Wednesday, March 5, 2014
In the aftermath of major storms such as Sandy and Katrina in the United States and the ravages of earthquakes, tornados, typhoons, tsunamis, and other natural disasters worldwide, the Section of State and Local Government Law (SLG) invites participation in a new program to address planning for resilience in anticipation of disasters, to include impacts on property rights, land use, development, public health, emergency management, and respective public and private sector roles and responsibilities.
SLG will sponsor and lead this initiative. We anticipate that this will be an interdisciplinary program across the ABA and will also involve related organizations such as IMLA and APA. Our goal is to develop education and outreach through a series of programs, presentations, and publications.
At the Section Council meeting in Santa Fe in October 2013, we developed an informal working group, including Ernie Abbott, Lai Sun Yee, Ed Thomas, Anita Miller, Rob Thomas, and Erica Levine Powers, and SLG Chair Andy Gowder (ex officio), to brainstorm these issues and report back to the Council at the 2014 Spring Meeting in Ashville, North Carolina.
If you would like to join our effort, please contact Tamara Edmonds-Askew, Tamara.EdmondsAskew@americanbar.org, so she can set up a working group conference call early in 2014.
Stephen R. Miller