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Natural disasters have become so widespread in recent years that they can be second-page news. While their frequency might dull our sensitivity to them, more importantly, they should be a wake-up call that now is the time to prepare for these events and to have a plan for recovering from the devastation they cause.
FEMA's Hazard Grant Mitigation Program is a powerful tool to help communities that have experienced a major natural disaster implement measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of suffering similar devastation in the future. Mitigation measures encompass risks to people and property.
Alternative funding approaches can make a significant difference between an optimum recovery from a disaster and a mediocre or deficient one.
Water. Nothing is more essential. Yet nothing can be more destructive. In this edition we look at two of the ways that happens.
Our 15th edition focuses on a topic often-requested by our readers: Category E Projects – Buildings and Equipment. Author Judy Wolf takes an in-depth look at this subject and aptly reminds readers that “Understanding all the elements and policy considerations that go into developing and implementing all Category E projects...
This edition of Disaster Recovery Today explores the value of mitigation programs eligible for FEMA funding. Mitigation grant funds are enormously valuable resources for local jurisdictions. To access mitigation grant funding, a community needs to have an approved Mitigation Action Plan (MAP)....
In this issue, author Kevin Cahill addresses the importance of including debris removal in a well-designed disaster recovery plan and highlights some of the pervasive issues that arise during the debris-removal phase of a disaster.
Once again we are pleased to welcome a new author to the Disaster Recovery Today editorial board. For this, our 12th edition, Robert Wright examines how the FEMA Public Assistance Program affects the decision to repair, replace or relocate a damaged facility.
This edition takes an in-depth look at FEMA’s Obtain and Maintain requirements for property insurance coverage and their relationship to an applicant’s ability to receive Public Assistance funding.
With the most common natural disaster in the United States being floods, this issue of Disaster Recovery Today discusses floodplain management and its impact on FEMA reimbursements.
Mitigation is valuable to society in many ways. It creates stronger, safer and more resilient communities and infrastructure. It also has the potential to save lives and lessens the economic impact on a community following a disaster. ...
An organized, well-documented grant management strategy pays off during the final review of the project during closeout and audit, and helps ensure that grant funding remains intact.
This issue of Disaster Recovery Today provides the information to get your organization on track for the funding it requires, and for keeping your project on course in the event of challenges.
One of the most crucial elements of FEMA grant funding-approach development remains open communication with the state and FEMA, and controlling the stages of Project Worksheet development.
Develop a Rebuilding Plan: Knowing your program and funding options is vital to a successful recovery
When it comes to developing a rebuilding plan under the FEMA Public Assistance program, an applicant has several options: you can replace the original facility, improve upon it, or direct the money toward another project.
Determining Eligibility: Methods for presenting disaster-related costs to FEMA to obtain eligibility
In the previous issue of Disaster Recovery Today, we discussed the categorization of disaster-related damages. Once damages have been properly categorized, they must also be deemed eligible by FEMA before financial assistance can be obtained...
FEMA defines Emergency Work under Categories A & B and Permanent Work under Categories C through G. It is important to keep these FEMA categories in mind from the beginning, as it can take several weeks—sometimes months—before an event is declared as eligible and FEMA is actually on site.
The foundation of a successful financial recovery following a catastrophic event is an accurate and timely measurement of loss. From the initial stages of cleanup through the rebuilding...
Recovery from a major disaster becomes very difficult in the absence of progressive mitigation strategies, a detailed recovery plan and a “disaster team” to implement both. The development...