LSC Disaster Task Force Releases Report

September 17, 2019

LSC Board member Father Pius Pietrzyk and LSC President Jim Sandman met with Senator Jerry Moran (KS) at the Disaster Task Force event.

The LSC Disaster Task Force released its Disaster Task Force Report today at an event on Capitol Hill. The report contains information vital for communities to respond in disaster situations and emergencies. It aims to increase awareness of civil legal aid disaster preparedness and response and develop systematic approaches to respond to civil legal needs. The report includes a toolkit, best practices, and recommendations to help LSC grantees improve effectiveness and disaster response times. 

The task force is led by three Co-Chairs: former New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, now of Counsel at Latham & Watkins LLP, Martha Minow, LSC Vice-Chair and Harvard University’s 300th Anniversary University Professor; and Father Pius Pietrzyk, an LSC Board member.  LSC’s Disaster Task Force is made up of more than 60 emergency management experts, representatives from LSC-funded legal aid programs, members of the judiciary, and other leading stakeholders working to highlight and address the legal aid component of disaster response and recovery.

Disaster Task Force Report
Read the Disaster Task Force's report for recommendations on how legal aid providers can help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. 

Disaster Legal Hotlines (By State)
Find disaster-related legal aid in your state. 

Find Disaster Recovery Centers
Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible facilities and mobile offices you can visit to learn more about FEMA and other disaster assistance programs. The DRC Locator helps you find the hours, services, and locations of DRCs near you.

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
Tips for creating an emergency plan. 

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