Maneuvering through the fema public assistance grant program: lessons learned from the sewerage and water board of New Orleans following the levee failures after hurricane Katrina

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ABSTRACT

Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (S&WB) started working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assess damages and initiate recovery activities for their sewerage, water and drainage systems. Two years after Hurricane Katrina, the S&WB has made much progress and continues on its road to recovery, working through the FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program and now initiating upon the FEMA Mitigation Grant Program.

KEYWORDS

Disaster recovery, public utilities, FEMA

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