In the intricate world of federal disaster policy, changes are often like small tremors in FEMA’s Recovery programs. However, the proposed updates to FEMA’s Individual Assistance program signal a monumental tectonic shift in favor of disaster survivors in the United States.
The 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season concluded with a total of 20 named storms, making it an above-normal season and the 4th most active hurricane season on record.
Communication, communication, communication. Creating an effective and inclusive communications plan is critical to a successful broadband program. As the former Program Manager for the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI), I saw first-hand the impact a well-thought-out communications plan has on building constituent trust, raising program awareness, and soliciting stakeholder feedback and buy-in for a broadband project.
Compliance – that one word often strikes fear into anyone who hears it. We roll our eyes and think about the time-consuming minutia involved when all we want to do is get our program working and our funding out the door. Why do we dread this word and its associated tasks?
As a firm committed to advancing communities through resilience building, IEM stands ready to support federal, state, local, and tribal partners in their efforts to increase and improve broadband connectivity for all.
Although disasters disproportionately impact African Americans, according to research, better representation in the emergency management industry could support building resilience and preparedness within these communities – and lead to so much more.
This season was another example of the unexpected yet often powerful nature of storms.