On September 15, USDA Rural Development (RD) announced the launch of a new resource guide to help rural communities seeking disaster resiliency and recovery assistance. This resource guide outlines RD programs, services and information on technical assistance for rural preparedness and recovery. This guide seeks to strengthen local resiliency, provide resources that help build capacity to identify and manage risks to minimize the impact of disasters on residents and businesses.
USDA RD’s disaster resiliency and recovery guide provides a matrix categorizing RD programs by the following four key assistance types:
- Community and Economic Development Planning and Housing
- Infrastructure and Equipment including wastewater systems, broadband, and healthcare
- Local Business Development
- Education and Training
The resource guide tailors the programs in these four areas to different customer types such as rural businesses and individuals, public entities including counties, nonprofit organizations and cooperatives, and higher education institutions like community colleges, technical institutes and vocational schools. Additionally, USDA RD has outlined specific technical assistance providers and federal agencies that they have partnered with for disaster assistance. To learn more about RD’s Disaster Assistance, click here.