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The Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018: What Legal Aid Providers Should Know

  • Organization: Lone Star Legal Aid and Pro Bono Net
  • Document Type: Training materials
  • Date Created: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Submitted: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Attachment(s): HTM | PDF

This is a recording from the webinar held on April 10, 2019. 

On October 5th, 2018, the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018  was signed into law. The act contains over 50 provisions that amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act by requiring FEMA to change its policies and regulations. The goal of this webinar is to provide participants with an overview of changes to the Stafford Act that affect their representation of disaster survivors.  Panelists will cover changes related to housing, rental assistance, recoupments, duplication of benefits, and Community Development Block Grants.  Panelists will also share best practices and answer questions from participants.

Disaster legal aid practitioners and pro bono professionals from legal service organizations, bar associations, corporations, and legal service providers, as well as attorneys interested in participating in rapid response efforts now or in the future, are encouraged to attend.


  • Tracy Figueroa, Disaster Assistance Group Coordinator - Texas RíoGrande Legal Aid
  • Danielle M. Aymond, Of Counsel - Baker Donelson

This webinar was co-hosted by Lone Star Legal Aid and Pro Bono Net.

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Tracy Odvody Figueroa is an attorney and the Disaster Assistance Group Coordinator at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.  She obtained her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2001, and clerked for the Honorable Hayden W. Head, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas from 2001 to 2002. She has been with TRLA for over 16 years,  and her primary practice areas have been family law, wills and estates, and disaster assistance.  She has coordinated TRLA’s response to over 16 federally declared disasters in its 68-county service area; provided trainings on disaster preparedness and recovery issues to local, state and national audiences; and has represented clients in federal litigation against the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Danielle Aymond joined Baker Donelson after serving as executive counsel of the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). While serving in this role, she was the state's legal advisor through five presidential declared disasters, including the Great Floods of 2016. Danielle was recently promoted to Major in the Louisiana Army National Guard. She authored legislation during the 2017 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature that updated the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). She also authored two bills in the 2018 Regular Session that updated dozens of emergency management statutes, including creating a new process through which volunteers are named agents of the state in a disaster. Major Aymond served on a Federal Emergency Management Legislation Reform Committee organized under the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) that assisted in the writing and passage of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018. She also served as the legal chair for NEMA's Response and Recovery Committee and was asked to serve as the legal chair of NEMA for 2019. Major Aymond is GIAC certified in Law of Data Security and Investigations (GLEG).