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May 27, 2022

Summer hurricanes, wildfires and storms loom as FEMA faces pressure to step up

The agency manages more than 300 disaster declarations a year and is pleading for more money from Congress

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Horsham hurricane Ida William Thomas Cain/Bucks County Courier Times

FEMA is pleading for more money from the U.S. Congress as another summer disaster season begins. The agency manages more than 300 disaster declarations a year, up from an average of 108 disasters a decade ago. Officials say more funding is needed to meet the increased demand. The image above shows damage caused by Hurricane Ida in Montgomery County on Sept. 2, 2021.

Another grueling summer disaster season is arriving, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is under intense pressure even as its portfolio balloons, it pleads for more money from Congress and criticism comes on several fronts.

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