Hurricanes (41 - 50 of 66 items)
Statement by Comptroller General David M. Walker on GAO's Preliminary Observations Regarding Preparedness and Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
GAO-06-365R: Published: Feb 1, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 2006.
GAO has undertaken a body of work to address federal, state, and local preparations for, response to, and recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This correspondence contains GAO's preliminary findings...
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Provision of Charitable Assistance
GAO-06-297T: Published: Dec 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 2005.
The devastation and dislocation of individuals experienced throughout the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has raised concern about both the charitable sector's and the government's abilities to effectively respond to such disasters. To strengthen future disaster response and recovery operations, the government needs to understand...
Hurricane Katrina: Providing Oversight of the Nation's Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Activities
GAO-05-1053T: Published: Sep 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2005.
Hurricane Katrina will have an enormous impact on people and the economy of the United States. The hurricane affected over a half million people located in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama and has resulted in one of the largest natural disaster relief and recovery operations in United States history. In terms of public health, standing water and high temperatures have created a breeding ground...
National Flood Insurance Program: Oversight of Policy Issuance and Claims
GAO-05-532T: Published: Apr 14, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2005.
According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), 90 percent of all natural disasters in the United States involve flooding. Because of the catastrophic and unpredictable nature of floods, private insurance companies do not typically cover flood losses. Congress established the NFIP in 1968 to provide an insurance alternative to disaster assistance in response to the escalating costs of re...
Foreign Assistance: USAID's Earthquake Recovery Program in El Salvador Has Made Progress, but Key Activities Are Behind Schedule
GAO-03-656: Published: May 15, 2003. Publicly Released: May 15, 2003.
In early 2001, two major earthquakes struck El Salvador, causing more than 1,100 deaths and $1.7 billion in damage to property and infrastructure. GAO has been periodically monitoring the recovery program being implemented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the lead U.S. agency. The House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Re...
Foreign Assistance: Disaster Recovery Program Addressed Intended Purposes, but USAID Needs Greater Flexibility to Improve Its Response Capability
GAO-02-787: Published: Jul 24, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2002.
In the fall of 1998, when hurricanes Mitch and Georges struck Central America and the Caribbean, the United States and other donors responded by providing emergency relief, such as food, water, medical supplies, and temporary shelter. Also, In May 1999, Congress passed emergency supplemental legislation that provided $621 million for a disaster recovery and reconstruction fund for the affected cou...
Foreign Assistance: Implementing Disaster Recovery Assistance in Latin America
GAO-01-541T: Published: Mar 21, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2001.
This testimony discusses the U.S. government's disaster recovery and reconstruction program for countries that have been devastated by hurricanes. GAO found that the Agency for International Development (AID) and other U.S. agencies are using the disaster recovery assistance to bring about economic recovery, improve public health and access to education, provide permanent housing for displaced fam...
Federal Emergency Management Agency: Hurricane Floyd Property Acquisition and Relocation Grants
OGC-00-24: Published: Mar 8, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) interim rule on property acquisition and relocation grants in the wake of Hurricane Floyd. GAO noted that: (1) the interim final rule provides guidance on the administration of grants of $215 million for the acquisition and relocation of properties affected by Hurricane Floyd and surrounding events...
Natural Disaster Insurance: Federal Government's Interests Insufficiently Protected Given Its Potential Financial Exposure
T-GGD-96-41: Published: Dec 5, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the proposed establishment of a privately-owned, federally-chartered corporation to provide primary insurance and reinsurance for natural disasters. GAO noted that: (1) the corporation would provide supplemental primary insurance to homeowners to protect against losses from certain natural events; (2) concerns regarding affordable and actuarily so...
Hurricane Iniki Expenditures
RCED-94-132R: Published: Apr 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1994.
GAO reviewed whether the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) used emergency appropriated funds for the repair and replacement of national wildlife refuge facilities damaged by Hurricane Iniki. GAO noted that: (1) FWS did not have authorization to use emergency funds for reconstruction work at two refuges; (2) FWS planned to use emergency funds for enlarging selected buildings at one refuge and re...