Disaster Recovery Funding: Managing Financial Risk in a Time of Rebuilding

Webinar • Thursday, November 02, 2023 • 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Wind! Rain! Fire! Water! We rely on these aspects of the weather, environment, and combustion to provide power, relief from heat, recreation, warm meals, hydration and more on a daily basis. However, when the tides turn, we find ourselves dealing with natural disasters that bring about multi-billion dollar costs, in some instances. 2023 saw multiple such events rear their heads and ravage certain states, municipalities, and countries. The U.S. Government has developed and implemented federal financial assistance programs to help address prevention, mitigation, and recovery needs. During this session, we will analyze and discuss the types of funding that typically is made available during such times, how the funds may be accessed, eligible and allowable uses of the funds, considerations when federal funds are stacked with state funds, and various risks that should be assessed and managed proactively and in real-time as the scope and program plans and objectives under the financial assistance award are anticipated or implemented.

Points of discussion include: 

  • Identify federal financial assistance programs that are intended to assist in prevention, mitigation, and recovery from natural disasters.
  • Discuss eligibility considerations under applicable program funding opportunities and methods to access such funding.
  • List eligible, allowable uses of program funds in the context of disaster mitigation and recovery efforts, including efforts that are co-funded with federal and state monies.
  • Discuss risks identified and/or realized during execution of work under previous disaster mitigation and recovery awards.
  • Analyze the risks identified from historical efforts and notate best practices to manage said risks going forward.

Register today for Disaster Recovery Funding: Managing Financial Risk in a Time of Rebuilding

Attendees will gain an awareness of funding opportunities and associated risk considerations as they identify federal programs intended to help them and their communities - be it local, state, tribal, or regional levels - plan for and recover from natural disasters through appropriate process and procedure implementation, advance planning, strategic pursuit of funding, and proper management and oversight of the federal funds once needed and secured.

Who Will Benefit:

  • Chief Financial Officers; Chief Risk Officers; Budget Analysts; Risk Analysts; Public Safety Directors; Public Safety Fiscal Officers; Grants Managers; Procurement Analysts; Auditors; Monitors; Emergency Operations Personnel; Community Development Personnel; Public Housing Program Personnel; Developers (Commercial and Non-Profit)


Eric Russell Eric Russell

Eric Russell- Mr. Russell is a Financial and Regulatory Compliance Specialist with experience in government finance, asset management, external and internal audit of public and private organizations and corporations, and management consulting. Experience includes asset and capital program management, managing, designing, and executing financial audits, internal audits, compliance monitoring and risk assessment, and regulatory compliance projects. Also assisted numerous organizations in their financial management and strategic management activities.

Jennifer Butler Jennifer Butler

Jennifer Butler is a Partner at EisnerAmper, a top 20 accounting and advisory firm. She has over 20 years of experience in executive leadership roles at organizations dedicated to preparing for, mitigating, and recovering from natural and man-made disasters.

Jennifer also has extensive experience in federal grant writing and administration, contract compliance, federal regulations, subrecipient monitoring, and financial management. Jennifer leads large-scale disaster recovery programs involving the administration of federal funds, such as FEMA, RESTORE Act, CARES Act, American Rescue Plan Act, Homeland Security funding, and HUD CDBG grants.