When a disaster happens, the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) ‘responds’ to the event. Response can include search and rescue operations and damage assessments. It usually lasts a short period of time. Recovery is the next phase and often takes much longer, although response and recovery can happen at simultaneously.
Understanding the recovery process helps you have a realistic view of what to expect after a disaster, both short term and long term.
What is recovery?
It is the phase after a disaster that coordinates the effort to restore physical infrastructure in our community as well as the emotional, social, economic and physical wellbeing of people. Everyone’s needs are different as we move from short term to long term recovery.
Recovery time varies for each person, and it is a time to move forward together as a community. For some people, recovery means going ‘back to normal’, while for others, it isn’t possible for things to return to the way they were and means adapting to a ‘new normal’.
Depending on the size and type of disaster, the LDMG may appoint a Local Recovery Coordinator to oversee all aspects of recovery to help the community get back on its feet again as quickly as possible.
Read the recovery factsheet to find out what they five main areas are, and what they focus on short term and long term.