February 11, 2011

FEMA Grant Funds Revision
of Leading Disaster-Recovery Planning Guide

CHICAGO — The disaster recovery go-to resource for more than a decade has been the American Planning Association's (APA) Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction Planning Advisory Service report. Thousands of copies have circulatednationwide and around the world. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently awarded APA a grant to produce a fully revised and updated version of the report.

A team of disaster mitigation and recovery professionals and researchers will spend the next three years producing Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation. The fully revised and updated report will address changes that have occurred in the disaster mitigation and recovery field over the past decade, including:

  • Passage of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000;
  • Adoption of the new National Response Framework (including ESF-14);
  • FEMA's absorption into the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security;
  • Lessons from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike and other recent disasters;
  • Modernization of the Flood Insurance Rate Maps;
  • Additional requirements and disaster enforcement within the state of Florida;
  • The impact of climate change;
  • The Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act; and
  • The National Disaster Recovery Framework.

The final report will be available in the fall of 2013 in print and through a web interface so future legislation, regulatory updates and new case studies may be added as necessary.

"The original Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction report has been integral in assisting communities as they prepare for and during the recovery and rebuilding after disasters," said James C. Schwab, AICP, manager of APA's Hazards Planning Research Center. "The next generation report will be written so it is as comprehensive as and even more helpful than the original."

During the next three years, there will be opportunities for experts within the hazard mitigation and disaster recovery fields to contribute ideas, case studies and materials for the report.

Materials Request

The report team is currently seeking articles, plans and other relevant literary information for possible inclusion in the report as references and resources. If you have an item that might be useful, please send an e-mail to postdisasterlit@planning.org.

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Roberta Rewers, APA Public Affairs; 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org