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    Washington (CNN)Vulnerabilities in software that TV and radio networks around the country use to transmit emergency alerts could allow a hacker to broadcast fake messages over the alert system, a Federal Emergency Management Agency official tells CNN.A cybersecurity researcher provided FEMA with "compelling evidence to suggest certain unpatched and unsecured EAS [Emergency Alert System] devices are indeed vulnerable," said Mark Lucero, the chief engineer for Integrated Public Alert & Warning System, the national system that state and local officials use to send urgent alerts about natural disasters or child abductions.The agency this week urged operators of the devices to update their software to address the issue, saying that the false alerts could in theory be issued over TV, radio and cable networks. The advisory did not say that alerts sent over text messages were affected. There is no evidence that malicious hackers have exploited the vulnerabilities, Lucero said.It's unclear how many emergency alert system devices are running the vulnerable software. FEMA referred a request for an estimate of that figure to the FCC, which did not immediately respond to a...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – FEMA officials say they are ready to respond to any impact from hurricanes in our region. Eyewitness News was at FEMA’s Region 3 Regional Coordination Center in Old City on Tuesday morning. Officials gave an overview of the facility and highlighted preparedness efforts that will allow FEMA to respond before, during, and after disasters. READ MORE: Philadelphia's First Black TV Reporter Trudy Haynes Passes Away At Age 95“We are ready and we would like for people in Region 3 to be ready as well,” said. “Hurricanes are a significant threat for our region. Even if you think you’re not at risk from hurricanes, you are in fact at risk whether it’s in land flooding or coastal impacts.” Following Hurricane Ida, more than 8,000 Pennsylvanians registered for FEMA assistance. Here’s how to prepare for hurricane season: Know your Evacuation Route Check with local officials about what shelter spaces are available this year. Don’t forget — coronavirus may have altered your community’s plans. Gather Supplies Have enough food, water and other supplies for every member of your family to last several days. Consider...
    PARADISE (CBS13) — A new emergency warning system is coming to the fire-ravaged Butte County town of Paradise thanks to a $2 million FEMA grant. The grant comes nearly four years after the Camp Fire nearly destroyed the town. The goal is to get construction started this summer. READ MORE: Citrus Heights City Leaders Consider Solutions To Drive-Through DilemmaThe mayor of Paradise said this is something the community really pushed for, so if disaster strikes again, they have something they can count on. “These are the wins as a town that we need to have,” Mayor Steve Crowder said. That win is keeping Paradise strong with a new system giving the community advanced notice of emergencies. “It’s a huge joy in Paradise to have that peace of mind for our citizens,” Mayor Crowder said. Twenty-one sirens will be scattered throughout the town. Each one will have a display board much like those Caltrans signs that can relay emergency information. “The idea is to cover the entire town limits—that’s why 21 of them,” Mayor Crowder said. “I’m pretty confident that we’ll...
    BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Recovery efforts continue for those impacted by the Marshall Fire. President Joe Biden will visit the burn area on Friday. (credit: CBS) During a news conference on Wednesday, Biden was praised by Gov. Jared Polis for his expedited approval of federal support to help victims in the Marshall Fire. “President Biden was quick to authorize federal support after my verbal request. FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell was on the ground within 48 hours of the fire,” said Polis. First Lady Jill Biden will join the president to tour the burn area of Colorado’s most destructive fire. RELATED: Resources For Marshall Fire Victims Polis said that Colorado will use the presidential visit to make sure the federal government knows what Louisville and Superior need to recover. (credit: CBS) Two people remain missing in the aftermath of the fire. State, federal and local governments continue to investigate the cause of the fire which started near Highway 93 and Marshall Road. That investigation includes dogs that can detect accelerants. Winds of more than 100 mph fanned those flames that destroyed...
    President Joe Biden addressed the tornadoes that tore through six states and left more than 70 people dead, telling reporters that “this is likely to be one of the largest tornado outbreaks in our history.” Biden said he spoke with the governors of the states affected, which include Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. “Jill and I pray, and I sincerely mean this, pray for those who have lost loved ones and for those who are uncertain of the fate of their loved ones, and the debris that you see scattered all over the hurricane’s path,” Biden said. “They lost their homes, they lost their businesses. It’s a tragedy…And we still don’t know how many lives are lost and the full extent of the damage.” Kentucky was hit the hardest, with Gov. Andy Beshear (D) saying the death toll is “north of 70” and could exceed 100. Beshear said a candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky collapsed with 110 people inside, and that only 40 people had been rescued from inside as of Saturday afternoon. According to CBS News, at least three...
