Disaster Assistance: Better Planning Needed for Housing Victims of Catastrophic Disasters

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DIANE Publishing, 2007 - 84 pages
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In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina & Rita destroyed thousands of homes & displaced over 1 million people. In light of widespread congressional & public interest in U.S. agencies┐ performance in assisting hurricane victims, the author examined fed. housing assistance. Specifically, this report examines: (1) the extent to which the Nat. Response Plan (NRP) clearly described the responsibilities & capabilities of fed. agencies & the Red Cross; (2) the extent to which these org. had plans for providing sheltering & housing assistance; & (3) the perceptions of victims & others regarding the assistance needed & provided. Includes recommendations. Charts & tables.
 

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Page 11 - Geneva, to act in matters of voluntary relief and in accord with the military and naval authorities as a medium of communication between the people of the United States of America and their Army and Navy...
Page 12 - Department of Agriculture Department of Commerce Department of Defense Department of Education Department of Energy Department of Health and Human Services Department of Homeland Security Department of Housing and Urban Development Department of the Interior...
Page 2 - NRP only applies to incidents of national significance, defined as an actual or potential high-impact event that requires a coordinated and effective response by an appropriate combination of federal, state, local, tribal, nongovernmental, and/or private-sector entities in order to save lives and minimize damage, and provide the basis for long-term community recovery and mitigation activities.
Page 10 - ... implementation, and emergency services that are most likely to be needed during Incidents of National Significance. The federal response to actual or potential Incidents of National Significance is typically provided through the full or partial activation of the ESF structure as necessary. The ESFs serve as the coordination mechanism to provide assistance to state, local, and tribal governments or to federal departments and agencies conducting missions of primary federal responsibility. ESFs...

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