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.

HUD Offers an Update on $7.4 Billion in Disaster Grant Funding

The agency also announced it will funnel about $58 million to the state of Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

How Likely Is Resilient Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico?

Unlike with other hurricanes, the Trump administration holds all the cards—a good or bad thing depending on how committed it is to preparing the U.S. territory for the next major storm.

Tracking Down ‘Most Wanted’ Insurance Fraud Suspects

Some state insurance departments say using “Most Wanted” lists can help them find alleged scammers charged with fraud or theft who failed to appear in court.

Rethinking Hazard Mapping After Wildfires Entered Urban Areas Thought to Be ‘Unburnable’

Local officials across the West should pay attention to what happened to one devastated neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California.

Two City Leaders Reflect on Hurricane Response and Recovery

“You can complain about government 364 days of the year,” according to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said. “But on that one day that you need us to be at our best, we better be at our best.”

How Tech and Data Boosted Florida’s Response to Irma

Some of the tools and strategies the Sunshine State used to prepare for and recover from a big hurricane.

When an Unnamed Storm Brings Far More Destruction Than a Named Hurricane

Hurricane Nate will likely be quickly forgotten in Louisiana, but the impacts of last year’s catastrophic flooding are still being felt.