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Head Line news October 12, 2005 to Nov 2, 2005

Chertoff Says FEMA Was 'Overwhelmed' by Katrina
Washington Post Wed, 19 Oct 2005 11:41 AM PDT
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff acknowledged today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was "overwhelmed" by Hurricane Katrina and called for a buildup of the government's "preparedness capability" to deal with major natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

Homeland Chief Says FEMA Must Be Revamped
AP via Yahoo! News Wed, 19 Oct 2005 8:47 AM PDT
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday the Federal Emergency Management Agency was overwhelmed by Hurricane Katrina and must be retooled to improve preparation and response to natural disasters like the one that swamped the Gulf Coast.

Chertoff Says He Relied on FEMA Experts
AP via Yahoo! News Wed, 19 Oct 2005 9:42 AM PDT
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff defended his actions before and after Hurricane Katrina, telling lawmakers Wednesday he relied on Federal Emergency Management Agency experts with decades of experience in hurricane response.

Chertoff: FEMA Needs Improvement
Fox News Wed, 19 Oct 2005 7:53 AM PDT
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency needs improvement after it was overwhelmed by Hurricane Katrina.

Temporary Housing Still Under way
Picayune Item Wed, 19 Oct 2005 11:01 AM PDT
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is now in the process of filling temporary housing sites in Picayune and surrounding areas while considering new sites for future use.

Homeland Chief Says FEMA Must Be Revamped
San Francisco Chronicle Wed, 19 Oct 2005 9:43 AM PDT

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday the Federal Emergency Management Agency was overwhelmed by Hurricane Katrina and must be retooled to improve preparation and response to natural disasters like the one that swamped the Gulf... '
FEMA e-mails expose problems in Katrina response
Federal Times Wed, 19 Oct 2005 9:43 AM PDT
Internal e-mails reveal officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency were plagued by miscommunication, lack of supplies, and turf concerns immediately after Hurricane Katrina’s landfall.

Small businesses rise to top of FEMA contract priority list
Federal Times Wed, 19 Oct 2005 9:43 AM PDT
In awarding hurricane relief contracts, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it will look first to small, disadvantaged and local businesses in the Gulf Coast region.

FEMA to provide $28M for debris cleanup in Miss.
WPMI 15 Wed, 19 Oct 2005 10:03 AM PDT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide $28 million for debris removal in Waveland, Meridian, Jackson and Pearl River and Wayne counties, it was announced Wednesday.



Thursday, October 20, 2005 11:47 AM PDT
FEMA Official Says Boss Ignored Warnings
AP via Yahoo! News Thu, 20 Oct 2005 11:01 AM PDT
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials did not respond to repeated warnings about deteriorating conditions in New Orleans and the dire need for help as Hurricane Katrina struck, the first FEMA official to arrive conceded Thursday.

FEMA Official Says Bosses Ignored Warnings
AP via Yahoo! News Thu, 20 Oct 2005 7:55 AM PDT
Top Federal Emergency Management Agency officials did not respond to repeated warnings that the situation in New Orleans was growing dire in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the first FEMA official to arrive in the city said Thursday.

FEMA official in New Orleans blasts agency's response
CNN.com Thu, 20 Oct 2005 7:42 AM PDT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top Federal Emergency Management Agency officials did not respond to repeated warnings that the situation in New Orleans was growing dire right after Hurricane Katrina hit, the first FEMA official to arrive in the battered city said Thursday.

Chertoff Vows to 'Re-Engineer' Preparedness
Washington Post Thu, 20 Oct 2005 2:46 AM PDT
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff acknowledged yesterday that Hurricane Katrina "overwhelmed" the Federal Emergency Management Agency and exposed major flaws in the nation's preparations for terrorism and natural disasters, but contradicted accounts by former FEMA director Michael D. Brown about his department's handling of the Aug. 29 storm.

FEMA Official Admits Faulty Hurricane Response
Fox News Thu, 20 Oct 2005 10:08 AM PDT
A Federal Emergency Management Agency regional director told a Senate panel Thursday that the organization failed to respond to repeated warnings about poor conditions in New Orleans and need to help.

Chertoff Vows to 'Re-Engineer' Preparedness
Washington Post Wed, 19 Oct 2005 8:39 PM PDT
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff acknowledged yesterday that Hurricane Katrina "overwhelmed" the Federal Emergency Management Agency and exposed major flaws in the nation's preparations for terrorism and natural disasters, but contradicted accounts by former FEMA director Michael D....

