From 2011 – 2013, Kentucky experienced flooding and severe storms, including tornadoes that resulted in three presidentially declared disasters. These disasters caused significant damages to infrastructure and housing that impacted vulnerable populations across the Commonwealth. Rebuilding efforts from these disasters has been partially successful but unmet needs still remain. Based on the federal disaster declarations, Kentucky is an eligible applicant for the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) initiative introduced by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in September 2014. Approximately $820 million is available for 67 eligible applicants across the nation through Community Development Block Grant’s disaster recovery funds from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013.
The Division of Water (DOW) has partnered with the Department for Local Government (DLG) and Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) to prepare the Commonwealth’s application for the NDRC. The competition has two phases; Phase 1 requires applicants to prove they have the capacity to manage resilience-based programs and to identify unmet needs in most impacted and distressed areas from the applicable disasters. If the Commonwealth is invited by HUD to participate in Phase 2, additional stakeholder collaboration and cross-disciplinary planning efforts to will be undertaken to address resilience-based needs. The Phase 2 applications are due to HUD in October 2015. DOW, DLG, and KYEM have prepared the Phase 1 application for the NDRC and are requesting feedback during a 15-day public comment period beginning on March 9, 2015. The draft Phase 1 application can be viewed here: http://water.ky.gov/Pages/PublicNotices.aspx.
The NDRC creates a unique opportunity for Kentucky stakeholders to collaborate across various disciplines to enhance the resilience of the Commonwealth. The goals of the NDRC are to provide technical assistance and capacity building in support of developing NDRC projects, and to grow resilience planning capacity in leaders and governments across the state to help communities better understand the innovation, broad commitment, and multi-faceted approach that is required to build a more resilient future. Many efforts to enhance the resilience of the Commonwealth are currently underway. The Commonwealth’s focus for the NDRC will be to enhance the overall economic and disaster resilience of the Commonwealth by leveraging efforts from the following initiatives:
- Council for Community Recovery and Resilience (CCRR)
- Community Hazard Assessment and Mitigation Planning System (CHAMPS)
- Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR)
- Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
- Other applicable ongoing efforts
For more information regarding the National Disaster Resilience Competition, visit https://www.hudexchange.info/cdbg-dr/resilient-recovery/. For information regarding DOW’s role and resources available for this initiative, visit http://water.ky.gov. Please contact Carey Johnson at Carey.Johnson@ky.gov to provide comments to the Commonwealth’s Phase 1 NDRC application.