White House Snubs Disaster Relief Funds Proposed in House Bill

The $14 billion package lawmakers passed this week appears to be going nowhere fast—at least for now.

As Wildfire Risk Increases, Home Insurance Is Harder to Find

This is particularly a problem in California, where catastrophic wildfires in 2018 caused more than $9 billion in losses to insured property.

Floodwaters May Have Inundated Private Wells, But Few Were Tested For Contamination

The four states hit by hurricanes earlier this year offer free well testing, but not many homeowners have used the programs.

Evacuation Center Needs Time to Recover From Disaster Recovery

Hundreds of Kīlauea lavaflow evacuees ended up at a recently built rec center on the Big Island. Now it needs to close for months of repairs.

Anchorage Counts Its Blessings After Dodging a Significant Catastrophe

A culture of preparedness and good fortune helped Alaska’s largest city avoid a major quake disaster.

To Buyout or Not: What We Learned From Floods In Pennsylvania

COMMENTARY | Only 186 of 2,571 communities in Pennsylvania are considered “safe from high water." How officials reacted to severe flooding in 2011 has lessons for state and local officials across the nation.

A Difficult Task in Paradise: Getting Schools Back in Session After Fire's Destruction

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Governors-elect ready for transitions … South Bend homelessness … Minneapolis grocery-stocking rules … and Midwest winter storm.

Wildfire Evacuees Face an Already Tight Housing Market

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Minneapolis upzoning … a Florida mayor’s message to Trump … and the nation’s three disconnected power grids.

‘Painstakingly Difficult’ Efforts to ID Camp Fire’s Victims as Death Toll Rises

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | States report continued low unemployment … Massachusetts marijuana sales … and San Diego’s costly broken sidewalks.

Confronting the Costs of Coastal Land Loss

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: Mathew Sanders, Resilience Program and Policy Administrator, Office of Community Development, Disaster Recovery Unit, State of Louisiana

FEMA Aid Misses Both the Big and Small Picture

COMMENTARY | Houston's experience shows it's time to rethink how we assess damage from natural disasters.

'Living With Water': Facing Climate Change, Cities Trade Sea Walls for Parks

City planners now say they are increasingly turning to methods aligned with the Dutch concept of “living with water.” Instead of resisting water, cities are channeling it to where they want it to go.

A New Approach for Hurricane Recovery Efforts

A coastal county in North Carolina created an entirely new office to coordinate recovery efforts among federal and state partners.

FEMA Wants a New Way to Verify Survivors After Disasters

The new system will need to handle up to 750,000 cases at the same time to ensure survivors get what they need while fraudsters get shut out.

Federal and State Officials Criticize Wireless Outages After Hurricane Michael

A consumer advocacy group said regulators are also to blame for the delay in getting service back up. Wireless carriers countered that they’ve restored service as quickly as possible.

Tallahassee Tent City to Serve as Home Base for Hurricane Relief Efforts

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Portland mayor’s proposed emergency ordinance … state Supreme Court blocks Florida governor … and Chicago mayoral candidate targets Gary’s airport.

Outside Utility Crews Ready to Help Restore Water Service in Florida, Georgia

After storms, rural water workers from other states help restore service. Following Hurricane Michael, many were awaiting word that they could access damaged areas.

Resilient Cities Look to Community Development Financial Institutions for Investment

A number of cities are rolling out resilience strategies full of projects that need funding, and impact and mission-related investors make a good fit.

San José and Airbnb Partner to Provide Emergency Temporary Housing

After severe flooding last year, the city hopes to have shelter lined up ahead of time for the next disaster.