FEMA’s disaster relief fund is running low on cash. What happens now?

BY: - August 18, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund is in desperate need of cash, with the agency projecting at least a $4 billion deficit in the weeks ahead — even as the government responds to devastating fires in Hawaii and hurricane season continues. FEMA, however, won’t simply stop the response and recovery activities […]

Biden asks Congress for $40B for Ukraine aid, U.S. disaster response, border security

BY: - August 10, 2023

WASHINGTON —  The Biden administration is asking Congress to approve more than $40 billion in additional spending for Ukraine, border security, FEMA’s disaster response and wildland firefighters pay. The supplemental spending request comes in the middle of Congress’ annual August recess, giving lawmakers weeks to mull over the proposal for additional spending before returning to […]

Preparation for pandemics, natural disasters updated in bill passed by U.S. Senate panel

BY: - July 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate committee approved legislation Thursday that would update how the federal government prepares for and then responds to pandemics and natural disasters. The broadly bipartisan legislation moved through the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee following a 17-3 vote after members adopted two bipartisan amendments. Republican Sens. Rand Paul of […]

Pa. Health Department, PEMA coordinate COVID-19 regional support sites, Wolf says

BY: - January 7, 2022

The plan includes adding hospital beds at each regional site to increase capacity for 60 days, beginning in February, and staffing them with physicians, respiratory therapists, and nurses.


As COVID-19 cases climb, Wolf calls on feds for health care support | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 20, 2021

Pennsylvania recorded its first cases of the Omicron variant earlier this month in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, and on Friday, the last day for which state data is currently available, Pennsylvania logged 7,959 new cases of the virus, adding more strain to an already stressed health care system.