Admission of failure on storm
International Herald Tribune Wed, 19 Oct 2005 4:10 PM PDT
The Homeland Security secretary, Michael Chertoff, told Congress that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been overwhelmed by Hurricane Katrina.

Top US official seeks emergency agency's overhaul in wake of Katrina debacle
AFP via Yahoo! News Wed, 19 Oct 2005 4:28 PM PDT
US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said that the much-criticized Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had been "overwhelmed" by Hurricane Katrina and needed to be completely reorganized.

FEMA official says agency leaders failed to heed warnings about Katrina
Billings Gazette Thu, 20 Oct 2005 8:56 AM PDT
WASHINGTON -- Federal Emergency Management Agency officials did not respond to repeated warnings about deteriorating conditions in New Orleans and the dire need for help as Hurricane Katrina struck, the first FEMA official to arrive in the city conceded Thursday.

FEMA official says he told Brown of dire situation
Houston Chronicle Thu, 20 Oct 2005 8:33 AM PDT
WASHINGTON — Top Federal Emergency Management Agency officials did not respond to repeated warnings that the situation in New Orleans was growing dire in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the first FEMA official to arrive in the city said today



Friday, October 21, 2005 11:47 AM PDT
FEMA Official Says Boss Ignored Warnings
AP via Yahoo! News Fri, 21 Oct 2005 3:47 AM PDT
In the midst of the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina, a Federal Emergency Management Agency official in New Orleans sent a dire e-mail to Director Michael Brown saying victims had no food and were dying. No response came from Brown.

Aide Says FEMA Ignored Warnings
Washington Post Thu, 20 Oct 2005 9:09 PM PDT
For 16 critical hours, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials, including former director Michael D. Brown, dismissed urgent eyewitness accounts by FEMA's only staffer in New Orleans that Hurricane Katrina had broken the city's levee system the morning of Aug. 29 and was causing catastrophic...

Aide Says FEMA Ignored Warnings
Washington Post Thu, 20 Oct 2005 7:47 PM PDT
For 16 critical hours, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials, including former director Michael D. Brown, dismissed urgent eyewitness accounts by FEMA's only staffer in New Orleans that Hurricane Katrina had broken the city's levee system the morning of Aug. 29 and was causing catastrophic flooding, the staffer told the Senate yesterday.

Sex Crime, Katrina Aid Lists to Be Compared
Washington Post Thu, 20 Oct 2005 8:40 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 -- Following the pleas of law enforcement officials, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to cross-check a list of convicted sex offenders against a list of those who registered for federal aid after the Hurricane Katrina disaster, authorities said Thursday.

FEMA E-Mails
New York Times Thu, 20 Oct 2005 7:01 PM PDT
Marty Bahamonde is a public affairs officer in the Boston regional office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He was sent to New Orleans in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Katrina and ended as the only FEMA representative in the city when the storm hit.

FEMA was unprepared for Katrina, Senate panel told
Reuters via Yahoo! News Thu, 20 Oct 2005 1:56 PM PDT
A Federal Emergency Management Agency official who rode out Hurricane Katrina at the New Orleans Superdome told a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday he was horrified at the agency's lack of action during the crisis and was haunted by the suffering he saw.

FEMA official tells of internal chaos
The Charlotte Observer Fri, 21 Oct 2005 8:41 AM PDT
Amid the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina, a Federal Emergency Management Agency official in New Orleans sent a dire e-mail to Director Michael Brown saying victims had no food and were dying. No response came.

Former FEMA official charged with taking kickbacks in Miami-Dade
Sun-Sentinel Fri, 21 Oct 2005 7:38 AM PDT
A former Federal Emergency Management Agency inspector was arrested Thursday on charges she took kickbacks to sign off on false damage claims filed by Miami-Dade County residents after Hurricane Frances last year.

Applications available for emergency food, shelter funds
Skagit Valley Herald Fri, 21 Oct 2005 11:24 AM PDT
MOUNT VERNON — The local board of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program is accepting applications from local food and shelter programs through Nov. 15 for the 2006 federal funding period.

Saturday, October 22, 2005 11:47 AM PDT
FEMA Official Says Boss Ignored Warnings
AP via Yahoo! News Fri, 21 Oct 2005 4:39 PM PDT
In the midst of the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina, a Federal Emergency Management Agency official in New Orleans sent a dire e-mail to Director Michael Brown saying victims had no food and were dying. No response came from Brown.

