June 10, 2013 5:38 PM
IBERVILLE PARISH- New FEMA flood maps add more than a thousand people in Iberville Parish to flood zones.
Folks living the Bayou Sorrell and Bayou Pigeon areas were added to the flood maps. Residents received a letter in the mail notifying them of the revisions, and some weren't happy.... more »
May 22, 2013 5:53 PM
LIVINGSTON - New homeowners may have to dig deep into their wallets to cover the costs of flood insurance.
The new insurance prices come after the Biggert-Waters Reform Act was passed in 2012, to phase out current subsidized insurance rates and help bring the federal flood insurance program out... more »
May 21, 2013 3:05 PM
WASHINGTON - Top lawmakers and officials say the federal government has plenty of money on hand to pay for recovery efforts in the devastating tornado that struck Oklahoma. The government has more than $11 billion in its main disaster relief fund. Recovery costs in Moore, Okla., are expected to be... more »
May 21, 2013 9:30 AM
WASHINGTON - President Obama says he is instructing his disaster response team to get tornado victims in Oklahoma everything they need "right away."
Obama calls the devastation that tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs, quote, "one of the most destructive tornados in history," even though he said the extent... more »
May 21, 2013 7:20 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will be meeting with his disaster response team, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, before delivering a statement on the devastating tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday. Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and... more »
April 3, 2013 10:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- Trouble with federal hurricane relief money could mean Louisiana's budget woes are even worse.
An audit found Road Home money, handed out after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, may have been misspent.
According to reports, the money was required to be spent on things like... more »
March 28, 2013 6:28 PM
LAPLACE - Homeowners in St. John the Baptist Parish are concerned new FEMA flood maps will send flood insurance rates up 25 percent each year.
The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act signed into law by President Obama last year allows rates to increase on certain properties in flood zones... more »
March 25, 2013 5:56 PM
LIVINGSTON- Help in congress could make it easier for Livingston Parish to make an appeal against the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
This involves $62 million for hurricane clean up after Gustav.
The parish has disputed for almost four years.
Senator Mary Landrieu and Congressman Bill Cassidy, drafted... more »
February 28, 2013 9:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - St. John the Baptist Parish will get a $1.5 million federal grant to reimburse the cost of repairing sewer and storm pumps damaged by slow-moving Hurricane Isaac. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the money is part of the nearly $215.6 million in total public assistance recovery... more »
February 25, 2013 7:57 AM
LIVINGSTON - U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy says the Federal Emergency Management Agency should reopen an appeal by Livingston Parish that asks the agency to pay for debris removal from Hurricane Gustav. In a letter to FEMA, Cassidy say evidence suggests the agency may have wrongly decided how much it would... more »
February 21, 2013 7:31 AM
NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu says $6 million in disaster recovery grants related to Hurricanes Isaac and Katrina are heading to Louisiana. Landrieu says the funds are provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance Program. Landrieu said Wednesday that $3.7 million will go to the... more »
February 18, 2013 5:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal asked FEMA today to expedite a disaster declaration after statewide flooding last month.
Jindal sent a letter requesting the declaration to the federal government, saying Louisiana saw more than $6.5 million in damage from the widespread floods between Jan. 8 and 17.
... more »
February 4, 2013 2:23 PM
POINTE A LA HACHE - Plaquemines Parish will receive nearly $1.3 million from the federal government to help fix roads damaged by Hurricane Isaac. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday the $1,280,209 grant, is part of the $195.5 million in total public assistance recovery dollars approved for the state... more »
January 15, 2013 10:35 AM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Emergency officials asked Livingston Parish residents to take time from their cleanup efforts and call in any water damage they received from recent flooding.
The parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness needs the information to apply for any public assistance that could be made... more »
January 11, 2013 6:55 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A veteran FEMA employee has been named the agency's regional administrator for Louisiana and four other states.
Tony Robinson already was serving as FEMA's Region 6 acting administrator before the agency announced his appointment Thursday.
