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FEMA Establishes Chatroom for Dialogue with the Private Sector in Hurricane Florence Recovery Effort


FEMA recently created a chatroom which will allow for ongoing dialogue with private sector organizations. Participants can access the new Private Sector Collaboration Dashboard as a guest, or can set up a user name and password. A press release describing the chatroom urges private sector partners to follow its recommendations for message coordination, and to share an array of messages about preparedness and response to Hurricane Florence. These messages include: Follow the directions of local officials Avoid affected ... [Read Full Post]

GAO Report Reviews 2017 Government Recovery Effort: Overall Praise for Follow-up after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma; but Criticism for Maria Response


A recent GAO report praised the U.S government’s recovery efforts after hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 in Texas, Florida, and California – while criticizing the response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Titled 2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires: Initial Observations on the Federal Response and Key Recovery Challenges, the 133-page study was released on September 4. “Federal and state preparedness and coordination efforts prior to and after the 2017 hurricane and wildfire disasters facilitated the response [to ... [Read Full Post]

In Houston, a Record $2.5 Billion Bond Referendum for Flood Control is Passed


Exactly a year after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast of Texas, voters in the Houston area overwhelmingly approved a $2.5 billion bond issue for flood control. The Category 4 storm made landfall on August 25, 2017, causing more than $125 billion in damages, and flooding over 150,000 homes and 300,000 vehicles. “The bonds would be sold in increments over at least 10 to 15 years, as needed for multiple phases of each project,” according to ... [Read Full Post]

Volunteers Play a Key Role in IEDC’s Recovery Efforts


Owners of the historic Mangrove Mama's, built in 1909, Dane and Ivana Wisnowsky were interviewed by Adam Grinold (right). Photo by Amber K. Pattillo Adam Grinold volunteer profile Adam Grinold, Executive Director of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, fits the profile of a special kind of high-level IEDC volunteer. He is a veteran economic developer who has lived first-hand through a disaster in his own back yard ... [Read Full Post]

The 2018 National Preparedness Month is here


This year’s National Preparedness Month continues a tradition begun in 2004. FEMA’s resources devoted to NPM are now more extensive than ever, including a wealth of information on preparing for and dealing with disasters, extensive social media links, and a parallel website in Spanish. Since 2004, FEMA has declared September as National Preparedness Month. The website dedicated to this, https://www.ready.gov, has evolved from a relatively simple resource for planning for disasters into an elaborate multimedia ... [Read Full Post]