The Defense Production Act is a critical, if seldom-used, tool for emergency response and should be reauthorized before it expires at the end of fiscal 2014, David Kaufman of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told a House panel May 8. FEMA's most recent use of the DPA was in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
The National Hurricane Center announced April 4 that starting with this hurricane season, it will continue to issue warnings about high-wind-speed storms regardless of whether the storm's meteorological structure changes into a post-tropical cyclone. The impetus behind the changes stems from Hurricane Sandy, which technically was not a hurricane when it made landfall in the United States.
Recovery from Hurricane Sandy damage is pivoting to permanent measures and away from emergency work such as debris cleanup and temporary repairs, said Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate before a March 13 House panel.
The Sandy recovery supplemental appropriations law made finalization of the MOA a precondition of FTA disbursing more than $2 billion from the Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program, which the FTA has already done. The supplemental appropriated $10.9 billion for the program, but sequestration cut $545 million from it, leaving $8.35 billion still left.
To quickly share vast amounts of geospatial data on a natural disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking to develop a cloud environment to merge its data and processes. FEMA shares geospatial data with other federal agencies, state and local governments, the private sector, nonprofits and others, but it says in a request for information that it struggles to send and receive the data seamlessly.
Below-average precipitation this winter in Western states may mean more drought and wildfires after a historically dry 2012. As of Feb. 19, more than 65 percent of the United States was in drought . This time last year, that figure was 48 percent. Sixteen percent of the country is in extreme or exceptional drought, up from 8 percent last year.
The White House has set out in a series of reports how the $85 billion sequester could affect citizens in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the rest of 2013. The White House reports , published Sunday, say Texas alone will have 52,000 civilian Defense Department employees furloughed.
A bipartisan task force of state senators recently conducted tours and roundtables to view storm damage and hear from local officials and community members. The senators found doubt among business owners that enough federal loans would reach them and that their input would matter.The senators also say insurance checks are not reaching their constituents quickly enough.
Three months after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, a $50.7 billion federal aid package has become law. President Obama signed the legislation Jan. 29 after the Senate approved it the day before, by a vote of 62-36. The House passed the bill Jan. 15, and the Senate did not amend it.
The House approved $50.7 billion in aid to the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy on Jan. 15. Along with the $9.7 billion in aid President Obama signed into law Jan. 6, the bill, if it becomes law, will bring the total aid to precisely the $60.4 billion Obama proposed in December .