Local Disaster Recovery Manager (LDRM)

LDRM Responsibilities and Job Descriptions 

 Roles and Responsibilities defined by FEMA

 Job Description created by the Local Management Institute: See document page 5 and 6.

Municipal Resolution of Engagement with a Non-profit Partner: See page 19 and 20. This is an example of a resolution used by a municipality to codify its agreement with a non-profit partner (NJ Future) to manage a Local Disaster Recovery Manager on behalf and in coordination with the Town.

Options for Local Governments to fund LDRM

  1. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Annual Program:  With HUD’s approval, CDBG annual funds may be reprogrammed to support disaster recovery.   See a video describing use of CDBG for disaster recoveryTranscript of video.
  2. CDBG-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR): HUD provides flexible grants to help cities, counties, and States recover from Presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas, subject to availability of supplemental appropriations. Local Disaster Recovery Managers may be an eligible cost, as was identified in funding made available after Hurricane Sandy; see Federal Register Notice, Page  23. Consult your relevant CDBG State or HUD contact regarding any allowance for LDRMs in available CDBG-DR.
  3. Foundations: Foundations often play an essential role in disaster relief and recovery. Not only do foundations provide grants and help raise money, they also use their experience and expertise to help civic leaders and responders distribute aid and rebuild communities. In terms of funding the LDRM position, several communities have used foundation funding – which is generally quicker to disperse than federal grant dollars - to pay for the first few months of the LDRM’s salary, with federal sources used after that.  See Council on Foundation’s Community Foundation Locator
  4. Combine Administrative Line-Items: Most grants include funding to administer the grant. According to the Center for Effective Philanthropy, the average amount dedicated to grant administration is 13% of the awarded total. A Town could choose to pool the administrative portions from several grants into a fund used to hire a single LDRM to manage all the grants as well as other duties.
  5. Economic Development Administration (EDA): EDA can provide funding in some circumstances for Disaster Recovery Coordinators who primarily focus on the economic impact of the disaster.
  6. Partner with Multiple, Neighboring Jurisdictions: Perhaps three neighboring communities cannot afford to hire their own LDRM, but collectively they could afford to share one. Of course, with three partners, the LDRM’s time would be split in three. Yet, each municipality could structure their own time to meet their specific needs.
  7. Regional Planning and Development Councils: RPDC’s are multi-jurisdictional, regional planning and development non-profit organizations. They are governed by a regional policy board with significant representation by local elected officials. As mandated by various federal programs, RPDC boards may also include business, nonprofit, education and community leaders. RPDC’s may be able to fill the LDRM capacity gap while the Town applies for additional funding to staff this position.
  8. Volunteer: There also may be someone willing to volunteer from the community such as a prior mayor, foundation president or someone along those lines. Remember, this person is just as accountable as an employee.
  9. Memorandum of Agreement: If willing, your county government or a neighboring municipality might agree to join you in signing a Memorandum of Agreement that would detail the sharing of staff during specified incidents. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is a written document describing a cooperative relationship between two parties wishing to work together on a project or to meet an agreed upon objective. A MOA serves as a legal document and describes the terms and details of the partnership agreement.

Additional guidance can be found at American Planning Association's Guide to Recovery Management.

Last updated November 22, 2022