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FEMA has long been tasked with the difficult job of leading the federal response to natural disasters. We testified about challenges facing its workforce.
The frequency of disasters is increasing but FEMA has staffing shortages.
Natural disasters can be devastating for K-12 schools—especially in areas where people were already vulnerable.
Most school districts that received key federal recovery grants in the wake of 2017-2019 disasters had higher than average proportions of students from socially vulnerable groups (e.
The Defense Production Act allows federal agencies to require companies to prioritize government contracts for medical supplies to address national emergencies, like COVID-19. Federal agencies have used DPA authorities to expand production of COVID-related medical supplies.
Some disaster survivors—specifically people living in low-income neighborhoods or rural isolated areas, people of color, and people with disabilities—have problems accessing disaster assistance programs and recovery resources.
Disasters affect hundreds of American communities each year and cause billions of dollars in damage. While federal recovery assistance is available, many disaster survivors face barriers in accessing this assistance.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency maps flood hazard areas to help guide the National Flood Insurance Program and the flood mitigation efforts of property owners, community planners, insurers, and others. (The insurance program is on our High Risk List.
Flood insurance protects homeowners from financial loss after a flood.
FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program requires homeowners with federally regulated mortgages to purchase flood insurance for properties located in high-risk areas.
We testified about the critical roles the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Departments of Transportation and Treasury have played in the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the transportation sector.
Para la versión de esta página en español, ver a GAO-21-442.
As of January 2021, FEMA has obligated $23.8 billion through Public Assistance funds to help Puerto Rico recover from the 2017 hurricanes, 2019 and 2020 earthquakes, and the COVID-19 pandemic.