    President Joe Biden approved a federal declaration of emergency for the state of Kentucky at the request of Gov. Andy Beshear Saturday following devastating tornadoes that officials estimate killed at least 70 people. Beshear declared a state of emergency Friday night and activated the state's National Guard to help with damage control. The governor also asked the White House to declare an emergency and to send resources, a request that was granted when Biden vowed to surge resources to devastated regions. "Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that an emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky," the White House announced . "He ordered Federal assistance to supplement Commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, and tornadoes beginning on December 10, 2021, and continuing." BIDEN DIRECTS FEDERAL RESOURCES TO STATES HARMED BY STORMS The assistance includes ordering the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief in the region to alleviate the hardship placed on local communities. FEMA said it is sending two management...
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s request to declare a federal emergency in the state over the ongoing border crisis, according to documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation on Monday. Abbott appealed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) decision to deny the state emergency protective measures that would allow it access to federal assistance on Oct. 7, according to documents obtained by the DCNF. The agency maintained that Texas would not receive federal assistance in Val Verde County, where thousands of Haitian migrants arrived in Del Rio and overwhelmed border officials in late September. “After a thorough review of all the information contained in your initial request and appeal, we reaffirm our original findings that supplemental federal assistance under the Stafford Act is not warranted for this event,” FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell said in a letter to Abbott. “Therefore, I must inform you that your appeal for an emergency declaration is denied.” The Biden Administration is AWOL at the southern border. Texas has thousands of National Guard & @TxDPS officers, including Texas Rangers,...
    AUSTIN, Texas — The Biden administration rejected Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s appeal that the federal government reimburse the state for millions of dollars spent responding to the border crisis. In a letter sent Sunday, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell denied the Republican governor’s request that it reconsider its denial to approve the state’s request for an emergency declaration. “After a thorough review of all the information contained in your initial request and appeal, we reaffirm our original findings that supplemental federal assistance under the Stafford Act is not warranted for this event. Therefore, I must inform you that your appeal for an emergency declaration is denied,” Criswell wrote, according to a copy of the letter shared with the Washington Examiner. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UNDER BIDEN SOARS TO THIRD-HIGHEST IN 97 YEARS Abbott first asked President Joe Biden for help in a letter sent to the White House on Sept. 20, in which he said border counties had been in crisis since May 31. He urged the government to honor his disaster status and foot the bill to cover...
    HULL (CBS) — WBZ NewsRadio 1030 unveiled a new emergency studio on Friday that can stay on the air when other TV and radio stations can’t. A bunker at the station’s 50,000-watt transmitter in Hull is now a small emergency broadcast studio, created as part of a big project with FEMA that is designed keep people informed in the event of an emergency. READ MORE: 'They're All Negligent': New Lawsuit Filed After Woman Killed In South Boston Crosswalk“Things along the lines of attacks on the country, terrorist attacks, attacks on our infrastructure. But also, and maybe more likely, a big storm that would hit New England, knocking out power, knocking out the ability to get information in the normal ways that it is gotten now, including your smartphone. If your internet is down and you can’t connect to the internet, you can always listen to WBZ,” said WBZ anchor Ben Parker. “The folks at FEMA will allow us to broadcast no matter what the conditions, so make sure you always have that AM radio handy.” READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check:...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — FEMA has denied a request for money to help the dozens of home and business owners impacted by the EF-2 tornado that hit parts of Anne Arundel County last month and local leaders are now calling on the governor to step in. It’s another direct hit, but this time to the wallets of people impacted by the rare tornado. READ MORE: Baltimore City Markets To Offer Short-Term Leasing At The Avenue Market In An Effort To Bring New Businesses To Pennsylvania Ave“They need to do something about it people are still cleaning up the aftermath,” said neighbor, Wonda Day. FEMA denied a request for a major disaster declaration which would have given people like Wonda Day access to federal money to rebuild. “These people’s roofs are still looking horrible and it’s not a justice for them at all,” said Day. The powerful twister was spawned by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Winds up to 125 miles per hour ripped through homes, uprooted trees and left dozens of homes damaged with no help in sight. Now, Anne...
    Share this: When Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced that President Joe Biden has approved an emergency disaster declaration for New York after the devastation caused by Tropical Depression Ida, many Brooklynites and other New Yorkers wondered what such a declaration meant. Brooklyn (Kings County) is one of the counties covered by the declaration, as well as Bronx, Dutchess, Nassau, New York (Manhattan), Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester. Under an emergency declaration, up to $5 million in immediate federal funding is made available to impacted counties to support ongoing response and rescue operations prior to issuance of a traditional Major Disaster Declaration.