FEMA official rips agency
Miami Herald Sat, 22 Oct 2005 11:43 AM PDT
In the midst of the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina, a Federal Emergency Management Agency official in New Orleans sent a dire e-mail to Director Michael Brown saying victims had no food and were dying.

Early alert of broken levees unheeded
The Western Star Sat, 22 Oct 2005 10:00 AM PDT
Washington — The only Federal Emergency Management Agency official sent to New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina told a Senate panel Thursday that top officials brushed off his desperate warnings about broken levees and deteriorating conditions for evacuees at the Superdome.

Voted #1 Florida Press 2004 FIRST PLACE Best Web Site Florida Keys Keynoter
Keynoter.com Sat, 22 Oct 2005 5:54 AM PDT
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is ready to invest more than $1 million to clean up lobster-trap debris from this year's hurricanes, and the commercial fishermen are agreeing to provide the manpower to do it.

Pants on fire
New Orleans Times-Picayune Fri, 21 Oct 2005 11:20 PM PDT
Marty Bahamonde's testimony about the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its detached, incompetent response to Hurricane Katrina is enough to make anyone's blood pressure skyrocket.

State’s RV industry booms after Katrina
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Sat, 22 Oct 2005 4:27 AM PDT
Indiana’s recreational vehicle industry has been busy filling orders from contracts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide housing for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Report: Katrina payments high
Montgomery Advertiser Sat, 22 Oct 2005 2:06 AM PDT
The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued overpayments of at least $174 million in its rush to distribute emergency payments to Hurricane Katrina victims, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Gov. Bush dismisses critics, sings praises of `We-ma'
Sun-Sentinel Sat, 22 Oct 2005 0:04 AM PDT
TALLAHASSEE -- Dismissing congressional and media scrutiny portraying the Federal Emergency Management Agency as clueless, Gov. Jeb Bush has begun playing a new role as chief defender of the nation's disaster relief agency.

Want answers? Don't ask FEMA
New Orleans Times-Picayune Fri, 21 Oct 2005 11:04 PM PDT
Local companies may be getting their share of work on contracts let by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Or maybe they're not. Only FEMA knows for sure, and FEMA won't say.

Dozens leave NSU shelter for trailer homes
Houma, Louisiana Newspaper - The Courier Sat, 22 Oct 2005 6:05 AM PDT
THIBODAUX -- Fifty-two New Orleanians who have spent more than seven weeks camped out at Nicholls State University’s Stopher Gym were set to take off for Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers Friday morning, part of a last-ditch push to move evacuees elsewhere in advance of Monday’s shelter closing.



Sunday, October 23, 2005 11:47 AM PDT
FEMA says McClellan buildings no longer needed for evacuees
New Orleans Times-Picayune Sun, 23 Oct 2005 11:30 AM PDT
ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency won't house any more Hurricane Katrina evacuees in two so-called "starship" buildings at Fort McClellan, the former Army base at Anniston.

Some FEMA centers cut back service to six days a week
Houma, Louisiana Newspaper - The Courier Sun, 23 Oct 2005 6:06 AM PDT
HOUMA -- Federal Emergency Management Agency walk-in centers in Thibodaux and Vacherie will be closed Sundays starting today.

FEMA to help hurricane evacuees in Waterloo
The Des Moines Register Sun, 23 Oct 2005 2:30 AM PDT
Waterloo, Ia. — Representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be here starting Monday to assist Hurricane Katrina evacuees. The agency’s staff members will be at the Waterloo Red Cross offices to help people register for assistance and to answer questions about federal programs. Evacuees can make an appointment by calling (319) 324-6831 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through

Voted #1 Florida Press 2004 FIRST PLACE Best Web Site Florida Keys Keynoter
Keynoter.com Sun, 23 Oct 2005 6:23 AM PDT
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is ready to invest more than $1 million to clean up lobster-trap debris from this year's hurricanes, and the commercial fishermen are agreeing to provide the manpower to do it.

FEMA announces $197 million funding for Southeast evacuees
djournal.com Sun, 23 Oct 2005 5:51 AM PDT
ATLANTA - Evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita who have relocated to Georgia will receive more than $112 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA announced Saturday.

S. Florida man accused of $23,244 FEMA fraud
St. Petersburg Times Sat, 22 Oct 2005 11:05 PM PDT
FORT LAUDERDALE - A South Florida man has been accused of fraudulently claiming $23,244 in Federal Emergency Management Agency aid after Hurricane Frances.

