Local Disaster Recovery Framework and Toolkit

The North Central Texas Recovery Framework combines research, international best practices, and subject-matter input to help local jurisdictions put the pieces in place to establish a “new, better normal” following a natural or human-caused disaster. The Framework provides strategies to leverage the capabilities, expertise, and resources of public, private, and nongovernmental organizations to support a comprehensive, community-wide recovery.
The Disaster Recovery Toolkit includes a recovery plan template, post-disaster planning checklists, a recovery tabletop exercise, and information resources to provide local emergency managers with guidance and resources to carry out the pre-disaster recovery planning process and build community resilience.
The Framework presents a stepwise approach to coordination, organization, and collaboration that can be implemented by all jurisdictions to better prepare for disaster recovery.
Recovery Tabletop (TTX) Materials
Local Plan Template
Post-Disaster Recovery Checklists
Annex Templates - **NEW**
Facilitator presentation
Situation Manual
Exercise Evaluation Guide
Customizable Recovery Plan Template
Plan Development Guide
Economic Recovery
Health and Social Services
Land Use Planning and Development
Natural and Cultural Resources
Housing Recovery Template
Critical Infrastructure

Below are select recovery resources developed by various organizations that address key recovery challenges and planning gaps identified by NCTCOG stakeholders.

  • Top 10 Procurement Mistakes. This FEMA factsheet highlights the most common mistakes by local jurisdictions that lead to audits and potential loss of FEMA funding.
  • Audit Tips for Managing Disaster-Related Project Costs. This U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General document provides guidance for local jurisdictions and other FEMA disaster assistant grant recipients document and account for disaster-related costs, minimize loss of FEMA funds, maximize financial recovery, and prevent fraud and waste.
Public Outreach
  • The Use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery. This document provides lessons learned and best practices from creators and managers of social media campaigns for floods in Missouri and tornados in Branson and Joplin, Missouri.
  • Social Media and Disaster. This fact sheet highlights key considerations for developing and implementing a social media strategy.

Economic Recovery
COVID-19 Economic Recovery
  • Small Business and Local Government Collaboration.  The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has collected various tools and resources being implemented around the country to address economic recovery issues related to the COVID-19 crisis. How Local Governments Are Working to Keep Small Business Alive includes examples of local government collaboration with small businesses such as the One Buncombe Fund in North Carolina, which is a collaboration between several cities, non-profits and local business associations to provide bridge loans to small businesses to cover things like payroll, invoices, inventory purchases.
  • COVID-19: Local Action Tracker. The National League of Cities collaborated with the Bloomberg Philanthropies to develop a large database of economic recovery innovations, solutions, and ideas that have been implemented by local jurisdictions across the country. The database is searchable by policy areas, action types, and locations. 
  • Information Collection. Sullivan County, New York is focusing on collecting data on current resource needs of the business community as well as future needs to both better streamline existing local financial assistance resources and to create a more unified statewide case for the need for federal assistance to state and local entities. Salt Lake City, UT has utilized this small business survey that can serve as an example for other jurisdictions.
  • Areas for Economic Recovery After COVID-19. The ARUP group, London, developed the Ten Ideas for Local Authorities to Help Re-build Economies After COVID-19, incorporating lessons learned from previous large scale events with economic impacts such as riots, large earthquakes and hurricanes from across the world to assist local governments deal with economic recovery due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Resources for the Development of New Workforce Skills. The United Kingdom created an online repository for free trainings and courses for unemployed individuals to use to develop or enhance a new skill. Through collaboration with local community colleges, trade schools and universities, The Skills Toolkit, provides access to free trainings so that the newly unemployed may expand their skill sets and broaden their employment potential. 

Health and Social Services
Land Use Planning and Development
  • Learning from Damage Assessment Post-Hurricane Maria. This training course developed by the City of New York through the Department of Buildings is based on lessons learned from assisting with post-disaster damage assessments of infrastructure and residential structures in Puerto Rico. It highlights the role of local government in conducting damage assessments, application of ATC-45 protocol for damage assessment, digital data collection, and GIS mapping.
  • Adopting a Pre-Event Recovery Ordinance Fact Sheet and Model Pre-Event Recovery Ordinance. The American Planning Association provides an explanation of benefits for adopting an ordinance that outlines a foundation for local action for processes after a disaster. Local planning departments can review the suggested provisions for items such as damage assessment and placarding, emergency moratoria, temporary use permits, temporary waiver of repair permit requirements, deferral of permit fees, non-conforming uses, one-stop permitting centers, and demolition of historic buildings.
  • Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation. The American Planning Association offers guidance for local land use planners confronting various disasters, including case studies from big cities and smaller towns.
  • Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Resources. This is a compendium of American Planning Association resources, including links to policy guides, webinars, briefing papers, publications, reports, on-demand courses, and current applied research projects. Subjects include hazard mitigation and resiliency, recovery and redevelopment, zoning, and stormwater management.
  • Example Permitting Policy and Outreach Material: City of Santa Rosa Planning & Economic Development Department Resilient City Zoning Guide. This document guides residents through the rebuilding process, including a listing of the characteristics of fast-track, expedited, and prioritized plans to accelerate plan-review processes (and associated fee waivers). The Resilient City Development Measures adopted following the Tubbs and Nuns Fires of 2017 established zones for permits receiving priorities and outlines policies related to accessory dwelling units, nonconforming structures, and temporary housing.
  • Building Codes. Section 214.212 of the State code adopts the International Residential Code (2001) as a municipal residential building code in Texas, and Section 214.216 adopts the International Building Code (2003) for commercial buildings. Under these law, a municipality may review and adopt amendments to the International Building Code. The City of Houston and Harris County adopted code amendments to require more stringent elevation requirements for new construction within the floodplain.

Natural and Cultural Resources
FEMA Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation
  • FEMA Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation (EHP) review is required by federal laws, regulations, and executive orders to be completed before FEMA can fund recovery projects and prior to project initiation. Noncompliance can result in project delays, denial or de-obligation of funding, negative publicity, civil penalties, and lawsuits. More information on the program and best practices and tips are included in FEMA Region VI EHP staff conference presentation and training presentation.

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