|The Recovery Challenge|
|The process of Recovery begins the minute the dust has settled or water has drained away following major disasters even in the midst of continued response operations. Local officials and community services begin with an assessment of needs that provides for immediate assistance to victims. Relief efforts often continue for weeks, months and even years after response operations are closed out. Emergency Recovery actions support temporary shelter as well as the necessary food, water, clothing and counseling services to victims and their families.
Short-term needs of the affected community are addressed as soon as possible following the emergency response. Services typically focus on moving from temporary shelters to transitional housing, transportation and providing economic stability to individuals and businesses. This phase is marked by the restoration of routine government services, debris removal, and financial assistance from insurance, loans or grants that allow for a return to more pre-disaster conditions within the community. Unless these short term needs are addressed they can become a drag on the over-all recovery.