New GAO Report on the Cost of Disaster Assistance

This the second important report to be issued on Sept. 22. See: Federal Disaster Assistance: Federal Departments and Agencies Obligated at Least $277.6 Billion during Fiscal Years 2005 through 2014

There is a one-page of Highlights, and the full report is 185 pages long.

NOTE: The Diva has not yet read through the full report. She welcomes comments from readers.

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Extreme Weather Events Have Had Huge Cost

Extreme Weather Disasters Have Cost U.S. Taxpayers Tens of Billions Since 2015.

NOTE: Be sure to download the full report if you want to see the useful data, of events by type and by state, provided.

 A new analysis done by the Center for American Progress shows that extreme weather events—which will become more frequent and severe with climate change—have cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars. Between 2005 and 2015, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, provided more than $67 billion to individuals and local governments in response to declared emergencies and major disasters. Communities in Louisiana, New York, Mississippi, New Jersey and Texas received the most FEMA aid during this time period.

“Climate change is causing more and more extreme weather events, putting at risk not only the lives and livelihoods of Americans but also significant taxpayer funds,” said Erin Auel, CAP Research Assistant and co-author of the paper. “As global temperatures continue to climb, these events are going to become more frequent, more powerful, more deadly, and more costly. Taking steps to address climate change and better prepare for the changes that are currently irreversible will save the United States significant amounts of money in the long term and reduce the devastation we have seen from natural disasters in recent years.”

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Morale at DHS Up Slightly

Homeland Security Dept. improves morale but still lags behind other agencies

Morale at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is improving slightly but still ranks last among all the large federal agencies, according to an annual survey from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

After six straight years of decline, the DHS saw a 3-point increase in employee engagement, up from 53 percent in 2015 to 56 percent this year.

There was just a 1-point increase across the entire U.S. government in that area.

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2016 = Summer of Discontent

Summer Of 2016 Plagued With Climate Extremes, Disasters, Wildfires

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August Heat Set a Record

August Was The Hottest Month Ever Recorded. Again. Here’s why you should care about the recurring record temperatures.

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Another Perspective on Recovery Improvement

From Politico, How to Fix Our Disaster Recovery Strategy. Point of view of founder of local non-profit in LA.

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Infographic on Building a Robust Business Continuity Plan

12 SIMPLE STEPS To Building a Robust Business Continuity Plan/

Thanks to Eric Holdeman for the citation.

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