disaster recovery connecticut is a system of procedures and activities to return business, people, organizations and systems to normal operations following a disaster. The concept is closely related to business continuity planning, which focuses on ensuring that vital functions will be maintained despite disruptive events.
The State of Connecticut’s Disaster Recovery Framework (DRF) focuses on the long-term restoration of communities following an all-hazards disaster event. This framework integrates all levels of government and private-non-governmental organizations in a holistic approach to disaster recovery, both short and long term. The framework is guided by state statutes and the federal Stafford Act.
DEMHS Region 4 Recovery Steering Committee
DEMHS Region 4, which encompasses every SCCOG-member municipality, both affiliate Tribal Nations and 22 other municipalities in eastern Connecticut, is a regional recovery committee that is organized under Regional Emergency Support Function 14, Long-Term Recovery and Mitigation, of the State’s Disaster Recovery Framework. The Committee is comprised of local officials, municipal staff, the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, and non-profit organizations (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters).
During the initial response to a disaster, DEMHS partners with non-government entities and volunteers to assist impacted residents and businesses. Typical activities include clearing debris along roadways and right-of-way shoulders, establishing and operating temporary debris management sites, and ensuring ultimate recycling or disposal of the material. This initial phase typically takes place within the first 70 hours after an event. In some cases, the Governor may request a Major Disaster Declaration from FEMA that would allow local governments to seek 75% reimbursement for additional work beyond the initial 70 hours.