Recovery Capitals (ReCap) is a guide for people, organisations and governments managing emergency recovery. It was produced from research undertaken by the University of Melbourne and Massey University in New Zealand, with the support of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre. Australian Red Cross was the lead partner organisation.
The guide aims to support wellbeing after disasters by providing evidence-based guidance to aid decision making. It identifies seven areas of recovery – natural, social, financial, cultural, political, built and human – and emphasises the interconnectedness between them. It is targeted and practical, and can be applied to any type of emergency, large or small.
It is the first of a series of resources that will be in different formats to suit different needs.
It has been created through an Australia-Aotearoa New Zealand collaboration, and there will be an edition tailored to each country, although both will have broader relevance to other locations. This edition is designed for use in Australia.
The guide is still a work in progress – it has been released in July 2020 so it can be piloted.