He Was Swept Down a Sewer Pipe. ‘I Just Let the Water Take Me.’

Devastation from Hurricane Ida’s remnants stretched deep into New Jersey, forcing residents and officials to address “a new reality.”

#deaths-fatalities, #department-of-environmental-protection-nj, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #hurricane-ida-2021, #new-jersey, #rain, #rescues, #south-plainfield-nj

Disabled People Struggle to Evacuate From Wildfires

In Northern California, a region troubled by fire, many people with disabilities live in rural areas that lack the resources to support them during disasters.

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New York and New Jersey Residents to Receive Federal Aid After Storm

Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York has estimated the state suffered at least $50 million in damages.

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Nearly a Week Without Power, New Orleans Is Facing a ‘Race With the Clock’

Forecasters are warning of dangerously high temperatures this weekend as 70 percent of the city remains without power after Hurricane Ida.

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Climate Change Is Bankrupting America’s Small Towns

Repeated shocks from hurricanes, fires and floods are pushing some rural communities, already struggling economically, to the brink of financial collapse.

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The Dogs of 9/11: Their Failed Searches for Life Helped Sustain It

Two exhibitions in New York recognize the search and rescue dogs who combed through the World Trade Center wreckage, trying to find survivors.

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How Government Decisions Left Tennessee Exposed to Deadly Flooding

Choices about building rules, insurance programs, flood maps and more put residents at higher risk, according to climate and disaster experts.

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Dispossessed, Again: Climate Change Hits Native Americans Especially Hard

Many Native people were forced into the most undesirable areas of America, first by white settlers, then by the government. Now, parts of that marginal land are becoming uninhabitable.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

With Mass Vaccination Sites Winding Down, It’s All About the ‘Ground Game’

The shift away from high-volume centers is an acknowledgment of the harder road ahead: a highly targeted push, akin to get-out-the-vote efforts, to persuade the reluctant to get shots.

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How to Help Prepare Your Home for the Threat of Wildfires

There are measures you can take to help protect your property from wildfires, including clearing gutters, trimming brush and adding fire-resistant plants to your garden.

#cal-fire, #california, #content-type-service, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fires-and-firefighters, #national-interagency-fire-center, #wildfires

FEMA Disaster Aid Often Widens Racial Disparities

The federal government often gives less help to Black disaster survivors than their white neighbors. That’s a challenge for President Biden, who has vowed to fight both inequality and climate change.

#black-people, #disasters-and-emergencies, #discrimination, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #finances, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #income-inequality, #lake-charles-la, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #research, #whites

Biden Doubles FEMA Program to Prepare for Extreme Weather

At the outset of hurricane and wildfire season, the Biden administration is doubling to $1 billion a fund that helps communities prepare for disasters.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #united-states-politics-and-government

Facing Hurricane and Wildfire Seasons, FEMA Is Already Worn Out

Multiple missions, combined with years of record disasters, have strained the agency — and scientists predict an unusually severe disaster season ahead.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #wildfires

Biden Names Harris to Work With Central America on Migration

The president gave the vice president a prominent role in the politically charged issue at a time when thousands of children are being detained in facilities along the border.

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Harris Visits Florida to Sell Stimulus Package in a Republican-Led State

The vice president urged Americans to get vaccinated and promoted programs like food assistance as the administration seeks to build public support amid partisan divisions in Washington.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #florida, #food-banks-and-pantries, #harris-kamala-d, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Chuck Schumer Stalls Climate Overhaul of Flood Insurance Program

Senator Chuck Schumer is objecting to a plan that would raise costs for some of his constituents by bringing flood insurance rates in line with climate risks.

#coastal-areas, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #schumer-charles-e

On Mexico’s Border With U.S.,Desperation as Migrant Traffic Piles Up

Mexico is struggling to deal with a new wave of migrants expelled from the U.S. while even more come north hoping to cross. Shelters that were empty four months ago are now having to turn many away.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #smuggling, #texas, #trump-donald-j

Biden Administration Directs FEMA to Help Shelter Migrant Children

The agency will help provide basic care as criticism mounts over the treatment of the increasing number of young migrants who have filled detention facilities at the southwest border.

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Biden Expands Available Avenues to Get the Vaccine

The administration is sending vaccines to many more pharmacies, opening more federally run mass vaccinations sites and making dentists, medical students, midwives, paramedics and veterinarians eligible to give shots.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #vaccination-and-immunization

One and Done: Why People Are Eager for Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine is allowing states to rethink distribution, even as health officials and experts worry some will view it as inferior.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #food-and-drug-administration, #income-inequality, #johnsonjohnson, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

In Quest for Herd Immunity, Giant Vaccination Sites Proliferate

A day at one mass site in Connecticut shows both the promise and the shortcomings of the approach, which is at the center of President Biden’s plan to bring the pandemic to an end.

