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Part 3. Managing Recovery

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

Top Resources

  1. Local Disaster Recovery Manager Responsibilities
  2. Disaster Recovery Positions Library
  3. Hazard Mitigation Assistance: This database explains what hazard mitigation is and provides links to assistance.
  4. There are three forms of assistance that FEMA provides for Hazard Mitigation:
  5. Local Grant Writing Guide: A Process to Request Recovery Assistance: Guide for local communities to prepare grant proposals.
  6. Six Perspectives on How Communities Can Recover After a Disaster: Six Local Recovery Managers give their opinions on what makes for effective, long-term recovery.
  7. HUD Exchange—Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program: Includes 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. That page includes the CDBG-DR Toolkit, which is a helpful resource for communities to launch or implement CDBG-DR. A new component of the HUD disaster recovery funding programs is the National Disaster Resilience Competition.

Additional Organizational Resources

Local Disaster Recovery Management Operations

Local Disaster Recovery Manager (LDRM)

Partnerships, Resource Leveraging, and Working with Contractors

Managing Grants and Financing

Local Disaster Recovery Management Operations

Guides, Reports and Tools

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

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.

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 , which is a catalog position specific descriptions related to long-term recovery.

Financial Recovery: Succinct document from a trusted source on assessing your community's financial need after a disaster, creating a fundraising strategy, and managing money in a transparent way. 

Disaster Recovery Tracking Tool: This tool is a web-based resource designed to aid local government stakeholders and other end users in tracking the progress and quality of post-disaster recovery. The web-based tool provides 84 metrics, organized within 4 themes and 10 focus areas, for tracking progress towards recovery. Practitioners using this tool can compare pre- and post-disaster status using baseline and current data.

HUD Exchange- Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program: ​Includes 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.

PlaNYC: Progress Report 2014:  Provides an update of what progress has been made since the previous year in the areas of sustainability and resiliency. This report can be paired with the NYC Recovery page. Both websites provide progress information since Hurricane Sandy.  

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters Resources: National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership based organization that serves as the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery —to help disaster survivors and their communities.

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. 

Risk Behavior and Risk Communication: Synthesis and Expert Interviews: This report discusses ways governments can inspire stakeholders to prepare for and take action before a disaster takes place.

Lessons Learned

A Decade of Disasters: This report is a compilation of lessons learned offered by companies, chambers, government agencies, and nonprofits who have been impacted or helped others recover from disasters. These shared experiences will be helpful for communities and organizations who are currently recovering 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.

Last updated Jul 22, 2020