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To learn about political, economic, and social issues influencing disaster recovery

To be aware of government disaster aid programs and assistance from voluntary agencies

We define disaster recover, outline what an ideal disaster process looks like, and examine obstacles and facilitators of recovery. Both short and long-term disaster recovery are considered. This involves political constraints and opportunities, economic incentives and disincentives, as well as social and cultural adaptations.

Example 1

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Description of Principle: “A community should strive to fully coordinate available assistance and funding while seeking ways to accomplish other community goals and priorities, using the disaster recovery process as the catalyst.”(Natural Hazards Research and Applications Center, 2001, p. 1)

Justification: In the recovery phase of a disaster, communities have the potential to not only restore what they had before but to use the disaster as an opportunity to improve their community. As noted in this principle, this phase of disaster management “provides the opportunity to introduce sustainability into a community.” (Natural Hazards Research and Applications Center, 2001, p. 12). By keeping this strengths-based perspective at the forefront of recovery, social workers and other professions can use this “window of opportunity” as a “time when past mistakes can be assessed, and drawing upon experience, try to demonstrate the way for the future” (Natural Hazards Research and Applications Center, 2001, p. 13).

Social Work Relevance: There are many obstacles in the recovery phase that could keep the community from being able to reach its potential recovery, including the degree of damage inflicted upon the community; other “money” issues, such as property rights, development, insurance, land use, and substandard housing; the propensity to strive for “a return to normal;” and a lack of awareness of what the true redevelopment possibilities are (Natural Hazards Research and Applications Center, 2001). Yet “because the social work profession has traditionally engaged in advocacy, case management, and empowerment for oppressed and underserviced populations, it follows that the profession is challenged to tackle disparities in disaster relief and recovery service outcomes”(Teasley&Moore, 2010, p. 252).

Related Definitions:

Short-term Recovery: Early recovery efforts including search and rescue, damage assessments, public information, temporary housing, utility restoration, and debris clearance (Natural Hazards Research and Applications Center, 2001, p.4)

Long-term Recovery: the period where improvement and changes for the better such as

strengthening building codes, changing land use and zoning designations, improving

transportation corridors and replacing “affordable housing” stock are considered (Natural Hazards Research and Applications Center, 2001, p. 4)

Case management: services which plan, secure, coordinate, monitor and advocate for unified goals and services with organizations and personnel in cooperation with individuals and families (Teasley&Moore, 2010, p. 247).

Disaster Recovery Case Management: practices that are unique to the delivery of services in the aftermath of emergencies and major incidents (Teasley&Moore, 2010, p. 247).

Culturally Sensitive Disaster Case Management : the process of establishing culturally acceptable approaches to intervention through education, training, knowledge, and skill development for the purpose of providing culturally acceptable and effective methods of intervention (Teasley&Moore, 2010, p. 248).


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This picture shows the new community housing structure constructed during the recovery phase after flooding.

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This diagram shows the ideal situation, where not only does the community return to normal, but actually improves its capacity after a disaster.

Example 2

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Principle : Recovery needs to be addressed during the beginning stages while disaster planning and mitigation are happening. (Natural Hazards Research and Applications Center (2001). The Disaster Recovery Process. Pp.31-43 (Chapter 2) in Holistic Disaster Recovery: Ideas for Building Local Sustainability after a Natural Disaster. Boulder, Colorado: Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center.

Justification - Just as discharge planning happens during intake when someone checks into the hospital, recovery needs to be talked about before a disaster happens. If it is kept until the disaster happens, then the response will not be as effective and not related to mitigation activities. If recovery is talked about with mitigation, they can influence each other to increase effectiveness.

Social Work Relevance - When social workers are working with communities for education, planning and mitigation, we need to be addressing recovery, and showing how mitigation and recovery work together. This keeps recovery as a focus for people and allows them to plan for disasters more effectively.

Definition : Disaster recovery: Loosely related set of activities that occur before, during and after a disastrous event


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Questions & Answers

What is scarcity.
Npoanlarb Reply
when there is adequate resources
why our wants are limited
Npoanlarb Reply
nooo want is unlimited but resources are limited
and do to that there occurs scarcity and we have to make choice in order to have what we need if need be I will explain more
our wants are not limited but rather the resources
as we know that there are two principle of microeconomics scarcity of resources and they have alternative uses...
yes .....
because our resources are limited./we have a limited resources.
what is demand
Thank Reply
demand is something wt we called in economic theory of demand it simply means if price of product is increase then demand of product will decrease
inverse relationship between demand and price
in microeconomic
demand is what and how much you want and what's your need...
how can one be so with economics even while you have less knowledge in mathematics.
why is it that some products increases everyday by day
Chiamaka Reply
because demand is increase
because demand is increase
but how demand increases?
Because of the Marketing and purchasing power of people.
but how could we know that people's demands have increased everyday by day and how could we know that this is time to produced the products in the market. Is any connection among them
for normal good people demand remain the same if price of product will increase or not
see that some product which increases day by day is comes under normal good which is used by consumer
Seems hot discussing going here
If there are less products demand starts to increase for those products
Economics is really interesting to learn ....
see there is Inferior goods ands normal goods inferior good demand is rarely increase whereas as we talk about normal good demand will absolutely Increase whether price is increase or not
and demand for normal goods increase cause people's income as a while increases time to time
and it might also be that the cost of raw materials are high.
may be
obviously because demand is increasing.....and price is getting low.....
hmmm there is inverse relationship between demand and price
This is because the supply of those products in relation to raw materials are decreasing and they are also necessities. This crate shortage in the market, so sellers will rise the prices of those products.
Importance of economics
Odunayomi Reply
the nature and significance of economics studies
What is demand
Shuaib Reply
deman is amount of goods and services a consumer is willing and able to buy or purchase at a given price.
the willingness and ability of a body to purchase goods nd servicesbis called demand ,so if she/has ability but doesn't have willingness it's not a demand same if she or he has willingness but doesn't has ability it's not a demand too
Demand refers to as quantities of a goods and services in which consumers are willing and able to purchase at a given period of time and demand can also be defined as the desire or willingness and backed by the ability to pay.
What is Choice
Choice refers to the ability of a consumer or producer to decide which good, service or resource to purchase or provide from a range of possible options. Being free to chose is regarded as a fundamental indicator of economic well being and development.
choice is a act of selecting or choosing from the numerous or plenty wants.
demand is want and it is also what you need and able to afford a particular period of time... because demand changes with time.
Demand refers to the ability of the consumer to pay for a particular product at a given price
how does consumer make profit
Clifford Reply
by buying goods in bulk.
Compare and contract the function of commercial bank and the central bank of Nigeria
Akwi Reply
what do think is the difference between overhead costs and prime cost
what is economics
Mohamed Reply
economics is a social science that study's how resources can be used to produce goods and services for society
Economic is a science which studies human behavior as a relationship between ends and scares means which have alternatives uses or purposes.
what is economics
Mohamed Reply
what is the basic economic problem
John Reply
unlimited wants vs limited resources
what economics is all about?
Nomuhle Reply
what is a new paradigm shift
Austen Reply
Paradigm shift it is the reconcilliation of fedural goods in production
fedural? what is that?
factors that affecting economic system
Bemen Reply
what is meant by broadening the tax base?
Fiona Reply
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