Tracking Florida's Recovery
Communities impacted by large-scale disaster events are often faced with the incredible challenge of strategizing long-term recovery solutions with very limited access to impact data. With more than two decades of experience in assisting federal, state, and local governments with long-term recovery planning, the Community Services team at Witt O’Brien’s developed this Hurricane Ian Recovery dashboard as a tool to assist local government leaders’ decision-making by providing pertinent pre-storm baseline community attributes alongside recovery assistance data.
This powerful and dynamic tool can be used to understand disproportionate impacts on households both at the County and City level, and provides information on community characteristics including housing type, income level, social vulnerability, and primary/secondary education enrollment. The dashboard leverages FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA), Individual Assistance (IA), and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) databases which are refreshed by FEMA weekly.
Witt O’Brien’s dashboard tool—and the data powering it—is publicly available and will provide federal, state, and local government officials with access to Hurricane Ian impact and recovery information, enabling them to better coordinate many facets of short-term and long-term recovery. By comparing relevant information on PA, IA, and NFIP against baseline community characteristics, recovery coordinators can better understand likely assistance gaps and unmet needs that may require additional solutions.
While the data represented is currently refreshed on a weekly basis, our policy and research team continue to build data-sharing relationships with multiple parties to better project economic impacts, infrastructure redevelopment, and potential implications to the state insurance industry.
About the Hurricane Ian Dashboard Development Team:
Matthew Erchull is a Managing Director at Witt O’Brien’s and leads their Community Services practice. Prior to joining Witt O’Brien’s, he served as the Director of Research and Strategic Analysis for New York State’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy. He is a recognized HUD CDBG-DR technical assistance provider and has helped develop long-term recovery action plans in California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).
Carolina Van Horn is a Manager for Witt O’Brien’s Community Services practice. She has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver. She has led long-term community recovery planning in California and the USVI leveraging HUD-allocated CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT funding. Prior to joining Witt O’Brien’s, Carolina served as a Flood Recovery Project Manager for Boulder County, Colorado, and Planner for the Adams County, Colorado’s Office of Long-Range Strategic Planning.