Robinson has worked for FEMA since 1987. FEMA Administrator Craig... more »
January 9, 2013 6:58 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending $7.4 million to Louisiana in Hurricane Isaac recovery funds to help impacted families with additional household and education needs and more.
The FEMA dollars are going to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services for a Disaster Case... more »
December 10, 2012 8:47 AM
HOUMA - More structures in Terrebonne Parish will get a boost above future storm surges with another wave of federal grants.
About $3 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency money will be used to elevate 11 homes and one commercial building in Terrebonne Parish.
The money comes from... more »
November 27, 2012 10:01 PM
BATON ROUGE- People recovering from Hurricane Isaac can try to get more help from FEMA. The agency said Tuesday it has more assistance available.
$530,000 has been added to the relief money for thousands of storm victims. FEMA also said it is making follow-up calls and some home visits.... more »
November 14, 2012 6:00 PM
BATON ROUGE- You can get free help from FEMA for the next two weeks for help with any rebuilding plans due to Hurricane Isaac.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up three hazard mitigation stations across South Louisiana. There, advisors will answer questions for things like roof repair,... more »
November 14, 2012 7:25 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $116 million in individual aid for Louisiana homeowners and renters who experienced damage from Hurricane Isaac.
Nearly 32,000 people have received housing assistance, which totals $95 million. Another $21 million has been provided for other types of individual... more »
November 3, 2012 10:12 AM
NEW YORK- People here recovering from Superstorm Sandy will receive free gas, on the Federal Government's dime.
Gasoline will be distributed with a 10-gallon per-person limit.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday morning that the U.S. Department of Defense will set up emergency mobile fuel stations around... more »
November 1, 2012 10:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal reacted to the government's fast action in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
FEMA agreed to reimburse New York and New Jersey for the full cost of emergency public transportation and power restoration.
But in Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal asked for the same... more »
October 31, 2012 12:34 PM
WASHINGTON - President Obama is paying a visit to Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters ahead of his trip to New Jersey to see the damage done by superstorm Sandy. Obama took a motorcade to FEMA's offices to meet with agency chiefs before a planned flight to Atlantic City, N.J., to... more »
October 31, 2012 12:24 PM
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney is making it clear that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has a role to play in dealing with events like Hurricane Sandy. In a statement released by his campaign today, he says FEMA "plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for... more »
October 22, 2012 10:27 AM
NEW ROADS - FEMA workers opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Pointe Coupee Parish this morning to help people there file for help dealing with damage caused by Hurricane Isaac.
The center opens at 11 a.m. today at the Scott Civic Center in New Roads, with regular hours of... more »
October 17, 2012 7:10 AM
LIVINGSTON - The disaster recovery centers opened in Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes in the wake of Hurricane Isaac will all close this week.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the number of people applying for aid has slowed to a trickle in the two parishes.
Officials in both... more »
October 15, 2012 5:38 PM
PORT ALLEN- People in West Baton Rouge Parish can now get some help applying for federal assistance because of Hurricane Isaac.
Kelly Prejean is one of the many people who came out today to the West Baton Rouge Parish Community Center in Port Allen, applying for FEMA assistance.
... more »
October 15, 2012 10:22 AM
PORT ALLEN - A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open today through Thursday in West Baton Rouge Parish.
The center will open at 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. to help homeowners, renters and business owners with uninsured or underinsured damage to their home or personal property during Hurrincane Issac.... more »
October 12, 2012 2:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents displaced by Hurricane Isaac are getting an extra two weeks to stay in hotels and motels on the government's dime. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday that it has approved a third extension to its Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which allows for FEMA to... more »
October 10, 2012 9:30 AM
BATON ROUGE - Homeowners and renters have received $101 million in individual aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency since Hurricane Isaac.
More than 29,000 people have received housing assistance, which totals $83 million. Another $18 million has been provided for other types of individual assistance, according to FEMA.... more »
October 2, 2012 2:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is extending federal disaster aid in eight parishes to include supplemental funding for infrastructure repairs in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.
