Disaster Response


Report: post-Katrina coordination could be improved



Report: post-Katrina coordination could be improved
In July, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report assessing the effectiveness of emergency communications after the implementation of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (PKEMRA). The PKEMRA was enacted to improve the federal government’s preparation for and response to disasters, including emergency communications. GAO-16-681 examines … Read More

News You Can Use: 08/17/16



News You Can Use: 08/17/16
National Security World Trade Center mall reopens, shows progress since 9/11, U.S. News Promises unfulfilled: How a State Department plan to stabilize Iraq broke apart, The Washington Post Disaster declared for Louisiana floods that have killed five, Reuters Prioritizing US Global Military Commitments, Defense News For US Politicians, Overcoming the… Read More

Agencies investigate EPA disaster



Agencies investigate EPA disaster
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) inspector general and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have launched a probe looking into the toxic water spill at Gold King mine last year. The agencies are investigating whether any federal officials engaged in criminal activity in the buildup to and aftermath of a leak… Read More

Assessment needed for National Disaster Recovery Framework



Assessment needed for National Disaster Recovery Framework
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) implementation of the National Disaster Recovery Framework, which provides the overarching interagency coordination structure for the recovery phase of incidents and calls for a “whole community” approach to recovery. The report, GAO-16-476, examines FEMA’s… Read More

USAID releases humanitarian policy



USAID releases humanitarian policy
Earlier this year the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) released the Policy for Humanitarian Action. OFDA leads the multi-agency response to disasters overseas by coordinating efforts, partnering with a range of humanitarian actors, and coordinating within the international humanitarian architecture, among other… Read More

Multi-agency federal disaster assistance bill introduced



Multi-agency federal disaster assistance bill introduced
Last week Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced a bill to the House of Representatives that calls for the creation of a multi-agency federal team to improve and reform federal disaster assistance. The bill, H.R. 4288, was introduced on December 17, and was then referred to the House Committee on… Read More

NIST releases new Community Resilience Planning Guide



NIST releases new Community Resilience Planning Guide
In late October, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued the Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems to help U.S. communities better withstand and recover from natural disasters and other hazards.  The guide was developed by NIST with the help of specialists… Read More

GAO testifies on FEMA progress since Katrina, Sandy



GAO testifies on FEMA progress since Katrina, Sandy
Last week the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released their testimony on the progress made by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) since Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. The testimony is based on previous GAO reports that were issued between 2012 and 2015, and audits the progress FEMA has made in national… Read More

GAO evaluates Red Cross, interagency cooperation



GAO evaluates Red Cross, interagency cooperation
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report assessing the American Red Cross’s cooperation with U.S. government agencies when providing disaster relief services. The report addresses the nature and extent of the Red Cross’s disaster services, how the Red Cross coordinates with the federal government on disaster assistance, and… Read More

National Preparedness Month begins



National Preparedness Month begins
This week marked the beginning of National Preparedness Month, and U.S. government agencies are encouraging their personnel and all other Americans to be prepared at all times to respond quickly to disasters and emergencies. According to Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, “Preparedness is the shared responsibility of our entire nation.”… Read More