Federal Disaster Rebuilding Spending: A Look at the Numbers

Last year set records for natural disaster damages in the United States.  NOAA estimates total damages from the 2017 events were over $300 billion.  The U.S. experienced not one, not two, but three land falling hurricanes.  Hurricane Harvey set a record for rainfall.  The wildfires in California were some of the costliest the state has ever seen.Read More

Legacy of Harvey and Irma Turns on FEMA’s Post-Disaster Response

Hurricane Harvey destroyed vital roads, public infrastructure, and hundreds of thousands of homes across Houston and southeast Texas. In Florida, Hurricane Irma has left communities reeling with widespread blackouts, severe coastal flooding, and crippled telecommunications systems. When floodwaters finally recede and the debris is cleared, recovery will be long. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be in these areas for years. And costs will reach well into the billions.Read More

Look to Caribbean risk insurance model for US hurricane recovery

The first few days after a disaster, such as we have recently experienced with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, are about emergency response: making sure people are safe, reuniting families, securing housing, filling necessities and restoring lifelines. But as days shift to weeks and then months and years, the slow process of rebuilding is undertaken. At every step of the way is the question of financing. Are there dollars available for what needs to be done? Who will pay for it? How will the costs be shared?Read More