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  • FEMA Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs

  • Disaster Recovery Overlay with Planned Capital Projects

  • Land Planning that Aligns with Hazard Risk Reduction

  • Immediate and Long-Term Economic Impacts of Disaster Funds

  • Cost-Efficient Retrofits to Buildings and Facilities

  • Water and Materials Conservation Practices

  • Socio-Cultural Considerations

  • Meaningful Community and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Socially and Fiscally Responsible Resilient Revitalization


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Meet The Owner

Laura Clemons founded Collaborative Communities in 2009 to bring together complex partnerships that allow the hard work of existing community groups and civic organizations to have a greater impact. 

After the catastrophic 2011 tornado outbreak in Alabama, she began using her grass-roots organizing capabilities to help communities recover from disasters in a more resilient way. 

She advises FEMA Public Assistance Applicants on best practices for how to rebuild more resiliently after a federally declared disaster and how to more effectively plan how to respond to disasters to leverage the full extent of innovation that can be achieved through the FEMA Public Assistance process.


Her in-depth knowledge of FEMA Public Assistance policy, combined with strategic Placemaking strategies allows her clients to make the most out of their recovery funds to not only rebuild safer but rebuild better places for people that expand economic opportunities and future smart growth.


Clemons' unique ability to move comfortably between the worlds of engineered infrastructure and grassroots initiatives helps her clients see the big picture, with an eye on the granular detail necessary to make their recovery efforts more successful. 

Certified Floodplain Manager
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City Planning & Design

Disaster Recovery

  • Continuity of Operations (COOP) 

  • National Incident Management System (NIMS)

  • National Response Framework

  • Emergency Support Function (ESF) #14 Long-Term Community Recovery

  • FEMA 361 - Design and Construction for Safe Rooms

  • Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS-100)

  • Fundamentals of Emergency Management

  • Emergency Planning

  • Developing and Managing Volunteers

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