MEGFOA at the MMA Convention October 3, 2019

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Continuity of Fiscal Operations Co-Sponsored by Maine Municipal Tax Collectors’ and Treasurers’ Association (MMTCTA)

A storm hits your community, leaving your town hall stranded for days, and your finance staff cannot get to their offices. Or, a strain of flu settles on your community and half of the town’s employees are out sick, so the town hall closes because there are not enough employees to keep it open. How would you be able to pay employees, purchase supplies for 24/7 operations and emergency response, collect revenue, manage cash flow, and handle treasury functions? A section of your town is devastated during a storm, wiping out roads, homes, and utilities. How do you fund significant costs of recovery and rebuilding while waiting for federal reimbursement? In disaster and recovery planning, fiscal functions are often overlooked as being emergent in nature. In fact, some of these functions are needed to keep the emergency response going, or to maintain financial stability while taking on large recovery expenses. This session will explore some of the connections between administrative financial operations and direct services that should be considered during disaster and recovery planning.

Presenters: Naomi Petley, Public Assistance Officer, MEMA; Alina Wright, Individual Assistance and Voluntary Agency Liaison, MEMA

Certification: Valid for 5 MMTCTA points toward certification as tax collector or treasurer.