An important learning from today’s session is that communities perceive that they are not the part of disaster response process. They are getting unreliable data from the government. Communication has been identified as an issue to be addressed. The communication between the different government agencies at multiple level plus the communication between communities and government has been identified as a major obstacle for disaster response issue. Inter-municipality platforms and encouraging citizen participation are solutions for communication issues. Conversation on community recovery vision focused on who we are and what we will be. The idea for recovery is to have an asset based approach. Asking questions on what defines us and what supports the place. This will help in having better recovery plan vision. Some stakeholders identified mapping and visualization as a way for recovery, including applications like open street maps and coastal flood expose mapper.
A major observation is that response phase of disaster started late. Due to this certain sector even after almost a year of Hurricane Maria are still in response phase, especially the energy sector. It is important to identify which sectors are recovering slowly compared to the other sectors, and what can be possible reasons for it. This also presents a challenge to the planners as they have to deal with overlap in the recovery and response phase. Some of the stakeholders identified certain laws that limits PR’s import, which affects the economy of PR and can become a long term challenge for making PR resilient. Recovery framework is very centralized and top down, which creates problem in recovery. Communities should have a more active role in recovery planning. That includes involving quasi-governmental agencies, NGOs and private sector in recovery. Having a whole community approach is identified as a solution for more inclusive recovery plan.