No town or city wants to experience the devastation and loss caused by a natural disaster (such as a hurricane, earthquake or tornado) or similarly destructive event.
However, when such tragedies do occur, the recovery work can provide an opportunity to reenvision the community and rebuild it to provide the features and services that enable people of all ages, physical abilities and life stages to comfortably call the community home.
The AARP Livable Communities Disaster Recovery Tool Kit is designed to support the mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as it works to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate hazards nationwide.
The tool kit describes the elements and features of a livable community and aligns the specific categories of work under the strategic framework of the "8 Domains of Livability" (a rubric used by the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities to identify needs, goals and successes) with FEMA's Recovery Support Functions. Additionally, the tool kit provides policy information, tools and resources to support the types of recovery work that lead to greater community resiliency and future preparedness.
Follow the links in the bulleted list below to access each part of the tool kit and see "photovision" examples of real locations and how smart "renvisioning" can turn uninviting, unwalkable streets and communities into lively, useful spaces and places. Post-disaster recovery efforts can do the same by both restoring and improving damaged areas.
Disaster Recovery Tool Kit Contents
This tool kit is a collaboration of the Federal Emergency Management Administration and AARP Livable Communities, represented by senior program advisor Jeanne Anthony. The tool kit was published in January 2015 with portions updated in September 2017.