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Speakers Series: Dawn Zimmer – “The Roles and Experiences of a Mayor in Disaster Recovery”
February 8 @ 1:25 pm - 2:15 pm
Mayor Dawn Zimmer will discuss her city’s experiences associated with Superstorm Sandy, emphasizing the long-term recovery process and lessons she would like to convey to other mayors that will experience major disasters in the future.
Mayor Zimmer led Hoboken through several major crises, including Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and has developed a comprehensive resiliency and readiness plan to protect the city from flooding, power outages and other impacts of climate change. Her leadership and advocacy helped secure $230 million in federal funding for a flood resiliency project through the Rebuild by Design competition. She has been an outspoken advocate for changing federal and state regulations related to flood insurance, reconstruction funding and building standards in order to meet the unique challenges and characteristics of urban communities.
For more information, see Mayor Zimmer’s official biography page.