Northeast & Southeast EDA Regions Needs Assessments for Fiscal Year 2011 Disasters
These needs assessments were conducted to help IEDC and the NADO Research Foundation (the Team) to develop a deeper understanding of southeastern and northeastern communities’ and regions’ needs related to post-disaster economic recovery. The assessments were conducted for counties that were presidentially declared a disaster during fiscal year 2011. Specific goals of the needs assessment were to:
- Achieve a better understanding of the severity and impacts on regional economies of the natural disasters that affected the Northeast and Southeast;
- Identify what communities and regions perceive as their priority needs in terms of economic recovery;
- Understand the short and long-term recovery strategies communities and regions have identified to address their recovery needs;
- Identify local and regional capacity to deal with economic recovery issues;
- Prioritize the needs for outside assistance to help implement the identified recovery strategies;
- Identify communities and regions with shared recovery priorities and strategies that could be grouped in a common forum or participate in joint technical assistance and training programs; and
- Prioritize areas with repetitive events and the greatest economic damage from disasters.
These needs assessments were based on the following:
1. A review of federal and other national data sets;
2. An electronic scan distributed to the Team’s member networks;
3. Outreach to communities and regions to conduct personal interviews.