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How Reliable, Transparent Data Serves as Essential Tool in Disaster Recovery

As Texans begin to recover from Hurricane Harvey and Floridians survey the destruction from Irma, the question looms: How do major urban centers and small communities rebuild after a catastrophic natural disaster?

To recover from a such a disaster requires a massive coordinated effort. Federal, state and local governments must lead. Philanthropy, nonprofits and the private sector will be key partners. Residents will voice their views, through community planning meetings and other venues, on how best to spend disaster-recovery dollars. With so many stakeholders and rebuilding needs, the process of restoring neighborhoods and economic activity will become emotionally and politically charged. As Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has already warned in Texas: "This is going to be a frustrating and painful process."

For public officials to effectively steer a recovery process and for citizens to trust in the effort, reliable, transparent information will be essential. Leaders and the public need a shared understanding of the scale and extent of the damage and which households, businesses and neighborhoods have been affected. This is not a one-time effort. Data must be collected and issued regularly over months and years to match the duration of the rebuilding effort.

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