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5. Recovery

Recovery activities repair road damage from an emergency caused by a disastrous event and deliver the road function to its pre-disaster state or a more resilient state.

Recovery refers to the activity that restores the road function lost due to the disaster. Response focuses on the recovery of road functions necessary for emergency operations, while restoration involves restoring the functions to a state that meets the needs of the disaster situation and society. Recovery should have resilience-enhancing goals that consider lessons learned from the disaster and feedback for future mitigation activities. Recovery is the activity that is carried out after the occurrence of the emergency, in parallel with the response.

Recovery is closely related to the direction of post-disaster social development that needs coordinated goals, while mitigation, preparedness, and response have relatively clear goals. Recovery involves complex issues and decisions that must be made by individuals and communities. Recovery needs to balance the urgent need to recover communities to their pre-disaster state with the long-term goal of reducing future vulnerability and increasing resilience. Resilience includes improving materials and construction methods to make infrastructure more resilient, establishing redundancy in the transportation network, using Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), and improving the common links between transportation and communities. In recovery, it is important to achieve a network that can absorb the damage from future disasters and recover quickly after an emergency. This will be accomplished in close coordination with stakeholders.

Recovery requires close dialogue with national, regional, and community partners.

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