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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.
To see the version of this page in English, see GAO-21-264.
A partir de enero de 2021, FEMA comprometió $23.8 mil millones en fondos de Asistencia Pública para ayudar a Puerto Rico a recuperarse de los huracanes del 2017, los terremotos de 2019 y 2020, y la pandemia del COVID-19.
The CARES Act requires us to monitor and oversee federal efforts to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
We've issued five comprehensive reports with 44 recommendations to help improve the federal response.
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and Hawaii experienced an unprecedented number of natural disasters in 2018—including typhoons, earthquakes, mudslides, and volcanic eruptions. Their distance from the continental U.S. creates unique challenges for emergency responders.
FEMA obligated more than $11 billion through 4 grant programs that fund state and local hazard mitigation efforts (e.g., elevating homes and building tornado-safe rooms) for FY 2010 to 2018. The agency awarded about 88% of this amount through 2 grant programs that award grants post-disaster.