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What is the difference between “response” and “recovery”?

Response consists of actions taken when a hazard is imminent, occurring, or just occurred in an effort to save lives, property, and the environment. Actions include evacuating, taking shelter, securing food and water, search and rescue, addressing medical needs, and emergency debris removal to clear paths for aid. The length of time a community is considered to be in response varies greatly depending on the disaster. For example, the response period for a tornado typically lasts about three days whereas the response phase for a drought could last for many years.

Recovery consists of actions taken after the life-saving actions of the response phase have been completed. Restoration, rebuilding, and reshaping actions take place at this time. The recovery phase for very large disasters can stretch on for many years.

FBB’s Humanist Disaster Recovery program will only be involved in the recovery phase after a disaster.

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