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October 8, 2021 45 min

Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! 

On today’s episode, we talk with April Cummings, Director of Mitigation Division Federal Emergency, about Disaster Recovery, Covid-19 and Foster Fails.   Read her full bio below.

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1:34  Nic and Laura discuss disaster recovery stories

11:02  Interview with April Cummings starts

12:41  April talks about her foster fails

14:25  April describes her work with FEMA

19:46  April discusses the disaster recovery process

36:44  April talks about FEMA's Covid-19 mission

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Guest Bio:

April Cummings oversees programs that strive to make communities safer by reducing risks to life and property by using risk analytics, floodplain management and insurance, community planning, various grant programs, and environmental and historic preservation compliance.

She serves as a collateral-duty Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) Lead.  In this role, she and her team provide the initial coordination and response capability prior to and in the immediate aftermath following a serious incident.   

Prior to this position, she was the Deputy Director for the Mitigation Division at Region 3 and the Deputy Regional Environmental Officer for FEMA Region 4 in Atlanta. Ms. Cummings holds an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont.

Music Credits

Intro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace Mesa

Outro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs Muller

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