Models to Follow

It can be tough to know where to start when crafting a disaster recovery plan or an agreement to aid a nearby town in an emergency. So we are collecting samples from across the country to give leaders an idea of what others are using that works.

This detailed 141-page plan describes the destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey when it hit Aransas County, Texas in 2017 followed by recovery priorities and projects.  It outlines objectives as well as responsible parties, needed funding and timing for its goals.  The “lessons learned” segment at the end includes insights into the challenges the group faced and how it overcame them.

This 56-page community recovery plan was crafted after Denham Springs, Louisiana in 2016 suffered unprecedented flooding that swamped nearly three quarters of the city’s homes.  The evolving document outlines key projects, who will champion them, estimated timelines, where funding will come from, action steps to achieve them and possible opportunities to collaborate.

This 75-page comprehensive plan provides a menu of key projects in four areas for the community to consider funding as it recovers from a deadly EF-5 tornado in 2007 that destroyed 90% of the city.  The cost and potential funding sources for each project are listed, and they are ranked according to how much the project will contribute to Greensburg’s recovery.

After the deadly 2018 Camp Fire, Paradise, California created this 145-page plan to outline its future progression.  Projects include a walkable downtown, improved broadband services, road evaluation and rehabilitation and much more.  Each project listed features comments from public meetings held to discuss the improvements as well as votes each received in an online public survey.

This is an example of a comprehensive plan that any community can craft after a disaster.  In it, Sea Bright, New Jersey describes and prioritizes 15 projects planned in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, detailing cost estimates, potential funding sources and timelines.  The plan also delineates how the projects will be resilient to future disasters.