Federal, State Partners Conduct South Texas Recovery Housing Summit
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) hosted the South Texas Recovery Housing Summit June 5-6, 2019 in McAllen, Texas. The summit was attended by regional South Texas emergency managers, elected officials, and first responders during the two-day event. A total of 13 presentations were given during the summit which covered a wide range of recovery resources available to South Texas cities and counties following a disaster.
Hazard mitigation was a large focus during the summit as state and federal partners have made it a priority to assist local jurisdictions in hardening their infrastructure against future disasters. Presenters included Jeffrey LaCour from FEMA Region VI who presented on NFIP, Manuel Razo from the Texas Water Development Board who presented on Flood Maps, Dr. Walter Peacock from Texas A&M who presented on Building and Development Standards, and Alan Black from the Harris County Flood Control District who presented on Drainage and Irrigation Systems.
Because federal assistance is not provided unless a federal disaster declaration is made, presentations were given highlighting resources that are available at the state and local level. Presenters included, Monika Flores for Tropical Texas Behavioral Health who presented on mental health resources, Christa Lopez from the Texas General Land Office who presented on progressive alternative housing options that had recently been presented to federal agencies in Washington D.C., Michael Lyttle from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs who presented on the current projects being worked by the Joint Housing Solutions Working Group, and Kathy Clark from the Salvation Army who presented on resources provided by Texas VOAD groups in addition to the Salvation Army’s response capabilities.
Federal partners continue to be an integral part of all the Texas Recovery Housing Summit agendas as they want to connect with local jurisdictions and address specific questions. Elizabeth Redfearn from FEMA Region VI presented on the new factors which will impact future Individual Assistance declarations, in addition to providing an overview of the Individual Housing Program. Hana Nelson from the Department of Housing and Urban Development presented on Community Development Block Grant (CBDG-DR) funding provided by HUD and the factors used to decide how funding is distributed among states and counties.
State agency representatives also presented on behalf of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Texas General Land Office (GLO). Sherri LaCour provided and overview on TDEM’s purpose and mission in assisting local jurisdictions and counties recovering from disasters. Esmeralda Sanchez from GLO presented on how CBDG-DR funding is distributed at the state level after receiving the funds from the federal government.
The next Texas Recovery Housing Summit is scheduled to take place in the North Texas region on July 30-31, 2019. Download the master deck of all the presentations from the South Texas Recovery Housing Summit.