All Disasters Are Local: Rethinking Resilience

Emergency management is a year-round process, a constant loop of preparation, training, testing, and revision that strengthens community preparedness and resilience. A strong partnership among federal, state, and local agencies is vital to emergency preparedness and response.

But what happens when a local disaster does not qualify for federal assistance, as was the case for Anne Arundel County in the wake of a devastating tropical storm and tornado last year? At this year’s MACo Summer Conference, an expert panel will explain the ins and outs of disaster relief programs, best practices for aligning key roles and responsibilities when disasters strike, and new ideas and policies to help counties streamline community resources in times of crisis.

All Disasters Are Local: Rethinking Resilience

While a disaster always begins and ends at the local level, a strong partnership among federal, state, and local governments is vital to emergency preparedness and community resilience. And while many communities look to federal assistance after an emergency incident or disaster, the reality is that federal disaster assistance depends upon several factors – counties must be prepared to recover and rebuild with or without federal aid. In this session, an expert panel will explain the ins and outs of disaster relief programs, detail best practices for aligning key roles and responsibilities when disasters strike, and highlight new ideas and policies to help counties streamline community resources in times of crisis.

Speakers: 

  • Anna Sierra, Chief Development Officer, Maryland Department of Emergency Management
  • Jack Markey, Director, Emergency Management, Frederick County
  • Michael Hinson, Director, Emergency Management, Howard County
  • Preeti Emerick, Director, Emergency Management, Anne Arundel County

Moderator: The Honorable Sarah Elfreth, Maryland Senate

Date/Time: Friday, August 19, 2022; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The 2022 MACo Summer Conference will take place at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD, from August 17-20. This year’s theme is “Taking Care of Business.”

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