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Author: Geralyn M. Ryan
 Imagine you are a local official. Your county was struck by a Category 2 hurricane. Extensive flooding destroyed homes and wiped out crops. Now, you have to navigate the complex road to recovery.“I’m a one-person department in an agricultural county where 100 percent of the farms were damaged by Hurricane Irma,” said Janet Papinaw, grants writer for Hendry County, Florida. “Suddenly, I’m living in the world of acronyms.”After a disaster, communities and local governments are often forced to make decisions about a wide range of issues. The choices they...
Posted On: April 26, 2018
Author: Geralyn M. Ryan
Saturday, September 12, 2015, started out as a normal day for Jose Simon III, Chairman of the Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California Tribal Council, and then it got a little interesting for Jose: I had a General Council meeting in the afternoon and was thinking about going to a football game later on. My plans changed after the council meeting, when I walked outside and saw a wildfire burning in the distance. I spent the next few hours helping tribal members, checking on friends in the community and talking with officials from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the...
Posted On: February 2, 2016