Emergency Management: Actions to Implement Select Provisions of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, Statement of William O. Jenkins, Jr. Homeland Security and Justice, Testimony before the Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness and Response, Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 274KB]

"This statement discusses select issues within the basic elements related to (1) findings from the response to Hurricane Katrina, (2) provisions of the Post-Katrina Act, and (3) specific actions [the Department of Homeland Security] DHS and [Federal Emergency Management Agency] FEMA have taken to implement these provisions. GAO's comments are based on GAO products issued from February 2006 through November 2008, and selected updates in March 2009. […] Hurricane Katrina severely tested disaster management at the federal, state, and local levels and revealed weaknesses in the basic elements--leadership, capabilities, and accountability--of preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters. In its 2006 work on the response to Hurricane Katrina, GAO noted that these elements needed to be strengthened. In October 2006, Congress enacted the Post-Katrina Act to address issues identified in the response to Hurricane Katrina. GAO reported in November 2008 that the DHS and the FEMA had at least preliminary efforts under way to address most of the provisions, but also identified a number of areas that required further action."

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