New GAO Reports On FEMA Prgrams

environmentSupplemental Material for GAO-20-503: FEMA Individuals and Households Program Applicant Data 2016-2018 GAO-20-675SP, September 30
environmentSupplemental Material for GAO-20-503: Select Disaster Profiles for FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program 2016-2018 GAO-20-674SP, September 30
Disaster Assistance: Additional Actions Needed to Strengthen FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program GAO-20-503, September 30 podcast

“Covid 19- A Potential Hazard to Democracy”

COVID-19: A Potential Hazard to Democracy.

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) maintains a collection of documents that address the negative effects a pandemic like COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019) can have on democracies.

IFES has identified seven elements that are at risk of exploitation due to the global crisis:
Chaotic elections and a decline in trust in electoral outcomes
– Disruption in the rule of law
– Erosion of information integrity
– Looming barriers to political access
– Explosion in technology reliance and exploitation
– Abuses of public sector trust and resources
– Declines in transparency and accountability

[Sorry for the confusion. The new editor on this site still eludes me]

Interview with 2 Disaster Recovery Experts

The Road to Recovery; Natural Disaster Recovery Experts on the Pandemic and the Path Forward. Source is the Lincoln Institute.

“OVID-19 has presented new challenges for leaders at all levels, forcing many to reconsider their emergency management processes. What are the impacts of the current public health crisis on disaster preparedness and community planning, and what will it take to build a more equitable and resilient future? We sat down with Laurie Johnson and Robert Olshansky, authors of the Lincoln Institute book After Great Disasters: An In-Depth Analysis of How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery and companion Policy Focus Report to discuss the pandemic and the path forward.”

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Gulf Coast Mayors on Hurricanes

Weary Gulf Coast mayors say hurricane season has changed for the worse, which many attribute to climate shifts.

“The storms that have reached the Gulf of Mexico have had some things in common: amazingly fast intensification, late shifts in path that have taken some communities off-guard, and massive storm surge and torrential rains that have inundated coastal towns with record flooding.”