Recent catastrophic disaster events remind us that many communities are vulnerable to natural hazards. The Indian Ocean basin earthquake and tsunami took over 250,000 lives and caused major disruptions in the regional and local economies. Hurricane Katrina killed over 1,200 and caused over $150 billion in reported damages to the US Gulf Coast. Both events highlight what has been known by researchers: that many costs associated with disaster events–including social and economic disruptions–are difficult to quantify but have profound, long-term impacts on a community’s ability to recover. This guide provides an approach for assisting communities in identifying issues they will face in a disaster. The intent is to provide a process for communities to start pre-disaster planning for catastrophic events by engaging partners in identifying the critical issues the community will face in a post-disaster reconstruction environment. This is only the first step toward making your community more disaster resilient and sustainable – now and for the future.
Download "Post-Disaster Recovery Planning Forum: How-To Guide, Prepared by: Partnership for Disaster Resilience" here.