What is recovery?
Disaster recovery is the fourth and longest-term phase in the National Disaster Recovery Framework, which also includes preparation/mitigation, response, and assistance.
Disaster recovery consists of both near- and long-term actions prioritized by need and feasibility, including regard for safety of citizens and first responders.
How long does recovery take?
Recovery is a long-term, iterative process - meaning that recovery takes place in multiple phases which each phase informing activities in subsequent phases. Recovery can take anywhere from 5-10 years, depending on the scale and duration of the disaster.
The 2018 Kīlauea Eruption in the Lower East Rift Zone was unprecedented in scale and speed, resulting in extensive displacement of families and businesses, and the disruption of businesses throughout the Island of Hawaiʻi.
Recovery began in June 2018 and will involve continuing efforts to meet immediate and near-term needs, as well as long-term planning and implementation.
Events and impacts of this magnitude result in a "new normal" and present an opportunity to refresh and renew families, communities, and the environment.
How can I help with recovery?
Visit our 'Connect' page for specific ways to support ongoing recovery efforts.