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Recovery Acceleration Week helps ECF communities chart a path to recovery after recent hurricanes

SBP and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, in partnership with Farmers Insurance and AT&T, host a Recovery Acceleration Week to help Central Florida communities chart a path to recovery after Hurricane Ian

ORLANDO, FL — Tomorrow, SBP, in partnership with East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC), Farmers Insurance, and AT&T, will kick off a Regional Recovery Acceleration Week for Ian-impacted communities in central Florida. This event aims to share essential data, best practices, and lessons learned from past disasters with elected officials, leaders from area foundations, emergency managers, and recovery NGOs to ensure a prompt, efficient, and predictable recovery in the aftermath of Hurricanes Ian and Nicole.

“Our communities here in east central Florida have a lot of work to do to recover from two consecutive yet very different hurricanes,” said Tara McCue, Executive Director at the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council. “We are excited to partner with SBP, Farmers, and AT&T to host this event for our elected officials, recovery leaders, and others to support our communities’ road to recovery.”

SBP is a nonprofit with 15+ years of experience in supporting communities recovering after disasters. ECFRPC is a nonprofit agency that provides technical assistance for counties across the east-central Florida region. SBP and ECFRPC connected in the immediate weeks after the hurricane to explore how they could partner to support recovery efforts. “When communities like those in central Florida are impacted by a disaster, it’s essential to have a coordinated and comprehensive recovery effort, involving all stakeholders, to ensure no survivor gets left behind in the recovery process,” said JR Sanderson, Senior Government Advisor for SBP who helped lead the vision for the Recovery Acceleration Week. “Partnerships are a critical part of this work and we are grateful to ECFRPC for their essential partnership, and to Farmers and AT&T for making this event possible.”

The Regional Recovery Acceleration Week will take place in Orlando from December 7th - December 9th, with morning and afternoon sessions each day. Day one will kick off with a session targeted at local leaders and elected officials discussing key impact data and best practices in the transition from immediate response to long-term recovery. This will be followed by a session on resources available to NGOs and training on the FEMA appeals process to assist disaster survivors in maximizing the recovery assistance they receive. Finally, the closing day will cover the empowerment of long-term recovery groups (LTRGs) to provide effective and efficient support to disaster survivors, along with preparedness tools to ensure that citizens and the community are equipped to build a culture of preparedness ahead of future disaster events.

Regional Recovery Acceleration Week

December 6th - 8th

Valencia College, School of Public Safety

8600 Valencia College Lane, Room 140

Orlando. FL 32825


SBP, a social impact organization focused on disaster resilience and recovery, solves the challenges facing at-risk communities by bringing the rigor of business and innovation to drive social impact, create resilient communities, and streamline recovery. To shrink the time between disaster and recovery, SBP takes a holistic approach—reducing risk, increasing resilience, and improving the recovery process—to effect transformational change in the disaster recovery system and restore opportunity and security for people and communities.

Since its founding in 2006 in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, SBP has rebuilt homes for more than 3,000 families with the help of 150,000 volunteers in 14 communities across the U.S. and in the Bahamas.

To learn more, visit

Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @SBPUSA

About the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council

Established in 1962 as an area-wide association of governments, the ECFRPC is represented by 32 Council members and a skilled staff that provides technical assistance to governments and organizations within the East Central Florida region. The ECFRPC covers eight counties in East Central Florida, including Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia. These eight counties include 78 towns and cities.

To learn more, visit

Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter: @ECFRPC


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