Monday, November 22, 2021

"Localizing the Sendai Framework for DRR through training of trainers and city-to-city learning". Wednesday, November 24th, 11:30-13:00 CET \ 5:30AM ET



Dear MCR2030 community,

In the framework of this week's European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, we would like to invite you to join us for a Learning Lab on Wednesday, November 24th, 11:30-13:00 CET, entitled "Localizing the Sendai Framework for DRR through training of trainers and city-to-city learning".

The session will engage participants in one of our Resilience Learning Modules’ dynamics to reflect on local/regional preparation, response, and recovery strategies, followed by a panel discussion around concrete cases including the recent floods in Dortmund (Germany) and other cities in the country, the ongoing volcano eruption in the La Palma (Spain), and build back better initiatives in Dondo (Mozambique). 

It will showcase the value of partnership-driven resilience capacity building that promotes learning and knowledge exchange among local and regional governments, furthering the localization of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and efforts towards Making Cities Resilient.

More information about the session is available here: 

*The link to connect will be available to EFDRR registered participants in the coming days.

*Interpretation in English and Portuguese will be provided.


We hope to see you there.

Best regards,



Juan Carlos Uribe Vega

UCLG World Secretariat Barcelona |  |    




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Underserved communities that are most vulnerable, and the Infrastructure Deal for Community Mitigation Investments. November 2021


Infrastructure Deal Provides FEMA Billions for Community Mitigation Investments

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November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON -- President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act today. The legislation takes decisive action, allowing $1.2 trillion to tackle the climate crisis and strengthen the nation’s resilience, including underserved communities that are most vulnerable.

The threat from climate change cannot be overstated and this Act provides $6.8 billion that FEMA will invest in communitywide mitigation to reduce disaster suffering and avoid future disaster costs in the face of more frequent and severe events arising from wildfires and droughts to hurricanes, tornados and floods. 

“The pace and severity of natural disasters in this country are undeniably increasing. The resources required to respond and recover from these events requires bold action from across the federal government,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.

“The bipartisan infrastructure deal provides FEMA an additional $6.8 billion to continue to address climate change through mitigation projects and establishes a new Cybersecurity Grant program. These resources will greatly assist in our Agency’s rigorous efforts to help communities build resilience and bolster their preparedness for future events.”

These funds are complementing previous award programs that FEMA has amplified to make the nation more resilient. In August 2021,  FEMA committed $3.46 billion through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program across the 59 major disaster declarations issued due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. FEMA also committed $1.16 billion earlier this year for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities and Flood Mitigation Assistance grant programs in the Fiscal Year 2021 application cycle.

In line with the White House’s Justice40 Initiative created by the Executive Order 14008 in January 2021, these investments will advance environmental justice, reduce community disaster vulnerability, promote individual and community safety and strengthen our ability as a nation to adapt to changing conditions.


FEMA is establishing guidelines to access this significant influx of funding and looking forward to collaborating and supporting state, local, tribal and territorial partners to implement this additional funding.

The Act enables FEMA to take action now so that individuals and communities will be better positioned to adapt to climate change and recover more quickly. The impacts are alarming, and the suffering of those impacted by a disaster is devastating, especially for socially vulnerable populations who are disproportionately affected. This Act supports FEMA’s focus and commitment to help make disadvantaged communities more resilient.

The threat from climate change cannot be overstated and this Act will fund mitigation actions that will directly impact the future. We must move away from incremental mitigation measures and focus on system-wide critical lifelines and large projects that protect infrastructure and community systems. Mitigation actions and more resilient infrastructure means communities will be safer from the impacts.

Flood Mitigation Assistance

FEMA makes federal funds available through the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program to states, local communities, tribes and territories to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program.

The Act provides $3.5 billion in Flood Mitigation Assistance grants over five years -- $700 million per year, for Fiscal Years 2022 – 2026.  In previous years, the annual grant cycle for the Flood Mitigation Assistance program ranged from $150-$200 million a year. The Act more than triples the amount available for future flood mitigation.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) supports states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards.

The Act provides $1 billion over five years, which is in addition to the funding FEMA provides through setting aside up to 6% of the assistance the agency provides following major disaster declarations through the Public Assistance and Individuals and Households Program. The funding is based off an estimated 180 days after each declaration and does not include funding made available through the Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs.

