FEMA Provided an Effective Response to the Napa, California, Earthquake   [open pdf - 626KB]

Why the report was performed: "In August 2014, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the northern San Francisco, California, area. Following a major disaster, FEMA officials must take decisive actions responding to the event and initiating recovery efforts. However, FEMA's actions must also protect taxpayer dollars. To assist FEMA in this challenge, we deploy staff to disasters to evaluate FEMA's operations and to help prevent fraud, waste, and abuse of Federal funds." The report's results: "The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) responded effectively to the Napa, California, earthquake. FEMA (1) effectively coordinated activities in the heaviest affected communities before the September 11, 2014, declaration; (2) successfully executed the National Response Plan's Incident Action Planning Guide to overcome or mitigate operational challenges; and (3) effectively coordinated resources with Federal, California, and local partners while using methods to save costs in several areas. FEMA realized savings because it avoided paying for office space and other operational costs that generally total more than a million dollars for disasters similar in size as the 2014 Napa California earthquake. By February 4, 2015, FEMA had obligated $3.4 million for the Public Assistance Grant Program and more than $10.9 million for the Individual Assistance Program." The Investigator General (IG) made no recommendations, and FEMA concurred with all of the IG's findings.

Report Number:
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-15-92-D
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Office of the Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security: http://www.oig.dhs.gov/
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