In 2014, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), a competitive grant program designed to help communities improve their ability to withstand and recover more quickly from disasters.
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National Disaster Resilience Competition Resilien-Seeds
The National Disaster Resilience Competition
In 2014, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), a competitive grant program designed to help communities improve their ability to withstand and recover more quickly from disasters. Through the NDRC, HUD is making $1 billion of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds available for states that experienced Presidentially Declared Major Disasters between 2011 and 2013.
The intent of this competition is to encourage new approaches to disaster recovery that focuses on strengthening long-term resilience to the impacts of disasters, rather than on simply rebuilding. This application presents a special opportunity to progress the District of Columbia’s ability to not only survive, but thrive when disaster incidents occur, institutionalizing resilience philosophy throughout the fabric of the urban environment.
The Resilien-Seeds Program
Recognizing that resilience is a continuous process incorporated throughout a comprehensive emergency management program, the District has created the Resilien-Seeds program to take advantage of this unique grant competition. Resilien-Seeds will augment the District Preparedness System by creating a public-private collaboration that will examine unique community vulnerabilities, build consensus on preferred mitigation tactics, and execute infrastructure, social, and economic development projects to create a more capable and self-sufficient community. Resilen-Seeds features five operational objectives:
Sustained engagement, community empowerment, and open dialogue
Joint education (risk education, shared responsibility, community resources/assets, community sensitivities/stresses and values)
The competition consists of two phases: Phase 1, which is open to all states, commonwealths, and local jurisdiction that experienced a presidentially-declared disaster between 2001 and 2013, and Phase 2, which is invitation only.
Phase 1: Framing Unmet Recovery Needs, Vulnerabilities and Community Development Objectives
Phase 1 is intended to spur innovative thinking in framing a comprehensive approach, or strategic framework to enhance resiliency. The Phase 1 application, due to HUD on March 27, 2015, must address HUD’s national objectives while also accounting for principles of the competition—most notably community engagement and benefit to vulnerable populations. Once the applications are submitted, HUD will evaluate them and divide them into three categories which will be announced in June 2015:
Applications that did not meet the application requirements will not receive any funding;
Applications that met the requirements, but were not chosen to compete in the next phase, who will receive between $500,000 and $2.5 million to implement the program, but no project funding; and
Applicants invited to participate in Phase 2.
Phase 2: From Framing to Implementation
Phase 2 aims to implement resilience-enhancing disaster recovery or revitalization projects. Phase 2 opens for selected jurisdictions in August 2015 with specific project plans and proposals due October 2015 for HUD approval and funding. Projects that are approved will receive between $1 million and $500 million in implementation funding.
NOTE: The District application link is available at the end of the page.
The District's Planning Teams
The Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) is coordinating the District wide Phase 1 proposal, with a Core Planning Team and a Collaborative Planning Team.
Core Planning Team: The Core Planning team includes HSEMA, District Department of the Environment, Office of Planning, Department of General Services, and Department of Health.
Collaborative Planning Team: The Collaborative Planning team includes the Core Planning Team members and the following District, Federal, and Regional partners:
- DC BID Council
- National Capital Planning Commission
- DC National Guard
- Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions
- DC Office on Aging
- Office of Chief Financial Officer
- Department of Disability Services
- Office of Disability Rights
- Department of General Services
- Office of Latino Affairs
- Department of Human Services
- Office of the City Administrator
- Department of Public Works
- Office of Unified Communication
- Department of Transportation
- Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services
- Serve DC
- Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- U.S. General Services Administration
- Joint Forces Headquarters-National Capital Region
- U.S. National Park Service
- Mayor’s Office of Budget and Finance
- Washington Area Transit Authority
- Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
- Water and Sewer Authority
Completed Resilien-Seeds Planning Work
In order to prepare the Phase 1 application, the Core Planning Team has been meeting every Friday and the Collaborative Planning Team has been meeting every Monday to analyze data from previous disasters (e.g. floods, severe storms, etc.) and better define the barriers to resilience, such as aging infrastructure, changing demographics, and affordable housing. By conducting a comprehensive disaster analysis and combining it with information gathered from community engagement, the District will identify the most vulnerable populations and find creative solutions to increase survivability. In addition to this in depth analysis, the Planning Teams have developed the governance structure, goals and objectives for Resilien-Seeds.
The Planning Teams have also achieved the following milestones:
November 3, 2014 – Submitted the District of Columbia’s letter of intent to apply for the NDRC.
January 26-28, 2015 – Attended the Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Academy.
February 18, 2015 – Conducted a meeting on the Phase 1 application and the Resilien-Seeds program that was open to the entire District community.
February 20, 2015 – Developed the initial Phase 1 application draft.
March 6, 2015 – Developed and reviewed second draft of Phase 1 application.
Should the District Phase 1 application be scored favorably and present an attractive innovative approach concept, we will be selected to participate in the invitational Phase 2. Funding awarded as part Phase 2 will support the implementation of projects resulting from the Resilien-Seeds program. If invited to participate, Resilien-Seeds will leverage specific existing District programs and capabilities to facilitate the development of technically feasible, environmentally sound, and cost effective projects. The planning teams are considering both the Anacostia River Tunnel Project and the District of Columbia Power Line Undergrounding Project as potential Resilien-Seeds project proposals.
If you have any questions about the NDRC or Resilien-Seeds, please contact Donte Lucas at email@example.com (202) 481-3058.