FEMA Releases Draft National Disaster Recovery Framework

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the interagency Long Term Disaster Recovery Working Group, has issued a draft of the National Disaster Recovery Framework. The framework focuses on engaging state, local and tribal governments, nonprofit partners, the private sector and the public to enhance the nation’s ability to recovery from disasters.

The National Disaster Recovery Framework provides a model to collectively identify and address challenges that arise during the disaster recovery process. It is designed to help the broad emergency management community work better together to support individuals, households and communities as they rebuild and restore their ways of life following a disaster.

The Recovery Framework was developed based on input from all levels of government, the private sector, academic and emergency management communities, voluntary and non-profit organizations and a wide array of associations and organizations. Information was collected through meetings and briefings across the country, online engagement and a series of video teleconferences and stakeholder forums in five key cities.

The report is now available for review by visiting http://www.DisasterRecoveryWorkingGroup.gov. The comment period will run through Feb. 26. This comment period continues the extensive stakeholder outreach efforts undertaken by the interagency Long Term Disaster Recovery Working Group, established in October 2009 by President Barack Obama and co-chaired by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan.

The Recovery Framework document is available at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket FEMA-2010-0004. Individuals and other stakeholders who wish to submit comments can do so at that Web site using the Docket identification number as a search term.

The Long Term Disaster Recovery Working Group – comprised of more than 20 federal departments, agencies and offices –provides President Obama with recommendations on ways to improve the capabilities of individuals, communities and the nation’s economy to withstand and rapidly recover from disasters.

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