Smart Decisions for a Successful Recovery
SBP works closely with elected officials including Senators, Representatives, Governors and Mayors to empower a prompt, efficient and predictable recovery. When disasters occur, SBP advises policy makers on how to speed recovery by helping local and state level leadership first understand the complexities of the disaster recovery landscape and the decisions that will be required of them in the months ahead. The sooner homeowners move back in to their rebuilt homes, the less suffering they will experience. Furthermore, the detrimental economic and societal effects associated with a prolonged recovery will be lessened across the community at large.
It is imperative that smart, informed decisions be made from the start, as this has a significant effect on the tail end of the recovery. SBP shares our insight with policy makers, helping them to understand the critical decisions and policies that have helped or hindered recoveries in other states and communities. We have seen what works and what does not, and understand the inefficiencies promulgated by the traditional disaster recovery industry.
Next, we work with leadership at the local, state and Federal levels to determine an appropriate course of action in order to secure Federal recovery funding from HUD as quickly and efficiently as possible. It is essential for state and local governments to get Federal funds into their communities quickly, but at best, it takes 12 - 14 months for municipalities to receive those Federal funds. SBP is committed to changing this by working with state and local governments to help governments access and deploy Federal resources as quickly and effectively as possible.
Lastly we advise these leaders on how best to deploy funds and structure a homeowner rebuilding program that is firmly tied to measurable, benchmarked results, in order to help impacted families avoid the unnecessary suffering brought on by a prolonged recovery.
SBP is committed to sharing our best practices on how to effectively serve the most vulnerable of those impacted, during the interim period between the disaster and receipt of HUD funding. To do so, SBP partners with local service providers including community foundations and the local/regional affiliates of The United Way, Habitat for Humanity and others, in order to bolster their rebuilding capacity and efficiency, thereby jumpstarting the recovery.
SBP's advocacy and policy recommendations stem from our desire to streamline this process and shrink time between disaster and recovery.
If you have questions, or would like to discuss how SBP might be able to advise disaster recovery in your state or community, please contact us. We are here to help.