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FEMA publishes 2017 Hurricane Season After-Action Report: makes 30 recommendations for change

FEMA has made its 2017 Hurricane Season After-Action Report available. The lessons-learned document includes 18 key findings and makes 30 main recommendations. The report looks into preparations for, immediate response to, and initial recovery operations for hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Lessons captured in the report cover the actions of FEMA and the DHS, as well as providing recommendations for future community and critical infrastructure resilience.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement regarding the 2017 Hurricane Season After-Action Report:

“By capturing the insights gained from the previous hurricane season, this report, which is focused only on the efforts of DHS and FEMA, provides a transformative roadmap for how we respond to future catastrophic incidents in support of states, tribes, and territories. No two disasters are alike and each requires the first responders on the ground, as well as Federal support, to adapt to the unique circumstances and needs in real-time. With every response or recovery effort, we take with us lessons learned that help build a nation-wide culture of preparedness and shape the way FEMA and the emergency management community respond to and recover from future disasters. 2017 taught us that we need to further strengthen the Nation’s ability to rapidly stabilize critical lifelines. It also underscored the importance of enhancing logistics capabilities across the emergency management community.  While we don’t know what future hurricane seasons may bring, we do know that the women and men of DHS and FEMA remain committed and dedicated as ever to helping our fellow Americans.”

Read the 2017 Hurricane Season After-Action Report here.

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