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September 13, 2011
Individuals and business owners in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties are eligible to receive disaster assistance for damage sustained during Hurricane Irene between Aug. 26 and 30. To apply: Register online at www.disasterassistance.gov Register from a Web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov Call 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA), Ext. 3362. The toll-free telephone number is open between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. seven days a week. Potential applicants must register their damage estimates with FEMA separately from those sent to local emergency-management agencies.
NEWS
October 13, 2011
On Friday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to close its Chester and Montgomery County disaster recovery centers, set up to help victims of flooding rains from the remnants of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The Bucks County office was closed Wednesday, but two centers in Philadelphia and one in Delaware will remain open, said FEMA spokesman Eugene Brezany. In New Jersey, centers in Burlington and Gloucester Counties continue operating for residents who want to apply for Irene-related aid. Even after the closing of the centers, individuals in all eight counties still can apply for assistance, including grants and low-interest loans, by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or going online at www.disasterassistance.gov . - Anthony R. Wood
NEWS
November 11, 2011
Emergency centers in Atlantic, Burlington and Gloucester Counties that were set up to aid tropical-storm victims are scheduled to close next week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday. When the centers close on Wednesday, FEMA's last remaining center - staffed by FEMA, the Small Business Administration, and other agencies to help residents apply for aid - will be at 2109 W. Chew Ave., Philadelphia. Applicants still can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov , or by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA.
NEWS
December 13, 2011
More than 49,000 people in the Philadelphia region have applied for disaster aid related to damages caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The agency said Monday it had committed more than $40 million in grants so far to residents of Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. County breakdowns were unavailable for New Jersey, where residents were not eligible for Lee-related aid, but the statewide figure for Irene assistance is more than $140 million.
NEWS
July 23, 2010 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
SCRANTON - A northeastern Pennsylvania woman is facing theft and fraud charges for allegedly taking $25,000 in Hurricane Katrina relief money that she wasn't entitled to. Federal prosecutors say 38-year-old Contessa Comadore, of East Stroudsburg, told the Federal Emergency Management Agency she lived in New Orleans and was a victim of the 2005 hurricane. Authorities say she actually lived in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains at the time. Comadore was arraigned Thursday before a federal judge in Scranton.
NEWS
September 19, 2011
A Disaster Recovery Center, where people affected by Irene's flooding rains can apply for aid, has set up shop in Center City, with another one due to open in Montgomery County on Wednesday. Representatives from several federal and state agencies are staffing the Philadelphia center at 115 S. 15th St., said city Deputy Managing Director Liam O'Keefe. The aid - for low-interest loans and grants - would be limited to damages that occurred between Aug. 26 and Aug. 30, said Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman Mike Wade.
NEWS
November 9, 2010 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The School District of Philadelphia has a new chief communications officer. Jamilah Fraser has a background in TV and experience handling communications about natural disasters for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Fraser, 34, will receive $170,000 for overseeing district communications, community engagement, and broadcast operations. She started Monday as the replacement for Lisa Mastoon, a former television producer and communications specialist who quit in August after two weeks in the post.
NEWS
July 5, 1987 | By Alfonso Chardy, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Lt. Col. Oliver L. North helped draft a plan in 1984 to impose martial law in the United States in the event of an emergency, provoking a sharp protest by then-Attorney General William French Smith, according to government officials. The secret plan called for suspension of the Constitution, turning control of the government over to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), appointment of military commanders to run state and local governments, and the declaration of martial law in the event of such a crisis as nuclear war, violent and widespread internal dissent or national opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad, the officials said.
NEWS
August 25, 2004 | By Jennifer Moroz INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The federal disaster center in Lumberton, one of three opened to assist victims of last month's floods in Burlington and Camden Counties, will close at 7 p.m. today. The Federal Emergency Management Agency closed the centers in Cherry Hill and Medford this month. Officials said the number of walk-ins in Lumberton had dropped off drastically the last few weeks. "The numbers as such don't warrant the cost of keeping it open," FEMA spokesman Mike Beeman said. Flood victims seeking financial assistance or answers to questions can still call the agency's hotline (1-800-621-3362)
NEWS
July 17, 1988 | By E.J. Brown, Special to The Inquirer
Developer Barry Snader told the West Pikeland Planning Commission on Wednesday that he would go to court if necessary to force a review of the township's designated flood-plain boundaries, which are holding up his building plans. Snader's proposed Town Center shopping district along Route 401 in Chester Springs would lie partly within the flood hazard district mapped out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). But Snader has challenged the accuracy of the flood-plain map and has requested that supervisors ask the FEMA to review it. Snader told the Board of Supervisors last month that township engineer John J. Gillespie had studied the map and found it to be in error.
