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Navigating the Road to Recovery

Written by  JOSHUA NORMAN June 23, 2009

Steps Integral to Healthy Rebuilding Industry leaders and government officials are not only witnesses but instrumental players in the emerging paradigm shift in the emergency management field. In regions prone to hurricane and tropical storm activity, the tide is turning away from traditional policies based on practical approaches of preparation and response to long-term recovery. Grounded in the foundations of first responder training, this mindset has consistently dominated the emergency management field and was later reinforced by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The responsibilities of an emergency manager during a disaster have traditionally related only to the duration of the disaster’s incident period and have recently begun to include administration of FEMA grants for emergency protective measures and debris removal. However, the mindset is based in the incomplete assumption that all the effects of a disaster are mitigated upon final execution of immediate emergency protective measures. The recovery of a city

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