New book from the NAS

Healthy, Resilient and Sustainable Communities After Disasters.
New book from the NAS. Free download, but it is 550 pages! Some details from the abstract follow:

In the devastation that follows a major disaster, there is a need for multiple sectors to unite and devote new resources to support the rebuilding of infrastructure, the provision of health and social services, the restoration of care delivery systems, and other critical recovery needs. In some cases, billions of dollars from public, private and charitable sources are invested to help communities recover. National rhetoric often characterizes these efforts as a “return to normal.” But for many American communities, pre-disaster conditions are far from optimal. Large segments of the U.S. population suffer from preventable health problems, experience inequitable access to services, and rely on overburdened health systems. A return to pre-event conditions in such cases may be short-sighted given the high costs—both economic and social—of poor health. Instead, it is important to understand that the disaster recovery process offers a series of unique and valuable opportunities to improve on the status quo. Capitalizing on these opportunities can advance the long-term health, resilience, and sustainability of communities—thereby better preparing them for future challenges.

New Report on Recovery from the APA

Check out this site for information about a long-awaited recovery report from the American Planning Association. The title is Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation; 205 pp.   You can download it or order a hard copy.

Note: this is a really important document.  It has been in the works for years and it was written by several national experts.  Also, the APA website has a number of supporting and supplement files related to the report.

The Diva now has a hard copy and thinks it is an excellent basic reference for all concerned with recovery. And she recommends it for a textbook for recovery courses and training programs.

Rebuilding Issues in Colorado: questions re how and if to rebuild

From the Christian Science Monitor, an excellent account of the very difficult questions that individuals and public officials face in the aftermath of disaster. See After the Flood CO Making Tough Decisions. Some excerpts follow:

The state of Colorado faces an even larger task – restoring access to isolated ommunities. Some 200 miles of state highways and about 50 state-maintained
bridges have been severely damaged or wiped out, many in challenging mountain terrain. It’s a daunting undertaking that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars and will involve competing goals of speed, economy, and disaster mitigation and planning.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who has said he wants to rebuild “stronger,” has set a Dec. 1 deadline for rebuilding as much as possible, before winter sets in. Overall, though, the process will take years.

No doubt many decisions will be tough, although there could be an upside.

Thanks to Chris Jones for the citation.

Some Recovery Planning Guidance – from NY State

This 81 page document is titled Guidance for Community Reconstruction Zone Plans. It provides a lot of detailed planning guidance.

The source is an organization called NY Rising, which is a State-sponsored organization. More details are available at this website.

NOTE: See comment by Dr. Tom Phelan re potential importance of this new approach to recovery.