FEMA to help hurricane evacuees in Waterloo
The Des Moines Register Sun, 23 Oct 2005 2:16 AM PDT
Waterloo, Ia. — Representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be here starting Monday to assist Hurricane Katrina evacuees. The agency's staff members will be at the Waterloo Red Cross offices to help people register for assistance and to answer questions about federal programs.

FEMA wants to get people back into homes
The Times of South Mississippi Sat, 22 Oct 2005 10:08 PM PDT
For people whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's ultimate goal is to get them back into permanent housing as quickly as possible.

Early alert of broken levees unheeded
The Western Star Sat, 22 Oct 2005 10:44 PM PDT
Washington — The only Federal Emergency Management Agency official sent to New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina told a Senate panel Thursday that top officials brushed off his desperate warnings about broken levees and deteriorating conditions for evacuees at the Superdome.



Monday, October 24, 2005 11:47 AM PDT
Katrina probe reveals more FEMA blunders
Federal Times Mon, 24 Oct 2005 7:28 AM PDT
The first and only Federal Emergency Management Agency official in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approached wasn’t a disaster assistance team leader or an emergency responder — he was a public affairs officer.

Gun possession now OK at FEMA temporary housing
New Orleans Times-Picayune Mon, 24 Oct 2005 10:45 AM PDT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Residents can now possess and store firearms in trailer parks or other temporary housing set up for hurricane victims by the Federal Emergency Management Agency under a new policy announced Monday.

FEMA "ready to go" once winds die down
KRON 4 Bay Area Mon, 24 Oct 2005 5:40 AM PDT
MIAMI With Hurricane Wilma pounding Florida, the acting head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says his personnel are "ready to go."

FEMA to offer three-day help center at Oak Mountain
Tuscaloosa News Mon, 24 Oct 2005 6:09 AM PDT
A Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery center opens at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham for three days beginning today at noon.

Two posing as Katrina victims are arrested
Benton Courier Mon, 24 Oct 2005 10:33 AM PDT
Two people who cashed a Federal Emergency Management Agency check and who claimed to be Hurricane Katrina victims were arrested Tuesday on forgery and drug charges.

FEMA says McClellan buildings no longer needed for evacuees
Tuscaloosa News Mon, 24 Oct 2005 4:39 AM PDT
A spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency says the agency won't house any more Hurricane Katrina evacuees in two so-called "starship" buildings at Fort McClellan, the former Army base at Anniston.

FEMA official: Ex-chief gave little response to warnings after Katrina
Louisiana Weekly Mon, 24 Oct 2005 8:40 AM PDT
WASHINGTON-Federal Emergency Management Agency officials did not respond to repeated warnings about deteriorating conditions in New Orleans and the dire need for help as Hurricane Katrina struck, the first FEMA official to arrive conceded Thursday.

FEMA Regional Office Ready To Respond
WSB-TV 2 Atlanta Mon, 24 Oct 2005 5:05 AM PDT
DeKalb County -- With Hurricane Wilma bearing down on South Florida Monday Morning, worker at Federal Emergency Management Agency are waiting to see where they'll have to dispatch help.

By NATASHA DOUGLAS/Staff Writer
The Middlesboro Daily Mon, 24 Oct 2005 11:36 AM PDT
MIDDLESBORO - The Middlesboro city council will meet tonight at city hall for their regular session and one thing they are expected to vote on is the correspondence from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) regarding the federal flood maps for the city.

FEMA "ready to go" once winds die down
KBCI Boise Mon, 24 Oct 2005 5:46 AM PDT
MIAMI With Hurricane Wilma pounding Florida, the acting head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says his personnel are "ready to go." David Paulison says relief efforts will start as soon as soon as the worst of the storm passes.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 11:47 AM PDT
Brown Had Resignation Plans Before Katrina Hit
Washington Post Tue, 25 Oct 2005 8:25 PM PDT
Michael D. Brown was days away from announcing plans to resign as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency when Hurricane Katrina hit Aug. 29, according to e-mails released by separate House and Senate investigations into the government's flawed response to the disaster.

FEMA chief had planned to quit before Katrina hit
Seattle Times Wed, 26 Oct 2005 0:26 AM PDT
Michael Brown was days away from announcing plans to resign as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency when Hurricane Katrina...

Brown planned to resign before Katrina
UPI Wed, 26 Oct 2005 6:01 AM PDT
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Michael Brown planned to resign as director of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency even before Hurricane Katrina hit, a report said Wednesday.

