Emergency management (51 - 58 of 58 items)
Hazardous Materials: Federal Training for First Responders to Highway and Railroad Incidents
RCED-89-146FS: Published: May 26, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on federal provision of training to state and local personnel who first respond to highway and rail accidents involving hazardous materials.GAO found that five federal agencies offered diverse approaches to meet the high demand for training of state and local first responders, with: (1) individual agencies' fiscal year (FY) 1988 trainin...
Chemical Emergencies: Preparedness for and Response to Accidental Chemical Air Releases
RCED-86-117BR: Published: Jun 3, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the efforts of federal, state, and local governments and the chemical industry to prepare for and respond to chemical plant emergencies, focusing on actions taken since the December 1984 chemical accident at Bhopal, India.GAO found that: (1) there is no federal law requiring communities with chemical plants to develop emergency respo...
Consolidation of Federal Assistance Resources Will Enhance the Federal/State Emergency Management Effort
GGD-83-92: Published: Aug 30, 1983. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 1983.
GAO discussed the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) need for consolidation of federal assistance resources for emergency management and reviewed the agency's Comprehensive Cooperative Agreement (CCA) initiative.A total of 15 separate FEMA categorical planning and preparedness programs were funded at $83 million in fiscal year (FY) 1982 and $90 million in 1983. GAO believes that the frag...
Stronger Direction Needed for the National Earthquake Program
RCED-83-103: Published: Jul 26, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1983.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) evaluated efforts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to carry out the role assigned to it by statutory law; (2) described federal activities to assist state and local governments with earthquake response planning; and (3) discussed why a prediction system has not been developed.GAO found that FEMA, the lead agency for the National Earthq...
The Emergency Management Assistance Program Should Contribute More Directly to National Civil Defense Objectives
GGD-83-5: Published: Nov 5, 1982. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1982.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Emergency Management Assistance (EMA) Program and the policies which govern distributions of EMA grant funds by States to local jurisdictions.GAO found that EMA funds often bypass local areas critical to the national civil defense effort and may not be used to support national civil defense objective...
The Federal Government Is Still Not Adequately Prepared To Respond to Major Electrical Emergencies
EMD-82-125: Published: Sep 13, 1982. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined certain key issues concerning the Federal Government's ability to respond to a major electrical power emergency.Although the Department of Energy (DOE) has taken some steps to revitalize its emergency program, GAO believes that DOE could have done much more. DOE still has not developed its electric emergency handbook nor developed or conducted a...
Emergency Preparedness Around Nuclear Facilities
109390: May 16, 1979
The recent accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear powerplant underscores the need for sound nuclear emergency preparedness at all government levels. Since 1973, three federal agencies have had primary planning and coordination responsibility for general civil emergency preparedness and response: the Federal Preparedness Agency, the Defense Civil Preparedness Agency, and the Federal Disaster Ass...
Areas Around Nuclear Facilities Should Be Better Prepared for Radiological Emergencies
EMD-78-110: Published: Mar 30, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1979.
There are 43 states with sizable nuclear facilities, but there is only limited assurance of adequate protection for workers and nearby residents, in case of a serious accident. Although most facilities are prepared for radiological releases within their boundaries, known deficiencies cast doubt on whether the public would be protected should a nuclear release extend to the outside. The Nuclear Reg...