ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the flooding in the Midwest (all times local):
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says President Donald Trump has granted her request for an expedited...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is asking President Donald Trump's administration to make federal assistance available for government efforts to address recent flooding and storms,...
Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released personal data of victims
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires,...
Reimbursement for W.Va. temporary classrooms announced
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia school district is in line to receive more than $1 million through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance program for temporary...
King: Katrina victims only asked for help, unlike Iowans
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Steve King says he was told that victims of Hurricane Katrina only asked for help, unlike people in his home state of Iowa, who "take care of each other."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday following flooding that left several people stranded and continues to cause damage and strain levees in...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local):
Figures compiled by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency put damage statewide from recent...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans who need housing, tools or other assistance to recover from this month's flooding can now post a request on a new state website .
2 more Kansas counties added to disaster declaration
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Division of Emergency Management says it has been notified that two more counties have been added to a federal disaster declaration for Kansas.
Moderate earthquake hits Turkey; 3 people injured
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A moderately-strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit southwestern Turkey on Wednesday, Turkish authorities said. At least three people sustained minor...
Nebraska files expedited request for disaster assistance
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has submitted an expedited request to the federal government for disaster assistance in the wake of historic flooding in the state.
Homes flood as Missouri River overtops, breaches levees
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said...
West Virginia statewide tornado drill is Tuesday
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials are asking West Virginia families, businesses, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and government agencies to use a statewide tornado test alert to simulate the...
Homes flood as Missouri River overtops, breaches levees
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of homes have flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said...
At FEMA office, federal workers say they’re here to help
EAGLE RIVER, Alaska (AP) — At a small office in an Eagle River church, nearly a dozen federal employees are working to both mitigate problems and manage expectations of those seeking help after...
The Latest: Nigeria calls off search at collapsed school
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria school building collapse (all times local):
A Nigerian official says search efforts have been halted a day after a school building...
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria building collapse (all times local):
A Nigerian emergency official says eight people are dead in a collapsed school building and...
- Aiken StandardMatthews honored as Palmetto State's Emergency Management Director of the YearMarch 23, 2019
- The Washington TimesMissouri River flooding forces more towns to evacuateMarch 22, 2019
- Columbus TelegramPlatte County as of Thursday not on federal disaster aid listMarch 22, 2019
- Columbus TelegramTrump approves Nebraska for federal disaster aidMarch 22, 2019
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts has issued an emergency declaration in preparation for an impending winter storm in western Nebraska and anticipated flooding in other parts of the...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are scheduled to conduct preliminary damage assessments in 54 Tennessee counties affected by flooding caused by a deluge in...
Sununu picks Quinn, Plummer to lead safety department
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has made his picks to lead the New Hampshire Department of Safety.
Sununu announced Tuesday that he will nominate Bob Quinn to serve as the...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state of emergency has been declared in 20 Ohio counties damaged by flooding last month.
Republican Gov. Mike DeWine declared the emergency status in the affected...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government has rejected $306 million in reimbursements for California's repair of damaged spillways on the nation's tallest dam, a state agency said...
Woman gets 1 year, 1 months for FEMA fraud
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been sentenced to one year and three months in prison for lying on an application seeking disaster relief benefits following Hurricane Irma.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After a slow start, wintry weather has walloped Oregon, with the snowpack surpassing the norm by as much as 160 percent in some parts of the state and Gov. Kate Brown declaring...
West Virginia to receive $1.4M in federal funds to fix roads
NEW MARTINSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — The federal government has provided $1.4 million to repair West Virginia roads that were damaged in storms last spring.
Illinois officials gear up for southern Illinois flooding
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials staffing the state Emergency Operations Center in Springfield will be monitoring flooding in southern Illinois and will prepare to deploy assistance should local...
Pritzker joins governors council to advise federal officials
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been appointed to the Council of Governors to advise the federal government on national security, disaster relief and the National...
Kentucky governor declares state of emergency after storms
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Heavy rainfall and extensive flooding have prompted Kentucky's Republican governor to declare a state of emergency.
Gov. Kelly issues disaster declaration ahead of winter storm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly has declared a disaster emergency in anticipation of a winter storm forecast to bring blizzard conditions to parts of the state Saturday.
NYC to pay back over $5 million in Superstorm Sandy funds
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has reached a tentative settlement to pay back $5.3 million obtained through fraudulent claims to the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Superstorm...
NYC reaches $5.3M settlement over Sandy FEMA funds
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has reached a $5.3 million settlement over charges it improperly billed the Federal Emergency Management Agency for damage to city vehicles caused by Superstorm...
