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New study analyzes FEMA-funded home buyout program

An analysis of FEMA's 30-year-old property buyout program offers new insight into the growing debate on managed retreat -- moving people and assets out of flood-prone areas.
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Wealthy counties get many FEMA buyouts of flood-prone homes

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — FEMA buys flood-prone homes more often in wealthy, populous counties than in poor, rural areas, even though lower-income rural areas may be more likely to flood frequently, a new study finds. The reason is probably that better-off local governments have the resources to apply for and administer the programs — and […]
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Americans Are Already Moving Away From the Rising Water's Edge

The U.S. is slowly being gripped by a flooding crisis as seas rise and waterways overflow with ever more alarming frequency. An idea at the forefront for how to help Americans cope is so-called managed retreat, a process of moving away from affected areas and letting former neighborhoods return to nature. It’s an idea …Read more...
Tags: Science, Fema, Sea Level Rise, Floods, Rivers, Buyouts, Managed Retreat

GAO-20-5, Wildfire Disasters: FEMA Could Take Additional Actions to Address Unique Response and Recovery Challenges, October 09, 2019

For wildfire-related major disaster declarations from 2015 through 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—consistent with its authorities and responsibilities—helped state and...
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New vacation cottages at Camp Pendleton equipped to provide respite for disabled vets and active-duty personnel

San Onofre beachfront cottages sit above RV spots at Camp Pendleton on Monday, Oct 7, 2019. The cottages, available to active, retired and disabled military personal, have been a years-long restoration project. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Foundations where cottages used to stand along the San Onofre beachfront at Camp Pendleton on Monday, Oct 7, 2019. The cottages, available to active, retired and disabled military personal, have been a years-long restoration project...
Tags: News, Navy, Iraq, Sport, Afghanistan, Soccer, Military, Fema, Marine Corps, Marines, Ada, Beaches, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Orange County Register, Gardner, Rialto

New study analyzes FEMA-funded home buyout program

An analysis of FEMA's 30-year-old property buyout program offers new insight into the growing debate on managed retreat--moving people and assets out of flood-prone areas.
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Court Grants Motion to Dismiss Negligence Claim Against Flood Insurer

    The insurer successfully moved to dismiss the insured's negligence claim and demand for jury trial, leaving only the insured's breach of insurance contract claim under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). La Mirage Homeowners Association Inc. v. Wright National Flood Ins. Co ., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 147667 (S.D. Tex. Aug 29, 2019).      Hurricane Harvey damaged three of insured homeowner's association condominium's buildings. Wright National Flood Insurance Company was the insurer p...
Tags: Insurance, United States, Fema, Wright, Harvey, Fifth Circuit, Wyo, Tred Eyerly, First Party Insurance, NFIP, Flood Coverage, Wright National Flood Ins Co 2019 U S Dist LEXIS, Wright National Flood Insurance Company

MetLife Grant Fuels Help for Reverse Mortgage Disaster Recovery

Project Porchlight, an initiative of non-profit counseling organization Money Management International (MMI), has announced its public launch along with the disclosure of its primary financing partner: the MetLife Foundation. While previously available only through the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA, or “Fannie Mae”) Disaster Response Network, a grant from MetLife Foundation has enabled MMI to increase the scope of accessibility for the project to those financially impacted by a ...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Finance, United States, Fema, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, MetLife, Fannie Mae, MMI, Boies, Financial Health, Counseling, MetLife Foundation, PorchLight, Jackie Boies

How Much Does Florida Flood Insurance Cost?

