After Great Disasters

An In-Depth Analysis of How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery

Laurie A. Johnson, Robert B. Olshansky

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

After Great Disasters

Pub Date: July 2016

ISBN: 9781558443389

72 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $20.00

Pub Date: June 2017

ISBN: 9781558443310

72 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $35.00

After Great Disasters

An In-Depth Analysis of How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery

Laurie A. Johnson, Robert B. Olshansky

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Great natural disasters are rare, but their aftermath can change the fortunes of a city or region forever. This Policy Focus Report and its companion book identify lessons from different parts of the world to help communities and government leaders better organize for recovery after future disasters. The authors consider the processes and outcomes of community recovery and reconstruction following major disasters in six countries: China, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Japan, and the United States. If done well, reconstruction can help break the cycle of disaster-related impacts and losses, and improve the resilience of a city or region. 

About the Author

Laurie A. Johnson, Ph.D., AICP, is an internationally recognized urban planner specializing in disaster recovery and catastrophe risk management. She has an extensive portfolio of disaster recovery expertise following earthquakes, landslides, floods, hurricanes, and man-made disasters across the United States and the world. In 2006, she was a lead author of the recovery plan for the City of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina; she then co-authored the book Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans with Robert Olshansky.Robert B. Olshansky, Ph.D., FAICP, is professor and head of the department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where he has taught for more than 26 years. He has published extensively on post-disaster recovery planning, policy for earthquake risks, hillside planning and landslide policy, and environmental impact assessment. He co-authored Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans with Laurie Johnson, as well as the report Opportunity in Chaos: Rebuilding after teh 1994 Northridge and 1995 Kobe Earthquakes with Laurie Johnson and Ken Topping.