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In 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a grant effectiveness case study in Texas to understand Texas’ use of grant funds to increase its ability to respond to, recover from, and mitigate disaster impacts. Specifically, FEMA examined how Texas made investments using Federal, state, and local funds to address lessons learned from previous disasters by closing capability gaps and whether these investments resulted in improved preparedness ahead of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
In August 2019, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a grant effectiveness case study with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Port Authority) to understand how the Port Authority used grant funds to increase its ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other human threats. Specifically, FEMA examined how the Port Authority made investments using Federal, state, and local dollars to address lessons learned from prior terror plots and attacks to close capability gaps and to determine whether these investments resulted in increased preparedness for future terror attacks.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many food banks have experienced personnel shortages because their volunteer bases are comprised largely of individuals over the age of 60, a group that has been identified as more vulnerable to COVID-19. Food banks can prepackage food items and hold drive-thru distributions to help workers, volunteers, and clients adhere to social distancing guidelines and stay safe.
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA)- Funded Acquisition and Elevation Projects On August 25, 2017, the President approved a Major Disaster Declaration for Texas as Hurricane Harvey dropped an unprecedented amount of rain on coastal areas