'Federally Supported, State Managed, Locally Executed' Disaster Recovery

FEMA wants state and local governments to play a 'larger role' post-disaster while shifting those funds to mitigation.

The Government Gets Into the Church-Rebuilding Business

A provision tucked into the budget bill requires FEMA to treat religious institutions like other nonprofits.

Could Puerto Rico Turn Out to Be Trump’s First Infrastructure Win?

Some officials in the U.S. territory think so. And they’ve already secured a smart cities grant with hopes to expedite resilient hurricane recovery.

Mapping the Post-Wildfire Landslide Risk in California’s Burn Zones

With heavy rain predicted in some areas, this U.S. Geological Survey tool shows where the hazards of highest concern are located.

With California’s Largest Wildfire on Record Nearly Contained, Officials Warn of New Danger

The Thomas Fire has been winding down but the risk of mudslides has put state and local agencies on alert. “Every canyon within this burn zone is at risk.”

How Puerto Rico Is Rebuilding Its Network 3 Months After Maria

Puerto Rico's post-Maria communications effort could serve as a disaster-response playbook for other governments.

Massachusetts Offers In-State Tuition Break for Students From Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

It’s the latest way the Bay State has assisted the U.S. territories in the wake of the destruction brought by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Houston's Former Mayor Still Waiting for an 'Adequate' Federal Response to Hurricane Harvey

Plus her thoughts on how the city balances industry with environmental sustainability.

Top Emergency Management Official: Hit the ‘Reset Button’ on Disaster Recovery Roles

FEMA’s administrator envisions state and local governments taking control of reconstruction and resilience with federal support.

The Bay Area's Housing Crisis Is Even Worse After the Wildfires

In the weeks following the blazes, median monthly rent in Sonoma County jumped more than 35 percent.

With Deadline Approaching, Flood Insurance Bill Clears U.S. House

“If we’re going to make this program sustainable, we cannot have 1 percent of the properties causing 25 percent of the losses,” said Texas Republican Jeb Hensarling.

Puerto Rico Gov. Asks for ‘Equal Treatment’ to the Tune of $94 Billion

Ricardo Rosselló expects disaster relief on par with that provided to U.S. states.

Hurricane Maria Has Made Puerto Rico the Land of Opportunity for Solar Power

Behind the scenes, the destruction has bred a keen contest for a massive prize: the 1.4 million customers of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, which has kept its monopoly on the island for 70 years despite a dismal record.

Disaster-Prone Cities Urge Congress to Expand National Flood Insurance Program

“The terrible human suffering and economic damage wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria make apparent the immediate need to focus on future-proofing communities…”

Senate Homeland Security Chairman Questions State-Federal Balance in Disaster Response

“In these situations, it really should be the state and local governments that take charge and FEMA is really a subordinate,” Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson told Route Fifty.

Prioritizing Disaster Recovery Projects Through a Social Resilience Lens

Fostering social cohesion post-emergency is just as important as rebuilding infrastructure stronger.

U.S. Senate Passes $36.5 Billion Disaster Aid Bill

The legislation will next go to the White House for President Trump's signature.

Puerto Rico Is a Textbook Example of How Waterborne Disease Outbreaks Spread

There have been at least 74 suspected cases of leptospirosis, a bacterial illness transmitted through water, food, or soil contaminated by infected animal urine, recorded on the island so far this month.