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New fema initiatives an imperative for recovery
NEW FEMA INITIATIVES: An Imperative for Recovery

Presented By:

Andrew Velasquez III

Regional Administrator

DHS / FEMA Region V

September 6, 2013

45 disasters in 2013 5 in region v
45 Disasters in 2013 – 5 in Region V

Sandy recovery improvement act
Sandy Recovery Improvement Act

Guidance Currently Being Developed

  • Major Components:

  • Public Assistance Alternative Procedures

  • Improved Federal Assistance to Homeowners

  • Streamlined Hazard Mitigation

  • Nationwide Dispute Resolution Pilot

  • Unified Environmental and Historic Review

  • Simplified PA procedures

  • Tribal Requests for Stafford Declarations

  • Recommendations for Reduction in Costs for Future Disasters

Survivor centric approach
Survivor Centric Approach

  • FEMA Priorities

    • Support delivery of services easing the disaster experience on survivors

    • Design programs to limit the burden on survivors

    • Bring programs and services directly to those in need

    • Simplify process to assist state and local officials with recovery efforts

    • Shape processes to fit people rather than asking people to fit our processes

Survivor centric approach1
Survivor Centric Approach

  • Disaster Survivor Assistance Program

    • Specialist cadre designed to assess survivor needs, speed registration process and disaster assistance

  • FEMA Corps

    • 1,600 members nationwide on 10-month tour-of-duty.

    • Work directly with survivors, support Disaster Recovery Centers

    • Inspire young people towards careers in emergency management

Role of critical infrastructure
Role of Critical Infrastructure

  • 85% of the nation’s critical infrastructure is owned by the private sector

    • Some infrastructure is nearing the end of its life-cycle and will require investment to prevent a crisis

    • Aging infrastructure can hamper response and recovery efforts by delaying responders

    • Loss of a sector could have far reaching primary and cascading effects


Recovery Support Functions and Agencies

FEMA & State Recovery Programs

Federal RSFs Primary Agencies

Potential State Partner Agencies

Individual Assistance

Public Assistance


Commerce/Economic Opportunity

Economic DOC

Human Services/Public Health

Health & Social Services HHS

Voluntary/Community Organizations - Long Term Recovery Committees

Natural Resources

Natural & Cultural Resources DOI

Red Cross

Salvation Army



Housing Development Authority

Housing HUD

Infrastructure Systems USACE


Commerce/Economic Opportunity

Community Planning & Capacity Building FEMA

Non stafford act recovery guide
Non-Stafford Act Recovery Guide

  • Key Points

  • Not all local disasters meet the criteria for federal disaster assistance

  • Brings together state, not-for-profit agencies, other federal agencies to use non-federal disaster funding mechanisms

    • Identify opportunities to re-prioritize programs and grants to provide assistance

  • Follows NDRF principles

  • Provides an opportunity to pre-plan funding alternatives

Our Mission and Commitment

To support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.