Disaster Recovery

Census Gives Opposite Advice to Tornado-Damaged Dayton, Flood-Ravaged Houston

When people are displaced following a natural disaster, where should they be counted for the census? The answer could mean a lot of money down the line for communities trying to rebuild.

States Take the Reins in Resilience Planning

Governors say states are taking steps to assure their long-term resiliency in the face of worsening climate change—and in the absence of sweeping federal action.

'The Mayor Can Set The Tone': How City Leaders Respond to Mass Shootings

Mayors who have seen their cities go through mass shootings discuss how to recover from—and whether it's possible to prepare for—tragedy.

Lessons on Rebuilding Low-Cost Rental Units After A Disaster

The National Low Income Housing Coalition examined the loss of low-cost rental housing in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, recommending steps that can be taken by other communities to preserve or rebuild.

Communities Lag in Resiliency Planning, Survey Finds

A survey of city and county administrators found that more than half of communities had not completed or considered a long-term sustainability or resiliency plan.

A Town Moves Forward After Two 'Thousand-Year' Storms

After two historic floods in less than two years, officials in Ellicott City, Maryland, are putting their hopes in a long-term rebuilding plan that officials say aims to balance recovery and resiliency with historic preservation.

Virginia’s Flood Mitigation Program Needs Funding

COMMENTARY | Communities lack resources to prepare for more common and costly flood events.

For a City That Didn’t Burn, Challenges Continue a Year After California’s Most Destructive Wildfire

Officials say the city of Chico is strained by the influx of newcomers displaced by last year’s Camp Fire—but as a place untouched by wildfires, they aren't eligible for emergency funds to help with the sudden population growth.

How Communities Can Build Psychological Resilience to Disaster

As climate change makes disasters more severe, researchers say we can prepare by being informed, volunteering, and staying socially connected.

Bans on Rebuilding in Disaster-Prone Areas Ignore Homeowners Preferences

COMMENTARY | Bans also squander the potential impact of increased economic activity as a result of the new construction. Areas recovering from disaster are in great need of this kind of stimulus.

In Charleston, the Real Flooding Crisis Is Only Beginning

The historic South Carolina city escaped the worst of the latest storm, but rising seas and an aging drainage system may soon bring chronic inundation.

The Slow Process of Post-Hurricane Housing Recovery

In communities hit by recent storms, government leaders have undertaken initiatives to try to speed up federal temporary housing help for residents.

When a Hurricane Hits, Neighbors Are the Real First Responders

COMMENTARY | The best determinant of how well a community fares in a storm is often not what happens after landfall, but what it was like before the wind and water hit.

Ensuring That Disaster Planning Considers People With Disabilities

A California state official describes a “cultural shift” he’s seen in recent years.

Why Are Atlantic and Gulf Coast Property Owners Building Back Bigger After Hurricanes?

Despite forward-looking environmental management and land-use planning intended to reduce future risk, development trends in many coastal locations are running in the opposite direction.

Getting Ready for Federal Disaster Mitigation Money

COMMENTARY | Local government officials need plans for when Community Development Block Grant dollars begin to flow.

Rockefeller Foundation Commits $8 Million to New Climate and Resilience Program

The move comes as the 100 Resilient Cities initiative supported by the foundation winds down.

Last Year Was a Record-Breaking Year for High-Tide Flooding. 2019 Probably Will Be, Too.

The East Coast suffered most from high-tide flooding, which can occur even on calm, sunny days, according to new data from the federal government.

It Takes Years to Fully Recover from Big Storms Like Sandy

COMMENTARY | This failure to help families get completely back on their feet is partly due to shortfalls in funding from charitable and federal sources.

Panama City, Florida Hosts ‘Charrette Week’ to Engage Residents in City Redesign

Eight months after Hurricane Michael destroyed a significant portion of the area, the city manager of Panama City says leaders are looking to residents for ideas on what to prioritize as they rebuild.