Recovery means the coordinated efforts and processes to bring about the immediate, medium and long term holistic regeneration and enhancement of a community following an emergency (from the CDEM Act 2002). Recovery should:
Recovery is not just about what happens after an emergency.
Before emergencies occur, communities and organisations can improve their ability to recover quickly and effectively by reducing their risk from hazards (reduction), and preparing plans, arrangements, and resources specifically for recovery.
Coordination between agencies, organisations, and communities is as important during recovery as it is during response. Planning for recovery before emergencies occur will help improve this coordination, and ensure that, from day one of an emergency, communities have the support and resources they need to begin the recovery process.
Depending on the nature, scale and complexity of the emergency, recovery may take a short time or many years, possibly decades. Recovery not only needs to be holistic (taking into account the social, economic, natural, and built environments) – it must also address the long-term.
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management are currently developing a broad recovery programme to assist CDEM Groups plan for and manage recovery, increase recovery capability and build professional networks. The current focus is on preparing guidance to assist CDEM Groups with strategic planning for recovery, managing recovery, giving notice of transition periods, planning for recovery in CDEM Plans.