Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency--History; Natural disasters--Gulf Coast (U.S.); Federal aid--Gulf Coast (U.S.);


The growing changes in our environment combined with the increased number of catastrophic climate and weather- related events are occurring more frequently and continuing to intensify in the United States and Worldwide. These events are resulting in mass destruction in our environment and infrastructure, significant loss in human lives, and costing billions of dollars in response and recovery. Although there is no way to prevent these events, governments and populations can take steps to adapt and prepare for these events. This will ultimately decrease the overall impacts that these events have on our environment and future generations to come.

This paper will examine the historical and current status of the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency. Along with evaluating federal disaster relief funding, available immediate and government relief programs, and the effects extreme weather events such as hurricanes and flooding have on the gulf coasts of the United States. Lastly, the study will address necessary changes and recommendations to strengthen FEMA’s preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for climate and weather-related events.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Health, Recreation, and Community Services

First Advisor

Kathleen Scholl, Chair, Research Committee


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