Holistic Disaster Recovery

Annotated Bibliography

TABLE OF CONTENTS:  Holistic Disaster Recovery

BIBLIOGRAPHY SECTIONS:  1. Introduction to Sustainability    2. The Disaster Recovery Process    3. Participatory Processes in Disaster Recovery    4. Using Disaster Recovery to Maintain and Enhance Quality of Life    5. Building Economic Vitality into Recovery    6. Promoting Social and Intergenerational Equity during Disaster Recovery    7. Protecting Environmental Quality during Disaster Recovery    8. Incorporating Disaster Resilience into Disaster Recovery

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3. Participatory Processes In Disaster Recovery

- Where To Find Information -

Training Courses and Workshops

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Management Institute, National Emergency Training Center. Emmitsburg, Maryland. http://www.fema.gov/emi [accessed June 15, 2001] (301) 447-1035.


Many private consulting firms offer expertise in facilitation and consensus-building in a post-disaster or planning situation. A community's federal agency contacts--at the Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Park Service, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency--would be the best source for specific referrals to an area company.

City of Denton.
The public involvement section of the Denton Comprehensive Plan lays out fundamentals of public participation.
See http://www.cityofdenton.com/planning/tdp_intro.html [accessed July 20, 2001]

Creighton and Creighton.
The Creighton and Creighton website provides an annotated list of links about public involvement.
See http://www.creightonandcreighton.com/ [accessed July 20, 2001]

Community Development Society.
See the publication, "What is Participatory Research?" for a discussion of public participation and some guiding principles.
See http://www.comm-dev.org/par-is.htm [accessed July 20, 2001]

Disaster Resistant Neighborhoods. "Building Disaster Resistant Neighborhoods Handbook."
This handbook outlines a step-by-step action plan, with examples, to assist planners in working with neighborhood associations to help them become better prepared for the next disaster. Posted on the link along with the handbook are a variety of marketing tools to help promote the program.
See http://www.tallytown.com/redcross [accessed September 21, 2001]

Highlander Education and Research Center.
This group specializes in participatory education and action research and involving stakeholders.
See http://www.hrec.org [accessed July 20, 2001]

National Park Service.
The National Park Service through its Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program helps local coalitions develop strategic plans, identify potential sources of funding and builds partnerships to achieve goals determined by the community. The National Park Service becomes involved in a project only at the request of citizen groups or governmental agencies. The lead project partner(s) must write a letter of request to the Rivers and Trails Program. Send applications to the Manager of Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program of your National Park Service Regional Office.
See http://www.nps.gov/legacy/regions.html [accessed September 21, 2001]

Partnerships Online. "Participation Guide."
This online guide, "The Guide to Effective Participation," was designed for community activists and professionals in the U.K. but has many useful resources for those in the United States interested in fostering community participation as well.
See http://www.partnerships.org.uk/guide/index.htm [accessed June 15, 2001]

Videos, CD-ROMs, and DVDs

Taking the Initiative. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Management Institute. 2000. Emmitsburg, MD.
This 20-minute video shows how a neighborhood, two small towns, and a business owner took responsibility for and got organized to adopt sustainability principles and techniques in coping with hazards. The three separate instances, all in California, illustrate participatory processes, taking initiative, looking at the economic benefits of hazard mitigation (in one case, elevating a restaurant), incorporating livability components into a flood protection measure, and protecting the local environment and habitat. This video is available from the Emergency Management Institute at 1-800-238-3358. Ask for the "Disaster-Resistant Jobs" video.

Multi-objective Mitigation Planning. National Park Service and FEMA. 1995. Denver, CO.
The National Park Service and FEMA produced this18-minute video of the Vermillion Basin, South Dakota, participatory planning process that discusses the experience from the perspective of both agency and community participants. The video is available from FEMA Region VIII, P.O. Box 25267, Bldg. 710, Denver Federal Center, Denver CO 80225-0267.

Books, Articles, and Papers

Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). 1996. Using Multi-Objective Management to Reduce Flood Losses in Your Watershed. Madison, WI: Association of State Floodplain Managers. 72 pp. Abstract available at http://www.floods.org/PDF%20files/PUBSLIST.pdf.
This publication explores planning and implementation techniques for multi-objective watershed management. It provides a general introduction to multi-objective management and the planning process that helps a community select the flood-loss reduction measures most suitable to its situation. It explains how to define problems and goals, build partnerships, combine needs and solutions creatively, and begin formal implementation procedures. Both riverine and coastal flood watersheds are examined, involving subjects such as fish and wildlife issues, water supply, housing improvement, transportation, and lifelines.

