We are quickly approaching the first 90 days since the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law to provide access to critical emergency funding following the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of Americans lost their jobs at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many continue to struggle to find gainful employment today or catch-up on delinquent bills. The ARPA offers funding to state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) governments to help restore economies and support communities that continue to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
Since the creation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 1979, and through subsequent legislation, including the Stafford Act, PKEMRA, SRIA, and DRRA, the scope of eligibility for and purpose of disaster assistance matured and expanded. However, the basic question of equity and diversity within disaster recovery remains.
Looking Back a Year After Hurricane Irma: Interview with Bryan Koon, Florida’s Former Director of Emergency Management
September 10, 2018, marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Irma hitting the Florida mainland as a Category 4 storm. It caused the worst flooding in the state’s history and killed 75 Floridians. The damage to Florida has been estimated at $50 billion, and the state is still recovering. This first anniversary of Irma was the […]
In the disaster business, our focus for the last several months has been on the recovery from the unprecedented series of hurricanes and wildfires in 2017. But if you live in the U.S. Midwest and the South, you know that springtime brings with it another focus: tornadoes. Since it is difficult to predict the severity […]