FEMA Schedules Webinars Seeking Public Input on Disaster Resilience Zones

FEMA will host four community listening session webinars in July and August regarding disaster resilience zones. FEMA is seeking feedback from states, tribal nations, territories, local communities, public and private sector entities and non-profit organizations regarding risk methodology, zone designations and post-designation support for each zone based on its Request for Information published in the Federal Register.

The Community Disaster Resilience Zone Act of 2022 requires FEMA to use a data and mapping tool to identify and designate community disaster resilience zones. This new initiative designates high-risk geographic zones to advance resilience in our nation’s most vulnerable communities through targeted financial and technical support. 

Each listening session is limited to a maximum of 1,000 participants. All of these opportunities will be recorded and available via Zoom. The transcript of each session will be published on FEMA’s website at a later date. 

Risk Assessment Methodology and the method to Designate Community Disaster Resilience Zones

This session will be offered twice:

  • Tuesday, July 18 –  3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Central Time – Register here.
  • Wednesday, July 19 – 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central Time – Register here.

Frameworks for Delivery Services and Technical Assistance to Designated Zones

  • Thursday, July 20 – 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Central Time – Register here

In addition, FEMA has scheduled a specific consultation on this topic for tribal nations to discuss how best to include tribal lands in zone designations, use of census data and strategies to communicate designation of zones to tribal nations. This session will be held on Wednesday, August 2 – 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Central Time. For additional information, the agenda and to register, visit the Tribal Consultations webpage on FEMA.gov.

To read more about the Community Disaster Resilience Zone Act of 2022, click here.