IGNITE Stage: Disaster recovery preparedness and planning (pre-DRP)

  • Time and Date: Thursday 12 May (15:00 - 15:15)
  • Speaker(s): Angeles Arenas,


Disasters can turn into opportunities for sustainable development. In this perspective, recovery must go beyond replacing or repairing the affected infrastructure, and address the factors that contribute to unsustainability and risk. Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning (Pre-DRP) is defined as the process of institutionalizing capacities for recovery which is undertaken before a disaster happens.
It is part of comprehensive DRR, especially Priority 5 of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA): Strengthen disaster preparedness for effective response at all levels.
Lessons from rehabilitation and reconstruction experiences in different places around the world finds that, most of the times, deficiencies or inefficiencies in the recovery process can be worse than the disaster itself. Poorly managed recovery processes have significant impacts on societies at all levels, compounding suffering.
Preparing for recovery before disasters: minimize the “tyranny of rush”, saves lives, saves money, reduce reconstruction of risks, prevents secondary disasters & speeds recovery after disasters.


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Last updated: 04 December 2020