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Obama Signs Sandy Relief Bill

$9.7B headed to pay flood insurance claims

(Newser) - It's back to work for President Obama, who returned to Washington from vacation today to sign into law a bill that would throw $9.7 billion at flood insurance claims related to Superstorm Sandy, as well as increase FEMA's borrowing authority. FEMA had said it was running out... More »

Obama Really Did a 'Heckuva Job' on Sandy

FEMA would fail once again under Romney: Paul Krugman

(Newser) - Some on the right might have been hoping that Sandy would be President Obama's Katrina, but Paul Krugman is having none of it: Instead, the president's handling of the superstorm has won him much well-deserved praise and even a bump in the polls, he writes in the New ... More »

Sandy Proves Romney Was Wrong to Diss FEMA

Eugene Robinson recalls small-government point during debate

(Newser) - There's something of a Sandy-related brouhaha swirling around comments Mitt Romney made in the ancient days of 2011: Seems that when asked during a Republican debate about disaster relief, Romney sounded like he wanted to gut FEMA, saying he'd shift responsibility for disaster management to the states—or... More »

Obama 'Not Worried' About Sandy's Effect on Election

But 'millions of people' will be affected

(Newser) - President Obama is assuring Americans that there has been "extraordinarily close coordination" between state, local, and federal officials in the response to Hurricane Sandy, he said in a press conference this afternoon. But "millions of people are going to be affected," he cautioned. "The most important... More »

Nuke Blast Wouldn't Destroy DC, But...

...it would kill at least 45K, study finds

(Newser) - This is good news, we guess: The US government has determined that, should terrorists blow up a 10-kiloton nuclear device just north of the White House, it would not destroy Washington, DC. Of course, the study found that the blast would devastate the area, crumbling buildings and killing most everyone... More »

Ron Paul: Tornado Victims Shouldn't Get Aid

Federal money is 'stealing,' says candidate

(Newser) - Even in the wake of last week's massive tornado damage , Ron Paul remained steadfast in his libertarian principles, saying he was opposed to any emergency aid from the federal government, reports the National Journal . "The people who live in tornado alley, just as I live in hurricane alley,... More »

FEMA Chief to Cantor: Whatever

Plus, Conn. guv to Ron Paul: You're an 'idiot'

(Newser) - Eric Cantor may want budget cuts to offset any federal aid for Hurricane Irene, but FEMA director Craig Fugate says “psssh” to that. “In this country, Americans have always come to the aid of other Americans in a crisis and disaster,” Fugate said on NBC’s Today.... More »

FEMA Suspends Joplin Relief to Pay for Irene Relief

And Obama will likely have to ask Congress for additional funding

(Newser) - How will FEMA pay for Hurricane Irene disaster assistance? By suspending payments related to the Joplin tornado, the Washington Post reports. The FEMA disaster relief fund currently has only $900 million in it, less than the preferred $1 billion minimum. President Obama has already signed emergency declarations for the District... More »

FEMA Looks to Claw Back Money From Katrina Victims

Victims angry as agency says it gave out millions more than intended

(Newser) - FEMA gave out hundreds of millions in aid during the hurricane season of 2005—and it wants its money back. The agency is currently reviewing $600 million given to 154,000 victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, in the belief that it may have mistakenly overpaid many of them,... More »

Emergency Alerts Coming to Your Phone

FCC to bring emergency broadcast network to your pocket

(Newser) - The FCC will announce a new plan today for a system that will send warnings of impending emergencies to people’s cell phones. Dubbed the Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN, get it?), the system will be able to send geographically targeted messages to people who are in the paths of... More »

If a Nuke Hits, Stay Inside

But government researchers afraid to start panic by spreading the word

(Newser) - The government has new advice in case of a nuclear attack, and it ain’t too far removed from “duck and cover.” If an attack ever comes, do not flee. Instead, get inside any stable building immediately (a basement is optimal), and stay there until officials give the... More »

New BP CEO Proposes 'Scaleback' in Cleanup

Surface skimmers less necessary now: Dudley

(Newser) - BP's incoming CEO said today it's time for a "scaleback" of the massive effort to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but stressed the commitment to make things right is the same as ever. Tens of thousands of people—many of them idled fishermen—have been involved... More »

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