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This week's round-up: FEMA's "floating hotel," Michigan State University flooded with Larry Nassar requests, and a rare "reverse FOIA"

This week’s round-up: FEMA’s “floating hotel,” Michigan State University flooded with Larry Nassar requests, and a rare “reverse FOIA”

Records released this week through FOIA requests show the Federal Emergency Management Agency paid millions for a ‘half-empty floating hotel’ last hurricane season. Plus, Michigan State University struggles to keep up with records requests about Larry Nassar, Humana’s “reverse FOIA,” and an exciting job opportunity with the New York Times, all in this week’s round-up.

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Read FEMA’s 2014 plan for dealing with a hurricane in Puerto Rico

Read FEMA’s 2014 plan for dealing with a hurricane in Puerto Rico

The Federal Emergency Management Agency just released its plan from 2014 for how to respond to a hurricane in Puerto Rico, after having denied ProPublica’s request for the same document in October.

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FEMA really does have a "Waffle House Index" for hurricanes - and they're not too happy about it

FEMA really does have a “Waffle House Index” for hurricanes - and they’re not too happy about it

Records originally released to Adam Schweigert reveal the intricacies of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s much-rumored “Waffle House Index” - and the agency’s recent attempts to distance themselves from it.

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From 1982 to 2016, FEMA paid $66 million in federal flood insurance payments to government entities

From 1982 to 2016, FEMA paid $66 million in federal flood insurance payments to government entities

A spreadsheet released to Brian Sparks shows that since 1982, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid out a little over $66 million in federal flood insurance to government entities. That’s about a third of the cost of a single MQ-9 Reaper drone.

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FEMA and NASA team up to ward off the coming apocalypse

FEMA and NASA team up to ward off the coming apocalypse

If you were hoping for divine intervention as a way out of the inauguration, we’ve got bad news - FEMA recently announced it had joined NASA and others to estimate its ability to counter potentially planet-threatening asteroids.

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