EMA will open applications on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 for two hazard mitigation grant programs totaling $660 million. The two grant programs, the Flood Mitigation Assistance grant and the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant, or BRIC, will provide funds to states, local communities, tribes and territories for eligible mitigation activities. These programs allow for funding to be used on projects that will reduce future disaster losses and strengthen our nation’s ability to build a culture of preparedness.
Coastal communities across the U.S. continued to see record-setting high-tide flooding last year, forcing their residents and visitors to deal with flooded shorelines, streets and basements — a trend that is expected to continue into 2021. The elevated water levels affected coastal economies, tourism and crucial infrastructure like waste and stormwater systems, according to a new NOAA report.
Evacuations and lockdowns are two events no organization wants to face, but every organization should be prepared for. They often happen in response to particularly dangerous situations that pose an immediate threat to people and property. It can be difficult to know how and when to make the decision to lockdown or evacuate, and it can be even more difficult to manage once the decision has been made. In either case, it requires organizations plan, test and have the right tools in place to reach all of their people quickly with information on what actions they should take to stay safe.
According to the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI), the actual scope of work of a BC or resilience professional hasn’t really changed. Organizations still must have high-quality response and damage limitation plans formulated by skilled planners. The change in the resilience profession, however, is moving away from a technical specialization and into mainstream business risk management. DRI reports that consolidation of resilience disciplines has increased over the past year. The main result of this is that fewer organizations have independent business continuity departments, with BC professionals being incorporated into existing risk management or information security divisions.