Ensuring Equity in Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, October 27, 2021   [open pdf - 733KB]

This is the October 27, 2021 hearing on "Ensuring Equity in Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery," held before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Bennie G. Thompson: "Today the committee is meeting to examine how the Federal Government can ensure equity in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. [...] [A] growing body of evidence shows that in the wake of a disaster, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Race always appears to play a role in outcomes. According to a 2018 study, White Americans living in counties that received disaster aid gained over $100,000 in wealth compared to White Americans living in counties that did not experience a disaster. In contrast, Black and Latino Americans in areas that received disaster assistance lost thousands compared to their peers that had not experienced a disaster. A person's zip code or skin color should not affect how he or she fares in a disaster, but this is exactly what happens. Low-income and rural communities are especially at risk. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is aware of these inequities." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Lori Peek, Chauncia Willis, Christopher P. Currie, and James K. Joseph.

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