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Disaster Response


The Value of Preparedness

Unexpected natural and man-made disasters can be crippling to communities. In the face of a destructive fire or raging tornado, communities that posess an updated disaster response plan fare better than their counterparts who lack a plan. Although it is impossible to prevent severe weather or hold back an impending flood, communities can actively take steps to ensure that their response is timely, strategic and prevents the situation from spiraling out of control. Visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Community Preparedness Toolkit for more information.

Disaster Recovery: Initial Steps

When disaster strikes, communities must respond swiftly and decisively. Beyond public safety concerns, here is a Top 10 post-disaster list that communities should consider: 10 Things for Disaster Recovery.

Disaster Recovery: Long-Term

Once the initial "lights and sirens" phase of a disaster passes, communities need to move into the long-term recovery phase. This is a longer process that may take several years to complete. The goal of long-term recovery is to get your community back to a new sense of normal. Here are a few things to consider as you start down the long-term recovery road: Basic Steps for Long-term Recovery.

Key Organizations:

Homeland Security Emergency and Management (MN)

Lutheran Disaster Response

Minnesota Design Team

Minnesota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (MNVOAD)

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy