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    Federal Wind Insurance Is Still a Huge Mistake

    Like the monster in a third-rate horror movie that seems to be destroyed but comes back again and again, some bad ideas in Washington keep popping up. Adding wind insurance coverage to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a program that already needs to be bailed out every few years, … More

    Does FEMA Know Where Its Homeland Security Grants Are Spent?

    President Obama promised a federal government that is dedicated to greater openness and transparency. But does the Obama administration believe in openness and transparent government when it comes to homeland security grants managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)? Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Heritage Foundation … More

    Slipping on Spill Cleanup: Lead, Follow, or Get Out the Way

    The Daily Caller explains how it works in the Gulf. “Escambia County sends a request to the Mobile, Ala., Unified Command Center…Then, it’s reviewed by BP, the federal government, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard. If they don’t like it, they don’t tell us anything.” The … More

    Federalization of Disasters Bankrupting FEMA

    Despite the best efforts of America’s most expensive disaster in history, Hurricane Katrina didn’t bankrupt FEMA. Nonetheless, almost five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, FEMA teeters on bankruptcy due to its policy of federalizing virtually every natural disaster in America. As The Heritage Foundation has shown, the … More

    Prepared for Disaster?

    The Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), which outlines future threats to the United States, recommends cutting the number of military forces prepared to respond to a weapons-of-mass-destruction attack against America. The recommendation to downsize U.S. Northern Command personnel will expand one of three Consequence Management Response Forces (CCMRFs) while moving … More

    Will FEMA Bail Out State Budgets?

    In an article today titled, “Cash-Strapped States Feeling Burden of Snow,” Delaware and New Jersey lament how much money they have spent on snow removal this winter.  With budget deficits hitting most states, those two states aren’t the only ones who will be looking for cash to pay for the … More

    The Politicization of FEMA Continues

    Despite one of the quietest hurricane seasons in years, the number of FEMA declarations this year is on pace to hit 139 declarations, which would be the fifth highest since 1953 and 9 declarations higher than the 8-year average of George W. Bush’s FEMA. The problem is that we have … More

    FEMA Encourages a "Show Me the Money!" Mentality

    “Show me the money!” is one of the most memorable lines from a movie—Jerry Maguire—in the last twenty years. Coincidentally, that movie came out in 1996, which was a reelection year for President Bill Clinton. Not coincidentally, President Clinton in fact showed them the money in 1996 when the Federal … More

    A Better Agenda To Prevent Another 9/11

    Having returned from its summer recess, Congress will soon construct its legislative agenda for the rest of the year. Given that today marks the eighth anniversary of 9/11, Congress should honor the memory of that tragedy by solidifying its homeland security agenda. That means taking the right steps to keep … More