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Deadly weekend storms disrupt Tax Day 2019

Two tornadoes struck the small East Texas town of Alto on Saturday, April 13. The National Weather Service confirmed on Sunday that the first was an EF-2 tornado and the second was an EF-3. Click image to see video from Disaster Compilations on YouTube. There are some things more important than taxes on April 15, 2019. Too many folks in the southern half of the United States are dealing with the loss of family and friends after a deadly weather system moved across that region over the wee...
Tags: National Weather Service, Taxes, Congress, White House, Alabama, United States, Iowa, Fema, Nebraska, Ira, Irs, East Texas, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, Internal Revenue Service


Florida Keys Housing Crisis Continues Eighteen Months After Hurricane Irma

Florida Keys Community Land Trust Featured as a Solution on PBS Segment Big Pine Key, FL – April 15, 2019 (PRNewswire) Eighteen months after Hurricane Irma devastated Florida and The Keys, the area still faces an acute shortage of affordable workforce housing.  PBS News Hour’s segment on the Florida Keys housing crisis featured the work of Maggie Whitcomb, founder of The Florida Keys Community Land Trust (FKCLT) as a solution. The segment can be found here. After the storm, teache...
Tags: Florida, Real Estate, News, Radio, Fema, Irma, Florida Keys, Monroe County, Monroe County Florida, Miami Dade, Real Estate News, Whitcomb, PBS News Hour, Hurricane Irma, Florida Keys Community Land Trust Featured, Maggie Whitcomb


GAO-19-164, FEMA Grants Modernization: Improvements Needed to Strengthen Program Management and Cybersecurity, April 09, 2019

What GAO Found Of six important leading practices for effective business process reengineering and information technology (IT) requirements management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency...
Tags: Fema, GAO


Kris Kobach Auditions for DHS Job on Fox: Detain Children ‘As Long As Necessary’

A day after Kirstjen Nielsen’s abrupt departure as Homeland Security secretary, former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach essentially auditioned for her old job by showing up on one of President Trump’s favorite cable news programs for an interview.During Monday night’s appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Kobach—who previously vice-chaired Trump’s now-shuttered voter fraud commission—began the interview by telling host Tucker Carlson that the Department of Homeland Security has been the “bi...
Tags: Texas, News, Mexico, Dhs, Fox, Canada, United States, Fema, Arizona, Kansas, Homeland Security, Nielsen, Department Of Homeland Security, Fox Business Network, Trump, Tucker Carlson


Trump reminded that ‘we are your citizens’ after launching false attack on Puerto Rico over disaster aid

President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at Puerto Rico’s local lawmakers as “grossly incompetent” and singled out one of his favourite targets, Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, as “crazed and incompetent”.Trump’s latest invective towards the local leaders of an island devastated by a hurricane in September 2017 came in a torrent of tweets, which began on Monday night and spilled into Tuesday morning.Trump was reacting after the Senate blocked billions of dollars in disaster aid for...
Tags: Facebook, Usa, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, US, Cnn, United States, Fema, Donald Trump, Cabinet, Cruz, Puerto Rico, San Juan


Trump Went To Bed Mad At Puerto Rico And Woke Up Mad At Puerto Rico

President Trump can’t stop tweeting his angst about Puerto Rico and the money the federal government spent on the island’s hurricane relief efforts after it was devastated — and nearly 3,000 were killed — by Hurricane Maria last year. In a string of tweets that started just before 11 p.m. EST on Monday night and reignited after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Trump berated the U.S. territory’s leadership, whom he described as “crazed” “incompetent and corrupt” and suggested that he was the “best thing tha...
Tags: Usa, News, Fema, Farmers, Island, States, Donald Trump, Puerto Rico, San Juan, Trump, Donald J Trump, Texas Florida, Nicole Lafond, Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Donald J Trump, U S citizens On Monday Senate


Senate Dems Block Disaster Aid Bill, Saying It Bypasses Intense Need In Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a Republican disaster aid bill, saying it doesn’t do enough to help hurricane-torn Puerto Rico. The move tossed long-sought relief for victims of hurricanes, floods and western wildfires into limbo. The vote escalated a fight between Democrats and President Donald Trump, who opposes further rebuilding aid for the U.S. island territory, which was slammed by back-to-back hurricanes in 2017. The 44-49 vote fell short of a majority, much less t...
Tags: Florida, Texas, News, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Ap, Gop, House, Iowa, Fema, Farmers, Mitch McConnell, Nebraska, Island


Trump complains about Puerto Rico hurricane victims taking money from ‘our farmers’

