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 cars after they were destroyed by a tornado in Washington, Illinois, November 19, 2013

    Commentary

    Creating the Right Incentives for State and Local Governments to Reduce Disaster Costs

    Oct 14, 2020

    In the United States, federal, state, and local governments share responsibility for paying for losses from disasters. As the frequency and severity of disasters has increased, so have the losses. It’s worth considering whether the current risk-sharing approach is appropriate.

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    Supporting Puerto Rico's Disaster Recovery Planning

    Sep 30, 2020

    In response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, RAND researchers supported the development of Puerto Rico's economic and disaster-recovery plan. They collected and analyzed damage and needs information, and developed and costed recovery actions that addressed multiple areas of need.

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  • New York Army National Guard soldiers evacuate patients from Bellevue Hospital on Oct. 31, 2012 because of Hurricane Sandy

    Commentary

    Hurricane Sandy Highlights Importance of Hospital Preparedness

    The problem is that on any given day, disaster preparedness takes a back seat to ongoing operations. The tyranny of the urgent prevents hospital administrators from making investments in preparedness, writes Art Kellermann.

    Nov 15, 2012

  • Aerial photos of New Jersey coastline in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

    Commentary

    In Wake of Hurricane Sandy, Look to Louisiana for Lessons

    Just as public agencies across the country conducted terrorism risk assessments in the wake of 9/11, a comprehensive infrastructure assessment may be in order to understand natural hazard risks and the potential exacerbating effects of climate change, write Gary Cecchine, David Groves, and Jordan Fischbach.

    Nov 1, 2012

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    Report

    Bridging the Gap: Prototype Tools to Support Local Disaster Preparedness Planning and Collaboration

    RAND researchers developed an initial prototype tool to help determine capabilities and resources a locality will likely require during a disaster. The report also describes two social networking tools for local coordination of disaster preparedness.

    Oct 12, 2012

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    Journal Article

    The Public Health Disaster Trust Scale: Validation of a Brief Measure

    Trust contributes to community resilience by the critical influence it has on the community's responses to public health recommendations before, during, and after disasters.

    Jul 1, 2012

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    Focus on Community Resilience

    Resilient communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. RAND experts offer expertise on evaluating and implementing community resilience–building activities throughout the world.

    May 31, 2012

  • Damage sustained by St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., after the May 22, 2011 EF-5 tornado

    Commentary

    Medical Records Immune to Tornado in Joplin, Mo.

    Across the country, electronic medical records, designed first and foremost to make health care delivery safer and more efficient, are proving valuable when disaster strikes, write Mahshid Abir and Art Kellermann.

    May 23, 2012

  • Ninth Ward of New Orleans over a year after Katrina, showing the devastation.

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    RAND Provides Insight into National Flood Insurance Reform Proposals

    FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program writes the vast majority of flood insurance on residential properties in the United States; current legislation includes a number of reforms that could strengthen the program. RAND has completed studies in four key areas that offer insight into the issues under consideration.

    May 18, 2012

  • An aerial view of the flooded roads and fields in Louisiana are shown after Hurricane Lili

    Commentary

    A Flood of Innovation: Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan

    Michael D. Rich, RAND's president and chief executive officer, explains how RAND computer models and empirical analyses are helping protect and restore the Louisiana coast.

    May 11, 2012

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    Report

    Analysis of the Cities Readiness Initiative

    Examines (1) the status of communities' capability to deliver medical countermeasures within 48 hours of a federal decision to deploy assets and (2) whether the Cities Readiness Initiative has improved communities' capability to meet that goal.

    Mar 27, 2012

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    Journal Article

    Medical Relief After Earthquakes: It's Time for a New Paradigm

    This editorial examines the performance of urban search and rescue teams that responded to major earthquake disasters in Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia, Haiti, New Zealand, and Japan over the last decade.

    Mar 1, 2012

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    Resilient Communities: Creating Resilient Coastal Communities

    In this Resilient Communities podcast, Jordan R. Fischbach discusses recent research that has helped the city of New Orleans address the challenge of reducing flood risk and is relevant to many other coastal communities that are concerned with water resources, infrastructure planning, rising sea levels, and flooding.

    Feb 24, 2012

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    Journal Article

    Building Community Resilience: What Can the United States Learn from Experiences in Other Countries?

    Community resilience (CR) is emerging as a major public policy priority within disaster management and is one of two key pillars of the Dec. 2009 US National Health Security Strategy.

    Jan 1, 2012

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    Journal Article

    Developing and Pilot Testing a Laboratory Specific Continuity of Operations Tabletop Exercise

    Describes the importance of a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), and identifies common strengths and potential vulnerabilities of laboratoy-specific COOPs.

    Jan 1, 2012

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    Resilient Communities: Creating a Community of Practice

    In this Resilient Communities podcast, Admiral Thad Allen discusses the critical questions confronting the field of community resilience as well as a new toolkit developed by RAND researchers to support community disaster planning.

    Dec 12, 2011

  • A federal court officer instructs court personnel during an evacuation of the Federal Court Building in New York, after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck the East Coast, August 23, 2011, photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters

    Commentary

    Quake a Disaster 'Drill' D.C. Flunked

    Fortunately for the nation's capitol, Hurricane Irene and the East Coast earthquake proved to be relatively minor events, as far as disasters go. But before everyone breathes a sigh of relief, it would be wise to reflect on how people responded to what were essentially dress rehearsals for much bigger events, write Lynn E. Davis and Arthur L. Kellermann.

    Aug 29, 2011

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    Commentary

    Tokyo's Transformation

    The U.S. response to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami showcased its lasting commitment to Japan, as well as the unique logistical and material capabilities that the U.S. military forces stationed in the Pacific can provide, write Eric Heginbotham, Ely Ratner, and Richard J. Samuels.

    Aug 25, 2011

  • Sydney Maxwell looks for his belongings in his apartment destroyed in April 27's deadly tornados in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, May 2, 2011, photo by Lee Celano/Reuters

    Commentary

    Policymakers and Public Need to Be Able to Track and Account for Federal Disaster Funds

    If the U.S. does not improve its ability to track federal spending and develop reliable measures of effectiveness, precious federal disaster aid will continue to be at risk of being squandered, writes Agnes Gereben Schaefer.

    Jul 14, 2011

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    News Release

    High Rates of Household Breakups Occurred Following Hurricane Katrina

    The composition of households in New Orleans made the city's families more vulnerable to breakup during the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina.

    May 23, 2011

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    Building Community Resilience to Disasters

    Communities can build resilience to disasters through efforts such as joint planning of government and non-governmental organizations and the development of community networks.

    Feb 22, 2011

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Before Disaster Strikes: Imperatives for Enhancing Defense Support of Civil Authorities

    The report of the "Advisory Panel on Department of Defense Capabilities for Support of Civil Authorities After Certain Incidents" provides more than 40 recommendations about how the nation can overcome obstacles that complicate the nation's ability to respond effectively to CBRNE incidents.

    Sep 1, 2010