#connecticut, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #east-hartford-conn, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Climate Threats Could Mean Big Jumps in Insurance Costs This Year

The federal government is revising rates for flood coverage on April 1. New data suggests premiums need to increase sharply for some homes.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #building-construction, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #first-street-foundation, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zoning

Pentagon May Send Troops to Assist With Vaccines, Enlarging Federal Role

The move would be the first significant sign that the Biden administration is taking more control of a vaccine distribution effort that states are struggling to manage.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #national-guard, #reserves-military, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vaccination-and-immunization

New U.S. Strategy Would Quickly Free Billions in Climate Funds

Emergency management officials aim to funnel up to $10 billion into preventing climate disasters. The plan “would dwarf all previous grant programs of its kind,” one analyst said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden’s Covid-19 Plan Is Maddeningly Obvious

You can’t help but wonder why the Trump administration left so many of these things undone.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #pfizer-inc, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization, #zients-jeffrey-d

Early Biden Climate Test: Groups Demand Tougher Rules on Building

A new push for stricter rules in flood zones could force Biden’s team to choose: Increase construction costs, or leave people exposed to climate change.

#coastal-areas, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #mccarthy-gina, #national-flood-insurance-program, #united-states-politics-and-government

Eta Makes Landfall in Florida, Again

The storm had already flooded streets and forced several universities to cancel classes on Thursday.

#federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #florida, #hurricane-eta, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-hurricane-center, #rain, #tropical-storm-eta, #weather, #wind

Trump Administration Rejects California’s Request for Wildfire Relief

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.

#cal-fire, #california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fresno-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #mendocino-calif, #newsom-gavin, #recession-and-depression, #san-bernardino-calif, #san-diego-calif, #trump-donald-j, #wildfires

Trump to Visit California After Criticism Over Silence on Wildfires

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fires-and-firefighters, #newsom-gavin, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires

A Climate Reckoning in Wildfire-Stricken California

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.

#california, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #global-warming, #wildfires

U.S. Flood Strategy Shifts to ‘Unavoidable’ Relocation of Entire Neighborhoods

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.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #disasters-and-emergencies, #eminent-domain, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

Medics Save Lives. Let Them.

The U.S. military, with its experience in disasters and its multiple medical corps, could do more to end the pandemic.

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Extra $300 Stimulus Unemployment Payment: Who Will Get It and When?

President Trump’s stopgap program to get more money to the jobless is off to a slow start. Here’s how it works.

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Unemployment Claims Rise as Rollout of $300 Benefit Lags

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.

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Will Trump’s Executive Directives Provide Relief?

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.

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Hurricane, Fire, Covid-19: Disasters Expose the Hard Reality of Climate Change

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.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #east-coast-us, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #wildfires

FEMA Sends Faulty Protective Gear to Nursing Homes Battling Virus

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #federal-resources-corporation, #masks, #nursing-homes, #protective-clothing-and-gear

Could Doomsday Bunkers Become the New Normal?

When we were told to stay inside our homes, a portion of the population quietly went below ground.

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Your Climate Disaster Tax Bill Is Growing

The federal government’s spending on calamities related to global warming is a rapidly rising fiscal threat.

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The C.D.C. Waited ‘Its Entire Existence for This Moment.’ What Went Wrong?

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.

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Hurricane Season Collides With the Coronavirus

This year Floridians will have to weigh what is more dangerous — a storm or the virus.

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The Michigan Dam Failures Are a Warning

Many need repairs. Let’s fix them before climate-related flooding gets worse.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #great-lakes, #infrastructure-public-works, #levees-and-dams, #michigan, #rain, #trump-donald-j, #whitmer-gretchen

Virus Crisis Exposes Cascading Weaknesses in U.S. Disaster Response

Nonprofits are sending fewer volunteers. Local emergency managers risk being overwhelmed. FEMA is trying “virtual” assistance. And hurricane season starts June 1.

#american-red-cross, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #habitat-for-humanity, #nonprofit-organizations, #volunteers-and-community-service

Will the Coronavirus Make the West More Vulnerable to Wildfires?

The fight against Covid-19 has disrupted preparations for the fire season.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #national-interagency-fire-center, #western-states-us, #wildfires

State and Federal Agencies Use Pandemic to Stifle Oversight

Ignoring Freedom of Information Act requests during the crisis damages democracy.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #buzzfeed-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #freedom-of-information-act, #google-inc, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #raimondo-gina-m, #sununu-christopher-t-1974, #ventilators-medical, #whitmer-gretchen

Hospitals Struggle to Restart Lucrative Elective Care After Coronavirus Shutdowns

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.

#american-hospital-assn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #oregon-health-and-science-university, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #recession-and-depression, #senate, #shutdowns-institutional, #your-feed-healthcare

He Had Never Sold a Ventilator. N.Y. Gave Him an $86 Million Deal.

An engineer landed one of the state’s biggest coronavirus-related contracts after FEMA volunteers forwarded his name.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #kushner-jared, #new-york-state, #oren-pines-yaron, #ventilators-medical

How Kushner’s Volunteer Force Led a Fumbling Hunt for Medical Supplies

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #kushner-jared, #masks, #medical-devices, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Do You Fight the Coronavirus Without Running Water?

Entire communities around the country face this terrifying virus without being even able to wash their hands.

#alaska, #arizona, #army-corps-of-engineers, #central-valley-calif, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #infrastructure-public-works, #navajo-indians, #plumbing, #united-states, #water, #water-pollution

Find a Vaccine. Next: Produce 300 Million Vials of It.

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.

#biomedical-advanced-research-and-development-authority, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #factories-and-manufacturing, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #medical-devices, #medicine-and-health, #shortages, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare