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Don’t Let a Good Disaster Go to Waste


Living where hurricanes roam, put wisdom on the offense and position your community to grow stronger after a disaster. Recovery’s frenetic first days reliably give way to longer term reimagining. Knowing the opportunities and obstacles in that process enables rebuilding towards future goals rather than just duplicating the day before the storm.

Follow this strategy:

1. Understand post-disaster funding available to communities and how each source is used.
2. Brainstorm economic, housing, and infrastructure reinvestment initiatives.
3. Create business models, enact government policies, and forge public-private partnerships beforehand to better leverage post-disaster aid.

Equity, innovation, speed, and sustainability will follow.

Jeff Thomas, Cara Stone LLP

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