ABSTRACT

U.S. Virgin Islands Recovery: Additional Actions Could Strengthen FEMA's Key Disaster Recovery Efforts, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 7MB]

From the GAO [Government Accountability Office] Highlights: "In September 2017, two major hurricanes--Irma and Maria--struck the USVI [United States Virgin Islands], causing billions of dollars in damage. FEMA is the lead federal agency responsible for assisting the USVI to recover from natural disasters. FEMA administers the Public Assistance program and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program in partnership with the USVI government, providing grant funding for response and recovery activities, including life-saving emergency protective measures, the repair or replacement of public infrastructure, and measures to increase the territory's resilience during future disasters. GAO was asked to review the federal government's response and recovery efforts in the USVI. This report examines (1) the status of Public Assistance program and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding and challenges, if any, with implementation, (2) the STEP [Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power] pilot program, and (3) the oversight of these programs. GAO reviewed documentation and data on the Public Assistance program and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program in the USVI as of June 30, 2019. GAO interviewed FEMA and USVI officials regarding the status of recovery efforts and associated challenges, and conducted site visits to the USVI islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John."

Report Number:
GAO-20-54
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Date:
2019-11
Copyright:
Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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