Eligible applicants in Catahoula, Franklin, Lafayette, Morehouse, St. Landry, St. Martin, Union and Vermilion parishes can now apply for FEMA... more »
September 28, 2012 9:53 PM
Livingston Parish - Maurepas will get it's own Disaster Recovery Center starting tomorrow. Set up start Friday afternoon at the American Legion on HWY 22.
News 2 first broke the story that people living in the southern part of Livingston Parish felt abandoned after Hurricane Isaac sent floodwaters into... more »
September 27, 2012 12:40 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge gave his final approval Thursday to a $42.6 million class-action settlement between companies that made and installed government-issued trailers after hurricanes in 2005 and Gulf Coast storm victims who claim they were exposed to hazardous fumes while living in the shelters. U.S. District Judge... more »
September 26, 2012 10:37 AM
LIVINGSTON - The parish president said a disaster declaration for Livingston Parish has been extended for another month.
Residents in the lower portion of the parish saw extensive flooding after Hurricane Isaac passed through southern Louisiana.
Parish President Layton Ricks said FEMA is working with parish officials to... more »
September 24, 2012 2:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - People applying for disaster food aid in East Baton Rouge Parish have fewer days to do so than other parishes.
According to the Department of Children and Family Services, DSNAP locations in the parish will only be open for five days this week. Other parishes have... more »
September 19, 2012 10:38 PM
MAUREPAS - People here say they feel forgotten. Isaac flooded their homes and businesses now they claim FEMA is leaving them high and dry.
The feds have denied disaster claims for some people who live in Maurepas. Michelle Posey was one of them.
"What can you do when... more »
September 14, 2012 3:05 PM
BATON ROUGE- At the request of the State of Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Individual Assistance for three additional Louisiana parishes affected by Hurricane Isaac
Residents of East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana and West Feliciana parishes who suffered damages are now eligible for FEMA assistance.
... more »
September 12, 2012 3:08 PM
GONZALES - The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.
The DRC is located in the banquet room on the second floor of Arena D, above the main office. It will be open seven days a week, 8 a.m. till 6 p.m. until further... more »
September 12, 2012 2:40 PM
NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans will receive $27.3 million in grants from the federal government to help cover some of the city's costs related to Hurricane Isaac. The grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were announced Wednesday in a joint news release by Sen. Mary Landrieu, Rep. Cedric Richmond and... more »
September 8, 2012 6:53 PM
LIVINGSTON- In Livingston Parish, hundreds are looking for help at the Disaster Recovery Center.
It's now open seven days a week 8am - 6pm and located in a shopping center just north of the Satsuma exit off I-12.
You may have to wait your turn, but most say... more »
September 7, 2012 6:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - FEMA has added Iberville and St. Mary parishes to the list of Louisiana parishes approved for individual assistance grants after Hurricane Isaac. State emergency officials announced the addition Friday. Eighteen parishes are now included in the program that allows residents and business owners to apply for grants... more »
September 7, 2012 5:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - Today FEMA spent the day assessing hurricane damage in East Baton Rouge and St. Martin parish to determine if people can get individual assistance.
The teams will survey conditions and present a report to Washington and Governor Bobby Jindal. The governor could then officially request individual... more »
September 7, 2012 4:05 PM
SATSUMA - FEMA has opened its doors to residents in Livingston Parish today.
A disaster relief center to help people apply for federal aid will be open seven days a week in the shopping center just north of the I-12 Satsuma exit from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. People... more »
September 7, 2012 11:35 AM
SATSUMA - People who need help with disaster assistance in Livingston Parish can visit a new FEMA center which opened this morning.
The center is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the shopping center just north of the I-12 Satsuma exit. After Saturday, the center will stay... more »
September 7, 2012 11:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - Red Cross chapters and food banks across Louisiana have been busy helping people out after Hurricane Isaac, and now they're asking for help as well.
FEMA said the organizations are asking for donations to help replenish supplies they've used giving relief to people affected by the... more »
September 7, 2012 11:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - Assessment teams from FEMA are in East Baton Rouge and St. Martin parishes today, looking at damage to see if it qualifies the parish for inidividual federal aid.
