Disaster Assistance

An in-depth look at government spending on natural disasters

Disaster Assistance
Last Updated February 11, 2021

Government funding for natural disaster assistance—which includes preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts—involves a complex partnership among dozens of federal, state, and local agencies. As the cost of disasters continues to increase, policymakers are considering several options to manage related spending. This collection of research examines the state of disaster assistance spending.

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