Tag Archives: disaster recovery

How does FEMA help people recover from major disasters?

Heavy hurricane seasons in 2017 and 2018, along with devastating wildfires in California in those 2 years, affected more than 47 million people in the United States—about 15 percent of the national population. In response to disaster events like these, … Continue reading

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Is FEMA Ready to Respond to Emergencies?

Even before COVID-19, a rising number of natural disasters has meant an increased reliance by state, local, and tribal entities on federal funding and resources. For instance: The 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria affected 47 million people and are … Continue reading

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Disaster loans could help small businesses affected by coronavirus

The Small Business Administration announced Thursday that it would use disaster assistance loans to help small businesses affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus), as directed by President Trump’s national address. SBA disaster loans are usually used to help respond to localized disasters … Continue reading

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The State of Recovery Two Years after Hurricanes Irma and Maria

It’s been 2 years since hurricanes Irma and Maria caused extensive damage to several areas, including Puerto Rico, Florida, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hurricane Maria was the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since 1928, destroying highways … Continue reading

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Marking 40 Years of FEMA

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed an executive order merging many separate, disaster-related responsibilities into an independent agency called the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In the 40 years since its creation, FEMA has undergone dramatic changes—most notably in 2003, when … Continue reading

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GAO’s Disaster Assistance Collection

Hurricanes, wildfire, floods, the Zika virus—natural and manmade disasters have significant consequences for people, communities, and the environment. So, what is the federal government doing to respond to these disasters and help with long-term recovery efforts? Check out our new … Continue reading

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Everyone Ready for Atlantic Hurricane Season?

This week marks the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. To prepare, you might be considering such activities as stockpiling water and making a plan with family or neighbors. At the federal level, preparing for—and recovering from—disasters requires planning with … Continue reading

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Podcast on Resilience and Hurricane Sandy

After Hurricane Sandy, the federal government appropriated about $50 billion for recovery. Part of this money was to help prepare for, recover from, and adapt to future disasters. This is known as “disaster resilience and hazard mitigation”—something we and others … Continue reading

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