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.

  • Two women await the arrival of U.S Border Patrol riverine agents in an air boat to pick them up as they are evacuated from a flooded subdivision near Houston, Texas, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey August 30, 2017.

    Report

    Assessing Social Equity in Disaster Preparation, Response, and Recovery

    Nov 16, 2021

    In this webinar, senior social scientist Melissa Finucane reviews the complex nature of social equity—including contextual, procedural, and distributional equity dimensions—and how a robust, evidence-based approach is needed to measure progress toward equity in disaster contexts.

  • Crane trucks in the construction of a bridge, photo by Juan Enrique del Barrio/Adobe Stock

    Commentary

    New Thinking to Translate Infrastructure Dollars into Resilience

    Jun 2, 2021

    Infrastructure investments the United States makes today to recover from the pandemic can help boost resilience for the future. We will need to think beyond what we've done in the past to ensure that these investments can continue to protect the nation from shifting threats in the future.

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    News Release

    RAND Study Says Hurricane Katrina Response Shows Need to Tailor Some National Guard Units for Disaster Work

    The U.S. Army should change the way it plans for domestic emergencies — both natural disasters and terrorist attacks — to better support state and local first responders, according to a RAND Corporation report issued today.

    Jun 4, 2007

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    Journal Article

    "They Blew the Levee": Distrust of Authorities Among Hurricane Katrina Evacuees

    Distrust of authorities, among numerous other factors, seems likely to have played a role in New Orleans residents' reactions to evacuation warnings and public health authorities' advice.

    Jan 1, 2007

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    News Release

    Governor Barbour Announces Project to Extend Study of Gulf Coast Housing Needs

    October 24, 2006 News Release: Governor Barbour Announces Project to Extend Study of Gulf Coast Housing Needs.

    Oct 24, 2006

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    News Release

    RAND Report Stresses Importance of Advanced Planning for Flood Recovery

    October 23, 2006 News Release: RAND Report Stresses Importance of Advanced Planning for Flood Recovery.

    Oct 23, 2006

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    Strengthening the Partnership

    The partnership between nongovernmental aid organizations and the military illustrates a novel approach to post-conflict settings; however, it comes with a set of unique institutional challenges that must be analyzed to ensure success.

    Jan 1, 2005

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    Report

    Assessing Requirements for Peacekeeping, Humanitarian Assistance, and Disaster Relief

    To assess requirements for peace operations, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief, then to develop options for conducting such contingencies more effectively without detracting from the nation's capability to conduct major theater warfare.

    Jan 1, 1998

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    Rahim Ali

    Technical Analyst
    Education M.S in civil and environmental engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; B.A in architecture, University of California, Berkeley

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    Thomas F. Atkin

    Adjunct Management Scientist
    Education M.S. in management science, University of Miami; B.S. in mathematical science, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

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    Jay Balagna

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.H. in prevention science and practice, Emory University; B.A. in Spanish, University of Nevada, Reno

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    Jason Thomas Barnosky

    Senior Political Scientist
    Education PhD in political science, Brown University; BA in political science, New York University

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    Lisa Bernard

    Senior Research Editor
    Education J.D. in law, University of Pittsburgh; M.A. in education, College of William and Mary; B.A. in philosophy, College of William and Mary

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    Paul Brenner

    Senior Management Scientist
    Education B.S. in civil engineering, Princeton University; M.S. in operations engineering, University of Michigan; M.S. in management, MIT

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    Rachel M. Burns

    Senior Quantitative Analyst
    Education M.P.H., University of Michigan; B.S., Ohio State University

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    Edward W. Chan

    Senior Operations Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in operations research, Cornell University

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    Anita Chandra

    Vice President and Director, RAND Social and Economic Well-Being; Senior Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Dr.P.H. in population and family health sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; M.P.H. in maternal and child health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health; B.A. in child development, Tufts University

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    Noreen Clancy

    Senior Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, RAND Pardee Graduate School; Associate Research Department Director, Global Research Talent Operations
    Education M.S. in environmental science and policy, The Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in criminology and law, University of Florida

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    Aaron Clark-Ginsberg

    Behavioral/Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in humanitarian action, University College Dublin; M.S. in humanitarian action, University College Dublin; B.A. in American studies, Kenyon College; B.A. in environmental studies, Kenyon College

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    Cynthia R. Cook

    Adjunct Management Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in sociology, Harvard University; B.S. in management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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    Shelly Culbertson

    Associate Director, Disaster Management & Resilience Program, RAND Homeland Security Research Division; Senior Policy Researcher
    Education M.P.A. in public policy and international development, Princeton University School for Public and International Affairs; B.Phil. in political science and philosophy, University of Pittsburgh; B.S. in mathematics, University of Pittsburgh

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    Brian Dolan

    Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, University of Cincinnati; B.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering, SUNY Buffalo