The teams will survey conditions and damage left behind from Hurricane Isaac, according to FEMA, and present a... more »
September 6, 2012 2:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - FEMA approved five more south Louisiana parishes for individual assistance today in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, according to state emergency officials.
Residents in Assumption, St. Helena, St. James, Terrebonne and Washington parishes are now eligible for federal assistance to cover uninsured damages from the stormor... more »
September 5, 2012 10:20 PM
FRENCH SETTLEMENT- People filled a room, looking for answers to their recovery from Hurricane Isaac.
Congressman Bill Cassidy joined FEMA reps for a town hall meeting.
"Most of my concern was about the MRE's and stuff," said Brandy Vance. "If there are MRE's...that will be a big help.... more »
September 5, 2012 1:40 PM
LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said today it could take a few more days to complete plans for debris removal after Hurricane Isaac.
Ricks told News 2 it's taking some time because the parish is trying to avoid many of the problems they faced after Hurricane Gustav... more »
September 5, 2012 1:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - Tangipahoa has been added to the list of parishes eligible for individual FEMA disaster assistance.
Governor Bobby Jindal made the announcement this morning.
A total of 11 parishes in South Louisiana, including Livingston and Ascension, are now eligible for individual assistance. FEMA says $10 million... more »
September 4, 2012 9:23 PM
ASSUMPTION - Disaster experts from FEMA toured the parish Tuesday, looking at the devastation. What they found will be used to determine if Assumption Parish should be added to the list of declared disaster areas in Louisiana.
Currently, 10 parishes are on that list, which qualifies people for special... more »
September 4, 2012 4:44 PM
LIVINGSTON - In an effort to speed up the recovery process and FEMA assessment following Tropical Storm Isaac, Livingston Parish has established a Hurricane Disaster Recovery Team.
Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks is asking all families whose property was damaged by Isaac to call the hotline at 225-686-3996. Callers... more »
September 4, 2012 2:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - St. Charles Parish has been added to the list of Louisiana parishes with heavy damage from Hurricane Isaac approved by FEMA for individual assistance grants. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced the addition Tuesday. FEMA's approval of St. Charles Parish brings the number of parishes to 10 where... more »
September 3, 2012 9:37 PM
BATON ROUGE- FEMA activated its Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which allows people to receive help paying for hotels or motels after Hurricane Isaac.
"Transitional Sheltering Assistance offers survivors temporary accommodations until other housing options can be identified and put in place," said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Hall.
"We... more »
September 3, 2012 10:29 AM
NEW ORLEANS - People living in Louisiana parishes or Mississippi counties approved for individual aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and who have lost work because of the storm are eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. In Louisiana, the parishes are Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St.... more »
August 31, 2012 6:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says people in five Louisiana parishes can apply for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and to cover uninsured property losses from Hurricane Isaac. FEMA says the major disaster declaration for Louisiana was amended Friday to allow individual aid in Jefferson,... more »
August 27, 2012 4:13 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in Louisiana as that state prepares for Tropical Storm Isaac. The White House said Obama informed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal of the emergency declaration in a phone call Monday. The declaration makes federal funding available for emergency activities related... more »
August 26, 2012 3:27 PM
WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama has told the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate closely with officials in states and localities in the path of tropical storm Isaac. Obama also has told the governor of Florida that federal officials are prepared to help ensure the safety... more »
June 29, 2012 5:36 AM
NEW ORLEANS - FEMA is spending $8.4 million on making a hospital in eastern New Orleans safer should a hurricane hit it.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., announced Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will be spent on the new facility.
With the money, the east... more »
June 11, 2012 11:50 AM
HOLDEN - Livingston Parish Deputies arrested two men last week for stealing power cords from FEMA trailers near Holden to get the copper inside.
Deputies arrested Colt Anthony Pittman, 27, of Springfield and James A. Hood, 23, of Holden on burglary and theft charges.
