Project Overview


What is a Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan?

A pre-disaster recovery plan establishes resilience through State-level leadership and structure, forms communication channels, and builds community partnerships to support recovery efforts.

A Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan prepares and organizes strategic, operational, and tactical post-disaster planning, actions, and processes. The plan facilitates capacity building by preparing State-level agencies and recovery stakeholders to anticipate the needs of post-disaster recovery management and planning challenges prior to the disaster. The plan can accelerate the delivery of resources, including funding and technical assistance, to disaster-impacted communities. A recovery plan prepares State agencies to more easily adapt and manage recovery roles and State and Federal recovery resources.

Why is a Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan important?

A pre-disaster recovery plan clearly identifies all stakeholders, pre-disaster recovery goals, priorities and policies, and roles and responsibilities of different State-level stakeholders in supporting the recovery process. This enables external partners to easily integrate with the recovery process, and understand how the State manages recovery, and sets general expectations for all involved parties.

What will the Pennsylvania Pre-Disaster Recovery plan do

The completed Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan will provide a conceptual overview of recovery operations within the Commonwealth, as well as identify responsibilities and resources of state agencies participating in disaster recovery. The Pennsylvania Pre-Disaster Recovery equips Pennsylvania with the structure, process, roles, and policies to be prepared for recovery needs throughout the Commonwealth and its municipalities.

  • Provides a conceptual overview of recovery operations
  • identify responsibilities and resources of state agencies participating in disaster recovery
  • Identifies short-term and the long-term tasks
  • States specific framework of how to provide recovery support to local government
  • Consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
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     Project Timeline

    Project Work Plan Timeline
    Planning Process​ Summer 2017 – Winter 2018
    Stakeholder Engagement Fall 2017 – Fall 2018
    State Recovery Strategy Development Winter 2017 – Summer 2018
    Exercise Planning and Development Spring 2018 – Summer 2018 
    QA/QC Process Summer 2018 – Spring 2019
    Training Coordination Spring 2017 – Fall 2018
    Draft Plan Fall 2018
    Final Plan January 2019
    Pennsylvania Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan​​​​​​