Governors of Both Parties Demand Disaster Relief Funding

By: Friday September 23, 2011 2:15 pm

Governors in states affected by Hurricane Irene – two Democrats and two Republicans – are urging Congress to restore FEMA funding for disaster relief without delay. Govs. Chris Christie (R-NJ), Tom Corbett (R-PA), Bev Perdue (D-NC) and Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) made the statement. “Federal assistance for the victims of storms and floods should be beyond [...]

Administration Formally Asks for $5.1 Billion in Disaster Relief

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 8:43 am

The White House sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner late last night, asking for a total of $5.1 billion in disaster relief funding to deal with the multitude of hurricanes, flooding and wildfires that have rocked the United States this summer. Here is the text of the letter: I ask the Congress to consider [...]

White House Wants to Boost Disaster Relief Funding by $6.7 Billion in FY2012

By: Tuesday September 6, 2011 10:10 am

The White House estimates that Hurricane Irene caused $1.5 billion in damages, virtually assuring that they will have to ask for a disaster relief supplemental sometime in the next couple months. The preliminary estimate, released by White House budget director Jacob Lew, is on top of $5.2 billion needed for other recent disasters, including tornadoes [...]

White House Requests $5.2 Billion in Disaster Relief

By: Friday September 2, 2011 8:10 am

The White House has requested $5.2 billion in disaster relief funds, a number that does not include damages caused by Hurricane Irene last week. Because of a provision tucked into the debt limit deal, Congress can go beyong the self-imposed spending cap by up to $11 billion for disaster relief, without offsets. So far, they [...]

Virginia Nuclear Plant Not Built to Withstand Last Week’s Earthquake

By: Tuesday August 30, 2011 8:50 am

It appears that the inland waterways, particularly in Vermont, bore the worst hardship from Hurricane Irene, with flooding of areas that were probably less equipped to deal with such things than coastal regions. The amount of rain tacked on to an already wet August was too much for many tributaries to bear. The damage is [...]

Irene a Net Stimulus? Hardly.

By: Monday August 29, 2011 7:35 am

There’s an economic theory that breaking windows is likely to provide a short-term boost to the economy, because the windows will have to be replaced, adding to window manufacturing and shipping and sales. Some are trying to associate that theory to Hurricane Irene, saying that in the long run, the economy will benefit from cleanup [...]

FEMA Provides Strong Response During East Coast Storm

By: Monday August 29, 2011 6:26 am

The hurricane which became tropical storm Irene ended up doing more damage with its precipitation than it did with its winds. In parts of the East Coast, August was already the rainiest month on record prior to the storm. So the waterways were swelled and more prone to flooding. Apparently Vermont got some of the [...]

New York City Orders Mandatory Evacuations for Hurricane Irene

By: Friday August 26, 2011 12:27 pm

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered the city’s first hurricane evacuations in history in advance of Hurricane Irene, expected to hit the area over the weekend. The city ordered a mandatory evacuation of Zone A of this map. Zone A is marked in orange. Zone A includes low-lying coastal areas in parts of [...]

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