    The Biden administration is sitting on enough emergency funding to cover the “immediate” aftermath of a recent scourge of natural disasters, including the path of destruction left by Hurricane Ida, sources said Thursday. But while the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sufficient funds to address the country’s most pressing disaster needs, Congress could be forced to add to the agency’s coffers in the coming weeks and months as the damage costs become more clear. Aside from Hurricane Ida, the U.S. is also grappling with historic wildfires in the West and crippling draughts across much of the Midwest. That once mundane task — providing emergency federal funds to help local victims of natural disasters — has become increasingly controversial over the last decade, as Congress and the electorate have grown ever-more polarized, and conservatives have found a winning political formula in opposing deficit spending, especially when it comes under a Democratic president. Appearing with New York Gov. Kathy HochulKathy HochulHochul names former NYC mayoral candidate Garcia to key post It's time to end #MeToo Whac-a-mole — and sexual harassment —...
    Hundreds of emergency responders were in place in Louisiana and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had power restoration experts and generators at the ready as Hurricane Ida hit on Sunday as one of the most powerful hurricanes to make landfall in the U.S., federal officials said. The Coast Guard prepositioned vessels for “deep water search and rescue efforts,” the White House said. States also had sent teams to help with ground and water rescue. “We’re as ready as we can be,” Gov. John Bel Edwards told CNN’s “State of the Union” a few hours before Ida’s predicted landfall. He said there were 600 people ready to deploy for search and rescue efforts, including teams from 15 other states, with “many more” on the way. Much of the response began days before landfall and included special precautions due to the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said. On Saturday, President Joe Biden met via videoconference with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, who said more than 100 ground ambulances and 20 air ambulances were deployed to help evacuate nursing...
    WAVERLY, Tenn. (AP) — The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency toured flood-devastated areas of Middle Tennessee on Wednesday to assess the damage from a weekend deluge that caught residents off guard in the morning hours, killing more than a dozen people and leaving hundreds homeless. Saturday’s flooding took out houses, roads, cellphone towers and telephone lines, with rainfall that more than tripled forecasts and shattered the state record for one-day rainfall. More than 270 homes were destroyed and 160 took major damage, according to the Humphreys County Emergency Management Agency. The state received approval from President Joe Biden for a major disaster declaration, which frees up federal aid to help with recovery efforts in Humphreys County, the White House said in a statement Tuesday. FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee jointly toured the area on Wednesday. Hardest hit was the small city of Waverly, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) west of Nashville, where a public housing project along the banks of Trace Creek was in ruins. The Waverly Housing Authority was working...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will test its national emergency alert systems Wednesday afternoon. It will be sent to phones, TVs and radios at 2:20 p.m. Eastern Time and will last a full minute. READ MORE: Tropical Storm Fred: Tropical Storm Watch Issued For Part Of Cuba The wireless alert will be sent to those who’ve opted-in on their phones to receive test messages. Reminder: At 2:20 PM ET today, we will conduct a national test of the Emergency Alert System in coordination with @FCC. The test will appear on televisions & radios, while specially configured cell phones will receive an emergency alert test code message. #IPAWS pic.twitter.com/VPDMsvVEQ8 READ MORE: Gov. Ron DeSantis Stands Firm On Masks For Students: It Should Be Up To Parents — FEMA (@fema) August 11, 2021 FEMA said this is just part of its regular testing. MORE NEWS: Potential Buyer Emerges For Surfside Condo Collapse Site For more information, or to learn to how to opt-in, click here.
    AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin The FCC and FEMA will send out a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert and Wireless Alert Systems on Wednesday. The test will occur at 2:20 p.m. ET, the FCC announced. It will be blasted across TV and radio and will be sent to individuals who opted-in to receive emergency text messages.  10 Things in Politics: The latest in politics & the economy Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will send out a national test of its emergency systems Wednesday afternoon, sending a blast across television, radio, and some cell phones.  The blast will be sent nationwide at 2:20 p.m. ET on August 11, the FCC said. The test will use both the Emergency Alert System (EAS), which will send the alert to televisions and radios. It will also use the Wireless Alert System (WAS), which will blast the alert to people...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- FEMA in coordination with the FCC will conduct Wednesday a national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system.Both tests will begin at 1:20 p.m. A test message will air on ABC 7 at that time. If you have you have opted into receiving emergency alerts on your cell phone, you will receive the test message on your device.This is the sixth nationwide test, according to FEMA. The last nationwide test was conducted in 2019.The backup date for the test is August 25.For more information on the test, visit FEMA's website.
    BOSTON (CBS) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be test its national emergency alert systems Thursday afternoon. It will be sent to phones, TVs and radios at 2:20 p.m. Eastern Time and will last a full minute. The wireless alert will be sent to those who’ve opted-in on their phones to receive test messages. FEMA said this is just part of its regular testing. For more information, or to learn to how to opt-in, click here.
