Actions Needed to Help Disaster Survivors Access FEMA Assistance Program


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Heavy hurricanes seasons in 2017 and 2018, along with devastating wildfires in California, affected more than 47 million people in the United States--about 15 percent of the national population. In response to disaster events like these, the Federal Emergency Management Agency can provide financial assistance for home repairs, child care and transportation, as well as services to help survivors during recovery periods. However, survivors face challenges in accessing this assistance, and--with larger-scale disasters--FEMA faces challenges in giving assistance. Today we talk with GAO's Chris Currie, an expert on disaster assistance and a director in our Homeland Security and Justice Team.

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