An emergency or major incident is likely to have caused significant damage and disruption to a community.
Should it be considered that there are significant recovery implications a Recovery Coordinating Group will be established chaired by the lead local council who will direct planning and operations beyond the immediate response in order to facilitate the recovery process.
Recovery can have three recognisable phases:
- Site clearance; such as removing rubble, debris and other materials following an incident (e.g. flooding or structural collapse);
- Site recovery; such as rebuilding infrastructure to return the site to normality;
- Community recovery; involving the community itself to ensure the wishes and preferences of those affected are carefully considered at all stages of the process.
The nature of the impacts and whether and at what level action needs to be taken will depend in large part on the nature, scale and severity of the emergency itself. Elected Members/Parish Councils /established voluntary agencies and community groups can play a critical role in the development of an impact assessment process and identifying problems and vulnerabilities in their community that may require priority attention and feeding them back to the relevant recovery group. They also have an important role in disseminating credible information and advice back to the community, maintaining community cohesion and providing public reassurance.