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November 9, 2012

NDRF: Weekend Reading

Filed under: Catastrophes,State and Local HLS,Strategy — by Philip J. Palin on November 9, 2012

While not exactly scintillating, a very timely read might be the National Disaster Recovery Framework (September 2011).

From the document’s Executive Summary:

Experience with recent disaster recovery efforts highlights the need for additional guidance, structure and support to improve how we as a Nation address recovery challenges. This experience prompts us to better understand the obstacles to disaster recovery and the challenges faced by communities that seek disaster assistance.The National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF)is a guide to promote effective recovery, particularly for those incidents that are large scale or catastrophic.The NDRF provides guidance that enables effective recovery support to disaster-impacted States, Tribes and local jurisdictions. It provides a flexible structure that enables disaster recovery managers to operate in a unified and collaborative manner. It also focuses on how best to restore, redevelop and revitalize the health,social, economic, natural and environmental fabric of the community and build a more resilient Nation. The NDRF defines:

• Core recovery principles

• Roles and responsibilities of recoverycoordinators and other stakeholders

• A coordinating structure that facilitates communication and collaboration among all stakeholders

• Guidance for pre- and post-disaster recovery planning

• The overall process by which communities can capitalize on opportunities to rebuild stronger, smarter and safer

These elements improve recovery support and expedite recovery of disaster-impacted individuals, families, businesses and communities. While the NDRF speaks to all who are impacted or otherwise involved in disaster recovery, it concentrates on support to individuals and communities.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

November 9, 2012 @ 10:02 am

Will those who prepared and signed off and issued the NDRF please step forwards?

Is it accurate that the NSS of the NSC and the HSC have bowed out of all recovery issues and that effort now led in the WH by the
Domestic Policy Council?

And exactly which Committees on the HILL have oversight of recovery policy and issues? Will it be the same in the 213th Congress?

And the principal chain of command in DHS and FEMA for recovery mission?

Comment by Philip J. Palin

November 9, 2012 @ 11:53 am

Bill, For what it’s worth: It is also my understanding that early in the new administration the Domestic Policy Council was given a considerable role in helping advance the NDRF. It was my impression at the time that this was, among other things, related to the prior role of some DPC staff in working through Gulf Coast recovery issues. There was a particular sense of urgency in the new administration to “fix” what was seen as a dysfunctional process in Katrina recovery. So it may have been a matter of personal expertise more than long-term policy hand-offs. I don’t know who ended up being the principal NDRF authors and I don’t know who/what on the White House staff may be most involved in quarterbacking the interagency process for post-Sandy. When we see who is appointed (formally by FEMA) to the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator role we may also have these answers. It is my impression that the Framework has wanted to keep purposefully open which agency might “lead” a recovery — if any — in order to reflect the nature of the event and the principal challenges of the recovery. (See pages 31-33 of the NDRF in particular). But that is a very tentative impression. More supposition than anything else.

Comment by Claire B. Rubin

November 9, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

Bear in mind the NDRF is mainly aimed at the federal and national partners.

No guidance to state and local officials to implement the NDRF has yet been issued by FEMA.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 9, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

That old saw for large orgs “Delegate or Die” will make for some stressful times for the two Governors whose states appear to have most heavily impacted, Christie and Cuomo!

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