Pre‐Disaster Planning for Post‐Disaster Recovery: Case Studies

Community Planning Workshop
Posted on: 4/27/2020 - Updated on: 4/27/2020

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In coordination with a consultant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the University of Oregon’s Community Planning Workshop (CPW) researched four post‐disaster recovery plans (PDRPs) developed by select communities in the United States. The purpose of this research was to find innovative post‐disaster plans that incorporate effective strategies for recovery with the intent of evaluating strategies for providing credit for such efforts as part of the Community Rating System (CRS). The case studies focus on communities at risk for flooding. While some of these communities participate in the CRS associated with FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), others are not currently participants in this program.  

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FEMA’s mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. The challenges posed by more intense storms, frequent heavy rain, heat waves, drought, extreme flooding, and higher sea levels could lead to increased risks from disasters faced by communities and the emergency management professionals serving them.

For more than 40 years, the Institute for Policy Research and Engagement (formerly the Community Service Center) has linked the skills, expertise, and innovation of higher education with local planning, economic development, and environmental issues to improve quality of life for Oregon communities and residents. The Institute for Policy Research and Engagement service-learning education model provides students important service and professional experience by helping to solve community and regional issues.