Policy Innovations No. 1

Simplifying and Speeding Disaster Recovery

The Challenge:

The recovery process for disaster victims can be long and complex. Government disaster aid is distributed through multiple agencies, each with their own processes and requirements. Many of these are duplicative and/or confusing for victims. Furthermore, much of the assistance provided is not targeted at those most in need and can take months or even years to reach victims. Delays in aid increase costs, prolong hardship, stall recovery, and can reverberate through the community for years to come.

What specific policies, if implemented, could reduce post-disaster complexity for households?

What specific actions can speed delivery of disaster aid to victims?