As the implementation planning for recovery begins, it is worth reviewing what the baseline is for national recovery guidance from FEMA. See the recent GAO testimony/report, titled Disaster Recovery; Selected Themes for Effective Long-Term Recovery; June 2012. A copy is attached here:Testimony-Czerwinski. It reviews the National Disaster Recovery Framework and the newly created position of Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator.
Also the National Preparedness Goal — npg — issued in Sept. 2011 by DHS, outlines the “core capabilities” needed for state and local governments to deal effectively with a catastrophic disaster event. The extent to which this document has contributed to capabilities for recovery in the states and municipalities affected by H. Sandy remains to be determined.
[Special thanks to Bill Cumming for calling these documents to my attention.]
The pending recovery from H. Sandy will allow us to watch the implementation of the NDRF, the role of the FDRC, and the new role created for HUD Secretary Donovan, who was named by the President as the overall manager of recovery for NY and NJ. The interaction among those 3 positions/persons will be most interesting, in my view.
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