Recovery refers to those programmes which go beyond the provision of emergency relief to assist those who have suffered the impact of a disaster to rebuild their homes, lives and services and to strengthen their capacity to cope with future hazards.

The first step in recovery is the realization that risk reduction is a development tool that requires integrated planning for the best results.

The recovery phase creates an opportunity for risk reduction to ensure that the same scale of impact does not have the same results. Activities are geared towards restoring essential services and re-building better than before. In some cases, re-location may be necessary.