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Natural Disaster Recovery & Resilience

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Betsy Albright, David Johnston and Ryke Longest
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Beyond Talking Points

What determines a community's ability to recover after a natural disaster? And how can/should local, state, and federal governments play a role?

Hurricanes, forest fires, floods and a host of other natural disasters continue to impact communities across the United States at an increasing rate. While the disasters themselves are unable to be prevented, it is time to start thinking about how we can better rebuild and prepare in their aftermath.

During this event, we will consider how communities affected by storms are recouping and how they can start cultivating resiliency at the local level. The introduction of new technologies, for instance, has the potential to completely disrupt the mechanisms we use to respond to disasters, but fielding these technologies in rural areas can pose a challenge. The conversation will also touch on ways the law and good governance at each level of government supports disaster response and recovery, and how better coordination among those players can provide a more effective pathway forward on recovery and resiliency efforts.

Contact: Elizabeth Devitt