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When Disaster Strikes

Texas Army National Guard rescuers help residents escape Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters

Photo by U.S. Department of Defense via Flickr Creative Commons

 In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the nation’s thoughts are on how to help storm victims recover. We’ve rounded up some of our prior posts on disaster recovery to share stories and lessons learned from earlier storms. The aftermath of such a destructive storm also provokes thoughts of how to prepare for the next crisis, so we’re also sharing resources for building community resilience to survive future disasters.

Response Teamwork illustrates how community organizations and residents can help in disaster recovery.

Back From Disaster examines why some communities improve after disaster strikes, while others never fully recover.

Life After Sandy details proceedings from a roundtable of LISC personnel about recovery efforts and lessons learned in the wake of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.

Disaster Resilience for Vulnerable Populations looks at disaster recovery and mitigation through an equity lens.

Recovery Can Start Before Disaster Strikes offers a list of resources for disaster preparedness and resiliency.

Federal Disaster Policy: Toward a More Resilient Future features a series of articles from HUD’s Evidence Matters publication, including a look at rural disaster resilience planning.

For more on this topic, see:

DHS’ Community Preparedness Toolkit

FEMA’s Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio

Corporation for National and Community Service Community Preparedness Toolkit

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