In 2013 the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened an expert committee to develop an approach to disaster recovery that mitigated the impacts of disasters on health and promoted healthy communities. The committee’s report, Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities after Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery, provided a conceptual framework for the integration of health considerations into recovery planning, as well as operational guidance for multiple sectors involved in community planning and disaster recovery.
This toolkit takes the committee's conceptual framework and turns it into an operational guidance document. It is designed to ensure appropriate preparation for planning, hosting, and following up after a community meeting. It contains step-by-step instructions and tips including a sample agenda, document templates (invitation, sign-in sheet, notes, evaluation form), messaging for different sectors, a supplies and set-up checklist, detailed guidance for the facilitator, and participant worksheets and handouts.
However, this community meeting is not intended to replace a comprehensive disaster recovery planning effort. Rather, this toolkit can be used in whole or in part to complement a broader community planning effort. It also can be used by nonprofit, academic, or other organizations as a reference in their publications or products. Its overall purpose is to raise awareness of expert recommendations and help communities consider how they might integrate health into their cross-sector recovery planning.
Permission is granted to reproduce for noncommercial purposes pages 1–9 in their entirety with no additions or alterations. Users may use and adapt the materials provided in Modules 1-3 and Appendix A - B on pages 10–61 (“Adapted Materials”) for their specific purposes. The Academies do not necessarily adopt or endorse any of the Adapted Materials posted by any other users or organizations and make no representations or warranties about the suitability of such information for any purpose, and the Adapted Materials may not state or imply adoption or endorsement by the Academies. Individuals or organizations that use all or part of this toolkit or the Adapted Materials are solely responsible for any discussions or events that may use them as a reference. Some components of the toolkit contain third-party materials, and users of these materials must obtain permission from the copyright holders to modify or use them. The Academies expressly disclaim responsibility and shall have no liability for any damages, loss, injury, or liability whatsoever suffered as a result of any user’s use of or reliance on this toolkit.
Full Modifiable Toolkit
Appendix A –Meeting Materials
Appendix B – Making the Case
Welcome Slide Template
Overview Slide Template
Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 by the National Academy of Sciences. Permission is granted to reproduce for noncommercial purposes pages 1–9 in their entirety with no additions or alterations. Toolkit pages 10–61 may be used and adapted without written permission subject to the disclaimer notice above.