chapter  18
Community recovery
ByBOB LONNE, GRAEME McCOLL AND GREG MARSTON
Pages 14

Disaster recovery is the most complex and often least understood of all the phases in the disaster management cycle. In Chapter 1 we outlined the discursive nature and lack of consensus of the definition of ‘disaster’; similarly, agreement is not assured concerning definitions of ‘recovery’, or when the actual recovery has been reached. One useful definition is:

The coordinated process of supporting disaster affected communities in the reconstruction of the physical infrastructure and the restoration of emotional, social, economic and physical well-being.