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Federal Funding Streams, Fund Planning & Allocation

How can a municipality prepare for potential future disasters?

The increasing frequency and magnitude of natural disasters, amidst a global pandemic, necessitate a shift in the collective approach to effectively maximize available resources.  Preparing for the future may include the following priorities:

  • Increased public health monitoring;
  • Renewed focus on business continuity and emergency operations support;
  • Dedication to and investments in infrastructure resilience;
  • Efforts to mitigate long-term economic impacts; and
  • Preparation of After-Action Reports or Mid-Action Assessments of the successes/challenges/opportunities for the next pandemic and/or disaster.

A community recovery plan could take the following approach:

  • Phase 1: Secure Surge Support for Ongoing COVID-19 Response and Recovery Operations.
  • Phase 2: Analyze Unmet Needs and Develop Long-Term Cost Recovery Strategy.
  • Phase 3: Design and Implement Programs.
  • Phase 4: Management, Reconciliation, and Audit.

Finally, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed vulnerabilities in many communities’ local infrastructure, exposing issues ranging from essential water preservation to inadequate sewer systems. It has exposed inequitable barriers for millions without access to reliable internet access – often needed to work remotely, access financial and government services, and facilitate distanced learning for school-aged children. Below are some strategies to consider for strengthening community infrastructure:

  • Improve broadband access through capital infrastructure projects and expand free Wi-Fi to residents throughout your community;
  • Adapt infrastructure systems to preserve essential water, electric, and sewer service and meet changing demands; and
  • Bolster local food processing and delivery systems.

Last Revised: April 14, 2021