                        Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson (D-GA-03) have blasted the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for denying the state’s appeal for emergency assistance. This, after a tornado struck the city of Newnan and surrounding areas in March. An EF-4 tornado and other severe storms damaged the area earlier this year. Ferguson told his constituents in an emailed newsletter Wednesday that members of the Biden administration denied Georgia’s appeal. “To them, the ‘severity and magnitude’ of this EF-4 tornado doesn’t warrant individual assistance. That is not only a slap in the face to those who have suffered severe damage, it simply doesn’t make sense when the Biden administration has so recklessly spent trillions of dollars in only six months,” Ferguson wrote. “Real Americans are in real need, and the Biden administration is doing nothing.” FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell told Kemp in a letter this week that the tornado did not inflict enough damage to merit help under the agency’s Individual Assistance Program. Ferguson and Kemp released...
    Governor Kate Brown (D-OR) said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that it was “absolutely unacceptable” that FEMA did not provide aid or assistance to undocumented families. Partial transcript as follows: BROWN: I think the concern, ED, is that this is a harbinger of things to come. We literally have had four emergency declarations in this state at the federal level since April of 2020. In Labor Day last year, we had horrific wildfires. They were historic. We lost over a million acres, over 4,000 homes and nine lives. And what is really, really clear, that just like we saw during the pandemic, throughout these emergency events are communities of color, our low income families are disproportionately impacted. And we have to center the voices of Black and Brown and indigenous people at the forefront of our work as we do emergency preparedness. ED O’KEEFE: I know this past week you met with the president virtually along with other Western governors, including Governor Cox, who we just spoke with to discuss the drought and heat waves in these changing climate patterns. What...
                        Washington Post reporter Hannah Dreier posted a series of tweets over the weekend pushing a politicized perspective on the Surfside, Fl. condo collapse. Dreier’s claim is that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis did not give permission for FEMA provide on-the-ground aid for a full day. Dreier’s tweets have since been debunked. Theres a saying in emergency management: The first 24 hours are the only 24 hours. FEMA was ready to deploy to the condo collapse almost immediately, and included the crisis in its daily briefing, but didnt get permission from Gov. DeSantis to get on the ground for a full day. pic.twitter.com/rVmCN47sQJ — Hannah Dreier (@hannahdreier) June 26, 2021 “There’s a saying in emergency management: The first 24 hours are the only 24 hours,”  Dreier tweeted. “FEMA was ready to deploy to the condo collapse almost immediately, and included the crisis in its daily briefing, but didn’t get permission from Gov. DeSantis to get on the ground for a full day.” Former head of the Florida Division of...
    Washington Post reporter Hannah Dreier has been accused of misleading people on Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’ response to the recent residential building collapse in his state. On Saturday, Dreier posted on her Twitter an account of FEMA’s response to the recent building collapse that occurred early Thursday morning in Surfside, Florida. From FEMA’s statement, she concluded that DeSantis had waited over a crucial twenty–four hours to provide emergency relief for victims. "There's a saying in emergency management: The first 24 hours are the only 24 hours," she tweeted. "FEMA was ready to deploy to the condo collapse almost immediately, and included the crisis in its daily briefing, but didn't get permission from Gov. DeSantis to get on the ground for a full day." FEMA’s account stated that there were no requests for state of FEMA assistance within twenty-four hours of the collapse. However, reports have since added more context to the account. On Sunday, DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw responded to the tweet, claiming Dreier left out crucial details from her tweets. She also added that Dreier did not...
    President Biden on Friday ordered federal assistance to support the massive response in South Florida after a 12-story building partially collapsed, killing at least one person and trapping others. "The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts,'' the White House said. VideoAbout 100 people are still unaccounted for, authorities said. A search-and-rescue effort is underway. FEMA said in a statement that the assistance is intended to alleviate some of the strain on local and state emergency crews that are working around the clock to rescue those trapped. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE UPDATES ON BUILDING COLLAPSE Dozens of survivors were pulled out, and rescuers kept up a desperate search for more. GET THE FOX NEWS APP A wing of the building came down with a roar around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday. Officials did not know how many were in the tower when it fell. The Associated Press contributed to this report Edmund DeMarche is a senior news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.
