Community Development Digest

Natural Disasters

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Experts to Brief Congress on Legal Aid Disaster Response

Low-income families are especially vulnerable to the far-reaching impact of natural disasters. Victims need experts who understand the legal issues involved and who can help them secure temporary housing, file insurance claims, replace important legal documents, negotiate with landlords to make necessary repairs, and more. Legal aid is essential in helping victims get back on their feet following a disaster.

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Got a Catastrophe to Fix? You’ll Need an Experienced Contractor

When disasters like the recent Hurricane Matthew occur, hiring a contractor with disaster relief experience is key to getting public utilities back up and running quickly with minimal disruption to customers.

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NIST Issues Resilience Planning Guide for U.S. Communities

The National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) has issued the “Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems” to help U.S. communities better withstand and rebound from the shocks of severe weather, earthquakes and other hazards.

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Above Average Fire Activity Projected for 2015 Wildfire Season

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell this past week said there will be above average fire activity projections for the upcoming 2015 wildfire season.

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Disaster Preparedness, Recovery Should Include Health Focus

U.S. communities and federal agencies should more intentionally seek to create healthier communities during disaster preparation and recovery efforts -- something that rarely happens now, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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Another $84 Million Going for Natural Disaster Recovery

The Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest an additional $84 million through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) to help disaster recovery efforts through more than 150 projects in 13 states.

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Program Offers Relief to Farmers Affected by Severe Weather

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday (Oct. 21) implemented a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought.

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Feds Release Progress Report on Sandy Rebuilding

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Sandy Program Management Office (PMO) has issued its first report tracking progress on the Sandy Rebuilding Strategy.

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2014 Wildfire Suppression to Cost Many Millions over Available Funding

The forecast is important to community development planners in that the Forest Service has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80% of the 850 million forested acres within the United States, of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

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HUD to Expedite Disaster Relief to Arkansas

President Obama has issued a disaster declaration for FaulknerCounty. The declaration allows HUD to offer foreclosure relief and other assistance to certain families living in this county.

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