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FEMA Will Start Tracking Race in Disaster Recovery

No data means you can’t measure.

Many assumptions are made based on little data. What we know from scientific studies of disasters is that minority, poor and underprivileged communities suffer more from disasters. However, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can’t verify that with actual data, since they have not been able to collect the information in the past.

That may all change soon if FEMA does get permission to track who is getting disaster aid. See this article: “Who gets help after a hurricane or flood? FEMA will start tracking it by race.”

Watch for more information on that front in the coming months.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.