Community Development Digest

Disaster Recovery

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SBA Offers Help to Victims of Hurricane Harvey

If you’re a homeowner, renter or business owner facing the overwhelming task of cleaning up water-logged debris and starting over again, the Small Business Administration has five steps to help you recover.

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FEMA Region III Launches Biz Emergency Ops Center Webpage

FEMA Region III continues to improve its engagement with the private sector, an important partner in responding to and recovering from disasters. In support of this partnership, FEMA Region III has created a new webpage dedicated to the Regional Business Emergency Operations Center (RBEOC), a regional capability for engaging with industry representatives and sharing information between public and private sectors.

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HUD Sends Disaster Relief to Louisiana in Wake of Flooding

The Department of Housing and Urban Development will speed federal disaster assistance to the state of Louisiana and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds.

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Costner's 'Waterworld' Plot: How Implausible Was It?

If you're a Kevin Costner fan, you may recall his 1995 film "Waterworld." Critics at the time dissed the film, dismissing the plot as highly implausible. But was it really? According to online real estate markets analyst Zillow, if sea levels continue to rise at their current pace, climate scientists predict 36 U.S. cities will be completely lost by the year 2100 and Florida will take the biggest hit with an estimated one in eight homes sinking into the sea.

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Nat’l Disaster Resilience Competition Winners Named

The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) announces winners of the $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). HUD, through NDRC, will provide funding for resilient housing and infrastructure projects to 13 states and communities that were impacted by major disasters between 2011 and 2013.

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California's Poor and Homeless Severely Impacted by El Niño

The long-anticipated El Niño downpours have finally arrived in drought-stricken California. And while the much-needed rain is a welcome boon to the state’s severely diminished water supply, its impact on the poor and the homeless could be disastrous.

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New NIST Guide Aides in Formulation of Resilience Plans

Prepared by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) economists, the “Community Resilience Economic Decision Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems” details steps for evaluating the “economic ramifications” of contemplated resilience investments as well as the option of maintaining the status quo.

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Preparing Small Businesses for Natural Disasters

Join Agility Recovery and the Small Business Administration on Tuesday, Jan. 12, for a free webinar that will examine how small businesses handled disaster-related losses in 2015, lessons learned, and the resulting best practices.

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SBA Reopens Filing Period for Superstorm Sandy Survivors

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the filing period for survivors in all states affected by Superstorm Sandy to apply for low-interest disaster loans. The new filing deadline for physical damage and economic injury losses is Dec. 1, 2016.

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A Decade of Recovery from Nation’s Worst Natural Disaster

Ten years ago this month, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the U.S. Gulf Coast, driving more than a million people from their homes and killing more than 1,800 individuals. To this day, Katrina remains the most devastating and costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

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