Business of Disaster

Source: Frontline

When disaster strikes, who profits?

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma, don’t miss tonight's broadcast of Business of Disaster — FRONTLINE and NPR’s investigation of the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

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This 2016 documentary reveals how private insurance companies working for the government made hundreds of millions of dollars at the same time that thousands of homeowners along the Eastern seaboard were claiming they’d been underpaid.

"We saw thousands of storm survivors stuck in bureaucracy and red tape, insurance companies and contractors making millions in profit, federal aid not reaching homeowners — and government agencies admitting they failed in their efforts to help when people needed it most,” says NPR reporter Laura Sullivan, who along with FRONTLINE producer Rick Young and his investigative team spent a year digging into how Sandy recovery dollars were spent.

With storms growing in frequency and intensity, Business of Disaster offers a must-watch look inside the federally-backed flood insurance program, the special housing aid Congress gives to local governments after major disasters — and the many complaints and problems that surfaced after Superstorm Sandy.