Recover from Emergencies

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After a disaster, the many challenges include supply-chain disruptions, infrastructure failures, business closures, housing shortages and reconstruction challenges, and social and psychological impacts.

The Recovery and rebuilding process is key to establishing a sense of normalcy following an incident.

What to Do (Recovery Steps):
    1. Address immediate first aid and mental health concerns.
    2. Check for general safety (including safety of food, water and home).
    3. Inspect and report damage to your property.
    4. Cleanup and repair damage.
    5. Find out what recovery assistance is available.

For information on specific weather and emergency events, visit the hazards page.

First Aid and Mental Health

General Safety

Inspect and Report Damage

Cleanup and Repair Damage

Recovery Assistance

If you have been impacted by a major disaster, the following links provide resources to assist you with your recovery. 

Private and Nonprofit Sector Role

After a disaster in Fairfax County, although the federal and state governments will support our recovery, it will be Fairfax County’s responsibility to plan for and manage its own recovery. Local government, private businesses, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations will join in partnerships to resolve issues and pave the way to recovery.

The business community, local nonprofits and civic associations, including professional associations, foundations and academic institutions, play key roles in shaping the community and its future, therefore, partnerships between the local government and community stakeholders are vital to ensure that all voices are heard and that the recovery effort benefits from the most innovative and relevant solutions.

Community Recovery Planning (post-disaster)

Recovery is more than simply returning to our pre-disaster state, it is about recognizing opportunity for improvement while considering ways to mitigate against future disasters. By designing and understanding our recovery process in advance, we will be able to more quickly organize and take action to address community needs.

After a disaster, the County will coordinate the development of a Community Recovery Plan, by both government and resident stakeholder groups. The plan will set overarching post-disaster goals and objectives for the recovery process, and identify specific strategies and tactics to be undertaken (including specific reconstruction investments by County government and recommendations for the same by state and federal governments and the private sector).

By working together we can become more resilient, both physically and in spirit.

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