Dam Safety

Dams play a vital role in the nation’s overall infrastructure. They contribute to the economic development of the United States and to the social welfare of the American public.  For the next five years, $733 million is awarded to FEMA in dam safety grants to states and territories to enhance dam safety and rehabilitate or remove aging dams.

Safeguarding Tomorrow Through Ongoing Risk Mitigation (STORM) Act

The STORM Act was signed into law on Jan. 1, 2021 and authorizes FEMA to provide capitalization grants to states or eligible tribal governments to establish revolving loan funds to provide hazard mitigation assistance to local governments to reduce risks to disasters and natural hazards.

The Infrastructure Act provides $500 million to the STORM Act, or $100 million per year for five years. This new FEMA grant program may finance water, wastewater, infrastructure, disaster recovery, community and small business development projects.

Cyber Security

The Biden administration also recognizes strong cyber security practices are needed to support states, local communities, tribes and territories.  The Act provides $1 billion over the next four years in a whole-of-nation effort to combat cyber threats and enhance cybersecurity grant programs.

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Operation Allies Welcome Announces Departure and Resettlement of Last Afghan Nationals from Fort Lee, Virginia



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Operation Allies Welcome Announces Departure and Resettlement of Last Afghan Nationals from Fort Lee, Virginia

WASHINGTON — Today, Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) resettled the last group of Afghan nationals from Fort Lee, Virginia, the first of eight Department of Defense (DOD) installations established to temporarily house vulnerable Afghans, including those who are Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants. To date, more than 25,000 Afghan evacuees have been resettled in communities across our country. These resettlement efforts are led by the Department of State in close coordination with more than 200 local resettlement affiliates across the United States.

“This historic milestone highlights the ongoing commitment and perseverance we have witnessed to safely welcome our Afghan allies to the United States through a whole-of-society effort,” said Robert J. Fenton, Jr., Senior Response Official for Operation Allies Welcome. “As we complete operations at Fort Lee, we are incredibly proud of the collaboration that has led to the resettlement of more than 25,000 vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked on behalf of the United States, into local communities across our country.”

DOD continues to provide temporary housing facilities for the remaining approximately 45,000 vulnerable Afghans who are in the process of completing their resettlement while at the following seven military installations: Camp Atterbury, Indiana; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Pickett, Virginia; Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia; and Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. While on these installations, Afghan evacuees have access to a range of services, including medical care and resettlement services, and they can apply for work authorization.

“Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Guardians have given – and continue to give – steadfast support as part of Operation Allies Welcome,” said U.S. Air Force Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, U.S. Northern Command commander. “Last summer, Fort Lee was the first of eight DOD installations to welcome Afghans as they underwent the resettlement process, and today the task force at Fort Lee is the first to bid farewell to the Afghans as they proceed on to their lives in America.”

Prior to entering the United States, Afghan evacuees must successfully complete a rigorous, multi-layered screening and vetting process that includes biometric and biographic screenings conducted by intelligence, law enforcement, and counterterrorism professionals from the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and other Intelligence Community partners. Afghan evacuees also receive critical vaccinations – which include measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), varicella, polio, COVID-19, and others – as a condition of their humanitarian parole. All OAW arrivals are tested for COVID-19.

Those who are interested in supporting the resettlement of vulnerable Afghans can go to to learn more about how to get involved. Welcome.US is a national non-profit initiative to welcome and support Afghan nationals as they rebuild their lives in communities across America. Groups of individuals and community organizations can also apply to form a sponsor circle to directly support arriving Afghan evacuees. For more information on the Sponsor Circle Program and to learn how to apply to form a sponsor circle, visit

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Operation Allies Welcome is the coordinated effort across the federal government to support and resettle vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked on behalf of the United States.  For more information, visit

Save the Date: Women Entrepreneurs: How to Start a Business (French Event)


Join Mayor Bowser and the Mayor's Office on African Affairs in partnership with the DC Women's Business Center, U.S. Small Business Business Administration, National Community Reinvestment Coalition and M & T Bank for a French webinar on How to Start a Business for Women Entrepreneurs.

*This event will be entirely in French.

When: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Where: Virtual 

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