KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region VII office facilitated a day-long event for stakeholders in emergency management yesterday. Similar events have been and will continue to be hosted by FEMA regional offices throughout the United States in an effort to spread the word about concepts and principles of the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF), which was launched in September 2010.
The National Disaster Recovery Framework recognizes disaster recovery requires a team approach – a team that includes local, state, and tribal governments, the entire federal family of agencies, faith-based and non-profit communities, the private sector and most importantly the public. When all these stakeholders work together as an emergency management team, sustainability is built into communities, making disaster recovery faster and easier.
“This event brought together many people who play a role in disaster recovery throughout our region. They discussed their respective roles, learned from one another and can now go back and begin to integrate National Disaster Recovery Framework principles into the daily operations of their churches, civic and/or volunteer organizations, businesses, government agencies, etc.,” said FEMA Region VII Regional Administrator Beth Freeman. “The main guiding principle of the NDRF asserts recovery takes each and every one of us getting involved in emergency management—from preparing ourselves, families and homes, to reaching out to neighbors and getting involved with organizations to support one another.”
Created in line with the vision set forth in the Presidential Policy Directive on National Preparedness (PPD-8) which directed the agency to work with interagency partners to publish a recovery framework, the NDRF provides guidance that enables effective recovery support to disaster-impacted states, local and tribal governments. The NDRF reflects input gathered from community members and leaders across the country and provides a flexible structure that enables disaster recovery managers to operate in a unified and collaborative manner following a disaster.
The NDRF will help the nation become more resilient because it provides guidance to enable effective federal support to disaster-impacted states, local and tribal governments, by focusing on how best to restore, redevelop and revitalize the health, social, economic, natural and environmental fabric of communities.
“Between them, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska had 11 major disaster declarations in 2011. As a region, we’ve already been using some of the principles found in the NDRF and seeing positive results in, among other places, Joplin and along the shores of the Missouri River,” said Freeman. “Moving forward we will continue the dialog with all our partners and facilitate their engaging one another so the next time a disaster strikes here, and the time after that, we will have more resources and more know-how to support recovery.”
Event attendees included local recovery stakeholders, as well as emergency management partners and stakeholders from neighboring states.
On the federal side, in addition to Regional Administrator Freeman, several other noteworthy recovery leaders were also present, including FEMA’s Deputy Associate Administrator Elizabeth Zimmerman and FEMA Assistant Administrator Deborah Ingram. Likewise, representatives from other federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Small Business Administration, were also in attendance.
As discussed during the event, the NDRF defines:
- core recovery principles,
- roles and responsibilities of recovery coordinators and other stakeholders,
- a coordinat...