Financial Disaster Resilience Tools and Resources for Local Governments

Matt Fannin  |  9/12/2017 2:40:15 AM

This site contains various manuals, handbooks, interactive dynamic modules, and scholarly resources to assist local governments better prepare financially to future natural disasters. While most of the resources on this site are focused on preparing in advance of a natural disaster, some of these same resources may also be valuable for local communities in the midst of responding financially to the short-run and long-run cost of a disaster.

For disaster recovery information focused on individual households, please go to the natural disasters page on the LSU AgCenter website.


Financial Planning for Natural Disasters: A Workbook for Local Governments and Regions

This workbook is developed to assist local governments identify their financial vulnerability to a natural disaster event as well as the financial resources available to address that vulnerability. It includes a step-by-step guide to help local governments calculate vulnerability and capacity. It also provides direction on strategies local governments can use to identify financial resources to mitigate any gaps that may occur between their financial vulnerability and capacity.

Target Audience: Local government officials (elected/appointed) and local government financial and emergency operations staff

Time Horizon: In advance of disaster event. However, local governments early on in the disaster recovery process might also find the resource valuable to identify resources that they might not otherwise consider for financing disaster response and recovery.

Authors: J. Matthew Fannin, Dept. of Ag. Economics and Agribusiness, LSU AgCenter; Kathy Miller, Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri

Support: National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)



Community Decision Support to Local Governments in Budget Planning Under Coastal Risk

This manual is developed to assist extension agents and practitioners assist a local government identify the optimal financial resources and strategies to financially prepare for future tropical natural disasters. Using the manual, a facilitator educates and brings an advisory panel of stakeholders over four separate meetings to recommendations for a local government to address the gaps between their financial vulnerability and financial capacity.

Target Audience: Extension Agents, Community Facilitators, Local Government Officials

Time Horizon: In advance of disaster event

Authors: J. Matthew Fannin, Dept of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness LSU AgCenter, Carol Franze, LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant

Support: USDA National Institute of Foods and Agriculture, Louisiana Sea Grant, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant



Optimal Financial Debris Management Dynamics Module (BETA)

This module serves to assist local governments understand both the short-term and long-term consequences of financial preparation strategies as well as debris management strategies on the short term liquidity and long-term wealth (solvency) issues of local governments from tropical natural disasters. Users are able to enter in one or more tropical storm or hurricane events over a multi-year period, choice of debris management strategy (outsourcing vs internal procurement), starting financial conditions of the local government, and the federal reimbursement level for debris to identify a 10 year evaluation of liquidity and net wealth effects on the local government.

Target Audience: Local Government Officials (Finance, Emergency Management, Elected Officials), local government and regional support organizations, extension professionals.

Time Horizon: Both before and after a disaster event. The module can be used before a disaster event to evaluate alternative financial consequences from a combination of hurricane scenarios and financial capacity. The tool can be used after a disaster event to understand the long-run consequences to local government financial resources for a given quantity of debris and known level of financial resources.

Authors: Alejandra Breve Ferrari, Dept of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, LSU AgCenter; J. Matthew Fannin, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, LSU AgCenter

Support: Louisiana Sea Grant, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)

NOTE: This dynamics module is in beta and has some known programming bugs. If you find any bugs with the online module or ways the interface/usability experience can be improved, please contact Matt Fannin at mfannin@agcenter.lsu.edu.

A support video on using the module is forthcoming.



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Red Light Ahead: Preparing Local Governments for the Next Disaster

Local parish and county governments in Louisiana and Mississippi received 100% reimbursement from the federal government for the high costs of debris removal and emergency operations cost after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This article evaluates the consequences on liquidity and solvency of these governments from a reduced federal reimbursement share of these costs. The scenario indicated that many local governments would move from healthy to very unhealthy financial positions.

