Category Archives: State Preparedness & Response

Deficiencies at FL Div. of EM Prior to H. Irma

We have been hearing many accounts of the problems in Puerto Rico, but the deficiencies  noted by an audit of the FL State Div. of Emergency Management are a surprise. FL has been considered one of the better prepared states. … Continue reading

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Video on State’s Role in Recovery

Half hour video on the role of states in disaster recovery: link is here. This video was  released last year by the Coastal Resilience Center.  Thanks to Alessandra Jerroleman for the link. By the way, there is a facebook group … Continue reading

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Heated Discussion at Congressional Hearing on Baton Rouge Flooding

Louisiana flood response blasted by Congress after state, FEMA ‘fell on its face,’ lawmaker says. Tension over Louisiana’s recovery from last year’s catastrophic floods became the focus of a Congressional hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, with Republican congressmen repeatedly taking … Continue reading

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FEMA Wants States to Pay More

FEMA’s Plan to Make States Pay More for Disasters. “It’s one of the many ideas and practices that Craig Fugate, the agency’s outgoing leader, hopes the Trump administration will adopt. Among the others: rescuing pets.”   [Thanks to Ed Thomas for … Continue reading

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GAO Report on How States Budget for Disasters

See this page for long and short versions of the State Budget Report.

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Post-Sandy Recovery in NY and NJ Criticized

I cannot verify the claims of this article, because it would take a great deal of on-site investigation that I am unable to do.  I have in fact talked to government officials, such as congressional committee, GAO, and CRS staffers … Continue reading

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Federalism at work – for better or for worse

Some days you just have to wonder about our federal system and how ponderous it can be when it comes to serving its citizens after a disaster. This story highlights the role of NJ state government in its role as … Continue reading

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