New complaints...More spending cuts...Abbas condemns attack
KVAL-TV Eugene Wed, 26 Oct 2005 11:02 AM PDT
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Complaints are again being heard about the pace of the relief effort, in the aftermath of a hurricane. The mayor of Florida's Miami-Dade County says supplies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are running low.


Fiscal policies part of reform
Montgomery Advertiser Wed, 26 Oct 2005 2:10 AM PDT
To judge from the emergency aid payments handed out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, one would conclude that Hurricane Katrina really hammered Mobile County. FEMA paid more than $34 million in $2,000 chunks to 17,050 people in Mobile County.
By NATASHA DOUGLAS/Staff Writer
The Middlesboro Daily Wed, 26 Oct 2005 7:51 AM PDT
MIDDLESBORO - The Middlesboro city council will meet tonight at city hall for their regular session and one thing they are expected to vote on is the correspondence from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) regarding the federal flood maps for the city.
FEMA wants to get people back into homes
The Times of South Mississippi Tue, 25 Oct 2005 10:08 PM PDT
For people whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's ultimate goal is to get them back into permanent housing as quickly as possible.
FEMA says appeals available on aid request
2theadvocate.com Tue, 25 Oct 2005 11:20 PM PDT
Some Louisiana victims of hurricanes Katrina or Rita might be getting the wrong message after receiving a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Bush: Aid to homeowners likely



Miami Herald Tue, 25 Oct 2005 7:47 PM PDT
Gov. Bush commits FEMA's help The decision means homeowners and renters in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties will be eligible for cash grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency worth as much as $26,200 to cover uninsured expenses including home repairs, temporary lodging and funerals.

Mlitary excelled where FEMA failed, says Burgess
Hammond Daily Star Wed, 26 Oct 2005 3:15 AM PDT
Aside from communication, Parish President Gordon Burgess told state legislators Friday that his biggest disappointment regarding the disaster response was with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.




Thursday, October 27, 2005 11:47 AM PDT
Mayor, Homeland Security Head Answer Tough Questions
WPLG Click10.com via Yahoo! News Thu, 27 Oct 2005 5:43 AM PDT
After hurricane relief supplies in Miami ran out today with people still waiting in line at several locations, Mayor Carlos Alvarez told Local 10 that Federal Emergency Management Agency's explanation was that "supplies were on the way."

SBA, FEMA offering loans
South Florida Business Journal Thu, 27 Oct 2005 11:46 AM PDT
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are making disaster assistance loans available to South Florida homeowners, renters and businesses that suffered losses attributable to Hurricane Wilma.

Gov. Bush Takes Blame for Slow Wilma Aid
AP via Yahoo! News Wed, 26 Oct 2005 8:02 PM PDT
Gov. Jeb Bush took the blame Wednesday for frustrating delays at centers distributing supplies to victims of Hurricane Wilma, saying criticism of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was misdirected.

Weather Causes Woes Again for Katrina Evacuees
NPR Thu, 27 Oct 2005 7:01 AM PDT
Unseasonable cold weather is producing an additional hardship for thousands of Katrina evacuees along the Gulf Coast who are living in tents while waiting for temporary housing from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Local News
The Daily Iberian Thu, 27 Oct 2005 11:31 AM PDT
Basically, Iberia Parish Council members agree they do not want a Federal Emergency Management Agency “trailer city� built in Iberia Parish for hurricane evacuees.

Blame Florida and not FEMA, Jeb Bush says
Inside Bay Area Thu, 27 Oct 2005 10:23 AM PDT
MIAMI — Gov. Jeb Bush took the blame Wednesday for frustrating delays at centers distributing supplies to victims of Hurricane Wilma, saying criticism of the Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA selects AT&T unit for operations center work
Government Computer News Thu, 27 Oct 2005 10:49 AM PDT
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a four-year, $8.9 million contract to AT&T Corp. to manage a network operations center.

Are you eligible for a grant?
Miami Herald Thu, 27 Oct 2005 4:19 AM PDT
Now that the federal government has declared all of South Florida a disaster area, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is set to open offices across the region to help storm victims navigate the maze of government grants and loans they may need to recover financially.

