FEMA’s Formula for Presidential Declarations is Outdated & Inadequate – GAO
If you are interested in the threshhold that FEMA uses for its presidential declaration, a new GAO report questions the formula FEMA uses. Federal Disaster Assistance; improved criteria needed to assess a jurisdictions’ capability to respond and recovery on its own. GAO provides both an executive summary and the full text report (89 pp). The GAO is critical of the one criterion FEMA uses, namely the per capita damage indicator.