Goal 1 of FEMA’s strategic plan, released in March 2018, is to build a culture of preparedness. Financial literacy is a key component of Goal 1. It is crucial for FEMA to partner with those who are already working daily with Americans on this issue. Our message is best heard when we collaborate with subject matter experts, such as CFP professionals and financial planning leaders, to serve as force multipliers. In this session, presented at FPA Annual Conference 2019, our aim is to strengthen our relationships with financial preparedness professionals to increase the nation’s disaster preparedness awareness and resiliency.
- Define financial preparedness in the context of disaster risk exposure and the role of financial planners
- Identify the risks when helping clients financially prepare and plan for potential disaster risk and exposure
Branch Chief, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Matt Lyttle is the Acting Deputy Director of the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division. In this role, he works to engage national partners in various preparedness initiatives to help people prepare for disasters. Matt’s current projects include researching preparedness in America, encouraging financial preparedness among the American public, and teaching people life saving skills. Mr. Lyttle specializes in bringing non-traditional emergency management partners into community resilience and preparedness efforts. He has represented FEMA at national and international events and various media engagements. He currently serves as FEMA’s representative on the Ex-Officio Board of the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).