FEMA

7:21am

Tue July 8, 2014
Regional Coverage

Disaster readiness program encourages communities to pool knowledge and experience

An emergency backpack, along with some of the supplies needed in the case of an emergency.
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

The National Weather Service predicts 2014 will be a relatively tame hurricane season. But memories of hurricanes like Sandy and Irene, as well as tropical storm Lee, have led Gov. Andrew Cuomo to create the Citizen Preparedness Corps in hopes of training New Yorkers to be their own first responders.

New York State Department of Homeland Security Commissioner Jerome Hauer didn't mince words when he spoke about the Citizen Preparedness Corps training classes.

“Getting the population to deal with a disaster on their own is absolutely critical,” Hauer said.

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1:55pm

Thu August 29, 2013
Regional Coverage

Mohawk Valley homeowners to start receiving aid checks

One Oneida resident's backyard was heavily damaged by rapidly rising flood water. Residents are now getting checks to help cover damages.
Gino Geruntino WRVO/File photo

Two months after heavy flooding ravaged the Mohawk Valley, homeowners in Oneida, Herkimer and Montgomery Counties are receiving checks to help them rebuild. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Herkimer and Oneida on Thursday to tell residents that checks are being sent out immediately.

"Today we're going to be issuing checks to 1,200 homeowners, renters and businesses, total of about $13.6 million," Cuomo said. "Five hundred fifty-eight people in Herkimer [County], 145 in Oneida, 104 in Montgomery will receive funding."

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8:55am

Thu July 18, 2013
Regional Coverage

Cuomo announces state aid for Mohawk Valley flood victims

New York National Guard/flickr

New York state is stepping in where the federal government has not. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state would come up with $16 million for people affected by the recent floods that ravaged the Mohawk Valley and other parts of New York state.

Cuomo told local officials at Herkimer County Community College that the state will fill the gap using federal rules to offer cash from state coffers to flood victims.

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9:17am

Tue July 16, 2013
Politics and Government

Hanna makes plea for counties damaged by floods

One Oneida resident's backyard was heavily damaged by rapidly rising flood water.
Gino Geruntino WRVO/File photo

While declaring 12 counties disaster areas after recent rains ravaged parts of the Mohawk Valley and upstate New York, the federal government has denied individual disaster aid for people who lost property in the floods.

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3:53pm

Mon July 8, 2013
Regional Coverage

Cuomo vows assistance for flood damaged counties

One Oneida resident's backyard was heavily damaged by rapidly rising flood water.
Gino Geruntino/WRVO

It's been more than a week since the first floods hit the Mohawk Valley region, causing millions of dollars in damage and prompting Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare fifteen counties disaster areas.

Cuomo was in Herkimer County Sunday to talk about what assistance will be coming to the area following several rounds of flooding that severely damaged more than 150 homes.

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10:40am

Mon April 30, 2012
Regional Coverage

The city of Syracuse urges FEMA to reconsider flood maps

The battle raging over federal flood maps in Central New York hits a deadline today. The city of Syracuse will file a challenge to maps proposed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency which, if approved, would drive up flood insurance costs dramatically for homeowners in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

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4:24pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Gillibrand fights to keep flood insurance bills from skyrocketing

Ellen Abbott

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has joined the fight to keep flood insurance bills from skyrocketing in one of Syracuse's poorest neighborhoods. The idea is to convince the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, that their latest maps are flawed.

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5:52pm

Wed April 4, 2012
Politics and Government

Audio: Gov. Cuomo talks transparency, other issues during stop in Syracuse

Governor Andrew Cuomo stopped in Syracuse Wednesday, fresh off the passage of the second straight on time budget under his administration. Cuomo called the $132.6 billion budget part of a series of actions that will transform New York State. 

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9:00pm

Tue September 13, 2011
Regional Coverage

Gillibrand Predicts FEMA Infusion

OSWEGO, NY (wrvo) - Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says a lot of senators were not there for Monday's failed effort to pass new funds for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist victims of natural disasters in New York and nationwide.

Senate Republicans blocked Democrats' move to quickly pass 7-billion dollars in additional funds for FEMA, which says it only has some $300 million left in its coffers. Damage estimates in New York State alone could exceed $1 billion.

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