The National Disaster Recovery Framework identifies local government as having the primary role of planning and managing all aspects of community recovery. The time-compressed post-disaster environment will inevitably require organizational adaptations with added capacity to manage the recovery process.
This briefing paper outlines how local political and administrative leaders will need to rethink how decisions are made and their level of oversight and control. City management activities in turn will need to be restructured to address the added demands associated with recovery and rebuilding. It is important to ensure that the proper authorities are in place once these leadership and management decisions are made.
Effective community recovery requires many partners to be effective — from all levels of government and neighboring jurisdictions, and with community, faith-based, and nonprofit organizations and all residents, businesses, their associations, and other private-sector investors and organizations.