Emergency Management

Emergency Management

Keep Safe America: Building a Safe and Resilient Nation

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Our goal is for affordable homes across the nation to have access to the resources they need to alleviate and lessen the risks of natural disasters.

In the past decade, hundreds of thousands of affordable homes across the nation have been impacted by floods, tornadoes, fires, and hurricanes. Natural hazards have made homes temporarily uninhabitable or unsafe to live. No two disasters are the same, but the people whose lives are impacted all need the same thing – a safe and secure home and future.

There are many complicated hurdles to overcome that are amplified by natural disasters that make recovery difficult to achieve. From overlapping laws and sources of funding, to different agencies and competing priorities, disasters make the road to equity even more difficult.

Enterprise builds and preserves resilient housing and communities connected to opportunity. When natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, and fires strike, we are there – helping communities recover and build back stronger housing and safer communities.

Our Keep Safe Emergency Management Lifecycle provides communities and partners the tools to prepare for and navigate disasters.

Stay connected with Enterprise and join our efforts to make homes and communities stronger, more equitable and better prepared in the face of disaster.

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What's New

Business Continuity Toolkit for Affordable Housing Organizations

Disaster can strike at any time, putting the lives of people and their homes at risk. This is why it’s important that multifamily affordable building owners have a plan to address impending crises. Check out our Business Continuity Toolkit to prevent, prepare and respond to natural hazards.

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What's New

A new program developed by Enterprise Community Partners and the City of Miami, will equip affordable housing owners and operators with the ability to assess their buildings' resilience to climate change and natural disasters.

With easy-to use online tools and guides, owners and operators will be able to discover the vulnerabilities of their portfolio and properties, build a plan to make enhancements, and learn to access capital to turn their plan into action.

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What's New

2020 Green Communities Criteria

The 2020 Criteria is the latest version of the guidelines, first introduced in 2005. Updates include a Path to Zero Energy, new water-quality standards, and a new approach to affordable housing in rural areas, tribal communities and small towns. Join us on this journey as we adapt to a changing climate, promote health and well-being and build a more equitable future.

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Keep Safe: Virtual Training Series on Climate Safe Homes

Join a team of leaders from across Puerto Rico to introduce attendees to the sequence of steps necessary for resilient home design, construction and operation before during and after an extreme weather event. Available simultaneously in Spanish and English, the six-series training program will highlight best practices in the areas of: site fortification, building protection, passive habitability, water and energy management, community preparedness and more.

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Enterprise supports housing and communities in the four phases of the disaster lifecycle

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Mitigate Risk
Understand risk, fortify your home/property, build capacity, and update operational guidelines.

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Get Ready for Impact
Update readiness plans, pack a “Go Bag”, ensure back up systems are in place and align communications.

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Disaster Strikes
Execute readiness plans, understand & apply for relief, and check on safety of staff and buildings' condition.

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Build Better
Ensure equitable recovery, utilize best building practices, and draw from the inherent strength in communities.

A Minute with Laurie Schoeman: Hurricane Season

Homes and communities nationwide shouldn’t have to brace and hope for the best before each weather-related event. Enterprise’s Laurie Schoeman shares how we help neighborhoods be prepared. 

Hurricane Season
A Minute with Laurie Schoeman: Hurricane Season
How We Help

When we work with communities to rebuild homes, we also ensure resilient futures. Enterprise’s Emergency Management program seeks to strengthen affordable housing and vulnerable communities and prepare organizations so that they can prepare and respond to extreme weather events and emergencies.

We work collaboratively with our partners and the communities they serve, tailoring our services to the unique challenges and opportunities wherever we work.

  • Navigate federal regulatory requirements: We bring technical expertise and knowledge of federal agencies and programs like CDBG-DR, New Markets Tax Credits, etc.
  • Streamlined implementation: Our extensive experience working with HUD and other funders ensures programs move forward effectively and recovery and rebuilding proceed on schedule.
  • Tailored strategies: Our teams comprehensively assess communities’ specific mid- and long-term disaster recovery needs.
  • Continuum of services: We deliver best practices and insights at each stage of a community’s recovery and rebuilding efforts.
  • Enhanced local capacity: We focus on the long-term sustainability of affordable housing and community development systems and networks.

Our work on the ground, in your community

Our experienced policy team helps:

  • Highlight the need for dedicated technical assistance and capacity building for governments and nonprofits receiving federal funds and interfacing with federal rebuilding programs
  • Develop and share best practices on the administration of federal funds
  • Advocate for smarter standards to ensure the billions of dollars spent on rebuilding will not put people, property and taxpayer dollars at risk from future natural events.
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The American Jobs Plan Calls for Climate-Resilient Housing

On May 26, the Biden-Harris Administration released a fact sheet detailing the Biden-Harris Administration’s American Jobs Plan’s proposed housing investments. The American Jobs Plan calls for pairing $213 billion in direct funding with more than $100 billion in new and expanded tax credits, an investment that is expected to produce, preserve and retrofit more than two million affordable and sustainable homes across the U.S. Through the proposal, the Administration is also investing in communities in advance of natural hazards to mitigate the impacts of climate induced disasters and the damage to the economy, properties and people.
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Enterprise Submits Comments to FHFA RFI on Climate Risk

On April 19, Enterprise submitted comments to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Request for Input (RFI) on the current and future climate and natural disaster risk to the housing finance system and to the regulated entities: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) and the Federal Home Loan Banks (the FHLBanks).
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Enterprise Testifies on Federal and California Legislation 

Last week, Enterprise provided testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives and the California State Legislature on affordable housing as infrastructure, acquisition-rehabilitation and disaster recovery.
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