Response & Recovery


Response includes those capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after an incident has occurred.

It is focused on ensuring that the state is able to effectively respond to any threat or hazard, including those with cascading effects.

Response emphasizes saving and sustaining lives, stabilizing the incident, rapidly meeting basic human needs, restoring basic services and technologies, restoring community functionality, providing universal accessibility, establishing a safe and secure environment, and supporting the transition to recovery.


Recovery includes those capabilities necessary to assist communities affected by an incident to recover effectively.

Support for recovery ensures a continuum of care for individuals to maintain and restore health, safety, independence and livelihoods, especially those who experience financial, emotional, and physical hardships.

Successful recovery ensures that we emerge from any threat or hazard stronger and positioned to meet the needs of the future.

Recovery capabilities support well-coordinated, transparent, and timely restoration, strengthening, and revitalization of infrastructure and housing; an economic base; health and social systems; and a revitalized cultural, historic, and environmental fabric.