Disaster Discourse: The Hagerty Blog

Disaster Discourse: The Hagerty Blog

Jake Jarosz, a Senior Managing Associate with Hagerty Consulting, Inc.’s (Hagerty’s) Preparedness Division, is leaving Hagerty for a few months to sail the Atlantic Circuit. We sat down with Jake to find out more about his upcoming journey. Could you tell us a little bit about your big adventure? I’m doing something called the Atlantic […]

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  Garrett serves as a Vice President for Hagerty Consulting, Inc. How did you first become involved in the fields of Disaster Recovery and Emergency Management? After a few years of teaching in the US and abroad and doing political work in NYC, I decided to go to graduate school to pursue my growing interest […]

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States, territorial, and tribal governments take notice: on June 1st, new rules take effect for how to request a federal disaster declaration for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance (IA). The declaration process for IA has long been ambiguous compared to the process for Public Assistance (PA). Under PA, the declaration process is largely […]

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With the recent upgrade of Hurricane Michael from a Category 4 hurricane to Category 5 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s National Hurricane Center, we are reminded of the devastating effects of this storm. Earlier this week, Mayor Greg Brudnicki of Panama City, FL spoke about the City’s recovery from Hurricane Michael, discussing […]

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Scott serves as a Senior Mitigation Manager in Hagerty Consulting, Inc.’s (Hagerty’s) Recovery Division. How did you first become involved in the fields of Disaster Recovery and Emergency Management? I was very fortunate to have many mentors along my career path.  My most seminal career mentor hired me as an Administrative Assistant with the Colorado […]

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One of the biggest concerns City Managers, City Finance Directors, and School Superintendents face after a disaster is how to address an actual or anticipated loss in revenue that causes cash flow problems. Often disasters result in an immediate decrease in property values, utility taxes, charges for services, and intergovernmental per pupil education funding (due […]

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The spectrum of active threat events, from lone perpetrator active shooters to complex coordinated terrorist attacks (CCTAs), requires compressed response timeframes, operational coordination, resource management, and accountability. The already-difficult task is further compounded by the multitude of stakeholders typically involved in response and recovery. When the shooting stops, it is the immediate fallout, including care […]

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to write guidance for how state and local governments can assume a greater role in disaster recovery. In its latest effort to this end, FEMA published the State-led Public Assistance Guide (SLPAG – the Guide) – the first of its kind. The goal of this new policy is to […]

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Tanya serves as a Senior Managing Associate in Hagerty Consulting, Inc.’s (Hagerty’s) Recovery Division. How did you first become involved in Disaster Recovery and Emergency Management? I was a case manager in Sacramento working for a non-profit organization called Opening Doors that worked with survivors of human trafficking. I was helping men, women and children, […]

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In May of 2018, the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) announced new requirements related to cybersecurity in their Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 2018) Notification of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). These new requirements apply to the more the nearly $1 billion grant money available through the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and State Homeland Security Program (SHSP). […]

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