Planning for Postdisaster Recovery: A Review of the U.S. Disaster Assistance Framework

Mon. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Interlocken C

The failure to plan for disaster recovery often results in rebuilding that contributes to the next disaster and limits the ability to maximize resources at every level. Those struggling to recover from disasters are routinely beset by duplicated efforts, poor inter-organizational coordination, policies that aren't shaped by local needs, and misinformation. Yet pre-event planning for postdisaster recovery remains undervalued. The presenters will discuss the many problematic issues surrounding disaster recovery using the lens of U.S. recovery practice and the policy recommendations described in Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: A Review of the United States Disaster Assistance Framework.

Panelist Gavin Smith, Moderator
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Panelist Tom Birkland, Panelist
North Carolina State University