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Recovery, Local

  • By: David Paul Milen
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

When disaster strikes a local community, it is imperative that the community has sufficient resources in order to return back to normal working conditions and that business continuity is maintained. One of the many recovery issues is finding enough volunteers and other workers to assist in disaster recovery efforts. As many communities throughout the United States can attest, having volunteers for recovery is an immeasurable and invaluable resource. Disaster recovery, especially at the local level, requires participation from volunteers, outside and faith-based organizations, municipalities, and other federal and state assistance programs that may benefit the disaster-stricken area. Local disaster recovery may be considered an arduous task, but with proper planning, organizational buy-in, and local disaster recovery task forces, the return to normalcy may be expedited.

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