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  We know disasters will happen—designing to help communities rebound quickly is not only a great challenge but also an imperative.

John Malueg

Manager of Resiliency Programs

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

As an expert in FEMA, USACE, and HUD risk identification, disaster response, and hazard mitigation programs, John is Stantec’s global leader in resiliency, recovery, and disaster management. Building his skills over a 30-plus year career, John is an essential partner to both communities and public agencies needing fast, efficient, and effective disaster response and recovery services. Committed to restoring quality of life, John helped provide FEMA guidance to State and local townships immediately after Tropical Storm Irene and throughout recovery, for example. He led damage assessments of critical infrastructure, evaluated recovery options, and assisted our clients in securing maximum FEMA reimbursements.

With significant community engagement, John supports our clients in developing plans and implementing programs that increase resiliency to future shocks, stresses, and disasters. As a member of the ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division, Emerging Technologies Committee, he is dedicated to advancing the civil engineering practice to increase the resilience of built infrastructure, including building and lifeline systems. He is an expert at designing site resiliency master plans that assess and address a wide range of risks. With a broad array of engineering strategies, John has led the way in designing sites, facilities, and residences to enhance their ability to respond and recover quickly and efficiently, improving the quality of life for owners and users. 

What are communities asking about resilience?

John looks at HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition as a way for communities to fund their resilience efforts.

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<p>I define resiliency primarily as a new element of thinking that includes ability to absorb, adapt and rebound to shocks. And the shocks being very broad. Everything from social shocks, to natural hazards, to man-made hazards. It's about being holistic. And so, it's not holistic in just the way you're thinking, but it's in funding, it's in partnering, it's in communication. It’s across the board.</p> <p>I think the biggest question they have is how do we fund and is there grant funds available to support this type of a new initiative. Probably one of our newer initiatives is HUD, and right now, they're really jumping deeply into the world of resilience and promoting resilience through a national resiliency competition.</p> <p>Historically, they have had programs to support society. After Hurricane Sandy, they have had new opportunities to expand their role into this new thing called resilience. HUD is using a billion dollars to stimulate bringing other dollars to the table. So philanthropy dollars, private sector dollars, local dollars. So they have identified criteria and identified 67 applicants and invited them to learn more about resilience and integrating in to what they do. They are actually promoting the applicants to secure all these partners and leverage them toward a holistic solution. And, again, that's part of what resilience is all about.</p> <p>And so we have been supporting that through both a subject matter expert and facilitator role and actually supporting communities to apply for those funds.</p> <p>I think it's always about improving what we do and, you know, adding more value and resilience provides that opportunity. We learn lessons from Katrina. We learn lessons from Hurricane Sandy. And so the importance of resilience is that we just don't stop learning but we learn those lessons and then apply them in the way we approach life and how we approach projects.&nbsp;</p>

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