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Recovery activities attempt to return life to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible. The most common recovery activities are debris removal, restoring essential utilities, and rebuilding destroyed property both public and private to at least the standard of its pre-disaster condition.


During the recovery phase, FEMA aid may become available to residents, businesses and also the local governments of Huron County. Individual Assistance (IA) would be aid given directly to residents and businesses affected by the disaster. Public Assistance (PA) is assistance given to local governments to rebuild structures, roads, bridges and other infrastructure.  PA also may provide reimbursement to local governments for their emergency actions during the disaster to protect their residents, services, and facilities. In both instances of IA and PA, strict federal guidelines are enforced to determine if aid is warranted; and if so it will only reimburse a percentage of the uninsured loss.


If FEMA aid is not available, there are still ways to help a community recover from disaster.  A long term recovery committee is a common means to organizing donations and manpower in order to effectively help as many residents as possible. These committees usually have members from the local government affected, faith based volunteer groups, local volunteers CERT or otherwise, and the local EMA. If possible, a case worker from the Department of Development’s WSOS should be hired to determine each affected residents need and ability to financially recover on their own.




Assemble supplies you might need to have in your safe-room or for an evacuation. Store them in an easy to carry container such as a backpack or duffle bag.


  • Bottled Water (at least one gallon per day per person for 3 days drinking and sanitation)
  • Non perishable packaged or canned food and non electric can opener
  • Battery powered radio and NOAA weather radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and small tools (pliers, wrench, screwdriver)