Disaster Discourse: The Hagerty Blog

Disaster Discourse: The Hagerty Blog

Hagerty’s Executive Chairman, Brock Long, recently published an Opinion Piece with The Hill underscoring the importance of individuals and households being able to handle the first 72 hours after a disaster without assistance. His message is important, both in light of the seismic activity in California and Washington, and Tropical Storm Barry in the Gulf. […]

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Savita Goel serves as a Management Consultant and client Team Lead in Hagerty’s Recovery division. Before joining Hagerty, you worked in international infrastructure development advisory roles. What led you to Hagerty Consulting, Inc. (Hagerty) and emergency management? My career began working as a structural engineer in India and Malaysia, until the financial crisis in Asia […]

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On May 23, 2019, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) affirmed its commitment to improve the nation’s resilience with its announcement of the Fiscal Year 2019 Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP). As in previous years, this grant is aimed at helping state and local governments, non-profit organizations, and private-sector companies collaborate in addressing and […]

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In May 2019, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued the New Recipients of Disaster Grants Guide (the Guide) that outlines key features of its primary recovery programs: Public Assistance (PA), Individual Assistance (IA), and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Newcomers to disaster recovery, whether states, local governments, or private nonprofits (PNPs), will find […]

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It’s been less than a year since FEMA released the 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for pre-disaster mitigation (PDM). The 2018 PDM appropriation was significantly more, $135.2M higher, than the previous year. FEMA has further reinforced their commitment to pre-disaster mitigation by announcing the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), which will be funded […]

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated nearly $1.5 billion in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to support seven states in their long-term recovery from major disasters of 2018. This funding is primarily earmarked for communities recovering from Hurricanes Florence and Michael and the California […]

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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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