Natural disasters

The Palmer Gulch Fire burns in October 2022 in the Black Hills. (Courtesy of Black Hills National Forest)

State disaster report prepares for more natural disasters in coming years

BY: - December 20, 2023

South Dakotans have less than two weeks to review and comment on the state’s new 2024 hazard mitigation plan, which is used to navigate and prepare for costly and deadly disasters. The plan is updated every five years to meet state eligibility requirements for increased mitigation funding from the federal government. The comment period was […]

Dina Lewis rescues items from her home after it was destroyed by Hurricane Ida on Aug. 30, 2021, in Laplace, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

More than $37 billion in disaster aid under scrutiny in congressional lame duck

BY: - November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration wants Congress to approve more than $37 billion to help communities throughout the country recover from various natural disasters, including Hurricanes Ian, which battered Florida and the Southeast U.S. in late September, and Fiona, which hit Puerto Rico.  The supplemental funding request comes on top of a $9 billion COVID-19 […]