HUD Prepares Housing Providers for Disaster Season

With the start of tornado, wildfire, and flood season, HUD has reminded subsidized housing communities of their responsibilities for both properties and residents in the event of a disaster.

According to HUD’s message, properties should have a disaster plan that includes reporting any physical damage to a property interior or exterior to HUD and keeps track of displaced residents. HUD regional offices have also encouraged housing providers to update their emergency plans to reflect residents' shelter, transportation, medical, and communication needs, among other considerations. In its disaster preparedness communications, HUD emphasized that housing providers should continue to consider the effects of COVID-19 on disaster response and recovery. HUD referred housing providers to FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which published operational guidance for the second "dual disaster" season in a row and is hosting upcoming webinars on emergency management.

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