From the CRS, this updated report (42pp): Emergency Authorities Under the National Emergencies Act, Stafford Act, and Public Health Service Act
COVID-19: FEMA’s Role in the Response and Related Challenges. GAO-20-685T, Published: Jul 14, 2020.
New website from the CDC: Natural Disasters, Severe Weather, and COVID-19
Thanks to Dorothy Schepps for the citation.
From the NYTimes: Why We’re Losing the Battle With Covid-19. The escalating crisis in Texas shows how the chronic underfunding of public health has put America on track for the worst coronavirus response in the developed world.
From Vox: America still doesn’t have enough N95 masks. Five months into the pandemic, the Trump administration hasn’t taken charge of a supply chain that’s been stretched thin.
But national coordination of a supply chain was never set up to effectively distribute personal protective equipment and other supplies, despite calls for the federal government to step in. The National Strategic Stockpile didn’t have a large amount of backup supplies to begin with, and it wasn’t set up to respond to the full needs of a pandemic. Without leadership from the federal government — which insisted that supplies should be handled on the local and state level — governors and hospital systems have been arranging their own private purchases of personal protective equipment, often directly competing with one another. It’s an approach that Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker recently likened to the Hunger Games.
From TheGuardian: The states we’re in: can ‘laboratories of democracy’ conquer Covid-19?
From TheAtlantic: This Is Not a Normal Mental-Health Disaster. If SARS is any lesson, the psychological effects of the novel coronavirus will long outlast the pandemic itself.
From the NYTimes: It’s 2022. What Does Life Look Like? The pandemic could shape the world, much as World War II and the Great Depression did.
From The Atlantic: The 3 Weeks That Changed Everything. Imagine if the National Transportation Safety Board investigated America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
This is not the first time the Diva has seen recommendations for something like the NTSB for natural and other disasters.
A group of top academics and medical personnel share what they know about Covid-19 and school reopening issues. See: Covid Explained