Hurricanes, Wildfires and Flooding: Disaster Assistance and Contracting


Lydie Yohan (Editor)

Series: Natural Disaster Research, Prediction and Mitigation
BISAC: SCI026000

Chapter 1 provides a short overview of issues Congress may consider in its oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) federal assistance during the 2017 hurricane season (e.g., Harvey, Irma, and Maria) and other disasters (e.g., fires in California).
In 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria damaged much of the electricity grids’ transmission and distribution systems in USVI and Puerto Rico. Chapter 2 provides information on federal support for restoring the electricity grids in Puerto Rico and USVI and factors affecting this support.

In 2017 two major hurricanes – Irma and Maria – caused extensive damage throughout Puerto Rico. Chapter 3 describes FEMA’s Public Assistance spending in Puerto Rico and oversight efforts of federal recovery funds, and initial challenges with the recovery process. Chapter 4 provides information on DRF funding provided to Puerto Rico as a result of assistance associated with a major disaster. The primary focus of the territorial and federal efforts thus far has largely been on restoring electric power in Puerto Rico as reported in chapter 5.

In September 2017, two major hurricanes—Irma and Maria—struck the USVI, causing billions of dollars in damage to its infrastructure, housing, and economy. Chapter 6 describes the status of FEMA’s Public Assistance program funding provided to the USVI in response to the 2017 hurricanes as of October 1, 2018, and the USVI’s transition to implementing the Public Assistance alternative procedures in the territory. Chapter 7 provides information on DRF funding provided to the U.S. Virgin Islands as a result of assistance associated with a major disaster.

Chapter 8 provides information on DRF funding provided to Florida as a result of assistance associated with a major disaster.

Chapter 9 provides a brief overview of the major disaster declaration process and federal assistance programs potentially available to those affected by the 2019 flooding in the Midwest.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Congress required FEMA to establish advance contracts for goods and services to enable the government to quickly and effectively mobilize resources in the aftermath of a disaster. Chapter 10 assesses FEMA and USACE’s use of advance contracts, FEMA’s planning and reporting of selected advance contracts, and challenges, if any, with FEMA’s use of these contracts. Chapter 11 addresses the extent to which federal agencies obligated funds on post-disaster contracts in response to the these events, and selected agencies experienced challenges in the planning of selected contracts.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Natural Disasters of 2017: Congressional Considerations Related to FEMA Assistance
Jared T. Brown, William L. Painter, Diane P. Horn and Shawn Reese
Chapter 2. 2017 Hurricane Season: Federal Support for Electricity Grid Restoration in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
Chapter 3. Puerto Rico Hurricanes: Status of FEMA Funding, Oversight, and Recovery Challenges
Chapter 4. Major Disaster Assistance from the DRF: Puerto Rico
Bruce R. Lindsay
Chapter 5. Puerto Rico—Status of Electric Power Recovery
Richard J. Campbell
Chapter 6. U.S. Virgin Islands Recovery: Status of FEMA Public Assistance Funding and Implementation
Chapter 7. Major Disaster Assistance from the DRF: U.S. Virgin Islands
Bruce R. Lindsay
Chapter 8. Major Disaster Assistance from the DRF: Florida
Bruce R. Lindsay
Chapter 9. 2019 Midwest Flooding: FEMA and Other Federal Programs and Resources
Elizabeth M. Webster, Bruce R. Lindsay, Diane P. Horn, William L. Painter and Natalie Keegan
Chapter 10. 2017 Disaster Contracting: Action Needed to Better Ensure More Effective Use and Management of Advance Contracts
Chapter 11. 2017 Disaster Contracting: Actions Needed to Improve the Use of Post-Disaster Contracts to Support Response and Recovery


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