Federal Emergency Management Agency

Category-1 strength winds bend palm trees as Hurricane Dorian slams into St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands on Aug. 28, 2019.

Puerto Rico power grid official feels ‘prepared’ for Dorian as Trump slams ‘corrupt’ island

Natural disasters

Trump slammed “corrupt” politicians in Puerto Rico, which is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria. As the island now faces Hurricane Dorian, a power grid official says they have ‘prepared on various fronts’ for the storm.

flooding in norht carolina

‘Hope to hopelessness’: Will government step up after second storm? 

A man sweeps the entrance of a boarded up store before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, Wednesday

Before hurricane season began, feds moved $10 million from FEMA to ICE

Soldiers of the Puerto Rico National Guard and volunteers of the Puerto Rico State Guard clear a road at Punta Santiago in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Scenes of utter devastation were found throughout the island after Hurricane Maria hit last September.

Report: FEMA wasn’t ready for Hurricane Maria, destruction in Puerto Rico

Port Arthur Texas flooding

FEMA maps lack up-to-date information on flood risk

Woman in bandana leans over jars of green beans with permanent marker, writing on tops

Four months of food aid in Puerto Rico brought too much salt and sugar, say some recipients


FEMA sent 57 million meals to Puerto Rico in the four months after Hurricane Maria. The Queer Kitchen Brigade sent just 400 jars of produce, but they are hoping to impact the kinds of food people in prolonged disaster relief can expect.

A man is standing in front of an audience pointing at something. A woman stands next to the man.

After the California wildfires, community leaders are trying to rebuild homes — and trust in government agencies


The October wildfires in Northern California are out, but immigrant families are still weary of seeking help from the government.

This is the first RAPIDO house, located in Brownsville, Texas.

A custom three-bedroom house for $69,000? Welcome to the new model for disaster relief.


Forget about FEMA trailers. Housing advocates have designed emergency shelters that can quickly be turned into a permanent, custom home that are cheaper than current programs.

Rockaways residents still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy’s destruction

Global Politics

The Rockaways were among the hardest hit areas of New York and remains badly damaged from Sandy’s wind. Residents there are fed up with what they say is inadequate government response, but the government says it’s been there early and often. But it just takes time.

FEMA aid to victims of Hurricane Irene could be limited

Global Politics

Political wrangling and budget problems could hurt the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s ability to help victims of disasters like Hurricane Irene.