    The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) continues to assist local Emergency Management Agencies (EMAs) with damage assessments to determine the costs incurred as a result of the severe weather event that occurred on March 26. GEMA/HS has also determined that the level of damages in eight Georgia counties rise to a level that Joint Federal/State and Local Preliminary Damage Assessments are warranted. Today, GEMA/HS requested to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region Headquarters that these Joint PDA’s be conducted in Coweta, Fannin, Gilmer, Heard, Polk, Pickens, Lumpkin and Rabun counties. Other counties may be included if warranted. These Joint PDA’s are to determine if the amount of damage meets the threshold to be a Federally Declared Disaster, and what kind of assistance is available. “Damage assessments are an important tool to determine the extent to which a community has been affected by an event,” said GEMA/HS Director Chris Stallings. “Our staff is working hard to ensure that the assessments are completed accurately and efficiently.” Those impacted by the tornadoes...
    FEMA said Thursday it will give $110 million to organizations providing food and shelter to migrants encountered at the southern U.S. border by the Department of Homeland Security, even as the Biden administration refutes characterizing the border situation as a crisis. The $110 million will be distributed to nonprofits and other organizations through the National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. That money is part of $510 million available to the Emergency Food and Shelter Program under the recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act.   BIDEN ADMIN CAN'T KEEP UP WITH BORDER SURGE OF MIGRANT CHILDREN, CBP OFFICIAL WARNS White House press secretary Jen Psaki used the phrase "crisis on the border" during the briefing on Thursday — a notable choice of words after the administration has avoided describing the situation that way. A security guard at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center checks in vehicles carrying basketball hoops Thursday, March 18, 2021, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) She later seemed to walk it back when reporters asked if her phrasing was indicative of a change in how the...
    Miami : The United States government on Saturday ordered the emergency agency FEMA to help with the growing number of migrant children who are crossing the border with Mexico, given the saturation of care facilities. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support efforts to temporarily house thousands of children who crossed the southern border alone, amid criticism that authorities held them back. for long periods in crowded facilities. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) currently cares for about 8,800 migrant children and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hundreds more. While there are new arrivals every day. In February alone, CBP detained 9,457 unaccompanied migrant children at the southern border. Its facilities are overcrowded and authorities are doubly challenged by covid-19-related restrictions. The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that FEMA would be part of a 90-day effort to ensure that children are safely housed and released to caregivers, usually relatives already living in the United States. “The federal government is responding to the arrival of record numbers...
    President BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE approved a major disaster declaration for Oklahoma on Thursday, freeing up more federal resources for 16 counties in the state that were impacted by the recent severe winter weather. The declaration opens up additional federal funding for the Oklahoma counties of Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Comanche, Cotton, Hughes, Jefferson, Le Flore, McIntosh, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Stephens, Tulsa, and Wagoner, the White House said.  Individuals and business in these counties will be able to receive grants for temporary housing or repairs, low-cost loans to cover damage to uninsured property and other assistance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Biden had previously approved an emergency declaration for Oklahoma, allowing FEMA to provide emergency assistance.  Biden has now approved major disaster declarations for...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – About 200 soldiers have been deployed from Colorado to Los Angeles to help with the COVID-19 vaccine distribution at a new federally run vaccination site opening at Cal State University L.A. next week. Soldiers board a plane headed to Los Angeles to assist with vaccine distribution. Feb. 11, 2021. (KRDO/CNN) The soldiers were deployed from Fort Carson on Thursday, according to KRDO-TV. They include a combination of general and medical personnel from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. RELATED: Federally-Run COVID-19 Vaccine Site At Cal State LA To Focus On Hard-Hit Latino Community “Just a week ago, nobody here knew anything about this mission and the families, there are families here, in the last five, six days they’ve all prepared themselves, personally. It’s not just about the soldiers professionally,” Lt. Col. Andy Olson, the task force manager, told KRDO. The East L.A. site, slated to open Feb. 16, is one of two in California that are part of a White House program to establish 100 vaccination sites nationwide in the first 100 days...
    MALIBU (CBSLA) – The city of Malibu will receiving federal funding to develop a proposed outdoor emergency siren system aimed at improving preparedness and response to wildfires and other disasters, officials announced Monday. A hazard mitigation grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will allow Mailbu to finish development of the outdoor warning siren system, which the city has been working on in response to recommendations made after the devastating 2018 Woolsey Fire. RELATED: San Clemente Man Tests Positive For UK Variant Of COVID-19 The grant will cover 75% of the total costs – which officials say is approximately $713,724 – and requires a local funding match of at least 25%, or approximately $237,908. RELATED: My Heart Is Completely Shattered: Dr. Laura Bermans 16-Year-Old Son Dies Of Overdose From Drugs He Got Over Snapchat The siren system is just one component for emergency communications citywide when systems are down, along with Changeable Message Signs to be placed on PCH and canyon roads, and Wireless Emergency Alerts, similar to Amber Alerts, which can reach all cell phones within a certain...
