Posted by: Public Affairs
It has been a year of deadly and destructive tornadoes across the United States. Unfortunately, the active weather has put many communities – Joplin, Mo.; Cordova, Ala.; Smithville, Miss., just to name a few – in the similar situation of dealing with overwhelming damage and tragic loss of life. But they are not alone.
Last week, several communities that were impacted by tornadoes this year participated in a FEMA-organized, sustainability workshop in Greensburg, Kan. (read a recap of the workshop from Deb Ingram, Assistant Administrator, Recovery). Four years ago, in 2007, an EF-5 tornado destroyed more than 90 percent of the small town in just a matter of minutes. At the conference, Greensburg community leaders were eager to share their story of dramatic recovery and provide insight to the questions and challenges that may lie ahead for recovering communities.
The video below highlights the integral relationships that are already being formed through FEMA’s Long-Term Community Recovery program as several cities across the country work towards rebuilding.