The storm had already flooded streets and forced several universities to cancel classes on Thursday.
The state had asked last month for federal aid to help recover from six of this year’s fires, including the Creek Fire, which is among the most destructive in state history.
The announcement came after the president acknowledged a wildfire season that so far has claimed 17 lives and destroyed millions of acres of land in California, Oregon and Washington.
If climate change was a somewhat abstract notion a decade ago, today it is all too real for Californians fleeing wildfires and smothered in a blanket of smoke, the worst year of fires on record.
Using tax dollars to move whole communities out of flood zones, an idea long dismissed as radical, is swiftly becoming policy, marking a new and more disruptive phase of climate change.
The U.S. military, with its experience in disasters and its multiple medical corps, could do more to end the pandemic.
President Trump’s stopgap program to get more money to the jobless is off to a slow start. Here’s how it works.
With the labor market showing new fragility, most states have yet to seek funds under President Trump’s stopgap plan to supplement weekly jobless pay.
Because Congress controls federal spending, at least some of the measures will almost certainly be challenged in court. Or they may become moot if Congress reaches a deal.
Twin emergencies on two coasts this week — Hurricane Isaias and the Apple Fire — offer a preview of life in a warming world and the steady danger of overlapping disasters.
The controversy over inadequate protective equipment has come to embody what critics describe as a haphazard federal effort to protect the 1.5 million Americans who live in nursing homes.
When we were told to stay inside our homes, a portion of the population quietly went below ground.
The federal government’s spending on calamities related to global warming is a rapidly rising fiscal threat.
The technology was old, the data poor, the bureaucracy slow, the guidance confusing, the administration not in agreement. The coronavirus shook the world’s premier health agency, creating a loss of confidence and hampering the U.S. response to the crisis.
This year Floridians will have to weigh what is more dangerous — a storm or the virus.
Many need repairs. Let’s fix them before climate-related flooding gets worse.
Nonprofits are sending fewer volunteers. Local emergency managers risk being overwhelmed. FEMA is trying “virtual” assistance. And hurricane season starts June 1.
The fight against Covid-19 has disrupted preparations for the fire season.
Ignoring Freedom of Information Act requests during the crisis damages democracy.
The nation’s medical centers were forced to stop offering many surgeries, and sustained severe financial losses. Reopening is a daunting task amid the threat of more infection.
An engineer landed one of the state’s biggest coronavirus-related contracts after FEMA volunteers forwarded his name.
Roughly a dozen young, inexperienced workers were assembled to sort through tips on masks, gloves and other equipment. Warehouses were running bare, and doctors fighting the coronavirus were forced to make their own protective gear.
Entire communities around the country face this terrifying virus without being even able to wash their hands.
Scaling up the manufacturing of syringes and other medical products required to deliver a vaccine to millions of Americans will be just as important as the vaccine itself.
Preparing for the worst saves lives and money, but voters are more likely to reward relief after the fact than they are careful planning.
Ventilators aren’t the only machines in intensive care units that are in short supply. Doctors have been confronting an unexpected rise in patients with failing kidneys.
The federal government’s system of directing medical supplies for the hardest-hit regions has left areas out of the spotlight scrambling to prepare as the outbreak spreads.
Past crises have prompted major federal overhauls. Failings in the government handling of the coronavirus outbreak are likely to spur calls for another one.
The Trump administration’s new method for distributing medical supplies has led to charges of confiscation.
President Trump’s son-in-law has become a central player in the administration’s effort to curb the pandemic. But critics say he is part of the problem.
While President Trump has assured states that thousands of ventilators remain at the ready, thousands more are in storage, unmaintained or otherwise unusable.
A chorus of governors from across the political spectrum is challenging the Trump administration’s assertion that the United States is well-stocked to test and care for coronavirus patients.
The Defense Production Act has been invoked hundreds of thousands of times in the Trump years. But with the pandemic, the president sees it as a “break the glass” last resort.
If the administration had reacted to the ventilator shortage in February, a private sector effort starting now might have made lifesaving equipment in mid- to late April. Now it is unlikely to be before June.
Spain’s health system is under strain as medical workers fall ill. A $1.8 trillion relief package is stalled in Congress. “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” President Trump said.
It remains unclear if the effort to enlist companies like General Motors, Apple and Hanes constitutes an effective strategy.
Government exercises, including one last year, made clear that the U.S. was not ready for a pandemic like the coronavirus. But little was done.
The statement from President Trump’s physician came just hours after Mr. Trump himself said he would be tested “fairly soon.”
Dr. Kurt Kloss, whose daughter, the model Karlie Kloss, is married to Mr. Kushner’s brother, solicited suggestions from a medical Facebook group.
A proposal to eliminate payroll taxes through the end of the year, estimated to cost $700 billion, faces bipartisan opposition, but some version of it could be the basis for a broad agreement to provide aid.