2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal)

2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal) Conference

A Systematic Approach to Analysis and Prioritization of Socioeconomic Policies and Legal Barriers to Rapid Post-Disaster Reconstruction

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Mr. Behzad Rouhanizadeh, University of Texas at Arlington
Dr. Sharareh Kermanshachi, University of Texas at Arlington (Presenter)

The barriers leading to delays in the post-disaster recovery phase is an important concern for decision-makers. Among different barriers of timely post-disaster recovery, policy and legal barriers are of high importance according to their fundamental role. The aim of this paper was to identify and categorize the policies and legal barriers which affect post-disaster recovery processes in the U.S. For this purpose, over 200 scholarly papers were comprehensively reviewed. Through the review, fifty-eight potential policy and legal barriers to post-disaster recovery timeliness were identified, categorized, and finally, weighted and ranked. The seven categories included coordination, resources and documentation, construction and infrastructure, location, finance and economic, social and community participation, and approach and attitude. Subject matter experts (SMEs) in area of post-disaster recovery were asked to weight and rank identified PDRBs. The current research contributes to understanding how the post-disaster recovery barriers affect recovery process. The results of this research can help the stakeholders and policy-makers evaluate the policy post-disaster recovery barriers and achieve sustainable post-disaster recovery.