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The Mission is to support and build recovery capabilities and community planning resources of state, local and Tribal governments that are needed to effectively plan for, manage and implement resiliency measures for community disaster recovery activities.

  • Co-Chair April Capone, Office of Policy and Management
  • Co-Chair Mike Muszynski, CT Conference of Municipalities
  • Tessa Gutowski, Div. of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
  • Gary Pescosolido, Dept. of Education
  • Carla Feroni, Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection
  • Brian Thompson, Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection
  • TBD, Region 1 Long-Term Recovery Coordinator
  • Bill Richards, Region 2 Long-Term Recovery Coordinator
  • TBD, Region 3 Long-Term Recovery Coordinator
  • TBD, Region 4 Long-Term Recovery Coordinator
  • Martin Connor, Region 5 Long-Term Recovery Coordinator
  • TBD, Region 6 Long-Term Recovery Coordinator
  • TBD, CT Association of Regional Planning Organizations
  • Dan Forest, State Historic Preservation Organization
  • Matt Knickerbocker, Council of Small Towns
  • Erron Smith, CT Economic Resources Center
  • Ed Sarabia, Mohegan/Pequot
  • Alicia Woodsby, Partnership for Strong Communities
  • Jeff Bolton, Division of Construction Services
  • TBD, College/Universities
  • John E. McCahill, CT Association of Zoning Enforcement Officers
  • Chris Wood, CT Chapter of American Planning Association
  • Bonnie Stewart, CBIA
  • Kim Barrows, CT Association of Zoning Enforcement Officers
  • Laurie Whitten, CT Association of Zoning Enforcement Officers
  • John Simone, CT Main Street Center
  • Jonathan Best, Department of Public Health

  • Integrates mitigation, recovery and other pre-disaster plans and activities into state and local, community-wide planning and development activities, such as comprehensive plans, land use plans, economic development plans, affordable housing plans, zoning regulations and municipal ordinances and other development regulations through technical assistance.

  • Coordinates the provision of resources of federal, state, local and non-governmental agencies for recovery planning technical assistance and to support recovery and capacity needs in a variety of government functional areas (e.g., city management, financial management, hazard mitigation and risk assessment, project management, damage assessment, building inspection and permitting); coordinates resources to address other skill sets that communities often lack capacity after large-scale and catastrophic disasters.

  • Develops multidisciplinary planning and recovery tools and best practices, such as a Land Suitability Tool, Communications Mapping Tool, Decision Making, Project Development and Resource Guides, [and CT developed tools – DEEP].

  • Promotes resiliency measures and enhances coordination of programs that build local leadership capacity, community member involvement, partnerships and education on disaster preparedness for recovery.

  • Identifies and leverages programs that assist communities to prepare, collect and analyze relevant existing and future data necessary to plan and manage complex disaster recovery by leveraging community resiliency programs within the state university system.

  • Coordinates educational and cross-training opportunities for key participants in community recovery planning and capacity support including, but not limited to: emergency managers; town and city managers; planning, economic development, building, public health, fire marshals and other state and local officials; and nonprofit and private sector partners for recovery.

  • Develops pre-disaster partnerships with other institutions, such as universities, professional associations, and nongovernmental organizations, in order to facilitate recovery capacity-building activities and expansion of resources available to communities after a disaster for planning and decision making.

  • Advocates for the application and treatment of hazard mitigation and sustainability principles in recovery planning efforts.  Such as greater awareness of FEMA’s community rating system.

  • Aids local and tribal governments in identifying and integrating the considerations of all affected stakeholders, including vulnerable populations, persons with disabilities, and individuals with limited English proficiency into the public sector recovery plans and decision making process.

  • Provides technical assistance and planning support to aid all levels of government to integrate sustainability principles, such as adaptive re-use of historic properties, mitigation considerations, smart growth principles and sound land use into recovery decision making and planning during the post-disaster period.

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