June 22, 2006
WAS anyone actually surprised to hear that people inappropriately used relief funds to buy vacations and porn? I'm not, since most of the people affected float through life on the government's tab. The blame goes to FEMA once again for not having a system in place to make sure the money was spent properly. Bill O'Brien Philadelphia
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.
January 22, 2008
THE STORY of Temptresse Browne - the Philly teen who crashed as an "American Idol" finalist, but decidedly did not burn - is uniquely hers, and yet all too familiar. She's the contestant who touched the cold hearts of the "Idol" judges, not with her singing, but with her tale of a tough life, caring for her sick and morbidly obese mother. The familiar part of this story is how quickly other television shows swept in for a piece of the saga. "Entertainment Tonight" has optioned Temptresse's story to become a series, and is arranging a bunch of life coaches for the teen and her mom. ET's sister show, "The Insider," was shooting the story last night.
August 5, 2010
Philadelphia's director of emergency management, MaryAnn Tierney, announced Wednesday that she is leaving the Nutter administration to become a local regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Association. Tierney's last day will be Aug. 13. Tierney previously helped coordinate the cleanup of the World Trade Center site in New York City as an assistant commissioner for planning and preparedness. In Philadelphia, she transformed the city's emergency preparedness program, including new emergency procedures and training exercises for emergency personnel.
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.
March 4, 2015 |
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.
February 9, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday that it was rolling out a plan to waive debts for many victims of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters who may have mistakenly received millions of dollars in aid. The debts, which average about $4,622 per recipient, represent slightly less than 5 percent of the roughly $8 billion that FEMA distributed to victims of Katrina and other 2005 storms. Some of the overpayments were caused by FEMA employees' own mistakes, ranging from clerical errors to failure to interview applicants, according to congressional testimony.
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
January 18, 2013
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has added Montgomery County to the list of localities eligible for federal aid after Hurricane Sandy. Sixteen other counties - including Bucks - had already been approved. Montgomery County, municipalities within the county, and certain nonprofit agencies can apply for aid to cover "debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities," according to a FEMA news release.
September 13, 2005 |
The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency resigned yesterday after days of blistering criticism over the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, and President Bush quickly named the head of the agency's emergency-preparedness force as acting director. In announcing his resignation, Michael Brown said he feared he had become a distraction. He was replaced by R. David Paulison, a top agency official and a former fire chief in Miami-Dade County. It was unclear who would fill the job permanently.