Government Matters Logo
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages
Chris Currie, director of Emergency Management, Disaster Recovery & DHS Management Issues at GAO, discusses the agency’s report on disaster response in 2017, and what FEMA can do to improve.

FEMA has many challenges ahead, according to a new report published by the Government Accountability Office. GAO combed through data from the disaster management agency’s 2017 efforts, and found ways that the agency could improve the way they do business before and after a disaster strikes. Chris Currie, director of Emergency Management, Disaster Recovery & DHS Management Issues at GAO, says that levels of preparedness were inconsistent across the country, leading to more problems in some places than others.


“I don’t want to say everything was perfect in the response. Those were terrible disasters, but we saw lock step coordination with the state, local and federal governments before, during and right after the disaster,” Currie said. “With Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Irma in the Virgin Islands, what we saw were two places in this country that did not have the same level of preparedness as those other states. That’s what we’ve been working towards since Hurricane Katrina. We have to build up everybody’s preparedness, and it wasn’t there. The territories struggled and FEMA struggled to help them respond.”

Share This
Where to Watch
  • WJLA 24/7 News
    Weeknights at 8 PM and 11 PM on WJLA 24/7
  • ABC7
    Sunday Mornings at 10:30 AM on ABC7
  • AFN American Forces Network
    Worldwide on American Forces Network

Building Blocks of AI – Government Innovations

Watch this program on Thursday, July 18 at 8:30pm and 11:30pm on WJLA 24/7 News. Presented by Amazon Web Services.
July 2019
« Jun    
Our Brands
  • Government Matters Logo
  • Government Matters Defense
  • Government Matters Thought Leadership Network