Pre-Disaster Planning for Permanent Housing Recovery- Volume 1: Overview   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the foreword: "The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development continues to explore new strategies for supporting state and local governments as they prepare and plan for disasters. In cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Disaster Housing Task Force, we continue to address the temporary, interim, and permanent housing challenges that communities confront in a post-disaster environment. This report introduces pre-disaster planning tools for permanent housing, with a special emphasis on community involvement in the planning process. [...] Our national disaster housing strategy recognizes that a 'one-size-fits-all' approach is not sufficient for any disaster plan; thus, a flexible approach is encouraged within this report. In fact, the strength of this report is based on its utility and flexibility, which is captured within the electronic tool, worksheets, and checklist. Planners will be able to use this report to guide the community through the planning process by identifying hazards, housing capabilities, and additional resources needed to implement a pre-disaster housing recovery plan. During the planning process, the community will discover what housing resources are needed to rebuild within a specified time and better understand if it is prepared based on current resources. By considering multiple rebuilding options, the community will be able to weigh the cost and benefits of any given recovery plan."

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