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Disaster Aid

Most Post-Disaster Funding Is a Disaster, How to Do It Right

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.23.2016 | Impact
Beverly Bell

There is a pressing need to directly support communities following a catastrophe. There is also a widespread, compassionate desire to give. The question is, how do we avoid the six homes scenario?

Oklahoma Senators

Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Lessons From Oklahoma

Jim Utterback | Posted 07.22.2013 | College
Jim Utterback

In May of 2010, my house took a direct hit from a huge tornado. Following that, I applied for a FEMA grant in 2011 to build a storm shelter on campus that would be large enough for 6,000 people in Seminole and surrounding areas to take cover.

Jennifer Bendery

John Boehner Mum On Offsets For Oklahoma Disaster Aid | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) offered his prayers and sympathies to the people harmed by Monday's devastating tornado in Oklahoma....

Sandy Heroes Still Need Our Help

MeiMei Fox | Posted 01.18.2013 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Hurricane Sandy. Many of us already have filed the disaster away in our dim, damp memory banks. Even for those of us who were caught in the storm, s...

Sandy and the Importance of Government

David Morris | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
David Morris

When disasters hit, the government is the only agent with the authority and capacity to marshal and mobilize resources sufficient to the undertaking

Relief Money Still Available After Tornadoes

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2012 | Green

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) - The rash of devastating tornadoes early in the season across the Midwest and South wil...

Climate Change And Urbanization Will Impact Disaster Relief

Reuters | Posted 03.27.2012 | Green

* Expert poll shows changing face of humanitarian aid * Role of climate change and urbanisation to grow * Investment in ...

Elise Foley

Senate Turns To Plan B On Funding Government | Elise Foley | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed a stopgap funding bill Monday to keep the government running, ending a weeklong battle over disaster aid that has turn...

Jennifer Bendery

FEMA Aide: Disaster Relief Funds Can Stretch Until Later This Week | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Emergency Management Administration won't run out of disaster relief money until later in the week, despite dire warnings fr...

Government Shutdown Looms As Congress Fights Over Spending

Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press (AP) WASHINGTON -- Congress is once again allowing shutdown politics to bring the federal government to the bri...

Michael McAuliff

Pennsylvania Rep.: 'This Is Not The Only Disaster In America' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After first fighting to see the House pass a more generous disaster aid package advanced by the Senate, a Republican congressman now say...

Elise Foley

House Passes Funding Bill, Set To Die In Senate | Elise Foley | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans set the stage early Friday for another fight over government funding, passing a stopgap bill that Senate Democrats say...

Jennifer Bendery

House Republicans Settle On Solyndra Language To Pass CR | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After an embarrassing failed vote on Wednesday, House Republican leaders have settled on plan B for passing a resolution to keep the gov...

Elise Foley

John Boehner: There Is No Threat Of Government Shutdown | Elise Foley | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday there is no threat of a government shutdown, downplaying whispers that he cannot control his...

Jennifer Bendery

Nearly All Democrats Buck Vote In Protest Of Paying For Disaster Aid | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: 6 p.m. -- The House on Wednesday failed to pass a continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded past next week, a major defeat f...

Jennifer Bendery

House GOP Leaders Insist On Paying For Disaster Aid Upfront | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders are gambling with the prospect of a government shutdown next week as they wait to see who will blink first in a fi...

Jennifer Bendery

Fight Over Offsets For Emergency Aid Hangs Over House | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday took a step forward in moving a nearly $7 billion disaster aid bill through Congress, though the proposal could be...

Both Sides Now: Obama vs. GOP/Perry vs. Social Security/Reagan vs. Cheney

HuffPost Radio | Posted 11.11.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2010-06-28-bothsides_pull.jpg Mary Matalin and Ron Reagan sharply disagree on whether Obama was passionate or merely political in his jobs address, Perry presidential or just a "gunslinger" in his first debate, and author Cheney a brilliant strategist and/or war criminal.

Amanda Terkel

'Brownie' Weighs In On Hurricane Irene | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director Michael Brown wants federal emergency disaster aid to be offset by spending c...

John Celock

Local Republicans Seek Federal Aid in Hurricane Irene's Wake | John Celock | Posted 10.29.2011 | Politics

The GOP’s philosophy has been to push government more towards the state and local level, but the wake of Hurricane Irene is leaving many seeking a r...

Disaster Aid or Aid Disaster? -- Haitian's Thoughts on Foreign Assistance

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Beverly Bell

The international community has pledged or given $9.9 billion in relief and reconstruction aid to Haiti. Yet, for the most part, the impact of these dollars is imperceptible. Where is it going?

How Mean Can the Bush Administration Be?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The Bush administration has offered $100,000 worth of aid to hurricane-battered Cuba; this is but a pittance compared to what is needed by one of our closest neighbors. Someone should remind Bush that the Cold War is over.