The Resource Voluntary organizations : FEMA should more fully assess organizations' mass care capabilities and update the Red Cross role in catastrophic events : report to congressional requesters, United States Government Accountability Office

Voluntary organizations : FEMA should more fully assess organizations' mass care capabilities and update the Red Cross role in catastrophic events : report to congressional requesters, United States Government Accountability Office

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Voluntary organizations : FEMA should more fully assess organizations' mass care capabilities and update the Red Cross role in catastrophic events : report to congressional requesters
Title
Voluntary organizations
Title remainder
FEMA should more fully assess organizations' mass care capabilities and update the Red Cross role in catastrophic events : report to congressional requesters
Statement of responsibility
United States Government Accountability Office
Title variation
  • Voluntary organizations
  • FEMA should more fully assess organizations' mass care capabilities and update the red cross role in catastrophic events : report to congressional requesters
  • Voluntary organizations in disasters
Title variation remainder
Federal Emergency Management Agency should more fully assess organizations' mass care capabilities and update the Red Cross role in catastrophic events
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Voluntary organizations have traditionally played a major role in the nation's response to disasters, but the response to Hurricane Katrina raised concerns about their ability to handle large-scale disasters. This report examines (1) the roles of five voluntary organizations in providing mass care and other services, (2) the steps they have taken to improve service delivery, (3) their current capabilities for responding to mass care needs, and (4) the challenges they face in preparing for large-scale disasters. To address these questions, GAO reviewed the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, the Southern Baptist Convention, Catholic Charities USA, and United Way of America; interviewed officials from these organizations and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); reviewed data and laws; and visited four high-risk metro areas--Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Washington, D.C. GAO recommends that FEMA update and document the Red Cross's role in a catastrophic event, take steps to incorporate voluntary organizations' capabilities in its assessments, and clarify funding guidance for certain disaster preparedness grants. In commenting on the draft report, FEMA agreed with two recommendations, but disagreed with the recommendation to better incorporate voluntary organizations in assessments. We continue to believe such efforts are important for preparedness
Cataloging source
HNC
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/organizationName
United States
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American Red Cross
  • United States
  • Disaster relief
  • Emergency management
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Disasters
  • Relief Work
  • Voluntary health agencies
  • Voluntary Workers
Label
Voluntary organizations : FEMA should more fully assess organizations' mass care capabilities and update the Red Cross role in catastrophic events : report to congressional requesters, United States Government Accountability Office
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 18, 2008)
  • "September 2008."
  • "GAO-08-823."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 81)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Letter -- Results in brief -- Background -- Voluntary organizations are a major source of mass care and other services in disasters and have significant support roles under the national response framework -- Voluntary organizations have taken steps to expand coverage and strengthen their service delivery structures -- Although early assessments are limited, a worst-case large-scale disaster would likely overwhelm the current ability of major voluntary organizations to provide mass care in four metro locations without government and other assistance -- Shortages in personnel, preparedness funding, and connections to government remain a challenge -- Conclusions -- Recommendations for executive action -- Agency comments and our evaluation -- -- Appendix I. Objectives, scope, and methodology -- Appendix II. NVOAD members -- Appendix III. Comments from DHS -- Appendix IV. American Red Cross -- Appendix V. GAO contact and staff acknowledgments -- Bibliography
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
iii, 83 pages
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: Internet from GPO Access web site. Address as of 9/18/08: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=gao&docid=f:d08823.pdf ; current access available via PURL
Label
Voluntary organizations : FEMA should more fully assess organizations' mass care capabilities and update the Red Cross role in catastrophic events : report to congressional requesters, United States Government Accountability Office
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 18, 2008)
  • "September 2008."
  • "GAO-08-823."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 81)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Letter -- Results in brief -- Background -- Voluntary organizations are a major source of mass care and other services in disasters and have significant support roles under the national response framework -- Voluntary organizations have taken steps to expand coverage and strengthen their service delivery structures -- Although early assessments are limited, a worst-case large-scale disaster would likely overwhelm the current ability of major voluntary organizations to provide mass care in four metro locations without government and other assistance -- Shortages in personnel, preparedness funding, and connections to government remain a challenge -- Conclusions -- Recommendations for executive action -- Agency comments and our evaluation -- -- Appendix I. Objectives, scope, and methodology -- Appendix II. NVOAD members -- Appendix III. Comments from DHS -- Appendix IV. American Red Cross -- Appendix V. GAO contact and staff acknowledgments -- Bibliography
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
iii, 83 pages
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: Internet from GPO Access web site. Address as of 9/18/08: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=gao&docid=f:d08823.pdf ; current access available via PURL

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