March 17, 2022

In Advance of Spring Flooding Season, Duckworth Hosts Federal Disaster Workshop


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) yesterday hosted a workshop for municipalities throughout Illinois to learn more about the disaster assistance and declaration process for communities to recover from and also prepare for natural disasters. Duckworth was joined by Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Acting Deputy Regional Director Mark Peterson and IEMA Recovery Division Chief Greg Nimmo.

“As the weather starts to warm up and we see the first signs of spring, we know it unfortunately means flooding season is just around the corner,” Duckworth said. “Communities across Illinois are still feeling the impacts of the historic flooding of the last few years, and with the realities of climate change, we’re going to keep experiencing these record-setting natural disasters more and more often. From flooding to tornadoes and even earthquakes, Illinoisans and their communities need to be prepared for these events.”

In yesterday’s workshop, leaders from IEMA and FEMA shared with local officials critical information on new and ongoing recovery programs, technical assistance programs and grants available to assist in mitigation efforts for natural disasters.