Gov. Bush accepts blame for slow relief response days after Wilma
Sun-Sentinel Thu, 27 Oct 2005 6:44 AM PDT
Three days after Hurricane Wilma stomped through the region, essential supplies remained scarce Wednesday, government officials apologized for the slow response, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency offered financial relief to individuals

Friday, October 28, 2005 11:47 AM PDT
Gov. Bush Criticizes State's Storm Effort
Washington Post Thu, 27 Oct 2005 8:25 PM PDT
MIAMI, Oct. 26 -- Gov. Jeb Bush (R) took the blame Wednesday for frustrating delays at centers distributing supplies to victims of Hurricane Wilma, saying criticism of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was misdirected.

FEMA sets up at Boca Raton Community Hospital
BizJournals Fri, 28 Oct 2005 11:24 AM PDT
Boca Raton Community Hospital it has invited the National Disaster Medical System of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to set up a Disaster Medical Assistance Team on the hospital's main campus at 745 Meadows Road.

FEMA: Trailers coming slowly, but surely
WPMI 15 Fri, 28 Oct 2005 11:33 AM PDT
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Examples of human need and human heart can be seen both inside the Federal Emergency Management Agency and outside with the people they are assisting.

FEMA recovery center established in Bonita Springs
Bonita Daily News Fri, 28 Oct 2005 10:44 AM PDT
The Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Center in Bonita Springs Community Hall is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday for Lee and Collier County residents.

FEMA Limits Cleanup Cost Reimbursements To 75 Percent
Click 2 Houston Fri, 28 Oct 2005 6:09 AM PDT
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will limit reimbursements in Texas for cleanup costs from Hurricane Rita to 75 percent, angering county officials.

Bush declares flooded counties national disaster
Portsmouth Herald Fri, 28 Oct 2005 5:54 AM PDT
President George W. Bush on Wednesday declared the flooding in the Monadnock Region a major national disaster, which means the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal agencies can start helping victims with grants and low-interest loans.

Local News
The Daily Iberian Fri, 28 Oct 2005 5:32 AM PDT
Basically, Iberia Parish Council members agree they do not want a Federal Emergency Management Agency “trailer city� built in Iberia Parish for hurricane evacuees.

FEMA sets up sites to help Hurricane Wilma victims
Bonita Daily News Fri, 28 Oct 2005 9:14 AM PDT
Peggy Eichelberger was skeptical when she heard the Federal Emergency Management Agency had set up a Disaster Recovery Center at Bonita Springs Community Hall.

Cheyenne gets grant for flood control
Billings Gazette Thu, 27 Oct 2005 11:26 PM PDT
CHEYENNE - The city of Cheyenne has received a $2.76 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to address the danger of flooding where 10 people died in a 1985 flood.

Senate passes debris removal bill
Mississippi Business Journal Fri, 28 Oct 2005 8:56 AM PDT
WASHINGTON — In response to a unanimous consent request by U.S. Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), the Senate has passed a hurricane disaster debris removal bill that further extends the period of time that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) must reimburse local governments for removal of debris remaining from Hurricane Katrina.

Saturday, October 29, 2005 11:47 AM PDT
Company Wanted Out of Body Collection Job
AP via Yahoo! News Fri, 28 Oct 2005 8:47 PM PDT
A company assigned the delicate duty of collecting Hurricane Katrina's dead in Louisiana wanted out of the federal job days later, complaining of a "bureaucratic quagmire" in its dealings with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Trailers available for Wilma victims
Orlando Sentinel Sat, 29 Oct 2005 3:18 AM PDT
In less than two months, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has ordered 125,000 travel trailers, mobile homes and other varieties of housing on wheels for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

FEMA gives evacuees priority in job openings
2theadvocate.com Fri, 28 Oct 2005 10:19 PM PDT
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is hiring Louisiana residents to staff many of its activities in the state. Priority is given to displaced hurricane victims and to other parish residents.

Low-income Katrina evacuees may qualify for assistance
Hickory Daily Record Sat, 29 Oct 2005 3:13 AM PDT
HICKORY - The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants to hear from low-income Hurricane Katrina evacuees in the area. They have some money for you.

FEMA restricts storm cleanup repayments
The Bryan-College Station Eagle Sat, 29 Oct 2005 5:05 AM PDT
HOUSTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has said it will limit reimbursements in Texas for cleanup costs from Hurricane Rita to 75 percent, angering county officials.

Debris removal deadline remains after FEMA rejects extension; cleanup funding still in limbo
Port Arthur News Fri, 28 Oct 2005 10:06 PM PDT
With debris still mounting and Federal Emergency Management Agency funds depleting, the question of who will pick up the tab for continued debris cleanup in Jefferson County was left in limbo Thursday.

