FEMA

9 Ways the Sequester Will Affect You

The sequester will be tough on government employees, and on those whose jobs are directly supported by them. But even if you don't run a Jiffy Lube across the street from a military base, you still need to be prepared. Here's are eight unexpected ways the sequester will likely touch your life.

Sandy Reminds Us What Election Is About: 2 Very Different Visions

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is doing much of the heavy lifting in the clean up and relief efforts from Hurricane Sandy. But FEMA's also on the front lines for Republican budget cuts. Which puts a key question of next week's election into sharp focus: What kind of federal government does America want?

Election Home Stretch: 5 Things to Watch for Before Nov. 6

With less than a week to go before Election Day, there are usually a few clear indicators that one candidate has momentum, some idea of how the remaining undecided voters are going to break. It was obvious in 2008. Between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in 2012, that's just not the case.

How to Avoid Home Repair Rip-Offs After Frankenstorm Passes

Experts predict the tab for Hurricane Sandy -- aka Frankenstorm -- will be in the billions of dollars. If your property gets damaged, proceed with caution: You don't want to get hit again, this time by home repair companies that jack up their prices, do a poor job, or walk away before the work is finished.

Irene's Aftermath: Economic Boost or Partisan Battlefield?

Now that Hurricane Irene has passed, it's time to get back to discussing the country's biggest unnatural disaster: the economy. But here, too, Irene is making her impact felt, as economists and pundits across the country debate whether the hurricane will help or hurt America's bottom line.

Don't Get Ripped Off on Post-Irene Home Repairs

The estimated tab for Hurricane Irene's fury is already in the billions of dollars. If you're among those who have property damage, proceed with caution -- you don't want to get hit again, this time by home repair companies that jack up their prices, do a poor job, or walk away before the work is finished.

Disaster Plans: Prepared for a Worst-Case Scenario?

The deadly tornadoes and flooding that struck the South and Midwest in April, the devastating earthquake in Japan, and concerns about terrorist reprisals after Osama Bin Laden's death should serve as reminders to property owners: You may hope it never comes, but you need to plan for the worst-case scenario.

The Next Call You Get Could Be an Emergency Warning

Services such as PlantCML's Reverse 911 notification system can alert mass numbers of people to all manners of impending danger. They're not cheap, but communities, corporations and campuses are finding ways to fund these systems -- and finding them pretty effective.

The Economic Impact of the 'Katrina Diaspora'

Five years after Hurricane Katrina, an estimated 100,000 displaced New Orleans residents have yet to return home. What impact have these evacuees had on the local economies of their new homes?

The Awful Odyssey of FEMA's Hurricane Katrina Trailers

After Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency bought 145,000 trailers to house displaced victims. Today the trailers -- many of which emitted unsafe levels of formaldehyde -- have become a symbol of incompetence in the face of a national tragedy.

Are you at risk for a flood?

The sight of thousands of homes under water in the aftermath of Katrina was sadly familiar to many Americans. Flooding is a disaster to which few are...