Natural disasters (41 - 50 of 59 items)
Disaster Assistance: Improvements Needed in Determining Eligibility for Public Assistance
T-RCED-96-166: Published: Apr 30, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1996.
GAO discussed the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) public disaster assistance program. GAO noted that: (1) FEMA program criteria are ambiguous; (2) criteria clarifications are needed to determine which damaged facilities should be restored and the eligibility of nonprofit facilities' services for assistance; (3) inconsistent or inequitable eligibility determinations, time-consuming app...
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...
Federal Disaster Insurance
GGD-95-20R: Published: Nov 7, 1994. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1994.
GAO commented on the proposed changes to the Natural Disaster Protection Act's primary insurance and reinsurance programs. GAO noted that: (1) the greatest concerns with the primary insurance program involve the difficulty in setting affordable rates, attaining adequate participation, and reducing multihazard coverage costs; (2) although recent computer modeling advances have enabled insurers to b...
Federal Disaster Insurance: Goals Are Good, But Insurance Programs Would Expose the Federal Government to Large Potential Losses
T-GGD-94-153: Published: May 26, 1994. Publicly Released: May 26, 1994.
GAO discussed Senate bill 1350, which would establish federal natural disaster insurance, reinsurance, and multihazard mitigation programs. GAO noted that: (1) although the insurance industry has absorbed losses from recent natural disasters, its ability to remain solvent and absorb future catastrophic disasters is questionable; (2) disaster insurance programs are designed to reduce the government...
Disaster Management: Recent Disasters Demonstrate the Need to Improve the Nation's Response Strategy
T-RCED-93-13: Published: Mar 2, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 1993.
GAO discussed the federal government's strategy for responding to catastrophic disasters. GAO noted that: (1) the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster response strategy was not timely or adequate for dealing with catastrophic disasters because it lacked rapid disaster assessment provisions and specific functional responsibilities needed to respond to catastrophic disaster requirem...
Preliminary Information on the Federal Government's Response to Recent Natural Disasters
T-RCED-90-75: Published: May 1, 1990. Publicly Released: May 1, 1990.
GAO discussed the federal government's response to recent natural disasters. GAO found that: (1) emergency preparedness seems to have been plagued by coordination difficulties and uncertainty about the roles and responsibilities of the agencies involved in disaster relief; (2) the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) might need to provide specific guidelines to help ensure that emergency pla...
Disaster Assistance: Crop Insurance Can Provide Assistance More Effectively Than Other Programs
RCED-89-211: Published: Sep 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information about the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) role in providing agriculture disaster assistance since 1980, focusing on various programs' costs and effectiveness.GAO found that: (1) USDA spent about $6.9 billion for direct cash payments, $6.4 billion for disaster emergency loans, and $4.3 billion for crop insurance between 1980 and 1988;...
Roles, Cost, and Criteria for Assessing Agriculture Disaster Assistance Programs Between 1980 and 1988
T-RCED-89-63: Published: Sep 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 1989.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) provision of agricultural disaster assistance since 1980. GAO noted that: (1) USDA spent about $6.9 billion for direct cash payments, $6.4 billion for disaster emergency loans, and $4.3 billion for crop insurance between fiscal years 1980 and 1988; (2) although Congress intended to alleviate the need for expensive, ad-hoc disaster assistance pro...
Emergency Assistance: Operation of USDA's Livestock Feed Programs
RCED-87-59: Published: Mar 6, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) emergency livestock feed assistance programs to determine: (1) whether the Emergency Feed Assistance Program (EFAP) was effective in providing a timely response to emergency conditions in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota during 1985 and 1986; (2) the comparative benefits of the Emergency Feed...
[Query Regarding Availability of Natural Disaster Emergency Loans]
B-197765: Published: Jan 10, 1983. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 1983.
GAO was asked whether the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) has been unlawfully limiting the availability of natural disaster emergency loans authorized under the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act. GAO stated that the FmHA practice of basing loan eligibility on countywide, rather than individual, crop losses violates the act. GAO was also asked to review the loan program's authorizing l...