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Don’t wait until it’s too late: 5 expert tips for getting your finances in order before a natural disaster strikes

FEMA Deployed Thousands of Underqualified Staffers to Respond to Disasters in 2017

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Puerto Rican residents carry water and Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs) received from FEMA about two weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through the island on October 5th, 2017, in San Isidro, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has spent historic amounts of resources and time in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, a new government watchdog report finds. In response to the hurricane, which hit in September of 2017, the agency sent in food and supplies worth about $1 billion, deployed 4,700 medical personnel, and installed more than 1,700 emergency generators.

But the report—by the Government Accountability Office—doesn’t offer any way for readers to assess how well this help lined up with the need there: For example, how many meals did Puerto Ricans need, compared to the number they received…

 

Don’t wait until it’s too late: 5 expert tips for getting your finances in order before a natural disaster strikes

Recovering from the devastation following a hurricane, wildfire, major flood or other significant natural disaster can be even more of a challenge if a person or family isn’t financially prepared beforehand.

Over 40 percent of American adults are unable to cover an unexpected expense of $400 or could only cover it by selling something or borrowing money, according to a 2018 Federal Reserve report…

 

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