Center Coastal Resilience Center (CRC)
  • Resilience
  • Recovery
  • Recovery Metrics
  • Community Recovery Checklist
  • Capacity Building
Contact Dr. Jennifer Horney


Disaster recovery is the least understood aspect of emergency management. A greater understanding of the differential speed and quality of recovery is urgently needed to help communities become more resilient in the face of natural hazards and disasters. To help achieve this aim, researchers at the DHS S&T Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Long-Term Recovery Office developed the Community Recovery Checklist to assist practitioners, government agencies, and citizens in tracking recovery in their community following a disaster. The checklist includes 84 validated metrics that communities can use to assess long-term recovery progress within each of four themes and 10 Recovery Focus Areas. The Recovery Focus Areas are based on the FEMA Recovery Support Functions and Recovery Mission Area Core Capabilities as described in the National Preparedness Goal, developed under Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness (PPD-8). 


After key informant interviews and pilot tests in 2013-2014 with four New York communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, one city planner pointed out, “A big value of the process is in the collaboration around data. Part of what this tool will do is help us figure out what data is not being collected, and who needs to be in the room,” to improve recovery outcomes.

This project is funded in partnership with the DHS S&T’s Office of University Programs and First Responders Group; FEMA’s Office of Federal Disaster Coordination, Community Planning and Capacity Building Recovery Support Function; and the FEMA Joint Field Office, New York.