Recovery Objectives and Goals
Recovery objectives and goals for CNMI’s operational resiliency
planning are outlined as follows:
Recover from recent typhoon events with resilient and sustainable
policies, practices, and programs.
Review and synthesize relevant plans and unmet needs to
re-establish an aligned priority list in the content of the
immediate needs of the disaster response and ongoing needs of a
Ensure that long-term support planning includes addressing unmet
needs of individuals and families in the later stages of overall
Coordinate long-term assistance and resources for individuals
affected by disaster who do not have adequate personal resources
for basic needs as a result of disaster.
Develop a recovery strategy that includes access to spiritual,
emotional, physical and financial resources to those affected by
disaster regardless of race, creed, color, gender, sexual
orientation, citizenship status, disability or religious
Housing and Village Revitalization
Promote and support the FEMA Permanent Housing Construction
program as a Commonwealth-wide commitment to resilient housing,
implementing Smart, Safe Growth policies.
Establish new resilient housing through strengthening repairs,
improving code guidance, and implementing pilot housing projects
to establish new thresholds of sustainability for buildings and
villages in CNMI.
Build sustainable communities with resilient housing stock and
Ensure that workforce development planning and foreign labor
recruitment account for resilient housing construction.
Economy and Financial Empowerment
Reestablish access to capital and promote economic growth to
rebuild households, businesses, and local government capabilities.
Diversify the economy through the creation of new industries, the
promotion of local entrepreneurship, and the attraction of
reputable foreign and US mainland investments.
Integrate recovery programs with sustainable economic activities
to benefit residents, businesses, and visitors.
Streamline social safety net programs to reduce and eliminate
Ensure sufficient access to job opportunities within the
recovering economy and prioritize access to residents that are
unemployed or underemployed as a result of the disaster.
Design and replace infrastructure to be resilient to future
Develop sustainable infrastructure that enables rapid response and
recovery to future disaster events.
Prioritize resiliency of critical utilities such as accesses to
non-potable water for residents and power for homes, businesses,
and public services.
Health, Education, and Social Services
Provide health and social services to mitigate against long term
Ensure limited interruption to classroom instruction for K-12
Support academic counseling for college students recovering from
Encourage disaster-affected students through additional academic
support and tutoring in order to stabilize graduation and
Environmental Quality, Monitoring, and Remediation
Monitor and improve groundwater quality and access integration of
water resources into all mitigation and recovery planning to
ensure Ridge to Reef consideration of potential impacts on this
life sustaining resource.
Natural and Cultural Resources
Identify vulnerabilities and opportunities to reduce risks to
natural and cultural resources to wind, flooding, and storm surge
Risk Reduction and Long-term mitigation Strategies
Examine social and economic vulnerability to future events and
establish mitigation methods for recovery objective areas for the
Examine lessons learned and develop plans in response to proven
points of failure and missing services during critical periods of
response and recovery.
Improve response capabilities at the village level to ensure
access to hardened, self-contained shelters, storage of essential
supplies, and communications backup systems.
Involve the whole community of stakeholders and residents in
- Maintain transparency between all stakeholders.
- Humanize recovery policies, priorities, and goals.