Skip to content


The webmaster is Claire B. Rubin; her company website is Claire B. Rubin & Associates, LLC.  She has 36 years of experience in the fields of emergency management and homeland security. Ms Rubin is responsible for the content and the mechanics of the blog.

She blog as as “The Diva” in order to call attention to the long-term recovery process after disasters. The blog is intended to provide informal educational resources that may be useful for both researchers and practitioners. The postings provide information about current disaster events and also disaster recovery news (such as newly released reports from government agencies), with comments, opinions, and an occasional burst of outrage.


On January 31st, the National Hazard Mitigation Association presented MS Rubin with an award and a cash gift on behalf of the Association. The award is for the Diva’s work on the RecoveryDiva blog, an effort she has sustained for almost 4 years. The certificate acknowledges the Diva’s work “… in communicating fully and fairly the depth and breadth of our share agenda to make the world a safer and better place.”

For those willing to support the blog effort, please use the Support Us function in the upper right hand corner or the home page or  mail a check to:

Claire B. Rubin
The Recovery Diva
P.O. Box 2208
Arlington, VA 22202

Email: cbrubin1 at verizon dot net


  • Ms Rubin is the editor of Emergency Management, the American Experience, 1900-2010. Published by CRC Press and available at a discount from the Disaster Bookstore, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.


We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely. — E.O. Wilson Pulitzer Prize winner, author, and ecologist at Harvard University

It is not your responsibility to finish the work [of perfecting the world], but you are not free to desist from it either.  Rabbi Tarphon, in the Mishna.

Rev. 4/10/14

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Randy Griffin permalink
    November 24, 2013 9:20 pm

    Thank you for your participation and engagement with our students during the Washington, DC intensive. They truly enjoyed the book and being able to interact with you directly. We certainly are indebted to you for your years of work and dedication to the field of emergency management.

    Randy Griffin
    Georgetown University – Emergency and Disaster Management Program

    • November 25, 2013 5:45 am

      Nice to meet you and your class recently.
      Thanks for your comments.


  2. Ken Curtin permalink
    March 14, 2013 2:13 pm

    Sent you a check. Couldn’t make the PayPal or online credit card payment function. Thanks for all your good and useful work. – Ken Curtin, Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, Region 2

  3. December 12, 2011 10:53 pm

    See nice comments about this blog from Patrice Cloutier, on Dec. 7, 2011.

  4. Laura Olson permalink
    March 15, 2010 8:50 pm

    I am very appreciative of these disaster recovery resources and their being made available in one spot. Having worked in Southeast Louisiana since Katrina, I have long noted that such a resource would be a tremendous boon to practitioners and academics working in the field. Besides that the resource you are providing with this blog – offering people needing answers to recovery-related questions the ability to post questions and receive assistance finding answers is indispensible to the practitioner community. Since time is always of the essence, this is a terrific help in beating the clock and finding the ‘real deal’ fast.

    Many thanks to the Diva!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 311 other followers

%d bloggers like this: