Homeland Security FFRDC Supports Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery
The Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) is part of an ongoing initiative to help restore essential services to the people of Puerto Rico in the wake of a 2017 hurricane season that devastated the island. HSOAC is a federally funded research and development center operated by RAND under contract to the Department of Homeland Security.
Over a six-month period, RAND researchers will be on the ground in Puerto Rico, providing in-depth analytical support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as they evaluate housing; economic issues; health and social services; natural and cultural resources; governance and civic institutions; electric power systems and grid restoration; environmental issues; and other infrastructure systems. A congressionally mandated report that describes a long-term economic and disaster recovery plan will inform the government of Puerto Rico, other federal agencies, the private sector, and local organizations in their concerted efforts to stabilize Puerto Rico and enable a resilient recovery.
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