The recovery phase of disasters emerges while the response is subsiding.
The recovery phase is the longest and most expensive phase of a disaster. Emergency managers start planning for the recovery from disasters long before disaster strikes, so that an effective recovery can commence in the first hours of a disaster event.
Depending on the proximity in time to the disaster, early recovery typically involves debris removal, demobilization of personnel, disposition of resources acquired during a disaster, rehabilitating the community, preparing After Action Reports and Corrective Action Plans; in other words, recovery transitions into Planning.
Often the success of recovery depends on planning prior to a disaster. It is also a time when the needs of animals in disasters is fresh in peoples’ minds and are taken seriously. Hence, the recovery phase is an ideal time to start working towards a better future.
The effectiveness of the early recovery planning often doesn’t emerge until the effort invested in the response is waning. A successful recovery manifests itself as implementing plans for a better future where the hazards of the past and their impacts are mitigated, and the foreseeable consequences of disasters are minimized.
During the recovery phase of a disaster, awareness of issues and the resolve to prevent or mitigate concerns for animals is high. During recovery interest in preparedness is often inspired and support is highly motivated to rebuild a resilient animal health infrastructure. Hence the recovery phase of a disaster is an opportune time to address underlying issues that contributed to how the disaster affected animals and to inspire a future a community desires.
There are many examples of what a viable animal health infrastructure could look like, what the root causes of vulnerability are to that infrastructure, and how these vulnerabilities can be addressed to improve upon a community’s approach to animal and public health.
At animaldisasters.com we can help you with fund raising to help rebuild and improve a community’s animal health infrastructure, as well as engage communities to develop comprehensive emergency management strategies to mitigate future disasters, and improve every day quality of life for people and animals.
Some considerations for successful recovery include:
At animaldisasters.com we can help you help communities recover from disasters. We can help with fund raising to help rebuild and improve a community’s animal health infrastructure, as well as engage communities to develop comprehensive emergency management strategies to mitigate future disasters and improve every day quality of life for people and animals. We offer to work with donors to identify the specific program or need at the time of donation, because at animaldisasters.com we prefer to help donors identify and support their intended final goals and recipients.