Disaster preparedness: Lessons from state and local recovery efforts

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After a record-breaking number of billion-dollar disasters struck the U.S. in 2023, it’s crucial for state and local leaders to develop robust disaster preparedness strategies. In this on-demand webinar, a panel of experts—state and local officials, community leaders, and disaster recovery professionals—share their insights and experiences in disaster recovery.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to navigate FEMA challenges: Discover effective strategies for overcoming hurdles in the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) process. Learn how to streamline processes, expedite approvals, and maximize funding.
  • Best practices for resources coordination: We’ll cover essential steps to ensure an efficient and effective response.
  • Lessons from recent disasters: Hear real-world stories from our panelists. Learn how they tackled obstacles, supported their communities, and built resilience after major disasters.
Meet the authors
  1. Melissa Harris, Director, Louisiana Office of Risk Management
  2. Wilfred Bourne, Chief Financial Officer, Calcasieu Parish School Board
  3. Alita Caparotta, Chief Administrative Officer, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
  4. Susan West, Vice President, Risk Management and Insurance

    Susan (MBA, CRM, CIC) is a risk management and insurance expert with more than 30 years of experience assisting clients in insurance and risk-related matters, including disaster planning, business continuity, resiliency, and recovery from disasters. View bio

  5. Michael Junell, Senior Director, Public Assistance

    Michael is a public assistance expert with more than 15 years of experience in project and operations management. View bio