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Free Webinar: After the Storm – Equitable Recovery and Resilient Adaptation
October 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Description: How do you build resilience after disaster strikes, knowing that the area is prone to the continued effects of climate change and subject to displacement pressures? What are the barriers to rebuilding and what are some successful ways to adapt? The third webinar in our Urban Waters Learning Network series on climate and community resilience aims to answer these questions. This session will focus on two organizations that work to build resilience as part of recovery and adaptation, while also facing displacement pressures and inequities.
- Yvette Chen from the Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC) in New Jersey will share her organization’s advocacy work post natural disasters based and their experience following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. She will also share related housing studies and data that examines post-disaster investments. After the storm, FSHC found that the recovery funds were not fairly distributed in areas affected by the storm, especially to renters. Following the largest-ever legal settlement under the Fair Share Housing Act, recovery dollars were reallocated in part due to FSHC’s advocacy. Now, FHSC has an ongoing relationship with FEMA to keep track of where the money is going. A main goal of the FSHC is to ensure that recovery is both equitable and resilient by prioritizing low-income renters and homeowners.
- Arthur Johnson from the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED) is working in one of the areas of New Orleans most heavily impacted by Hurricane Katrina. He will share how, fourteen years after Katrina, building resilience looks different today than it did early on. Beyond immediate recovery, CSED works to adapt to the effects of climate change through coastal rehabilitation, greening the built environment, increasing food security, and rebuilding homes to be energy efficient, safe and sustainable. As displacement pressures grow, local residents also see protecting their community as a resilience strategy.
This webinar is part of a series hosted by the Urban Waters Learning Network. This year, we are focusing on providing support to urban waters practitioners to help them build community and climate resilience through education, mitigation, and planning. We will be addressing this topic in the coming months through this webinar series (see the first webinar on climate resilience here and register for the second here), blog posts, Impact Stories, and other resources.