Report: Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery
Institute of Medicine

Post-disaster recovery presents an opportunity to improve beyond the pre-disaster status quo. While national efforts often focus on a “return to normal,” this can overlook the suboptimal conditions that exist for many, including preventable health issues and inequitable service access.

The recovery process should be seen as a chance to enhance community health, resilience, and sustainability, preparing them better for future challenges. Supported by various U.S. departments and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Institute of Medicine has formed an expert committee to create a disaster recovery approach that reduces health impacts and fosters healthier communities.