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied emergency declarations requests from Virginia and Maryland. The two states requested the relief in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol siege last week, and the agency rejected it on Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal. “Based on our review of all the information available, it has been determined that supplemental federal assistance under the Stafford Act is not warranted for this event,” FEMA told Virginia officials in a letter on Sunday. An emergency declaration would allow each state to receive federal assistance and get reimbursed for pertinent costs. President Trump approved an emergency declaration for Washington, D.C., days after the Capitol riot left a handful of people dead. Both states plan to appeal the decision. “Virginia has approximately 2,400 National Guard troops on the ground in Washington, D.C.,” said Alena Yarmosky, a spokeswoman for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. “We plan on appealing this decision on Wednesday afternoon.” "The State of Maryland will appeal this decision," said Mike Ricci, a spokesman for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Both states deployed...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — President-elect Joe Biden has selected New York City’s head of emergency management to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Deanne Criswell is the first woman nominated to lead FEMA, which is primarily responsible for responding to natural disasters. As the head of the city’s office of emergency management, Criswell has helped direct the city’s pandemic response. I am incredibly honored to be nominated to be the next FEMA administrator. I look forward to serving all Americans in this role. It has been an amazing experience to lead the team at @nycemergencymgt through these unprecedented times. https://t.co/Me3CwTXEsn — Commissioner Deanne Criswell (@NYCEMCommish) January 15, 2021 She also managed its response to tropical storms, snowstorms and power outages. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Jets Hire Robert Saleh As Next Head Coach COVID Vaccine: CBS2 Finds Nearly Empty Vaccination Centers Turning Eligible New Yorkers Away Overnight Shocking Scene: MTA Bus Crashes Through Barrier And Dangles Over Cross Bronx Expressway
    The head of New York City’s Office of Emergency Management, Deanne Criswell, is bound for Washington, D.C., where she will head FEMA, the federal government’s lead disaster response agency, for President-elect Joe Biden. “The American people deserve leaders like Deanne Criswell,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement, which announced her departure Friday. “Deanne has been a fearless, expert and deeply respected voice in this administration.” If Criswell is confirmed by the Senate she will become the first woman to head FEMA. Hizzoner named Criswell as OEM commissioner in June 2019. Her hiring came six months after de Blasio’s administration botched the response to a snowstorm and attempted to sack then-OEM commissioner Joe Esposito — a well-respected longtime police and emergency management official — in the aftermath, only to botch the firing. City Hall initially tried to claim that Eposito’s departure had been planned for weeks as Esposito refused to resign. The drama ended when de Blasio eventually backed down — and left him in charge of the agency for another six months.
    More On: fema FEMA calculates riskiest, safest places in US Ex-FEMA honcho blasts vaccine rollout, nursing home deaths Cuomo announces release of $300 unemployment benefit after Post inquiry ‘Reckless’ FEMA funding reversal will cost New Yorkers millions, MTA says The head of New York City’s Office of Emergency Management, Deanne Criswell, is bound for Washington, D.C., where she will head FEMA, the federal government’s lead disaster response agency, for President-elect Joe Biden. “The American people deserve leaders like Deanne Criswell,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement, which announced her departure Friday. “Deanne has been a fearless, expert and deeply respected voice in this administration.” If Criswell is confirmed by the Senate she will become the first woman to head FEMA. Hizzoner named Criswell as OEM commissioner in June 2019. Her hiring came six months after de Blasio’s administration botched the response to a snowstorm and attempted to sack then-OEM commissioner Joe Esposito — a well-respected longtime police and emergency management official — in the aftermath, only to botch the firing. City Hall initially tried...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- President-elect Joe Biden is nominating New York City's Emergency Management Department Commissioner Deanne Criswell to serve as FEMA administrator.Criswell, who also spent more than five years in top posts at FEMA during the Obama administration, is the first woman nominated to head the agency.Eyewitness News profiled Criswell back in 2019 after she was named head of emergency management in the city.MORE NEWS | Manhattan's Vessel closes indefinitely due to string of suicidesEMBED More News Videos The massive staircase known as the 'Vessel,' located at Hudson Yards, is now closed after a string of suicides. ----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More New York City news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip
    PRESIDENT Trump approved an emergency declaration for Washington, DC, ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20. The president on Monday ordered federal agencies to provide assistance to local law enforcement as fears of violence continue to mount after Trump supporters stormed into the nation's capitol last week. 1Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6Credit: Alamy Live News DC Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote to Trump on Sunday asking for the declaration. The declaration states that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can provide needed assistance from Monday through January 24. "Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency," the declaration states. "Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent Federal funding." Most read in NewsBreakingAWARD PUNTEDPatriots' Belichick  DECLINES Medal of Freedom after 'tragic' Capitol riotsKONG FLUEight GORILLAS contract Covid at San Diego zoo after staff notice them coughingCOP OUTTwo Capitol cops who 'took rioter selfies & wore MAGA hat' suspended & one ARRESTEDRUNNING EMPTYHotspots 'don't have enough oxygen' as...
