Stop FEMA Rallies Planned Across the Country

New flood insurance rates could force homeowners to move
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Rallies are being planned in several states on Saturday to protest the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), its new flood maps, and the Biggert-Waters Act that will result in higher flood insurance rates.

Abandoned

Hurricane Sandy victims struggle to regain normalcy
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Frustration has now turned to anger for many Hurricane Sandy victims after living in limbo for more than six months, and they say the slow response and inaction by the Obama administration is taking its toll.

In Memory

Hundreds gather at park opening to honor Sandy Hook victim
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Hundreds gathered in a New Jersey town on Friday morning to open a playground that will memorialize one of the young victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and offer hope to children affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The Revolt Against FEMA

Sandy victims criticize FEMA flood maps, slow progress
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Some New Jersey hurricane victims are complaining that FEMA is doing more harm than Superstorm Sandy did when it hit over four months ago and washed away their homes and businesses. FEMA issued Advisory Base Flood Elevation Maps as a provision of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, which was signed by President Barack Obama last July.

Preparing for Disaster

Government includes climate change in biennial list of at-risk areas within the federal government
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Federal, state, and local governments need to better prepare for natural disasters, Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said today at the unveiling of the Government Accountability Office’s High-Risk Series report.

Another FEMA Misfire

Report: Post-Katrina FEMA funds still unspent seven years later
Audubon zoo after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 / AP

More than seven years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, federal grant funds marked for a nature center in the city have yet to be spent, leading federal watchdogs to recommend the revocation of some of those funds.

Three Months Later

Hurricane Sandy’s destruction still apparent in ravaged communities
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The destruction from one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast is still evident in many towns and cleanup continues three months after the storm made landfall.