My friend Jason Painter with Program Realty sells Venice & Englewood Florida real estate. He wrote a great article about Florida flood insurance.  I am frequently asked by prospective buyers of Florida real estate about flood insurance rates.  This question is asked so often I decided to write this blog post to try to explain as simply as I can about this complex subject.  It seems like a simple question…”how much is the flood insurance on this home?”  Unfortunately there is not always an eas...
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Homeland Security Watchdog Issues Unusual Retraction of 13 FEMA Reports

Results of self-criticism to be fewer “feel-good” after-action evaluations.
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The Atlantic May See Up to 4 Major Hurricanes This Season, New Forecast Says

Scientists are predicting a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, with two to four major hurricanes reaching at least Category 3 status, with winds of 111 mph (178 km/h) or higher, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today (May 23).But this "near-normal" description doesn't mean people in the U.S. Southeast and Eastern Seaboard can rest easy."That's a lot of activity," Gerry Bell, the lead hurricane season forecaster with NOAA's Climate Pre...
Tags: Science, US, Atlantic, Fema, Noaa, El Nino, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, Florence, Bell, Michael, Atlantic Ocean, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, Eastern Seaboard, Irma, Caribbean Sea

Tesla is facing scrutiny for its cars catching on fire, but electric cars could actually end up being safer than gas-powered cars (TSLA)

Several Tesla vehicles have caught fire recently, spurring concerns that the cars and their batteries are hazardous. The statistics about electric-vehicle fires aren't worrying, but Tesla attracts a lot of attention, so every reported fire has been scrutinized. In fact, more than 170,000 vehicles, including both electric and internal combustion cars, caught fire between 2014-2016. And those fires were just in the US, . (Fewer than 1% involved fatalities.) Some 60% of the fatal vehicle fires F...
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GAO-19-518T, Disaster Contracting: FEMA Continues to Face Challenges with Its Use of Contracts to Support Response and Recovery, May 09, 2019

Following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the 2017 California wildfires, federal agencies entered into disaster-related contracts worth about $9.5 billion, according to data as of June 30,...
Tags: California, Fema, Maria, GAO, Harvey Irma

NASA Accidentally Destroys NYC in Attempt to Save Denver (Thankfully It Was Just a Simulation)

If you really want to prepare for an asteroid impact, you might as well simulate some of the worst possible outcomes—like an asteroid blasting into the heart of New York City.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Esa, Fema, Asteroids, New York City Read, Planetary Defense, Potentially Hazardous Asteroids

9 in 10 American Homeowners Don’t Have Flood Insurance, Finds

New York, NY – May 8, 2019 (PRNewswire) Floods are the nation’s most common natural disaster, but nearly 9 in 10 American families aren’t adequately insured against the costly damages caused by flooding. A new study has found that just 7 percent of American homeowners have a flood insurance policy, compared to the 91 percent of owner-occupied homes who have homeowners insurance. With the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season less than a month away, the need for flood insuran...
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NASA's 5-step plan for when it discovers a giant, killer asteroid headed straight for Earth

If a giant asteroid were to hit the Earth, NASA and FEMA have a plan.  Although an asteroid of that size would be rare — NASA estimates a one-mile-wide asteroid only hits the Earth once every one million years — the two agencies have performed multiple test runs to ensure we'd be prepared.  "It's not a matter of if, but when, we will deal with such a situation," said a strophysicist Thomas Zurbuchen. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  If there's a giant asteroid expected to ...
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Congress reports U.S. will lose $54 billion annually to storms

A recent report from the Congressional Budget Office predicts an alarming $54 billion in hurricane and flood damage over the next few years — much of which can be avoided by spending money upfront to protect and prevent against losses. The frequency of what are called “billion-dollar storms” appear to be increasing. In 2018, there were 39 “billion-dollar” disasters around the world — 16 of which were in the U.S. Already in the first four months of 2019, the U.S. has endured winter storms Quiana...
Tags: National Weather Service, Design, News, Congress, Environment, Fema, Noaa, Natural Disaster, Flooding, Storms, Floods, Hurricanes, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, Congressional Budget Office CBO, CBO, Congressional Budget Office

As Ramadan approaches, Southern California Muslim communities take extra security precautions following string of attacks

Beginning Sunday, armed guards will be stationed at the Islamic Center of Northridge. The mosque, one of the largest serving the San Fernando Valley Muslims, have hired guards over the month-long Ramadan observance for several years. The guns, however, are a new addition. In the wake of a spate of deadly attacks on all Abrahamic places of worship that span from Pittsburgh, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and San Diego, Muslim communities aren’t alone in harboring a heightened concern for safety in holy s...
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NASA is practicing what to do if an asteroid hits Earth

