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Jul 25, 2022

In episode 167, Doug Parsons hosts Francisco Sanchez Jr., Associate Administrator for the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Francisco shares what is the office of disaster assistance. We also discuss how climate change is requiring them to evolve their mission. SBA is actually a major funder of disaster preparedness, an increasingly important part of any adaptation response for communities. We also learn about Francisco’s previous experiences doing similar disaster work in Houston, Texas. He has some riveting stories as the city was preparing for Hurricane Harvey to make landfall. It’s a great episode and you get to hear how a federal agency is stepping up on the issue of climate change.

Topics covered:

  • What is the role of SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance
  • How is the Office evolving factoring in climate change.
  • What are some federal policies that make it hard to provide disaster assistance.
  • Learn why disaster preparedness is a key pillar of climate adaptation.
  • Learn how remarkable a storm event Hurricane Harvey in Houston was.
  • See how the city of Houston prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Harvey.
  • “Recovery has to be tied to resilience.”
  • “People are seeing forecasts that they could have never imagined before.”
  • “Don’t fight the Scenario.”

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