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March 4, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
A New Jersey congressman is asking for an investigation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the resignation of its top official after reports that FEMA was aware that insurance companies fraudulently denied full payouts to Hurricane Sandy victims. Rep. Tom MacArthur, a Republican whose Third District stretches from Willingboro to the Shore, said Monday that FEMA had engaged in "corrupt and fraudulent" practices and called for the resignation of Administrator W. Craig Fugate.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Jacqueline Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a move it said would "increase transparency" in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management opened a 30-day public comment period on an important hazard mitigation plan - a full week after it had already submitted the plan to the federal government for approval. The state emergency management office - which regulates everything from dispatch of personnel and equipment to mandatory evacuations during a disaster - on March 11 opened a 30-day public comment period, which it heralded as the first time the agency had ever sought input for the plan from "civilians.
NEWS
March 9, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Federal auditors have found that the Christie administration complied with state and federal standards in issuing a no-bid contract to a Florida firm tasked with cleaning up debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In the interest of speed, New Jersey awarded a six-month contract to AshBritt Inc. two days after Sandy made landfall to clean up the hundreds of thousands of tons of debris at the Shore. Democrats held hearings on the subject last year, attacking Gov. Christie for hiring a politically connected firm that they suggested was overcharging for its work.
NEWS
February 23, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - A day after Gov. Christie held one of his signature town-hall meetings to assure wary New Jersey residents that he was committed to Sandy recovery, the state's top elected Democrat swung through this Shore town to promote legislation he says would put the process on track. "We know this government has failed. We're not about pointing fingers. We're trying to find solutions," Senate President Stephen Sweeney told about 50 residents at his town hall meeting at the Toms River Elks Lodge.
NEWS
April 1, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEA BRIGHT, N.J. - When Hurricane Sandy roared ashore last fall, causing billions of dollars in damage and ruining tens of thousands of homes, Bernard Bertino felt like the luckiest guy on his block. His relatively new house was the only one spared. Now the property, about 350 feet from the beach in this tiny Monmouth County resort, has become a poster child for the Federal Emergency Management Agency as it highlights the best ways to rebuild. "I think maybe a shingle came off. But all around me . . . devastation," said Bertino, who had lived in the Ocean Avenue townhouse about 14 months before the Oct. 29 storm.
NEWS
December 24, 2012 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - Bill Haeser and Bob Huff were neighbors before Sandy, but the storm has chased Haeser and his wife, Laurel, off their block, at least for now. Still, their dark-humored buddy routine has held, even as the short-term rebuilding on Cummings Place has stalled, and the long-term future of people like them along the Jersey Shore gets murkier. Both big guys in their own way, they were happy to see each other again last week in the back of the Brigantine North Elementary School auditorium, where at a FEMA town-hall meeting, their mayor had speculated that requirements from proposed flood-map elevations would "decimate" the island.
NEWS
May 21, 2012 | By Stephen L. Carter
The time has come to declare a state of emergency due to absurd overuse of the term emergency. When President Obama recently signed an executive order expanding sanctions against the regimes in Iran and Syria, he was actually extending a declaration of national emergency that we have been living under since at least the mid-1990s. That's right: Whether you knew it or not, the United States is currently in a state of emergency declared by President Bill Clinton and extended by his two successors.
NEWS
December 13, 2011
More than 49,000 people in the Philadelphia region have applied for disaster aid related to damages caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The agency said Monday it had committed more than $40 million in grants so far to residents of Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. County breakdowns were unavailable for New Jersey, where residents were not eligible for Lee-related aid, but the statewide figure for Irene assistance is more than $140 million.
NEWS
November 11, 2011
Emergency centers in Atlantic, Burlington and Gloucester Counties that were set up to aid tropical-storm victims are scheduled to close next week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday. When the centers close on Wednesday, FEMA's last remaining center - staffed by FEMA, the Small Business Administration, and other agencies to help residents apply for aid - will be at 2109 W. Chew Ave., Philadelphia. Applicants still can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov , or by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA.
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