The National Disaster Recovery Framework provides guidance to recovery managers and government agencies in coordinating recovery efforts from national disasters, i.e. those that receive a presidential declaration under the Stafford Act. Coordination of federal programs is especially important in disaster recovery efforts, and the framework ensures that resources provided by federal agencies are able to meet the specific needs of communities impacted by national disasters.
However, most incidents do not receive presidential declarations, and are managed by state, tribal, territorial, or local governments. For these incidents, coordination can be difficult because state and local recovery managers must combine resources from federal agencies with other disparate sources that may not align neatly with their community’s needs. Yesterday, FEMA issued a draft guidance document, Effective Coordination of Recovery Resources for State, Tribal, Territorial, and Local Incidents, that applies the practices and principles outlined in the National Disaster Recovery Framework to incidents that do not receive a national disaster designation. The guidance is intended to help state, tribal, territorial, and local recovery managers identify recovery needs and priorities, reallocate existing resources, identify and synthesize available federal programs and other assistance, and engage traditional and non-traditional partners.
FEMA is seeking comments from stakeholders on the draft guidance through October 22nd. If you would like to provide feedback, comments can be sent to Rachel.Meyerson@fema.dhs.gov using the comment matrix that FEMA has provided.