Before the Storm: MDC's Emergency Preparedness Demonstration Connects Socially Vulnerable Communities with Help
Following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Isabel in 2003, FEMA launched the Emergency Preparedness Demonstration (EPD) to identify the challenges that prevent disadvantaged communities from being more aware of and better prepared for disasters. FEMA entered into a cooperative agreement with MDC to manage this project, in partnership with the University of North Carolina’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies and Texas A&M University’s Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center. Later, Congress asked MDC to expand the project to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. The EPD utilizes a community-based, participatory planning process aimed at building the capacity of disadvantaged individuals to work in partnership with the formal disaster awareness and recovery system.