Emergency Management

Emergency Management

Keep Safe America: Building a Safe and Resilient Nation

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Our Goal: Affordable Housing Across the Nation, and the households that shelter, will have resources to adapt to and mitigate risks from natural hazards.

In the past decade, hundreds of thousands of affordable homes across the nation have been lost from floods, tornadoes, fires and hurricanes, rendering them temporarily uninhabitable or unsafe. Millions more affordable homes are at substantial risk for damage and destruction as risk and rate of natural hazards increase in scope and intensity.  No two disasters are alike, but the people whose lives and homes are affected all need the same thing – a safe and secure Home and Future.

The chaos and instability created by natural disasters coupled with the complicated web of overlapping laws, agencies, funding sources, and requirements, make an equitable recovery difficult to achieve. In fact, disasters almost always exacerbate existing inequalities.

Enterprise builds and preserves resilient housing and communities connected to opportunity. When natural disaster’s like Hurricanes, Floods and Fires struck, we are there – helping communities recover and build back stronger housing and ensure continuity of services.

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, and a poorly managed response can put property and lives at risk. This Toolkit equips multifamily affordable building owners & managers with a plan to address crisis.

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What's New

Coming Early 2021

Keep Safe Miami, 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’ Emergency Management program seeks to strengthen affordable housing and vulnerable communities, and equip organizations so that they are better prepared for, and able to 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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Supporting Residents and Communities During Record Setting Wildfires

California has previously dealt with fires, but the devastation during a public health crisis makes it even more difficult to ensure the safety of people who have lost their homes and have been evacuated.
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Journey’s End: A Community Begins to Rebuild after the 2017 Tubbs Fire

Enterprise Community Loan Fund recently provided a $2.2 million predevelopment loan to a Sonoma County nonprofit to redevelop a former mobile home park destroyed into a compact, sustainable and transit-oriented development.
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