Investigators said the men... more »
June 6, 2012 2:37 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says nearly $8 million in consolidated funding has been set aside for the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, allowing the private, nonprofit to expand its current facility built on higher ground after the old facility was destroyed by... more »
May 30, 2012 3:42 PM
NEW ORLEANS - An expanded class-action settlement agreement calls for around two dozen companies that manufactured trailers distributed by the government after hurricanes Katrina and Rita to pay a total of $37.5 million to resolve claims that Gulf Coast residents were exposed to dangerous fumes while living in them. The... more »
May 25, 2012 7:36 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing another $9.2 million to help southeast Louisiana recover from Hurricane Katrina. St. Bernard Parish is getting back $1.4 million spent to demolish and remove thousands of houses that couldn't be repaired after the 2005 storm. The largest grants are $3.3... more »
May 24, 2012 6:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - New flood maps released today from FEMA mean some people in East Baton Rouge Parish will have to get flood insurance for the first time.
Jamie Heidelberg and her husband are one such family. They moved to the Westminster neighborhood a year ago, and thought they... more »
May 22, 2012 7:34 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has come up with $103,000 to help replace contents of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court damaged during Hurricane Katrina. Following the 2005 storm, the basement of the courthouse flooded, destroying the contents of court offices, including the Judicial Administration Office which... more »
April 27, 2012 8:03 AM
LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council has voted to set a deadline of July 31 for making yet another appeal to FEMA. The council is seeking payment of about $54 million in disputed costs incurred during debris cleanup following Hurricane Gustav. The council instructed attorney Shelby Easterly, retained by the... more »
April 17, 2012 4:27 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Nearly two dozen companies that manufactured government-issued trailers for storm victims after Hurricane Katrina have agreed to pay more than $14 million in a class-action settlement of claims the temporary shelters exposed occupants to hazardous fumes. Plaintiffs' attorney Gerald Meunier said Tuesday that the proposed settlement could... more »
March 22, 2012 8:16 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A LaPlace woman has been charged with fraudulently receiving more than $28,000 in federal aid following Hurricane Gustav in 2008. A court filing Tuesday charges 33-year-old Shanette Raquell Kennard with one count of theft of government funds. She faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison... more »
February 27, 2012 8:34 AM
LIVINGSTON - Contractors that have gone largely unpaid for their work in the cleanup of Livingston Parish after Hurricane Gustav question whether the parish will be able to find companies to clean up after the next storm. The new parish president tells The Advocate that question is a concern for... more »
February 23, 2012 2:20 PM
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans area parishes will receive more than $46 million in disaster recovery grants for Hurricane Katrina damage. Sen. Mary Landrieu's office announced the grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They include $22.8 million for the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office to cover emergency measures before,... more »
February 17, 2012 11:23 AM
GRETNA- Federal officials have rejected Jefferson Parish's appeal of the refusal to cancel $55 million in disaster loans the parish received after Hurricane Katrina. The Times-Picayune reports Parish President John Young says Jefferson will consider its options for further action. But the letter from Elizabeth Zimmerman, deputy associate director of... more »
February 8, 2012 9:38 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is implementing a plan to waive debts for thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters. An aide to Sen. Mary Landrieu who has been briefed by FEMA said the agency will mail out roughly 90,000 letters next week to inform... more »
December 8, 2011 3:55 PM
NEW ORLEANS - More roads damaged by flooding during Hurricane Katrina are going to get new paving. On Thursday, city officials announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving the city $52 million to fix roads in five neighborhoods that flooded after levees broke in August 2005. The announcement... more »
November 18, 2011 11:58 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. - Local government agencies, school districts and nonprofit organizations seeking FEMA disaster aid to help cover emergency work and damage repair from Tropical Storm Lee have one more week to submit their requests.
FEMA said Friday that the deadline to apply is Nov. 27.
Public... more »
September 20, 2011 5:19 PM
LACOUR - Heavy machines picked up and hauled away flood debris that has been sitting in piles along the road near Old River for months.
The trash is what was left behind when camp owners gutted their homes after nearly 20-feet of water flooded the Old River area in... more »
September 12, 2011 2:54 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Southern University at New Orleans has received $20 million from FEMA to help pay for buildings on its two campuses.
