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MAS Weighs in on Disaster Planning

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MAS presented at a panel on Tuesday, June 14th, at the Second Annual Disaster Housing Summit organized by the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Team, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the New York City Office of Emergency Management. The event convened housing, planning and emergency management professionals from across the tri-state region to discuss challenges and opportunities related to funding the recovery process and engaging the public in developing a rebuilding plan.

Our presentation highlighted the success of Imagine New York—a visioning project we developed after 9/11 to help heal, inform, and provide a voice for residents across the region.  Building on the lessons of this work, MAS provided a list of considerations for structuring public engagement after a disaster—including the need to:

  • improve communication between different levels of government and the private and non-profit sectors;
  • the need to identify and build from the community-based planning initiatives in the region;
  • and the need to frame the conversations beyond the built environment to address other social, cultural and economic issues affecting our communities.

This event is part of an effort to create a regional disaster housing plan for parts of the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. MAS will continue working on this important and timely topic so please stay tuned for more updates.