Recovery/Long Term Recovery Plans

Long after the disaster has gone, long after the traditional recovery programs have been implemented - Federal, State, and County….long after FEMA’s initial surge of disaster recovery specialists have retreated….your jurisdiction could still have needs that have not been met by the “traditional” Federal, State, County, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) programs. This dilemma has been frequently faced by numerous communities across the Nation following major or catastrophic disaster events. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita emphasized the need for local governments to recognize that the traditional Federal government recovery programs cannot provide 100% of the recovery effort needed to bring what was once a viable community back to pre-disaster conditions. 

In response to Hurricane Katrina, the 109th Congress enacted the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (PKEMRA) in 2006, and recognized that the Federal government cannot fully bring every community back to pre-disaster conditions. It recognizes that situations will occur that require a localized, focused endeavor involving local decision makers, business leaders, non-government organizations, and corporations (private sector) in a long term recovery effort for the community. The purpose of this concerted effort is to develop a long term recovery strategy that leverages limited funds, wields influence and political will, to not only redevelop a devastated community, but to revitalize it into a stronger, safer, and sustainable one with the potential for future development and economic diversification.

A Long Term Recovery Plan developed by DSI will:

  • Identify the process your jurisdiction will take in the event a long term recovery plan is needed after a major or catastrophic event impacting the jurisdiction.
  • Identify the process of determining when it is appropriate for your jurisdiction to undertake the development of a long term recovery plan.
  • Identify the steps to take when preparing a long term recovery plan for your jurisdiction based on the disaster event.
  • Describe agency and public involvement in the long term recovery planning process, which will include, at a minimum County and municipal officials, business owners, residents, and other interested stakeholders.
  • Identify mechanisms to leverage existing program funds, or seek new supplemental funds that may be made available.
  • Incorporate the functionality of the National Response Framework, ESF 14 - Long Term Community Recovery and Mitigation Annex.