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Connecting Communities: A Community Approach to Disaster Recovery

June 1, 2023 @ 3:00 pm 4:15 pm EDT

Water floods neighborhood in the Midwest

This webinar is now available to watch on-demand.

Underserved communities face significant challenges in achieving a full and equitable recovery after natural disasters. One reason is that these neighborhoods often lack access to services offered through disaster funds and the necessary insurance to protect their households.  

The Federal Reserve and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will share how FEMA programs can help low- to moderate-income communities respond to these challenges. FEMA will clarify the role of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in recovery. Speakers will also discuss how collaboration among faith communities, nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and economic partners through long-term recovery groups (LTRGs) is critical for rebuilding stronger communities. 


Nishesh Chalise

Nishesh Chalise
Manager, Institute for Economic Equity
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Headshot of Mike Pickerel

Mike Pickerel
Voluntary Agency Liaison and Mass Care Specialist
FEMA Region 7

Headshot of Dan Shulman

Dan Shulman
Senior External Affairs Specialist
FEMA Region 5

Headshot of James Sink

James Sink
Regional Flood Insurance Liaison
FEMA Region 5

Whitney Felder
Marketing Communications Specialist
Fed Communities

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About Connecting Communities®

Real people. Real research. Real conversations.

Connecting Communities is a Federal Reserve-sponsored webinar series providing timely information on community and economic development issues. It complements Fed community development outreach initiatives conducted through the 12 regional Reserve Banks and Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

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