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Part 1: Preparing for Disaster Recovery 1. Introduction 2. Conceptual, Theoretical, and Practical Approaches to Disaster 3. Disaster Recovery Planning Part 2: Managing Disaster Recovery 4. Debris Management 5. Environmental Recovery 6. Historic and Cultural Resources 7. Disaster Case Management 8. Housing 9. Business Recovery 10. Infrastructure 11. Disaster Mental Health 12. Public Sector Part 3: Resources for Recovery 13. Donations 14. Community Resources 15. Volunteers

About the Author

Brenda Phillips is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Indiana University South Bend. With over 43 years of higher education experience, she has served as a Dean, Associate Dean, Graduate Program Coordinator (Fire and Emergency Management), and Founding Director (Women's Studies). Dr. Phillips has served as a subject matter expert for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Office of the Federal Coordinator of Meteorology, and the National Council on Disability on issues surrounding disasters. Her published research, funded by the National Science Foundation, can be found in a variety of journals including the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Disaster Prevention, Disasters, Humanity and Society, the Journal of Emergency Management, Natural Hazards Review, and Environmental Hazards and as chapters of numerous books in the profession of emergency management and the discipline of disaster science. Dr. Phillips earned the Blanchard Award for excellence in emergency management education and the Myers Award for work on the effects of disasters on women. The International Women's Hall of Fame for Emergency Management and Homeland Security inducted her in 2013. She has led efforts to launch numerous emergency management programs in the U.S. and has consulted on the same in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Costa Rica, Canada, and Mexico.Jenny Mincin is Associate Professor in Health and Human Services at State University of New York Empire State College. She has over twenty-five years of experience in the government, non-governmental, and academic sectors both nationally and internationally and is a specialist in disaster human services and humanitarian crisis work, refugees and immigrants, and vulnerable and special needs populations. Jenny has worked for the City of New York, International Rescue Committee, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency among others. In addition to teaching and researching fulltime at SUNY Empire State College, she oversees the Certificate in Crisis Prevention and Intervention program and serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Rockefeller Institute Center for Policy and Law and the SUNY Empire/New York State Women's Corporate Leadership Academy. She was the recipient of SUNY Empire State College's Scholars Across the College program for academic year 2017-2018 and has received three innovation in research awards.


"In an unequal world increasingly marked by disaster, how can communities recover equitably? That question lies at the heart of this essential evidence-based volume. This is a compelling must read for anyone who wants to understand how to best prepare for and manage disaster recovery while mitigating future risks."
Lori Peek, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado Boulder
"I welcome this third edition of Disaster Recovery with great pleasure. The text is written and organized with the clarity and ease of access necessary for undergraduate readers. At the same time, it is admirable in its inclusion of all the complexities necessary for a deep understanding of disaster management in the 21st century. Among its strengths are the inclusion of a robust chapter on theory, integration of international perspective that enables learning from abroad, and the courageous centering of human- made root causes of disaster and ways to address them, building a management culture that can support both resilience and resistance. I expect it to be the essential text for all Disaster Management courses in the US and beyond."
Martha Bragin, PhD, LCSW, Professor and Chair Global Social Work and Practice with Immigrants and Refugees, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

"For this new and revamped edition of her classic Disaster Recovery, sociologist Brenda Phillips has partnered with displacement and asylee expert Jenny Mincin. The duo has up come with a masterpiece that students will look up at for years to come. It is indeed likely to become the go-to reading for learning about all aspects of recovery following disasters, a dimension of disaster risk reduction and management that has long been neglected by textbooks. This third edition of Disaster Recovery particularly stands out by the breath of its perspectives and cases studies, spanning a wide array of disciplines and geographical locations; hence making the textbook a potential reference for a large range of academic programmes, from undergraduate to postgraduate, all around the world. A must read and recommend for sure!"
JC Gaillard, Ahorangi / Professor of Geography, Disaster, Environment and Society Research Group School of Environment / Te Kura Matai Taiao, The University of Auckland / Waipapa Taumata Rau / New Zealand / Aotearoa

"Remarkably, the third edition of Disaster Recovery has distinguished itself from the previous, exceptional volumes and is undoubtedly the most all-inclusive book on this dynamic and ever-changing topic. While Phillips and Mincin's work takes a comprehensive, all-hazards approach by clearly defining an evidence-based, best practice guidance for preparation and recovery efforts from disasters, it emphasizes the importance of sustainability and resilience in both pre- and post-event planning. Its unified integration of seemingly disparate stakeholders, humanitarian issues, geo-politics, environmental implications, cybersecurity, psychological impact, and vulnerable populations clearly demonstrates the wide-ranging scope this book encompasses. This is a must-read for those seeking a holistic and comprehensive understanding of emergency management."
Mark Genatempo, Fellow, Rutgers University Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience, and Managing Director, Cardinal Point Strategies

"This new edition of Disaster Recovery is an amazing extension of the two previous volumes. Phillips and Mincin's emphasis on the importance of reducing social vulnerability in both disaster recovery and times of normalcy reminds us that achieving social equity in emergency management requires holistic and ongoing approaches. Moreover, their expanded attention to events affecting geopolitics, public health, and cyber security, in addition to natural hazards, vividly illustrates the truly global and interdisciplinary application this text has."
Jason Rivera, Associate Professor of Public Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

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