Importance of Recovery

Historical disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the Honshu earthquake, and the Joplin tornado and the March 2014 Flooding and Mudslide incident have clearly demonstrated the need for communities and jurisdictions to consider what they need to pre disaster to facilitate recovery post disaster. 

The Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is developing a recovery framework that would guide recovery from a local or catastrophic disaster. The framework will guide the county’s efforts to recover neighborhoods, social support, infrastructure, economic base, and disaster specific long-term effects of a significant natural or human-caused incident.
While the effects of disasters cannot be predicted, planning now can put Snohomish County in a position to recover as quickly as possible, allowing residents to establish their post disaster path forward.

The SR 530 Flooding and Mudslide disaster utilized a Long Term Recovery Team concept to manage several aspects of the recovery. This experience along with input from other disaster recovery efforts is guiding the documentation of not only a Recovery Framework, but also supporting recovery effort plans for topics such as Long Term Disaster Mental Health, Personal Property Reunification, and Commemorative Memorial planning. As these documents are completed they will be posted to this site for the benefit of others developing recovery plans and resources.

For more information, contact Heather Kelly, Long Term Recovery Planner or by calling (425) 388-5065.