2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires: Initial Observations on the Federal Response and Key Recovery Challenges, Report to Congressional Addressees   [open pdf - 12MB]

"In 2017, four sequential disasters--hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and the California wildfires--created an unprecedented demand for federal disaster response and recovery resources. According to FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency], 2017 included three of the top five costliest hurricanes on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated that the cumulative damages from weather and climate related disasters in the United States were over $300 billion in 2017 alone. As of June 2018, Congress had appropriated over $120 billion in supplemental funding for response and recovery related to the 2017 hurricanes and wildfires. Further, in October 2017, close to 14,000 federal employees were deployed in response to the disasters. Given the scale and cost of these disasters, Congress and others have raised questions about the federal response and various recovery challenges that have arisen since the disasters. This report provides GAO's [Government Accountability Office] observations on: (1) federal and state preparedness and response coordination for hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida, and the California wildfires; (2) federal preparedness for and response to hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and (3) existing and emerging disaster recovery challenges highlighted by these disasters."

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