'Disaster City' Used to Train First Responders

Smashed automobiles and derailed train cars make up this mock municipality, which attracts firefighters and other first responders from around the globe.

Google Maps Wants to Help You Navigate During Natural Disasters

The app will offer crisis navigation warnings and provide detailed visual information about hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.

Using Data to Predict Coastal Flood Risk

A new online tool compiles NOAA water-level data and storm forecasts to help coastal residents prepare for floods.

Lawmakers Approve Two-Week Flood Insurance Extension

Congress is under pressure to overhaul the National Flood Insurance Program amid cost and coverage concerns, but has been unable to secure permanent reauthorization of the program.

Texans Won’t Need Permits to Carry Handguns After Disasters Under Newly Passed Bill

Lawmakers say they backed the measure to prevent residents from choosing between violating gun laws or falling victim to looting, but some officials question whether it's necessary.

$19 Billion Disaster Relief Bill Blocked for Second Time

The House was unable to approve a package of disaster relief funds destined for states hit by hurricanes, wildfires and flooding after a Republican lawmaker lodged an objection Tuesday.

Senate Passes $19 Billion Disaster Aid Bill

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How Rural Areas Like Florida’s Panhandle Can Become More Hurricane-Ready

COMMENTARY | Better preparation can help make communities more resilient in the face of major disasters.

To Control Forest Fires, Western States Light More of Their Own

Prescribed fires were burned on over 3 million acres in Western states in 2017.

These States are More Prepared for Public Health Emergencies

The National Health Security Preparedness Index analyzes 129 measures to rank which states are most—and least—prepared to handle large-scale public health emergencies.

Watchdog Questions FEMA Hurricane Relief Contracting

But the federal agency that has come under recent scrutiny for handling of contracts rejects Inspector General recommendations.

At the Border, Local Governments Scramble to House Migrants

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Pennsylvania considers a gift-ban for lawmakers … Georgia passes law to identify children with dyslexia … Massachusetts enforces ban the box legislation.

Low-Income Communities in This City are More at Risk for Disasters

As Portland, Oregon considers ways to mitigate environmental risks for poorer neighborhoods, a simple answer is arising: trees.

How to Help Small Businesses Survive a Flood

After a flood, 40% to 60% of small businesses close down. Lawmakers say improving infrastructure before disasters strike could help prevent that from happening.

How Historic Ellicott City Plans to Survive the Next Flood

After catastrophic storms in 2016 and 2018, the Maryland mill town has five flood control plans. But it faces hard choices on how to avoid future disasters.

Midwest Farmers Suffer After Floods: ‘I Got My Life in This Ground’

Levee breaches along the Missouri River mean that farmers' fields not only flooded in March, but could be vulnerable for months to come.

Key Federal Agency Doesn’t Have the Staff to Oversee $35B in 2017 Hurricane Recovery Money

A slow process has led to four states and territories devastated by hurricanes receiving virtually none of the funds Congress appropriated.

Moody’s: FEMA’s Decision About California Dam Is a Signal to States and Localities

The federal agency may want governments to repair and replace aging infrastructure before it fails, but making California eat some of the repair costs could lead to more deferred maintenance on other projects, the ratings company said.

States Could See 'Unprecedented' Flooding

NOAA's spring outlook, issued Thursday, predicts a heightened flood risk, even as states in the Midwest are dealing with historic flooding.

Poppy Apocalypse Overwhelms California Town

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Amazon incentive package passes in Nashville ... Floods continue in Midwest ... Former governor to lobby for a constitutional convention.