            by Vivian Jones  Tennessee will receive federal assistance in response to the bomb that exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning after the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a disaster declaration Tuesday. Gov. Bill Lee formally requested a disaster declaration in a letter to President Donald Trump dated Dec. 25. Lee told reporters last week President Trump called him to express concern about the bombing and he intended to approve the disaster request. “He actually called me to let me know that his intent was to grant that request. He was looking at it with his team,” Lee said. “He called to express his concern and to see if there were things that he could do to help.” A federal disaster declaration mobilizes federal emergency resources and federal financial aid. It allocates up to $5 million toward recovery efforts such as debris removal and emergency protective measures in the event of an emergency or disaster. The amount of federal assistance the state will receive for recovery efforts is not yet known. “We are grateful for the support from President...
    Tennessee will receive federal assistance in response to the bomb that exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning after the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a disaster declaration Tuesday. Gov. Bill Lee formally requested a disaster declaration in a letter to President Donald Trump dated Dec. 25. Lee told reporters last week President Trump called him to express concern about the bombing and he intended to approve the disaster request. "He actually called me to let me know that his intent was to grant that request. He was looking at it with his team," Lee said. "He called to express his concern and to see if there were things that he could do to help." A federal disaster declaration mobilizes federal emergency resources and federal financial aid. It allocates up to $5 million toward recovery efforts such as debris removal and emergency protective measures in the event of an emergency or disaster. The amount of federal assistance the state will receive for recovery efforts is not yet known. “We are grateful for the support from...
    A new FEMA policy change will scrub COVID-19 funds for disinfecting mass transit, schools and other public facilities, New York officials charged on Thursday. “I have spoken with New York State and New York City and they are telling me that disinfection of the MTA, government buildings, and schools will now no longer be eligible expenses [for federal reimbursement], and that PPE for non-medical workers has been strictly limited,” Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. The FEMA rule change, set for Sept. 15, eliminates federal support for the virus-safe operation of courthouses, public transit, public housing, schools and other public facilities, CNN reported on Wednesday — including funds for cleaning and protective equipment. “The operation of schools and other public facilities, even with changes necessitated by the COVID-19 environment … are not immediate actions necessary to protect public health and safety,” the emergency management agency wrote in an Aug. 29 policy summer provided to The Post by Schumer’s office. New York has received $1.3 billion from FEMA since the pandemic began in earnest in March, and...
    A new FEMA policy change will scrub COVID-19 funds for disinfecting mass transit, schools and other public facilities, New York officials charged on Thursday. “I have spoken with New York State and New York City and they are telling me that disinfection of the MTA, government buildings, and schools will now no longer be eligible expenses [for federal reimbursement], and that PPE for non-medical workers has been strictly limited,” Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. The FEMA rule change, set for Sept. 15, eliminates federal support for the virus-safe operation of courthouses, public transit, public housing, schools and other public facilities, CNN reported on Wednesday — including funds for cleaning and protective equipment. “The operation of schools and other public facilities, even with changes necessitated by the COVID-19 environment … are not immediate actions necessary to protect public health and safety,” the emergency management agency wrote in an Aug. 29 policy summer provided to The Post by Schumer’s office. New York has received $1.3 billion from FEMA since the pandemic began in earnest in March, and is...
    Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden discusses his plan to safely reopen schools amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, September 2, 2020.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Wednesday that if he were president, he would direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency to use national disaster funds to help schools reopen safely during the coronavirus pandemic. "This is an emergency, and Donald Trump and his FEMA should treat it as one," said Biden, speaking in Wilmington, Delaware, after a briefing with education and school safety experts. Biden's remarks came just a day after FEMA officials told state emergency managers that it had issued new guidance indicating that the agency would no longer reimburse states for the cost of PPE in places such as schools, courthouses and public housing. "If I were president today, I would direct FEMA to make sure our kids K-12 get full access to disaster relief and emergency assistance under the Stafford Act. I'd make sure PPE and sanitation supplies for schools qualify...
    Joe Biden says the police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, who shot Jacob Blake in the back on Aug. 23, leaving the 29-year-old Black man paralyzed, “needs to be charged.” The comment by the Democratic presidential nominee came after he was asked about remarks by his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, that the officer should face charges. Biden also says officers should be charged in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky. Biden plans a visit Thursday to Kenosha, where there have been multiple nights of unrest following Blake’s shooting. Biden says there have been “overwhelming requests” that he come to the city. In remarks on Wednesday, Biden also touched on the pandemic, saying the issue of safely reopening Americas schools is a “national emergency.” He said that if he were president, hed have the Federal Emergency Management Agency guarantee access to disaster relief for K-12 schools. Biden, hitting on a big theme of his presidential campaign, said President Donald Trump “still doesnt have a real plan” to handle the coronavirus pandemic. The Democrat and onetime vice president said "this is an emergency...
