. (Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg News)

Legislation that would adjust the cost share of federal disaster assistance recently was introduced by top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 18, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Experts Stress Teamwork in Response to Natural Disasters

Truck in La. in Hurricane Laura A truck is stopped near an I-10 sign in Lake Charles, La., on Aug. 27 after Hurricane Laura passed through. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

As Hurricane Laura was bearing down on the Gulf Coast, disaster preparedness experts discussed how communication and partnerships between the transportation sector and emergency management agencies are vital components of effective responses to natural disasters.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 27, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

House Lawmakers Examine FEMA’s Disaster Response Policies

Livestock trailer in Gilroy fire A livestock trailer drives along Canada Road as the Crews Fire burns near Gilroy, Calif., on July 5. (Noah Berger/AP)

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted several congressional transportation leaders to examine the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s ability to assist citizens during events that impede access to freight and passenger corridors.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 30, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Groups Propose Tweaks to FEMA Infrastructure Resilience Guidance

Road damage in N.C. People walk beside a damaged road surrounded by floodwaters after Hurricane Florence hit in Currie, N.C., in 2018. (Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg News)

Stakeholders largely supportive of a new disaster mitigation program at the Federal Emergency Management Agency call for tweaking aspects of its proposed guidance.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 18, 2020
Government

House Bill Directs Fed to Cover COVID-19 FEMA Costs

Woman riding in back of pickup truck A woman rides in the back of a pickup truck as cars line up for food at the Utah Food Bank's mobile food pantry April 20 in Orem, Utah. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)

A bill that would ensure the federal government cover the costs of COVID-19-related Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance under major disaster declarations was introduced by top House Democrats on May 1.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 8, 2020
Government, Safety

House Transportation Leader Urges Trump to Work With Congress

U.S. Capitol The Senate is expected to vote this week on an economic relief package that passed in the House of Representatives early Saturday morning. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump invokes the Stafford Act, which allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate a national response to the coronavirus pandemic. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 16, 2020
Government, Business

FEMA Official Touts Disaster Mitigation Program at US Chamber of Commerce

Street damage in Puerto Rico Post-storm damage in Utuado, Puerto Rico by Xavier Garcia/Bloomberg News.

WASHINGTON — A new disaster mitigation program enacted into law last year received a resounding endorsement from a Federal Emergency Management Agency official addressing executives at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on July 23.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 24, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Municipalities Tasked With Climate-Resilient Infrastructure, FEMA Says

Superstorm Sandy A man walks through floodwaters in Hoboken, N.J., on Oct. 30, 2012, after Superstorm Sandy. (Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg)

WASHINGTON — Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said although the agency takes into account rising seas when preparing for disasters, advancing resilient infrastructure projects begins at municipalities.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 17, 2018
Government, Business

Building Resilient Communities Best Way to Reduce Risk in Disasters, FEMA Chief Says

FEMA Administrator Brock Long FEMA Administrator Brock Long. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the extreme weather events that destroyed vital infrastructure this year in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands illustrate the need to build resilient communities.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 3, 2017