The materials contained in this supplementary document complement those found in the existing IRP Guidance Note on Recovery – Health. The discussions and case studies contained herein portray an expanded and oftentimes fresh perspective on many of the issues found in the original guidance note on several new and emerging issues for which there exist best practices and lessons learned. These experiences, information, technologies, and tools that have been captured since the original 2011 launch of the health-focused recovery guidance note are significant, providing the reader with an up-to-date picture of health sector recovery inclusive of the economic, social, cultural, environmental, technological, and other challenges and constraints. Because community health needs are rarely afforded ample consideration in the recovery and redevelopment visioning process, an acute need to expand awareness and inform recovery stakeholders persists.
The purpose of this supplement therefore parallels the original document in that it seeks to support recovery planners in their efforts to more effectively manage recovery planning, decision-making, and resource allocation with an informed perspective that focuses on building back better.