FEMA wants to get people back into homes
The Times of South Mississippi Fri, 28 Oct 2005 10:08 PM PDT
For people whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's ultimate goal is to get them back into permanent housing as quickly as possible.

FEMA asssistance center manager: ‘The buck stops with us'
The Natchez Democrat Fri, 28 Oct 2005 11:08 PM PDT
NATCHEZ - How are things going at the new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center? It depends on whom you ask. Since opening last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's DRC in Natchez has served more than 600 people, according to its manager John Hope.

FEMA mobile unit to visit Philadelphia
The Meridian Star Fri, 28 Oct 2005 8:31 PM PDT
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Tuesday that it will send mobile Disaster Recovery Centers to Neshoba, Leake, Warren and Yazoo counties to reach more residents who sustained damage during Hurricane Katrina.

Missoula, Flathead flood maps to go digital
Missoulian Fri, 28 Oct 2005 10:44 PM PDT
Missoula and Flathead will be the first two Montana counties to have their Flood Insurance Rate Maps digitalized. It's part of a five-year, $1 billion program by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to modernize floodplain maps in every county in the country.

Sunday, October 30, 2005 11:47 AM PST
$2,000 questions
Beaumont Enterprise Sun, 30 Oct 2005 9:04 AM PST
BEAUMONT -- As of Friday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency had approved 210,115 applications for expedited assistance in the Hurricane Rita disaster area in Texas, with a total of $420,232,000 awarded.

Jazz & Razz
New Orleans Times-Picayune Sat, 29 Oct 2005 11:20 PM PDT
Evacuees by definition are not living in their own houses, but the FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY sent checks for emergency housing costs to New Orleans addresses, some evacuees staying in Charlotte, N.C., said.

City meets with FEMA
Jacksonville Daily Progress Sun, 30 Oct 2005 8:14 AM PST
Jacksonville officials have begun meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to file paperwork to receive reimbursement for services provided by the city during Hurricane Rita.

Rusk seeks FEMA reimbursements for hurricane help
Jacksonville Daily Progress Sun, 30 Oct 2005 8:14 AM PST
RUSK - The city of Rusk met with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) representatives to receive reimbursements for the city's part in relief efforts Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

FEMA extends relief deadline
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Sun, 30 Oct 2005 1:15 AM PDT
The deadline for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to file applications for federal disaster assistance has been extended. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will accept applications through Jan. 11.

FEMA wants to get people back into homes
The Times of South Mississippi Sat, 29 Oct 2005 10:08 PM PDT
For people whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's ultimate goal is to get them back into permanent housing as quickly as possible.

FEMA and Michael Brown
El Diario La Prensa Sat, 29 Oct 2005 9:48 PM PDT
Ever since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, local, state and federal officials have been pointing blame at one another. To New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, the fault clearly lies with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for failing to respond quickly enough to his city`s crisis.

FEMA asssistance center manager: ‘The buck stops with us'
The Natchez Democrat Sat, 29 Oct 2005 9:40 PM PDT
NATCHEZ - How are things going at the new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center? It depends on whom you ask. Since opening last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's DRC in Natchez has served more than 600 people, according to its manager John Hope.

Union blames problems with FEMA on White House
The Charleston Gazette Sat, 29 Oct 2005 9:14 PM PDT
Leaders of a federal workers union taking part in a Charleston labor conference last week have accused the Bush administration of weakening the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA trailers oppose parish laws
Hammond Daily Star Sat, 29 Oct 2005 9:14 PM PDT
BEDICO — Fines and possible jail time may be in the future for some Federal Emergency Management Agency workers and rural parish property owners who ignore parish law

Monday, October 31, 2005 11:47 AM PST
Brevard Co. Eligible For Federal Wilma Aid
WESH via Yahoo! News Mon, 31 Oct 2005 9:10 AM PST
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has expanded the area in which individuals and businesses can receive aid to include Brevard County.

FEMA gives MCC-KC $10.2M for safe rooms
BizJournals Mon, 31 Oct 2005 11:06 AM PST
The Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City has received a $10.2 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to build community safe rooms on its five campuses.

FEMA's money trail 'transparent as mud'
New Orleans Times-Picayune Mon, 31 Oct 2005 7:34 AM PST
WASHINGTON -- Eric Tolbert spent almost three decades on emergency response teams, starting as a paramedic in his native North Carolina and rising to a top job at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Local companies land FEMA contracts for Katrina work
BizJournals Sun, 30 Oct 2005 9:17 PM PST
JACKSONVILLE -- Four local businesses have been awarded Federal Emergency Management Agency contracts totaling $7.5 million to support Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in New Orleans.

