ABSTRACT

Federal Disaster Assistance After Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Wilma, Gustav, and Ike [May 1, 2018]   [open pdf - 2MB]

"This report provides information on federal financial assistance provided to the Gulf States after major disasters were declared in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas in response to the widespread destruction that resulted from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma in 2005 and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008. Though the storms happened over a decade ago, Congress has remained interested in the types and amounts of federal assistance that were provided to the Gulf Coast for several reasons. This includes how the money has been spent, what resources have been provided to the region, and whether the money has reached the intended people and entities. The financial information is also useful for congressional oversight of the federal programs provided in response to the storms. It gives Congress a general idea of the federal assets that are needed and can be brought to bear when catastrophic disasters take place in the United States. Finally, the financial information from the storms can help frame the congressional debate concerning federal assistance for current and future disasters."

Report Number:
CRS Report for Congress, R43139
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Date:
2018-05-01
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Public Domain
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Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html
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pdf
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