October 11, 2016

Putting our Money Where our Mouth Is

More and more states and municipalities are wising up when it comes to disaster recovery contractors. More often, governments are in search of safeguards to protect themselves from contractors making big promises and delivering very little follow through. They’re finding these contractors offer low rates but no commitment to the deliverables that matter.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

September 13, 2016

We’ve Been There - Wake of Long Island Hurricane

Through the years Nor’easters, tropical storms, and hurricanes have crashed the Long Island shoreline leaving media images of trees uprooted, homes flooded, and beach coasts eroded. I can remember Gloria, Bob and Irene; each storm affecting a targeted area of the island. We watched the local news teams capture each event in sobering detail from the safety of our own home, offering prayers and feeling blessed that we were not affected. 

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

September 06, 2016

Recovery is Possible

In April 2005, I returned home from Iraq with about six months left of service before my contract ended. During the latter part of August 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast. A few days after the impact, my unit was called to action one more time but, this time, we weren’t called overseas.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

August 30, 2016

You Aren’t Alone, Louisiana

As I watch the damage and clean up efforts from recent flooding in Louisiana, so many emotions from what I personally endured during Katrina are brought back to the surface. In one day, I lost my home, all of my belongings, my truck, and my job. My parents lost their home and four rental houses—which was to be their retirement.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

August 16, 2016

Getting What You Pay For

We have all heard the phrase, “you get what you pay for,” and then we have all had times where we overpaid for what we got. When it comes to paying for professional services, you encounter this situation even more often.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, CDBG

July 19, 2016

Are You Telling the Full Story?

When managing a Federal disaster grant, it’s essential to tell your entire story to both HUD and the public. Often, grantees are so busy starting up and running their grant programs that they fail to realize the importance of this. Transparency is key and HUD’s Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting (DRGR) system gives you the chance to tell your story fully and completely. The DRGR provides grantees access to their grant funds and is the mechanism for entering the grant activity details and reporting on the grant progress.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

June 28, 2016

Many Heads Are Better Than One

There really is no better way to decide how to spend the funds from Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) than to involve the community that will directly benefit. Community engagement is a part of HUD requirements when implementing CDBG funding and sometimes grantees see this as simply a box that needs to be checked. What if we could encourage grantees to use this engagement as a collaboration opportunity instead of just another step?

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

June 07, 2016

Hurricane Season Is Here

Two years ago, President Obama launched the National Disaster Resilience Competition for leaders in communities affected by disaster who are working to increase the security of their neighborhoods and people. The nearly $1 billion competition allowed disaster-torn communities to vie for recovery funds and has the thought of “resilience” on everyone’s mind.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, CDBG

May 10, 2016

Flexibility In Your Recovery Plan

Presidential disaster declarations are becoming more commonplace. Simply search “disaster recovery funding” and you’ll find many opinions and research documents that attempt to explore the reason for the increase in disaster declarations and the subsequent outpouring of Federal funds.  How are the States and local communities financially preparing for a disaster’s impact?

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

April 19, 2016

The Ins and Outs of Deobligation

At HORNE, we work with the end goal in mind.  When it comes to disaster response and recovery, the scale of efforts is massive. From first responders in the wake of tragedy to the individuals and groups involved in the years of sweat equity as State and local jurisdictions rebuild, a purpose and vision to carry out the team’s mission is vital. Here, we can only see success if we plan from the beginning.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

March 22, 2016

Preparation vs. Response

Government agencies, let’s ask ourselves a question - how exactly are we investing in recovery? You partner with FEMA and local responders to coordinate simulated responses for everything from hurricane evacuations to a zombie apocalypse, but how are we bringing our communities back to normal after the first responders leave? How will our homes be repaired? Who rebuilds our schools? And, the lingering question - how do we pay for it?

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

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