Since 1980, the U.S. has spent nearly $900 billion on disaster recovery after weather-related events. The process put in place for state and local officials for post-disaster recovery can often be difficult, even if put in place with good intentions. State and local officials grapple with federal rules on funding that can be frustrating and difficult to navigate.
How do governments cut through the red tape so money is sent to affected towns and cities as quickly as possible? How do communities rebuild in a smart way in order to strengthen their resilience to future natural disasters? And what is the role of the federal government in those efforts? How can the federal government improve long-term recovery efforts?
National Journal hosted the "State of the States" policy summit February 24th in Washington, DC, where discussion centered on recovery efforts after a natural disaster and ways to get ahead of disasters to make our infrastructure more resistant to flooding and other storm damage.