6.0 quake shakes Puerto Rico; no damage immediately reported

U.S. 09/23/19, 23:59

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Puerto Rico late Monday, rousing and scaring many from their sleep in the U.S. territory. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck 49 miles (79 kilometers) off the island's northwest coast at a shallow depth ...

President Trump declares disaster in 6 Vermont counties

U.S. 06/15/19, 13:45

A federal disaster declaration will make six counties eligible for federal aid for damage caused when heavy rain and snowmelt caused dangerous flooding in April in Vermont. President Donald Trump on Friday made the formal disaster declaration for Vermont's Bennington, Essex, ...

Groups tout program they say rebuilds faster after disaster

U.S. 06/14/19, 16:17

For Houston resident Scenacia Jones, the experience of getting her new home through an innovative way of building post-disaster housing was like an experiment.Jones and her two children had been living in a shelter for single parents when Hurricane Harvey's ...

Update: Trump declares emergency for Arkansas flooding

U.S. 05/31/19, 10:15

The Latest on flooding in the United States (all times local): 9:15 a.m. President Donald Trump has declared an emergency in Arkansas, which has been hit by historic flooding. The Arkansas River floods Harry E. Kelley River Park Thursday, May 30, 2019, in ...

Hundreds in shelters as record flooding hits Arkansas River

U.S. 05/30/19, 16:49

Temporary shelters were housing hundreds of people on Thursday following evacuations along the swollen Arkansas River, where officials kept a close eye on an aging levee system facing enormous pressure from enduring floodwaters.The river held steady at record levels, offering ...

US officials to meet governors amid flood management gripes

U.S. 04/03/19, 15:16

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials were set to meet Wednesday with the governors of four flood-ravaged Midwestern states amid criticism of the federal agency for its management of swollen waterways.Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Missouri ...

Update: President Trump grants Iowa disaster declaration

U.S. 03/23/19, 17:04

The Latest on the flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says President Donald Trump has granted her request for an expedited disaster declaration for 56 counties with damage from recent flooding along the Missouri River ...

Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released personal data of victims

Politics 03/22/19, 14:16

The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. Homeland Security Department's Office ...

Homes flood as Missouri River overtops, breaches levees

U.S. 03/18/19, 15:32

Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday while warning that the flooding was expected to linger. About 200 miles of levees ...

Update: Nigeria calls off search at collapsed school

Africa 03/14/19, 07:43

The Latest on Nigeria school building collapse (all times local):1:35 p.m.A Nigerian official says search efforts have been halted a day after a school building collapsed in Lagos with an unknown number of children inside.Local people attend the scene after ...

2nd day of searching at Nigeria school building collapse

Africa 03/14/19, 05:12

Search and rescue work continued in Nigeria on Thursday after a building containing a school collapsed with scores of children said to be inside.Eight people were dead and 37 were rescued, a National Emergency Management Agency spokesman said late Wednesday.An ...

President Trump to tour tornado devastation in Alabama

Politics 03/08/19, 10:37

President Donald Trump headed to Alabama on Friday to survey the damage from a deadly tornado that devastated a small town, killing nearly two dozen people. Trump was expected to tour rural Lee County in eastern Alabama, where 23 people died ...

Update: Tenn. gov monitoring storm damage; won’t visit

U.S. 02/25/19, 13:10

The Latest on violent weather and flooding in the Southeast (all times local):12:10 p.m.Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee won't be visiting the damage caused throughout the state by recent storm activity over the weekend, but instead plans on remaining in close ...

Climate change means more floods, great and localized

U.S. 02/16/19, 09:50

When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest disasters would be wind and surge rolling over his county's beaches, South Carolina's top tourist destination.Instead, his worries have shifted inland, where rivers ...

Head of FEMA resigning, questioned over use of vehicles

Politics 02/13/19, 15:49

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is resigning, months after an investigation found he misused government vehicles to travel to his home in North Carolina. Brock Long said in a letter Wednesday to agency employees that he was resigning ...

Fire chief wants changes in wake of Las Vegas mass shooting

U.S. 02/09/19, 12:18

A Las Vegas-area fire chief who warned lawmakers months before a 2017 mass shooting at a music festival that Nevada should bolster its emergency management planning says he wants to bypass state lawmakers to get changes made.Six months before the ...

Trump, California spar over money for wildfire relief funds

U.S. 01/09/19, 13:26

President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to withhold money to help California cope with wildfires a day after new Gov. Gavin Newsom asked him to double the federal investment in forest management. Trump once again suggested poor forest management is to blame ...

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