Disaster Management

Disaster Management

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DisasterManagement

Holisticdisaster recovery refers to a comprehensive approach to the processof disaster recovery that advocates for the incorporation of as manyprinciples of sustainability as is possible in the disaster recoveryprocess (Adie, 2001). More aptly, this comprehensive recoveryprocedure calls for adherence to the principles of disasterresilience, quality of life, economic vitality, social equity,citizen participation and environmental quality. As espoused in thisdefinition, a holistic disaster recovery approach is a situation thatcalls for a sustained balance between the concept of resilience andsustainability. In this balance, resilience comes across as aprinciple of sustainability and it is clear that the two conceptsplay a phenomenal role in disaster recovery.

Itis important to investigate the two concepts, especially on how theyrelate to each other with respect to disaster recovery. According toCampanella (2006, 141-146),resilience is the “ability to prepare and plan for, absorb andrecover from and adapt to adverse events” (page 20). In thisdefinition, resilience then provides the fundamental requisites ofthe recovery process that conditions a community to respond toadversities. The essence of a resilient society is the preparation tooptimize resources and opportunities resulting from a disasterrecovery process (Campanella, 2006, 141-146).Resilience facilitates the disaster recovery process (APA, 2015).Moreover, existing literature on holistic disaster recovery positthat resilience can best be conceived in the context ofsustainability. Sustainability is a broader concept in disasterrecovery and seeks to preserve resources and opportunities forposterity (APA, 2015). In the disaster recovery process,sustainability serves as an embracing concept within which economic,social and political endeavors can be undertaken for long-termrecovery and prudence. Therefore, for a successful disaster recoveryprocess, it is important to guarantee a key principle ofsustainability that entails disaster resilience and mitigation.

References

Adie,C. E. (2001). Holisticdisaster recovery: Ideas for building local sustainability after anatural disaster.DIANE Publishing. Retrieved on September 19, 2015from&lthttps://books.google.co.ke/books?hl=en&amplr=&ampid=KvVlQcVoy-UC&ampoi=fnd&amppg=PR2&ampdq=Holistic+Disaster+Recovery&ampots=pU4mrfix2W&ampsig=nB4ARRMQz8KJJlMJWqtBb_Jw6bs&ampredir_esc=y#v=onepage&ampq=Holistic%20Disaster%20Recovery&ampf=false&gt

AmericanPlanning Association (APA),. (2015). Planning for Post-DisasterRecovery: Next Generation.

Campanella,T. J. (2006). Urban resilience and the recovery of New Orleans.Journalof the American Planning Association,72(2),141-146.