Donald Trump has complained Puerto Rico hurricane victims – who are US citizens – are taking money from “our farmers” in an angry late night Twitter tirade. “The Democrats today killed a Bill that would have provided great relief to Farmers and yet more money to Puerto Rico despite the fact that Puerto Rico has already been scheduled to receive more hurricane relief funding than any ‘place’ in history,” Mr Trump tweeted on Monday evening. “The people of Puerto Rico are GREAT, but the politicians...
Tags: News, US, Fema, Farmers, Island, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Puerto Rico, San Juan, Trump, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, Texas Florida, Hurricane Maria, Puerto Pico


Trump complains about Puerto Rico hurricane victims taking money from 'our farmers'

Donald Trump has complained Puerto Rico hurricane victims are taking money from “our farmers” in an angry late night Twitter tirade. “The Democrats today killed a Bill that would have provided great relief to Farmers and yet more money to Puerto Rico despite the fact that Puerto Rico has already been scheduled to receive more hurricane relief funding than any 'place' in history,” Mr Trump tweeted on Monday evening. “The people of Puerto Rico are GREAT, but the politicians are incompetent...
Tags: News, US, Fema, Farmers, Island, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Puerto Rico, San Juan, Trump, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, Texas Florida, Hurricane Maria, Puerto Pico


10 Things Nobody Tells You About Basement Well-Being

Imagine your basement like a pair of shoes: just like a poor-quality, run-down pair will affect things much higher up (like your posture), a run-down, uncared-for basement will affect your whole house. Which is why it’s time to start thinking of your basement as an important foundation (literally) for a healthy house—not just a dark, unloved, and potentially creepy space to store all of our stuff. In this week’s installment of 10 Things Nobody Tells You, our new weekly guide for newbie remodeler...
Tags: Books, London, Matthew Williams, Cdc, Massachusetts, Brooklyn, Washington Dc, House, Fema, Hgtv, Yun, Institute of Medicine, Remodeling 101, DIY & Remodeling, Remodel & Renovation, Domestic Science


Walk-around with the Army Guard

This was a strange offer. I guess I'm not as invisible as I thought. A walk around with a National Guard infantry unit. It’s nice to have an in with the CT AG who I trained back in the day; for whatever reason, he still likes me and wants me to apply for the CT emergency management team on a part-time basis even though I’m really old now. But I have a chance to join a weekend drill as a retiree. I guess it’s kind of like doing a drive-around with the cops. No firearm and they already said I’d be...
Tags: Fema, Weapon, General Discussion, National Guard, AG, PRC, BDU, CT Ag, Army Guard


National Weather Service claims 2019 flooding could cause record-breaking damage

The historic flooding that has been devastating the Midwest may be just the beginning of an ongoing trend. Last week, the National Weather Service released the flood predictions for 2019, and it does not look good. Toward the end of spring, the flooding could spread to over two-thirds of the United States, causing more record-breaking damage. The vast majority of rivers and lakes in the Midwest are at elevated levels, increasing the likelihood of flooding over the next few months. This includes...
Tags: National Weather Service, Design, United States, Fema, Noaa, Nebraska, Midwest, Mississippi River, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, Tennessee River, Ohio River, Red River, Missouri River, Cumberland River, Ed Clark


FEMA Defends Actions Following Data Release Affecting 2.3 Million Disaster Victims

The agency said there’s no indication that survivor data has been misused.
Tags: Management, Fema


Mueller report: No evidence of Russia conspiracy

From Robert Mueller's report to a data breach at FEMA, here's the biggest news you missed this weekend.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Russia, Fema, Usa Today, Mueller, Robert Mueller


FEMA Improperly Released Personal Information of 2.3 Million Disaster Victims

Personal details including individuals’ home addresses and bank account numbers -- data that exposes victims to potential identity theft and fraud -- were improperly given to a contractor hired by FEMA to provide temporary housing to victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and California wildfires in 2017, according to a memo released on Friday by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. FEMA provided more information than necessary to the vendor and has since ta...
Tags: Science, California, Fema, Maria, Harvey Irma, Lizzie Litzow


FEMA Breach Exposes Personal Data and Banking Information of 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

The Federal Emergency Management Agency may have put the personally identifying information of millions of disaster survivors at risk of fraud and identity theft, according to a recent report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.Read more...
Tags: Fema, Department Of Homeland Security, Office Of Inspector General, Privacy, Privacy And Security, Data Breach


DHS IG: FEMA Wrongly Released Personal Data Of 2.3 Million 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, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. Homeland Security Department’s Office of Inspector General found the breach occurred when FEMA was working with a contractor that helps provide temporary housing to those affected by disasters. FEMA is one of H...
Tags: News, AP story, FEMA, Homeland Security, Summer Concepcion


Steve King Disparages New Orleans Katrina Flood Victims

King claimed a FEMA official told him that Katrina victims only asked for help, while Iowans "take care of each other."
Tags: News, Fema


