Two recent articles have explained this recent, truly tragic phenomenon:
Update from Wash Post on 6/7:
The Homeland Security watchdog has agreed to an outside review of its performance following missteps that led it to retract 13 audits of disaster responses that hid problems and instead flattered the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The outside review will be done by another federal inspector general’s office to ensure that Homeland Security’s monitor has improved its overall operations and oversight of FEMA, officials said.
From the Center for Disaster Philanthropy: CDP 2019 Midwest Disaster Recovery Fund
From GovTech, this article by Lucien Canton: Characteristics of Effective Emergency Managers (Part 1) Is it possible to define what makes an emergency manager effective? A survey of existing research shows nine common characteristics found in successful emergency managers.
Rebuilding Paradise: Finding health care after wildfire destruction. California town leveled by fire has chance to rethink, not just rebuild.
Thanks to Brandon Greenberg for the citation.
Army Corps Under Fire From Flood Victims Amid Storm Surge. The Army Corps of Engineers has been struggling on two fronts — taming America’s rain-swollen rivers, and taming the fallout from mass water releases and breached levees.
Usually we are concerned with the destruction after extreme weather events, but this year there are some front end concerns. From the Wash Post: Extreme weather is pummeling the Midwest, and farmers are in deep trouble
Update: One more article on the extreme flooding in midwest.
From Homeland Security Today: PERSPECTIVE: Three Against the Rest of Us on Disaster Aid Package. Some excerpts:
Strong oversight, thorough follow-through, firm accountability, tough questions and transparent accounting are all basics that should be part of any disaster aid package. But so should be the promise that disaster aid will be there when it is needed. In the case of these congressmen, they are emblematic of a culture of indifference when the disaster victim is someone other than oneself.
That’s something I hope their constituents will remember during the next election cycle, or at least something they will think of if a disaster were to come through their communities and federal assistance intended for them was halted by three obscure congressional members looking for attention.
Disasters are getting worse and we need a new plan. Despite the title, the author of this article is optimistic about the Disaster Recovery Reform Act and the prospect of more attention to mitigation.