A Long-Term Recovery Committee is a cooperative body that is made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, government, business, and other organizations that works within a community to assist individuals and families as they recover from a significant disaster. Maryland VOAD has the expertise to assist the local community in forming a LTRC. The LTRC helps maintain local management of the disaster, while connecting the community to Maryland VOAD members’ resources and State and National resources. The personality and operation of each group is unique and reflects local needs, available resources, cultural diversity, leadership style, and community support. No matter how a group is structured or what it calls itself, the goal is the same — to connect recovery resources with community needs to ensure that even the most vulnerable in the community recover from disaster.
Active LTRCs in Maryland
At present, there are no active Long Term Recovery Committees (LTRCs) in Maryland. The two more recent LTRCs were the Somerset County Long Term Recovery Committee (SCLTRC) and the Ellicott City One EC.
On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy slammed into Maryland’s Eastern Shore causing significant damage in Somerset County, Maryland—especially the City of Crisfield. Within two weeks, Maryland VOAD began assisting the community to organize and form a long term recovery committee. The SCLTRC existed from November 2012 until September 2015, repairing over 350 homes, building 21 new homes, caring for the community’s emotional and spiritual care, caring for children’s recovery needs through 4 Camp Noahs and assisting residents with other recovery needs. At the end of the response, the Committee and its staff created “The Legacy Project.” The Legacy Project is a large repository of documents and files that were created and used to guide the long term recovery process. The SCLTRC has made these files available to assist LTRCs who are forming. The Legacy Project contains founding documents, bylaws, policies, forms and many other documents we hope you will find helpful. Please click on the logo to be taken to the Legacy Project.
On July 30, 2016, torrential rainfall occurred in and near Ellicott City, Maryland, causing severe flash flooding and destruction to the historic Old Town portion of the city and to many residents’ homes. Shortly afterward, Maryland VOAD worked with the community to help create a long term recovery committee which was named, One EC. This effort continued until 2018. Impetus for the creation of the Howard County COAD came from the One EC experience. While no collection of documents exists, if you wish to know more about One EC and learnings from that effort, please be in touch with members of the Howard County COAD. Please click on their logo below to be taken to their site and click on “Contact.”