Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the November 1985 West Virginia flood, focusing on: (1) state and local disaster planning and preparedness; (2) the effectiveness of existing warning systems and planned improvements; (3) the federal government's responsiveness to victims' needs; and (4) the type and amount of assistance the government provided to flood victims.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Federal Emergency Management Agency||FEMA should, in conjunction with the states, determine whether intrastate regional emergency operations planning is feasible and potentially more cost-effective than the current method of having each county develop its own plan.|
|National Weather Service||NWS should develop alternatives for maintaining IFLOWS equipment if some counties are unable to fund maintenance costs. Alternatives could include cost sharing by NWS, the state, or the county.|
|Federal Emergency Management Agency||The Director, FEMA, should pursue development of standards for how long the public assistance application process should take to better enable FEMA to identify opportunities to expedite the process.|