North Carolina Emergency Management Division and Federal Emergency Management Agency. 2000. Hazard Mitigation in North Carolina: Measuring Success. Raleigh, NC.
To accelerate the institutionalization of hazard mitigation in North Carolina, the North Carolina Emergency Management Division established the Hazard Mitigation Planning Initiative, a long-term program to build local capacity to implement mitigation policies and programs in communities across the state. Through a series of case studies, this study documents losses avoided as a result of the implementation of a wide range of mitigation measures, including elevations and the acquisition and relocation or demolition of floodprone properties.

Picou, J. Steven. 2000. "The 'Talking Circle' as Sociological Practice: Cultural Transformation of Chronic Disaster Impacts." Sociological Practice: A Journal of Clinical and Applied Sociology 2(2):66-76.
This article presents a description of a culturally sensitive mitigation strategy, the "Talking Circle," and its application to Alaska Natives negatively impacted by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. Talking Circles are a traditional social activity for Alaska Natives and this activity was organized and implemented by members of the Village of Eyak in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The two-day event resulted in many testimonies about personal experiences with the oil spill. Post-Talking Circle activities by Eyak Village members indicate increased cultural awareness and political mobilization. These findings suggest that this mitigation strategy promoted cultural consciousness among victims experiencing chronic disaster impacts and resulting in a "transforming activity" for the Native Village of Eyak.

Schwab, Jim, Kenneth C. Topping, Charles C. Eadie, Robert E. Deyle, and Richard A. Smith. 1998. Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction. PAS Report No. 483/484. Chicago, IL: American Planning Association. 346 pp.
This document helps community leaders and planners educate their constituents on how informed decisions and choices can affect the rebuilding process and yield a safer, more sustainable community. This report introduces planners to their roles in post-disaster reconstruction and recovery, and provides guidance on how to plan for post-disaster reconstruction side by side with all other players involved. A key theme throughout this report is to rebuild to create a more disaster-resilient community. The report contains many references to technical resources.

Federal Emergency Management Agency. 1994. Multi-Objective Flood Mitigation Plan Vermillion River Basin South Dakota. Denver: Federal Emergency Management Agency, State of South Dakota, U.S. National Park Service.
The 1993 Midwest floods renewed interest on the part of government agencies, private groups, and individuals in finding ways to avoid or reduce the impacts of future disasters through permanent, low-cost solutions. This approach requires an examination of the relationships between natural systems (precipitation, drainage, sedimentation, vegetation, etc.) and human systems (water control structures, public policies and funding, agriculture, transportation, etc.) in order to make them more compatible. This document describes a multi-objective planning workshop held in Parker, South Dakota, in June 1994 to address flood mitigation. It describes the Vermillion River Basin and its flood history; the workshop; flood hazard management, drainage, and transportation in the area; economic development and sustainability, cultural and historic resources, and housing; fish and wildlife populations and habitat; outdoor recreation and open space; water quality and erosion; and implementation of the plan.

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Additional Reading

Birkland, T.A. 1997. After Disaster. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.

City of Denton, Planning and Development Department, Comprehensive Planning Section. 1999. The Denton Plan 1999-2020. Denton, TX: City of Denton.

Community Development Society. What Is Participatory Research? http://www.comm-dev.org/par-is.htm

Cornwall, A. and R. Jewkes. 1995. "What Is Participatory Research?" Soc. Sci. Med. 41:1667-1676.

Cox, Bob, Sherryl Zahn, and Duane Holmes. 1995. "A Multiobjective Flood Hazard Mitigation Planning Process for the Vermillion River Basin, South Dakota." Pp. 132-135 in From the Mountains to the Sea--Developing Local Capability. Proceedings of the 19th annual conference of the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Special Publication 31. Boulder, CO: Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center.

Creighton, J.L. 1983. "Identifying Publics/staff Identification Techniques." In Creighton, J.L., Delli Priscoli, J. and Dunning, C.M., eds., IWR Research Report 82-R1. Fort Belvoir, VA: Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:199-206.

