FEMA reflects on 2017: an ‘unprecedented year’ for US disasters

Published: Tuesday, 02 January 2018 11:02

FEMA has published a summary of its activities in 2017, reflecting on a historic year, including unprecedented disasters that affected more than 25 million Americans; almost 8 percent of the US population.

In 2017, FEMA supported 59 major disaster declarations, 16 emergency declarations and 62 Fire Management Assistance Grant declarations, across more than 35 states, tribes and territories. Thousands of FEMA staff continue to work closely with state, local, tribal and territorial officials in joint field offices and state emergency management offices across country.

Catastrophic hurricanes and wildfires

The 2017 hurricane season produced 17 named storms, 10 of which became hurricanes (six of those major hurricanes): including the first two major hurricanes (Harvey and Irma) to hit the continental US in 12 years. 
In response to the hurricanes, 48 states and the District of Columbia assisted with response and recovery operations, in Texas, Florida and the US territories in the Caribbean, through Emergency Management Assistance Compacts.

FEMA and its federal partners, provided 138 million meals, 194 million liters of water, 10.2 million gallons of fuel and installed 1,310 generators to power critical facilities supporting survivors impacted by the four major hurricanes.  

This year was also historic for wildfires across the western United States, and included two of the most devastating to ever impact California; the Tubbs fire in the northern counties, and the Thomas fire, which gained the distinction of becoming the largest wildfire in modern California history. 

Read the full FEMA article.