Two People Dead in Historic Midwest Flooding

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Louisiana duplicate tax refunds ... New approach to combat teen vaping ... Vermont starts paying remote workers.

Virtual Reality Could Make Disaster Response Training More Effective

In early tests of its augmented reality training software, a Texas-based company made first responders perform faster and more accurately.

Trump Orders 'A Plus Treatment' for Alabama Tornado Victims

The president has given his team high marks for previous emergency response efforts.

A Message to FEMA: Respond to Disasters Differently

Providing money to states faster after disasters, and offering funds before they strike, would make communities safer, governors said.

Texas Estimates Hurricane Harvey Won’t Be an Overall Economic Hit

The large geography of the affected region and a significant influx of rebuilding funds helped lessen the disaster’s economic damage to the Lone Star State, according to a new analysis.

Costly Natural Disasters Becoming More Frequent

In the past two years, damage caused by wildfires cost about $40 billion, roughly the same as the costs of the past 37 years combined, an analysis finds.

Camp Fire’s Dispersed Survivors Plot Their New Homes on a Map

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Political turmoil continues in Virginia … Hawaii’s mainland prison inmates … and email scammers using Fla. mayor’s name.

What the Camp Fire Revealed

ANALYSIS | Two months after disaster struck, the recovery in Paradise, California, is harder for some than for others.

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.