Disaster Resilience Housing and Economic Development


  • Steps that can be taken before a natural disaster to better prepare your community to respond to a disaster
  • Identify and understand the types of resilience programming that are available following a natural disaster
  • The perspective of natural-disaster survivors and the planning policies that helped and inhibited their recovery efforts


This panel discusses steps a community can take to prepare before disaster strikes and tools for recovery. The panel is moderated by Elizabeth Hull, a partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP, whose practice focuses on economic development and affordable housing. Panel member Catherine Ures, Director of Consulting with Nan McKay and Associates, specializes in federal real estate, federal grant compliance, and disaster-recovery services. Ms. Ures discusses disaster resilience planning and programming. Panelist Pete Parkinson, a planning consultant and former planning director for Sonoma County, California, has worked in disaster-struck communities and lost his home to a wildfire. Mr. Parkinson discusses his experiences both as a planner in a disaster area and as a victim of the 2017 wildfires. Panelist Kim Mickelson, Houston senior assistant city attorney and past president of the APA Texas Chapter, focuses on planning and land use law. Ms. Mickelson provides an on-ground perspective following Hurricane Harvey. The program discusses resilience planning and disaster responses, with an emphasis on affordable housing, economic development, and the impact of new federal legislation and programs on the process.