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Pre-Hurricane Storm Season Event – May 20, 2021 @ 1:00 – 2:30pm EDT

Click here to view Enterprise Webinar Pre-Hurricane Season Event as a PDF.

Pre-Hurricane Storm Season Event

Please join Enterprise Community Partners,  Fannie Mae, and Bellwether Enterprise:
Date: Thursday, May 20th, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:30pm EDT
*Sesión estará disponible en español

Register Today

Forecasts for the upcoming storm and fire season are dire — climate change is aggravating existing challenges for communities, homes, and infrastructure. Affordable housing owners and operators are struggling to maintain healthy homes, income, and business continuity before, during and after crisis events. As the Affordable Housing Crisis persists and grows deeper, the importance of preserving existing affordable housing is protected and safeguarded from extreme natural hazards.

Join Enterprise and Fannie Mae to discuss forecasts for the upcoming season and how the industry is responding to risk, and solutions and strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate risk to ensure communities are safe and affordable housing is preserved.


  • Priscilla Almodovar, Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Mark BoveSenior Vice President Natural Catastrophe Solutions, Munich Reinsurance America
  • Tim Judge, Vice President, Climate Impact at Fannie Mae
  • Mike Hernandez, Vice President Disaster Response and Rebuild, Fannie Mae
  • Michael Newman, Senior Director Law and Public Policy, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)
  • Laurie Schoeman, National Director, Resilience and Recovery, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Brian McLaughlin, President, Enterprise Community Development


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Open Application – Equitable Path Forward: New York Grants – deadline: May 28th, 2021, at 11:59 PM EST.

Click here to view Enterprise-Equitable Path Forward, New York Grants as a PDF.

Open Application
Equitable Path Forward: New York Grants

MAY 4, 2021

Property management and development firms owned by Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and other historically marginalized groups play an integral part in the property management and development of affordable housing in New York State. Yet, they continue to face systemic barriers that impede their growth and sustainability.

For decades, the affordable housing, community development and commercial real estate sectors have been lucrative for the mostly white-led organizations that control them, even as they serve to create affordable rental homes primarily in neighborhoods of color. This inequity resulting from decades of discrimination and continued disinvestment calls for a solution to support for-profit development and/or management firms, owned by BIPOC or other historically marginalized groups, in the affordable housing industry looking to grow their pipelines and strengthen operations. This is especially critical given the tighter margins to developing and operating housing as a result of Covid-19.

To help address racial disparities in capital access within the affordable housing industry, Enterprise is pleased to launch Equitable Path Forward: New York Grants, a program designed to help for-profit NYS Affordable Housing Development and Management firms owned by BIPOC or other historically marginalized groups accelerate their development pipeline and fortify their development or property management infrastructure.

Through this initiative, Enterprise will provide grants of up to $450,000 to twelve management and/or development firms, owned by BIPOC or other historically marginalized groups, that focus on affordable housing in New York State.

The application deadline is May 28th, 2021, at 11:59 PM EST.  A pre-application conference will be held May 13th, 2021, at 2:00 PM EST. To register, please click here.

Please contact Camila Fernandez at cfernandez@enterprisecommunity.org with any questions.

Apply Here

Enterprise Resources

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, Enterprise New York is closely following the local, state and federal government’s policy response and guidance for affordable housing.

  • Housing Provider Resources: We are providing regular updates on resources for housing providers and residents on our website and on social media. View a list of Enterprise’s partner trainings and recorded webinars here.

Resilient Futures: View Enterprise’s Covid-19 resource hub here.

Multi-State and National Earthquake Assistance Grant – Notice of Funding Opportunity – Application period closes at 3pm Mountain time on June 15th

Multi-State and National Earthquake Assistance Grant – Notice of Funding Opportunity

Application period closes at 3pm Mountain time on June 15th

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Multistate and National Earthquake Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity has been posted to Grants.gov. A PDF can be viewed here.

Please do pass this along to potentially interested nonprofits and institutions of higher education. Please note that, at a minimum, a grantee would be providing earthquake mitigation support to 10-13 states (either an Eastern or Western “Region”), or the nation as a whole.

The application period closes at 3pm Mountain time on June 15th. Please see a list of eligible grant activities on pages 43-45.


May RMD News Flash Article Solicitation – Submissions Due by May 12, 2021

A Message to Risk Management Directorate Staff/Colleagues/Partners

On behalf of Vince Brown, this email serves as a request for articles to include in the May RMD National News Flash, to be published on May 25, 2021.

As a reminder, due to growing interest in our monthly News Flash and a desire to share and repurpose content for external audiences, the News Flash is now subject to External Affairs concurrence.

Please provide any topics and program updates that you wish to share with the broader Risk Management audience, and please follow the guidelines below for article submission. Additionally, if you know of any upcoming events you wish to be highlighted, please include them. For example, we would love to feature RMD accomplishments, achievements, best practices, and lessons learned as they relate to National Building Safety Month, National Dam Safety Day or National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 9-15).

For the News Flash, deadlines and requirements are as follows:


  • Please submit articles and/or event information for the May News Flash no later than Wednesday May 12, 2021.
    • Note that, due to a significant increase in monthly submissions, articles sent after the May 12th deadline may be added to next month’s queue.


  • Please ensure your articles are 2-3 paragraphs in length, focused on key takeaways or “soundbites,” and contain all necessary links to additional content or resources as needed.
  • Please include a creative title to capture the attention of readers.
  • Please include the author’s name and email address.
  • Please include a picture as a separate jpg/png and a brief caption with your article submission as needed. Please try and identify any people in the photo for the caption.
  • Please ensure that all definable acronyms are spelled out at first use.
  • Please be aware that due to the current number of articles the News Flash receives your article may be published in the next issue. If this happens, you will be notified by a member of the News Flash team.

