Many cities have faced serious natural disasters and local crises. As a community, we are taking advantage of an opportunity to learn lessons and best practices from the experience of others while preparing and planning for our community. Thanks to a grant to the Lincoln Community Foundation made possible by The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities we have the opportunity to increase capacity of the community to respond and recover from disaster.
This critical planning process includes a broad base of Lincoln citizens whose roles in various areas of our everyday life contribute to the strength of our city and county. We are in collaboration with colleagues from the Philanthropic Preparedness, Resilience and Emergency Partnership (PPREP), a collective of 20 community foundations from across the Midwest. Kim Maphis Early is one of the designers for the PPREP curriculum, a facilitator of the PPREP meetings, and a senior associate with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy headquartered in D.C. She has been a wonderful asset in our work thus far, as she has led our discussions.
The objectives of our recently completed meetings have been: to share information on preparedness in our community; to determine issue areas needing focused attention; to create issue area working groups; and to finalize the framework for a collaborative process that will advance our goal of building a more resilient region.
With the collaborative efforts of community members and experts, Lincoln Community Foundation will be able to use the newly awarded grant to best help the community in times of need.