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EM 270_4 Recovery From Disaster: The Local Government Role

Course Goal

The goal of Recovery From Disaster: The Local Government Role is to explain recovery process roles and responsibilities at the local government level and thus facilitate the development of a Disaster Recovery Plan.

Target Audience

The course is best suited for a mixed audience of emergency managers and allied professionals who normally are involved in local recovery operations. These allied professionals include public works directors, building inspectors, housing officials, and community planners.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this field course, participants should be able to:

  • Increase local government awareness of issues involved in disaster recovery.
  • Identify the types of local government official who serve on the disaster recovery teams (DRTs).
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of disaster recovery team members.

Major categories of disaster recovery activities could be defined in many ways. For the scope of this course, we have identified six categories, called disaster functions.

Building Inspection
Emergency Management
Planning and Community Re-Development
Public Works

Recovery Task Force & Unmet Needs Committee

These are not the only functions involved in recovery, however, they are the ones we have chosen to cover in this course. Additional functions, not covered, include:

Public Health and Safety
Public Information

This course was developed in 2004 by the United States Fire Administration and Emergency Management Institute and will take approximately eight hours to complete.


This course covers the activities usually performed by local governments after the emergency response to a disaster has peaked and the long long-term activities (called recovery) begin.
Recovery may commence while the emergency response is still ongoing. However, recovery activities usually require different knowledge, skills and abilities than response activities and are usually performed by a different team of people.

We have included a slide of a typical "life cycle" of a disaster response, short-term recovery and long-term recovery.

This course identifies the types of local government official who may serve on a disaster recovery team and describes their roles and responsibilities as members of that team.

There are nine lessons in this course. The course file is approximately 824 kilobytes for the benefit of low bandwidth (14.4 and 28.8 modem) users. The naming protocol is em270-4.exe. Graphics may not be optimum in these documents due to originals and file size considerations.

Upon receiving your paid registration, we will send you the password to open these. We recommend you print out the pages as you need them and keep them as a paper reference.

The test is taken online. When you pass the test, you will be mailed a certificate of completion.


The final exam is 20 questions taken from the reading material. You may use any of the materials while taking the test.

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