Homeland Security and Emergency Management

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Long Term Recovery

Some individuals, families, businesses and communities that are especially hard hit by a disaster may need a long time and specialized assistance to recover.


Although federal, state and other resources may be available it is the recovering communities themselves, through their own recovery groups, committees or taskforces that must lead and manage the effort to ensure that issues are addressed, needs are met and priorities agreed upon. 
This presentation presents some of the key topics, ideas and steps small communities can take to get disaster recovery started.

Minnesota Community Recovery Plan Guidebook

The purpose of this Guidebook is to provide step-by-step instruction to allow local emergency managers and civic leaders to develop a locally-focused long-term disaster recovery plan.
A recovery plan should address the consequences of any emergency or disaster in which there is anticipated for a need for long-term recovery. This guide book is designed to walk you through, step by step, on creating the basic shell of a Community Recovery Plan prior to a disaster or the full plan following a disaster.

Long-Term Recovery Committees - A Best Practice

On June 17, 2010 severe storms and tornadoes impacted much of Minnesota.  Otter Tail and Wadena counties did not escape this disaster.  Read about their long-term recovery experiences and challenges.

Minnesota VOAD

Minnesota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MNVOAD) has worked with HSEM to create guidance that can be used in the development of Long-Term Recovery Committees. Creating this committee prior to a disaster has proven to be a best practice but it can be created following the event if necessary as well. This document details the process of creating and maintaining a Long-Term Recovery Committee.