October 30, 2012 |
President Obama has signed major-disaster declarations for parts New York and New Jersey, sending additional government aid to those waking up to the mess left behind by Cyclone Sandy. The designation makes new federal dollars available to those living in the areas most battered by the storm. That includes direct grants to individuals for temporary housing and home repair, and low-cost loans to help cover property damage not covered by insurance. It also makes federal money available to help local governments remove debris and cover emergency services.
August 1, 2012 |
More than half of the counties in the United States have been designated as disaster areas mainly because of the ongoing drought that has been ravaging the nation, officials announced Wednesday. Disaster designations were signed for 218 more counties in 12 states, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced. That brings this year's total to 1,584 counties in 32 states; more than 90% of those designations are due to drought conditions. The latest designations were in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wyoming.
April 3, 2012 |
HOUSTON - Multiple tornadoes ripped through the Dallas-Fort Worth area Tuesday, tossing truck trailers like Tinkertoys, damaging hundreds of homes and causing numerous injuries, some critical. The mayor of Lancaster, a suburb about 15 miles south of Dallas, saw one of the twisters approach. "I was leaving a meeting here in town and heard the tornado sirens go off," Mayor Marcus Knight said at a news conference. After the tornado struck, Knight said multiple injuries were reported, sending some victims to the hospital.
November 8, 2011 |
Syrian opposition activists on Monday declared a "humanitarian disaster area" in the embattled city of Homs and called on the United Nations and Arab League to intervene and protect threatened civilians. The opposition decried a 5-day-old siege of Syria's third-largest city, which has become a hub of the rebellion and a reported site of sectarian massacres. "Indiscriminate slaughter is being committed by the regime's militias," said the Syrian National Council, an opposition umbrella group that demands the ouster of President Bashar Assad.
April 17, 2011 |
The soggy carpeting has been thrown away, the damaged furniture discarded. The beaches are being rebuilt, and the landscaping redone. Hawaii continues to recover from the effects of the tsunami triggered by the 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, which, in turn, prompted President Obama to declare parts of the state federal disaster areas. But the bigger question, some say, is whether the decrease in the number of Japanese visitors will cause a financial seismic shock that may prove more difficult to overcome for a state just beginning to recover from the recession.
March 12, 2011 |
U.S. Navy ships and aircraft were converging on disaster-stricken Japan Saturday, while the main U.S. aid agency dispatched two urban search-and-rescue teams to help look for trapped survivors. The military assistance operation is known as Operation Tomodachi, or "friendship," the III Marine Expeditionary Force said in a statement. The operation name was chosen by the Japanese. Photos: Scenes from the earthquake "We have units from all of our services, with a multitude of capabilities, from medical to communications to civil engineering, poised and ready to support where needed," John Roos, U.S. ambassador to Japan, told reporters Saturday.