States shun billions in federal aid as climate costs soar
Climate change is driving up the costs of disasters across the nation. But federal money for fortifying homes is going unspent because of daunting complexities within the program.
State officials slam FEMA plan to reduce disaster aid
A Texas emergency management official yesterday assailed a federal proposal to reduce disaster relief in future years, saying it would be "devastating" to the state and its communities.
Texas officials predicted blackouts ahead of deep freeze
The Texas Division of Emergency Management warned publicly in 2018 that winter storms could "cause widespread power outages" and that the state must ensure "continued operation of utility systems" after disasters such as the recent freezing weather that triggered outages.
U.S. flood damage expected to jump 60% by 2051
Climate change will cause the total annual flood damage to U.S. homes to rise to $32 billion by 2051, a 60% increase from the current level of $20 billion a year, according to new projections by a flood-forecasting group.
'It's serious': FEMA's disaster fund will be broke by April
The federal government soon will run out of money to pay for disaster expenses including emergency shelter, food and medicine, according to a new report that puts pressure on Congress to approve another round of funding.