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FEMA releases Planning Considerations: Disaster Housing Guidance for State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Partners

7 Jun 2020 3:44 PM | Anonymous

In May, FEMA released Planning Considerations: Disaster Housing Guidance for State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Partners, acknowledging the fact that, in the aftermath of disasters, communities often face situations that require creative short-term and long-term housing solutions for populations with different geographic, infrastructure, and socioeconomic challenges.  Effectively moving survivors into post-disaster housing is a critical step toward long-term recovery.  However, many jurisdictions do not have disaster housing plans, due in part to the perception that housing is solely the Federal Government’s responsibility and a lack of full-time disaster housing staff.  While some housing programs are federally resourced, they are state managed and locally executed.  Planning for disaster housing should occur at all levels of government before a disaster strikes.

This planning guidance supplements the Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans.  It provides guidance on national housing priorities, types of housing, key considerations and housing-specific planning recommendations for state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) jurisdictions to use, in conjunction with the Six-Step Planning Process described in CPG 101, to develop or improve disaster housing plans.

Here is the link to the document:

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1590780128292-1b9354f643dce4e083929be2f2151177/Planning_Considerations_Disaster_Housing_May_2020.pdf

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