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Obama Orders Federal Agencies To Take Proactive Approach To Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The Obama administration quietly unveiled a new executive order on Friday laying out plans to deal with the impacts of climate change ...

Serving After Sandy

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

As we mark one year since Sandy, just weeks after a fiscal battle in Congress that shut down the government, national service offers an opportunity to unite the country and rekindle the American spirit of service and sacrifice for a cause greater than self.

WATCH: Sandy Survivor: 'FEMA Didn't Believe I Lived In The House I Owned'

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.29.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

It has been one year since Hurricane Sandy battered parts of the East Coast, causing more than $65 billion in damages and taking the lives of hundreds...

You Can Never Have Too Many Flashlights: (And Other Life Lessons from Hurricane Sandy)

Laurie Nadel | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Laurie Nadel

While the media will celebrate the feel-good stories of the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, it does not mean that the healing process if over. Healing after Hurricane Katrina is a process that is still going on six years later.

Congress Passed A Climate Change Law ... And Then Nothing Happened

Posted 10.15.2013 | Green

ProPublica's Theodoric Meyer reports: Congress did something unusual last year. It passed a bill that acknowledged that sea levels are rising — i...

Republicans Want Smaller Government? Opt-Out of Those Dirty Socialist Programs - What Is Stopping You?

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We know the shutdown is not about fiscal responsibility. If it was, Republicans would not have run up the deficit under W by trillions of dollars with two unpaid wars, unpaid Medicare prescription plan, and the Bush tax cuts.

Budgeting by Headlines Isn't the Way to Run the Government

Sharon Parrott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sharon Parrott

The House leadership's piecemeal approach to temporarily fund politically sensitive programs -- the third installment of which will take place in the ...

'Green News Report' - October 3, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S ...

Relocating Rivers Proves To Be A Real Challenge

The Greeley Tribune | Eric Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Denver

Water officials and water providers face a rare predicament following last month's historic flood. Discussions on whether the region's rivers should ...

Biden Tells Flood Victims Government Shutdown Won't Affect Aid

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden assured Colorado flood victims on Monday that the looming government shutdown would not cause them to lose federal aid. D...

Flood Safety: From Governor Hickenlooper and FEMA

Anita Thompson | Posted 09.14.2013 | Denver
Anita Thompson

It is the worst since the Big Thompson Flood of 1976. Raging late-summer storms overwhelmed the Rocky Mountain canyons, which gushed water into urban ...

This Might Be The Only Funny Thing About Natural Disasters

Posted 08.29.2013 | Green

Disasters are not funny. Thankfully, that doesn’t mean FEMA can’t have a sense of humor when it comes to discussing disaster preparation! Throu...

Remembering West, Texas: Lessons From a Tragedy

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

The West, Texas event was a tragedy of almost epic proportion because of its far-reaching and direct impact upon an entire community. Yet, it received only modest attention in the mainstream press at the time of its occurrence and subsequently.

The Libertarian Alamo

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

The libertarian rank hypocrisy runs much deeper and further than the post-tornado cries for help in Oklahoma, which surely deserve our sympathy. And it needs yet another debunking.

New FEMA Study: Climate Change Will Greatly Increase Flood Risk, Debt

Peter Lehner | Posted 08.19.2013 | Green
Peter Lehner

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in a study finally released last week after five years in the making, predicted that areas at risk of floodin...

Hurricane Preparedness: What Every City Must Consider

Marianne Cusato | Posted 08.03.2013 | Miami
Marianne Cusato

This year, as we make sure our insurance documents are in order and buy new batteries for our flashlight, let's consider taking preparedness beyond bracing for the storm and the immediate aftermath.

We Are All Oklahomans

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Stacey D. Stewart

The task may seem Herculean, but we have actually done it before. In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, United Way of Central Oklahoma recruited people and organizations to provide support to the affected communities.

Obama Surveying Oklahoma Tornado Damage

By NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — President Barack Obama visited tornado-devastated Moore, Okla., Sunday, consoling people staggered by the loss of life and prope...

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.

Obama Signs Oklahoma Disaster Declaration

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma as the state recovers from a massive tornado that ripped through the Ok...

Operation Urban Shield: Protecting the Homeland

Renee Parsons | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Renee Parsons

Despite the advantages of Federal government largesse of unlimited funding and manpower and an enormous bureaucracy, there remains a fundamental question of whether any amount of money, training or preparation can defend against or anticipate a lone-wolf, homegrown kind of attack.

Family Affected By Sandy Now Facing Health Crisis

Brian Penny | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Brian Penny

It's been six months since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast. While the media and majority of the American public have largely moved on to other...

Avoiding Post-Disaster Scam Artists

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.20.2013 | Business
Jason Alderman

Have you ever turned on the light in a dark basement and shuddered as cockroaches scurried away? I get that same sense of revulsion whenever I hear about unscrupulous swindlers taking advantage of the victims of natural and manmade disasters.

Heroes and Hope In Hotel Hell: The New Diaspora of Hurricane Sandy

Sandi Bachom | Posted 05.19.2013 | New York
Sandi Bachom

If there is a gift in all this, it's that these kids have a glimpse of a possibility of life past the projects.

Lucia Graves

Environmentalists Decry Paul Ryan Budget

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.14.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday released his budget proposal calling for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and slashing the discre...