In the hours and days following a disaster, communities first prioritize life saving operations in the response phase, then meeting basic needs during the post disaster response. The focus then changes over the next few weeks to helping the community re-establish normal operations during recovery administration.
In the response phase, localities focus on life-saving operations. Coordinated communications with staff, vendors, volunteers and the general public are crucial to this phase.
A locality's incident command system directs the rescue effort when a natural disaster strikes.
As a community transitions from post-disaster response into recovery administration, the focus shifts to helping the community return to normalcy. City and county administrators and emergency management officials should engage with stakeholders in reviewing and enacting the recovery plan to help the community restore everyday activities and resume normal operations.
Unmet Needs Assessment
Assessing the community's post-disaster needs is important for determining and prioritizing the long-term recovery work needed.