The Disaster Recovery Tracking Tool is a web-based resource designed to aid local government stakeholders and other end users in tracking the progress and quality of post-disaster recovery.


Recovery from disasters is a key capability for federal, state, and local governments. To support this capability, practitioners at all levels need useful and validated metrics to measure and monitor how well a community is recovering from a disaster over time. Practitioners’ need for these metrics is echoed by the hazards research community, which has over the last decade made the case for more systematic ways of measuring the disaster recovery process across events and over time to improve planning for, and recovering from, disasters. To address these needs, a Disaster Recovery Tracking Tool was developed as part of the former Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence.


The web-based tool provides 84 metrics, organized within 4 themes and 10 focus areas, for tracking progress towards recovery. Practitioners using this tool can compare pre- and post-disaster status using baseline and current data. Reports generated by the tool can provide end users (e.g., planners, emergency managers, long-term recovery committees) with a useful means of prioritizing recovery goals and activities, potentially making recovery more effective and efficient and communities more resilient.


In addition to providing useful information for your community as you move through the continuum of recovery, the focus areas and quantifiable metrics support and build community capacity by providing a basis for informed decision making. Capacity building, particularly at the local level, is a major focus of FEMA’s National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) and is recognized to improve long-term community recovery outcomes. Collecting data for the recovery indicators, at any point in time, assists in the development of a detailed community fact base, critical to the creation of a high quality recovery plan, and supports the development and implementation of a community road map for a safer and more resilient future.