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Message from the Assistant Secretary

Although it isn’t the first thing that comes to mind for most Americans when they think of HUD, our agency has long played an important part in helping communities recover from disasters and build resilience to reduce future risk. In fact, for a period in the 1970s, HUD hosted the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration, a precursor to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Ever since, HUD staff have continued to support communities before, during, and after disasters, especially through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program.

Because disasters affect so many aspects of life and can strike communities of all sizes around the country, the federal response is comprehensive, with many agencies providing aid and expertise to support the state and local governments that are the first responders. As you’ll see in the articles in this issue of Evidence Matters, HUD helps communities facing disasters through its assisted housing stock and more broadly through supplemental funding and technical assistance.



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Federal Disaster Policy: Toward a More Resilient Future

The Research Basis for Disaster Resilience

Preparing for the Next Disaster: Three Models of Building Resilient Communities

Additional Resources

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Rachelle Levitt

Keith Fudge

Keith Fudge (HUD)
Sage Computing staff

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