Plans require participation: Disaster recovery plans are ineffective without people


  • Cristina M. Delgado, BA, FFMA



human resources, disaster recovery, emergency management, business continuity, volunteers, business planning, municipal planning, building recovery planning


Decision-making authorities throughout both the public and private sector invest substantial amounts of time and money into developing a recovery plan. Yet, some organizations fail to address who will execute the plan and how. Employee needs are not always being addressed and, as a result, many groups find themselves lacking support after a disaster. Operational restoration is jeopardized and this often affects the financial and psychological make up of a business. There are methods that help in identifying employee sensitivities. Once there is a solid understanding about recruiting the right recovery team, certain strategies promote adequate training and manpower. Essentially, people are behind every stage of emergency management. To produce desirable outcomes, material resources must combine with human resources.

Author Biography

Cristina M. Delgado, BA, FFMA

Lead Consultant, Orange County Government FEMA Task Force, Facilities Management Division, Orlando, Florida, and Florida Floodplain Managers Association (FFMA), Lake Mary, Florida.


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How to Cite

Delgado, BA, FFMA, C. M. “Plans Require Participation: Disaster Recovery Plans Are Ineffective Without People”. Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 5, no. 5, Sept. 2007, pp. 25-32, doi:10.5055/jem.2007.0021.