Disaster Recovery Operations

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Recovery in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters is directly related to the availability of local resources and the infrastructure and operational ability to deliver assistance from outside the affected region. RAND researchers have helped governments, militaries, and private organizations organize recovery operations during disasters, learn from past experience, and prepare for future disasters.

  • A man walks through floodwaters to survey damage from Hurricane Sandy in the New Dorp Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, New York, November 1, 2012, photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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    How Citizen Scientists Are Protecting Their Communities

    Aug 29, 2019

    After Superstorm Sandy, residents of Sunset Park, Brooklyn cleaned up debris, pumped out basements, and teamed up with researchers to find out what was in the floodwater. They established safety protocols to help local businesses prevent their chemicals from escaping and wrote a guide to help other communities.

  • Emergency response crews on a building destroyed in an earthquake

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    What Is the Private Sector's Role in Supporting Disaster Recovery?

    May 18, 2016

    The scope and scale of disasters are changing. This has altered how disaster management and financing are addressed. Businesses and nonprofits are increasingly central to the process, supporting immediate disaster response and contributing redevelopment funding that supports community recovery.

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