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Regional Recovery Program

Download the Recovery Guide
(pdf format)
Download the Recovery Annex Template (word format)

Download the Regional Recovery Plan (coming soon)

The Regional Recovery Program included the production of a Recovery Guide and associated Recovery Annex Template and provided contracted support for each of the five Operational Areas to develop and/or enhance their County's Recovery Annex to their Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). Also, ensuring consistency and integration of the five county annexes, an overarching Regional Recovery Plan has been developed linking all OA annexes into a mutual aid framework based on SEMS and the California Mutual Aid Coordination System. The Recovery Guide is an all-inclusive Guide, outlining specific areas of responsibility for all local government, local emergency managers, fire personnel, law enforcement, and health professionals. It includes collaborative public/private partnerships within each Operational Area and gives each city, agency, and Operational Area, the ability to develop, update, or strengthen their current recovery plans as they pertain to a catastrophic event.

The Recovery Planning Team looked at existing Recovery plans currently in place within the five Operational Areas and beyond. The Team processed other plans throughout the state, country and international community to identify best practices and lessons learned, which were incorporated into the recovery guide. The Team followed current Federal Guidelines as they pertain to any national planning systems as well as local government requirements and included numerous faith-based and community organizations including churches, Emergency Network Los Angeles (ENLA), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), American Red Cross (ARC) and the Salvation Army, in the development of this Guide and to assist with the design and development of public education programs focused on preparation for catastrophic events.

  • The Team collaborated with each OA in planning for the pre-positioning of needed commodities and equipment.
  • The Team worked within the FEMA guidelines (identified in CPG- 101, Version 2) in the development of the recovery guide.
  • The Team researched existing recovery plans and processes in order to identify areas where plans can be improved and accomplished this by identifying best practices and lessons learned and incorporating them into the Guide.
  • The Recovery Guide aligns with the current mass evacuation, mass care and shelter, and mass reception guides developed during the 2007, 2008, and 2009 RCPGP cycles. These plans helped assist us in further strengthening our multi agency / discipline regional partnerships. Accordingly this also strengthened the communication and cooperation between all participating agencies to ensure the successful implementation of the Guide.
  • The Recovery Guide strengthens our operational area’s catastrophic incident preparedness by insuring the successful recovery from all threat / all-hazard incident scenarios.

Within the 2006 Nationwide Plan Review for the LA Urban Area, it was identified that the LA Urban Area is “Partially Sufficient” for mass evacuation and sheltering capabilities for catastrophic disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, dam failures and multiple wild fire incidents that this region is susceptible to. Subsequent work began on a Mass Evacuation project, followed by Mass Care and Sheltering, and Mass Reception. As the Mass Evacuation, Mass Care and Sheltering, and Mass Reception Guides have been being developed, the next step naturally was to develop this comprehensive Regional Recovery Guide for the millions of local residents who are likely to be affected after a catastrophic event. The project developed plans and an institutional framework to implement this most vital element of emergency management - Recovery.

The Guide demonstrates consistency with FEMA and Cal EMA goals, objectives, and strategies such as those identified in California State Homeland Security Strategic Goals and Objectives and be based on the new FEMA National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) released in September 2011.

Selected target capabilities (Recovery) are addressed by developing and maintaining plans, procedures, programs and systems that offer a regional approach to the recovery of the Operational Area(s).

The Team directly assisted each Operational Area and agencies within for the development, updating, and strengthening of their current Mass Evacuation, Mass Care and Shelter, Mass Reception, and Recovery plans. The Team accomplished this by conducting several workshops throughout the region, supplying expertise and guidance throughout the plan development process.