Photo of Claire RubinThe webmaster is Claire B. Rubin; her company website is Claire B. Rubin & Associates.  She has more than 40 years of experience in the fields of emergency management and homeland security. She has maintained this blog for nine years.

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

Two unusual features of this blog: (1) book reviews and (2) index of articles, done semi-annually, to make it more useful to researchers.

More about The Diva and this blog:


If you like the services provided here, please support the effort. The Diva gets no external funding. Please use the Support Us function in the upper right hand corner of the home page.

Claire B. Rubin
The Recovery Diva
Arlington, VA 22202
Email: cbrubin at yahoo dot com


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.]

“Originality is unexplored territory. You get there by carrying a canoe – you can’t take a taxi.”  [Alan Alda]

“Merely to have survived is not an index of excellence.” [Gates of Repentance, p. 331]



Rev. 5/22

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  1. Dear Disaster Diva: Your readers might be interested in the upcoming Resilience Advantage webinar and overall video series. On 2/17 from 11a-12:30p PST, Webinar #4 Community Benefits of Resilient Design premieres, sponsored by Optimum Seismic. Here is the description: Making communities more resilient benefits all of us. Hear experts discuss why resilient buildings are essential to safeguarding the social and economic ties that bind us. Learn how the public, private and philanthropic sectors are working together to be better prepared for natural disasters, including equitably protecting all residents, preserving jobs and trade, and more. Be the first to view Episode 4 of the Resilience Advantage series featuring Laurie Schoeman of Enterprise Community Partners, Henry Burton of UCLA, Evan Reis and Sharyl Rabinovici of USRC, and several more, followed by a live panel with representatives of the City of Long Beach, Laurie, and others. About the series: https://www.usrc.org/the-resilience-advantage/ To RSVP for Feb 17:
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/benefits-of-resilient-communities-tickets-127933706159?aff= Thank you.

  2. 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!

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