WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced an innovative new partnership designed to continue to strengthen the nation's ability to respond to and recover from disasters while expanding career opportunities for young people.
FEMA Corps is an historic collaboration which will create a new unit of AmeriCorps' National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) whose members will be devoted solely to FEMA disaster response, and recovery efforts. The five-year agreement provides for a full service corps of 1,600 members annually who will be an additional workforce in support of FEMA's current disaster reserve workforce.
New Hampshire Insurance Co. and its claims processing agent York Risk Services, has been cited for 125 violations related to alleged mishandling of claims after a California wildfire in 2008.
New Hampshire Insurance is a subsidiary of American International Group Inc. (AIG).
“The allegations in this case reflect a troubling lack of attention to consumer needs by New Hampshire Insurance Company,” says Adam M. Cole, general counsel at the California Department of Insurance (CDI).
CDI says each violation represents “an alleged unfair or deceptive act,” and each could carry a fine of up to $10,000.
The U.S. Forest Service is Southern California’s first line of defense against wild fires, but the number of air tankers available to the agency has decreased in recent years -- from 42 to 11, according to USFS Chief Tom Tidwell, who went before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Tuesday.
The agency is asking for $24 million to replenish its depleted, aging fleet.
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The U.S. Forest Service has increased the mandatory brush clearance requirement for homes and structures inside national forests.
The change comes at the request of Los Angeles County supervisors, who raised concerns about brush clearance after the Station Fire killed two firefighters, destroyed 89 homes and scorched 160,000 acres in 2009.
Property owners must now clear at least 100 feet of brush surrounding their land, instead of 30 feet.
A year and a half after a natural gas explosion in San Bruno killed eight people, indignant officials in the devastated city on Wednesday accused PG&E of delaying efforts to resolve the city's financial claims against the utility.
"We are very frustrated that PG&E doesn't understand its negligence was responsible for the biggest natural gas disaster in our nation's history," San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane said at a hastily called news conference. "We will not let that happen."
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