Enforcement Directorate probing Flipkart and Amazon for forex violations

The Enforcement Directorate is investigating Flipkart and Amazon for alleged violation of foreign exchange law, it has informed the Delhi High Court, per Business Standard. A case under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) has been registered against the two companies, the ED told the court,... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Mobile, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Fema, Flipkart, Enforcement Directorate


Nebraska Governor: 'We Have The Most Widespread Flooding Damage In Our State's History'

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts says he will be meeting with FEMA on Monday to get a federal disaster declaration in place.
Tags: News, Fema, Nebraska, Ricketts


Opinion on attending a training

I am interested in attending a couple of upcoming trainings. I would be attending for both personal (largely) and professional (to a lesser degree) reasons. They are scattered around the country, but I'm always up for a road trip/car camping expedition. Here are the two that I am most interested in attending: Access and Functional Needs Preparedness Planning for Rural Communities and Mass Fatalities Planning and Response for Rural Communities From a personal standpoint, I want to know what ...
Tags: Fema, Weapon, Disaster Preparedness General Discussion, Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium


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 Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. They’re the government, and they’re here to help. “We’re here as long as we’re needed,” said Jack […]
Tags: News, Ap, Fema, Jack, Northwest, Eagle River, Eagle River Alaska


Katrina Cottages?

Saw claims Katrina cottages/kits are sturdy and cheap to build. Anyone have any experience with them? Are they OK for cold places like Minnesota, and/or are there some recommendations for cold weather modifications? How do they compare with building a "regular" small (600-824 sq ft) house plan? I'd rather build something inexpensive so I can pay it off a lot faster... NOTE: these are not the infamous FEMA trailers! Thanks!
Tags: Minnesota, Farming, Fema, Weapon, Gardening & Homesteading


New tool tells lenders if properties were damaged by natural disaster

The new parcel-level disaster data is available as a free add-on to the VeroVALUE service, which the company describes as an AVM that provides realistic value ranges for properties across the country.
Tags: Disaster, Radio, Fema, Mortgage, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, AVM, Veros, Select, News Brief, Luke Ziegenmeyer


GAO-19-256, Puerto Rico Hurricanes: Status of FEMA Funding, Oversight, and Recovery Challenges, March 14, 2019

For the Spanish translation of the highlights page for this document, see GAO-19-331. What GAO Found The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) obligated almost $4 billion in Public...
Tags: Fema, GAO, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA


New FEMA plan could make flood insurance more costly for some

Federal officials are reportedly exploring a new flood insurance reform plan that would rely more heavily on data, potentially offering homeowners more transparency about the risks they face while also driving up rates in some areas.
Tags: Radio, Fema


Alabama tornado victims' tax deadline now July 31

Lee County, Alabama, March 3 tornado damage. (Photo: Nicholas Baretto via Twitter) As expected, once the White House declared parts of Alabama a major disaster area, the Internal Revenue Service followed up by offering affected residents a variety of tax relief. Victims of the deadly tornadoes and severe storms that raked areas of the Yellowhammer State now have until July 31 to file some individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments. "With the regular deadline just a...
Tags: Taxes, White House, Alabama, Fema, South Carolina, Irs, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, Internal Revenue Service, Lee County, Florida Georgia, Yellowhammer State, Rettig, Chuck Rettig, Lee County Alabama, Nicholas Baretto, FEMA IRS


ICE is detaining 50,000 people under Trump, an all-time high

For the first time in our nation's history, the United States government is detaining over 50,000 people it claims to be undocumented immigrants in jails, prisons, and makeshift detention camps across America. SCOOP: ICE is now holding 50,000 people in immigration detention. Notice that’s 4000+ more than the shutdown bill funded (and that ICE was already holding thousands more than the shutdown bill figure when the deal was struck). https://t.co/YMvLM6vgIf — Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) ...
Tags: Post, Politics, Human Rights, News, Congress, Senate, America, Dhs, United States, Fema, Ice, Capitol Hill, Department Of Homeland Security, Trump, Department of Homeland Security DHS, Customs Enforcement


Trump faces questions he plays favorites with FEMA efforts

President Donald Trump on Friday will tour the devastation wrought by a string of deadly tornadoes here, offering his support to Alabamians who lost relatives, homes and livelihoods in the recent twisters.
Tags: News, Fema, Stories, Donald Trump, Trump


Trump heads to Alabama with questions he plays favorites with FEMA efforts

President Donald Trump on Friday will tour the devastation wrought by a string of deadly tornadoes here, offering his support to Alabamians who lost relatives, homes and livelihoods in the recent twisters.
Tags: News, Alabama, Fema, Stories, Donald Trump, Trump