    (CNN)A new FEMA policy will limit what the agency will help states pay for as part of its Covid-19 response, leaving some state officials worried about how to pay for critical protective equipment, including masks, as the administration continues to push reopening schools and businesses during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.According to the new interim policy, set to begin September 15, the federal agency is changing what it considers eligible as an emergency protective measure in emergency and disaster declarations for its pandemic response. For example, according to a FEMA spokesperson, the agency will not consider disinfecting supplies for the normal operation of schools and other public facilities an emergency protective measure and, therefore, will not provide reimbursement to states under the updated policy. The policy also indicates personal protective equipment, like masks, for non-emergency settings would not be eligible for reimbursement."They've really chosen to pull out some of the tools that we ordinarily would have as emergency protective measures in our toolbox," Andrew Phelps, Oregon's emergency management director, told CNN. "It's a really uncomfortable position for states to be in...
    Meaghan Ellis September 2, 2020 0 Comments Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) plans to halt federal funding to provide cloth face masks for schools across the country. In audio recordings obtained by NPR, FEMA representatives and state officials signaled that they were aware the decision would likely face criticism due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to FEMA official Keith Turi, the expenditure is not eligible to be considered a “direct emergency protective measure.” “Supporting schools and other functions — courthouses and other related functions – are not a direct emergency protective measures and therefore they’re not eligible for [federal funding],” Turi said during a call on Tuesday, according to the publication. He added, “There are costs that being incurred and required based on COVID, but they are all not necessarily emergency protective measures, and they’re not necessarily all FEMA-eligible.” The policy change of not providing the reimbursements to the states for the face mask costs goes into effect on September 15. FEMA’s latest decision comes as school districts and universities across the country attempt to reopen for the...
    Much of the basic emergency supplies that schools, elections agencies and other local offices need for COVID prevention will no longer be covered by FEMA under a new policy announced Tuesday. The new interim policy, which goes into effect September 15, follows what local officials from around the country have said they were told in recent calls with FEMA: that many of the masks, respirators and sanitizing supplies that continue to be key for coronavirus prevention will only be covered for reimbursement when used specifically for emergency response. Instead, under most circumstances, the agency will regard these items as non-emergency supplies for schools and many other local institutions. Though the new policy doesn't explicitly lay out which supplies are no longer covered, Erica Bornemann, director of Vermont Emergency Management, said FEMA officials on a conference call Tuesday described changes that largely aligned with guidance sent in an email to emergency officials in New England on July 28. That email, obtained by CBS News through a public records request, paints a broad picture of what FEMA will no longer cover for...
    Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said they will no longer fund cloth face masks in schools throughout the country, according to NPR. "Supporting schools and other functions — courthouses and other related functions — are not a direct emergency protective measures and therefore theyre not eligible for [federal funding]," Keith Turi, a FEMA official, said during a phone call, according to NPR. "There are costs that are being incurred and required based on COVID, but they are all not necessarily emergency protective measures, and theyre not necessarily all FEMA-eligible," Turi added. FEMA considers masks necessary to the basic operation of schools in the fall and does not think they should be categorized as emergency equipment. The news arrives as school districts throughout the United States decide whether to hold in-person classes. FEMA officials indicated the federal government will continue to fund masks in other settings. Related Stories: FEMA Awards N95 Mask Contract To Bankrupt Company With No Med Supplies Experience US Will Halt Exports on N95s, PPE at FEMAs Discretion © 2020 Newsmax. All rights reserved. ...
    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials said Tuesday the agency will end federal funding for cloth face masks in schools around the country. Recordings of a call between FEMA representatives and state officials obtained by NPR indicated that the new plan will face criticism from officials around the country who questioned on the call why the agency would only fund masks if they were deemed necessary to stop a "direct emergency." "Supporting schools and other functions — courthouses and other related functions – are not a direct emergency protective measures and therefore they're not eligible for [federal funding]," said Keith Turi, a FEMA official, according to NPR. "There are costs that being incurred and required based on COVID, but they are all not necessarily emergency protective measures, and they're not necessarily all FEMA-eligible," he added in a response to one state official who questioned the policy. FEMA's stance appears to be that masks are necessary to the basic operation of schools in the fall and should not therefore fall under the category of emergency equipment. A request for further comment from The Hill...
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