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Regional Disaster Finance Program

As emergency managers in the state of Texas, we tend to concentrate on mitigating, preparing and responding to emergencies from an operational perspective. Seldom do we do the same for the fiscal side of emergency management, with areas such as recovery often being an afterthought. With today's economy, fiscal responsibility needs to be considered at the beginning of the emergency, not at the end. Finance is part of all four areas of emergency management (mitigation, planning, response and recovery) and we should be concerned with much more than just how to respond to an emergency.