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“The Role of States in Disaster Recovery,” a video project produced by the Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC), highlights the roles played by state agency officials, leaders of state recovery organizations, and governors in disaster recovery following extreme events. The video is part of a larger, multi-year project that includes a training guide, journal articles, and a future book on the same subject. The project explains the role of the state in disaster recovery, including the key roles assumed by executive and mid-level managers, namely governors, their cabinet, and state agency officials tasked with disaster recovery duties.

The guide and video are intended to:

  • Supplement existing and emerging guidance provided by FEMA, professional associations, and universities.
  • Enhance understanding of disaster recovery among practitioners, university faculty, and students.
  • Enhance state capacity and commitment to address recovery issues and challenges.
  • Foster innovative thinking among state officials.
  • Improve recovery outcomes.
  • Enhance disaster resilience at the community level.

Participants in the video represent the States of North Carolina and Mississippi following Hurricanes Floyd (1999) and Katrina (2005), the two worst disasters in each state’s respective history. The purpose of the video is to share the lessons of these two states with others.

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If you have concerns about internet speed or access, you can download the video from Vimeo.