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ICYMI: Administrator Brock Long Discusses Resiliency at Infrastructure Week Panel and with FEMA Partner Strategy Session

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May 15, 2018
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WASHINGTON – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long participated in a panel as part of the 6th Annual Infrastructure Week in Washington, D.C. He joined leaders from both the public and private sectors to discuss the importance of resilience at the National and community level. The event provided a unique opportunity to bring together the nation’s emergency managers with infrastructure and risk experts for an open conversation. Discussion revolved around closing the national insurance gap, building smarter and to more resilient codes, focusing on risk-based outcomes for recovery, financial preparedness, community preparedness, and enabling the private sector to bring communities back to normalcy following disasters.

“Controlling our national risk exposure in disasters contributes to our American competitiveness and economic security,” said Administrator Long. “Buying flood insurance regardless of whether you live in a flood plain, developing smarter risk-based investments and building codes in communities, and developing true public-private partnerships can help the nation build unity of effort before, during and after a disaster.”

The Administrator also met with business leaders at a Partner Strategy Session to gain input on the FEMA Strategic Plan for improving the disaster supply chain, engaging to build a culture of preparedness, and implementing lessons learned to simplify agency programs. For the first time, FEMA is engaging stakeholders as part of the strategic planning process. About 50 private sector stakeholders offered their insights and opinions with the Administrator on information sharing and operational coordination during response and recovery, methods of innovating process to help build capacity for state managed and locally executed disaster programs, and offered solutions for improving alignment across the whole community to build resilience.

View the Infrastructure Week panel.




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Last Updated: 
May 15, 2018 - 08:54