Daniels, S.E. and G.B. Walker. 1996. "Collaborative Learning: Improving Public Deliberations in Ecosystem-based Management." Environmental Impact Assessment Review 16:71-102.

Dore, J. 1998. Step by Step to Facilitating your Community's Public Participation Process. The Token Creek Watershed Project Case Study. Madison, WI: The Dane County Natural Heritage Foundation.

Environmental Protection Agency. 1997. People, Places, and Partnerships. A Progress Report on Community-Based Environmental Protection. EPA-100-R-97-003. Washington, D.C.: Office of the Administrator.

Found, W.C. 1997. "Evaluating Participatory Research." Knowledge and Policy 10:109-122.

Hoff, Marie D. 1998. Sustainable Community Development. Studies in Economic, Environmental, and Cultural Revitalization. Boca Raton, FL: Lewis Publishers.

Holmes, D. n.d. A Multi-Objective Workshop Planning Process. Denver, CO: Stewardship and Partnership Team, Rocky Mountain Support Office, Intermountain Region, National Park Service.

Holmes, D. 1996. "A Multi-Objective Workshop Planning Process." Pp. 188-199 in Proceedings of the Conference on Arid West Floodplain Management Issues. Madison, WI: Association of State Floodplain Managers.

Kaner, S. et al. 1996. The Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making. Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers.

Kiser, L.L. and E. Ostrom. 1982. "The Three Worlds of Action; a Metatheoretical Synthesis of Institutional Approaches." In Ostrom, E., ed. Strategies of political inquiry. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications: 179-222.

Krajeski, Richard L. and Kristina J. Peterson. 1999. "'But She Is a Woman and This Is a Man's Job': Lessons for Participatory Research and Participatory Recovery." International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 17(1): 123-130.

McShane, John H. 1992. "Integrating Provisions of the National Flood Insurance Program with Multi-objective River Corridor Management." Pp. 200-203 in Multi-Objective Approaches to Floodplain Management. Special Publication No. 26. Boulder, CO: Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center.

North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. 1999. Hazard Mitigation Successes. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Emergency Management Division.

Oleari, Kenoli. 2000. "Making Your Job Easier: Using Whole System Approaches to Involve the Community in Sustainable Planning and Development." Public Management (December):4-10.

Platt, R.H. 1999. "Natural Hazards of the San Francisco Bay Mega-city: Trial by Earthquake, Wind, and Fire." In Mitchell, J.K., ed. Crucibles of Hazard. Tokyo: United Nations University Press: 335-374.

Plein, L.C., K. Green, and D.G. William. 1998. "Organic Planning: a New Approach to Public Participation in Local Governance." The Social Science Journal 35:509-523.

R. D. Flanagan & Associates. 1994. Tulsa's Floodplain and Stormwater Management Program. Tulsa, OK. 85 pp.

Sanoff, H. 2000. Community Participation Methods in Design and Planning. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Steelman, T.A. and W. Ascher. 1997. "Public Involvement Methods in Natural Resource Policymaking: Advantages, Disadvantages and Tradeoffs." Policy Sciences 30:71-90.

Stoecker, R. 1999. "Are Academics Irrelevant?" American Behavioral Scientist 42:840-854.

Thomas, J.C. 1995. Public Participation in Public Decisions. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Topping, K.C. 1992. Oakland Hills Fire Prevention and Suppression Benefit Assessment District Report. Unpublished. 46 pp.

Wacker, C., A. Viaro, and M. Wolf. 1999. "Partnerships for Urban Environmental Management: the Roles of Urban Authorities, Researchers and Civil Society." Environment & Urbanization 11:113-125.

Watson, L., V. Lee, P. Pogue, J. Almeida, H. Araujo, P.F. Mowrey, R. Rendine, R. Lietao, and J. Condon. 1998. Strategy for Reducing Risks from Natural Hazards in Pawtucket, Rhode Island: a Multi-hazard Mitigation Strategy. Narragansett, RI: Rhode Island Sea Grant.

Zahn, S., B. Cox, and D. Holmes. 1994. Multi-Objective Flood Mitigation Plan Vermillion River Basin South Dakota. Denver, CO: Federal Emergency Management Agency, State of South Dakota, National Park Service.

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