Wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters leave serious damage in their wake and can cause housing crises. No community is immune, but rural areas can experience greater challenges due to a lack of existing disaster recovery infrastructure and fewer local organizations with capacity. Low-income renters, the elderly or those with disabilities and many owners of manufactured homes are disproportionately affected because they lack the financial resources to recover.
This issue of Rural Voices magazine provides perspectives on disaster recovery contributed by entities ranging from local housing organizations to national lenders. They offer resources for affected families, lessons learned and policy solutions. Several of the articles agree that successful disaster recovery requires dedicated financial resources for the affected families and a coordinated effort between the local and federal governments, housing organizations and service providers.
VIEW FROM WASHINGTON
Iowa Flooding Shows Links between Disaster Recovery and Rural Housing
Representative Cindy Axne
Increased capacity and investment can help make disaster recovery successful.
Rural Disasters: Preparedness, Response, Recovery
by Ilene J. Jacobs and Christina Davila
An equitable recovery is possible.
The RAPIDO Model: Disaster Preparation to Improve Disaster Recovery
by Nick Mitchell-Bennett and Omar Hakeem
Texas nonprofit partnership develops innovative disaster recovery model.
Providing Resources and Stability for Disaster Recovery
by Connie Wright
Wells Fargo accelerates recovery for customers with Mobile Response Unit.
Risk Models can Improve Rural Disaster Preparation
by Howard A. Kunst
Wildfire and flooding impacts can be minimized using risk models.
A northern California wildfire offers lessons learned.
Driving Change in Disaster Recovery
by Timothy Carpenter
GSE improves program to serve disaster-affected families.
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