What is Long Term Recovery?
A long term recovery group (LTRG) is a cooperative body that is made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, government, business and other organizations working within a community to assist individuals and families as they recover from disaster. LTRGs are as varied in their structure as are the communities in which they work. The personality and operation of each group is unique and reflects local needs, available resources, cultural diversity, leadership style, and community support. No matter how a group is structured or what it calls itself — unmet needs committee, interfaith, organization, coalition, roundtable, partnership, coordinating council, etc. — the goal is the same: to unite recovery resources with community needs in order to ensure that even the most vulnerable in the community recover from disaster.
The goal of recovery is to bring a community back to a new normal after it has been devastated by a disaster.
There are two phases of recovery:
Short term recovery
- Many emergency and relief programs complete their work.
- Restoration of infrastructure and vital life support systems happen in this phase.
- The community identifies local resources to form a long term recovery group (LTRG), and initiation of plans for permanent housing begins.
Long term recovery
- Transition occurs between the presence of national organizations and the local community.
- Implementation begins for disaster case management and recovery initiatives administered by the local community.
- Construction activities to include repairing, rebuilding and/or relocation of homes proceeds during this phase.
- Resumption of the routines of daily life characterizes this phase.