Disaster Response and Recovery

If you are a local government leader and your community has just experienced a disaster, there are key decisions you can make to shrink the time between disaster and recovery for your most vulnerable citizens.

  1. Encourage every affected citizen to apply for FEMA aid. The number of applications received will greatly determine the volume of federal funds your community might be allocated in the future.

  2. Train Disaster Case Management Services and have them use a unified system of record. Disaster Case Management, when done correctly, connects individuals with the community resources they need to navigate the complex process of recovery and indeed can mean the difference between moving forward or reaching the breaking point for thousands of families.

  3. Organize an Elected Leader Disaster Response Convening. SBP provides Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI) data that should guide leaders on where to outreach and dedicate resources first and educates public servants on how to transition from Disaster Response to Disaster Recovery.

SBP offers these and other services to help communities determine the scope and breadth of their response and transition to long-term recovery. Setting the stage during response for the programs and needs of long-term programs increases efficiency and the speed with which survivors can access support. To learn more or request an event for your community, reach out to advise@sbpusa.org