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The Community Recovery Management Toolkit is a compilation of guidance, case studies, tools, and training to assist local communities in managing long-term recovery following a disaster. The materials provided in this toolkit are aimed at providing guidance and resources to help local officials and community leaders to lead, organize, plan for, and manage the complex issues of post-disaster recovery.

These resources will assist local leadership in managing staffing and financing, and leveraging resources to support recovery strategy implementation.

Local Disaster Recovery Management Operations

What Does Successful Recovery Look Like? - This whitepaper is designed to inform community leaders and federal policymakers on what a successful recovery looks like, and what can be done to increase the chances of achieving success.

Envirenew Resilience: Creating Resilient Communities - This report is the result of a discussion and research effort undertaken in 2009 to better understand post-disaster long-term recovery and pre-disaster resilience building for communities.

A Decade of Disasters - This report is a compilation of lessons learned to share experiences of companies, chambers, government agencies, and nonprofits to help communities and organizations recover from various disasters. 

The Recovery Resources Book: Grand Forks Flood Disaster and Recovery Lessons Learned - This is a compilation of lessons learned from Grand Forks' flood recovery.

PMI Project Management Methodology for Post Disaster Reconstruction - PMI’s Project Management Methodology is a downloadable file containing instructor, participant and classroom documents, presentations and worksheets available for use by relief agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and governments following a major disaster.

Local Disaster Recovery Staffing Guide - Helps officials and community leaders identify and fill the human resource shortages associated with local disaster recovery operations, both short term and long term. It is paired with the Disaster Recovery Positions Library - Guidance scalable to the community’s size, needs, and recovery effort.

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery Briefing Papers: Measuring Success in Recovery - APA guidance, recommendations, examples, and research on measuring disaster recovery success.

Measuring Recovery through Healthy Community Indicators - Assists communities to document their recovery activities, to measure their recovery progress, and to assess the impact of their actions on the success of recovery programs. 

PlaNYC: Progress Report 2014 - Provides an update of what progress has been made since the previous year in the areas of sustainability and resiliency and is associated with the NYC Recovery, which features program descriptions on the City’s housing recovery, business resiliency, resiliency and infrastructure, and disaster recovery funding; and Recovery Progress as of February 17, 2015, which provides an in-depth progress report the city has made in housing, business resiliency, disaster recovery funding, and public facilities with summaries by geographic area.


Partnerships and Resource Leveraging

How to Successfully Collaborate with Federal Partners in Disaster Recovery - This webinar focuses on how local and state officials can effectively collaborate with federal agencies on economic and business recovery efforts following a major disaster.  

Building Community Disaster Resilience through Private-Public Collaboration - This brief presents key elements of successful private-public collaboration to develop the components of a framework to guide resilience efforts.

A Seat at the Table for Non-Disaster Organizations - This article offers examples of how religious organizations, schools, and private business can provide resources and assistance in recovery.

Building Organizational Capacity for Disaster Recovery in Small Communities and Rural Places - This webinar focused on disaster recovery efforts in two rural communities to address the issues of limited capacity following a disaster; leveraging resources at the local, state, provincial, and national level for recovery; and efforts to create new programs designed to increase community resiliency.

Disaster Recovery: Experiences from Past Disasters Offer Insights for Effective Collaboration after Catastrophic Events - This report presents examples of how federal, state, and local governments have effectively collaborated in the past.

Restoring Regional Economies in the Wake of a Disaster: A Special Report from the NADO Research Foundation on the Role of Regional Development Organizations in Post-Disaster Economic Recovery - This report focuses on the role of regional development organizations in the long-term post-disaster economic recovery process.

Planning and Building Livable, Safe & Sustainable Communities: The Patchwork Quilt Approach - A guide and conceptual approach to craft strategies and leverage various technical assistance resources and programs to plan for and implement hazard mitigation efforts, includes key funding resources.



Managing Grants and Financing

National Disaster Recovery Program Database - This tool helps all levels of government, emergency managers, and planners find resources provided by Federal, State, Tribal, and Territorial governments, private sector entities, and non-governmental organizations to assist in recovery efforts.

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance - This database provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to local governments (including the District of Columbia); as well as domestic public, quasi- public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions.

Local Grant Writing Guide: A Process to Request Recovery Assistance - FEMA produced this guide for grant writing that includes a sample cover letter and budget.

Federal Disaster Recovery Funding: Minimizing Roadblocks to Maximize Resources - This report is intended to help guide local and state economic recovery stakeholders around some of the roadblocks to using federal funds for economic recovery purposes. Local communities can use this information to help maximize the speed and efficiency of their economic recovery efforts after a disaster.

Financing Critical Infrastructure and Redevelopment Projects Following a Major Disaster - This webinar features efforts to finance redevelopment and infrastructure improvements for commercial and industrial areas after a major disaster.  

Financial Planning for Disasters Webinar - This webinar helped participants consider their local governments’ financial vulnerability as well as their capacity to respond to future natural disasters based on research and lessons learned responding to tropical natural disasters along the Gulf Coast of the United States.  

Financial Planning for Disasters: A Workbook for Local Governments and Regions - This workbook is designed to help local governments and regions understand their financial vulnerabilities to natural disasters, evaluate their financial capacity to cover the costs of those disasters, identify strategies to close the gap between financial vulnerability and capacity, and identify and address the spillover effects of neighboring local governments’ financial vulnerabilities to disasters.

Contracts and Procurement - Provides an example of how one city uses its procurement and contractual policies and procedures to recovery from a disaster event.

HUD Exchange—Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery ProgramIncludes all program requirements for the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grant programs to help cities, counties, and states recover from Presidentially declared disasters, rebuild the affected areas, and provide crucial seed money to start the recovery process for a broad range of recovery activities. A new component of the HUD disaster recovery funding programs is the National Disaster Resilience Competition - Describes this new CDBG-DR funding program from HUD.

Benchmarking and Local Government Reserve Funds: Theory Versus Practice - This guidance helps local governments preserve their ability to provide such services in times of financial crises.

Disaster Grantmaking: Council on Foundations - Provides guidance to local government and organizations on basic tips for disaster giving, disaster recovery resources, how to organize, lessons learned , recovery planning guidance, and other valuable information.

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04/21/2015 - 13:11
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