Managing Communications

To add, remove, or update email addresses or to receive communications related to the News Flash, including topic solicitation emails, please contact Vincent Brown (Vincent.brown@fema.dhs.gov) copying Madison Ryon (mryon@hwcinc.com). If you are receiving this email, you are already on this distribution list. 

To manage your e-mail subscription to the RMD National News Flash, including       being added to the distribution list, please visit the GovDelivery site here.

Best regards,
– Vincent Brown

Vincent J. Brown
Senior Program Specialist | Data & Communications Branch
Risk Management Directorate | Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration |Resilience
C: (202) 365-5338 | O: (202) 646-2725

REGISTRATION OPEN: Southern California Earthquake Center: Workshop on Societal Shock Resilience, June 7-8 & 11, 2021


Southern California Earthquake Center: Workshop on Societal Shock Resilience, June 7-8 & 11, 2021

Please REGISTER to join us at the NSF Convergence Accelerator Program workshop on Societal Shock Resilience, to be held online June 7, 8, and 11 (9am-1pm PDT each day).

June 7 & 8: plenary and break-out sessions (up to 600 participants).

June 11: focused-group working meetings, we will select up to 50 participants (attendance to June 7 & 8 sessions is required).

Motivation. Extreme stressing events (“shocks”) such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, and pandemics disrupt societal functions at both local and (increasingly) national levels. Yet, resilience and adaptation tools that can confront the consequences of such shocks are still not implemented or even developed. This is mostly due to the lack of interaction and collaboration among the different communities involved in potential solutions.

Goals. In this workshop, we will gather input on what is needed to foster convergence that improves resilience in an impactful way within a few years. The workshop is supported by the NSF Convergence Accelerator Program and will bring together a multi-hazard, multi-disciplinary, and trans-disciplinary community to discuss and revise a proposed Societal Shock Resilience Framework that will most benefit from the NSF convergence approach. The goal will be to identify interactions and actionable pathways to “connect the silos” of the framework’s elements (society, shock, exposure, vulnerability, response, recovery, mitigation).

An open call to a broad community. we invite registrants that span a broad range of relevant expertise: hazard assessment (e.g., geoscience, climate science); ecologic, biological, and environmental science; engineering disciplines (civil, mechanical, electrical); mathematics and statistics modeling; computer science and software engineering, data science; social sciences (communication, education, urban planning, public policy, disaster management, public health, emergency response, and network analysis); economics and financial stress modeling. Experts from these disciplines also span a wide range of sectors including academia, government at all levels, and the private sector (for- and not-for-profit). In addition, stakeholders and communities depend on various entities for their resilience, which in turn span several sectors and multiple industries, the natural and built environments, energy and storage facilities, distributed infrastructure such as transportation and utilities, and communication systems. We are inviting stakeholders from these categories as well.

See our webpage for more details:

Register here:


Christine Goulet (USC)
Yousef Bozorgnia (UCLA)
Marco Tedesco (Columbia University)
Ellen Rathje (UT Austin)

Mitigation Minute (4-14-21) & TCR for Hurricane Isaias

Click here to view Mitigation Minute (4-14-21) as a PDF.

The NWS National Hurricane Center (NHC) has published the official Tropical Cyclone Report (TCR) for Hurricane Isaias. A TCR serves as the official meteorological record of each tropical cyclone that forms. They contain comprehensive information on each tropical cyclone, including synoptic history, meteorological statistics, casualties and damages, and the post-analysis best track (six-hourly positions and intensities). Impactful storms take longer to document and verify, hence the long wait for the Isaias TCR. Attached is the Isaias TCR. If you’re interested in TCRs from previous years, you can find them at: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/data/tcr/.


You’re Invited: “A Seismic Shift in Perception” on May 19! – 5/19/2021 @ 12:00-1:30 PM ET

Subject: You’re Invited: “A Seismic Shift in Perception” on May 19!

Good morning, all –

On Wednesday, May 19, FEMA’s Resilient Nation Partnership Network, in partnership with the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program(NEHRP), will be hosting a Resilience Exchange on seismic risk and we hope you can join us!

Titled A Seismic Shift in Perception: Taking Bold Steps to Mitigate Earthquake Risk,” this 1.5 hour virtual event will feature a powerhouse panel to explore the many facets of seismic risk, including:

  • How is earthquake risk perceived?
  • How can we finance activities that reduce earthquake impacts at the state, local, tribal, territorial, commercial and residential levels?
  • What barriers do we face implementing creative solutions for seismic retrofits?
  • How can we leverage collaborative partnerships to mitigate earthquake risk on a national scale?

This event will be moderated by Dr. David Applegate, Ph.D., Associate Director for Natural Hazards Exercising the Delegated Authority of the Director at the U.S. Geological Survey. Panelists will include:

  • Jessica Chappell, SE, Vice-Chair, Utah Seismic Safety Commission
  • Shelly Haack, Project Manager, Prosper Portland
  • Rong-Gong Lin II, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times (specializes in earthquake safety issues)
  • Mark Wilbert, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Charleston, S.C.

The event will take place from 12-1:30 PM ET and we invite you to partake in this robust discussion highlighting seismic risk on a national scale. For more information or to register, please click here or email us at FEMA-ResilientNation@fema.dhs.gov. Additionally, we welcome you to share this event with your colleagues and peers.

We hope to see you on May 19!

Jon Foster, CFM
Earthquake Program Manager | Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration | Resilience
Office: (202) 212-7852 | Mobile: (202) 717-1601
Federal Emergency Management Agency