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When Disaster Strikes: Risk, Mitigation Strategies, and Recovery

We have seen increased and unprecedented severe and frequent natural disasters over the past few decades. Recent memorable disasters spurred a massive economic response and has required coordinated efforts among community organizations, federal and state governments, the mortgage servicing and insurance industries, and consumers.

The Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center, in collaboration with CoreLogic, will offer analysis on the deadly and destructive hazards the United States and its territories have recently endured and highlight policy outcomes being discussed and implemented. This seminar will explore how industry and government manage disaster-related risk and will explore ideas for sustainable changes to disaster response. Through the prism of recent disasters, what did we learn and what best practices can be brought to bear by industry, government, and communities in a coordinated way to prepare for and recover from disasters? The US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the government-sponsored enterprises made policy changes in the wake of recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Will these help?



  • Amanda Edwards, At-Large Councilmember, City of Houston
  • Fiona Greig, Director of Consumer Research, JPMorgan Chase Institute
  • Andrew Huff, Federal Affairs Director, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
  • Howard Kunst, Chief Actuary, Science and Analytics, CoreLogic
  • Sara Singhas, Associate Regulatory Counsel, Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Alanna McCargo, Vice President, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute (moderator)

Check-in and a networking reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.
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Date & Time Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Urban Institute 2100 M St. NW
5th floor
Washington , DC , 20037
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