Crisis Management Tools for Communities

Dealing with change is the primary responsibility of leaders, and local leaders accessing good tools makes that more manageable.

Unprecedented. Uncertainty. Right now and for the foreseeable future, adjust your budgeting.

Communicate with your Grantmakers and the Public

All disasters are local and require local leadership.

Every grant award requires progress reports and timelines to be met. A disaster, whether a weather event, health crisis or pandemic, or major business/industry change compels local leaders to examine what adjustments may be needed for government operations, communication with the public, and even identifying how to navigate these with state and federal agencies. Leadership has the responsibility to both stay informed and to inform, both to the public and to state and/or federal agencies and officials. Communication is critical, and observance of critical guidance matters to individuals, communities, businesses, regions, and economies. Documents below are intend to assist our communities in decision-making and practices that assist in meeting both obligations and responsibilities of local government.

Coronavirus guidance from OMB to Federal grantmakers:

AG opinion on modifications and compliance with Open Meetings Laws under emergency declarations:

Legislative Auditor’s guidance for public bodies and public meetings, including FAQ on public meetings and open meetings for essential actions

Refer to and observe guidance with state and Federal authorities to help you communicate effectively as the leadership within your own community:

KD’s summary of CDC guidance.

Focus on Critical Concerns

First thing is first. Lives matter. Government assists individuals, provides services and immediate relief, and cooperates with businesses, non-profits, and other governing entities to best help the community minimize impact, bounce back from various disasters, and proceed with recovery and improved resiliency. Good information helps our community leaders build their capacity, disseminate important public information, and guide collaborative and stakeholder responses and recovery.

PUBLICATION DOWNLOAD – Priorities During Disaster Response (FEMA, 2007):

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2007/06/06/priorities-during-disaster-response

Use your emergency operations plans and continuing to communicate with your peers, partners, and other leadership.

Use templates and other assistance through trusted sources to help you maintain governance structures and delivery of needed services in a manner that complies with emergency procurement and honors mutual aid agreements.

Coordinate with your partners and stakeholder leadership. Take note of how your community has been impacted. Document with photos, logs, timesheets, anecdotes, and date/time stamp. Stay connected and informed of your situation, and consider that recovery will take a lot of different forms and creative partnerships. Disasters take a toll on local capital in the private sector, and in the public sector. Familiarize yourself with what tools and resources you can marshal to relieve, recover, and rebound… for your community’s future.

Let us know how you are doing…and how we can help…and connect within your local and regional community to address both the needs and opportunities that emerge as we mitigate, rebound, and re-emerge as a resilient, and stronger community.

Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning & Development District will be reaching out to all local jurisdictions’ leadership and launching a Communities Connected effort. Quint Carriere may be contacted at quint@kdelta.org for any questions, comments, concerns, or assistance at this time.

CARES ACT ASSISTANCE LINKS

Notable Federal Funding in the CARES Act
• USDA-RD
– $20.5 million for Rural Business Cooperative Service (business and industry loans)
– $100 million in grants for ReConnect Program (rural broadband service)
– $25 million in grants for Distance Learning and Telemedicine
HUD
– $5 billion for the Community Development Fund, enabling additional HUD support
for CDBG
SBA
– Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans: $349 billion for loans for small
businesses/non-profits that maintain their payroll during COVID-19
• DOL – ETA
– $360 million for training and supportive services for dislocated workers
• DOT – FTA
– $25 billion for public transportation operations, maintenance, capital, and
administrative expenses
• HHS – HRSA
– $275 million for HRSA, including $185 million to support rural critical access
hospitals and rural and tribal health and telehealth programs

USDA COVID-19 FEDERAL RURAL RESOURCE GUIDE

https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/USDA_COVID-19_Fed_Rural_Resource_Guide.pdf

Meals For Kids – Interactive Map showing food program assistance for school-aged children.

https://usda-fns.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=789a7a56a07f4e3dab873fd8c2918f9a

OTHER ASSISTANCE LINKS

USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants

National League of Cities guide…

https://www.nlc.org/sites/default/files/users/user52651/Summary%20CARES%20Act%20FINAL.pdf?_ga=2.257501070.468553704.1589695374-1134305742.1589695374

NACO Federal Policy Guide & Resources for COVID-19

https://www.naco.org/covid19/federal-advocacy

NACO Analysis of the CARES Act

https://www.naco.org/sites/default/files/documents/NACo_Analysis_CARES%20Act.pdf

National Association of Regional Councils – CARES Act guide to funding/assistance

https://regionslead.org/narc-analysis-cares-act/