Full Citation

Fannin, J. Matthew, and Joshua D. Detre. 2012. “Red Light Ahead: Preparing Local Governments Financially for the Next Disaster.” Choices. 27(1). Available online at http://www.choicesmagazine.org/UserFiles/file/cmsarticle_209.pdf


Scholarly Articles

Fannin, J. Matthew, and Jefferson Ivey. 2015. “Understanding Parish Government Finances Following the 2005 Hurricane Season." Online at http://measuringrecovery.lsu.edu/infrastructure.html. August.

Fannin, J. Matthew, and Joshua D. Detre. 2012. “Red Light Ahead: Preparing Local Governments Financially for the Next Disaster.” Choices. 27(1). Available online at http://www.choicesmagazine.org/magazine/pdf/cmsarticle209.pdf.

Fannin, J. Matthew, John D. Barreca, and Joshua D. Detre. 2012. “The Role of Public Wealth in Recovery and Resiliency to Natural Disasters in Rural Communities.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 94(2): 549–555. January.

Fannin, J. Matthew, and Kurt Guidry. 2010. “Developing Economic Assessments in Response to Natural Disasters: A Strategic Plan for Executing Extension’s Mission.” Journal of Extension. 48(3):3T0T1, June.

Manuals and Workbooks

Fannin, J. Matthew, and Carol A Franze. 2014. Community Decision Support to Local Governments in Budget Planning Under Coastal Risk. Second Edition. Extension Program Manual. Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, Louisiana Sea Grant, and LSU AgCenter. March.

Fannin, J. Matthew, and Kathleen Miller. 2013. Financial Planning for Natural Disasters: A Workbook for Local Governments and Regions. National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation and the Rural Policy Research Institute. December. Online: https://www.nado.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Financial-Planning-for-Natural-Disasters_Updated.pdf.

Franze, Carol A., and J. Matthew Fannin. 2011. Community Decision Support to Local Governments in Budget Planning Under Coastal Risk. First Edition. Extension Program Manual. Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, Louisiana Sea Grant, and LSU AgCenter. August.

Academic Presentations

Brevé Ferrari, Alejandra and J. Matthew Fannin. 2016. “Optimal Management of Post Disaster Debris Removal.” Selected Paper Presented at the 55th Annual Meetings of the Southern Regional Science Association. March 31st-April 2nd, Washington, DC.

Brevé Ferrari, Alejandra and J. Matthew Fannin. 2016. “Modeling Optimal Debris Management Procedures: Case Study of Local Governments in Coastal Louisiana.” Poster Presented at Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy Challenges of Natural Resource Economics and Policy Fifth National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems, March 21–22, 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Biswas, Trina, Vikash Dangal, J. Matthew Fannin, and Isaac Sitienei. 2016. Public Investment or the Economy? Understanding the Resilience of the Local Government Finances Following the 2005 Hurricane Season. Poster Presented at Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy Challenges of Natural Resource Economics and Policy Fifth National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems, March 21–22, 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Fannin, J. Matthew and Carol Franze. 2012. “Measuring Financial Vulnerability of Local Governments to Tropical Natural Disaster Risk.” Selected Presentation Delivered at Bays and Bayous Symposium, November 14–15, Biloxi, MS.

Fannin, J. Matthew, Joshua Detre, Arun Adhikari, and Ashok K. Mishra. 2012. “Delivering Community Decision Support Extension Programming to Local Governments in Budget Planning Under Coastal Risk.” Selected Poster Presented at Bays and Bayous Symposium, November 1415, Biloxi, MS.

Fannin, J. Matthew. “FEMA and Local Disaster Policy.” 2011. Presentation Given at the National Rural Wealth Creation and Livelihoods Conference. Oct 3–5, Washington, D.C.

Fannin, J. Matthew, John Barreca, and Joshua Detre. 2011. “The Role of Public Wealth on Recovery and Resiliency to Natural Disasters in Rural Communities.” Invited Paper Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Agricultural Economics Association, July 24th–26th, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Fannin, J. Matthew, Jeanne St. Romain, Laura Falgoust, and Joshua Detre. 2011. “Municipal versus County Government Financial Health following a Natural Disaster: Does Size Matter? Evidence from Louisiana following the 2005 Hurricane Season. Paper Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Southern Regional Science Association, March 24th–26th, New Orleans, LA.

