Emergency Management: FEMA Has Made Progress Since Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, but Challenges Remain, Statement of Chris Currie, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications, Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives [open pdf - 321KB]
"A little more than 10 years ago, Hurricane Katrina caused an estimated $108 billion in damage, making it the largest, most destructive natural disaster in our nation's history. Following the federal response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Congress passed the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (Post-Katrina Act). The act contained over 300 provisions that are intended to enhance national preparedness, emergency response and recovery, and the management of select disaster programs. In October 2012, another catastrophic hurricane--Hurricane Sandy--caused $65 billion in damage and once again tested the nation's preparedness and emergency response and recovery functions. GAO [Government Accountability Office] has issued multiple reports that discuss a wide variety of emergency management issues reflecting the federal government and FEMA's efforts to implement provisions of the Post Katrina Act and address various aspects of emergency management. This statement discusses GAO's work on the progress FEMA has made and challenges that it still faces in three areas: (1) national preparedness, (2) disaster response and recovery, and (3) selected FEMA management areas. This statement is based on previously issued GAO reports from 2012 to 2015."
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