Stafford Act for Community Resilience

September 17th, 2015

On September 17th, 2015, we kicked off the Fall 2015 Weathering Change Series with a bang and explored how to successfully navigate the Stafford Act when planning for and/or responding to natural disasters.

Communities expect that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be there to cover the cost of recovery once an extreme weather event, such as tropical storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy is declared a federal disaster. This is rarely the case for disaster recovery and getting funds approved for resilience can be significantly expedited by pre-event planning. In this training, participants learned some of the basics of the FEMA Recovery Programs and received advice on resilience funding and how to avoid pitfalls in the process of navigating Stafford act requirements.

Antioch New England’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience and the Environmental Protection Agency co-hosted this 90-minute online training for local public works, planning and city/county administrators, consultants, community leaders and state officials. Participants received collateral material to help navigate the FEMA process including a checklist, disaster management toolkit, case study examples and guidance reports.

This training was presented by: Emily Meyer, Kürt Blomquist, Kevin Geiger, and Michael Simpson



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