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FEMA Case Study Library

Colorado Watershed Coalitions

Learning Objective: Examine the cross-agency partnerships, projects, and innovative financial management strategies employed in Colorado to rebuild and restore the natural flood mitigation benefits of regional watersheds after the devastating flood in 2013.

Reallocating Funding to Achieve Recovery Goals

Illinois 2012 Tornadoes Learning Objective: Examine how the State of Illinois was able to re-prioritize existing funding and resources to meet the recovery needs of communities following a string of severe tornadoes in 2012 that did not meet Presidential disaster declar

Collaborating to Build Resilience

Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Learning Objective: Examine a regional approach used to improve infrastructure resilience following a major hurricane and analyze its impacts on regional recovery and FEMA’s steady-state interagency coordination practices. 

Community Flood Risk Reduction

Galena, Alaska - Flood Recovery Learning Objective: Share the steps taken and lessons learned by a rural community in central Alaska to integrate resilience into rebuilding efforts and be better prepared for future flood events.

The Galena Ball Field

Glaena, Alaska - Flood Recovery Learning Objective: Discuss the benefits of a non-traditional recovery project in a rural, remote location and analyze how this community-building project contributed to overall resilience for the Galena community.

Energy Generation

Galena, Alaska - Flood Recovery Learning Objective: Analyze the decision-making process utilized in Galena post-disaster to institute a sustainable and efficient energy generation project during the community’s recovery period from a devastating flood.

Locally Executed, State Managed, Federally Supported Recovery

Hurricane Irma Recovery in Florida Learning Objective: Review and analyze the community-focused coordination approach the State of Florida utilized to improve collaboration and expedite recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma.

Pre-Planning and Community Participation

Ellicott City, 2016 - Flash Flooding Recovery Learning Objective: Evaluate the impact that pre-disaster planning and community participation had on shaping economic recovery after a dangerous flood in a historic city.

Connecticut’s Crumbling Concrete

Coordinating Federal Resources for a Non-Stafford Act Event Learning Objective: Examine the collaborative federal interagency assistance initiative in Connecticut to address a non-declared emergency event: crumbling concrete foundations in thousands of residential homes

Colorado United Recovery Symposium

Facilitating Connections Among Peer Communities Learning Objective: Analyze the methods used by the State of Colorado to manage disaster recovery and unite local leaders after the 2013 flood event.