Healthy Resilient and Sustainable Communities After Disasters Strategies Opportunities and Planning for Recovery
Institute of Medicine. (2015). Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery. (Book available for purchase; PDF is free for guests to download.)
This book is the result of a consensus study that included several public and closed meetings on disaster recovery. It emphasizes the need to understand that the disaster recovery process offers communities the unique opportunity to not only "return to normal," but to improve upon the status quo. Doing so can improve a community's resilience, health, preparedness for future events, and sustainability. Recommended: Review “Summary of Findings” sections to more easily navigate this extensive resource.