Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation – A new publication from the American Planning Association.
Over the past four years, the APA Hazards Planning Center worked under an agreement with FEMA to develop Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation (PAS 576). This updated manual offers a no-nonsense explanation of the benefits — and limitations — of planning for unpredictable events.
What’s also interesting about this new publication is that the authors address planning for disaster resiliency and community sustainability as an integral part of the recovery process, looking at issues like:
- What becomes of these communities and regions afterwards?
- How long does it take to rebuild?
- Is there anything communities can do to speed the process, to reduce the losses, to become more resilient?
The report outlines the Vision and Next Steps in creating resilient and sustainable communities and concludes that “In the end, the opportunity to combine aspects of community economic revitalization with environmental restoration and serious considerations of social equity draws upon some of the most powerful, creative, and visionary skill sets that planners can offer to a community. The planning profession must rise to this opportunity while realizing that disasters are sobering reminders of all that society may not have gotten right in the way it has chosen to build in the past. It is not enough merely to repeat those mistakes.”
Go to the APA website to read more and download a copy of the report HERE.