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This section provides resources for organizing local leadership, involving the local community, and coordinating among community stakeholders.

Top Resources include:

  1. Disaster Recovery: A Local Government Responsibility
  2. Public Engagement - APA Briefing Paper
  3. The U.S. Participation Playbook- ​A resource for local government managers to build better services through public participation using best practices
  4. Recovery Takes Effective Leadership
  5. LMI's Local Disaster Recovery Staffing Guide
  6. Colorado Community Recovery Symposium - Jane Cage

Find additional organizational resources by searching the topics below:

Community Recovery Leadership

Peer Leadership Videos:

The videos below represent are invaluable tools for community organization and leadership. Listen to these videos to gain a better understanding on how to begin recovery.

Colorado Community Recovery Symposium - Jane Cage: Citizens Advisory Recovery Team Chair discusses her experiences with the Joplin tornado recovery and shows the timeline it took to recover.

Cedar Rapids Flood Recovery: Interview with Christine Butterfield

Louisiana Recovery and Resiliency Symposium Video: In March and September 2016, citizens in Lousiana experienced massive flooding. The purpose of this symposium was to bring disaster-stricken community leaders together to discuss solutions and topics focused on recovery. This video serves as an example as to how valuable symposiums can be post-disaster to share ideas, convene thought leaders, and offer peer-to-peer knowledge.

Colorado Community Recovery Symposium Overview: The Colorado Recovery Symposium was held on November 21, 2013, and brought leaders from disaster-affected communities around the country to share their recovery experience with affected Colorado community leaders. 

Colorado Community Recovery Symposium - Rebecca Ellis: Town Board Representative discusses leading her Vermont town through both individual and community-wide long-term recovery decisions.

Colorado Community Recovery Symposium - Bob Dixon: Greensburg, Kansas Mayor speaks to community leaders about experiences and lesson learned in their long-term recovery.

Colorado Community Recovery Symposium - Kelly Arnold: Windsor, Colorado City Manager talks about recovery efforts in after a recent tornado. 

Case Studies

At the Cross Roads of Recovery, Joplin Missouri Six Months After -  Documents the recovery efforts in Joplin six months after the 2011 tornado devastated the community.This case study highlights how a resident organization with broad stakeholder participation spearheaded a recovery planning process in partnership with local government.

Community Testimonies

6 Perspectives on How Communities Can Recover After a Disaster- ​6 Local Recovery Managers give their opinions on what makes for effective, long-term recovery.

Joplin Pays it Forward - This book is a collection of essays written by community leaders, public safety officials, and volunteer coordinators about lessons learned during the Joplin, Missouri rebuilding efforts.

Cedar Rapids Flood Recovery: An Interview with Christine Butterfield audio podcast - Christine Butterfield speaks about the extensive planning effort to rebuild the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after a record-breaking flood in June 2008.

 

Whole Community Engagement and Public Communications

Guides, Reports and Tools

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery Briefing Papers: Public Engagement in Recovery Planning - APA  guidance provides four key points to consider when engaging the public after a disaster event.

Long-Term Community Recovery Toolbox: Communications Mapping Tool  - This tool guides a community or organization through a practical exercise to identify and map important lines of communication during recovery.

The Use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery - This guide presents lessons learned and step-by-step instruction for developing a local social media messaging program following a disaster.

Citizen's Advisory Recovery Team (CART) website for Joplin Recovery - Joplin's Citizen Advisory Recovery Team Website serves as an example of what can be done to encourage communication and collaboration after you have set up a recovery team.

Public Health Workbook: To Define, Locate, and Reach Special, Vulnerable, and At-risk Populations in an Emergency -This step-by-step guide walks officials through the process of identifying and reaching at-risk populations.

Stakeholder Engagement Strategies for Participatory Mapping - This publication provides strategies for facilitators leading a participatory mapping process.

A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action - This strategic document outlines how to integrates whole community recovery (equitable recovery) into the recovery process to create more resilient and equitable 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.

Introduction to Stakeholder Participation  -  To access the guide click view PDF. The guide introduces the most common organizing techniques, including determining when it is needed, and identifying and analyzing stakeholders. Use this link to also see if there is any upcoming training or other useful classes.

Case Studies

Flood Recovery Resource Guide: Boulder County - This newsletter is an example of a communication tool used in Boulder County to provide knowledge and guidance to citizens after the 2013 flood.   

Whole Community Examples - This article highlights six projects in six different disaster-stricken areas that best exemplify FEMA's "Whole Community Approach". The projects in Joplin, Missouri and New Orleans, Louisiana focus on post-disaster recovery programs.

Training

Tools for Communicating with all Audiences, Including People with Disabilities - Training on how to have whole community engagement.

Organizing and Coordinating among Local Government and Stakeholders

Guides, Reports and Tools

Effective Coordination of Recovery Resources for State, Tribal, Territorial and Local Incidents - This guide highlights the critical tasks and coordination challenges that state, tribal, territorial or local governments address when managing recovery.

Local Disaster Recovery Staffing Guide - LMI research institute produced this guide to help local officials and community leaders identify and fill human resource shortages associated with a disaster recovery operation. This guide is best accessed in a firefox browser.

Model Pre-Event Recovery Ordinance - (Found towards the bottom of this link, between ‘Disaster Recovery Programs’ and ‘Case Studies’) The adoption of a Recovery Ordinance, created either before or after a disaster, can greatly help local governments manage their long-term recovery effort. Recovery Ordinance’s bestow local governments with additional, temporary powers that are needed to govern effectively during the unique operating window that follows major disasters.

Resource Center - This website provides guidance for organizing a long-term recovery group, and management of volunteers and donations.

Disaster Recovery: A Local Government Responsibility - This article addresses municipal government's role in disaster recovery, covering each step in the four-step emergency management cycle.

Stakeholder Engagement Strategies for Participatory Mapping - This publication provides strategies for facilitators leading a participatory mapping process.

Case Studies

City of Cedar Rapids Neighborhood Planning Process: Executive Summary - Provides a framework for the city’s neighborhood planning process, the plan's purpose, and presents the city's vision.

Training Courses

Introduction to Stakeholder Participation  -  To access the guide click view PDF. The guide introduces the most common organizing techniques, including determining when it is needed, and identifying and analyzing stakeholders. Use this link to also see if there is any upcoming training or other useful classes.

Last Updated: 
09/16/2019 - 16:07