FEMA wants to get people back into homes
The Times of South Mississippi Sun, 30 Oct 2005 10:08 PM PST
For people whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's ultimate goal is to get them back into permanent housing as quickly as possible.

Fumes force evacuation of FEMA building in Maryland
Baltimore Sun Sun, 30 Oct 2005 5:06 PM PST
Several treated at area hospitals About 200 employees of the Federal Emergency Management Agency were evacuated from an office building Sunday because of fumes from a gas can left on the roof.

Katrina affected more than gas prices
The Town Talk Mon, 31 Oct 2005 0:07 AM PST
Hurricane Katrina caused a short-term gasoline shortage and higher prices, but that is insignificant compared to the shortage of long-haul drivers created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Shame of a nation
Arizona Daily Wildcat Sun, 30 Oct 2005 11:01 PM PST
Two thousand dead in Iraq. Two thousand. Eight hundred from a hurricane named Katrina. One former head of Federal Emergency Management Agency. One lightweight Supreme Court nominee. Tom DeLay. Social Security reform. The "ownership society." The Geneva Convention. The First Amendment.

FEMA Extends Ex-Director's Contract
Louisiana Weekly Sun, 30 Oct 2005 5:05 PM PST
(AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Wednesday defended the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s decision to extend former director Michael Brown's post-resignation employment by another 30 days.

CONTRACTS AWARDED
Washington Post Sun, 30 Oct 2005 10:26 PM PST
Analysis Corp. of Fairfax won a $2.3 million, one-year contract from the Defense Department to provide the Defense Intelligence Agency's Joint Intelligence Task Force for Combating Terrorism with a terrorist watch-list solution.

Tuesday, November 1, 2005 11:46 AM PST
Lack of FEMA data slows relief
USATODAY.com via Yahoo! News Tue, 01 Nov 2005 6:40 AM PST
Relief groups trying to help Hurricane Katrina evacuees find new homes and reunite with families say they have been stymied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's failure to provide information about evacuees.

Brevard Residents Cheer FEMA's Decision
WESH via Yahoo! News Mon, 31 Oct 2005 2:52 PM PST
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has expanded the area in which individuals and businesses can receive aid to include Brevard County.

New Call Center to Aid Temporary Housing
KSLA Tue, 01 Nov 2005 10:06 AM PST
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency says 300 people at a FEMA processing center in Chicago have been assigned "Full Time" to call disaster applicants and to assess their need for temporary housing.

FEMA extends disaster aid deadline
Desert Sun Tue, 01 Nov 2005 11:27 AM PST
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is extending the deadline for federal disaster aid. Survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita now have until Jan. 11 to apply for help.

Two More Mississippi Counties Eligible For Assistance
The Jackson Channel Tue, 01 Nov 2005 6:09 AM PST
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says residents and business owners in Holmes and Humphreys counties are now eligible for state and federal assistance for Hurricane Katrina damage.

Katrina Charities Stymied By FEMA Silence
WPMI 15 Tue, 01 Nov 2005 6:18 AM PST
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided Hurricane Katrina evacuee data to the media, but frustrated relief agencies are still waiting.

FEMA Opens Offices In Flood-Damaged Areas
The WMUR Channel Tue, 01 Nov 2005 9:49 AM PST
Two federal offices will open in New Hampshire to assist people affected by October's flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that an office will open in Keene at 25 Roxbury St. on Wednesday. On Friday, an office will open in Alstead at the Third Congregational Church at 14 River St.

FEMA Help Will Be Extended
WLOX-TV Biloxi Tue, 01 Nov 2005 10:29 AM PST
Residents of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas who had damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have more time to apply for federal disaster assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that the deadline to apply for aid has been extended to January eleventh.

Get money back for some purchases
Miami Herald Tue, 01 Nov 2005 6:18 AM PST
Did you lose power when Hurricane Wilma blew through? Rich or poor, you're probably entitled to free generators, chain saws and other disaster recovery items, courtesy of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Firefighters help down south
Ralston Recorder Tue, 01 Nov 2005 9:23 AM PST
It was called a short notice for two Ralston Volunteer Fire Department firefighters last week. Locals Will Linger and Kevin Kinney were notified they had been called up through the Federal Emergency Management Agency the afternoon of Oct. 25 and left on an airplane at 2:30 p.m. the next day.