Flood Recovery

Links to available resources in relation to post-disaster planning:

Australian Resources

International Resources

Health and Support Services

If you are aware of any other useful resources on this issue please contact membership@planning.org.au

Australian Resources

Emergency Management Australia - Australian Emergency Manual Series

The Australian Emergency Management Library service, located at Australian Emergency Management Institute, has an extensive library in relation to flood planning and recovery. It is part of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, and is located at Mount Macedon, Victoria – www.em.gov.au You can download a word document with a full list of these resources and how to access them at the link below.

List of resources available at Australian Emergency Management Library on Flood Planning/Recovery

Emergency Management Australia also produces the Australian Emergency Manual Series, which includes the following:

Manual 19 - Managing the Floodplain

Manual 22 -Flood Response

Community Awareness Publications - What to do before, during and after a flood

Australian Journal of Emergency Management

The Australian Emergency Management Library service has also put together a list of articles from the Australian Journal of Emergency Management (AJEM) that are of relevance. AJEM is on-line at www.ema.gov.au and hard copy subscription is available (free) from AEMI. Click on the link below for the full list of references.

AJEM references

Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management

Department of Environment and Resource Management website

Inland Flooding Study, November 2010

Inland Flooding Study Fact Sheet

Inland Flooding Study Media Release

Increasing Queensland’s resilience to inland flooding in a changing climate: Final report on the Inland Flooding Study

Increasing Queensland’s resilience to inland flooding in a changing climate: Policy options for incorporating climate change into the flood risk management framework in Gayndah (North Burnett Regional Council)

Healthy Spaces & Places

Rebuilding communities and public infrastructure in flood affeted regions provides the opportunity to improve the built environment to deliver spaces and places that support active, healthy communites. For more information including design principles, resources and case studies, visit the Healthy Spaces & Places website

Other Australian Resources

NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water

Flood prone land policy


International Resources

American Planning Association

APA Hazards Research Centre

Information about current APA research and projects in hazards planning. The main component of this work is still in progress: Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation: http://www.planning.org/research/postdisaster/

APA Planning Books


Numerous resources available for purchase on the topic of disaster mitigation and planning including:

Hazard Mitigation (PAS 560)
Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning, prepared by APA and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), seeks to close the gap that often exists between hazard mitigation planning and other local planning and regulatory land-use processes.

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction (PAS 483/484)
This invaluable guide will help community leaders and planners educate citizens on how to make informed decisions on post-disaster recovery that will lead to safer, more sustainable communities.

Subdivision Design in Flood Hazard Areas (PAS 473)
When development on floodplains is unavoidable, make sure you know how to keep risks to a minimum.

FEMA (US Federal Emergency Management Agency) Resources


This site includes extracts from the APA publication Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction (PAS 483/484)

Royal Town Planning Institute

The Built Environment Professions in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response - A guide for humanitarian agencies

In 2009, four built environment professional Institutes in the UK, RTPI, RIBA, RICS and ICE (representing planners, architects, surveyors and engineers respectively) jointly published “The Built Environment Professions in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response - A guide for humanitarian agencies”. The book was aimed at aid agencies, explaining to them what the professions can offer at various stages of disaster recovery.

Flood and Water Management Act

Information about the legislation that in part came in response to the 2007 flooding in the UK.

Commonwealth Association of Planners

Natural Disaster Recovery Planning

Paper to the Conference on “Built Environment Issues in Small Island States”, University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica, 2- 6 August 2005 by Roger Brewster MPIA, Co-ordinator South West Pacific Region, Commonwealth Association of Planners

UNHabitat Website – Risk and Disaster Management

UNHabitat - Risk and Disaster Management

Rethinking emergencies: Sustainable relief and reconstruction –synopsis from World Urban Forum I & II

Sustainable relief in post-crisis situations

Land and Natural Disasters: Guidance for Practitioners

The Guidelines provide a holistic approach to addressing land issues from the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster through early recovery and reconstruction phases.

International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (IJDRBE)

The International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (IJDRBE) has published its inaugural volume consisting 3 issues and the publisher has arranged free access until 31st January 2011 to all the journal papers published so far. This can be accessed by visiting www.emeraldinsight.com/ijdrbe.htm.

Development from Disasters network

The DFDN is a network of professionals, activists and academics committed to enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of recovery after disasters. It aims to improve the development of affected people’s lives, livelihoods and settlements to be better than it was before the disaster that hit them. A concerted multi-disciplinary approach is needed to address the medium and long term challenges of the sustainable rebuilding of lives and settlements.


Other International Resources

Scottish Government Publications

Numerous publications related to flood risk management - type "flood" into keyword search

Polygon Group (UK) Essential Guide to Flood Planning and Preparation

Health and support services

In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, trauma and stress can take its toll on us all. Information on available support services is available at:

Commonwealth Government Flood Emergency Information

General Practice Queensland

St James Ethicall

The St James Ethicall phone service can provide advice to assist planners dealing with ethical dilemmas that may arise when dealing with traumtised communities

Emergency Management New South Wales

Emergency Management Victoria

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