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IOM Report Provides Guidance to Multiple Sectors Engaged in Disaster Recovery

A report released last week by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) says U.S. communities and federal agencies should more intentionally seek to create healthier communities during disaster preparation and recovery efforts. According to the IOM, adding a health “lens” to planning and recovery helps communities mitigate the health damage caused by disasters and recover in ways that make the community healthier and more resilient than it was before. The report, Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities and Planning for Recovery, includes recommendations, case studies and other supportive material as practical guidance, in addition to specific guidance for federal agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other agencies involved in implementing the National Disaster Recovery Framework. More information about the report is available at