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Community Recovery Management Toolkit

Disaster recovery is a time of tremendous pressure and work at the community level. Local officials are faced with pressure to rebuild quickly, communicate with stakeholders, resolve conflicts, seek funding from a variety of different agencies, and respond to new grant, contract, and financial requirements. However, disaster recovery is also a time of significant opportunity for communities to rebuild in a thoughtful, equitable, and resilient way.

The resources in this toolkit are geared toward helping community leaders through the long-term disaster recovery process and are intended to be useful at any phase of recovery.

Key Post-Disaster Recovery Resource Topics

Browse our "key resources," which are curated collections to help you get started, or search the full library.

Organize and Lead

Are you trying to determine how to organize or lead your community through disaster recovery?

Manage Grants & Finances

Are you concerned about grant management, community finances, or rules about disaster funding?

Assess, Plan & Decide

Do you want to know how to make informed and strategic decisions for your recovery?

Identify Funding Programs

Do you want to know more about disaster recovery funding and assistance programs?

Search the Full Recovery Management Toolkit

Search through the filterable library of recovery management information to quickly find tools, resources, examples and trainings that most fit your community’s needs. Click the resource's title to see all the information.

NOTICE
Resources provided are for informational purposes only and are compiled with publicly available information. Please directly consult the provider of a potential resource for current program information and to verify the applicability and requirements of a particular program. When you go to another website you are subject to its privacy policies. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies, or applications.

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery Briefing Paper - Economic Recovery for Manufacturing

American Planning Association (APA)

Briefing paper that highlights the need for manufacturers to be fully integrated in both pre and post disaster recovery plans.

Working with Planning Consultants - American Planning Association PAS Report

American Planning Association (APA)

American Planning Association Planning Advisory Service (PAS) report on working with planning consultants.

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery Briefing Paper - Public Engagement in Recovery Planning

American Planning Association (APA)

American Planning Association guide outlining the importance of public engagement and providing examples of effective engagement led to improved recovery outcome.

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery Briefing Paper - Hazard Mitigation

American Planning Association (APA)

American Planning Association Briefing Paper which identifies 4 key points that explains how hazard mitigation both reduces vulnerability and increased resiliency, and describing how hazard mitigation planning offers a high return on investment.

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery Briefing Paper: Green Infrastructure & Post-Disaster Recovery

American Planning Association (APA)

Short guide outlining the importance of green infrastructure opportunities during disaster recovery.

Flooding: Cedar Falls, Iowa

American Planning Association (APA)

Case study presenting a variety of mitigation and recovery strategies employed by the City of Cedar Falls, Iowa used to make their community more resilient to flooding.

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery Briefing Paper - Visioning

American Planning Association (APA)

Short guide for communities on importance of defining a long-term rebuilding vision and goals for recovery.

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery Briefing Paper - Measuring Success in Recovery

American Planning Association (APA)

American Planning Association (APA) guidance, recommendations, examples, and research on measuring disaster recovery success.

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery Briefing Paper - Affordable Housing

American Planning Association (APA)

Document describing affordable housing considerations that should be made when planning for recovery.

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery Briefing Paper - Planning for Recovery Management

American Planning Association (APA)

Briefing paper detailing the requirements for local and political leadership in disaster response and post-disaster recovery planning.