The National Guard joined forces with FEMA to launch a mass vaccination site in Los Angeles.
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Developing a national disaster response plan for the pandemic was only step one.
In a year tied for the warmest on record globally, the U.S. was hit with costly hurricanes, wildfires, storms and drought.
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NOAA released its list of climate and weather disasters that cost the nation more than $1 billion each. Like many climate and weather events this past year, it shattered the record.
Hurricane Harvey showed the racial disparities in flood damage outside Houston’s 100-year flood zones.
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New risk models show nearly twice as many properties are at risk from a 100-year flood today than the government's flood maps indicate.
It’s hard to avoid close contact during a hurricane evacuation and recovery.
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The US faces a high risk of hurricanes and other disasters this year that could leave thousands of people in need of shelter. COVID-19 will make those disasters more dangerous to manage.
Survivors of Hurricane Matthew in 2016 spent the night on beach chairs in a ballroom at the Melia Hotel in Nassau.
Hotels in the Bahamas are helping the islands recover from the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Dorian, just as they did in Florida following Irma in 2017.
Devastation from Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, Oct. 12, 2018. Residents whose homes have suffered major damage in multiple storms could eventually be offered buyouts, but the process can take several years.
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Government agencies spend millions of dollars yearly to buy and demolish homes sited in floodplains. But the program is slow, cumbersome and doesn't always help those who need it most.
Businesses in Humble, Texas, part of metropolitan Houston, surrounded by floodwater from Hurricane Harvey, August 29, 2017.
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Hurricane Harvey swamped much of Houston in 2017, causing more damage than all other US hurricanes except Katrina. But now the city is authorizing construction in zones at high risk for flooding.
Hurricane Maria denuded forests in Puerto Rico, revealing once-hidden homes and communities. A graffiti-sprayed saying is now popping up across the island, noting that “Behind the trees live people.”
A Puerto Rican librarian with a personal relationship to hurricanes describes the brutal reality of life on this Caribbean island more than a month after Maria and Irma left their mark.
Puerto Rico, a key piece of U.S. military and economic machinery, is in crisis.
If humanitarian need can't move the Trump administration to save Puerto Rico, then perhaps American self-interest will: The island is a crucial part of the country's economic and military machinery.
FEMA’s handling of Hurricane Katrina inspired resentment in the affected communities – but did it bring about real change in the organization?
Is the Federal Emergency Management Agency ready for the new era of disasters?
Two people walk down a flooded section of Interstate 610 in Houston in floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.
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As Hurricane Harvey shows, flooding can happen wherever large storms stall and dumps lots of rain. A new study finds that development is increasing in flood zones inland, where people may not think they are at risk.