Key considerations in post disaster reconstruction 

Reconstruction of communities and housing following a disaster is a long process; preparation is the key to recover and respond well to risks and natural hazards faced by a community. It’s important to understand how a post-disaster reconstruction process works in a coordinated way to reach the desired results. The onset of natural calamity can be sudden and reconstruction may take years, if not followed key considerations seriously. 

Disaster recovery is a process where all activities are planned in a way to make it easy for communities to returning to their normal routines. Any damage to infrastructure, buildings should be minimized and structure as a whole should be improved after disaster impact.

It’s an integrated reconstruction  

Post-disaster recovery and reconstruction is a very complex procedure. It needs a wide range of skills, significant resources, and multi-sector involvement. The complexities vary as per the commercial or residential buildings. The reconstruction company should know what type of decision to take and what kind of assistance to offer in the affected building. The need of expert advice in planning and designing the structure for future responses is mandatory.

The key areas that any reconstruction policy or agency should include is: planning, design and construction.  


A good reconstruction company comes with a solid planning that helps empower people and reactivate communities to rebuild their houses, buildings and their livelihoods. Planning should comprise of key issues and how to resolve them considering future responses. It should start on the day of the disaster. Every reconstruction project is unique and recovery plan should minimise the relocation of disrupt lives. It should focus on long-term development and to conserve the past. It should be financially realistic and should take integrated working approach to rebuild shattered buildings. 


Keeping in minds of the resources, objectives, timescales, and risks associated, the design should determine which way of assistance is most appropriate. It should identify right types of structure and select quality materials for reconstruction to minimize or avoid environmental impact of the whole recovery process. It should capture the scope of works, cost plan, time management, understanding the local regulatory framework and governance structure.


It should focus on the implementation of above processes, considering workmanship, management of transportation of materials, post occupancy evaluation, and maintenance of completed project.

Renovco is one of the leading firms in Montreal region offering restoration and renovation services. It provides a wide range of services embracing industrial, commercial, and residential segments.