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Mitigation, Response and Recovery
Richard Lord, NYS Div. of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
27-10-2017 11:30 AM
27-10-2017 12:00 PM
Rick Lord is the NY State Hazard Mitigation Officer and the Chief of Mitigation Programs for the NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (DHSES), which administers FEMA disaster recovery programs in New York. Key undertakings include projects protecting critical NYC infrastructure after 911, acquiring or elevating at-risk homes in floodplains using $128 million received after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, and resiliency projects totaling nearly $1.5 billion after Superstorm Sandy. After Irene and Lee, DHSES also oversaw grants creating 19 FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plans evaluating natural hazards affecting 13.4 million New Yorkers.
Prior to joining DHSES, Lord spent 22 years with the NY State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) where he served as technical reviewer for FEMA-funded projects, and served as office lead for the new U.S. Courthouse on historic Niagara Square in Buffalo, HUD’s $131 million Erie Canal Corridor Initiative, and NPS studies to rehabilitate the South Side of Ellis Island. Prior to that, he worked to develop low- and -moderate income housing in neighborhoods around the NYS Capitol in Albany. He received a B.Arch from RPI in Troy, NY in 1981.
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