All Articles Tagged "disaster assistance"
(New York Times) — As Senator Bernard Sanders toured Vermont by helicopter on Tuesday to assess the damage from what he said could be his state’s worst-ever natural disaster, the idea of cutting other federal programs to aid towns pummeled by Hurricane Irene was stoking his outrage. “To say that the only way you can come up with funding to rebuild devastated communities is to cut back on other desperately needed programs is totally absurd,” said Mr. Sanders, an independent, responding to a call by leading Republicans to balance any financial relief with spending reductions elsewhere. “Historically in this country we have understood that when communities and states experience disasters, we as a nation come together to address those. “That is what being a nation is about,” he said in an interview.
(New York Times) — Federal and state officials and housing advocates announced on Monday the creation of a $133 million program to address housing problems that remain for poor Mississippi residents five years after Hurricane Katrina. The announcement comes after months of negotiations by officials from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Developmentand the Mississippi governor’s office and housing advocates on the coast, and could bring to a close a long-running dispute about the state’s spending of federal grant money after the hurricane.
(Atlanta Business Chronicle) – Disaster relief funding is on its way for metro Atlantans who lost their properties in last fall’s flooding. The federal government’s $5.1 billion in supplemental Federal Emergency Management Agency funding singed by President Barack Obama includes $33.3 million for property buyouts in the Atlanta suburbs.
The projects include about 120 Atlanta-area properties in flood plains. To qualify for the money, damage to the homes had to be more than 50 percent of their appraised value. The homes will be demolished and preserved as green space and flood buffers.
(Chicago Tribune) — As flood victims across the region sifted through their rain-soaked homes and businesses, Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday declared Cook, DuPage and 10 other storm-ravaged counties disaster areas. But state officials said more flood-damage assessment is necessary before they can request federal funds to help pay for the damage.
Quinn’s declaration allows the state to provide resources such as trucks, materials and work crews. The state treasurer’s office will also seek banks willing to give low-interest loans to residents and business owners who were victims of flooding. Beyond that, it would take a federal disaster decree for many flood victims to get government funding.
(AP) – New York City firefighters and other emergency workers are going to Haiti to teach emergency response techniques to residents. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that a 12-member team will spend two weeks in Port-au-Prince.