County commision discusses flood zone process

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is mapping the entire county for an updated flood insurance plan and Roosevelt County commissioners wants to ensure residents are aware of any flood zone changes this time around. According to County Manager, Charlene Hardin, FEMA will be gathering data over the next [...]

Assistance could come as early as next week

Staff and Wire Reports Tornado victims in Quay and Curry counties could begin getting checks as early as next week to help with disaster-related expenses. Issued through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the checks will help cover expenses such as clothing, medical costs, household appliances and tools, according to FEMA officials. Gov. Bill Richardson signed [...]

President signs disaster declaration

Staff and Wire Reports President Bush declared a major disaster in Curry and Quay counties Monday because of tornado damage, making residents in those regions eligible for federal funds. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners [...]

Communities remain in holding pattern

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency told a crowd of Clovis officials Wednesday they weren’t sure when, or if, the state would receive help from FEMA in recovery from Friday’s tornadoes that slammed eastern New Mexico. They seemed quite sure, however, if FEMA funds are denied, it won’t be [...]

FEMA arrives to assess damage

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers It could take up to a month to decide if Curry County government agencies and residents qualify for federal aid, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said. FEMA officials arrived in New Mexico on Tuesday to assess the damage left by a string of tornadoes that devastated areas of Quay, Roosevelt [...]

Richardson declares area state disaster

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Government entities of three eastern New Mexico communities hit hard by tornadoes Friday were given access to state funds for restoration Sunday, but aid for affected individuals hinges on the federal government, according to authorities. Gov. Bill Richardson declared Clovis a state disaster area Sunday as he toured a [...]

People shouldn’t depend on federal assistance

Editorial It’s a good thing that, in defiance of most of the predictions and of all the alarmists who tried to link nasty hurricanes to global warming, we had a relatively mild hurricane season this year. If the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been called upon to deal with a disaster this year, it might [...]

Money Congress set aside for evacuation plan went elsewhere

Rita Beamish: The Associated Press As far back as eight years ago, Congress ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a plan for evacuating New Orleans during a massive hurricane, but the money instead went to studying the causeway bridge that spans the city’s Lake Pontchartrain, officials say. The outcome provides one more example [...]

Fox promises to investigate henhouse

Leonard Pitts “What town is this?” I ask the young man standing on the lawn with arms folded. “Waveland,” he says. “Or it used to be.” “It will be again,” I assure him. “I hope so,” he says. His tone suggests his expectations aren’t particularly high. It’s hard to blame him. In Waveland, railroad tracks [...]

FEMA director steps down

Darlene Superville: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Mike Brown, the subject of blistering criticism after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and overwhelmed the government’s response, quit Monday as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The White House moved quickly to replace him, installing a top agency official with three decades of firefighting experience [...]