"This document provides guidance to the FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] sustainability planner in the post-disaster response and recovery process. It provides an introduction to the principles and practices of sustainable development and explains the need for sustainable actions to be incorporated into the post-disaster recovery process. It is also a useful reference during non-disaster time for Federal, State, Tribal, and local emergency management officials. The guide explains sustainability tools and programs; how to operate a sustainability desk during a disaster; the role of the sustainability planner in community recovery; and Federal resources for technical assistance and funding. [...] Repetitive disaster losses diminish our quality of life and divert resources that could be used to address other concerns. Recovery from natural disasters presents a unique opportunity to consider alternatives to the damage-rebuild-damage cycle. These alternatives can help communities rebuild stronger, safer and smarter and thereby become less vulnerable to disasters. Communities can also use this opportunity to become more sustainable by integrating hazard mitigation strategies with other community objectives related to economic health, environmental stability, and social well-being."
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/