Handbook Collection

Community recovery

Following extensive review, the new Community Recovery Handbook is now available below. 

This handbook is part of the
AIDR Recovery Collection.

Recovery is the coordinated process of supporting affected communities in the reconstruction of the built environment and the restoration of emotional, social, economic, built and natural environment wellbeing.

Recovery is more than simply the replacement of what has been destroyed and the rehabilitation of those affected. It is a complex social and developmental process. Recovery provides an opportunity to improve aspects beyond previous conditions by enhancing social infrastructure, natural and built environments, and economies.

The manner in which recovery processes are undertaken is critical to their success. Recovery is best achieved when the affected community is able to exercise a high degree of self-determination. Well-designed communication plans are also critical to the success of an affected community’s self-determination.

This handbook has six sections:

Introduction Introduces the handbook and broad context in which the recovery manager works
Foundations Outlines national principles and foundational concepts for recovery
Effects Outlines effects of disasters on communities including the four integrated environments
Processes, Plan & Manage Describes how to plan and manage community recovery including preparedness and planning and operationalising community recovery
Activities Describes activities or services that may need to be facilitated for effective recovery
Appendices Additional practical information and broad, generalised checklists.

Contact AIDR to purchase a print copy of this handbook.


Companion documents

Toolkit 1: Community recovery checklists (PDF 584KB)

This supporting document provides a range of community recovery checklists corresponding to sections within the Community Recovery Handbook. The checklists address a range of recovery aspects including relief and recovery roles, evaluation, outreach and consideration for the built, natural and social environments.

Toolkit 2: Further resources for community recovery (PDF 419KB)

This supporting document provides links to a range of community recovery resources across various themes. These include but are not limited to business continuity planning; community engagement and accountability; financial and non-financial assistance and psychosocial support. 

Toolkit 3: Community recovery case studies (PDF 456KB)

This supporting document outlines a series of community recovery case studies. These address a range of considerations including but not limited to communication; community-led recovery; indirect or intangible economic impacts; effects on plant and animal life; and practical strategies with regards to the built environment.