Post Disaster Redevelopment
In order to better prepare for the aftermath of a major or
catastrophic disaster caused by a natural incident, Alachua County is
developing a long-term, post-disaster redevelopment plan. For this
effort, the scope of the planning area will consist of the whole of the
County to include its municipalities.
As a first step, a vulnerability study is needed to asses our assets
at risk in the planning area, including an inventory of structures. In
addition, the plan shall address environmental issues, relocation and
mitigation policies, rebuild policies, funding sources and education
components. The plan will focus on long-term redevelopment after a major
disaster, but should also include a proactive section with recommended
pre-disaster actions, as well as establishing short-term response
measures regarding land use decisions for the siting of temporary
housing and solid waste management.
The plan will consist of the following elements:
- A vulnerability study for the planning area
- A communication plan including facilitation of a series of meetings
for public outreach to include community, regulatory and governmental
- The Plan shall address the following major issues:
- Pre-disaster actions
- Short-term response actions (temporary land use decisions)
- Governmental coordination
- Economic issues
- Environmental issues
- Social issues
- Redevelopment issues
- Compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
There are many reasons to develop a PDRP and even more to maintain
and implement it. Alachua County is vulnerable to the impacts of
hurricanes, including flooding, hurricane-force winds and tornadoes.
Hurricanes have hit Alachua County, as witnessed by the 1896 No Name
Hurricane. The County's Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS)
details these risks and identifies pre-disaster projects to mitigate hazard impacts.
While coastal counties are required to develop these plans, Alachua
County has chosen to do so as a best practice and good business sense.
A PDRP would build upon these efforts by developing a strategy for
achieving a faster and more disaster-resilient long-term recovery. A
disaster, while tragic, can also create opportunities to better the
community. As we watch the continuing recovery of the Gulf Coast from
Hurricane Katrina, it is clear that having an organized, planned
approach to dealing with long-term recovery before a disaster strikes
puts communities in a better position to more rapidly recover in a
During this process there will be many opportunities for the public
to participate and provide input. If you would like to participate in
the Stakeholder Group, ask a question or make a comment on the process,
or be emailed about upcoming meetings, please email Emergency Management
at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352.264.6500.