The road to recovery from a natural disaster: Voices from the community

P. A. Onstad, Sharon M Danes, A. M. Hardman, P. D. Olson, Mary S Marczak, R. K. Heins, Sara R Croymans, K. A. Coffee

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The study's major theme is that community sustainability after natural disasters depends on adaptive capacities of individuals, families and businesses. Action research grounded in a community resilience theory (Norris, Stevens, Pfefferbaum, Wyche, & Pfefferbaum, 2008) and NVOAD's (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) recovery model assumptions found support for five community implementation strategies used in a rural community's flood recovery and resilience process. Two years after the flood devastated over 90% of businesses and 65% of homes, collective, yet varied, community voices shared what worked and what did not work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)566-580
Number of pages15
JournalCommunity Development
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 2012

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  • community resilience
  • disaster recovery
  • natural disasters


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