Recovery Toolkit

ABAG Recovery Toolkit for Local Governments

This toolkit provides sampling of some of the work done by ABAG, other local, state, and federal partners, other local governments, and academics on the topic of long-term disaster recovery, and includes some conceptual and theoretical work as well as practical, usable tools such as model ordinances. Our goal is to introduce the topic of long-term disaster recovery as distinct from disaster mitigation and response and present the materials here as the start of a larger toolkit for local governments to plan for their own long-term recovery process, which will be developed and distributed at a later date. While the toolkit aims to provide tools that are useful to individual jurisdictions, we have also included content that explores the role of jurisdictions within their larger region during the recovery phase.

The content of this toolkit was provided to attendees of the October 18, 2012 General Assembly.


Checklists and Plans

The following resources are the top resources designed to assist local governments in navigating disaster recovery. They provide concise directions for actions to take to expedite and streamline the recovery process.


Recovery Ordinances and Tools

This section provides practical, usable tools for cities to adopt ordinances and pieces of policy that can speed recovery. Pieces in this section include policy guidance, recommended actions with explicit instructions, and model ordinances.


Funding and Economic Issues

One of the largest questions surrounding recovery is how money will flow, both to fund recovery and to maintain a strong economy. These resources provide case studies from other disaster events on how they managed money flows and economic impacts during their own recovery.


Recovery Concepts and Frameworks

This section provides fundamental theories and concepts of long-term recovery as distinct from disaster response, with unique players, skills, and implications.


Case Studies and Additional Thinking

The following pieces provide additional context and case studies that support and expand upon the content above.

Last updated: 09.17.2014