When it comes to extraterrestrial threats, you can never be too careful, and NASA and FEMA aren't taking any chances.
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Who has Trump fired? All the top administration departures since the president came into office

The resignation of deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein marks just the latest departure for an administration that has turned heads for its high level of turnover.After Donald Trump became president in January 2017, the administration gained notoriety for its tumult and chaos as the nascent governing operation found its legs.While the rate of removal has slowed somewhat following the 2018 midterms, the sheer number of high-level departures is notable.Here’s a list of those departures, and how ...
Tags: News, White House, US, Fbi, Fema, United Nations, Fda, Epa, Donald Trump, Scott Pruitt, John Kelly, James Comey, Trump, Nikki Haley, Bill Shine, Hope Hicks

How Mom-and-Pop Shops Can Thrive, Should You Wake Up at 4 AM Every Day?, How to Retain Your Best Employees and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

18 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—AI & Email Incorporating AI into your email marketing can help you drive higher conversion rates and sales, although it’s worth mentioning that email marketing in the U.S. already has a high ROI median at 122%—that’s four times higher than social media, direct mail, and paid search, according to the Direct Marketing Association and Demand Metric. Connext Digital explains why marketers should take advantage of Artificial Intelli...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Utah, Business, Microsoft, Etsy, Washington, Ebay, America, Siri, Fema, Tim Cook, Poland, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Bahrain

We’re about to find out how prepared NASA and FEMA are for an asteroid strike

For years, big budget science fiction flicks have shown us highly stylized end-of-the-world scenarios involving asteroids. Sometimes the heroes have a plan to avert disaster, and sometimes they don't, but you can bet that if (more like when) a rogue space rock eventually threatens humans lives, NASA will be on top of it.This week, NASA, FEMA, and their scientific partners in countries around the world will put decades of research and knowledge to work as they simulate a full-scale asteroid i...
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THE 60: NASA, FEMA to practice defending Earth from asteroid

The 60: Deep impact? NASA and FEMA will simulate what the agencies would do if an asteroid was heading straight for Earth.
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NASA and FEMA practice for an asteroid strike

When it comes to extraterrestrial threats, you can never be too careful, and NASA and FEMA aren't taking any chances.
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NASA and FEMA are practicing what would happen if an asteroid hits the Earth

The agencies are holding a practice run in case an asteroid came hurtling toward us.
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NASA and FEMA are practicing for an asteroid strike

When it comes to extraterrestrial threats, you can never be too careful, and NASA and FEMA aren't taking any chances.
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Nasa to pretend asteroid is about to smash into Earth

Nasa is going to pretend a deadly asteroid is on its way, to practise for a real one.The "tabletop exercise" will allow the space agency and the other government organisations that will be tasked with responding to such an event to simulate their response, ahead of the possibility of a real example.The scenario will see a very realistic but nonetheless fictional disaster, in which an asteroid will be headed for Earth. The scenario has been developed by one of the Nasa organisations tasked with s...
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NASA and FEMA Will Simulate an Impending Asteroid Strike Next Week

NASA, FEMA, and other national and international agencies are once again gearing up for a hypothetical asteroid impact preparedness scenario. They hope to learn the best strategies for responding to a potential strike, starting from the moment a threatening asteroid is first detected by astronomers.Read more...
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Daily Crunch: Facebook is still growing

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Facebook reserves $3B for FTC fine, but keeps growing with 2.38B users in Q1 A massive penalty hangs over Facebook’s head, but it otherwise had a very strong Q1 earnings report. The company reached 2.38 billion monthly users, up 2.5 percent from the previous quarter, and it pulled in $15.08 billion in ...
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FEMA Showed Weak Mastery of Contracts During Hurricane Response and Recovery

GAO report on $5 billion spent after Harvey, Irma and Maria shows "inconsistencies" in contracting.
Tags: Fema, Maria, Contracting, GAO, Harvey Irma