National Preparedness: Actions Taken by FEMA to Implement Select Provisions of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006   [open pdf - 305KB]

"On August 29, 2005, and in the ensuing days, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma devastated the Gulf Coast region of the United States. Hurricane Katrina alone affected more than a half-million people located within approximately 90,000 square miles spanning Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama; ultimately resulted in over 1,600 deaths; and triggered one of the largest natural disaster relief and recovery operations in U.S. history. In the wake of these hurricanes, we and others issued reports and made recommendations related to the federal response to these events, concluding that the government was not adequately prepared to respond to catastrophic incidents. In October 2006, the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (Post-Katrina Act) was enacted. […] Given the importance of proper implementation of the act and the need for a unified, coordinated national incident management system capable of preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters, including catastrophic disasters, you requested that we review the status of implementation of five select provisions of the Post-Katrina Act related to the development of plans, exercises, capabilities, reports, and presidential certification of federal preparedness. This report describes the actions FEMA has taken to address these select Post-Katrina Act provisions. On September 5, 2013, we briefed you on our overall findings (see enclosures I through V)."

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