In 2021 almost one in three Americans experienced a weather related disaster. The aftermath of these disasters disproportionately devastate marginalized communities, and government aid programs like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reportedly favor white, rich people most. However, making public interest lawyers available to at-risk communities can help folks become prepared to respond to disasters before they occur and assist them in the aftermath.
In this podcast disaster resilience and preparation specialist Linda Anderson Stanley, Senior Program Manager at Equal Justice Works, shares how public interest lawyers are contributing to disaster preparedness and recovery efforts in communities across the country.
You can find more information about their fellowship program at Equal Justice Works (EJW) which has worked to build a pipeline of public interest lawyers, including through its Disaster Resilience Program which mobilizes Fellows in disaster prone areas to work with legal aid organizations to make vital legal services accessible and responsive to the unique needs of individual communities.
Eric Holdeman is a professional emergency manager who is passionate about providing information that can help families, businesses & governments become better prepared for disasters of all types. Hear first hand expert insights from Eric on his Podcast, Blog & EricHoldeman.com.