In the days after Superstorm Sandy soaked the East Coast, New York City Department of Transportation workers cataloged the damage to the agency’s fleet of vehicles.
That information was handed over to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which would give the city enough money to replace the damaged vehicles with new ones.
Only one problem: many of those vehicles were damaged before Sandy hit.
Some hadn’t been operational in years and had been marked for salvage long before the storm. The city has agreed to reimburse the federal government $5.3 million for its false claims, according to the settlement proposed Wednesday.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday launched a review of the Wireless Resiliency Cooperative Framework, a voluntary industry commitment to “promote resilient wireless communications and situational awareness during disasters.”
The review comes after deadly storms this hurricane season“The American people expect quick and effective recoveries from natural disasters like Hurricane Michael and other storms,” said Pai in a release.
“That’s why we are re-examining the last administration’s framework to make sure all wireless carriers are meeting communities’ needs and doing everything they can to promptly restore service after a natural disaster.”
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More than a million people were ordered to evacuate a huge stretch of the eastern U.S. coastline as Hurricane Florence rapidly intensified Monday into an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 hurricane packing 130-mph winds
“We’re not going to gamble with the lives of the people of South Carolina,” the state’s governor, Henry McMaster, said in an afternoon press briefing Monday as he announced that eight counties along the state’s 187-mile coastline would begin to evacuate on Tuesday.
The center of Florence is expected to move over the southwestern Atlantic, between Bermuda and the Bahamas, over the next few days and bear down on the North Carolina and South Carolina coastlines on Thursday. Tropical-storm-force winds could reach the coastal Carolinas by Wednesday night or Thursday morning.