Historical disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the Honshu earthquake, and the March 2014 SR 530 Flooding and Mudslide incident have clearly demonstrated the need for communities and jurisdictions to consider what they need pre disaster to facilitate recovery post disaster.
The Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) has developed 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, assisting communities as they establish their "new reality" post disaster.
The SR 530 Flooding and Mudslide disaster leveraged a Long Term Recovery Team concept to manage several aspects of the recovery. This experience along with input from other disaster recovery efforts directed the documentation of not only a Recovery Framework, but also supporting recovery effort resources such as a Recovery Strategic template, a Long Term Disaster Mental Health, and a Personal Property Reunification guide. These documents are provided as examples of how Snohomish County does recovery and for the benefit of others developing recovery plans and resources.