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Disaster recovery collaborative

The Disaster Recovery Collaborative (DRC) is a group of organizations in Hennepin County that help plan for, coordinate and provide basic human services needs following a disaster.

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A disaster recovery collaborative (DRC) exists in each of four emergency management planning areas. The DRCs work closely with local city emergency response and recovery operations, and community-based relief organizations.

Collaborative participants include:

  • Public and private sector human services agencies
  • Behavioral health organizations
  • Faith-based groups
  • Volunteer organizations active in disaster (VOAD)
  • Education institutions including libraries
  • Federal, state and local government organizations
  • Businesses
  • Other interested parties

For more information about collaborative participants, email

North DRC

The North DRC serves: Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Crystal, Dayton, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth, Robbinsdale, Rogers.

South DRC

The South DRC serves: Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Richfield, St. Louis Park

East DRC

The East DRC serves: Minneapolis, St. Anthony, unincorporated areas in Hennepin County

View the East DRC framework (DOCX)

West DRC

The West DRC serves: Corcoran, Deephaven, Excelsior, Greenfield, Independence, Long Lake, Lorretto, Maple Plain, Medina, Minnitrista, Minnetonka Beach, Mound, Orono, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Bonifacius, Tonka Bay, Wayzata.

View November 2016 West Region DRC Meeting PowerPoint (PPTX 5MB)

DRC steering committee

A group of co-sponsors act as a steering committee for the DRCs. Co-sponsors include:

  • Bloomington, Edina and Richfield Public Health Departments
  • Community Action Partnership Suburban Hennepin
  • Edina Resource Center
  • Hennepin South Services Collaborative
  • Hopkins School & Community in Partnership
  • Human Services and Public Health Department
  • Minneapolis Health Department
  • Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board
  • Minnetonka Family Collaborative
  • Minnesota Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (MNVOAD)
  • Northwest Family Services Collaborative
  • Orono Healthy Youth Collaborative and Partnership for Healthy Kids Collaborative
  • Prairie Care Center
  • Robbinsdale Area Redesign
  • St. Louis Park Family Services Collaborative
  • The City of Richfield Public Safety

DRC participants work to put plans in place before a disaster happens.

Examples of pre-disaster planning include:

  • Assisting in the development and maintenance of the county's disaster recovery plan
  • Developing the DRC's framework
  • Participating in recovery training and exercises
  • Observing disaster recovery developments and best practices
  • Developing and maintaining continuity of operations plans (COOP)

Disaster recovery resources

About post-disaster recovery

Members of the DRC work with organizations to provide basic needs in affected communities after a disaster.

DRC participants assist in the areas of behavioral and spiritual health, education and human services, and promote the resilience and well-being of individuals.

Post-disaster activities may include:

  • Coordinating disaster recovery efforts
  • Communicating official disaster response information
  • Communicating the needs of clients
  • Acting as advocates for those in need
  • Providing services such as disaster case management or assistance centers
  • Participating in recovery debriefings
  • Participating in long-term recovery activities
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