Who Pays for Disasters, and Who Recovers Fastest

  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Central Time (US & Canada)
  • By: American Bar Association
  • Webinar
  • Source: National Disaster Legal Aid > National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center
  • Webinar
  • Disaster Resilience

Disasters are costly, and even though money spent on mitigation can significantly reduce the money spent on response and recovery, disaster response in the United States seems to focus on the latter, creating a financial strain on the federal government. Many individuals lack adequate insurance, and governments can stand behind immunity laws, leaving a hefty price tag, which begs the question—who ultimately pays for disasters? This program will focus on who pays—and who should pay for natural disasters, as well as look into non-financial elements of recovery. The program will conclude with a preview of the ABA’s published Community Resilience Handbook.

Moderator: Andrew VanSingel, Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness


Daniel Aldrich, Professor and Director of the Security and Resilience Studies Program, Northeastern University

Shelley Ross Saxer, Laure Sudreau Chair in Law, Caruso School of Law

Ed Thomas, General Counsel, Natural Hazard Mitigation Association