Building Community Capacity & Resilience through Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning

APA Virginia Chapter


Monday, October 23, 2017
noon - 1 a.m. EDT

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Disasters in the United States result in billions of dollars in damage and disrupt millions of lives each year. While different areas are susceptible to different types of disasters, all communities can take steps to be more resilient and prepared to begin a comprehensive, whole-community recovery effort immediately after a disaster strikes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) works to ensure that communities have the tools needed to make informed decisions to reduce risks and vulnerabilities and to effectively respond and recover. Effective pre-disaster recovery planning helps communities enhance their resilience through a planning process in which the whole community fully engages with and considers the needs and resources of all its members. Developing a pre-disaster recovery plan equips stakeholders with the structure, process, roles, and policies to be well prepared to meet the unique recovery needs of each of their communities. A plan also facilitates capacity building by preparing recovery stakeholders to anticipate the needs of post-disaster recovery management and planning challenges prior to the disaster. This training is designed to help planners better understand the National Disaster Recovery Framework, and how to work with community stakeholders to develop a recovery plan that includes recovery roles and capabilities, organizational frameworks, and specific policies and plans.

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Michelle Diamond

Michelle Diamond is a Community Recovery Planner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), working out of the Region III Office in Philadelphia, PA. Michelle serves as the Regional Community Planning & Capacity Building Coordinator for the National Disaster Recovery Framework. In this capacity, Michelle is a FEMA regional expert on ... Read More

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