The National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) establishes a common platform and forum for how the whole community builds, sustains, and coordinates the delivery of recovery capabilities. Resilient and sustainable recovery comprises more than restoring a community’s physical structures to pre-disaster conditions. Through effective coordination of partners and resources, we can ensure the continuity of services and support to meet the needs of affected community members who have experienced the hardships of financial, emotional, and physical impacts of devastating disasters.
Preparation always precedes need, so the NDRF emphasizes preparing for recovery before a disaster. The ability of a community to accelerate the recovery process begins with its efforts in pre-disaster readiness, including coordinating with community partners, mitigating risks, incorporating continuity planning, identifying resources, and developing the capacity to manage the recovery process effectively and through a collaborative and inclusive planning process.
Collaboration across the whole community provides an opportunity to integrate mitigation, resilience, and sustainability into the community’s short- and long-term recovery goals. The framework is aimed at working together to support survivor needs and build resilience:
The recovery process is a sequence of related and sometimes simultaneous activities that progressively advance a community toward its planned recovery outcomes. Decisions made and priorities set by a community pre-disaster and early in the recovery process have an overwhelming effect on recovery’s nature, speed, and effectiveness. Disaster Management will be least effective if action is delayed until all disaster consequences have already played out. Recovery starts with planning before disaster even strikes. Furthermore, it is a whole community effort. Households, families, communities, NGOs, Private sector entities, and local governments participate in disaster recovery.
Eight capability areas
Recovery has eight capability areas that must be developed:
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