About $12 million will help underwrite construction of four academic buildings on the main campus: the Millie M. Charles School of Social Work, the College of... more »
September 12, 2011 1:10 PM
WASHINGTON - A top Republican leader has announced that the House will quickly advance President Barack Obama's request for emergency aid for victims of recent natural disasters like Hurricane Irene.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the president's request for immediate funds needed to avoid a cutoff of emergency help... more »
September 10, 2011 9:47 AM
NEW ORLEANS- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded more than $11 million to pay for the elevation of 77 homes in Jefferson Parish.
FEMA says the homes to be raised are in areas that repeatedly flood. The money comes from FEMA's Severe Repetitive Loss program.
The homes... more »
September 7, 2011 5:21 PM
LIVINGSTON - Crews from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are driving through flood waters looking for flood damaged homes.
They've searched and documented neighborhoods from Springfield to Maurepas. Hundreds of properties made the list which will be cross referenced with FEMA once the federal agency... more »
June 1, 2011 10:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- FEMA is asking for 10-percent of the money back that it doled out during the 2005 hurricane season. FEMA wrote checks to thousands in Louisiana after the storms in 2005.
The government organization passed out $7 billion to residents in Louisiana after the storms in 2005, and... more »
June 1, 2011 4:47 AM
MIAMI- Hurricane season has begun. The six-month Atlantic hurricane season started today and continues through Nov. 30. Federal forecasters say they expect three to six major hurricanes from an above-average storm season. Last year was the third-most active season on record, with 19 named storms, 12 of which became hurricanes.... more »
June 1, 2011 4:42 AM
NEW ORLEANS- Nearly six years after Hurricane Katrina drowned New Orleans in misery, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is reminding storm victims why they cursed the agency for its sluggish response to the disaster. As a new hurricane season begins Wednesday, FEMA is working on a long-delayed push to determine... more »
May 30, 2011 11:32 AM
JOPLIN, Mo. - Some of the people left temporarily homeless by the Joplin tornado could be placed in housing nearly an hour's drive from town.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency told The Associated Press on Monday that its first option for housing the thousands of displaced is to find... more »
May 26, 2011 8:38 AM
HOUMA- The Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government says private work crews in the Gibson area have been telling elderly residents they have to sandbag their homes to get federal disaster relief. A statement on the government's website says that's false, and people should call the sheriff's office if they're approached by... more »
May 19, 2011 6:18 PM
LIVINGSTON- FEMA has refused an appeal involving $46 million dollars worth of debris removal in Livingston Parish. The work centered on clean streams and canals after Hurricane Gustav.
A report from FEMA cited numerous problems with contractors hired to oversee the work, picking up debris ineligible for FEMA reimbursement... more »
May 1, 2011 12:57 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Fines of $800 a month kicked in Sunday for more than 350 Louisiana families still living in FEMA trailers.
The Times-Picayune reports 40 percent of the stragglers are located in New Orleans, where city officials continue their push to levy additional fines against residents who haven't managed... more »
April 19, 2011 11:40 AM
ATLANTA, GA - Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate says local emergency management officials will be challenged to educate thousands of newly elected public officials this hurricane season on balancing the necessity of protecting the public against the uncertainty of storms that could impact their economies.
Fugate says... more »
April 17, 2011 9:12 AM
ABITA SPRINGS - This St. Tammany Parish town says it should not have to pay back more than $3.5 million to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for work auditors said was improperly contracted after Hurricane Katrina. The town sent a letter to FEMA last month arguing that it should not... more »
March 16, 2011 12:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state Inspector General's Office released a report today that claims a Baker church and drug treatment facility scammed the federal government out of more than $750,000.
According to the report Ricky Sinclair and the Miracle Place Church of Baker, as well its All The Way... more »
March 13, 2011 10:57 AM
THIBODAUX, La.- Lafourche Parish officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency is reconsidering a levee policy that would create higher flood-insurance rates and elevation requirements.
FEMA won't acknowledge some Lafourche levees exist because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says they are too low for hurricane protection.
FEMA... more »