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Coming Home after Disaster
Multiple Dimensions of Housing Recovery

ISBN 9781498722865
Published December 28, 2016 by Routledge
358 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Post-disaster housing concerns and dilemmas are complex, global in nature, and are inextricably intertwined with social, economic, and political considerations. The multi-faceted nature of housing recovery requires a holistic approach that accounts for its numerous dimensions and contours that are best captured with multi-disciplinary, multi-scalar, and multi-hazard approaches. This book serves as a valuable resource by highlighting the key issues and challenges that need to be addressed with regard to post-disaster housing. By featuring a collection of case studies on various disasters that have occurred globally and written by scholars and practitioners from various disciplines, it highlights the rich diversity of approaches taken to solve post-disaster housing problems. Coming home after Disaster can serve as an essential reference for researchers and practitioners in disaster and emergency management, public administration, public policy, urban planning, sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, architecture, and other related social science fields.

Key features in this book are:

  • Addresses a wide range of dilemmas such as differential levels of social and physical vulnerability; problems related to land tenure, home-ownership, property rights, planning, and zoning; and political and legal challenges to housing recovery.
  • Discusses the role played by public, private and non-governmental organizations, the informal sector, financial institutions, and insurance in rebuilding and housing recovery.
  • Features global case studies, incorporates relevant examples and policies, and offers solutions from a range of scholars working in multiple disciplines and different countries.

Table of Contents

Section I: Context and Concepts

Chapter 1: Disaster recovery and community renewal: housing approaches

Mary Comerio

Chapter 2: Post Disaster Housing Vulnerability: Getting People Back Home- Brenda Phillips

Chapter 3: Displacement, Relocation and Resettlement: Housing, Home, and Community Considerations

Ann-Margaret Esnard

Chapter 4: Financing Housing Recovery through Hazard Insurance: The Case of the National Flood Insurance Program

Mike Lindell, Wesley Highfield, and Samuel Brody

Chapter 5: The Politics of Disaster Recovery: Policy and Governance Challenges in Post-Disaster Housing

Alka Sapat

Section II: Understanding Housing Recovery in the United States

Chapter 6: The Texas Experience with 2008’s Hurricanes Dolly and Ike

Shannon Van Zandt and Madison Sloan

Chapter 7: Affordable Housing and Disaster Recovery: A Case Study of the 2013 Colorado Floods

Andrew Rumbach & Carrie Makarewicz

Chapter 8: Tornado Housing Recovery

Brenda Phillips & Susamma Seeley

Chapter 9: Housing Recovery after Sandy: A Vignette Study

Ali Nejat, Souparno Ghosh, Zhen Cong & Daan Liang

Chapter 10: Emergency Sheltering and Temporary Housing Issues: Assessing the Disaster Experiences and Preparedness Actions of People with Disabilities to Inform Inclusive Emergency Planning in the United States

Brian Gerber

Section III: Housing Recovery in a Global Context

Chapter 11: Early Post-Disaster Shelter Recovery in Fragile States: A Case of the 12 January 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Emel Ganapati & Guitele Rahill

Chapter 12: Disaster Housing Recovery in Rural India: Lessons from 12 Years of Post-Tsunami Housing Efforts

Sudha Arlikatti and Simon Andrew

Chapter 13: Planning for Housing recovery after the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake in China

Yang Zhang & William Drake

Chapter 14: Residential Relocation Processes in Coastal Areas: Tacloban City after Typhoon Yolanda

Kanako Iuchi and Elizabeth Maly

Section IV: Multiple Perspectives on Housing Recovery

Chapter 15: Meta-patterns in Post-Disaster Housing Reconstruction and Recovery

Gonzalo Lizarralde, Fayazi Mahmood, Faten Kikano & Isabelle Thomas Maret

Chapter 16: Post-Disaster Reconstruction: Informal Settlers and the Right to Adequate Housing

Jennifer Duyne Barenstein

Chapter 17: Civil Society and Recovery: Non-governmental Organizations and Post-Disaster Housing

Alka Sapat

Chapter 18: Pre- and Post-Disaster Conditions, their Implications, and the Role of Planning for Housing Recovery

Gavin Smith

Chapter 19: Anticipating and Overcoming Regulatory and Legal barriers during Rebuilding and Resettlement

John Marshall, Adrienne La Grange, and Ann-Margaret Esnard

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Alka Sapat is an associate professor of Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University. Her expertise includes disaster and crisis management, vulnerability and resilience assessment, environmental policy governance, environmental justice, and social network analysis.

Ann-Margaret Esnard is a professor of Public Management and Policy in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University (GSU). Her expertise encompasses urban planning, disaster planning, hazard and vulnerability assessment, and GIS/spatial analysis. Esnard has been involved in a number of related research initiatives, including National Science Foundation funded projects on topics of population displacement from catastrophic disasters, long-term recovery, and the role of diaspora groups in disasters with transnational impacts.