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A Community Approach to Disaster Recovery

Hosting Organization: 
Fed Communities
Thursday, June 1, 2023
3:00pm - 4:15pm EDT
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Underserved communities face significant challenges in achieving a full and equitable recovery after natural disasters. One reason is that these neighborhoods often lack access to services offered through disaster funds and the necessary insurance to protect their households.

The Federal Reserve and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will share how FEMA programs can help low- to moderate-income communities respond to these challenges. FEMA will clarify the role of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in recovery. Speakers will also discuss how collaboration among faith communities, nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and economic partners through long-term recovery groups (LTRGs) is critical for rebuilding stronger communities.


  • Nishesh Chalise, Manager, Institute for Economic Equity, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • Mike Pickerel, Voluntary Agency Liaison and Mass Care Specialist, FEMA Region 7
  • Dan Shulman, Senior External Affairs Specialist, FEMA Region 5
  • James Sink, Flood Insurance Liaison, FEMA Region 5
  • Whitney Felder, Marketing Communications Specialist, Fed Communities (moderator)
How to Register/RSVP: 

Participation is free for this Connecting Communities webinar, but pre-registration is required.