The purpose of this report is to provide a snapshot on the progress of Harvey recovery efforts and the transition towards the implementation phase kicked off in November of 2018. The November 2018 report, prepared by former Chief Recovery Officer, Marvin Odum, provided a comprehensive look at the key steps taken to establish successful recovery programs. This report provides an update on implementation and highlights the successes, challenges, and lessons learned.
The House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on the Environment held a hearing to assess climate change impacts and natural disaster preparedness efforts. Among the witnesses testifying on the first panel included former FEMA director James Witt and atmospheric science professors. The second panel comprised emergency management officials from Texas, California, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
Houston, known as the Bayou City, is no stranger to flooding. But the record-breaking rains and devastating deluge of Hurricane Harvey helped expose a disconnect between developers building on flood-vulnerable land and home buyers who might not have realized the risk.