Fannin, J. Matthew. 2010. “Research Needs and Disaster Resiliency: Impacts on Local Communities.” Presentation made at Organized Symposium on “Deepwater Horizon Spill: Research and Extension Needs” at the Annual Meetings of the American Agricultural Economics Association, July 25–27.

Adhikari, Arun, J. Matthew Fannin, and Ashok Mishra. 2010. “Evaluating the Effects of Hurricane Katrina and Rita in Employment of Oil and Gas Industries of OCS Parishes in Louisiana: A Shift Share Approach.” Poster Presentation made at the CNREP 3rd National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems, May 26th–28th, New Orleans, LA.

Barreca, John D., and J. Matthew Fannin. 2010. “Measuring the Fiscal Health of Local Coastal Government Economies – Implications for Economic and Disaster Resiliency.” Presentation made at the CNREP 3rd National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems, May 26th–28th, New Orleans, LA.

Barreca, John D., and J. Matthew Fannin. 2010. “Evaluating the Ability of Local Governments to Finance Disaster Recovery Efforts.” Selected Paper Presented at the 49th Annual Meetings of the Southern Regional Science Association, March 25–27th, Arlington, VA.

Adhikari, Arun, and J. Matthew Fannin. 2009. “Understanding Local Government Change Following a Natural Disaster: An Application of Modern Shift Share Methodologies.” Selected Paper Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Southern Regional Science Association, April 2nd – 4th, San Antonio, TX.

Fannin, J. Matthew, Mark Schafer, Walter Keithly, Arun Adhikari and Ashley Barras. 2009. “Assessing Impacts of OCS Activities on Public Infrastructure, Services, and Population in Coastal Communities Following Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.” Invited Presentation given at the Minerals Management Service 25th Information Transfer Meeting, January 6–8, New Orleans, LA.

Outreach and Practitioner Presentations

Fannin, J. Matthew. 2015. “Natural Disaster Financial Resiliency Planning Support for Local Governments. Selected Presentation made at the International Disaster Conference and Expo, February 10th–12th, New Orleans, LA.

Fannin, J. Matthew. 2015. “Financial Resilience.” Invited Presentation made at the Annual Conference of the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, January 20th, Baton Rouge, LA.

Fannin, J. Matthew. 2014. “Getting it Right: Financial Resilience in a Disaster-Filled World.” Invited Presentations at Louisiana Hazard Mitigation Workshops, Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, June 16–27, Monroe, LA; Hammond, LA; Lafayette, LA; and Luling, LA.

Fannin, J. Matthew. 2014. “Building Local Government Financial Resilience to Disasters.” Invited Workshop Delivered for National Association of Development Organizations and Northwest Regional Georgia Regional Commission, June 4th, Calhoun, GA.

Fannin, J. Matthew. 2014. “Making Your Parish Financially Prepared for the Next Natural Disaster.” Presentation Made at the 2014 Annual Convention of the Louisiana Police Jury Association, February 27, Baton Rouge, LA.

Brown, Kayla, and J. Matthew Fannin. 2014. “The Growing Need for Outreach Education in the Rural Local Public Sector and Why it Matters to the Private Sector.” Organized Symposium presentation made at the 46th Annual meeting of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, February 1–4, Dallas, TX.

Fannin, J. Matthew and Carol Franze. 2013. “Delivering a Local Government Financial Disaster Resiliency Program/Course.” Presentation made at the Annual Meetings of the Extension Disaster Education Network, October 8–11, Madison, WI.

Fannin, J. Matthew. 2013. “Local Government Financial Disaster Resiliency Programs.” Presentation Given at NOAA Coastal Services Center “Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities” Workshop, February 26, Baton Rouge, LA.

Fannin, J. Matthew. 2012. “Local Government Financial Disaster Resiliency Program.” Presentation Given at National Association of Counties (NACo), Rural Action Caucus Steering Committee Retreat, November 8–10, Opelousas, LA.

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