Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Webinar Recording and Slides Available for “The RDO Role in Disaster Recovery”

It has often been said that the impacts of natural disasters do not stop at jurisdictional boundaries, and recent events across the U.S. have certainly shown this to be true.  Nearby cities, towns, and counties usually share the same vulnerabilities and risks, and when they’re struck by severe weather, they often experience the same affects.  During the recovery process, individual communities can fare better if they collaborate, share ideas and resources, and rebuild in ways that increase resilience, economic competitiveness, and quality of life across the region as a whole.  For these reasons, RDOs are critical partners in disaster recovery.  With their regional perspective and interdisciplinary focus, their ability to navigate federal programs, their technical expertise, and their broad network of partners at all levels of government and in the private and philanthropic sectors, RDOs can help communities bounce back from disasters more efficiently and effectively.

On August 12, the NADO Research Foundation hosted a webinar titled “Capacity-Builders, Conveners, Collaborators, and More: The Regional Development Organization’s Role in Disaster Recovery.”  The webinar featured speakers from RDOs in Vermont, Iowa, and Texas that have been intensively involved in disaster recovery efforts.  Presenters shared their experiences, lessons learned, and recommendations for other RDOs seeking to engage in recovery work.  Click here to listen to the recording and view the slides.  The webinar was supported through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).  Contact Megan McConville at mmcconville@nado.org with questions.