Gov. Baker names new Emergency Management Agency director
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named a new head of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
Samantha Phillips will take over from outgoing MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz as head of...
Storm-lashed South Carolina reassesses global warming’s role
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest disasters would be wind and surge rolling over his county's beaches, South Carolina's top tourist destination.
Instead, his worries have shifted inland, where rivers overflowing their banks have caused two massive floods in three years.
Trump picks former Alabama official to lead FEMA
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will nominate a former Alabama official to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Jeffrey Byard held several positions with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency before he joined FEMA in 2017 during the agency's response to Hurricanes Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida. Byard is currently the associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery.
California considers insurance to help with wildfire costs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California should get insurance to help cover taxpayers' costs in bad wildfire seasons, a solution that could help stem losses as climate change contributes to more...
West Virginia woman pleads guilty to taking disaster funds
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling thousands of dollars of disaster benefits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after heavy flooding more than two years ago.
The U.S. attorney's office says 57-year-old Pamela Taylor of Clay County on Tuesday admitted to falsely registering for benefits after the June 2016 flood there. Her home wasn't damaged and she was living in it but claimed it was damaged and she was staying in a rental unit.
Whitmer declares state of emergency in Ionia County
DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Ionia County to help it recover from recent flooding in Portland and other winter weather effects.
FEMA head Brock Long, investigated over vehicle use, resigns
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency resigned Wednesday after a two-year tenure in which he managed the response to historic wildfires and major hurricanes but was...
Power outages drop; state emergency declared in Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Grand Rapids, qualifying the city for additional assistance as it copes with power outages and cleans up from storms.
Whitmer says the declaration gives Grand Rapids additional resources beyond what it's already receiving from state agencies such as the emergency management division of the state police. Ice and fierce winds last week in western Michigan knocked down power lines and tree limbs.
Fire chief wants changes in wake of Las Vegas mass shooting
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Las Vegas-area fire chief who warned lawmakers months before a 2017 mass shooting at a music festival that Nevada should bolster its emergency management planning says he wants to bypass state lawmakers to get changes made.
Senate confirms 9 of governor’s cabinet nominees
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers have confirmed nine of the new governor's cabinet nominees.
The Senate Thursday overwhelmingly confirmed Democratic Gov. Janet Mills' picks to lead the state's financial, transportation, labor and economic development agencies.
Those lawmakers also confirmed the new heads of Maine's wildlife, marine resources, environmental protection, and emergency management agencies, as well as the Workers' Compensation Board.
Chicago crossing guards at corners despite closed schools
CHICAGO (AP) — Despite frigid temperatures that closed hundreds of Chicago public and private schools, city officials ordered crossing guards to report for duty.
A spokesman for the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications says the guards were called to work Wednesday in the event children who didn't know classes were cancelled were walking to school.
Stitt taps longtime cybersecurity expert for emergency post
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed a longtime cybersecurity expert as the state's new director of the Department of Emergency Management.
Stitt announced the hiring Tuesday of Mark Gower to lead the agency that coordinates the state's response and recovery from natural disasters and emergencies. Gower previously served as Oklahoma's chief information security officer responsible for protecting the state's data and computer infrastructure from cyber threats.
Shubuta recovering after December rains caused flooding
SHUBUTA, Miss. (AP) — Piles of water-logged furniture show that people are still working to recover from flooding in eastern Mississippi.
Mayor Cleveland Peebles says the 400-person town of Shubuta has had lots of help since heavy rains fell in December.
Peebles tells WTOK-TV that churches have sent volunteers to help people clean out and repair their damaged houses.
Flood recovery efforts stalled by government shutdown
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Progress on ongoing flood recovery efforts in Boulder and Larimer counties has stopped due to the federal government shutdown.
Elizabeth Warren pledges help during visit to Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren promised to help rebuild Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and support laws to give the U.S. territory equal treatment and debt relief as she condemned President Donald Trump during a visit Tuesday to the island, which has become an obligatory stop for potential and presidential candidates.
Governor names McCarty new South Carolina adjutant general
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is appointing a longtime deputy in the state's Military Department to be its new adjutant general.
McMaster said Thursday he wants Maj. Gen. R. Van McCarty to oversee the state's Army National Guard, Air National Guard, volunteer State Guard and the state's Emergency Management Division.
McCarty is a 1982 graduate of The Citadel and has a 36-year military career.
Former FEMA boss says border situation is not an emergency
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday that what's happening on the U.S. southern border is no emergency.
Craig Fugate, who ran the national disaster agency for nearly eight years under President Barack Obama and was head of Florida's disaster agency under a Republican governor, said the push of refugees seeking asylum on the border with Mexico is not a national emergency.