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Floodplains and Flood Risk: A Brief Overview of Changing Management Responsibilities

by Downey Brand LLP on

When it comes to how our communities address flood risk and protect populations and economies from flooding, no one government agency is in charge. Instead, there are multiple agencies at the federal, state, and local levels,...more

Religious Institutions Update: November 2017 - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - Serious data breaches have become routine in the United States, yet a recent survey shows that the majority of religious institutions do not have a full-time IT professional, have no system to detect a...more

Congress Moving on Re-authorization and Reform of National Flood Insurance Program

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the U.S. House of Representatives voted last Tuesday to approve House Resolution 2874 entitled the “21st Century Flood Reform Act.” The Act must still pass the Senate and be signed by the...more

Three Questions on Disaster Response with Ernie Abbott, Of Counsel, Baker Donelson

by Baker Donelson on

What is the status of funding for rebuilding after the recent disasters in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and what can we expect moving forward? After each of the big disasters that have...more

National Flood Insurance Program Is Relieved Of $16 Billion Debt

by Carlton Fields on

On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump signed H.R. 2266, a disaster relief bill. Pursuant to section 308 of the bill, the Department of the Treasury will forgive $16 billion in debt owed by FEMA under the National Flood...more

Tax Breaks in the New Hurricane Legislation for Employers and Taxpayers

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 provides a new favorable tax credit for eligible employers affected by recent hurricanes, as well as expanded charitable deductions and tax credits for...more

Congressional Hearing on HHS’s Emergency Preparedness for and Response to 2017 Hurricane Season

by King & Spalding on

On October 24, 2017, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing to examine HHS public health preparedness for and response to the 2017 hurricane season. The hearing addressed...more

Tips for Contractors Who Want to Help Rebuild After the California Wildfires

I received a call from one of my contractor clients this past week to see what he could do to help those affected by California’s North Bay fires....more

Helping Handbook for Those Affected by Northern California Wildfires

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

This handbook provides an overview of some of the issues that individuals, families, and small businesses may face as a result of the wildfires that swept Northern California in October 2017. Please note that this handbook...more

Washed Away: What Rights Do You Have When Your Home is Flooded?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Bill Deron bought a 100-acre tract next to a creek outside the City of Houston. Deron planned to build a subdivision where some of the homes abut a creek. The other homes would sit about 15 feet higher than the creekside...more

Relief After The Storm: Volunteer Efforts Make A Difference

From hurricanes Harvey to Irma, Maria and Nate, how nongovernmental organizations, private enterprise, local groups, and transported not-for-profits help to make the system work....more

Wildfires Rage: Insurance Advice for Recovery After the Smoke Clears

Some guiding principles, taken from decades of experience representing insurance policyholders in California and around the globe - The Wine Country fires, and the uncertainty of their cause, may complicate insurance...more

The Opioid Crisis: Declaring a National Emergency and the Effect on Remote Prescribing through Telemedicine

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 31, 2017, President Donald Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recommended that he declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. In August 2017 and again on October 16, 2017, the...more

FinCEN Provides FBAR Relief To Victims Of The California Wildfires

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced today that California wildfire victims in affected areas of California have until January 31, 2018, to file their Report of Foreign Bank and...more

Tax Relief for Victims of Natural Disasters

by Moskowitz LLP on

Losing a loved one, a home, or a livelihood due to a natural disaster is among the worst things that can happen to a person. And the last thing you should be worrying about in times of crisis is your tax bill....more

Hurricane Maria's Aftermath: Highlights of Available Government Assistance for Puerto Rico Residents

by Littler on

On September 20, 2017, Puerto Rico suffered the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Maria, which savaged the Island, taking down all communications systems, severely damaging or completely destroying many homes and roads, and...more

Reed Smith Hurricane Maria Disaster Relief Resources Guide

by Reed Smith on

Industry insured losses for Hurricane Maria are estimated to be between US$40 billion and US $85 billion. Puerto Rico, alone, will account for more than 85% of the loss. Individuals impacted by Hurricane Maria will generally...more

FCC Grants Temporary Universal Service Fund Relief for Hurricane Victims

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On October 6, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s or Commission’s) Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) issued an order temporarily waiving several rules and requirements related to the federal Universal...more

Best in Law: Houston Has a Problem; Make Sure You Don’t - Partner D. Brian Reider Writes About Disaster Preparedness for the...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As the horrible hurricane Harvey and Irma disasters unfolded recently, and wildfires have raged all over the West, we are reminded that the time is now to think carefully about disaster preparedness. Here in California, our...more

FinCEN Provides Updated FBAR-Filing Relief To Victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, And Maria

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today updated two previous notices regarding FBAR-filing relief to victims of the recent hurricanes. Extension filers have until January 31, 2018 to...more

Beware of Federal Requirements when Selling or Leasing Facilities Funded by FEMA

by Baker Donelson on

As we are now more than ten years from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and five from Superstorm Sandy, many applicants that received federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public...more

When Disaster Strikes: IRS Guidance Gives Employers Additional Options for Assisting Employees Hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall in Texas and Florida, they gave rise not only to widespread property damage, but to a humanitarian disaster as well. The massive storms have left scores dead and thousands...more

Today’s the Day: Nationwide EAS Test and Form 2 Deadline Arrive

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Earlier this week, the FCC and FEMA released a final reminder that this year’s nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will occur today, September 27, 2017 at 2:20 PM Eastern Time. The test will be transmitted in both...more

When Disaster Strikes: Picking up the Pieces

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

The last few weeks have been a struggle for many Americans dealing with natural disasters. As employers and businesses attempt to make sense of losses and get back to business, below are some suggestions that may help during...more

Potential disaster relief fraud cases loom in Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria's wake

by Dentons on

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, another potential disaster lies waiting for those who apply for relief funds or assist in recovery efforts: criminal prosecution and/or civil litigation. The Wall Street...more

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