What Can FEMA Learn from the Historic 2017 Hurricane and Wildfire Seasons?

Published in: Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (January 2020)

Posted on RAND.org on February 12, 2020

by Jason Thomas Barnosky, Patrick S. Roberts, Joie D. Acosta

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The 2017 hurricane and wildfire seasons were among the worst on record in the United States. The storms that year included three of the five costliest in the nation's history: Harvey and Irma along the Gulf Coast, and Maria in the Caribbean. More than 70,000 wildfires scorched about 10 million acres. All told, these events affected the lives of nearly 47 million people, testing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in unprecedented ways.

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