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

Community Planning Workshop
Created: 4/27/2020 -


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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Billions of dollars of new funding were directed to FEMA to help communities face the threat of terrorism. Just a few years past its 20th anniversary, FEMA was actively directing its "all-hazards" approach to disasters toward homeland security issues. In March 2003, FEMA joined 22 other federal agencies, programs and offices in becoming the Department of Homeland Security. The new department, headed by Secretary Tom Ridge, brought a coordinated approach to national security from emergencies and disasters - both natural and man-made.

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. 


Adaptation Phase
Sharing Lessons
Community / Local
National / Federal
Sector Addressed
Development (socioeconomic)
Disaster Risk Management
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Develop disaster preparedness plans and policies
Governance and Policy
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Culture / communities
North America
United States