U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Resource: Disaster Recovery Team
Category: Public Works and Engineering (ESF #3)
Kind: Team
Minimum Capabilities (Component) Minimum Capabilities
(Metric)
Type I Type II Type III Type IV Other
Team Personnel  

Recovery Director

Recovery Secretary

Conservator

Recovery Team Leader

 
Description  

Organizes and manages the recovery process; Sets priorities based on information received from the Assessment Director, and assigns recovery teams, reports on progress, actions taken, problems encountered, and future risks; In many cases, the Assessment Director and Recovery Director may be the same person

Keeps a record of all purchases and orders placed, assists in coordinating requests for materials, information, and provides other assistance; This position will require immediate access to a telephone

Works with the Recovery Director to advise on recovery priorities concerning collections and materials, and recommends appropriate techniques and procedures; Assists in choosing and locating supplies, equipment, and services necessary for recovery; In many cases, the Conservator and Recovery Director may be the same person

Appoints team members, instructs the team on what they will be doing and how they will do it; Monitors the recovery process, and updates the Recovery Director

 
Training or Requirements  

Must be multidisciplinary and familiar with health personnel, engineering specialists, logisticians, environmental experts, and communications specialists; Must also be able to record observations and decisions made by the team, photograph and record disaster site damage, and investigate where damage exists; Able to analyze the significance of affected infrastructure, estimate the extent of damages, and establish initial priorities for recovery

Must be multidisciplinary and familiar with health personnel, engineering specialists, logisticians, environmental experts, and communications specialists; Must also be able to record observations and decisions made by the team, photograph and record disaster site damage, and investigate where damage exists; Able to analyze the significance of affected infrastructure, estimate the extent of damages, and establish initial priorities for recovery

Must be multidisciplinary and familiar with health personnel, engineering specialists, logisticians, environmental experts, and communications specialists; Must also be able to record observations and decisions made by the team, photograph and record disaster site damage, and investigate where damage exists; Able to analyze the significance of affected infrastructure, estimate the extent of damages, and establish initial priorities for recovery

Must be multidisciplinary and familiar with health personnel, engineering specialists, logisticians, environmental experts, and communications specialists; Must also be able to record observations and decisions made by the team, photograph and record disaster site damage, and investigate where damage exists; Able to analyze the significance of affected infrastructure, estimate the extent of damages, and establish initial priorities for recovery

 
Crew Availability  

Incident Specific and Site Specific

Incident Specific and Site Specific

Incident Specific and Site Specific

Incident Specific and Site Specific

 

Comments:

There is only one type of Disaster Recovery Team because it is a specialty and based on level of devastation; however, the team possesses different personnel types/roles. The team members should be equipped with their own laptops, cell phones, and vehicles, and should be able to stay based on severity of incident (i.e., “Site-Specific” and “Incident-Specific”). Team size, expertise, and functional requirements will be determined at the disaster location.



National Mutual Aid & Resource Management Initiative
Public Works